Artist Statement

 

Michael Dickinson, born April 23, 1994, works from his private studio in the heart of Marin at Art Works Downtown where he fabricates primarily hollow form art and sculpture using borosilicate glass flameworking techniques. His current body of work is a collection of time spent sculpting, manipulating, and shaping hollow forms. In this experimental phase of practice, he has developed a range of glass goblets and cups to encompass all forms of celebration and joyfulness. Whether they are champagne flutes, fine cordial glasses, or an everyday goblet, he has enjoyed the process of creating a useful item with purpose in an elegant way. Precious metals are still at the forefront of his work as he incorporate gold and silver fume implosions and vortexes in spheres that reveal themselves as iridescent petals or blooms within the glass.

 

Exhibitions and Juried Selections

Marin Open Studios, San Rafael, Ca, 2018.

American Craft Council, San Francisco, Ca, 2017-2018.

Kings Mountain Art Fair, Woodside, Ca,  2017-2018.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, Ca, 2016-2018.

Sunriver Art Fair, Sunriver, Or, 2017-2018.

Maker Faire Bay Area, Exhibition and Live Demonstration, San Mateo, Ca, 2015-2017.

Ojai's Art in the Park Juried Fine Arts Festival, Ojai, Ca, 2015 and 2018.

Menlo Park Summerfest, Menlo Park, Ca, 2016-2017.

San Carlos Art and Wine Festival, San Carlos, Ca, 2017.

KPFA Summer and Winter Crafts Fair, Richmond, Ca, 2016.

The Crucible Holiday Gifty, Oakland, Ca, 2015-2016.

Hood River Harvest Festival, Hood River, Or, 2015-2016.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire, San Jose, Ca, 2016.

Redwood Mountain Faire, Felton, Ca, 2016.

Mountain View A la Carte and Art, Mountain View, Ca, 2016.

San Mateo Harvest Festival, San Mateo, Ca, 2015-2016.

Redwood City Art on the Square, Redwood City, Ca, 2015-2017.


Education

Jupiter Nielson - Color Mixing and Application - Paia, Hi 2018.

Chris Ahalt - "Sculpting in the Flame" - Glass Education Center @ Salem CC 2017.

Jonathan Schmuck - “Coldworking,” Bay Area Glass Institute, California 2015.

Glass Art Society Conference, Bay Area Glass Institute, California 2015.

Wesley Flemming - "Intermediate Flameworking," Graceful Customs Studio, Gilroy, California 2015.

Phil Siegel - “Advanced Glassblowing,” The Foundry Glass Studio, Berkeley, California 2013.

Suzanne Tipton - “Scientific Glassblowing,” Revere Glass Studio, Berkeley, California 2013-2014.

 


Press

Article/Tutorial, The Flow Magazine, "Marble and Paperweight" Issue, Summer 2017

Editor's Choice Award, 10th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area, 2015. Maker Faire Editor's Choice Recipients

Interview, KPFA Radio featuring artists at KPFA Summer Crafts Fair, Richmond, Ca, 2016. KPFA Radio


Professional Experience - Community Involvement

Flameworking Instructor, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose, Ca, 2016-current.

Flameworking Instructor, The Crucible Industrial Arts School, Oakland, Ca, 2016-current.

Live Demonstration, Stanford University Kimball Hall, Stanford, Ca, 2015-2017.

Exhibition and Live Demonstration, Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo, Ca, 2015-2016.

Instructor, Revere Glass Studio, Berkeley, Ca, 2014.


Member/Contributor of the following organizations:

The Crucible Industrial Arts School, Oakland, Ca.

Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose, Ca.

Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, Ca.

Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California

Glass Art Society

International Society of Glass Beadmakers

Glance - Glass Alliance of North America