Featured Artist: Tara Locklear

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How would you describe your medium?

Industrial and cultural materials I am drawn to within our urban lifestyles

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What themes seem to occur/reoccur in your work?

I would say the ideas of what we as a society deem important to give focus to on our body.? the idea of what we perceive as “precious”, monetarily or personally valuable to us.? i like to take the materials i use that are blindly important to most daily activities and bring them to the forefront.

Can you tell us a little about one of your favorite pieces that you’ve created?

I have made some fun pieces and have a few favorites.? I am really fond of the Unbridled Royalty Necklace that I made? out of cement, glass and sterling.? At the time I was making it, I was using all the skills I had just learned.? The way I had to make the pieces fit together and the time it took to lay it all out was such a brain workout! Hahaha! I feel the concept and overall tone of the piece said exactly what I wanted in a way that was more than I could have planned for.??

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What is your favorite thing about visiting the City of Pittsburgh as an artist?

I love visiting other cities to see what the community is doing.? To be able to communicate with other makers and have community time is really great!?

If you are interested in hearing more about Tara’s work please come to her free lecture, Interpretive Stonewear.?It’s Friday, November 1st from 5:30-6:30pm at Contemporary Craft, for more information click here!

Tara is also teaching a cement cast jewelry class at Contemporary Craft November 2-3, there are only two seats left, if you’re interested in signing up click here!