About Red Fern Glass

Red Fern Glass is the small hot glass studio of Ed Pennebaker. Ed makes Sculpture and Art Glass Lighting using traditional glassblowing techniques. All the glass is made by Ed in his Ozark woodlands studio. Ed believes in working incessantly, cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.

Studio

The studio is in the woods near Osage, Arkansas. It started as a pottery studio built by Newt Lale of Osage Clayworks. In 1990 Newt bought the old Stamps Historical Store, a three story native stone building built in 1901. Newt moved to downtown Osage. And Ed moved way out in the woods. Ed remodeled the studio and closed in the "kiln shed" for a hot glass shop.

Ed has built his own furnaces, glory holes and annealers and some tools used in glassmaking. For a number of years glass was melted from the raw materials even using Arkansas sand. But because of the dust, time and storage space factors involved in "batching" the glass he switched to melting most colors from Spruce Pine Batch. Spruce Pine Batch is a premixed batch formula to make clear glass. Ed adds colorants like cobalt, iron, copper, and nickel. Some colors are melted from "cullet", previously melted glass with the colorants already in the glass.

Statement

I work with glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. I derive much on my inspiration from the environment, especially the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.

I see my chandeliers and lighting belonging to a contemporary line of the "decorative arts" that developed from the arts and crafts movement where craftsmanship is of the utmost importance. Striving for the "perfect object" is the goal of the craftsman/designer and working directly with the materials at hand provides the greatest satisfaction for me.

News 2017

Sculpture by Ed will be at the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville for a show with the Fenix Fayetteville group August 21 through October 23.

Sculptures by Ed will be at the Walker-Stone House on exhibit with a group of artists during July 2017. The exhibit is organized by Fenix Fayetteville. Come to the opening July 6 during First Thursday in Fayetteville, AR.

Lane Foster Fine Art presents LaDonna Harvey and Ed Pennebaker for an exhibit Friday, July 28, 6:30pm, 211 W. Elm in Downtown Rogers, AR.

Ed's work is now in Drawl Gallery in Little Rock. Join him and other northwest Arkansas artists for an opening reception for a show North of South, Art from N.W.A. 4-7 pm Feb. 18th, 5208 Kavanaugh Blvd., #5.

Ed will be in Little Rock April 21-23 for the Sculpture at the River Market show.

2016

The sculpture Ozark Topography will be the featured sculpture for the Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 13, 2016.

The William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas will host an exhibit of work by Ed and his wife Carol Corning September 12 - November 4. An opening reception will take place Friday, September 23, 6-8pm.

Ed will participate in the Omni Peace Garden Tour in Fayetteville, AR May 28th. The Sun Discs will be featured in an exhibit in the gardens at the Dwain Cromwell residence. Omini's Peace Gardens Tour.

Red Fern Glass will have work at the American Made Show in Washington, DC Jan. 15-17, 2016, Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The American Made Show is the nation's premier wholesale market for designer products handcrafted by studio artists from the United States and Canada.

2015

Ed Pennebaker will be the featured artist for the Third Fridays Artwalk at the Argenta Gallery in the Argenta District of North Little Rock, 413 Main St., Nov. 20, 5-8pm.

The sculpture "Extraction Process" has been accepted for the juried exhibition "Seven-State Biennial Exhibition" in Oklahoma. It will be at The Nesbitt Gallery, University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma September 26 through November 4. Then the exhibit will be at the Charles B. Goddard Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma November 9-25. The exhibit will have a third location, the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma December 8-January 31.

Open Studio Sale, Oct. 15-18, 9am-6pm. To see some of what is available visit online shopping. The studio is about 50 miles east of Fayetteville, 25 miles west of Harrison off Hwy 412. Detailed studio directions are here. Following Google maps won't necessarily get you there, online maps aren't always accurate.

The sculpture "Sun Will Set" was accepted to the 2015 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff. Opening Reception is September 17, 5-7pm. The exhibition dates are September 17 through Novemeber 21, 2015, hours 10-5 Tuesday - Friday, 1 - 4, Saturday.

Ed will exhibit new sculptures in the Main Gallery at Fayetteville Underground during September.

The Center for Art Education in Van Buren, Arkansas will have a fundraiser on May 9 which Ed will participate in, CAE's 5 X 5 Gala.

Ed will have an exhibit of sculptures in North Little Rock, April 17-May 6 at the Argenta Gallery.

Join Ed at the Sculpture at the River Market show in Little Rock, Arkansas April 24-26.

An online shopping cart has been added to sell some of Ed's vintage Red Fern Glass that was made from 1985-1999.

