Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tyler Glass Visiting Artists Fall 2009

We had an amazing lineup of visiting artists last fall – finally found the time to write about them! We decided to invite three artists at different stages in their careers: emerging, mid-career, and established. Our first visitor was Yuka Otani, an emerging artist. She gave a great lecture about her mixed media works and then spent the rest of the day doing technical demos. First, she showed us how to cast sugar drinking vessels (her own vessels: image 2; casting sugar: image 3), part of a large work in progress (we can’t wait to see the finished installation!). Then she worked in the hot shop to blow liquid sugar – beautiful (image 1)! She was so generous with time and also sharing the technical details of her work. Otani is a 2008 MFA from RISD and a 2000 BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan.

Jocelyne Prince represented our mid-career artist. Prince is a conceptual artist working with glass and other sculptural media, and is an Assistant Professor in Glass at RISD. She brought incredible energy and spirit to Tyler – her lecture was awesome and we love the way that her work challenges so many preconceived notions about glass. Everyone was particularly struck by her use of performance and sound in creating experiential work, especially in these works in which molten glass captures the marks of sound (images 4 + 5).

Internationally renowned stained glass artist and fellow-Philadelphian Judith Schaechter – our established artist - closed the semester with a wonderful/inspiring/hilarious/brilliant lecture on creativity. Schaechter had everyone laughing with tears in their eyes, and her talk reminded us of the joy at the core of making our work. Schaechter is an internationally renowned artist working with stained glass. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1992 Pew Fellowship in the Arts (Crafts). She is represented by Claire Oliver in New York.

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