What materials do you work with at The Crucible?
I work a lot with glass and clay. When I first got here, I could not believe the wax room. To have all of that at my fingertips is a dream come true to me. It has influenced my work that I otherwise would not have made. I am only limited by my own time and my own vision. It’s incredible to be in this situation where I am only limited by myself. That is terrifying, but it’s also liberating.
What keeps you creating?
My work is a therapeutic outlet for me that keeps me connected with myself. When I’m in my studio doing my creative work, I am naturally in sync with the universe. My studio here is my haven, my comfort zone.
How do you feel The Crucible has impacted the community?
We’re living in a culture of consumerism, and a lot of people are not fulfilled by that. The Crucible is a place you can learn to create instead of just consume. And there are fewer and fewer of those places around.
What has been your favorite public art project?
When I was a child, I used to go to through Thumbelina’s tunnel in Children’s Fairyland and I remember it being really scary. When they had a call for artists to redo the tunnel, I was like, “Yes! I want to redo that tunnel!” I put together a team of myself, a music composer, a muralist, and an instrument maker. We decided that we would turn it into the Fairy Music Farm, so the children could go there to make music. I did the project management, and also fabricated terrazzo and concrete furniture for the project. It was really fun! It was about making the space a good experience for people there.
Do you have one word you would describe The Crucible as?
Well, the name is perfect because The Crucible is where different things come together and create energy. But I think one word to describe The Crucible would be vital.