This visual art appears in Issue 59: Forged.
This piece is part of a series of small, cast bronze chairs, and was the first instance in which I combined my love of furniture making with my educational background in sculpture. The chairs were first made out of wax, allowing me to make the forms much more gestural. They were later cast in bronze using the traditional 'lost wax' technique. The miniature scale and the idea that these familiar forms can be handled in a totally different way was intriguing, adding to their delicacy and intimacy.
Born and raised in New York City, Sophie Glenn received her BFA in Sculpture and Drawing from SUNY Purchase College, and her MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University. She has exhibited her work across the country, and has received several grants, fellowships, and residencies to help advance her career. Sophie has taught workshops and has held academic appointments at Tennessee Technological University and Mississippi State University. www.sophieglenn.com
I work with book paper and steel, two materials with very different meanings in the context of our daily lives. The book is an object of education, growth, and escape. Steel is trickier to see and often invisible: its forms make up so many primary structures in our constructed environment. Using book paper and steel, I explore these meanings and find a curious harmony between these materials and the flexibility, history, mass, and density both possess.
ANDREW HAYES. Shadow, 2019. Fabricated steel and book paper. 14 inches x 10 inches x 7.5 inches. Photo Credit: Steve Mann.
Andrew Hayes, born in Tucson, AZ, studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University. He left school to learn more about metal fabrication and eventually participated in the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts. In 2014 Andrew returned to Penland as an artist in residence. Since 2018 he has been working out of his studio in Asheville, NC. He creates sculptures that are exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions. www.andrew-hayes.squarespace.com
As a metalsmith I use properties of the metal: the plasticity, the permanence and the dimensionality. As an enamelist I use properties of the glass: the preciousness, the surface qualities and the color. In my work these properties function together to make a whole, with the two materials complementing and completing each other, rather than either being visually more important than the other. I find enameled containers to be eloquent of a compelling blend of self-containment, secrecy and preciousness.
07 – SARAH PERKINS. Corroded, 2017. Copper, enamel. 3.75 inches x 4.5 inches x 4 inches. Photo Credit: Tom Davis. Collection of Emily Berg.
Sarah Perkins received her MFA at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is Professor Emerita at Missouri State University. She has shown her work in the USA, India, Canada, Europe and Taiwan. Her work can be seen in Metalsmith, Ornament, American Craft and in the books Contemporary Enameling, The Penland Book of Jewelry, and The Art of Enameling. www.sarahperkinsenamels.com
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