Wheaton Conversations: Marc Barreda & Kitty Laméris

Image of the banner for an episode of Wheaton Conversations divided into three different rectangular sections with red lines. The section on the left is a vertical rectangle and the two sections on the left are horizontal. The section on the left features an image of a lady with a clear horn-shaped trick glass in front of a dark teal background. The lady has her head tilted back as she pours a clear liquid out of the trick glass into her mouth. The liquid instead spills all over her face, mouth, and light teal-colored shirt. The lady has shoulder length, curly brown hair, and red lipstick. The top right section has a gray background with large white text that reads "Wheaton Conversations" with a curvy red line underneath it. Underneath the line is more white text that reads "Marc Barreda & Kitty Laméris". The bottom right section shows six pieces by the featured artists lined up in a horizontal row against a white background that turns dark around the sides. The piece on the left is metallic and cylindrical with legs to hold it up. Next to this piece is another piece that is a tall vase-like shape with black lines that intersect with one another creating small diamond-shaped spots of clear glass in between them and three dark circles lined up vertically in the middle of the piece. Next to this piece is a funnel-shaped clear glass with two textured rings around the body of it. Next to this piece is a tall clear glass piece that has been pinched into different round sections with a slight curve in the middle as the round sections build up to the top of the piece. Next to this piece is a tall clear glass with a thin stem and a large funnel-shaped top that is filled with dark red liquid. The final piece, on the right side of the image has clear funnel-like base with swirly attached pieces that are also decorated with knob-shaped pieces. There is a larger funnel-shaped piece on top of the base with more swirly attachments and knobs as details.
Practical Archaeology, Drinking Horn. Marije Kuiper, Hazazah Film & Photography.

Wheaton Conversations:
Marc Barreda & Kitty Laméris
with Alex Rosenberg & Mary Mills

6 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 18, 2024 via Zoom

Join us as Mary Mills and Alex Rosenberg host master glassblower Marc Barreda and glass expert Kitty Laméris, both of whom will be coming to us from the Netherlands. They will discuss their extensive research on European trick glasses, which culminated in their internationally acclaimed publication, Trick Glasses: Devious Drinking Devices

Beginning in the late 1500s, glassblowers began making intricately designed vessels for drinking games. The trick often involved getting sloshed in the face or being coerced to drink to excess. Marc and Kitty conducted an unprecedented study of extant trick glasses in museums and private collections around the world. Kitty combed primary sources to provide a detailed cultural context for the objects. Marc used historically accurate techniques to replicate each type of trick glass. He coined the term “practical archaeology” to describe his investigative method of testing exact reproductions to understand how they functioned. We are grateful to Marc and Kitty for contributing to our new exhibition, Centuries of Tomfoolery: Trick Glasses, Pipes, and Whimsical Delights.

Closed captioning is provided.
This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” 
a virtual series highlighting a diverse community of Artists!
To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here

Wheaton Conversations is generously presented by PNC Arts Alive! and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Image of Marc Barreda using a pair of metal tweezers to hold a metal rod steady. The metal rod has a mass of orange hot glass at the end of it and is pulling clear glass at the top of a long, thin clear glass piece that is attached to the end of a different metal rod at the bottom of the image. The piece has been pinched into many different round sections.

Marc Barreda (PERU/USA/NL, 1977). After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Williams College, Marc started a career in the arts, working as a mixed-media sculptor and training as a glassblower. He developed an understanding of glass by working for a variety of artists and by taking and assisting at classes at glass schools around the United States and Europe. This commitment to the medium opened a variety of doors for him, both domestically and abroad. In 2005, Marc made his first trip to Holland to help develop the Vrij Glas Foundation. In 2009, he moved to Amsterdam full-time to pursue a master’s degree at Sandberg Institute. His work is shown internationally and is housed in the collections of The Creative Glass Center of America, the Museo Nacional del Vidrio in Spain, the Nationaal Glasmuseum of the Netherlands, and elsewhere. Marc works with artists and designers to help realize their ideas in glass and teaches at the KABK in The Hague and at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. In the summer, Marc is also a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska. Recently, together with his friend and collaborator Kitty Lameris, a glass expert and historian, Marc published a book that is the product of an ongoing fascination with Trick Glasses. 

Image of Kitty Laméris outside holding a clear glass by the bottom disc with the right hand. The glass has a bottom disc, four round sections as the stem, and a funnel top. The glass is filled half way up the fourth round section with a red liquid. Kitty has blonde hair tied in a low bun and is wearing a dark red floral button shirt with white, pink, red, and beige mandala-like flowers.

As the daughter of a glass antique dealer, Kitty Laméris has been intrigued with glass since childhood. She studied Italian language and literature at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) with a minor in art history. In the Amsterdam-Venice year 1991, together with her father and glass expert Frides Laméris, she was asked to organize an exhibition in Amsterdam about Venetian and façon de Venise glass, with around 140 glasses from private Dutch collections. Since then, she has mainly focused on this type of glass from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. She researches, writes articles, and gives lectures on the subject, and teaches about it at the University of Amsterdam. Every now and then, a glass from that period even pops up on the television program ‘Tussen Kunst en Kitsch’ (the Dutch Antiques Roadshow), where she acts as one of the glass and tile experts. 

Together with Marc Barreda, she guest curated for the 2022 exhibition “Breaking the Ice with Glass, Canons, Blue Balls, Fountains and Fantasy Animals” at the National Glassmuseum in Leerdam (Netherlands). In the same year, their book on the same subject came out in Dutch and was published by NAI010 in English: Trickglasses, Devious Drinking Devices. Together with Anna, Willem, and Trudy Laméris, she runs Frides Laméris Art and Antiques, which specializes in the arts of fire, such as glass and ceramics.