Seven not-so-conventional craftspeople in Massachusetts

Seven not-so-conventional craftspeople in Massachusetts
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Brett Angell

Brett Angell

MAKE SPEAK: Contemporary takes on craft by seven not-so-conventional craftspeople. Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 pm, Presentations and Reception, Free Admission. Windgate Gallery. North Bennet Street School, 150 North St, Boston, MA 02109.

From mathematics to mounting making, come whet your curiosity about the creative process, contemporary craftsmanship, and how things are made. Enjoy seven, 7-minute presentations by not-so-conventional craftspeople about how they work, think, and create:

Brett Angell – artist and mount maker. Mary Barringer – studio potter and editor. Martin & Erik Demaine – artists/mathematicians. Jonathan Baily Holland – composer and educator. Beth Ireland – artist and educator. Judith Leemann – artist and writer. Jeremy Ogusky – potter and fermenting evangelist.


Mary Barringer

Brett Angell:
As Senior Exhibitions Preparator at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Brett Angell has installed over 85 exhibitions and has traveled extensively to install the museum’s traveling shows including to the MFA’s sister museum in Japan. In addition to preparator he is the chief mount maker and orchestrated the mount designs for the installation of the new Art of the America’s Wing. Angell has previously worked at the Walker Art Center and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. He is also a practicing artist whose artwork is represented locally by Gallery Kayafas and is in the collections of the Chazen Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum and the Sioux City Art Center. Learn more

Mary Barringer:
Mary Barringer received a BA in art from Bennington College, apprenticed with Michael Frimkess, and has been a studio artist since 1973 making both sculpture and functional pottery. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at AKAR (Iowa City), the Signature Shop (Atlanta) and at the World Ceramics Expo in Korea. She has taught at numerous art centers and universities including Ohio University, the Boston Museum School and Penland School of Crafts. In addition to studio work, she has written and lectured on ceramic history and was named editor of Studio Potter journal from 2003 – 2014. Learn more

Martin Demaine @ Eric Demaine

Martin Demaine @ Eric Demaine

Erik & Martin Demaine:
Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine are a father-son math-art team. Martin started the first private hot glass studio in Canada and has been called the father of Canadian glass. Since 2005, Martin Demaine has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erik is also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Professor in computer science. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. In these capacities, Erik and Martin work together in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms. Their artistic work includes curved origami sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian. Their scientific work includes over 60 published joint papers, including several about combining mathematics and art. They recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013) for exploring folding of other materials, such as hot glass. Learn more

Jonathan Bailey Holland:
Jonathan Bailey Holland’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, Triple Helix and the New Gallery Concert Series, among many others. He has received awards and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Music Center, Somerville Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, Harvard University, and more. He has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota, Ritz Chamber Players, the Detroit and South Bend Symphony Orchestras, and the Radius Ensemble. Recent highlights include the premiere of Shards of Serenity, inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall; The Intimacy of Harmony with pianist Sarah Bob; The Clarity of Cold Air, commissioned by the Radius Ensemble, and performances by the Chicago Sinfonietta and DJ Rekha. Holland is currently Associate Professor of Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a member of the Music Composition program faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more

Beth Ireland

Beth Ireland:
Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo and a MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College Of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. She has also been traveling and teaching woodworking and woodturning for twenty years. She has taught at Boston Architectural Center, Mass College of Art and Design, The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship, Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, and Peters Valley Craft Center. Her work has been published in Taunton Press, Design Book 7, American Woodturner Magazine and The Boston Globe. She guest stared in two episodes of “Cultivating Life”, originally produced for PBS. Ireland has been working on an ongoing collaborative art project, Turning Around America, since 2010. In phase 1 of the project, Mobile Studio, she traveled 30,000 miles and taught 3000 people how to create a wooden object from her mobile work/live space. Beth is passionate about creating spaces, sculptural objects and teaching the meaning of the object and hand making in our modern culture. Learn more

Judith Leemann:
Judith Leemann works as an artist, writer, and educator. Building on a long-standing curiosity about the generative potential of translating ideas and methodologies through and across distinct arenas of professional practice, she approaches her work with an eye to interrupting the habits of a context and cultivating new forms of inquiry in the wake of that interruption. Leemann is Assistant Professor in Fine Arts 3D/ Fibers at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She served as Assistant Editor of the anthology The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production (School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MIT Press 2007) and has published work in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy; Frakcija performing art journal; Textile: A Journal of Cloth and Culture; and LTTR. With Shannon Stratton, she co-curated Gestures of Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon (2010) and co-authored a chapter in the book Collaboration Through Craft (Bloomsbury Press, 2013). Recent exhibitions include Imperfect Symmetry (Columbia College, Chicago, 2013) and Resonating Bodies (The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, 2013). Learn more

Seven not-so-conventional craftspeople in Massachusetts

Jeremy Ogusky

Jeremy Ogusky:
Jeremy Ogusky has worked in clay for two decades and on multiple continents. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, he organized design workshops with local potters and in Ecuador he apprenticed with a highly skilled alfarero. Prior to being a full-time potter & entrepreneur, he worked in various countries in community development, HIV/AIDS grass-roots education & policy advocacy, and in global health education. Jeremy brings these experiences to his studio practice and he tries to integrate them into the designs & objectives of his work. He creates functional ceramic pottery and utilitarian objects that help folks create delicious & healthy food. Learn more


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This evening of discovery and discussion is choreographed by the Commonwealth of Craft, a consortium of Massachusetts educational and cultural organizations including:

Artisan’s Asylum. Boston Architectural College. Boston Center for the Arts. Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. Fuller Craft Museum. Harvard Ceramics. Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Metalwerx. Mudflat Studio. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. New Bedford Art Museum. North Bennet Street School. School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Stonybrook Fine Arts. The Glass Lab at MIT. The Society of Arts and Crafts. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Creative sponsor: Milk Row Studio. Beer sponsor: Boston Beer.

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