I just shot these images for STARworks, and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Glass is always a challenge to shoot, but it is also very rewarding. How do you show surface shape and texture, and at the same time also convey transparency? It’s all about the light, where you put it and where you don’t, where you let it go through, and where you let it bounce off. Sounds easy when you say it like that, but that really is all there is to it. And it certainly helps to have a lot of lighting tools to play with!
What is STARworks? It is a “Center for Creative Enterprise” located in the tiny town of Star, North Carolina. From their website:
“STARworks is an arts-centered work community that promotes community and economic development by providing outstanding artistic educational programs and business ventures. We strive to engage the community with artwork and artists of the highest caliber.
In rural areas, residents often live in cultural deserts. Too often access to the arts is limited to a narrow range of artistic vision, vernacular imagery, and craft styles. Through strategic partnerships with other artists, arts organizations, and businesses, STARworks has been working to increase the diversity of artistic experiences available by bringing nationally and internationally known artists for demonstrations, classes, lectures and to make new works of art. Our programs are targeted to professional makers, with additional programming for young adults and children.”
It is a pretty amazing place, located in a re-purposed factory building, and housing a glass foundry, a ceramics studio, a company which produces and sells local clay and pottery supplies and equipment, gallery and display space, a company which produces glass blowing equipment, and more. All in little Star. Check out their website, here. And in the meantime, here are some samples of work they produce and sell at STARworks.