I recently heard someone explain that the difference between art and craft is that art is the finished work, and craft is the process. Even though we enjoy an artist’s finish product, rarely do we, as outsiders, get to see the craft and all an artist goes through to get to the piece we see displayed.
That’s what is great about artist talks, having the privilege to hear the about process, struggles and successes. Many times we learn something surprising, like how long it may really take to get to the finished piece or what they had to go through physically and emotionally to come up with the original idea.
In her talk, Michelle spoke of her glass making process and what she goes through to complete a piece, from color creation to shaping and the finishing process.
Michael gave insights to his motivation, how his current work came about and some special work he has coming in the near future.
Brady told of his childhood (his parents were present) and his early influences that grew into the style he employs today.
Alex explained his latest ideas and how his art is evolving.
It was a great evening and everyone who attended left with a greater appreciation for these artists and their craft. Keep an eye out for these Thursday talks and make the trip downtown. It really is worth it.