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Artist-in-Residence Lecture: Shinobu Kurosawa and Jim Butler

The Studio
March 14, 2019 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Flameworker Shinobu Kurosawa and glassblower Jim Butler will be Artists-in-Residence at The Studio February 24 through March 24. Listen to them discuss their work and projects during this informal lecture on March 14.

During her residency, Kurosawa is doing research on tonbodama and expanding her flameworking skills to explore new possibilities in Japanese beadmaking. Butler is continuing a project he began during his May 2018 residency, Economies of Confusion and I-Pat’s Molecule, which push the boundaries of how glass is used in a contemporary context.

Free and open to the public; no reservations required.


Jim Butler has always looked at the world with a sense of wonder and has found his voice as an artist as a result. Both a painter and a glassblower, Butler produces sculptural work that combines high-fire decals with blown glass forms to create...
Translated literally, the Japanese word tonbodama means “dragonfly ball.” Since 2000, flameworker Shinobu Kurosawa has been making tonbodama beads that depict traditional Japanese landscape and nature scenes in glass. Mountains...