Child's Play

November 21, 2019 - January 18, 2020



Child's Play offers a look at the protected bastion of childhood through the eyes of adult artists working in contemporary craft. This exhibition features works that explore the duality of play and seriousness across mediums. Toys, games, and kinetic objects featured in this show express a childlike sense of play at first glance, but reveal sinister undertones upon closer inspection. While sober considerations arise in this show, the works remind viewers to harken back to the days of yore and consider life (and art!) with a child's delight.

Hayami Arakawa

Hayami Arakawa

Hayami Arakawa

Hayami Arakawa is a furniture designer, maker of tools and wood objects of spurious historical origins that he calls, Arte-factoids. He is a transplant from the Left Coast of the United States and has lived in Boston for the past thirteen years. Hayami is also an educator of woodworking and machining and the Director of the MIT Hobby Shop, the oldest makers space in the world.

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Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce

Cameron Boyce is a recent graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, working in Stoughton MA. His work fuses together patterns, text, color, and collage all while being painted on secondhand sources such as cardboard, styrofoam, and pieces of old wood panels. Exploring themes of literature throughout a number of works, Boyce intertwines patterns with a large amount of poetic verses or lyrics.

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Patrick Bradley

Patrick Bradley

Patrick Bradley

Patrick Bradley is a registered architect based in San Francisco, California. Aside from his architectural work he has actively pursued a practice in both concrete and ceramic, with an emphasis on mold-making and casting. His recent work has been a pursuit in sculpture and casting of ordinary objects and items generally considered waste or refuse. The work dives into questions of nostalgia, technology, longevity, relevance, and weathering by appreciating an old object under new terms; a high-tech child's plaything, rendered in a low-tech building material.

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Carol Bugarin

Carol Bugarin

Carol Bugarin

Carol Bugarin has been working in glass since 1991, primarily focusing on art glass jewelry and sculpture. Her work is made using a torch to manipulate the glass, a process known as flamework. Carol enjoys making playful work and combining media, incorporating kinetic movement and repetition.

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Paul Daniel

Paul Daniel

Paul Daniel

Paul Daniel’s sculptures address nature (wind, light and movement) and are appropriate for galleries as well as outdoor settings. The models shown at the Society of Arts and Crafts are investigations used to develop ideas, forms and engineering for large and small sculptures. He maintains a studio in Baltimore designing and fabricating models, paintings and outdoor kinetic sculpture, powered by the wind, and indoor sculptures responding to touch or breeze.

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Chris Darway

Chris Darway

Chris Darway

Christopher Darway has been working in metals for over 45 years as a designer, teacher and artisan. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New Jersey, he received a BFA in craft design from the Philadelphia College of Art. Over the years he has sold and exhibited work through galleries, shops and craft shows, including ACC and Smithsonian Craft Shows. He currently teaches at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA and the University of the Arts, Master Lecturer, Continuing Studies Program, Philadelphia, PA.

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Kathleen Dustin

Kathleen Dustin

Kathleen Dustin

Kathleen Dustin has been a self-employed studio artist/maker for 40 years. She received an MFA in ceramics from Arizona State University in 1979, but within a few years began experimenting with colored polymer clay, an oven baked modeling compound she found in children’s stores while living overseas. Having worked with it exclusively for over 35 years, Kathleen is considered a pioneer of colored polymer as an artistic medium from which she makes art jewelry and sculptural handbags.

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Chris Fitch

Chris Fitch

Chris Fitch

Chris Fitch is a sculptor, engineer and inventor. His prize-winning mechanical sculptures, installations and performance based artwork have been presented internationally. His puppets and state-of-the art miniature theaters have appeared with major symphony productions in New York and Los Angeles. His credits for work in animation include Sesame Street, Motorola, Disneyland, and Samsung.

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Ken Goldstrom

Ken Goldstrom

Ken Goldstrom

Ken Goldstrom was born and raised in New York, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. His whimsical ceramic work is features fantastic figures, clean designs, and calming color schemes. Ken has lived in the greater Boston area for 40 years and currently lives and works in Beverly, MA.

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Janet Huddie

Janet Huddie

Janet Huddie

Janet Huddie is a metalsmith and jewelry artist living & working in Annapolis, Maryland. Originally from the northeast of England and a descendant of generations of engineers who built ships and bridges, Janet combines her fascination for three-dimensional design and metal fabrication with a passion for architecture, applied ornament and story telling. She likes to imagine that she's continuing her family's metalworking traditions, just on a much smaller scale.

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Marek Jacisin

Marek Jacisin

Marek Jacisin

Marek Jacisin's designs are based on patterns and geometric forms. He appreciates the expressive quality of simple shapes and enjoys creating contrasts in surfaces. His slab built geometric sculptures and low relief wall tiles reflect his interest in architecture and contemporary design. Marek finds inspiration in everything around him, from elevator buttons and manhole covers to the terra-cotta architectural fragments of Boston's Back Bay.

