February Member Interview - Leah Kudel
Interview by Diana Fox
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GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? Leah Kudel: I’ve always loved sports and fire. As a kid I used to burn stir sticks from McDonald’s and fling the flaming plastic. So when I tried glassblowing for the first time it was a dream: art and fire blending together. I’m a kinaesthetic learner and glassblowing has allowed me to learn in a way that I am comfortable with.
GAAC: What are you working towards for the future of your career, and how do you see yourself getting there? LK: Some of my artwork has recently been accepted into the exhibition “Young Glass 2017” at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark. This exhibition only happens every 10 years and is intended to promote glass artists under 35 from across the world. So recently, I’ve been seeking funding and grants to help ship two very large pieces of glass across the Atlantic Ocean! I also have a dream of one day opening a small sustainable and energy efficient hotshop. As glass artists, I think it is time for us to start thinking more about the way we use our resources. With new building processes and materials being invented every year, I believe there is room for new innovations in glass making equipment.
For more information on Leah Kudel and her work, please visit her website
You can donate to Leah’s Go Fund Me here