A sale of current work will take place during 2015 to celebrate 30 years of Red Fern Glass. You can request information. You can also sign up for the occasional newsletter or watch this page or Facebook for updates.

2014

Some of the 2014 News got deleted during a website update so here is what we remember that should be here:

KY3 news filmed at the studio and made a short newscast about Red Fern Glass. Celebrate the Ozarks: Glass sculptor's skill is transparently beautiful.

Ed had a show of his sculptures at the Historic Arkansas Museum September 12 through November 9.

Ed was one of the featured artists at Fayetteville Underground in August

The Sporadic and Only Occasional Glass Blowout was the second weekend of May in 2014.

In April Ed participated in the show in Little Rock, Arkansas 'Sculpture at the River Market'

Ed is scheduled to give a talk about his art at one of the Friends of Contemporary Craft meetings at the Arkansas Art Center. Join him on March 9 for the event in Little Rock, Arkansas. More information will be posted at the Arkansas Arts Center website.

2013

In recognition of his artistic achievements Ed has been awarded a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Arts Council. The award will be presented during a reception at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 6, 5:30-7:30pm.

Just Married. Ed was married to Carol Corning July 24, 2013 near Park City, Utah

June 3-6 - An 'Adventures in Glassblowing' class is scheduled through the Arkansas Craft School.

June 1, 2013 Sporadic and Only Occasional Glass Blowout.

May 4, 6-9pm, Ed will be the featured artist at Zarks in Eureka Springs. See new work during the May Festival of the Arts.

April 27, 10am-6pm. Ed will be in North Little Rock for the Thea Festival with new sculptures.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an article about me on Feb. 10. Here ia a link to the video they made. The article itself is behind a pay wall. Ed Pennebaker hot glass video.

Old News from 2012

October 19, 20, 21 are the dates for the Sculpture at the River Market show in Little Rock, Arkansas. I will have a few new sculptures showing there.

Sept. 6 is the grand opening of the new location of the Fayetteville Underground cooperative gallery and studios. Join us 5-8pm to meet the artists and see the new venue at 101 West Mountain Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

August 2 will be the sneak preview at the NEW Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville, AR. I will have a new chandelier there along with some sculptures. Visit the Facebook page for the event.

April 28 was the THEA Arts Festival in North Little Rock sponsored by the Thea Foundation. My sculpture "Osage Boogie Woogie (homage to Mondrian & Diebenkorn)" won "Best of Show".

People are starting to ask about this year's Blowout. Because of time constraints I won't be hosting the "Sporadic and only Occasional" Blowout this spring. If I have time maybe I'll schedule one in the fall.


Chandelier#570
99" tall x 48" dia.


Invasive Species: Tangled
48in tall x 60in wide
steel, glass

Chandelier #570 installation March 17 in Muscatine, Iowa.

A new sculpture "Invasive Species: Tangled" was installed at Stout Executive Search, Springdale, Arkansas on March 2.

The sculpture "Phototropism" was accepted to the 54th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center Jan. 27-March 28.


Phototropism
35in ht x 30in dia
glass, steel, limestone

Two Hot Glass Classes for 2012
Hot Glass, June 5-8 at Red Fern Glass. Arkansas Craft School for enrollment.

Hot Glass Class is scheduled for June 11-15 through the The Eureka Springs School of the Arts at Red Fern Glass Studio.

Old News from 2011

Two sculptures were accepted for a show at sUgAR gallery in Bentonville, AR November 4 - December 10, 2011. "Finer Things: A Juried Contemporary Craft Exhibit" juried by Leo Mazow, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas an former curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University.

Ed will have a booth at the "Sculpture at the River Market" show in Little Rock, AR Oct. 14-16.The sculpture "Frost" was awarded an "Award of Excellence" at the show.

Two new sculptures have been accepted to the Seven State Biennial Exhibition which will be shown in two venues, USAO Gallery Chickasa, OK, Oct. 1-Nov. 7 and Charles B. Goddard Center, Nov. 15-Dec. 17, Ardmore, OK. The sculptures chosen were Air, Earth, Fire and Ripples. Update: "Ripples" was chosen for a Honorable Mention Award. "Air, Earth, Fire" was chosen for a Purchase Award and will be in the Permanent Collection at USAO.

Take a look at a nice article by Joanne Bratton with photos by Kevin Pieper in Living Well magazine published by the Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Arkansas

Visit Ed at his booth at the Sculpture at the River Market Show and Sale, October 14-16, 2011, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ed will be the featured artist at E Street Gallery for August 2011. Come to the First Thursday Artwalk August 4 to see new sculptures at the opening of the show "Concatenations, Connections".
Seismic Movement
12in ht x 15.5in w x 6.5in d
glass, steel

See new sculptures at the "Group Show", Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, MO June 2011.

