manipulates glass into remarkable structures. His mastery of

glass is achieved through his primary use of a kiln, which gives him control over all aspects of the glass. He spends time in the studio going through multiple steps to perfect each and every process.

 

“My passion is cold working the glass – cutting, carving, polishing – to see what secrets and beauty the glass holds inside for us all to see.”

 

Ditore has become one of San Diego’s prominent contemporary glass artists. His passion to evolve and push his art forward was inspired by working with Klaus Moje, Fritz Dreisbach, Frantisek Janak.  He has been TA and Cold Shop Coordinator at Pilchuck Glass School, and lectures locally.

 

His work has been shown in museums, galleries, private collections, widely published, radio and news spots, and several glass books.  His expertise is shared through consulting and design of Cold Working and Fusing Studios. This year brought him a contract to design and set up cold working and fusing studios in an Art Center in China, from where he recently returned.

Exhibitions

2018

"Black and White"

Imaging the World Gallery 

La Jolla, California

"Africa North and South"

Imaging the World Gallery

La Jolla, California

2017

Galaxy of Glass 

Fallbrook Art Center 

Fallbrook, California

2015

Workhouse Glass National

(1st Annual) 

Juror Maurine Littleton

2014

Juried Biennial 

Cannon Art Gallery 

Carlsbad, California

2013

Galaxy of Glass 

Fallbrook Art Center 

Fallbrook, California

2012

“Divergent Visions”

The Bender Gallery 

Asheville, North Carolina

2007

Pilchuck Glass School Auction 

Seattle, Washington

“Contemporary Israeli Photography” Art complementing Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit 

Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego, California

2006

“Reflections in Glass: An International Exhibition”

Grava Gallery

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“Within the Elements”

The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural Museum 

San Diego, California

2005

“Juried Biennial”

Cannon Art Gallery, Juror Hugh M. Davies, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art 

San Diego, California

2004

“Celebration of Glass”

Mingei International Museum, Invitational

“Glass Expression”

Jurors Boyce Lundstrom, Maureen McGuire, Pat Worrell

2003

“It’s a Zoo Out There”

Escondido Municipal Gallery, Juror Stephanie Hanor, Museum of Contemporary Art 

San Diego, California

2002

“Garden of Glass”

AGASC Juried Annual, Juror Karen Willenbrink Johnson

San Diego, California

Awards

2014

Arts & Crafts Design Award Nominee

2008

Saxe Award Nominee

Niche Award Finalist

2006

Dominick Labino Memorial Award 

Toledo Museum of Art

2005

Corning Foundation Award Nominee

Commissions

2018

Consulting/Design of New Cold Working Studio and Fusing Studio 

YZ, China

2008 - 2018

Commissions for private clients and corporate entities

2005

Glass/Steel Sculpture

Yellow Coyote Tortilla Factory

Carlsbad, California

2004

“Ornaments”

Alberta DuPont Bonsall Foundation 

San Diego, California

Galleries

Imaging the World Gallery

La Jolla, California

Imaging the World Gallery

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Bender Gallery

Asheville, North Carolina

Collector’s Corner

Toledo Museum of Art

Toledo, Ohio

Arts for Healing

Oceanside, California

Teaching

2016

Cold Shop Coordinator

Pilchuck Glass School

2015

Lecture Series

Palomar College

Cold Shop Coordinator

Pilchuck Glass School

2014

Cold Shop Coordinator 

Pilchuck Glass School

2012

Cold Shop Coordinator

Pilchuck Glass School

2008

Teaching Assistant to Janak & Dreisbach

Pilchuck Glass School

2007

Studio Coordinator

Pilchuck Glass School

2006

Introduction to Cold Working

San Diego, California

Education

2013

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Cut & Carve, Frantisek Janak

2006

Pilchuck Glass School

Session V, Lienors Torre

2005

Pilchuck Glass School

Session II, Judy Hill

2004

Pilchuck Glass School

Session IV, Klaus Moje

2004

UC San Diego

Glassblowing, Clay Logan

2003

Advanced Glass Fusing

Avery Anderson & Brock Craig

2002

Glass Cold Working

Doug Randall

1996

Mary Baldwin College

Art/Business, Staunton, Virginia

©1998 Dick Ditore

Revised: 2019

*an art and design collaborative