Artist Profile: Raquel Stanek

Just under 10 feet high and crafted from tens of thousands of hand-cut glass pieces, Raquel Stanek’s captivating giraffe is but one of her intricately designed and assembled mosaic works. Bubbling with enthusiasm, Stanek loves talking about her imaginative animal art, which ranges from this towering commissioned sculpture to a larger-than-life zebra bust, a 7-foot-long pig and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese, deer and other critters with expressive personalities.

David Royce

“I have a strong feeling that things should be made very well—the craft is what is important,” says glass artist David Royce. In his current work, he combines contrasting hot and cold techniques to mix the elements of fire and water. Luminous and semi-transparent, the glass practically glows.

Evelyn Ward

Ask Evelyn Ward why she is a potter and her answer is simple: “I love clay and I’m just not happy unless I have a creative outlet.” With each piece uniquely made by hand, her soda-fired pieces combine functionality and art in a way that makes it a welcome addition to any kitchen cabinet.

Jay Whyte

Jay Whyte’s life changed when he bought a TV in 1996. Without extra money to buy a stand, he decided to gather up a few power tools and spend $100 on raw materials. When he was finished, the stand he’d built exceeded his expectations. It was “nothing short of exhilarating. I knew right then that I was going to make sawdust from that point on,” he explains.