Stephen Edwards Sculptor
Stephen Edwards, Furnace cast glass, steel My recent sculptures in glass, wood and metal investigate place, material, color and light. We live in a world of forms and colors. Just stop and look. The crack in the pavement, the morning light and a glass of water all contain little miracles of color and light. I try to animate materials through the color and light that we see every day. A particular color can remind you of a place you have been or the way you feel. Glass conveys the feeling of fragility. Light and color give life to the work.
Stephen Dee Edwards graduated from Illinois State University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1980. In 1982 he established his first private glass studio in Micaville, North Carolina. It was close to the Penland School of Crafts where he worked as a artist in residence. In 1988 he began teaching at Alfred University in New York State. He taught there for 22 years and built one of the largest hot glass programs in the United States.
Stephen retired from teaching in 2010 to work full time in his home glass studio in Alfred Station, New York. Four years after retirement from university teaching he moved to the Ojai Valley in California where he now works in his studio.
Edwards’ work can be found in over 30 public collections including the National Art Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass and has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the globe. The artist is a member of the international Glass Art Society (GAS and a former President of GAS.