When artists have a passion, they can bend, blend, blow and weld anything together. Combining techniques with lifelong vision, artists can reach into science and convert it into amazing art with sheer imagination and dedication to extraordinary craftsmanship.
Kiva Ford‘s passion with glass began early in life, and was anchored with his college degree in Scientific Glassblowing. Through years of work creating complex glass instruments for scientist’s use, he has perfected his precision and technique in manipulating glass. Beyond the scientific community, Kiva is more commonly known for his exquisite glass goblets, bottles, pendants and vessels. Kiva’s artistic work is influenced by his interests in history, mythology, and the natural world.
Advice for beginner artists?
Make exceptional work! Make things that no one has ever seen before. Be innovative. Don’t get discouraged if your work doesn’t sell right away. Think about the long game. Remember, you do this because you love it, not because you are trying to make tons of money. Give yourself permission to be creative and to make what is in your head, even if you think it might not be received well. And also, make exceptional work!!!
Self-taught sculptor from France Patrice Hubert has been creating elaborate moving sculptures reminiscent of the insect world. Kinetic “Neo Art Nouveau” installations made by bending metal in to intricate shapes, the geometry inspired by nature, adding a dimension of movement, light and shadow.
When interviewed by Art Bahrain, Hubert explains:
That like most artists, he supplements his income with commercial work. And that he uses the compensation for this work to sustain him, and to buy art materials he needs in the periods when he is working on the sculpture that he describes as “neo Art Nouveau”.
Always the artist