Artist Joe Stanaway’s The Glass Ride, a full scale glass sculptor replica of a “chopper” motorcycle with kiln cast and blown glass components, was received popular support during and after the 67th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Classic. The exhibit has been extended through October 19th to allow more visitors to view this one-of-a kind piece in its American debut.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 999 Main Street in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65+ and free for children 12 and under.
Artist Joe Stanaway, a Helena, Montana native, completed his Masters in glass and architecture glass design from the Edinburgh College of Art, where he unveiled The Glass Ride in December, 2006. Joe says of his work and himself “I find it easy to be drawn into the look of custom motorcycles. They are very much like glass; the extraordinary use of sculpted chrome polished to a mirror finish, the heavy clear coating over a beautiful buffed petrol tank giving it a transparent glass -like quality. In life we have a tendency to feel better in groups. The group I ran with chose to express themselves on iron horses; I was the black sheep that chose the road of hot glass.” Joe will follow that road of hot glass to Dillon, Montana where he has accepted a professorship in the Glass Department at the University of Montana Western
Further information about the artist is available at www.joestanaway.com, about the museum at www.sturgismotorcyclemuseum.com, or by contacting:
Marcia F. Dunsmore
Interim Executive Director, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
999 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785