Flameworking Demonstration & Discussion with Bishop Randall

Event Type Glass, Exhibitions, Educational Lectures, Member Events & Activities, Special Events, Adults, Free Programs, Exhibition Lectures, Visiting Glass Artist, Lectures
Date calendar  Saturday, September 16, 2023
Time clock  11:00am - 2:30pm (3h 30m)
Location Hot Shop

Flameworking Demonstration & Discussion with Bishop Randall 

FREE Admission

September 16 & 17
SAT, 11p – 2:30p & SUN, 1 – 4p | Hot Shop

Bishop Randall will demonstrate his unique flameworking techniques in the FIA’s Hot Shop while creating new original artworks.

SAT, 3:30p | FIA Theater 

Bishop Randall, one of the artists included in Torched: Glass Pipes, has been working in glass for 22 years and is deeply connected to history and place. Randall, who is also a poet and storyteller, will talk with artist and philanthropist Drew Kups about his career, inspiration, and the story of pipes from human’s early relationship with fire to the experiences and stories of contemporary pipemakers. 

Bishop Randall currently lives in Yuba watershed along the San Juan Ridge, California, where he has immersed himself in the history and cultural inheritance of his environment. In addition to working in glass and being a student of Zen, Randall tells stories through poetry. His upcoming book of poems called Animal Droppings has been described as, “a resurgence of collective thought that the place itself has been waiting to be retold. The ending of a time, forgotten tools, medicine, songs of healing, the vision of what might come next, through the lens of everyday life.” 

Drew Kups has been working in glass since 1997. He is the co-founder of the glass collective Urban Pheasant and the co-founder of The Michigan Glass Project. Since 2012, The Michigan Glass Project has hosted an annual festival highlighting pipe artists to raise funds for Art Road Detroit, a nonprofit that brings art classes back to schools. To date, the organization has raised over $500,000 and has assisted in reinstating art curricula for more than 2,200 children throughout Detroit.

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