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Joey Kirkpatrick/Flora C. Mace Biography

Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace have worked collaboratively for the past 40 years after meeting at the Pilchuck Glass School in 1979. They have created a diverse body of work that includes blown glass vessels with applied imagery, sculpture fabricated with wood, glass and other mixed media, and large scale blown glass fruit and vegetable forms. The artists, respected for their innovative work, have consistently explored seminal themes: principles of drawing as incorporated into glass, the metaphoric content of human relationship to nature and the appropriation of materials to support a visual idea. Kirkpatrick and Mace have translated some of their life size figurative wood and glass sculptures into outdoor bronze installations. They recently had the opportunity to install a large public installation at the Seattle Center in Seattle Washington.

Joey (born in Des Moines, Iowa, 1952) and Flora (born in Exeter, New Hampshire, 1949) have exhibited, lectured and taught extensively throughout the world. They taught for 12 years at Pilchuck Glass School. Their collaborative work is included in collections and museums around the world including the Corning Museum of Glass, NY; The Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, MI; The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Hokkaido Museum, Japan; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, OH and The National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Kirkpatrick and Mace were recognized in 2019 for their outstanding achievement in the field of contemporary glass art by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, and have been elected to the American Craft Fellows in 2005, interviewed for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in 2006 and given the 2001 Chateau Ste. Michelle Libensky Award by Pilchuck Glass School honoring outstanding contemporary artists working in glass. Kirkpatrick served as a trustee on the board of Pilchuck Glass School for 16 years.

Joey and Flora split their time between a home and studio in Seattle, Washington and a farm on the Olympic Peninsula near the Washington Coast.

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