Craftspersons In Residence

Craftspersons in Residence, also known as gaffers, are accomplished artists with expertise in hot glassworking who execute the creative visions of Artists in Residence and Instructors. They have a strong interest in collaboration and a desire to stretch their abilities and ways of thinking. Craftspersons in residence bear the technical challenge and responsibility of creating work for other artists. Pilchuck invites two craftspersons in residence to participate in each session.

2020 CRAFTSPERSONS IN RESIDENCE

Artist

Karin Forslund

Karin Forslund trained as a glassmaker in Sweden and has worked in the Swedish-glass industry and at various studios around Scandinavia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Her inquiries carry her training and personal history into embodied performative and video-based work. Her work is exhibited internationally, most recently in New Glass Now, at Corning Museum of Glass, New York. She currently splits her time between Norway and the U.S.

Artist

KAREN NYHOLM

Art has always been part of the life of the Danish glass artist Karen Nyholm (1975), who finds her passion creating with her hands. Nyholm has been working with glass since 1998. In 2002 she graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Art, School of Design, Bornholm, and together with her husband and collaborator Ned Cantrell, she she opened the glasshouse Nyholm Cantrell Glas in 2004. Nyholm's sources of inspiration are dynamic and constantly moving. As a creator, Nyholm always transfers a part of her personality to the pieces she’s working with, which has enabled her latest engagements with subjects such as alter-egos and Doppelganger (lookalikes).

SESSION 1

Cross-Currents: Scandinavia

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Artist

jEFF BALLARD

Jeff Ballard is a professional glass artist with twenty plus years’ experience. He has taught, lectured, exhibited, and had residencies both nationally and internationally throughout Europe and Australia, and has been featured in several publications including New Glass Review and American Craft. Ballard’s work ranges from mixed-media sculpture to high-end functional glass design. He is currently working out of Big Spin Glass Studio, Eugene; a small artist collective specializing in custom lighting, sculpture, and functional glass design.

Artist

BRENT ROGERS

Brent Rogers was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he worked as a production glassblower and designer at the Glass Eye Studio. He has been an active member of Studio 5416, Ballard, since it opened in April, 2010. Rogers has studied at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle; Pilchuck Glass School, and as an intern at Benjamin Moore Incorporated, Seattle. He has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, and has been a resident artist at Pittsburgh Glass Center and Museum of Glass, Tacoma.

SESSION 2

The Jam Session

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Artist

Jessica Jane Julius

Jessica Jane Julius is an artist, educator, collaborator, and performer. She has a history of exhibiting large-scale installations that reflect of the current “culture of fear” in society, making work that evaluates where fear is manifested and cultivated. She is on the board of the Glass Arts Society, and was recently appointed to the executive committee as the vice president. Currently she is an assistant professor in glass at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Artist

sally mccubbin

Sally McCubbin is a solutions-driven designer. She has maintained an independent art career for over fifteen years, while running her design business, teaching at Sheridan College, Wyoming, and leading workshops internationally. Spanning a variety of fields from industrial design to public art, she has received over twenty-five grants and awards, most recently from the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Today, McCubbin lives and laughs in Toronto with her husband, illustrator Clayton Hanmer, and their daughter, Alice.

SESSION 3

Families Valued

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Artist

JASON CHRISTIAn

Jason Christian’s work combines the craft of reticello with classical Venetian techniques and modern simplicity. Christian is an integral member of Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse team, collaborating with international artists, including Pino Signoretto. He has worked with many well-known glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongrain, and Nancy Callan. Christian has also taught at Pilchuck Glass School; UrbanGlass, New York; and at University of Texas Arlington.

Artist

ROMINA GONZALES

Romina Gonzales is a New York-based, Peruvian interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, video, installation, printmaking, writing, and performance. Her work reflects upon themes of identity, politics, perception, and emotion by exploring experience through gestures that combine tangible and intangible materials. She earned a BFA from New York University after previously attending Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima.

SESSION 4

Loquacious

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Artist

JEN ELEK

Jen Elek utilizes blown furnace glass to create sculptural objects that display the materials’ ability to reflect, magnify, and represent bold color. Elek holds a BFA from School of Art and Design at Alfred University, New York, and worked on Master Lino Tagliapietra’s team for fifteen years. Elek has taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School; Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; JamFactory, Australia; and UrbanGlass, New York. In 2018, Elek became a Pilchuck Glass School trustee. Currently, Elek shares a studio with husband Jeremy Bert in Seattle.

Artist

ERIC MEEK

Eric Meek is a glassmaker and the hot glass programs manager at Corning Museum of Glass, New York. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the Kent State University, Ohio, MFA program, Meek has spent his career furthering the art of glass both through his personal studio practice and the promotion of glass art through his role at Corning Museum of Glass. Meek is a technique inspired artist with an appreciation of the raw aesthetic appeal of glass and its sculptural potential.

SESSION 5

Intelligent Design

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Artist

COURTNEY BRANAM

Courtney Branam approaches his practice for tradition and technique balanced by modern use of form and color. He works as a freelance glass blower in the Seattle area, received the 2013 People's Choice Award at Tacoma Museum of Glass Red Hot Auction and has taught at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn; Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee; Pittsburgh Glass Center and China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China. Branam’s work can be found at Vetri International in Seattle and Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio.

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Artist

JASEN JOHNSEN

Jasen Johnsen served as the head studio technician at Pilchuck Glass School for nearly 10 years. He worked as teaching assistant for Pino Signoretto and Hank Murta Adams. Along with his wife and collaborator Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Jasen Johnsen co-teaches sculpting classes throughout the world.

SESSION 6

Builders

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