Mark your calendar. June 4 is the date for the  "Sporatic and Only Occasional Glass Blowout". This year celebrate 20 years in the woods and 26 years of Red Fern Glass.

@urban magazine in Ft. Smith, Arkansas published a nice article about me and used my work on the cover of the magazine. Read Magical Glass.

Classes scheduled for 2011
Beginning Glassblowing June 6-10, 2011 through The Eureka Springs School of the Arts at Red Fern Glass Studio.
Optic Mold and Intermediate Glass September 22-25, 2011 through Arkansas Craft School at Red Fern Glass Studio.

Old News from 2010


Dancing Water-Elixir of Immortality
23in ht. x 7.75in w., 7in d.
glass, bronze

The sculpture "Dancing Water" was accepted to the "MOAK 4-State Regional Exhibition 2010", Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO Nov.2010 -Jan. 2011.

Ed will have a booth at the "Sculpture at the River Market" show in Little Rock, AR Oct. 15-17.

The sculpture "Summer Blossom" was chosen to be included in the collection at the new Cancer Institute building on the campus of UAMS in Little Rock, AR

Ed was featured on Fayetteville Flyer Profiles on May 12th.

The sculpture Dancing Water-Elixir of Immortality was accepted to the 52nd Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas January 29-March 14, 2010.

 
Video of Ed making a blown glass tube with hole at both ends for St. Luke's Hospital project. This was filmed at Red Fern Glass during the Blowout 2011.

Video of a curly being made for a chandelier
(no sound)

Resume

Ed Pennebaker:
Born: Pratt,Kansas
Education: Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas-M.A., B.F.A.
Residence: In the woods near Osage, Arkansas

Work:
1985-present: Owner/Glassmaker at Red Fern Glass
1983-85: Employed by Hale Farm and Village, Bath, Ohio, glassworks assistant, produced replicas of early Midwestern glass c.1800-1850
1981-83: Introduced to glass by Chuck Watson, Liberal, Kansas

Workshops Attended:
2009: Metal Casting, Hank Kaminsky, Art Experience, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2008: Metal Sculpture, Jim Wallace, Eureka Springs School of Art
2005: "Pewtersmithing" with William Derrevere, Eureka Springs School of Art
2004: "Bronze Casting" at Terra Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2001: "Glass Casting" with Peter Keough, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
1995: "Marblemaking with Ro Purser" Appalachian Center for the Crafts
1982: "Summervail" with Sonja Blomdahl, Colorado Mountain College
1981: "Summervail" with Benjamin Moore, Colorado Mountain College

Public Commissions & Collections:
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville, AR
Bentonville Trail System, Bentonville, AR
Grain Processing Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa
Cairo Restaurant and Lounge, Manhattan, New York
Stout Executive Search
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Laman Library, North Little Rock, AR
St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Little Rock, AR
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
Kansas State University, School of Leadership Studies, Manhattan, Kansas
Market Place Restaurant, Asheville, North Carolina
BKD, Springfield, Missouri
Eastern Shore Arts Center, Fairhope, Alabama
Doane College, Crete, Nebraska
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Al Sanbok Restaurants, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba

Books:
"The Ozarks: The People, The Mountains, The Magic"
by George Oxford Miller 1996
"White House Collection of American Crafts"
by Michael Monroe 1995
"The Artful Home: A Source & Guide for Residential Art"
Guild Sourcebooks 2003
"Contemporary Marbles and Related Art Glass"
by Mark P. Block 2001
"Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, Vol. 2"

Teaching:
Arkansas Craft School
Eureka Springs School for the Arts

Exhibits/Awards

-"Fenix Summer Show", Walker - Stone House, Fayetteville, AR, July 6 - August 5, 2017

-"Lane Foster Fine Art", pop up show, Rogers, AR, July 28, 2017

-"North of South", group exhibition at Drawl Gallery, Little Rock, AR, Feb. 18-March 31

-"Fountain Fest", Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, October 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017 temporary installation of sculpture “Ozark Topography” in fountain in front of Arts Center

-"Formations", William F. Laman Library, Little Rock, AR, September 12 - November 4, 2016

-"Masterpiece E-xhibit & Sale, American Craft Week", Featuring one exceptional craft artist from each of the fifty states, Oct. 2-11, 2015 for an online show and sale.

-"Seven State Biennial", University of Science and Arts, The Nesbitt Gallery, Chickasha, OK, Sept. 26 - Nov. 4, 2015, Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK, Nov, 9 - 25, 2015, Museum of the Red River, Idabel, OK, Dec. 8, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016.

