In November, the Craft in America crew visited glass artist Therman Statom in Omaha, Nebraska. Though Statom’s primary medium is sheet glass, he also uses blown glass objects to create sculptures. Statom is most well known for his glass houses and ladders.
In Statom’s words, he feels that he is “part advocate, part artist… teaching is the highest form of advocacy you could do.” Statom works with a local preschool and uses craft to teach Native American culture. Here he works with the children to create a medicine wheel, taking impressions of their hands to cast in glass and place in the medicine wheel benches.
Statom also works with local high school students below at Hot Shops glass studios. The students got to experience glassblowing firsthand as well as create their own glass house.