Business // Front | Party // Back
August 11 – September 19, 2022
Reception: Saturday, August 13th (3-5 pm)
An exhibition featuring emerging artists from Touchstone Center for Crafts. Organized by Touchstone’s 2022 Interns.
- Chris Lucibella
- Julia Castor
- Liz Wells
- Madeline Kelly
- Stacy Larson
- Terra Hedgecock
- Victoria Baron
Business // Front | Party // Back features artwork by emerging artists from Touchstone Center for Crafts present an exhibition that channels the beloved hairstyle we all know as the mullet. The recent modernization of this hairstyle reminds us of its legendary descriptor, “business in the front, party in the back,” which has held its relevance throughout time. As emerging artists, we explore the concept behind the mullet within our varying mediums. Through honoring the traditional or “business” aspects of our crafts, we understand and appreciate the origins of our mediums. In contrast, we present our experimental and contemporary approaches representing our “party” side. Together, this work allows us to recognize the history of craft and our role in advancing excellence in our respective fields. Through this exhibition we honor Touchstone’s 50th Anniversary theme, A Half Century of Craft. Cheers!
Victoria Baron is a ceramicist from Northeastern PA, who has been working in clay for over 10 years. Through Sussex County Community College, she took Ceramics I, Ceramics II, and Independent Study in Ceramics, at Peter’s Valley School of Craft. Victoria has also received scholarships to attend workshops at Peter’s Valley. As an intern at Touchstone Center for Crafts she has enjoyed learning, teaching, and sharing her love of clay with others. She is currently working towards her BFA in Studio Art at Kutztown University, with a concentration in Ceramics/Sculpture, and a minor in Art History. Victoria is an officer in Kutztown University’s Clay Club, where she is involved in community outreach and education in ceramics. Her work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Julia Castor is an artist from Bucks County PA, specializing in painting and ceramics. She
attended the Chocheli Atelier where she received an education in art history and classical painting. She began working in clay while in high school, attending a local studio where she was mentored by sculptor and ceramicist Penelope Fleming. Largely self-taught and directed in clay, she went on to take as many workshops and classes as she could to broaden her knowledge. Julia pursued her interest in ceramics as an intern for two seasons at Touchstone Center for Crafts. She is currently a woodfire apprentice at Touchstone, which was funded by the Studio Potter apprenticeship grant. Julia has taught many workshops in both painting and ceramics, and currently teaches art and art history at St. Mark’s Classical Academy in Jenkintown PA. Her work can be found throughout Pennsylvania and the east coast.
Terra Hedgecock is a traditional painter and printmaker from North Carolina. She specializes in realistic acrylic paintings and highly detailed lino cuts. Terra attends East Carolina University where she is working towards a BFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Religious Studies. She has been involved in her university’s Printmaking Guild and has recently joined the Painting Guild as well after being accepted into ECU’s painting concentration after this previous spring semester. Terra has won two ECU scholarships for this upcoming 2022-23 school year. Those scholarships being the Taylor Art Supply Scholarship and the James S. Ficklen Scholarship. Terra is currently the painting intern at Touchstone Center for Crafts.
Madeline Kelly is a metalsmith and jewelry artist who makes work that is meant to be worn/interact with the body. She is currently based in Philadelphia, PA working to earn her BFA in metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM at Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Her work often explores the nature of grief and mourning following the passing of her father when she was sixteen years old. Her father died of suicide which has made suicide prevention and awareness an important focus in her work. Madeline is currently the small metals intern at Touchstone Center for Crafts.
Originally from rural Minnesota, Stacy attended Syracuse University where she received her BFA, double majoring in Ceramics and Jewelry/Metalsmithing with a minor in Retail Management. Stacy has received several awards and scholarships for furthering her ceramic studies, including residencies at the Chautauqua School of Art, NY and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Stacy spent a year in St. Petersburg, FL as a resident artist at The Craftsman House. In 2019 she completed a yearlong Post-Baccalaureate program at Louisiana State University. She has interned at craft schools including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Touchstone Center for Crafts. This is her 6th season employed at Touchstone, where she has also taught several workshops. She is currently a ceramics MFA candidate at West Virginia University. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States.
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Chris Lucibella is a metal artist from southwest Colorado. Working with forged and fabricated steel, she creates sculpture, jewelry, household goods, commission works, and tools. She also teaches welding, blacksmithing, and other metalworking classes. With a background in architectural ironwork, she has worked in a number of blacksmithing and fabrication shops all over the United States. This summer she is a Studio Management Intern at Touchstone Center for Crafts, managing the blacksmithing and metals studios. She is fond of cats.
Liz Wells is a ceramic artist living in Pittsburgh, PA. In her practice, she uses clay as a vessel for the narrative, exploring human experiences both real and imaginary. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Otterbein University with a focus in Ceramics where she completed a Residency post graduation. She then moved to Pittsburgh and began her role as the Studio Assistant for the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Liz is currently a Studio Management intern at Touchstone Center for Crafts.