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Charissa Brock

"Using bamboo, glass, and thread, I create highly crafted, intricate sculptures that reflect the natural world. Drawing inspiration from my materials, the landscape, and artifacts, I focus on using repetition to build abstract and narrative pieces."

Ideas for Brock's sculptures are drawn from many sources: the landscape, flora and fauna, archaeological artifacts, bamboo's unique growth patterns, and the ideas that come to the surface while working on a form. Brock's works range from strictly formal studies of pattern and line to narrative sculptures.

Brock's work begins in a bamboo grove, where she individually selects and harvests bamboo canes. Each cane is taken through a heat preparation process to create an archival material. The bamboo is then either split using traditional Japanese techniques to create long strips, or crosscut into small pieces and organized by size. Both initial techniques lead to form building.

Brock's mother, artist Emily Brock, was her first teacher. Charissa studied glass and fiber at College For Creative Studies in Detroit (BFA) and fibers at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (MFA). Through informal mentorship with Jiro Yonezawa, she learned traditional bamboo tools and techniques. Workshops with Patrick Dougherty, Lissa Hunter, John Garrett, and John McQueen have all been a source of inspiration.

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Custom Color Bamboo and Glass Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 4,100
$ 3,280
Single Shell Light
Mixed-Media Pendant Lamp

$ 2,000
$ 1,600
Double Shell Lamp
Mixed-Media Pendant Lamp

$ 2,400
$ 1,920
Helios Vascellum
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 3,800
$ 3,040
Medium Yellow Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
Little Green Flower II
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,000
$ 800
Medium Pink Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Big Green Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 2,325
$ 1,860
Little Pink Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,100
$ 880
Medium Blue Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
Little Orange Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,000
$ 800
Big Orange Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 2,150
$ 1,720
Little Yellow Flower II
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
Little Yellow Flower I
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
Little Blue Flower I
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,000
$ 800
Avis Nox
Art Glass & Wood Sculpture

$ 5,300
$ 4,240
Deep Orange Wall Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,000
$ 800
Wing and Feather
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 5,300
$ 4,240
Featherback
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 3,075
$ 2,460
Wall Flower
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 900
$ 720
Kissing Stones
Bamboo Sculpture

$ 2,550
$ 2,040
Spira Fiore
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 4,195
$ 3,356
Mimos
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 1,550
$ 1,240
Allegro
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 7,300
$ 5,840
Float
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 7,300
$ 5,840
Tea with Edna
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 3,000
$ 2,400
Tea With Grace
Art Glass & Bamboo Wall Sculpture

$ 3,000
$ 2,400
Across the Sky
Art Glass & Wood Sculpture

$ 3,500
$ 2,800
Mille Oculus
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 5,225
$ 4,180
Helix Oculi
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 8,000
$ 6,400
Spira Penna
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 4,725
$ 3,780
Lacy Petal Spiral
Art Glass & Bamboo Sculpture

$ 1,300
$ 1,040
Raindrop Platter
Art Glass & Bamboo Platter

$ 2,500
$ 2,000
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
"Of Earth And Sky", Bullseye Gallery, Portland OR, 2014
East and West: Asian Influences on Contemporary American Craft, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, 2013
Process and Presence: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA, 2011
The Sarah and David Lieberman Collection, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, 2009
No Boundaries: Contemporary Baskets, Traveling exhibition, USA, 2001-2006
Permenant Collection, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ, 2004
Collections
Permenant Collection, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Porltand OR, 2001
Permenant Collection, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ, 2004
Permenant Collection, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland OR, 2003