We are a group of four graduate students and one undergraduate student studying glass at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York; we have been invited to an international student symposium at Northlands Creative Glass, a Center of Glass Excelence, in Lybster, Scotland. and we need your help!
The Symposium will take place from June 24 to July 2, 2013, in the coastal fishing village of Lybster on the North Sea, in Caithness Scotland. It’s uniqueness of location envelopes every aspect of it’s experience. From the quality of light in the northernmost highlands to the peerless landscape jutting from the coast into the North Sea, Lybster is a place of extraordinary history and inspiration.
The symposium is a chance for students and educators from the United States and Canada to come together in a completely new location to exchange ideas, beliefs, and to gain new inspirations. It is a rare opportunity to be fully immersed in our location and artistic medium for a life changing nine day experience.
What We Need & What You Get
Why do we need your help? Because, as full-time students, our bank accounts are small, but our dreams our big! We can’t afford this life changing adventure on our own, but with your help our dreams can come true.
If you make a pledge to help us, your money will go to:
The total amount we need is estimated to be $32,000 USD for five students. Your contributions will help cover:
- Tuition, room and board, and all materials and field trips for five students.
- Travel expenses for five students. Flight from Rochester, New York to Edinburgh, Scotland, and travel from there to Lybster, Scotland and our return transportation.
This campaign is using Flexible Funding. What this means: If we reach our goal, then we get all the money pledged after a 4% processing fee, if we don’t reach our goal, we get whatever pledges we made after a 9% processing fee, and we have to beg our parents to help us with the rest (even though they all already donated ;))
In addition to helping five enthusiastic, passionate, and hardworking students, if you donate, we will send you one (or more) of our fantastic handmade perks!!
* Thank You by Email and a Donor Listing on our site will happen immediately upon donation for all price points, all physical perks, will be sent upon our return from Scotland. Physical perks will be mailed between July - December 2013.
This Symposium is a coming together of students and educators from North America to explore a relationship of location and self. It is an exchange of ideas, beliefs, and experiences of students and instructors of diverse backgrounds through an international and intercultural symposium. This will be a way to view the world in a fresh light and to gain life experience, conceptual and practical skills, and guidance through of internationally respected educators.
As current students and future educators this is a valuable opportunity to travel internationally and interact with colleagues from around the world. Through participating in group discussions, writing, drawing, and utilizing glass making processes we will work together to explore our sense of place in the unique location of Northern Scotland.
Who exactly are you helping by contributing to this campaign? We are:
- Danielle Haendiges: Dani is a first year graduate student at RIT. She earned her BFA in glass from Bowling Green University. She is from Ohio. She has worked at Crystal Traditions in Tiffin, OH and as a Teaching Assistant at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“Most of my work deals with the human figure. The symposium at Northlands is a great opportunity to experience how the body changes from culture to culture and from location to location. I’m really interested in how the environment in Scotland has influenced the features of it’s citizens over the course of time.” - Dani
- Jesse Nelson: Jesse is a junior at RIT. His journey into the world of glassblowing started at the age of 17. Growing up in the pacific northwest, he found himself surrounded by glass craftsmen and artists. Fascinated by making things by hand, he quickly fell in love with the traditions, craft, and relationships created through Venetian blown glass. He has studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts.
“For me, this opportunity to travel to Scotland is a chance to diverge from my traditional background, and discover new elements of myself. Being a classically trained glass blower over the last eight years has rooted my work in craft and objects, and this seminar is a chance to transcend my typical making process and develop new artistic interests.” - Jesse
- Jon Rees: Jon is a first year graduate student at RIT. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Alfred Sate College. He has worked as an Architectural Designer at Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C. and as Teaching Assistant at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has studied and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. Jon has also volunteered at Hands On Glass in Corning as well as assisting several local artists in their work.
“Locale is an important contemporary topic in both Art and Architecture. This symposium is a valuable opportunity to test ideas of place and Architecture within the context of glass art. I’m really interested in interacting with and exploring glass with the Architecture group that typically attends. Also, I’ve never travelled outside of the United States before, so this is a great opportunity to experience not only another sense of place, but also the culture, the Art, and the Architecture of that place.” - Jon
- Tatara Siegel: Tatara is a first year graduate student at RIT. She earned her BFA in glass from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been a Teaching Assistant at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“The local vegetation, nature, and climate in Rochester, New York, has had a significant impact on my work after moving here from Texas. I’m excited to explore the natural environment in Scotland, which is drastically different than both Texas and New York. This experience in Scotland’s environment would be tremendously influential for my future work.” - Tatara
- Gina Zetts: Gina is a first year graduate student at RIT. She received a BFA in glass from Alfred University. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Alfred University, RIT and Pilchuck Glass School. She has worked as an Instructor at Public Glass in San Francisco, and as a Gallery Assistant at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA.
”My work is all about place, location, and telling personal stories through the imagery of houses, urban landscapes, and unique communities. I am greatly inspired by all the places that I have traveled and the communities that I have been a part of. Lybster will be no different, I plan to absorb as much of it as possible, not just the glass school, but the entire village, it’s residents, its unique history, and for a brief moment, become part of it. It’s imprint will undoubtable find voice in my future work as I plan and execute my MFA Thesis show over the next year.” – Gina
This experience is only possible through your contributions. In addition to getting one of our beautiful handmade perks, it is an opportunity to be a part of each of our personal journeys of expression through art. As we begin our careers and enter the world as artists and educators, this experience will help not only enrich our lives but also those of our future students.
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Thanks for taking the time to check out our page, pledge your time, money, love, and support. Each one of us greatly appreciates your heartfelt contribution to our effort. This experience means the world to us both as students and as future educators, your contribution will help get us there, and for that each one of us will be forever thankful to you!