Barry Poglein

Barry Poglein
Sculptor

Barry Poglein

“My Grandfather, Louis Poglein, was the foreman of the mould shop for Mckee Glass in Jeannette Pa., later becoming Thatcher Glass. My father, Paul Poglein followed in his footsteps to become foreman leading the mould-making department of the company. It soon became Jeannette Glass Company. I, because of their dedication to the craft, was privileged to grow up with both metal and wood shops in our basement. At a young age, being permitted to use the equipment, I developed the ability to visualize and produce in 3-d. Melting down car fenders and casting soldiers out of the pot metal is one of my earliest memories of the possibilities. When my buddies and I would run out of necessary foot soldiers for play, I would head back to the shop and make more. Production led me into carving original designed chess sets that were timely. During the Bobby Fisher/Spaskey tournaments, I was able to carve and sell enough to buy my first pickup truck. Having spent a lifetime, building a space in the woods to raise two boys, my wife and I still walk the paths eyeing trees for possible rendering with the saw. To continue the legacy of my forefathers, to produce sculpture which stands on its own as a statement of the tree, is in itself, a statement of what has gone before me.”

Barry Poglein, a resident of Indiana County, PA., is primarily a sculptor working in ice and wood. He performed as chainsaw artist during New Growth, and demonstrated innovative 3-d band saw sculpture before an international group of craftspeople of the Woodcollectors Society. He sculpted on-site ice forms for the Women’s Help Center Extravaganza. Poglein constructs kinetic sculptures featuring a rolling marble, often a lathe turned marble of exotic or local wood, as performing art. “Marble Chute” was constructed for Art Works in Johnstown, utilizing traditional post, beam, and cross-brace building techniques, with construction paper and an antique marble from his childhood marble collection largely inherited from his father who worked in the Jeannette Glass factories. Barry’s talents range from playing acoustic guitar, vocal, and performance art to mural painting, comic drawing, and portrait drawing. He has composed and performed music, which relates to activities with which he has participated, performing recently with Song Works in the Johnstown area. He worked as art instructor for thirty-five years, was active in helping to establish Youth Art Camp in Indiana, and is assisting in the planning and promotion of the Indiana Youth Arts Celebration

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December 12, 2014