Andrew Jackson Pollack’s Latest
Andrew Jackson Pollack has been an artist his entire life. Raised by artist parents, he was introduced to various mediums at an early age.
While studying at Loyola University, he spent most of his time at the New Orleans School of Glass learning the art of glassblowing. He’s since devoted himself to the exploration of his medium, teaching and creating art full-time. Now, he’s opening his own state of the art glass lampwork studio and gallery, in the city that sculpted him into the artist he is today.
The studio, which is located in Uptown at 4132 Magazine Street, will be local–centric. The gallery will feature a collection of Pollack’s own work, as well as work from the vibrant community of local glass artists here in New Orleans.
Once opened, the studio will have a variety of taster classes, as well as a full curriculum. Workshops will offer everything from glass beadmaking to blowing and sculpture. Introductory projects will include beads, marbles, and ornaments, while more advanced students will learn to create perfume bottles, goblets, and sculptures — such as menorahs, which are one of the items in Pollack’s Judaica line.
“The Judaica is one of the first lines I created when I started my business,” says Pollack. “I sold my work to many synagogue gift shops and to a handful of museum shops, like the Jewish Museums in New York and San Francisco. It really helped me survive as an artist and dial in my style while exploring some ideas.”
Now Pollack only makes about a dozen menorahs a year, but each piece is fully functional and one of a kind. Pollack also makes many custom Judaica pieces for events, such as weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs.
“I do both sculpting and blowing and combining these techniques to make larger and more complicated and detailed sculptures is probably my favorite challenge,” says Pollack. “It’s a never ending search for the ‘perfect’ form.”
In January, Pollack will travel to Atlanta for a show at The Ventulett Gallery. While there he’ll be teaching for a week at a local high school that he’s worked with for over 12 years – bringing glass into their art, science, and history departments. Through this program Pollack has introduced over 1,000 kids to lampworking glass art.
Pollack’s work is on regular display at the RHINO Gallery, and on December 30th, fans can find him at the Arts Market in Palmer Park.
ART ON DISPLAY
The Art of Giving
December 5, 6 - 8:00 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Meet the makers and enjoy music, cocktails and crafts while shopping for unique, handmade gifts during the Center for Southern Craft & Design’s free annual holiday shopping event, ogdenmuseum.org/event/art-of-giving.
December 6-9, Lafayette Square
LUNA Fête, or Light Up NOLA Art, uses illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and art animated by technology to connect street-based celebration with a new era of contemporary art, artsneworleans.org/event/luna-fete.
Words and Music Festival
December 6-10, Hotel Monteleone
Sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, this festival gives new and established authors a chance to showcase works in front of literary agents, publishing companies, and other writing professionals, wordsandmusic.org.