Hello again! I’ve been mostly away from the socials for a while but hard at work on the business side of things. Last fall and the holiday season were crazy busy but it ended in a bang, and I thank everyone who came out in support of my work. And I finally got my upgraded site published. She’s basic but leaner and cleaner. I’m happy to have the bones built although there is more back end work to do. The Artwork Cubed Glass Studio online store is accessible on the main menu and I look forward to warmer weather so I can get back to creating in the studio and stocking the “shelves”. In the meantime Valentines is around the corner and my Heartsparks pendants make the perfect surprise to show that special someone how they make your heart glow!
Here some shots from the opening reception of “The Art of Craft” at Centennial Arts Center. So good to spend time with fun and talented friends! I’m grateful my art is hanging in their beautiful space in the company of cool, innovative and creative art (thru end of September 2019). Long live craft artists! Can’t wait to bring home the piece I acquired by Sara King. Thanks for the memories @ltrpottery (not mentioning names, Larry and Tracey Rogers 🙂) and to you Didi, @joshuawagner @tennesseecraftmidstate and everyone who worked so hard to create this event! @centennialartscenter #nashvillekilnformedglassartist #industrialart #glassandmetalart #upcycledart #artevent #artexhibit
It’s always an honor to have my work chosen to exhibit, especially so with other members of my Tennessee Craft Chapter. They have been super supportive of my work and I am very grateful to be part of a community with such talent! And what a pleasant surprise to have my “Radiate” sculpture on the sign. Thanks to my Middle Tennessee Chapter and all my dear friends for a fun reception!
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I have been so fortunate to be busy, busy, busy!!! But I have been remiss in posting my events to my blog in favor of posting to my Artwork Cubed Facebook page. All these are under my “Events” section in the website. Here’s a brief rundown:
Centennial Arts Center, 2016 – Stretching the Boundaries
TN Craft Mid-State Members Exhibit: The Gordon Jewish Community Center , 2016 – TN Craft Mid-State Member Exhibit
Art on the West Side – Art on the West Side 2017
Brentwood Public Library – The Brentwood Library 2017
Friends of the Brentwood Library have honored me with this write up on my first solo exhibit. What a wonderful way to start 2017!
February might be the shortest month of the year, but the latest showcase gallery sure isn’t short on talent. Throughout the month, the showcase gallery at the library entrance will feature Seasons in Glass by Alice Shepherd. Her work consists of beautifully crafted kiln-formed glass pieces in a variety of colors and designs.
Shepherd started her kiln-formed glass practice in 2007 and then formed Artwork Cubed a full time studio built with her husband in 2011. The Nashville native has had her glass art recently shown in a juried exhibit at Centennial Arts Center and she is a regular at Picture This Hermitage Gallery.
Alice says her process is intuitive, describing her collection as inspired by the textures, light, and colors of nature and changing seasons. “These artworks represent my attempts to capture elusive feelings and precious memories in three dimensions.”
Take a few minutes to check out Alice Shepherd’s work at…
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Good summary of difficult to define categories. I think I fall somewhere between Mixed-Media leaning toward Multidisciplinary and dreaming of being Interdisciplinary by definition!
“I hear you’re an artist. What kind of art do you make?”
Depending on the type of work that you make, this could be one of the most awkward introductions you might face. The lines between art fields can get pretty blurry sometimes. More often than not, the person asking is really looking for a term that they know: painter, sculptor, drawer, graphic artist, etc. But what if you do several of them? How do you answer then?
In this entry, I’ll discuss the differences between a few artist classifications. I’ve also designed set of informative graphics that explains their differences by using funny food analogies. Check out the different classifications. Which one describes you?
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I kicked off the new year by creating a piece I started in 2011 that was originally intended as a wedding gift for our nephew Daniel and his talented wife Eden (Eden Frangipane Photography). Things were going splendidly when suddenly the muses fell silent. Something was missing, elusive, beyond me. Maybe I would finish it for their third anniversary, but no, still it was not yet time. Until recently….
Here is the fused glass component as it was in 2011, (double layer kiln formed glass with mica letter inclusions and transparency of their photo), patiently awaiting the right moment…
Then the moment came. The couple has brought forth a new soul, their first child, daughter Basil. And the muses sang, now they are three!
The concept and design are inspired by their enchanting ceremony/reception, and are distilled from their lovely, organic wedding materials: the photo (included in the wedding invitation), the rehearsal dinner invitation cover (copy seen here, original now permanently affixed to the back), the shape of the leather hang tag from the envelope address label…
now with the addition of an element that literally ties the entire piece together: the tricolor braided wire to symbolize three souls now woven into one. (Click for larger pics; Detailed description at bottom of post)
Serendipity graced us when I presented it yesterday: with Basil’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents all present on Mimi’s birthday (her great grandmother and my loving mother-in-law)! I was delighted to meet and hold sweet Basil and, as icing on the cake, the piece coordinates with the decor in her room so they plan to display it there. All things in good time, indeed.
The muses are smiling. I am happy and thankful. It is one of my favorite pieces.
(Glass suspended by braided copper wire (through channels in glass) in painted wooden box padded with white leather and trimmed in torch fired copper. Hand tooled and aged leather tag, quote from original rehearsal dinner invitation written in the hand of Daniel’s creative mother, and my signature on back. Stands on rubber feet or hang.)
I’ve just gotten word that my profile has been posted into the Metro Arts Artist Registry! Check it out at: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/profile/detail/35522. Be sure to scroll down for pics. Next step: add upcoming events!!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the site while you’re there. Looking forward to an exciting new year!
Pictures speak volumes! Here is my wonderful evening as a presenter for ARTable. Thank you Nashville Arts Magazine and Paul Polycarpou for the coverage and fun auction. My sincere gratitude to Matt Fischer (Picture This) and Deann Bradford (Leadership Donelson-Hermitage) for this opportunity; and to Danielle “The Clay Lady” (Clay Lady Studios) and Tami Archer (Mid-South Ceramics) for being such gracious hosts at their gorgeous campus.
Thanks also to everyone who helped and to those who came out in support! I hope you all enjoy your new artworks! More pieces are available now at Picture This (my gallery page on their website is being updated as I write).
In the meantime you can browse my website under Current Work for info and pricing. Let me hear from you and be sure to share pics! Contact me here or at Artwork Cubed on Facebook and enjoy your fall season!
Fresh from the kiln this morning. This piece is tangible evidence of the guiding philosophy of my art practice, “Solve et Coagula”, (breaking something apart and putting it back together, stronger). It started out as a birthstone bowl that met with a tragic fate. Instead of trashing the many pieces its owner bravely returned them to me. I fused them back together with additional glass and the gift to me was inspiration to attempt my first drape! It turned out beautifully and I am grateful.
(Overall 10″w x 5″h with a 3″ base)