Skill Set

My broad background in artistic media makes it possible for me to teach and work across multiple media with ease. While a glassblower, my training was in sculpture but I also have experience in ceramics (I took offwheel classes at Berea College and was a teaching assistant for pottery classes which included mixing of a variety of clay bodies from their dry forms to usable material for students). I have completed graduate work in slipcast and woodfired ceramics as well as offwheel sculptural items both kiln fired and raku fired. I have worked in cast paper, cast metals including alluminum, bronze and iron (via cuppola), silver jewelry via centrifugal casting method and pewter via the same process at the Langston Pewter Studio in Floyd Virginia in the mid 80's. I have extensive experience in welding and fabricating steel, and have welding skills in stick, MIG and TIG and gas welding processes. I am versed in both ceramic shell investment as well as bonded sand investment in the casting of iron, bronze and alluminum sculpture, both as an undergraduate and graduate student in an internationally renowned foundry program. Further, I have built all equipment in my studio for the production of blown glass items which include kilns, furnaces, benches, and door opening devices. During my tenure as a glassblower I have experience in developing glass recipes for different glass applications in the studio and have experience in coloration of glasses. My skills in glassblowing range across a broad spectrum from handworked to fused, slumped and cast. I have considerable skills in the lapidary or grinding/polishing of glass since much of my work has demanded these techniques be used well. I am versed in a variety of computer software programs which I use on a weekly basis in my business including but not limited to: Adobe Premier Pro for motion video, Adobe Photoshop for still image manipulation, Adobe Pagemill for website design, and Adobe Pagemaker for publications. I maintain my own website and I have a presence on Facebook as a fan site of the business as well as maintaining a blog related to all things glass via my website utilizing the WordPress software platform. I continue to design new work in glass and other media on a regular basis and my work is carried throughout the United States by those galleries and businesses that sell fine handmade in American craft.

Educational Philosophy

Creativity is innate, but skills are assumed. One is inspired while the other is taught. This partnership is what education in the arts is all about. You can have a very fine program that teaches great technical skill yet has a dearth of inspiration. A good teacher will have the spiritual and creative qualities that will seek a harmony between the "hardware" (skill) and "software" (creativity)side of art making. Without an appreciation of craft a student never learns to stretch a canvas or to apply paint in a controlled enough fashion to break outside of old modes of working. While creativity is innate, and while I am not convinced it can be "taught" in the traditional understanding of the term, it can be inspired, and its that inspiration that is vital when bringing up the student from beginner to professional. This to me is the dual cornerstone of art education. Beyond this cornerstone is a maturation of this view, the implementation in the day to day whereby in each meeting, each critique, the student is both challenged and supported in an atmosphere that fair and unifying.

 

 

Degrees Earned

1989 B.A. Berea College, Berea Kentucky, Studio Art.

1996 M.F.A. University of Southern Illinois University At Carbondale, Sculpture.

Residencies

December 1996-January 1997 Winter Residency, Penland School of Crafts, Glass.

Teaching Experience

Numerous in-studio workshops in both groups and individual one-on-one instruction from 2004 to present. From November thru December 2009, for example, over 43 individuals were taught an introduction to glassblowing at the new Newport studio.

1994-6. Graduate Teaching Assistant. School of Art And Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Taught studio labs of GEC 101 Introduction to Art. Designed curricula for the lab sections, taught elements and principles of design, color theory, drawing, perspective, methods and materials. Responsible for instruction, evaluation and grading, served as proctor for all course section exams.

1993-4 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Museology, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Researched, designed, and presented lectures, administered and supervised curriculum projects which included 1) matting and mounting artworks in collection, 2) conservation and preservation of outdoor metal sculpture, 3) product display in Museum giftshop, 4) curation, design, and display of exhibit "Heartland Knifemakers."

Workshops, Additional Education

1999. Jacksonville University. Five day demonstration workshop with glass sculptor Pino Signoretto of Murano Italy. Working soda lime glass on the pipe.

1986. Corning Studio School. Week workshop with lampworker Sally Prasch. Developed techniques for working borosilicate at the torch.


