Joel Otterson is an artist pushing the gender barriers of craft in a fine art context. His use of colorful antique-glass goblets, to fabricate chandeliers, immediately heightens your nerves and demands a reaction. His largest so far includes a total of 220 goblets. Otterson’s father was a plumber, which has a huge influence on his work as well as his fascination with, and knowledge of, textiles and antique dinnerware. These many layers reveal a rich knowledge of craft from “crocheting to welding” and a willingness to embrace them all on equal ground. Currently Otterson is teaching a Fine Arts course at Otis in which the students will learn skills from “crocheting to welding”.