Toots Zynsky | Beau Couple
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist|
Toots Zynsky lives in Paris. She was born Mary Ann, but was called Toots almost from birth. She earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, then went to Seattle to study with Dale Chihuly at the Pilchuck Glass School. Since then, she's returned to Pilchuck as a teacher.
In the mid-1980s, she spent six months in Ghana, on a special research project, recording Ghanaian music. In 1995, her work is being shown at special exhibitions in Tokyo, Zurich, Italy, Philadelphia and Chicago.
It's really amazing. You can do everything with glass. You can pour it and cast it like metal. You can stretch it, carve it, saw it, you can stick it together. It's the only material that you can melt and blow. It's such a strange and plastic thing. I think that's what keeps drawing me back to it.
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What's the most difficult part of creating your works?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?
|Nathan Youngblood||Suzanne L. Amendolara|