8461 Wayne Rd.
at Joy Rd.
17621 W. 12 Mile
at Southfield Rd.
HOURS: Monday-Thursday 9:30-5:30, Friday 9:30-8:00, Saturday 9:30-5:30
large paintings • sculptures
28620 northwestern highway
(between telegraph & 12 mile), southfield
Michigan Glass Month in April,
which last month had 23
Jean is recording the history of
the studio glass movement with
dated documents, catalogs and all
printed materials about artists and
exhibitions. Her basement is like a
library for the studio glass move-
ment with file cabinets, books and
data. The Sosins are often asked
to speak at seminars as well as
show their collection.
Not only are the Sosins collec-
tors and patrons in the contem-
porary glass world, but they are
friends with many of the artists.
"It's a very close community, and
I know many artists," says Jean
Sosin. The Sosins often open their
home to collectors, artists and
When the Czechoslovakian ar-
tist Jiri Harcuba needed financial
assistance, the Sosins commis-
sioned him for a work of art. The
result was a caricature of Jean and
Hilbert in glass. Today he is one of
the most important engravers in
The Sosins began collecting
glass in 1971 when Jean's sister-
in-law took her to the Habitat
gallery. "When we walked in, I was
overwhelmed by the beauty of
glass around me." At this time,
Jean was ill and diagnosed as
having Myasthenia Gravis, a
neuro-muscular disease. Since
Jean could not ambulate easily,
she decided to fill her time learn-
ing about this new art form.
As Jean's condition stabilized,
she continued to learn about the
movement and assemble a collec-
tion. "It filled an important need in
my life. I truly love collecting," says
Jean made a point to learn
about this new movement and the
techniques of the artists. As her
health improved, she attended
classes and went to exhibition
openings to meet the artists.
She learned that the movement
began in 1962 at a workshop held
in a garage at the Toledo Museum.
Artist Harvey Littleton, then a pot-