Flickinger Glassworks Newsletter
Our brief monthly newsletter about Red Hook, Brooklyn...
and other people, places & things we think you should know about.

Welcome to the May edition.

This month we present a way to help others during the coronavirus pandemic and provide updates on two of our favorite artists. 
Give Back
The eleven pieces up for grabs. Visit our Facebook page for details on the tableware, including pricing.
To raise funds for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) during this difficult time, Flickinger Glassworks is selling one-of-a-kind tableware pieces. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to WSCAH’s food pantry.

To view the available pieces more closely, visit our Facebook page linked here . Please note that the prices include the shipping costs.

If you’d like to order a piece, please email info@flickingerglassworks.com with the item name and price and we will confirm payment through PayPal and send the piece your way. 
Koho Yamamoto
Charles Flickinger with Koho Yamamoto; Photo Credit: Randy Duchaine
We previously shared a story about sumi-e brush painter Koho Yamamoto, a brilliant artist and inspirational teacher based in NYC. Charles Flickinger, who is a longtime student, intended to celebrate Koho’s 98th birthday with her in April. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the party had to be cancelled. Like everyone else, she has been living under quarantine for the past few months.

Sumi-e is a 2,000 year old art form in which ink is applied by brush to rice paper using deliberate, contemplative strokes. Koho has dedicated her life to teaching this ancient painting technique. She founded the Koho School of Sumi-E in 1973 in Soho, providing instruction to thousands of students until she was forced to close in 2010 due to a substantial rent increase as reported by this Times article . Since then, she continues to teach from her West Village apartment. Flickinger says her instructions convey wisdom to live by: “Make mistakes. Make many, many mistakes,” she often tells him.

Koho first learned her artistry when she and her family were detained at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah, an American concentration camp which housed thousands of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The U.S. government eventually paid the internees a token settlement for their pain and suffering. Koho, however, made the most of her quarantine there, studying poetry and sumi-e painting under master artist and teacher, Chiura Obata, also interned there.

"My experience during WWII and my life in internment taught me to have courage during uncertain times. Despite the camp experience being a severe hardship for most, I was liberated, and I had a lot of time to create. Under my teacher’s mentorship, I developed my free spirit and love of art, and I was influenced to spend my life working as an artist. I firmly believe that creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." - Koho Yamamoto

Josh Matthews of the Blue Man Group
Josh Matthews holding a bent glass snare drum constructed at Flickinger Glassworks
Broadway shut down on March 13 due to the coronavirus. So did the long-running Off-Broadway stage production of Blue Man Group. Josh Matthews , who is the music director of Blue Man Group and a former Flickinger Glasswork’s employee, says it hasn’t been all bad though. After decades of drumming six to eight shows a week, his arm was feeling it. So it’s been getting a much needed rest.

Josh once asked Flickinger Glassworks to team up with him to create a one-of-a-kind bent glass snare drum for his personal kit. Together we were able to set up custom tooling to bend clear reeded glass panels to make up the shell of the drum and fit it exactly to the existing housing. It produced a unique sound. But don't take our word for it, check out the short video below and hear for yourself.