Thursday, January 15, 2015
A Dynasty of Craft Volume 1
We have had the good fortune to have known and have carried the work of the Drumm family for many years.
Don Drumm was born in Warren, Ohio in 1935. After studying medicine for two years at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, he decided to pursue a career in art. He transferred to Kent State University where he received a B.F.A. and an M.A.
He subsequently worked as a designer for the Industrial Design firm “Smith, Scherr and McDermott” for two years.
In 1960 Drumm opened his own studio, as a full time practicing Sculptor and designer/craftsman 1971, together with his wife, Lisa Drumm, he expanded the studio to incorporate a one-room gallery. Since then the enterprise has grown extensively.
In the late 1950s Drumm pioneered the use of cast aluminum as an artistic medium. In addition he has been a pioneer in the use of contemporary building materials, and techniques for the creation of Arts and crafts. The 1960s brought about many teaching opportunities for Don as he was artist-in-residence at Bowling Green State University and taught at Penland School of Crafts.
He continues experimenting and constantly creating to this day. Drumm has won numerous awards along the way, including: Ohio Designer Crafts' “Lifetime Achievement Award”, “Outstanding Contributors of the Century”, first recipient of the Outstanding Visual Artist Award in 2000, and the first recipient of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) “Artist and Craftsman Excellence” award.
As I alluded to to in the title to this post, the Drumm legacy extends beyond Don himself. The Drumm family has a wealth of artistic and creative talent that spans the generations.
Lisa Drumm, Don's wife, was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to Catharine Plavcan, artist and art critic for the Erie Times News, and Joseph Plavcan, renowned painter and art teacher. After receiving a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree Lisa taught art all levels including classes at University and at the Penland School of Crafts.
An artist in her own right known for creating soft sculpture dolls, Lisa also manages Dons studio.