The Flow Magazine: Women in Glass 2006
P.O. Box 13044 , Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Artist Statement and Bio
Kristen Pickett first began flameworking in Charlotte, N.C. more than twentyfive years ago, under the instruction of Richard McCleary of "The Lost Art". This artist's glassblowing co-op also operated the Glass Shop at Carowinds, a theme park on the border of the Carolinas. She continued her creative pursuit of expression through pottery, painting, and jewelry making while simultaneously balancing a nursing career and raising a family. Kristen now devotes the majority of her time to glassworking in her home studio on beautiful Jekyll Island, GA. Gypsea spirit prevailing, she travels frequently back and forth to her new studio in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. She enjoys the laidback tropical lifestyle and the jammin' music from her husband's band, The WharfRatz, of which she is also the managing agent.
While flameworking in the late 70's, Pickett developed strong sculptural skills working with clear pyrex. she has now expanded this to the form of jewelry, marbles, and wine bottlestoppers and is continually experimenting with the use of borosilicate color, tubing, and the use of precious metal fuming. All of her glass jewelry and sculpture is flameworked borosilicate glass that has been properly kiln annealed for strength and durability and is combined with sterling silver, pewter, crystal and gemstones.
"I am inspired by the beauty of the sea that surrounds my island home.....where I happily pursue my true passion for glass..."
Kristen attended art classes at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and at Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick, GA , where she baked, sculpted and decorated a life size nude model cake in an attempt to cheer up the primarily male class who were sadly model-less. Her professor promptly proclaimed "now this is art!", gave her an "A" and encouraged the "inappropriate appropriation" of an easel. Kristen,aka:Gypsea, is a member of and has been greatly influenced by the sharing of information that flows from "The Glass Lampworker's Discussion Group". While attending Tom Doner's-Wonka Glass- Pennsylvania Art Glass Invitational 2002, she appeared on an interview segment of Dale's Smeltzer's "Glass Talk Radio", and she has attended each successive AGI in her quest for ongoing glass knowledge! She participated in a 2002-2003 glass art show at The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Her work has been published in the first and second issues of The Flow's Women's Annual Issue. Kristen Pickett's glass creations can be found in galleries and boutiques in St. Augustine, FL, The Golden Isles of Georgia's coast, Atlanta, GA, and Pittsburgh, PA. Her jewelry may also be obtained through commission and private home parties/traveling trunk shows in the Golden Isles as well as in the Atlanta area and also Northern Virginia. * P.O. Box 13044 * Jekyll Island, GA 31527 * Tel: 912-635-9797 * Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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