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American Craft October/November 2017

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in this issue

3 min.
internally sound

BEING AN ARTIST IS A HIGHLY idiosyncratic business. Each artist has to figure out their path for themselves; there are no rule books. So how does an artist know they’re on the right track? Well, some might say, they win awards; they’re invited to show work in important exhibitions; their work is included in notable private and public collections. In other words, the world tells them they’re making progress. Yet, as some artists know, that sort of external feedback can be misleading. An artist focused on cues from the outside might not hear the most crucial voice – the subtle one within. In our feature on the latest crop of Emerging Voices Award winners, Jennifer Ling Datchuk describes the downside of an external focus (page 36). Early on, she recalls, “I worried…

3 min.
on our radar dylan martinez

ASK DYLAN MARTINEZ ABOUT his childhood in Minnesota and he’ll speak fondly of camping, fishing, playing sports, and helping his father, a mason, build structures for high-end homes. Ask the 31-year-old about art, though, and he’ll admit it’s a relatively new passion – and one closely connected to his love of scientific discovery. In 2008, Martinez grad - uated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in science, because he’s always been interested in how things work. But one day in his junior year, he happened to wander past the glassblowing studio. “I was really struck by the process and all the equipment and the heat that it took to shape [glass],” he says. “So OI tried it out, and it really resonated with me, both in the way…

3 min.

IT’S EASY TO BE ENCHANTED by the sleek, modernist charm of the patterned bowls and jewelry created by Supercooled, the husband-and-wife team of Eric Cruze and Tomo Sakai. They draw on a revered legacy: The pair’s exquisite creations are inspired by, among others, architect Carlo Scarpa, whose designs for Venini, the famed glass factory in Murano, Italy, shared a similar technique. Yet the duo’s stylish designs are uniquely their own – and though their wares may come across as effortless, the process behind them is time-consuming and manifold. To make a murrine bowl, for example, Cruze and Sakai must pull glass they’ve patterned with color into solid rods ranging from 5 to 30 feet long. Then the rods are chopped into murrine, or canes, that are fused in the kiln before…

5 min.
shows to see

AZ / Phoenix Heard Museum Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith Nov. 3 – Jul. 15 heard.org Awa Tsireh (1898 – 1955), a member of the San Ildefonso Pueblo tribe, first earned renown through his paintings. But he also had a lively metalworking practice, specializing in silver brooches and stampworked trays of silver and copper. This show draws work from museums and collections across the country. CA / Inglewood Branch Gallery for the Fiber Arts Fiber Trails Oct. 7 – Nov. 3 thebranchgallery.com Wherever Cameron Taylor- Brown lands in her travels – Bhutan, Peru, India, the Galápagos Islands – she gravitates to other fiber artists, whose cultures, methods, and aesthetics inspire her own weaving, mixed-media fiber collage, and installations. Eighteen are on view here. CA / Pomona American Museum of Ceramic Art We the…

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with an eye to history

Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass Edited by Denise Markonish, Rachel Berwick, and Jocelyne Prince Rhode Island School of Design and RISD Shortruns, $40 THIS OCTOBER, RHODE ISLAND School of Design wraps up its yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of its glass department with the publication of Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass. As editors Denise Markonish and Rachel Berwick explain, “wonder” aptly describes how RISD glass artists approach their chosen material. For them, to work with glass is to experiment with awe. In the spirit of experimentation, the 225-page book is not a glossy “best of” retrospective. Instead, it’s an intriguing catalogue of the expanding potential of glass – in art as well as interior design, furniture, and architecture. Essays on five themes – “Wonder,” “Alchemy,” “Nature,” “Science,” and “Invisible/ Unseen”…

3 min.
shop talk the olio

AS A SOPHOMORE AT THE University of Illinois, Rebeccah Byer was “kind of floundering in school and not really finding my fit.” She had taken a few art classes and wanted to take pottery that year, but when it was full, she opted for a glassblowing course. It was a match. “I just totally fell in love with the medium and the process,” Byer says. “It brought me back into school and really gave me a very focused direction for my life. I was 19 and felt like I just had no clue what I wanted to do, and furnace glassblowing just shifted me to a path.” Now, more than 20 years later, Byer guides others down the path as the founding executive director of the Olio, a nonprofit glassblowing facility in…