Lisa at work
Because I have always been a fan of fused glass, blown glass and any other type of glass works, I was fascinated by the work that Lisa Horkin has posted on the Art and Artists of 614 Facebook page. I also saw many of the beautiful pieces she has made that are for sale at Franklin Park Conservatory’s Botanica during the Falling for Local event in October and fell in love!
Lisa was gracious enough to agree to an interview to satisfy my curiosity and promote her amazing work.
Lisa grew up in Bexley, OH, attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA with a focus on painting and ceramics, and a dabbling of glass blowing. For about 20 years, she focused on painting-textile-mixed media. During that time she was a member of several art groups, one being The Art Quilt network. Then in 2002, she told her hubby (Scott Conover) that she wanted to blow glass, he said “I think you should”, she took classes at Glass Axis and he eventually joined her in creating blown glass. They eventually formed a glass-blowing team, and while Conover no longer is involved, Horkin’s company is called Horkover Glass — a melding of their last names.
She finds much of her inspiration in nature with its variety of color and texture. Part-time work at a nursery and loving to play outdoors aid her in taking in the color and patterns that nature provides. Because she believes that nature does not make mistakes when it comes to color and textures, she tends to use what she encounters there every day to create her glass pieces. She is also inspired by people who work hard to get where they want to be in any aspect of their lives and finds inspiration in doing, and learning from “what I am doing right now. All the art works I create now are stepping stones to what is coming next.”
Although she is reticent to categorize her art, she does say that her work is impressionistic/Fauvistic (Fauvism
is the style of les Fauves
for “the wild beasts”; paintings of the Fauves, such as Matisse and Derain, were characterized by seemingly wild brush work and strident colors, while their subject matter had a high degree of simplification and abstraction
). But she doesn’t think in terms of category and instead focuses on whatever she happens to be making during a particular period of time.
As Lisa explains: Glass blowing is very physical and one has to develop the skills needed in order to be able to create the work that has been envisioned. It takes years to develop this skill. I have had vision for many works that I have not had the skill to create. Glass is different on many levels, one being that it is most times a team effort. I am fortunate to be embarking on this opportunity at CCAD where there will be many strong and skilled artists to help me take to completion some of my visions.
That being said, beginning Oct. 14, she began work two days a week as a visiting artist at CCAD with Dawson R. Kellogg, an associate professor of fine arts who teaches glass blowing and his assistant, Chris Harmon, along with some of his advanced students. This will give her an opportunity to inspire young people to pursue the art form as well as enable her to produce 20 or so of her own works, including vessels and sculptures, using the technique of fused glass rollups from sheets of glass pattern that she has been putting together over the last 6 months. Needless to say, she is very excited for this opportunity and grateful to Kellogg, Harmon and her friend and adjunct glass professor at CCAD, Trevor Fruchey for their support and help in bringing this project to fruition. Some classes she took at the Corning Museum of Glass this year where she got a refresher course (she started doing this in 2008 and then went on hiatus for a few years) in the technique of fused glass roll ups, provided inspiration for the pieces she will be working on during classes a CCAD.
In addition to this class, Lisa is a glass blowing demonstrator at The Franklin Park Conservatory every Sunday afternoon. Because she loves sharing her passion with the visitors and believes that the Conservatory hot shop is a wonderful resource to show the public and explain how glass blowing is done, she is pleased to continue her involvement with their facility. She is particularly drawn to inspire girls and women to this field as it has been male-dominated for so long. “In particular, I’m glad to give that back to girls,” she said. “I absolutely love to represent for girls … that this is doable. It’s not just a boy thing. You have to be strong, but you gain strength doing it — and not just physical strength but all kinds of strength.”
But these are not her only creative outlets. She currently sells her works in her Etsy.com shop ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/HorkoverGlass
) and her business is Horkover Glass LLC. When Scott was blowing glass, they were both part of Studios On High, a gallery in the Short North in Columbus OH for about 6 years. Their work was on display there and they were part of that collective. Nowadays, she creates without Scott and also has her own website: www.horkover.com
. Occasionally, she has work at various galleries such as the Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Galleria Evangelia in Clintonville and The HighRoad Gallery in Worthington. She also has been part of the CCAD student alumni holiday art sale and hopes to be there this December as well. Of course, she has also had many sales to local collectors through word of mouth. She will also be vending at the
upcoming Pop-Up Holiday Sale at Oakland Nursery on December 21
along with 6 other local artists. I will be posting more about this event as we get closer to that date so make sure to check back!
She is very honored to be a part of Creative Arts of Women as well as Mother Artists at Work. Both of these groups are made up of some of the most amazing and powerfully creative artists in our city. Most recently, both groups were given awards for the Columbus Art Invitational Competition. Happily, she was a contributor to works that both groups’ entered into the competition.
Lisa sums up her experience with glass blowing in this way:
“There’s a physical satisfaction and a visual satisfaction,” she said. “When you see that come to form, it’s very fulfilling and gratifying. That’s true of any art that I do. If it comes from my head and my imagination and it comes to reality, there’s satisfaction in that.”
Now my hope is that some day soon, I can actually meet this talented lady in person and maybe be privileged enough to watch her create!
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