Virtual Studios Program Highlights GlassRoots' Virtual Studios were born in March 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis, as a way to stay connected while we're physically apart. Proudly, it is now a part of our regular programming. Stay tuned to this page for the lineup of our fun and informative programs, or sign up for our monthly newsletter by emailing us at email@example.com.
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The WorkerSpace Lecture Series / January 2021 Available on demand on GlassRoots' Facebook page
GlassRoots’ presents the WorkerSpace Lecture Series, our continuing education series for craft entrepreneurs and small business owners hosted by GlassRoots' Entrepreneurship Instructor, Ellen Brown. In this series, we'll bring you inspirational stories, practical information to strengthen your business, live interviews and more!
Wednesday, January 21 / Facebook Keeping Out the Copy Cats with IP Attorney Michael Kasdan
In this episode, Ellen speaks with intellectual property lawyer Michael Kasdan of Wiggin & Dana, about how artists and craftspeople can protect their ideas and their work, while making sure not to tread on any third party intellectual property rights. ________________________________
Smith is an associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Smith earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University....Smith’s work is driven by the energies of Hip Hop and Jazz in both wheel thrown and hand built creations. His studio interests include ceramics and drawing. Using intersections of graffiti art, the graphic conventions of comic books, organic abstraction and cues from African art as fertile soil for invention Smith’s works, guided by improvisation, merge volume and form with graphic flatness and play.
Week of January 18: Karen Hampton
Karen Hampton is an internationally recognized conceptual artist, addressing issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community. Hampton’s art practice is the synthesis of memory, history, time and cloth. Hampton, a student of cultural relationships, seeks to break through stereotypes and address issues related to being an African American woman. Frequently referring to herself as a griot (storyteller), she imparts conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. The canvas of her artwork is a coarsely woven cloth that is aged and imbued with these images, dating back to a forgotten part of the American story. Using her training in the fiber arts and anthropology, she brings together the roles of the weaver, the dyer, the painter, the embroiderer, and the storyteller. Hampton has found that working with historical narratives provides a vehicle to bring these silenced voices into the American landscape.
Week of January 25: Heather Beck
A special artist lecture with fine jewelry maker Heather Beck, from Easthampton, MA. Heather was a studio assistant at Peters Valley in 2006; "I got the bug for working with my hands from my dad, and fell in love with the alchemical magic that is metalsmithing as an undergraduate at UMass Dartmouth. My studio work ranges from hand-textured collections inspired by the natural world I love to explore, to custom pieces that symbolize the magic in my client's lives. I love the stories behind every custom piece, and work with each client to design an object that represents their unique truth. Sometimes it's a story of love, sometimes it's a story of achievement, sometimes it's about needing a talisman that can guide you through a storm. Whatever story brings someone to my studio, I feel honored to hear it and be a part of manifesting the next chapter.”
GlassRoots wants to help you acknowledge special relationships and lighten spirits, with this one-of-a-kind glass heart! Reach out to the ones you love with art! Each heart is shipped directly from our studio, along with your personalized message.