What do crazy-quilt fabrics, roller skates, tiaras, fuel cans, croquet mallets and funky jewelry have in common? They set fiber sculptor Kent Epler’s mental “Rolodex…
“The world is an incredible source of design,” says metal artist Steven Cooper. “All you have to do is look outside your door to see the shapes of flowers and trees, how water flows over rocks… that imagery is what I try to include in all my work.”
Just under 10 feet high and crafted from tens of thousands of hand-cut glass pieces, Raquel Stanek’s captivating giraffe is but one of her intricately designed and assembled mosaic works. Bubbling with enthusiasm, Stanek loves talking about her imaginative animal art, which ranges from this towering commissioned sculpture to a larger-than-life zebra bust, a 7-foot-long pig and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese, deer and other critters with expressive personalities.
Dubbed the “Mud Poet,” ceramic artist Michael Terra creates whimsical pieces of handmade stoneware for everyday use. Series of works inventively titled “Reading Glasses,” “Postcards from the Inside,” “Squints” and more, announce themselves with wit and charm.
Jay Whyte’s life changed when he bought a TV in 1996. Without extra money to buy a stand, he decided to gather up a few power tools and spend $100 on raw materials. When he was finished, the stand he’d built exceeded his expectations. It was “nothing short of exhilarating. I knew right then that I was going to make sawdust from that point on,” he explains.
Fiber art is a misleading term for the vessels Emily Dvorin creates. Woven sculpture made from urban materials is more like it. Dvorin rarely strays from plastics when she coils her eye-poppingly bright baskets from bottom to top. Her favorite material? The ultra-ordinary cable tie.
One glance at Jen Violette’s mixed-media wall sculptures reveals her constant sources of inspiration—the rural Vermont countryside and the fruits of her garden. Violette cultivates vegetables, berries, shrubs and small trees as long as the region’s short growing season permits. “I love to see the constant, daily changes through the seasons,” she explains. “My garden-inspired pieces allow me to ‘garden’ year round.”