Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Surface Forums

A few weeks back we were lucky enough to hosted three surface forums at the Arrowmont campus. Unfortunately I (HP) didn’t really get to spend as much time conversing with all of the people who came for the forum as I would have liked. The forums were loosely structured invitational gatherings which allow the artists to work in a open format in tandem with each other. The forums included a ceramics forum organized by former artist in residence Jason Burnett as well as a textile and metals forum. I unfortunately did not get to peak in on the metals forum but I did manage to snap a few photos of fibers and ceramics.If you are ever invited to attend one of these they are a fantastic opportunity to not only experience Arrowmont and Gatlinburg during the winter and a great chance to make art and get feed back from your peers. Enjoy! -HP

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rachel visits Corning Museum of Glass

In October, I had an opportunity to work with Polish glass artist Barbara Idzikowska at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. We experimented with soft molding making materials in order to make molds off the body which will ultimately be used for glass casting. Follow this link to read more about Barbara and watch a video of the process:

This exploration led me to new ways of thinking about mold making and alternate materials which I have been utilizing in a community class I am teaching to a group of local teenagers.