Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Just back from Alfred University

We just got back from Alfred University, in my last post I spoke about going to an opening at Val Cushing's studio.

We also had the opportunity to visit the studio of internationally known and collected ceramicists Andrea and John Gill.

Both are professors at Alfred.

Read about Andrea

Read about John

Then we were off to visit Glenn Zweygardt, a sculptor who works in a large variety of materials, cast bronze, glass, iron, marble, stainless steel, stone and granite. I was so inspired!

"Zweygardt posseses an uncanny ability to fuse dissimilar elements and concepts, natural occuring and fabricated forms, into structures that command the attention of the observer."

"Duplication and relationship is a recurring theme found throughout Zweygardt's work. A carefully chosen stone, cast and duplicated in bronze, aluminum or steel, becomes the basis of definate architectural themes that manifest in a range of sizes.

His mastery of the building process along with his ability to create enormous works of art from materials of tremendous mass has gained him international recognition.

Kansas born, Zweygardt earned his BFA from Wichita State in 1967, MFA from the Maryland Institute of art in 1969, and is an emeritus professor at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University." My favorite pieces were the bronzes. Very contemporary. Fabulous.

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