Stephen Palmer Glass and Sculpture
I was born in Berkeley, California and raised by a poet and a painter. It was in my blood to become an artist. One of my earliest memories is my mom painting by the ocean, using our car as an easel. We moved across the country as my dad, a librarian, went from one college to another. Illinois, Ohio and finally Michigan.

Along the way I earned my BA, MA and Ed.D. as well as my wife, Raenette. Together we established our studio where we happily spend our days creating art. Pottery, batik, photography, and glass all engaged me, but most of my adult life I've worked in glass. Then two years ago I branched off into mixed media sculpture. My fish begin with vintage crutches, paddles or boxes and are filled with found objects. Then they are wired and named. I use vintage items and memorabilia and forage for old wooden crutches, which serve as armatures and which outline each fish. Fillers and layers are ping-pong paddles, old pencils, crayons, nails, and nostalgic empty small toy boxes. Dorsal and posterior fins are spatulas, pancake flippers, BBQ forks, screwdrivers and tools, cut and grated expandable rulers, not to mention drill bits. My fish represent what humans are doing to the oceans, and what the objects ingested by fish and other ocean creatures are doing to pollute the waters of planet Earth.

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