Rich Stewart is an informally educated sculptor living in San Diego. He began working in metal in his early teens, focussing on constructed, functional art, but always with an eye towards the surreal.
After many years away from metal he learned metal casting from Tobias Flores at UCSD. Rich has been actively exhibited in juried exhibitions throughout the western states since 2007 receiving various awards and honors.
“I like to make things from dangerous materials: molten metals, constructed metals, found objects and hot glass. American manifest destiny, the industrial revolution, pop culture and Breton’s manifesto; these threads combine to drive me toward imagery that I like to call, “punk surrealism”. For me a piece has to offer the viewer a story, risk sharing a vulnerability, ideally have some sort of humor about it, and at its best inspire the viewer to ask a difficult question.”
Rich currently produces his work at a private studio and Iron Pours throughout the the United States. He is also an instructor of casting and sculpture at his private studio.
To view Rich's work please visit: www.rawmetalworks.com
Kathleen began working in glass in 1981 inspired by the images, palette, passion and commentary of Paul Marioni’s work.
Early in her career at the glass Mecca, Pilchuck (north of Seattle) she fused, slumped and cold fabricated with Michael Cohn and Molly Stone and worked in casting and sculpture with Irish artist, Clifford Rainey. In addition, the summers at Pilchuck provided inspiration with exposure to Artists in Residence Italo Scanga and Bertil Vallien.
In 1984 she learned to blow glass with Henry Halem at Kent State. The frozen water pipes of a single winter in Ohio drove her back to Southern California but not before embracing Henry’s philosophy that “The Role of the Artist is to Raise Questions, Question Authority and Just Generally to Raise Hell”.
She currently produces her furnace work at her private studio at the Bread& Salt center for the arts
Kathleen is an instructor of both glassblowing and lampworking at her private studio.
To view Kathleen’s work please visit: www.kathleenmitchellglass.com
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