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Designer, Sculptor, Jeweler
Designer, sculptor possessing strong 3-D capabilities with 14 years experience designing a range of luxury glass for Steuben Glass. Excelled with a combination of individual and team purpose in developing decorative, sculptural and tabletop designs. Consistently curious and exploratory, excellent project manager and teacher. with a strong aesthetic and a respect for process and materials.
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SHORT BIO What began as a way to give back and support animal conservation groups became a passion for jewelry design. I continued to explore jewelry as both a creative endeavor and a fund raising tool. As a top-selling Steuben Glass designer I focused my creative energies on the natural world using my sculptural aesthetic to enlarge the vocabulary of glass design as I explored organic forms. My work for Steuben Glass featured many pieces designed to include jewelry-like accessories of silver and bronze. Research, attention to detail and creative fundamentals, and hands on modeling are essential to my process.. Through community activities, I endeavor to engage, inspire and educate adults and children with my sculptural projects. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2011 – Present: Designer at Taf Schaefer Design, Founder and jewelry designer of organic jewelry collections inspired by nature, custom jewelry, custom engagement and wedding rings and freelance design assignments. Designing a collection of men's belt buckles featuring imagery from fly fishing and nature. Sculpture represented by: J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT 1998 - 2011 Designer, Steuben Glass, Corning, NY Top selling designer in competitive luxury glass market. Designed and sculpted lead crystal animals, sculpture, functional objects, and engravings for high end, luxury glass market. Sought to streamline and modernize traditional hand produced products while fostering innovative design. Responsible for all aspects of design, drawings and models, pre-production, working with glassblowing teams, vendor sourcing and maintenance, quality control, marketing copy for catalogs, public appearances and signing events. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY 2014 - Guest Artist, Hot Glass Show 2300° http://www.cmog.org 2012 - Guest Artist, Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab: An incubator project for designers and glassmakers. 2011 - Guest Artist, Hot Glass Show aboard Celebrity Cruise’s premier vessel the “Eclipse” 1994 - 1998 Designer, Niermann Weeks, Millersville, MD Designed, modeled and produced furniture hardware. Produced rubber molds, developed and painted antique finishes & carved prototypes for luxury furniture manufacturer - http://www.niermannweeks.com/ 1980 – Present: Independent sculptor carving stone and wood, casting bronze sculpture. TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1995 Adjunct Instructor, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC Stone and wood carving. 1991 – 1993 Instructor, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD Developed and implemented curricula for stone and wood carving, wax modeling for bronze sculpture and wax carving for jewelry casting. 1985-1989 - Private Instructor Taught private and group classes in sculpture/wax modeling for bronze casting and direct carving in wood and stone. EDUCATION Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, BFA in Sculpture COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 2010 - 2011 Guest Instructor, GlassRoots, Inc., Newark, NJ: (Led discussions and workshops for a unique after school program that fosters creativity and confidence through instruction in glass making in the under served youth of Newark, NJ. http://www.glassroots.org/news_details.asp?id=248 Designer, Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund – ongoing. Created jewelry line to raise funds to preserve gorilla habitat and train in-country veterinarians. http://www.saveagorilla.org/store/silverbackstore.html