Current Artists-In-Residence

JESSICA ANDERSEN

METAL

Jessica Andersen was born in the small farming community of Audubon, Iowa. She received a BFA in jewelry and metal arts in 2009 from the University of Iowa. In 2011, Jessica started a new chapter, leaving the Midwest for the West Coast, to attend graduate school at San Diego State University, where she received her MFA in jewelry and metalwork. Jessica recently finished a six-month residency at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, where she had time to experiment and develop her work as a studio artist. More importantly, perhaps, she was able to teach in the Mural Arts and Crafting a Future program, learning just how deeply individuals can be affected by close mentorship.

Jessica’s work addresses the affect of objects and defined notions of waste in relation to ideas of collection. In her work, she attempts to showcase the form and appeal of detritus in the construction and presentation of jewelry. She hopes to generate new interactions between the wearer and object and between viewer and cultural predispositions.

Jessica will be with HCCC through August, 2017. During her six-month residency, she plans to continue developing work and grow new ideas concerning the relationships between objects and the value and memory instilled upon them. For more information, please visit www.jessicanandersen.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Photo of Jessica Andersen by Jeremy Nuttall. Jessica Andersen, "Creature," 2014. Table legs, steel. Photo by the artist.

LISA HARDAWAY

Fiber

Originally from Manhattan Beach, California, Lisa Hardaway has had an extremely diverse career as a musician, musicologist, photographer, ethnomusicologist, spinner/dyer/weaver and teacher. She has a BMus and MMus in flute performance (1981), and a MMus in historical musicology (1989) from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Lisa’s interest in fiber arts began as a child. She learned embroidery, sewing, and crochet. Coupled with an interest in drawing and painting, she designed functional pieces that she wore and household decorative textiles. (She still makes most of her clothing). About 12 years ago, she taught herself how to spin yarn, and a few years later, she acquired a loom and began the process of learning how to weave.

Although she has woven very fine linen, cotton and wool, the spinning, weaving and dyeing of wool for rug making has become Lisa’s specialty. Inspired by the design and rugs of the Native Americans, Peter Collingsworth of England, and of the Swedish, she learned basic Navajo weaving techniques from Jennie Slick of Arizona, and learned the rug making techniques of Peter Collingwood from his son, Jason. She also studied traditional Rio Grande rug weaving and wool dyeing using natural dyestuffs at Tierra Wools, Los Ojos, New Mexico. She worked with Kate Smith and Norman Kennedy to learn repp rug weaving, Shaker weaving, and the use of synthetic dyes at the Marshfield School in Vermont. She also studied Swedish design on her own.

In a similar way that she combined her varied skills as a musician, photographer, and historian in the field of ethnomusicology, Lisa now combines traditional American weaving, contemporary English rug weaving techniques, and Swedish design in her work as a rug weaver. During her residency, she plans to further personalize her work by using images from her photographic archive and natural objects of significance. She will be with HCCC through May, 2017. To learn more about her work, stop by her studio on your next visit to HCCC.

Above, from top to bottom: Lisa Hardaway. Photo courtesy the artist. Textile by Lisa Hardaway. Photo courtesy the artist.

REBECCA HEWITT

METAL

Rebecca Lynn Hewitt was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, with a bachelor of fine arts in jewelry and metalsmithing, in 2016. She was recently named the Ethical Metalsmith Student Committee’s “2016 Emerging Artist.”

Rebecca’s work investigates environmental issues through wearable and handheld objects, as well as community engagement. Creating wearable work allows overwhelming issues to be presented in an intimate but approachable manner. She views her work as a platform to seek self-education and improvement, while also encouraging others to educate themselves.

During her residency, Rebecca will continue to research environmental issues through wearable work and community workshops. She will also continue to expand her jewelry line, Flora and Grain. Primarily working with sustainable materials, such as dried and pressed flora, wood, and silver, Rebecca will explore how to best merge traditional metalsmithing techniques with technology.

Rebecca will be at HCCC through August, 2017. To learn more about her work, please visit rebeccalynnhewitt.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Rebecca Hewitt, "To Plant," 2016. Baptisa tinctoria seeds, walnut, sterling silver, steel. Pendant is 1.5" x 1.5" on an 18" chain. Photo by Claire LaFontaine. Photo of Rebecca Hewitt by Jessica Watkins.

ERIC STEARNS

Clay

Eric Stearns was born near North Platte, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2003 from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and then opened his first studio, Stearns Ceramics, in North Platte. After a couple of years teaching full time, working in his studio, and assisting his family on the ranch, he re-committed to his art and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2008, studying under Linda Ganstrom at Fort Hays State University.  Eric then returned to Doane College and is now associate professor and chair of the Art Department.

When not teaching, Eric spends time in the studio creating sculptural, pierced raku art. Through his work, he hopes to strike a chord with the viewer that conveys a fragile and fleeting existence.  He uses the raku process to accentuate the intersecting fragility of life, passionate connections, and the pain of betrayal, using the matrix of the objects to allude to those concepts.  With his interest in mathematics, he creates patterns and explores the relationships between those patterns, as well as the effects of the color and texture of the glazes he uses to elicit emotional responses.  He says, “Each piece created is an attempt at a reflection of who I am as a person and as an artist at the moment my hands touch the clay and then continues through the glazing and firing processes.  In this reflection, my hope is that a viewer can find a connection to their own experiences on this journey of life.”

Eric will be at HCCC through June, 2017.  To learn more about his work, visit http://stearnsceramics.com/.  

Above, from top to bottom: Eric Stearns. Photo by Eric Stearns. Eric Stearns, “Paladin Shield,” 2016. Raku, 16" x 5." Photo by Eric Stearns.

SHIYUAN XU

CLAY

Shiyuan Xu was born in Hangzhou, P.R. China. She graduated from China Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Arts in 2012. In 2016, she received her MFA in ceramics from Arizona State University. Most recently, Shiyuan completed a summer artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

Shiyuan explores natural forms at the microscopic level with her own interpretation of scientific facts. Her pieces reveal the diversity and beauty of unnoticed tiny things.

Primarily working with porcelain paper clay, Shiyuan hand builds structures with slabs and coils to create intricate forms. Her chaotic lines create a harmonious volume within a single form, generating a unified whole.

Experimenting with various glazes, Shiyuan applies layer after layer, to form and freeze the growing motion. Through her sculptures, she wants to deliver an appreciation for nature and life.  Shiyuan will be with HCCC through August, 2017. To learn more about her work, please visit shiyuanxu.com.

Above, from top to bottom: Shiyuan Xu. Photo courtesy the artist. Shiyuan Xu, “#4,” 2015. Porcelain paperclay.4.5 × 4 × 8.5 inches. Photo courtesy the artist.