-"67th Annual RAM Invitational", Man vs. Machine: The Art of Expression in the Wired World, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR, July 30 - Nov. 1, 2015.

-"American Craft Week Masterpiece E-xhibit & Sale", AmericanCraftWeek.com, an online exhibit of one artist chosen from each state, Oct. 2-11, 2015.

-"2015 Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition", Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR, Sept. 17 - Nov. 21, 2015.

-"Ozark Artistry: Traditional and Contemporary Craftsmanship", Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR, Sept. 3 - 27, 2015.

-"Eluvium and Formation: Abstracted Landscapes", recent work by Ed Pennebaker and LaDawna Whiteside, Argenta Gallery, April 16-May 9, 2015, North Little Rock, Arkansas

-"Sculpture at the River Market", Little Rock, Arkansas, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

-"Artists of Northwest Arkansas 20th Annual Regional Exhibition", Art Center of the Ozarks, August 6-29, 2014, Springdale, Arkansas

-"Thea Arts Festival" - North Little Rock, AR, April, 28, 2012, Best of Show

-"54th Annual Delta Exhibition" - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Jan.27-March 28, 2012

-"Finer Things: A Juried Contemporary Craft Exhibit", sUgAR gallery, Bentonville, AR, Nov. 4 - Dec. 10, 2011

-"Glory of Glass", Karg Art Glass, Kechi, KS, Nov. 11-Dec. 31, 2011

-"Seven State Biennial" - University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasa, OK, Oct. 1- Nov. 7 and Charles B. Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK, Nov. 15-Dec. 17, 2011, Honorable Mention and Purchase Award

-"Concatenations, Connections" - E Street Gallery, Fayetteville, AR, August, 2011

-"Group Show" - Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, MO, June 2011

-"MOAK 4-State Regional Exhibition 2010" - , Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO Nov.-Jan. 2011

-"Fifth Annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale" - Morrilton, AR, June 2010

-"Featured Artist" - E Street Gallery, Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR, May 2010

-"Architectural Digest Home Design Show" - NY, NY, March 2010 (represented by Patrajdas Contemporary)

"52nd Annual Delta Exhibition" - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Jan. 29-March 14, 2010.

"Exploring the Works of Arkansas Sculptors" - Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR, Oct. 9-Dec.11, 2009

"Engaging Minds-Creative Hands" - Fresh Air Gallery, Clinton, AR, Nov. 20, 2009-March 15, 2010

"Color And Light" - Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL, March-April 2009

"Springfield Hot Glass" - First Friday Gallery Walk, Springfield, MO, October 3, 2008

"Reconstructing Art Walk" - Crystal Bridges at the Massey, Bentonville, AR, May 15-July 27, 2008

"Double Feature" - Hot Glass by Pennebaker and Karg, Zarks, Eureka Springs, AR, May 17, 2008

"Fire and Form: The Magic of Glass" - June-October 2007, Corning, New York, The Glass Menagerie

"Seeing Things In A Different Light" - Oct. 22-Dec. 31, 2004, River Market Artspace, Little Rock, Arkansas

"Fire & Ice" - Karg Art Glass, Kechi, Kansas, October 2006-January 2007

"SOFA Chicago" - October 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Chicago, Illinois, represented by Function+Art Gallery

"Glass Invitational '04" - February 2004, Chicago, Illinois, Function + Art Gallery

"The Eclectic Electric" - Function + Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 5- Oct. 4, 2003

"White House Collection of American Crafts" - Jul. 17-Aug. 24, 2003
The Mary and Leight Block Museum of Art - Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (and other venues)

Guild.com Sourcebook "The Artful Home, Furniture,Sculpture, and Objects"

"A Glass Act 2003" - Function+Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, March 2003

Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show - April 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, awarded "Excellence in Lighting Award"

"2002 Invitational" - Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, awarded "Best of Show" for Cluster #51, "The Inherent Energy of the Earth and Sky"

"2001 Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival & Symposium" - Hsinchu Municipal Glass Art Museum, Hsinchu, Taiwan

"Chandelier Show" - Arte Bella Fine Art Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas

"A Glass Act 2001" - Prism Contemporary Glass, New Pontiac, Michigan

"Hot & Cool"Mid America Arts Alliance - a traveling exhibit of contemporary glass through 2001

"A Glass Act 2000" - FunctionArt/Prism Contemporary Glass, Pontiac, MI in conjunction with Michigan Glass Month

"The Arkansas Exhibition" - Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, July 1999-February 2000

"White House Crafts Collection" - 1993 (traveling exhibit at various museums)

Resume of exhibits, two dimensional work of Ed Pennebaker