James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Craft Artist Program

>The husband-wife artist team of Marc Petrovic and Kari Russell-Pool will be featured as the first JRA Distinguished Artist Program for 2010, with a day long demo on Saturday January 23 and a talk at the Smithsonian’s Grand Salon at the Rewnwick Gallery on Sunday, January 24.

Marc Petrovic top, Kari Russel-Poolbottom
Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic have been working as studio artists since their graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in, respectively, 1990, and 1991. Marc makes pieces that are predominantly glass but also contain wood and metal components. Kari is primarily a flame worker. She creates form from pattern with a technique she developed on her own. Although Marc and Kari strive to retain their individual work and approach, they have collaborated, to a greater or lesser extent, since college.

Kari Russell-Pool top , Marc Petrovic bottom

Each offers insight and suggestions on the other’s work. The collaboration between the two artists most often incorporates Marc’s blown birds into Kari’s structures. In an unusual approach to flame working, Kari melts and pulls all her glass rods from the same glass furnace that Marc uses to sculpt his components. This allows for compatibility between the blown glass birds and the flame-worked structures. Flame workers seldom use soft glass in large-scale work. This glass does not take the stress of torch work well but does allow a greater range of color variation as well as the unique ability to be fused with furnace-blown components.

Both have taught at the Penland School of Crafts and The Studio at Corning, and have conducted numerous workshops both at home and abroad.

The James Renwick Alliance will host the two artists in a demo on Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm, held at our sister school location, DC Glassworks. The cost is $55 payable to the James Renwick Alliance. Click HERE for more info about the demo and tickets from the JRA.

Click HERE for more info about the James Renwick Alliance.

Click HERE for info about the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery calendar of events (scroll down for talk details).

James Renwick Alliance Craft Weekend Fotos

>Setup begins at the Washington Glass School for the James Renwick Alliance Gala. Photos by Anything Photographic. Michael Janis centerpiece. Erwin Timmers new works on display. Final walkthru before the event starts. Auction items on display. Cocktails at Red Dirt Studios. Tim Tate with JRA’s Shirley Jacobs & Chief Curator of Bellvue Arts Museum, Michael Monroe.