A Look into Studio 107:

Karen Woodward

Woodward.107.Another Beautiful Day

Today we are featuring the glass works of Karen Woodward. Karen is a mixed media artist specializing in the creation of glass sculpture. Her colorful, cartoonish characters tell a unique narrative to the absurdities of life and self. We asked Karen a few questions to find out more about her work. 

Woodward.107.The MultitaskerWhat is your process like?

"My work is created with hot sculpted glass at a torch. First, I take glass rods and melt them directly in a 2300 degree flame. When the glass is molten I am able to form it into different shapes. My primary sculpting tools are a graphite paddle, steel mashers, tweezers, and gravity. As I work, I rotate the sculpture continually as it is sculpted it in the flame. When the sculpture is complete, I place it in a 960 degree annealing kiln. When the annealing process is complete, I will display the sculpture as an individual work or as a component within a larger narrative."

Which artists have inspired and influenced you the most?

"Italian flameworkers, venetian glass, and artists of the studio glass art movement. I enjoy looking at work by Christina Bothwell and other artists that work figuratively in glass."

If you could arrange a studio visit with any artist, dead or alive, who would you visit and why?

"I don’t know, but I’d prefer to be alive during the visit. I don’t think I would get much out of it if I were dead."

What did you listen to on the way to work today?

"Peace and quiet."

What is something people don't know about you?

"When I was a girl, instead of having a pet dog I always had a pet chicken. Now that I am all grown up, the chicken makes a frequent appearance in my art."

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