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Hope Sessums

Hope Sessums

In my first career as a high school science teacher I tried to share the joy and excitement of exploration, experimentation, and discovery. After the lesson plans and paper work, on weekends and during vacations, I played in my studio as an artist. Stained glass lead to fusing and slumping, which lead to casting. During six summers at Pilchuck Glass School, I studied with Sidney Cash, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Ulrica Hydman-Valien, Jose Chardiet, and Robin Grebe. In 1989 I was chosen as one of nine students for the first Libensky Masters class. The class was intense in technical aspects of glass casting and the "art" of sculpture.

After retiring in 1998, my husband and I moved to Charleston. I continued to sculpt and cast in glass and bronze. I loved to paint with glass frits and prowders, fuse and slump smaller pieces. So naturally I took up oil painting. Then I wanted some prints of my paintings. I bought a large format giclee capable printer. Profiles, archival papers and canvas, inks, and color correction has involved a lot of new study. With printing "in house," I took up photography. Now my studies have broaden to cameras, lens, and lots more equipment for taking the perfect picture.

I also enjoy post-processing of photographs and enhancement of the canvas prints. Artists ARE scientist too. We never stop experimenting and learning. Albert Einstein said it best: "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."