Marvin Lipofsky - Legendary Glass Artist

and Glass Art Pioneer

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(September 1, 1938 – January 15, 2016)

       Marvin Lipofsky (1938-2016) was a glass blowing pioneer and veteran, and we are honored to carry his work in our gallery. Lipofsky was at the forefront of the then-underground international studio glass movement in the late 1960's and early 70's, and is considered one of it's most important founders. He was undeniably one of the most famous glass artists throughout his entire expansive career.

       Lipofsky's works are provocative, sensual, fluid, and irresistible to touch (remember your cloth to wipe off fingerprints!). His work has been described as "luscious," and is intensely visually interesting. Over many years Lipofsky travelled repeatedly to various countries to produce his glass sculptures which allowed him to produce pieces under a variety of conditions and in very different situations. Lipofsky was the first American to do a series of glass sculptures in China and Czechoslovakia. Lipofsky's work is in the permanent collection of over 50 major museums in the USA, Europe and Asia.

 

To learn more about Lipofsky's outstanding career, accolades, permanent  collections with his work, and artistic process, click here.

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Lipofsky Glass Sculpture Otaru 1987
Lipofsky Glass Sculpture Otaru 1987

​Blown at Glass Studio in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan with help from: Mitsunobu Sagawa. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Art California Color Series
Lipofsky Art California Color Series

Blown at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA with help from: Peter Novotny. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Glass Art Chico Springs
Lipofsky Glass Art Chico Springs

Blown at Cal State University in Chico, CA with help from: Eric Bladholm. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Glass Art Otaru Series 1988
Lipofsky Glass Art Otaru Series 1988

Glass Studio in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan in 1988. Created by Marvin Lipofsky, the invited guest artist. Blown with help from Mitsunobu Sagawa. Finished by Lipofsky in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Glass Art Chico Springs
Lipofsky Glass Art Chico Springs

Blown at Cal State University in Chico, CA with help from: Eric Bladholm. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Glass Art Pilchuck Series
Lipofsky Glass Art Pilchuck Series

Blown at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA with help from: Eric Bladholm, Tom Kreager, Dante Marioni. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Otaru Series 1987 # 1
9” x 12” x 11”
California Color Series 1986 # 6
14” x 15” x 11”
 
Chico Spring Series 1988 # 12
13” x 14”
 
Pilchuck Summer Series
1988-1989 # 11
14” x 16 1/2” x 16”
 
Chico Spring Series 1988 # 4
12 1/2” x 15”
 
Otaru Series 1987-1988  #19
10 1/2” x 16”
 
Marvin Lipofsky Glass Artist China
Marvin Lipofsky Glass Artist China

Blown at Dalian Shengdao in Dalian, China with help from Wong Cheun Yun. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Marvin Lipofsky Lauscha Group 1998
Marvin Lipofsky Lauscha Group 1998

Blown at Farblashutte in Lauscha, Germany with help from Rainer Bock and Frank Ficht-Müller. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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China Group II  1999-2000  #8
(2 pieces)
10” x 15” x 12”
 
Lauscha Group 1997-1998  #7
(2 pieces)
8” x 21” x 16”
Lipofsky Hanging Glass Wall Piece
Lipofsky Hanging Glass Wall Piece

Blown at Le Pontil Studio in Dieulefit, France with help from Claude Morin. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Marvin Lipofsky Glass Art Series CA
Marvin Lipofsky Glass Art Series CA

Blown at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA with help from Petr Novotny. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Dieulefit Group Wall Piece

1990-1996  #1  

(hanging)
13 1/2”x 10 1/2” x 7”

California Color Series

1986-1987  #20

12 1/2” x 19” x 15”

MarvinLipofsky Pilchuck Glass Artist
MarvinLipofsky Pilchuck Glass Artist

Blown at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA with help from Richard Royal and Robbie Miller. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Lipofsky Murano Glass Fratelli Toso
Lipofsky Murano Glass Fratelli Toso

Blown at Fratelli Toso in Murano Italy with help from Gianni Toso. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Marvin Lipofsky Glass Artist Series
Marvin Lipofsky Glass Artist Series

Blown at Crystalex-Hantich in Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia with help from Petr Novotny. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: Jeanette Bokhour

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Pilchuck Glass School Lipofsky Royal
Pilchuck Glass School Lipofsky Royal

Blown at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA with help from Richard Royal and Robbie Miller. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

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Liposky Ethel A. Furman & Associates
Liposky Ethel A. Furman & Associates

Blown at Crystalex-Hantich in Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia with help from Petr Novotny. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: Jeanette Bokhour

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Buy Marvin Lipofsky at GlassArt.net
Buy Marvin Lipofsky at GlassArt.net

Blown in Zwiesel, Germany. Finished by the artist in his Berkeley studio. Photo credit: Jeanette Bokhour

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Pilchuck Series 1984-1985  #18

14” x 18”

Fratelli-Toso 1976-1977 A

(highly rare)

13 1/2” x 15” x 13”

Series Crystalex-Hantich Novy Bor 1982-1986  #18

12” x 10” x 13”

Pilchuck Series 1984-1985  #4

12” x 19” x 18 1/2”

Series Crystalex-Hantich Novy Bor 1982-1984  #3

12” x 13 1/2” x 15”

Zwiesel Series 1980  #4

9 1/4” x 13 3/4” x 9 1/2”

Marvin Lipofsky Discount Glass Art Hanging Wall Sculpture Violetta Series 1992-96 piece #13. Blown in Glass Factory in Stronie Slaskie, Poland.

Violetta Series 1992-1996  #13

(hanging)

6” x 15” x10”

Marvin Lipofsky Glass Art Sculpture For Sale Stockholm Series 1989-91 pink and red piece #10. Blown at Konsfackskolan in Sweden.

Stockholm Series 1989-1991  #10

13” x 15”

Marvin Lipofsky Discount Glass Art on Sale California Storm Series 1982-83 Glass Sculpture Organic Forms

California Storm Series

1982-1983  #42

9 1/2” x 15” x 12 1/2”