About the Artist

2016 E Studio Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have been interested in the arts and involved in crafts throughout my life. In the 1970s, I designed handmade, one-of-a-kind handbags constructed with tapestry fabrics, antique lace, buttons, jewels, upholstery trims and ribbons. My handbags were sold in craft galleries on Madison Avenue as well as Soho in New York City.

In 1985, I became co-owner of Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland. After ten years, I left to pursue my passion, which is the creation of art. I have long had an appreciation for beads, and so I started to experiment with them as an artistic medium in the mid-90s. I made my first beaded box in 1997. I developed my technique of beading without any formal training. Each project is a unique creative work, created with passion and purpose.

I was commissioned to create beaded works for many former clients of my art gallery. In 2002, I completed a commission for the temple ark at B’nai Tzedek Synogogue in Potomac, Maryland, which represents the twelve tribes of Israel. This was a life altering opportunity, which forced me “out of the box” and reinforced that I am capable of sharing my passion for beads.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My original technique manipulates beads into a composition which resembles a mini- mosaic. I want your visual experience to be a landscape of light, color, texture and form. I essentially paint with my beads, while at the same time, sculpting the beads into a desired form. I diversify the types of beads used in my creations in order to enhance the contrast, shape, and movement. When I am at work, my beads come to life with a voice unique to each creation. Beads offer boundless possibilities. Working with beads gives me a feeling of inner serenity and peace unlike any I have ever known. For me, teapots are a connection to my beloved British Grandmother who lovingly served tea for any and all occasions. They are the vessel that holds the essence of all maternal: nurture and love.

MATERIALS
I select a ceramic armature that offers interesting dimension and form. Then, paint is applied onto a ceramic armature. Glass seed beads -both new and vintage- are then glued onto the medium using surgical tweezers, placing each bead individually by hand. Larger bead elements are used for the legs and tops of my teapots. Ultra-suede and fiber trims are used for finishing bottoms.

INSPIRATION
These days, I am marrying the lessons learned in creating my teapots with the concept of the wall panels which I made for B’nai Tzedek. I enjoy taking familiar objects or an image created by a master and interpreting them into my media whether it be teapots, cookie jars, record album art or lunchboxes.

Magazine Recognition

  • American Craft April/May 2007
  • American Style May/June 2007

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 Glass Now, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2017 Beatrice Wood Center, Ojai CA for Kevin Wallace Juried and Curated Show
  • 2017 Adam Blaue Gallery, Cleveland, OH
  • 2016 E Studio Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2016 Glass Now, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2015 Art Palm Beach, Riley Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2015 Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015 Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014 – SOFA Chicago, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2014 - Art Palm Beach, Riley Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2014 – Liberty Museum Glass Now, Philadelphia PA
  • 2014 – HotTea! Del Mano Gallery, LA California
  • 2013 – ART PalmBeach, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2013 – SOFA Chicago, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2013 – E studioGallery, West Palm Beach
  • 2012 – Wheaton Glass Exhibit
  • 2012 – SOFA Santa Fe, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2012 – SOFA Chicago, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2011 – SOFA Chicago, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2011 – Liberty Museum Glass Now, Philadelphia PA
  • 2010 – Representation with Coda Gallery Palm Desert California
  • 2010 – Liberty Museum, Glass Now, Philidelphia, Prennsylvania
  • 2010 – SOFA Chicago with Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2010 – SOFA Santa Fe with Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2010 – Morgan Glass Gallery Tea Show, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 2010 – Hot Tea! Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
  • 2009 – SOFA, Chicago with Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2009 – Glass Now, Liberty Museum, Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2009 – Art of Tea, Vis Arts, Rockville, Maryland
  • 2009 – Wheaton Glass Exhibit, Thomas Riley Galleries
  • 2009 – Hot Tea! Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
  • 2009 – E Studio Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2008 – Craft USA “08 National Craft Triennial, New Canaan, Ct
  • 2008 – Steep In Thought, Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Penna
  • 2008 – Hot Tea! Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca
  • 2008 – E Studio Gallery. West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2007 – Rockville Maryland Visual Arts Auction
  • 2007 – SOFA Chicago
  • 2007 – Hot Tea! Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles,Ca
  • 2006 – SOFA Chicago
  • 2006 – James Renwick Alliance Auction, Washington DC
  • 2005 – Art of Tea, Rockville Arts Place, Maryland

Selected Collections

  • The Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC
  • Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC
  • Deena and Jerry Kaplan
  • Leslie and Bruce Lane, Bethesda, Maryland
  • B’nai Tzedek Synogogue, Potomac, Maryland
  • Deborah Moser and Mitch Berliner, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Fleur Bresler, Maryland
  • Oan Baxt Hollywood, Florida
  • Sis Grenald, Phildelphia, Penna

Cherry Goldblatt