Originally from Rochester, New York, Gilbert took her first glass class in 2000. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005, and in 2006 she moved out to the Pacific Northwest to work as a member of the Museum of Glass Hot Shop team in Tacoma, Washington. She has been there ever since, assisting artists from around the world in making their work in addition to developing her own practice. Gilbert’s work has been featured recently in the exhibition, Young Glass, at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark and Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sarah Gilbert contemplates life’s questions: “How do we navigate our world? What are the tools we use? How do we keep from getting lost? How do we know we are in the right place?” and “What are the dangers that can distract us from our final goals?” Seeking answers, Gilbert draws inspiration from the ingenuity of humankind and the animal world to develop methods and tools to ensure success and survival.
Gilberts uses glass primarily, and her focus in cameo engraving as a way of creating imagery pulls from a long history dating back to Roman times. Her constructed narratives begin with layers of glass color and as she carves, the time consuming process of grinding away the surface enables her mind to reflect on her questions as her images emerge.
Please feel free to contact me at stellamae55[AT]gmail[DOT]com
2005 BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
2019 The Glass Canvas, Blowing Sands, Ballard, WA
2019 Todays Special, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
2019 Perfect Strangers, Vetri, Seattle, WA
2019 Secret Admirers, Pilchuck gallery , Seattle, WA
2018 Some Like it Hot, Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Signs and Signifiers, More fire Glass, Rochester, NY
2017, 2019 Transparent: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
*show travels to Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2017 Young Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
* show travels to The GLass Factory, Sweden
and The National Glass Centre Sunderlan, UK
2016 Lifeforms, The Hodge Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Museum of Glass, National Glass Center, Sunderland England
2015 All Natural, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA
2015 The Gaffer, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA
2014 Exchange Rates, Vasquez Building, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Accreted Terraine, Musuem of Northwest Art, LaConor, WA
2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation of Art Award Nominees Tacoma, WA
2014 3000 Miles from Home (solo show), Kittredge Gallery Tacoma, WA
2012 Union Jack, Fulcrum Gallery, Tacome, WA
2012 12 Hands 60 Toes, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011 small favors, The Clay Center, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Get Lost, Viscocity Seattle, WA
2006 Over the Top, More Fire Glass Studio Rochester, NY
2005 Girls on Fire, More Fire Glass Studio Rochester, NY
2005 The Space Between, Senior Thesis Show, Rochester, NY
2003-4 Rochester Institute of Technology Honors Show, Rochester, NY
2015 Hauberg Fellowship Stanwood, WA
2013 Tacoma Arts Initiative Funding, Tacoma, WA
2009- Tourism Ambassador for the Puget Sound
2006 Contemporary Glass Philadelphia Grant Philadelphia, PA
2019 Penland School of Crafts Spruce Pine, NC- Teaching Make Your Mark
2019 Pilchuck Glass School Stanwood, WA- teaching Carving Illusions with Jara Sara
2018 Murano, Italy Demonstration as part of Glass Art Society Conference
2015- Museum of Glass, WA: Starter for Hot Shop Team
2006-2015 Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA: Lead Hot Shop Technician
2014 Pilchuck Glass School Stanwood, WA: Teaching Assistant to Roisin DeButlier.
2008 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Derr Isle, ME: Teaching Assistant to Nancy Callan
and Katherine Gray.
2005-6 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA: Shop Supervisor for glass department.
2006 RKS Studios,Reading, PA: Production Glassblowing
2006 Goggleworks Reading, PA: Teaching Beginning Glassblowing
2000-6 More Fire Glass Studio Rochester, NY: Studio Assistant and Instructor.
2004 Pilchuck Glass School Stanwood, WA: Teaching Assistant, Robin Cass.
2002-5 Hot Shop Assistant to Robin Cass: Rochester Institute of Technology
2004-5 Hot Shop Assistant to Jackie Pancari: Rochester Institute of Technology
2004 Corning Museum of Glass Corning,N: Teaching Assistant, Robin Cass.
2004 Pilchuck Glass School Stanwood, WA: Artrtist Assistant, Renee Stout.
2003 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC: Teaching Assistant, Emilio Santini / Elizabeth