Tributaries: Sophie Glenn

MAR. 15 - MAY 17, 2020

Sophie Glenn is a furniture maker and metal worker from New York City, NY. She received her MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) in 2017 and has worked as a metal fabricator and welder for independent businesses across the country. In her series, “Rust Never Sleeps,” Sophie challenges traditional norms in furniture making through her use of material and color. Designs, which appear at first to be made of wood, are revealed to be fabricated in steel. Sophie’s work charges the audience to abandon our preconceived notions and to look more closely before drawing conclusions.


“I want my designs to challenge what makes furniture recognizable. I employ traditional furniture forms and methods of making but make slight alterations or integrate contrasting elements that promote user engagement and investigation.” - Sophie Glenn

image: Sophie Glenn, Rump Shakers, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Artist.

Tradition of Excellence: Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Metal Art

MAR. 29 - SEP. 15, 2020

Curated by HYART Gallery (Madison, WI) Director, Hiroko Yamada, and originating from Penland Gallery at Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC), Tradition of Excellence explores a wide range of Japanese metalworking techniques and materials. The exhibit brings together both Japanese and American artists, honoring the profound skill and knowledge of these makers and highlighting the influence of Japanese metalworking within the contemporary metal arts field.

image: Motoko Oshiyama, Spring Breeze (Kakuhanmon Flower Vase), 2015. Silver, shakudo, copper; fuxing, rokusho patina. Image courtesy of Tamara Tsurkan and Penland Gallery.

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