An Arizona Designer Craft & Art online exhibition
featuring works by the collective Board of Directors.
My aesthetic in ceramics reflects blending ingenuity into a dynamic relationship between graceful forms with a contemporary sensibility. My aim in art-making is about surprising myself and viewers while creating the new. Clay is a very malleable medium and lends itself to making unique forms while the kiln generates unpredictability and offers surprises. As I am a multimedia artist moving from painting to sculpture to ceramics to jewelry, I find the problems I encounter as I move from one medium to the other offer variety and challenge me to adapt. I utilize a range of shapes, glazes, surface treatments, and a variety of firing methods including high fire, soda firing, and wood firing.
Nancy’s path to art began as a jewelry artist. Her father was a stone setter and she remembers watching him set stones. Once her children left the nest, she felt she had to fill the void. She began making jewelry and from there enter her first glass class. She learned how to make cabochons in glass and incorporated them into her jewelry pieces. The glass technique she uses is called fused glass. This is where glass is “bonded” together in a kiln using various heat temperatures. From making small pieces of glass, she explored making larger pieces with glass and became fascinated with glass even further. Nancy emerged herself into the glass world by producing sculptural pieces of art. Nancy loves to challenge herself by continuing to learn new
techniques that she can incorporate into her glass. Glass is always moving and is she. Nancy has been a part of numerous fine art shows in Arizona and California. She feels that her art is a true reflection of herself and she hopes you will have find a personal connection to her work and her love of art.
Chris Eggers has lived in Southern Arizona since 1960 and has been involved in the fine crafts since 1975. While stationed at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona he learned metalsmithing at the fort's well-equipped craft shop. After his enlistment he used his VA educational benefits to attend college in 1976, majoring in Fine Metalsmithing. Shortly after graduation he discovered the wood turning world and the beautiful woods available around Tucson. Since that time, he has also learned the pleasures of working in glass.
"I primarily use tree stumps for my illuminated sculptures. Stumps are the heart of the tree, twisting in several directions with holes and knots. The heart and sapwood are mixed following the roots and trunks in their growth. Stumps are part of the tree that few have a use for which makes them readily available and overlooked 'diamonds in the rough'."
Pat was born an Army brat, became a CFO and CPA through education, is a world traveler by choice, and is a maker and teacher in her heart. She retired from a financial career in LA and moved to Tucson in 1994. Quickly becoming bored, Pat found the City of Tucson Parks & Rec jewelry classes. After taking a number of P&R classes, ADC and national workshops, and spending many hours in her home studio, Pat became a jewelry instructor at P&R. She retired in 2017. During her association and through today, she has been an integral part of bringing artists and workshops to Tucson through the auspices of ADC—now ADCA. Recently, Pat designed and built a jewelry, enameling and fused glass studio/program for a nonprofit maker space called Xerocraft in downtown Tucson. Currently, she is anxiously waiting for Covid to be subdued enough to allow her to go back to teaching at Xerocraft.
I am a native of Indiana and moved to Arizona over 40 years ago. During a visit to a gallery in Carlsbad, California I saw a beautiful glass art exhibit. I bought a three-inch dish. Years later, looking for a way to relieve stress, I signed up for a class on fused glass. I realized then that I had seen fused glass art in that gallery years before. I have been working with glass for about 5 years. I take my inspiration from nature and from my travels. I enjoy working with geometric shapes and experimenting with trying to create more organic designs.
I create in metal and glass. My work reflects a love of texture, color and the forms of nature. My sculptures and wall pieces express a fantasy world of nature’s color.
Warren creates mixed media artworks with a focus on kiln-formed glass. With a subtle minimalist approach, he creates work through processes which can be seen explicitly as personal ritual. His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for maneuvering with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of mixed-media art: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. By applying abstraction, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. His works don't reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By referencing romanticism, black humor, and symbolism, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer in.
The jewelry and enamel work that I create is inspired by the natural world and the complicated relationship that humans have with other animals. My fascination with nature comes from my desire to preserve and protect the resources we have on this planet, and to respect the lives of animals that we share our planet with. My interests in photography, ecology and cultural shifts influence my work and some of the materials and processes that I use.