Rïse Peacock is an artist who has pursued an education in traditional craft practices within the realm of glass, ceramics, and sculpture. In the Spring of 2017 she received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Alfred University’s School of Art and Design for a BFA in Sculpture and is a very proud alumnus of Jamestown Community College with an Associates in Fine Arts. Regarding her studio practice she states, “I am intensely attracted to the physicality of materials and their potential to behave as activators of the senses. This results in an active studio practice which includes intense research within the realm of human phenomenology and physiology. Recently, I have been giving up control of my materials in an attempt to give them permission to behave the way they want to. Rather than interfere, I consider myself a facilitator. . . I seek to expose the vulnerability of materials, their contradictions, and failures as I observe and experience all of these conditions as human.”
In 2014, Rïse was the recipient of the KiKi Smith Fellowship at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts of Deer Isle, Maine where she was able to further articulate the materiality of glass in relation to the investigations she pursues in her studio practice. She was also awarded a Women’s Academic Scholarship from the American Association of University Women, upon which she presented a lecture on the conceptual use of material within women’s arts and crafts. In the Spring of 2016, Rïse was awarded the Visionary Scholarship from The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Born and raised in Western New York, Rïse currently lives and creates in Philadelphia with her cat Sylvia.