ERIC CRUZE & TOMO SAKAI

 

CURRICULUM VITAE: CRUZE

   CURRICULUM VITAE: SAKAI

   ARTIST STATEMENT

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ERIC CRUZE

 

EDUCATION

1998-02  Glass Studies / Appalachian Center for Craft / Smithville, TN

1989        Bachelor of Architecture / Virginia Polytechnic Institute+State University / Blacksburg, VA

 

EXHIBITIONS

2015        Original Voices, Group Show / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

2013        Opposing Directions Group Show / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester, MA

                 December Invitational Show / Imago Gallery / Warren, RI

2012        Air Time Group Show / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester, MA

2008        Takumi Academy Show / Gifu, Japan

 

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

2014        "Spring Flora, Worcester 2014" / Cast glass installation at Health Services Lobby, Sheehan Hall, Worcester State University /

                 Worcester, MA

 

AWARDS

2015        Worcester Arts Council Artist Fellowship

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014        Partner / cruze + sakai studio / Worcester, MA

2011-13  Glass Studio Technician, Artist-in-Residence / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester, MA

2007        Glass Studio Coordinator / Active G Crafts School / Gifu, Japan

2006        Fusing Masterclass / Abate Zanetti Glass School / Venezia, Italy

2005-06  Artist-in-Residence / SUPSS / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

 

TOMO SAKAI

 

EDUCATION

2004        Glass engraving studies with Vaclav Hubert and Rudolf Kment / SUPSS / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

2003-04  Glass engraving studies with Jiri Tesar / VOSS / Novy Bor, Czech Republic

2002        Glass engraving workshop with Jiri Harcuba / Dominik Biman School / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

2001        Glass blowing workshop / Summer Workshop, Frauenau, Germany

1998-02  Undergraduate studies in art and glass with Makoto Ito / Tama Art University / Tokyo, Japan

 

EXHIBITIONS

2015        Original Voices, Group Show / Ken Saunders Gallery / Chicago, IL

2014        Art on the Line / Aurora Gallery / Worcester, MA

2014        Eight Elements / The Krikorian Gallery / Worcester, MA

2013        Opposing Directions, Artists-in-Residence group show / The Krikorian Gallery / Worcester, MA

2013        December Invitational Show / Imago Gallery / Warren, RI

2008        Bar Akadama 2008 / Cafe Siesta / Gifu, Japan

2007        Arts & Crafts 2007 / Gallery Tamamiseum / Nagoya, Japan

2006        Glassdressing / Ca’ Rezzonico / Venezia, Italy

2005        Senovske Sklo Plne Zivota / Decin Museum / Czech Republic

                 The exhibition of 4th International Symposium of Engraved Glass / Kamenicky Senov Museum / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

                 New Tradition - Our Direction / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

2003        Vessels: Exhibition of Contemporary Glass / Koganezaki Crystal Park / Nishi Izu, Japan

2002        Discovery 2002 / Key Gallery / Ginza, Japan

                 Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Graduation Works Exhibition 2002 / Spiral Garden / Aoyama, Japan

 

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

2014        "Spring Flora, Worcester 2014" / Cast glass installation at Health Services Lobby, Sheehan Hall, Worcester State University /

                 Worcester, MA

 

AWARDS

2015        Worcester Arts Council Artist Fellowship

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014        Partner / cruze + sakai studio / Worcester, MA

2013        Studio Assistant / Sidney Hutter Glass and Light, Inc. / Auburndale MA

                 Gallery Assistant / The Gallery Store at Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester MA

2012-14  Artist-in-Residence / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester MA

2012-13  Teaching Assistant / Worcester State University / Worcester MA

2011        Fusing Glass Instructor / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester MA

                 Studio Assistant / Worcester Center for Crafts / Worcester MA

2007-08  Studio Manager, Workshop Teacher / Active G Crafts School / Gifu, Japan

2004-06  Artist-in-Residence / Sklarsky Atelier Peter Rath / Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic

 

The inspiration to work with glass came from its unique material qualities: transparency, luminosity, impermeability. Later, we learned about the rich cultural history of glass, with its ancient techniques and craft traditions. A third element of our practice comes from our background in design and our experience living/working in Japan, Europe and the US.

 

In all of our work, we strive to combine the sensual, artisanal and modern.

 

Over time, as an object changes its function or context, critical characteristics that remain are its material presence and commodious quality. When an object is able to evoke the spirit of its making, a connection is possible that resonates through history. We are searching for this connection in our work.

 

Eric Cruze + Tomo Sakai

 

ORIGINAL VOICES 2015

Ken Saunders Gallery

Digital 88 pages

2015

 

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