Professional Experience

2007 to present. Owner and Founder of Stafford Art Glass. Moved studio from Culpeper to Newport Virginia. Renovated commercial garage for use as a glass and sculpture studio with gallery space. Expanded operations from a 1200 sq foot building to 3200 square feet in order to serve as a production studio as well as a public access studio for adult education in glass and sculpture. In Fall of 2009 began teaching glass blowing classes. Designed and built torches for torch work station in order to teach torch work in glass. Business name changed to Stafford Art Glass. Registered new domain name and redesigned website to reflect the change in name and location.

1997-2007 Owner and founder of Stafford Glass. Designed and built equipment for studio facility: annealing ovens, reheating furnaces, auto door device, work bench, marvering table, yokes, auto air extension. Responsible for the design, manufacture and finishing of glass items covering a broad spectrum from solid worked to hand blown. Marketed and promoted the business through print and electronic media, and craft fairs (both retail and wholesale). Increased business income substantially every year from business inception until 2003, and developed a higher business profile in the local community. In 2000, began to increase wholesale exposure, which continues to the present.

1994-6. Graduate Teaching Assistant. School of Art And Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Taught studio labs of GEC 101 Introduction to Art. Designed curricula for the lab sections, taught elements and principles of design, color theory, drawing, perspective, methods and materials.

1995. Slide Librarian. Art and Design Library, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Photographed and mounted slides from texts to be used for lecture material department-wide. Mounted slides, provided clerical assistance, checked out media materials to students and faculty. Developed a more efficient system for tracking slides during the photography and mounting process.

1994-5. Assistant Curator of Art Exhibits. University Museum, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Responsible for exhibits in all aspects: curation, exhibit design, installation, administrative duties, media and publicity, training of assistants, and receptions. Hung a show each week during Summer months. Coordinated with the M.F.A. candidates in scheduling their thesis exhibitions and assisted in the hanging of their shows as well as faciliating insurance coverage for the work in the galleries, media exposure, reception planning and implementation as well as take down of each show.

1993-4. Research Assistant, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Assisted Jerry Monteith, Professor of Sculpture with fabrication and fastening techniques in his wood sculpture. Fall and Spring.

1993-4 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Museology, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Researched, designed, and presented lectures, administered and supervised curriculum projects:: matting and mounting artworks in collection, conservation and preservation of outdoor metal sculpture, product display in Museum giftshop, curation, design, and display of exhibit "Heartland Knifemakers."

1991-2 Miller and Main Street Galleries (now Miller off Main Street Galleries). Constructed framing in high volume using conservation methods and materials. Performed clerical duties, designed and printed exhibit announcements. Began first computer record of mailing lists of customers. Public relations and customer service.

Awards, Honors

2009 Art On The Lawn winner of Best Alternative Media for glass Vase "Rare Earth."

1992-96 Assistanship , Southern Illinois Univrsity at Carbondale.
1996. Illinois Artisan Center craft Festival, Governor's Choice Award. Whittington, Illinois
1996-7. Penland School of Crafts. Awarded Winter Residency. December & January.
1999. Windmore Foundation for the Arts. Celebrity Art Auction Award.

Collections
Berea College Art Department Art Archive. Sculpture "Dark Holding."

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. large Phoenix Vase, small Phoenix vase, Rare Earth Vase, Nautilus bowl, large Fiamma vase, Cosmic Realm Sphere weight, Cosmic Realm Egg, Large Nautilus vase, Inscape Geode.

Commissions & Corporate Orders

March 2009 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.

August 2008 The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists trophy award design, 11 awards featuring small andromeda geode
mounted to marble base, base etched.
March 2008 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
August 2007 The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists trophy award design, 11 awards featuring small andromeda geode
mounted to marble base, base etched.
March 2007 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
March 2006 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.

December 2006 Steven Rosenberg, DDS, Scarsdale NY
Corporate gift, custom design, 300 dichroic eggs
March 2005 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
February 2005 Anne Goette and Richard Clause house. Developed concept for installing glass in masonry walls and illuminating utilizing fiber optic cabling from outside light source. Objects went into entry stone wall and large colored disc installed in bathroom as window. Work featured in dvd "Ring of Fire" ©2006.
March 2004 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
March 2003 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
March 2002 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper, Virginia. Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
December 2001 Steven Rosenberg, DDS, Scarsdale NY
Corporate Gift: 300 Andromede Geodes, green.
March 2001 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisk.
December 2000 Steven Rosenberg, DDS, Scarsdale New York
Holiday Corporate Gift: 150 Inscape Geodes, mixed colors
November 2000 Kurt Miller, Federal Government, Washington, D.C..
Departmental Awards, 38 Dichroic Oboliscs with inscriptions included.
March 2000 Mary B. Allen Award, Windmore Foundation For The Arts, Culpeper Virginia
Pat Baisden (Board Member), Medium Dichroic Egg/Obolisc.
October 1999 Ekornes, Inc., Somerset New Jersey. Corporate Gifts. 20 disc paperweights.

