In Honor of Charles Holden: The Glass Studio Project

Verista’s new project for 2019 is to support the development of a 2,000 square foot studio as a center for glass artists in Decatur, GA. The studio, formerly the workshop of artist Charles Holden, will provide space for workshops, collaboration and individual projects.

Untitled, from the shelter series. Cast Glass. Charles Holden, 2015

Charles L. Holden, 1958-2019, was a glass artist and instructor who created significant cast-glass sculptures that were shown in national exhibits. He took first place at the 2015 Workhouse Glass National. He also made custom functional glass.

His art explored themes of both isolation and belonging. As he expressed in an artist statement, “For me the form of a shelter is a metaphor for many of our needs, hopes and dreams. I imagine things solid, stable and attainable. But in reality they are shifting, tilting and drifting out of reach.”

Holden received his BFA from Middlebury College, and MFA in Film and Video Production from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Holden worked on the production of Nell and The Fugitive, among other films. He studied at Pilchuck Glass School and was a teaching assistant there.

Of glass as a medium, Holden wrote:

I choose glass for its predictable formal qualities — solidity, transparency, color. It allows me to work both on the surface and in the interior. But I also like glass for its surprises. Colors mix unpredictably. Highlights change as the day goes by. I’m never quite in as much control as I like to believe.

Holden’s glass studio was the center of his artistic life since 2002, but he was unable to use it during a long illness. The studio is being revitalized for a larger role in the glass community. Instructors from the Atlanta Glass Art Guild are planning workshops to be held there, and collaborative learning projects are also in the works.

Untitled, from the shelter series. Cast Glass. Charles Holden, 2015

In addition to basic operations costs, funds are being raised to cover specific studio needs, including:

  • Reorganization and upgrade of the space for educational uses
  • Tools and supplies needed for workshops
  • Repair of equipment and utilities

Names of donors will be included on a tribute wall in the studio.

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3 thoughts on “In Honor of Charles Holden: The Glass Studio Project”

  1. A donation to the Glass Studio project:
    In honor of Charles Holden.
    From the family of Alexander and Olivia Coggins.

    1. Wow! thanks James and Diane. I wish Charlie knew about it. Many believe that he might.
      That it comes from the family of our old and precious friends means the world. Love to you all, Jody and Howard.

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