Spring is on the way in the Studio

It’s been awhile since the last post.  With spring right around the corner, now seems like the perfect time to share some recent happenings in the Studio.

It’s been an exciting winter for us here at Contemporary Craft.  Following upgrades to our wood studio, we were lucky to have Justin Lin volunteer with us for a month.  Currently based in Singapore, Justin is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is an artist, sculptor, and educator.  Justin’s work is multi-disciplinary, focusing on object-making processes and narratives.  During his time here, Justin made a lasting impact in our wood studio. Not only did he create a few shelving units for us, he also built an entire set of lockers for student use!  We really appreciate his visit, and are thankful for all of the work he did to advance the space while he was here.  To learn more about Justin, visit his website: http://www.justindlin.info

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Justin Lin, Quartersawn

With the opening of Bridge 13, we hosted our first workshop with one of the exhibition artists, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor.  Her large-scale sculptures have been a hit, encouraging students to delve into the process of “patching and cobbling together” their own reimagined works. Elisabeth is currently teaching at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, while she continues to make work.  Below are a few images of student work during her visit, along with a link to her website: http://www.elisabethhigginsoconnor.com

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We’re not quite done with workshops featuring Bridge 13 artists yet.  Next up is Jason Walker from Seattle, Washington, on April 18th.  We’ll be partnering with the Carnegie Museumof Art on this one, you can check out some of those details here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=23447&stype=-8&sView=day&sTrn=100000167

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Jason Walker

Last but certainly not least, we have three incredible days lined up with Keith LoBue, from Australia, in May.  Keith is a well-known “stuffsmith,” spending a day with him is something you won’t want to miss! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=23447&stype=-8&sView=day&sTrn=100000170

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Finally, we are thrilled to have received funding from the Pittsburgh Foundation Wish book.  With these monies we’ve introduced extra safety components to our metals studio, as well as we’ve been able to purchasea few jewelers benches.  There are still two more benches to be funded, if you’d like to help us finish this project:

http://community.pittsburghfoundation.org/file/callouts/WishBookHoliday2014.pdf

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This addition to the Studio is a bigmove for us, we’ll now be able to offer benches to artists when workshops are not
in session.  More to come about that in
our upcoming summer catalog!  Speaking of summer, if you’re interested in a sneak peek of those workshops, feel free to
browse:

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=23447

While this past season has been a busy one, spring and summer also have a lot to
offer.  We’re ready to get “Out of Hand”
for the benefit this weekend, our new apprentice has just been hired for next
year, and we have an incredible lineup of artists coming in to teach.  Check back soon for all of those updates!

See you soon in the Studio,

Rachel