A Look into Studio 107:
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.
What 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?
If you could arrange a studio visit with any artist, dead or alive, who would you visit and why?
"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."
What did you listen to on the way to work today?
"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 is something people don't know about you?
"Peace and quiet."
"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."