Carolina Creations’ second ArtWalk of the year is coming up Friday, Mar. 11, 2011, from 5-8pm, and we’ve got two featured artists!
First is Kay Coburn Rice doing a glass demonstration and the second is a book signing with Karen Dodd.
Glass artist Kay Coburn Rice of New Bern will be working with her torch demonstrating how she makes her glass sculptures and beads.
A New Bern native, Rice has recently returned to her hometown after spending many years in Texas. She has been working with glass for 11 years and torch worked glass for 7 years. She started out doing fused glass jewelry in a kiln while living in Texas.
Rice studied metal work for three years then found her true calling when she started working with a torch. She took classes with Kip Maley at the Craft Guild of Dallas and developed her skill at making glass beads.
Most recently through her study with Josh Mazet Rice has developed her skill with torch worked sculptural Borosilicate glass. She has also studied with Corina Tettinger, Deb Crowley, Gail Crosman Moore and other accomplished glass artists.
Rice enjoys recreating things found in nature, especially flowers and fish and making jewelry with her fused glass and her lamp worked beads. Lamp working is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking.
Lamp working has been done since ancient times but it came into prominence in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. Lamp working differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, inflating it by blowing air into the blowpipe, whereas lamp working manipulates glass either by the use of tools, gravity, or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.
In addition, local author Karen Dodd will be present to sign her new mystery novel, Bear With Me, Dear.
Dodd will be in attendance to answer questions about the series. This is the final book in her Riverwalk Mystery trilogy. The main character Fiona Wade, is a retired grandmother who loves a mystery. After discovering a body she begins her search for the murderer.
This is not a history book but you will recognize landmarks, specifically the New Bern bear statues. There are 10 photos of New Bern homes, the first 10 people who send in the correct addresses of the mystery houses will receive a free book of their choosing from the author.
The artist and author will be at Carolina Creations during ArtWalk so stop in and meet them, enjoy some refreshments, and see what else is new!
For more information call the gallery at 252/633-4369, e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit (www.carolinacreationsnewbern.com).