Tell us about yourself!
Hello! My name is William Rudolph Faulkner, but most people just call me Rudy. I am a product of the sweet glass programs that can be found hiding within the Universities all over the States. My journey began at San Jose State University and was followed up with the graduate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Then, I moved to Germany and received another MFA in gemstone and jewelry design at the Hochschule Trier in Idar Oberstein. I am currently living and working in Berlin as an instructor at Berlin Glas as I continue to develop my own work as a freelance artist.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I have always been drawn in by technique. I really enjoy when people make something that I can’t figure out. Even better, I like things that I can understand and see how it’s made, but I can’t do it myself. Those people already figured something out on that next level. Right now I am doing a bit more casting than anything because I want to get better at it and it is the best process for me to get the results that I am looking for.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I find it hard to work on the same thing for too long so my work has encompassed many different themes as I cycle through stages of life. Recently I have been working through ideas about how people separate themselves into groups of “us and them” and what this allows people to think. This work has moved into abstractions of this idea within the shape my objects take, as I have begun to focus less on direct translation of objects. Right now, I am really interested in forms of mass population control tactics through an overabundance of information. Sometimes I find it really hard to know what’s really going on…you know? Who knows where that will lead me though??
What is your dream project?
Well since we are dreaming…I would love to be part of or help facilitate opening a place in California where all the crafts can be explored and celebrated. Something for everyone I shared the art departments with at school. Metals, ceramics, painting, sculpture, textiles blah blah you know them all. I would have to add the creation of a Tech Team made of people who can work with the different studios to improve energy efficiency and recouping methods. Imagine having such an energy-consuming place become more efficient using engineers and people who actually love math! This information could help us all reduce costs and improve efficiency within the studio movement. I dream of the hydrogen torch as the normal hot sculpting torch. I mean, we are dreaming right!!??
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I want to Believe.
To learn more about William "Rudy" Faulkner, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.
Personal webpage: www.williamrudolphfaulkner.com
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