Artist

Although a lifetime’s efforts cannot be attributed to only one influence, the earliest encounter is frequently noted by Marvin, his first exposure to the work of Peter Voulkos:

“On a weekend visit to The Art Institute of Chicago he encountered two large ceramic sculptures by Peter Voulkos and John Mason.  He realized that he was looking .....

Although a lifetime’s efforts cannot be attributed to only one influence, the earliest encounter is frequently noted by Marvin, his first exposure to the work of Peter Voulkos:

“On a weekend visit to The Art Institute of Chicago he encountered two large ceramic sculptures by Peter Voulkos and John Mason.  He realized that he was looking at the kind of work he wanted to do. He wanted to use clay not to make pottery but to use it as a material for sculpture.   This was a turning point in his undergraduate career. ‘I didn’t know the people who made them, but they really turned me on. It was something that I had been trying, a feeling that I had been interested in when I was in school. . . . When I saw these two works, it was just incredible. . . . There was so much energy behind those pieces.'”

– Suzanne Baizerman with Marvin Lipofsky, 2003

Later, as a teacher in California, he came to better understand the importance of Peter Voulkos’ revolutionary ideas about the possibilities of clay as a gutsy and new expressive medium and adapted them to his own world, which had become focused on glass. Of all the artists of his generation Lipofsky was closest to these dramatic changes in attitude, partly because of being based in California, partly due to his own liberal tendencies. Over a twenty year period with the help of his students whilst teaching both at the University of California, Berkeley and at California College of Arts and Crafts, he created an environment where new ideas and tested information could flow.

– Dan Klein (on Marvin Lipofsky) 2003

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
46th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22