Michael Glancy 1950–2020

Born in Detroit in 1950, Michael Glancy earned a BFA from the University of Denver in 1973 and a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1977. Enticed by the “smoke and fire” of glassblowing, Glancy continued his education with glass artist Dale Chihuly, earning an MFA in glass from RISD in 1980.

In 1982, while teaching at Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School, he discovered sandblasting and cold-working techniques. He adopted the thick, heavy glass construction of the Italian sommerso and Scandinavian graal, better suited for deep reliefs (in contrast to the Venetian method of blowing paper-thin vessels).

Glancy rarely created stand-alone objects, preferring instead to create dynamic pairings of sculpted objects and the complementary bases on which they were placed. The object and its display platform were thus conceived as forming an aesthetic whole. His signature technique was an electroforming process that creates a thin layer of metal on the glass. The artist (or his assistant) stencil-painted his creations with electrically conductive paint, attached electrodes to the object, and placed the object in a chemical bath of metallic compounds. Introducing an electrical current to the chemical bath transferred the metal plating to the painted surface of the glass, producing a clean and defined separation between the two mediums and resulting in the intricately layered texture of each piece.

Auction Results Michael Glancy

MICHAEL GLANCY, Uranium Undulation | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Uranium Undulation

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $47,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Winter Jade - Circle Proof | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Winter Jade - Circle Proof

estimate: $12,000–16,000
result: $22,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Lunar Orb | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Lunar Orb

estimate: $8,500–12,500
result: $22,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Florentine Continuum | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Florentine Continuum

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750
MICHAEL GLANCY, The Fifth Iteration | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

The Fifth Iteration

estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $12,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Square Ascension | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Square Ascension

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375
MICHAEL GLANCY, Pompeii Specter | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Pompeii Specter

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Large bowl | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Large bowl

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250
MICHAEL GLANCY, Aurora | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Aurora

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $5,000
MICHAEL GLANCY, Wave Iteration | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Wave Iteration

estimate: $10,000–15,000
MICHAEL GLANCY, Banded Scion | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Banded Scion

estimate: $2,000–2,500
MICHAEL GLANCY, Banded Scion | ragoarts.com

Michael Glancy

Banded Scion

estimate: $2,000–2,500