Articles, Publications
Schmidt, Ed. The Glassblowers Bathroom Reader (book of glassblowing wit and humor). 2006. Quoted observations.
Stafford, Parker. "Ring of Fire: the Artglass of Parker Stafford." Educational and promotional video. Edited digitally using Adobe Premier Pro .Wrote, directed, and co-produced with Frank Greenlee of Gap Mountain Studio, Newport, Virginia. October 2005.
Monroe, Adam. "Q & A: A Conversation With Parker Stafford." Roanoke Times, New River Current section, September 8, 2005.
Mckenna, Marla "Handle With Care." Culpeper Citizen, April 1, 2004
Stafford, Parker. Web site www.staffordglass.com. October 2003. Designed, & launched.
American Concern for Artistry and Craft, New Rochelle Art Fair, Show Poster, White Nautilus Platter. October 2002.

Sugarloaf Mountain Works.. Festival News, cover, Cranberry Nautilus Vase, September Manassas Craft Fair September 2002.
Deal R.M. "Stirring Up The Elements to create art.". Culpeper News. February 22, 2001.
Anderson Lucia: "Hearts of Glass." The Free Lance Star. January 14, 2001.
Sugarloaf Mountain Works. Festival News Large Blue/green Nautilus Vase, Atlanta Art Fair. November 1999.
Glynn Ann. "Strike Up the Band" Culpeper Star Exponent,. (images of work) June 22, 1998
Knepper, Robin "An Eye For Glass", Culpeper Star Exponent, April 25, 1998.
Raflowski, Robin. Culpeper Star Exponent, Blue Ridge Living section, photo montage of blown glass. April 26, 1998.

Lectures & Presentations

March 20, 2010. Guest Speaker for Technicon 27 conference of science fiction and fantasy. Virginia Tech campus.

Memberships
2009 "Round The Mountain Organizational Committee and Charter Member. Committee tasked with organizing efforts to begin new artisan trail in Giles County under the umbrella organization "Round The Mountain. Web site: www.roundthemountain.org.

2009. Giles County Arts Council. Events coordinator.
2005-2007. Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Board Member, Building Committee Chair.
1997-2001 Glass Art Society

Exhibit/ShowSchedule
September-October 2005, Parker Stafford: Glass. One Man Show. Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Va
September 2003, Ioma Art, Boca Raton Fl, Visiting Artist and show.
April20 2003, People's Pottery, Columbia MD, Visiting Artist and show.
December 2001. Art Rider, Holiday Crafts Park Avenue. New York, NY.
April 14 2003, People's Pottery, Fairfax VA, Visiting Artist and show.
April 2000-2. Art Rider, Spring Crafts Park Avenue. Park Avenue Armory. New York, NY.
March 1998-9, 2000. Spring Fort Washington Art Fair, Fort Washington Pennsylvania.
May 2000. Art Rider. Spring Crafts Lyndhurst. Tarrytown, New York.
April 1999. Media D'Art. Grammercy Park Armory, New York, NY.
May 1999. NCL. Spring Crafts Festival. Frederick Md.
September 1999. NCL. Fall Crafts Festival, Gaithersburg, MD..
April 1998 - 2004. Spring Somerset Crafts Festival, Somerset NJ.
September 1998-2004. Sugarloaf Mountain Works. Somerset Fall Crafts Fesitval. Somerset NJ.
June 1998 - 2002. A.C.A.C. (American Concern for Artistry and Craftsmanship), Lincoln Center for the Arts, New York, New York.
September 1998 - 2002. A.C.A.C. Lincoln Center Fall show (first weekend only). Lincoln Center For the Arts. New York, New York.
October 1998-2003. Fall Crafts Festival, Timonium MD.
October 1998. Sugarloaf Mountain Works. Fall Fort Washington Festival. Fort Washington PA.

 

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