Many contemporary artists have rejected traditional media like paint on canvas, opting instead to work with materials associated with traditional or applied crafts, like glass and fiber. These artists push their chosen material to the limit, creating works that are aesthetically unique and surprising.
See how glass artist Nikolas Weinstein stretches the aesthetic possibilities of glass in his San Francisco studio, creating massive public art commissions and smaller works of exquisite and fragile beauty.
Then, after years of enduring the physically demanding process of sculpting large forms from heavy clay, artist Ann Weber discovered that simple, lightweight cardboard and staples offer unlimited possibilities as materials for creating the organic forms she envisioned.
Master ceramicist David Kuraoka throws enormous pots weighing 100 pounds and more, a process that requires an extraordinary level of skill, patience and strength. Watch him at work in his studio at San Francisco State University.
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