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Born in Japan, YUMIKO KUGA's passion in the creating crafts by hand sprang from childhood. With a background in fashion, she was particularly fascinated with the natural ways in which fabrics fell and took form in drapery.Her interest turned towards pottery when she came to the United States in 1983.

Two years later, she enrolled in a course at the Greenwich House Pottery, where her new favorite pastime grew into an occupation. Striving to create works serving both functional and aesthetic purposes, she searches for simple and beautiful forms found in nature which are transformed into objects of everyday use.

YUMIKO KUGA has been a potter for nearly thirty years. The pieces that are a off white crackled surface are a part of a collection called The Crackle Series.

 

 

JAY WHOLLEY grew up in a small town in New England where he was exposed to both the decaying remnants of 19th century manufacturing and shipbuilding. He developed respect for both art and art history from many trips to local museums and those in Boston. When Jay was sixteen, he went to work for a local welding company that did all the work that the union welder's wouldn't do. What this meant was that it was either too dangerous or too dirty. Both of these characteristics could be applied to standing in Boston harbor in hip boots as the tide came in.

When Jay went to Dartmouth, he took a class in sculpture. At the end of the class, the professor opened the curtain at the end of the studio and revealed a welding room. He showed them  slides of artists who worked with the iron and steel. It was a turning point in his life. Because Jay was already proficient in the various welding techniques he could immediately begin making art.

 Fifteen years of making cubes and cube related objects grew out of initially, his love of the idea of the cube as the perfect harmonious form and a symbol of a classical Greek mathematical idea. Secondly, the many ways in which artists had dealt with it in the 20th century from cubism George Vantangerloo to the present Tony Smith;  Jay felt he could do something special to move the possibilities forward imbuing it with multiple new references. The Cube Series.

 

 

KEN HORII is an artist working over forty years in a number of mediums and formats including drawings with ink on paper examining spatial phenomena, furniture that incorporates video display of motion graphics, furniture design in experimental translucent materials and collaboration with robotic drawing to produce folded paper spatial installations.

HORII's work has been exhibited in New England, New York, Chicago and venues throughout the United States, and in special exhibitions in South Korea including commercial and academic galleries and corporate spaces. His work is in the collections of major corporations including Prudential Insurance, Exxon/Mobile, The Rayovac Corporation and in museums and numerous private collections.

HORII is a professor teaching Spatial Dynamics in the Experimental and Foundation Studies Division at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. He has been a visiting artist teaching special projects in the International Art and Design Workshop Program at the Samsung Art and Design Institute in Seoul, South Korea and his currently part of a collaborative team of artists in development of an international fine arts graduate program with universities in Dalian and Hangzhou, China.