Sibylle’s work has all the elements of a quasi-mythic narrative bordering on the realms of fairy tale and science exploring the vulnerability of children and the pain experienced thereof. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that an old medical book of her grandfather, who was a doctor, with pictures of children suffering from various medical conditions has piqued her interest. Read on to explore and understand the artist and her creations.
Jeff Ballard completed BFA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 2000. He tried his hands in printmaking, painting, ceramics and successfully so. Yet, the charm of moulding glass into fascinating shapes became too irresistible an attraction for him and he happily surrendered into the pursuit of exploring the world of glass sculptures for the next decade or so. After a successful tenurity at various glass studios from Santa Fe to the Hill Country of Texas he embarked on his own individual journey in 2006. He relocated to Pacific Northwest where he set up Jeff Ballard Glass. In 2012 Jeff received the prestigious US Arts Envoy grant to travel to Berlin, Germany and develop a glass blowing program for young learners at Berlin Glas e.V.
Shayna Leib was ‘seduced by the glamour of glassblowing’ at an early age. She first saw glass art at a tender age of seven. The chance encounter ensued what has turned out to be a lifelong love affair with glass sculpture. In this interview, the artist explains how she soaks in the beauty of the surrounding when kayaking or deep sea diving and uses the mysterious world of the deep blue ocean as a major source of inspiration. Find out more about the artist hidden behind the fascinating glass sculptures.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s following words reverberate throughout Susan Clinard’s life, ‘The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience’. In actively seeking experiences through her work as a caseworker for foster children in Chicago working on the front lines in the community, schools, hospitals, and justice systems; collaborating with IRIS, a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven; being part of the teaching community (she taught with Gallery 37, an award winning arts education program); or shifting her base from Chicago to New Haven, Connecticut Susan fed her inner artist with life’s ironies to complement her active imagination.