Joel Otterson – Downtown, Lincoln Heights – 08/28/2013

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”.