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Brett Kern

Brett Kern

Brett Kern

Brett began his higher education at California University of Pennsylvania. After receiving his BFA, he attended West Virginia University for graduate school with a focus in ceramics. After school Brett moved west to be a long-term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana and then taught ceramics and sculpture at Davis and Elkins College. In the summer of 2017, Brett resigned from his teaching position to pursue life as a full-time artist. Brett now lives and makes work from his home in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

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Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner is an artist making one-of-a-kind, fabric fine art toys. Her work is inspired by imagery from classic children’s book illustrations, early American Folk Art painting, and scenes of traditional Americana. Her dolls range from burly circus performers to serene, swaddled infants. Mimi’s work is known for its detail and lively nature. Each piece is crafted from original patterns using new, reclaimed, and/or vintage fabrics, and are meticulously hand-embroidered and appliqued to create a unique piece of art; best experienced on the wall or as a room accent.

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Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel Lewis is an American multimedia artist born in Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia. He received his master’s degree from Arizona State University in 2010. After several years working as a toy designer in Boston he returned to Phoenix and now works as an artist and educator. His art practice reflects his passion for design and his interest in human interaction. Many of his colorful works tackle complex social situations in playful and peculiar ways.

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Dean Lucker

Dean Lucker

Dean Lucker

Dean Lucker earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in 1985, where he met his wife and co-founder of Woodlucker LLC. As an independent artist, Lucker has earned a significant reputation for his larger-scaled, one-of-a-kind mechanical sculptures. These works have resulted from Lucker’s extensive passion for and study of traditional Victorian Automata; the mechanical clocks and woodcarving in the Black Forest Style; as well as contemporary automata featured in venues such as the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, in the UK.

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Emiko Oye

Emiko Oye

Emiko Oye

San Francisco designer emiko oye creates bold and colorful jewelry from repurposed LEGO® and precious metals – both ready-to-wear through her brand emiko o reware, as well as one-of-a-kind, conceptual pieces for exhibition. Utilizing such a globally beloved material, she tugs on the nostalgic heartstrings across generations, cultures and genders, artfully embedding memory into conversation-sparking, contemporary adornment. Her work is informed by haute couture, art history, New Wave and Bowie, and most recently, Nonviolent Communication.

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Nash Quinn

Nash Quinn

Nash Quinn

Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who works with a broad range of materials, techniques, and formats. Originally from Wyoming, he received his BFA from the University of Wyoming in 2012, and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. He has settled (for the time being) in Philadelphia, PA, where he continues to refine his craft and experiment with new aesthetics from a tiny but functional 120-square- foot urban studio. He lives with his partner, fellow metalsmith Jera Lodge, and teaches, lectures, and exhibits his work nationwide.

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Leisa Rich

Leisa Rich

Leisa Rich

Leisa Rich discovered fiber art in 1975 and has been obsessed with transforming tangible materials into touchable art, viewer interactive works, and pseudo-Utopian environments ever since. Rich employs usual materials in unusual ways, and in ways certainly unintended. She uses both historical and current techniques drawn from fine art, fiber art and fine craft in unabashedly alternative ways, pulling from the auto industry, the hardware store, the junk yard…transforming materials into a place of wonder to share with others.

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Michael Stasiuk

Michael Stasiuk

Michael Stasiuk

Michael Stasiuk is a multimedia sculptor who lives and maintains a studio in Portsmouth, NH. He works with a “child-like sensibility fueled by many years of teaching and collaborating with children and adults”. He has been a theatrical prop master for the Mudd Butt Mystery Theatre troupe in Telluride, Colorado for 28 years. The last 23 have included residencies collaborating with children and adults around the world bringing characters of all sizes to life in a variety of materials.

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Jessica Straus

Jessica Straus

Jessica Straus

Jessica Straus lives in the Boston area and primarily works in wood and mixed media. Inventiveness, humor and narrative are key elements of her sculpture. Her work is in the collections of DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Fuller Craft Museum, the Art Complex Museum, the Davistown Museum, and numerous private and corporate collections.

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Kirk Tegelaar

Kirk Tegelaar

Kirk Tegelaar

Kirk Tegelaar, more commonly known in some circles as Skunk, has been creating whimsy from steel scraps since 1996, beginning with founding of the sci-fi fueled, friendly bicycle chopper gang SCUL, then evolving his family of endearing and emotional Astrobots. Skunk is a proud and happy member of the Artisan’s Asylum maker space community, where he’s been teaching a challenging and rewarding monthly TIG welding class since the Asylum was founded in 2010. He runs a studio showroom for anyone to visit during Asylum tours as well as with the artist by appointment.

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Peter Thibeault

Peter Thibeault

Peter Thibeault

Peter Thibeault is a Boston based artist who holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has exhibited nationally and his work is in many collections throughout the US.

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Coby Unger

Coby Unger

Coby Unger

Coby Unger is a Boston based artist and designer who holds a degree from Philadelphia University. He currently works at the MIT Hobby Shop, where he assists students and also pursues his own inventions. Most of Coby’s work is based in wood, and often includes humor side by side with good design.

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Child's Play Events:

Child's Play Opening: Thursday, November 21, 6-9pm

Resistance Doll Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Kimberly Becker: Saturday, December 7, 11am-1pm

Craft Your Own Game: Saturday, January 4, 2-4pm

Artist Talk with Child's Play Artists Skunkadelia and Michael Stasiuk: January 11, 2-3pm


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Thank you to the Wenham Museum for their generosity in loaning objects for exhibition in Child's Play.