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Biography: Kait Rhoads

Kait Rhoads (Photo by Ian Lewis)
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Kait Rhoads

Kait Rhoads is best-known for her innovative use of Venetian blown glass techniques, such as murrine and filigrana, which she has applied to sculptural forms as well as to vessels. Her process involves weaving pieces of blown and cut glass tubes with copper wire to create flexible looking “soft sculptures.” Her love for murrine-making dovetails well into her investigation of growth patterns and biological structures. Currently, she is working on her first permanent public art piece, glass jellyfish sculptures for the Tacoma, Wash., Pacific Seas Aquarium opening in the summer of 2018.

Rhoads earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Doug and Dale Anderson Scholarship, the Anne Gould Hauberg Award, and a Fulbright Scholarship to study sculpture in Venice, Italy. Rhoads has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad; her work is found in many collections, including the Seattle Art Museum; the Toyama Institute of Glass in Toyama, Japan; the Glasmuseum in Ebeltoft, Denmark; Shanghai Museum of Glass, China; and The Corning Museum of Glass.

Rhoads and Amy Rueffert used their 2008 Artist-in-Residence to explore similar techniques together and apply them to their own individual bodies of work. Their focus was “to develop and refine techniques of laying multiple patterns and imagery in glass” using traditional glassblowing techniques to create contemporary sculpture.

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