Designer, African Wildlife Foundation (2010) Initiated and developed a collaboration with the AWF and Steuben Glass to jointly market the Big Five Crystal Collection as a cause marketing endeavor raising $50,000 for the AWF’s conservation and sustainability programs. Designer, Jane Goodall Institute, Created Chimpanzee pendant to raise funds for the Institute’s conservation work. Sculptor, “Faces in the Wild Auction” to benefit the World Wildlife Fund sponsored by the Humanscale, NYC EXHIBITIONS • Steuben Glass, NY, NY (1997 - 2011 ): Exhibition of designs for former flagship store in Manhattan • Faces in the Wild Exhibit & Auction, Humanscale Showroom, NYC, NY and London, England (2002, 2004 to 2007): To benefit the World Wildlife Fund. • Chairs, Chairs, Chairs Exhibit: Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, 2002 Compilation of previous exhibits: Visions of Animals ll: Washington Square, Washington, DC - Niermann Weeks Art Exhibit: Niermann Weeks Showroom, Millersville, MD - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Instructor Exhibition: Annapolis, MD - The Annapolis Gallery: Annapolis, MD - Cape Cod Conservatory of Art and Music: Barnstable, MA - Cape Museum of Fine Arts: Dennis, MA - Guyer Barn: Hyannis, - MA Arts of Barnstable Show: Hyannis, MA - Copley Society at City Hall: Boston, MA - Providence Art Club: Providence, RI - Copley Society at the Federal Reserve Bank: Boston, MA - N.E. Mood, Past and Present - Boston Jubilee 350 COMMISSIONS • Penguins Go Pasta Restaurant: Hyannis, MA - “Chef Penguin” Vermont Marble • Lorna Stokes: N. Scituate, RI - “Bonsai” Mexican Alabaster • Holyoke Community College: Holyoke, MA - “Up River” White Oak • Legal Seafood Restaurant: Boston, MA: - “Codfish” Mahogany • Jane Goodall Institute: Silver Spring, MD - “Chimpanzee” Bronze • Sally Ellis: Washington, DC: - “Keeper” Hydrocal & Copper leaf • Marta & Jim Phillips: Darien, CT - “Herons” Bronze • Pat Roberts, MCI: Annapolis, MD – “St. Konrad” Portuguese Marble • Paul Tudor Jones, Greenwich, CT – “Dolphin on Wave” Steuben Crystal & Bronze • Barbara & Ira Salzman: Long Island, NY – “Penguin Bay” Steuben Crystal • Greenbrier PGA Tournament, White Sulfur Springs, WV – “Perpetual & Annual Golf Trophy” Steuben Crystal & Silver PERMANENT COLLECTIONS • Pope Benedict XVI: The Vatican, Rome, Italy • Corning Museum of Glass – Corning, NY • Cape Museum of Fine Arts - Dennis, MA • Seattle Aquarium - Seattle, WA • Siebert Kullman - Annapolis, MD • Professor Edward O. Wilson - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA • The Windsor Farm School - Annapolis, MD • The Triadelphia Ridge School – Ellicott City, MD • Environmental Learning Center - Vero Beach, FL • RW Norton Art Foundation – Shreveport, LA AWARDS & GRANTS • Maryland State Arts Council, Artist-in-Education Grants • Massachusetts Arts Council Grants • Chesapeake Bay Foundation Show: St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD - President’s Choice Award • Providence Art Club Sculpture Award PUBLICATIONS & PRESS • “Steuben Design, A Legacy of Light & Form” M.J. Madigan, Abrams, 2004 • “Steuben Glass, An American Tradition in Crystal” M. J. Madigan, Abrams, 2003 • “The Book”, Nieman Marcus, 2002 – 2010, Featuring Steuben designs • “Carving in Wood & Stone” Arnold Prince, Prentice-Hall. 1981 • “Glass Artist Taf Lebel Schaefer to Discuss Work at National Aviary Breakfast” http://www.aviary.org/abt/pressroom_release.php?itemid=70 • “Can’t Get to Maine? An Urban Lobster Catch” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/02/dining/02stuff.html • ”Today’s Show, Matt Lauer gives Taf Schaefer’s Steuben Curious Cat to the Pope” http://www.today.msnbc.msn.com/id/261848891/vp/43249096#43249096 • World Wildlife Faces in the Wild Auction, Officeinsight, 2004 • “Avenue Magazine”, 2010 Steuben Glass Fortune Cookie • “Africa Geo Magazine”, Africa Wildlife Foundation Collaboration with Steuben Glass Article, 2010 http://www.awf.org/images/Steuben_AfricaGeo.jpg
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