"We are no longer doing the same things at the same time in the same places with the same people—and this is ...
Because of the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing stay-at-home order from the State of Illinois, Knox College has made the decision to teach the entirety of spring term remotely.
Major in Studio Art and Minor in Biology
How have you used your Mellon Fellowship?
I was awarded a Mellon Fellowship to do an intensive study at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG). CMOG showcases glass objects from 35 countries, has everyday demonstrations (flameworking, fiberglass, glassblowing, and even glassbreaking!), and it is also connected to the studio, where I spent most of my time in Corning, New York. I took two flameworking courses, where I learned how to use the flame of the torch to change the shape and color of the glass. Flameworking is basically mini glassblowing without a furnace, which is perfect for beginners. I had an opportunity to visit other classes and watch them blow, polish, dye or glue glass.
What inspired you to pursue this?
The most important thing I learned at Knox is how to make decisions like an adult. I learned to budget and manage my time outside of class productively. Everything started when I was taking Sculpture II (ART 217) with associate professor and chair of art Mark Holmes, who brought pieces of donated glass to class and showed us how to use a glass cutter to cut mirrors. My interest in glass quickly escalated to a desire of learning more about it. My ultimate goal as an artist is learning and mastering more materials. CMOG for sure is the best place to learn about glass, and Knox enabled me to go there!
How do you think this experience has influenced you as an artist?
I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity. I not only spent about eight hours a day in the CMOG studio with famous glass artists (my instructors were Suellen Fowler and Hugh Salkind), but also had the chance to explore the museum's collection as well as the wonderful Rakow Research Library. I also visited World's Kitchen Factory, which transforms glass into their famous unbreakable Corelle dishes every day. I attended the glassblowing demonstrations held at the museum's amphitheatre, which was built in place of an old Steuben Factory, which produced the world's clearest glass, and learned not only about flameworking, but also about other glass making techniques such as fusing, coldworking, and moldmaking.
Luba Liubvina '20 is co-president of Knox Artists' Collective and in the Students for Sustainability club, which promotes a sustainable campus, takes care of the Share Shop, hosts Meatless Mondays, and organizes Earth Month both for Knox and Galesburg community. In spring term of 2017 she completed an independent study where she illustrated a children's book by a Knox alumnus.