John Miller, American, born 1966. Chicago Dog, 2018. Blown and Hot sculpted glass, mixed media, 16 x 28 x 14 in. (40.6 x 71.1 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

Blue Plate Special

April 10, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Harris - Burger Gallery

Hot dogs, french fries, and milkshakes are staples of American cuisine but for glass artist John Miller they also represent a sense of nostalgia. One of his earliest memories is spending time at his father’s motorcycle dealership in Hamden, Connecticut, and eating lunch across the street at Kitties diner. Since then hot rods, diners, and the pop culture of the 1950s have had a great impact on Miller’s personality and artmaking. His early glass works revolved around serious topics until he realized that “this work revealed only one side of me. The predominant side of my personality is very loose and comical but it had not come out yet.” In 1999, after absentmindedly sketching crinkle-cut fries on napkins every time he went out to eat, Miller made his first oversized glass french fry. The idea exploded, and no food was safe from becoming part of his lighthearted Blue Plate Special series.

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From the Exhibition

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. Box o' Fries, 2020. Mold blown glass and steel, 36 × 24 × 14 in. (91.4 × 61 × 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. Box O' Krinkle Fries, 2020. Mold blown glass with steel, 14 × 14 × 6 in. (35.6 × 35.6 × 15.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. Box O' Curlys, 2020. Hot sculpted glass and steel, 12 × 12 × 4 in. (30.5 × 30.5 × 10.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. Cozy Dog, 2019. Blown and hot sculpted glass, 26 × 13 in. (66 × 33 cm). Courtesy of the artist

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. It's Good For You, 2018. Blown glass, Courtesy of the artist.

  • John Miller, American, born 1966. CB w/ L, T, BAC, PIC, 2020. Blown, fused and hot sculpted glass, 14 × 22 in. (35.6 × 55.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist