Rick and Valerie Beck
MFA/Glass, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1989
BA/Art, Hastings College, Nebraska, 1982
MA Coursework/Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1987-89
BA/Human Svcs Adm & Political Science, Hastings College, Nebraska, 1982
Valerie has been a designer and assistant to Rick since 1984. Rick has conducted numerous workshops and they have both been artists-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, (1991-94) and have also been instructors there.
Our blown glass work consists mainly of vessels with imagery. The images are based on dreams, experiences, and other things that affect us. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous. I enjoy the physical presence of the work, its size, shape and color. These vessels both document our lives and provide beauty and pleasure.