Amy Lemaire is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she studied painting and contemporary art. She is currently the Director of the Bead Project at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY and has recently taught at Salem Community College in NJ and Penland School of Crafts in NC. Lemaire was a 2015 resident artist at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC as a part of the Artists’ Studios Program, and the recipient of a 2015 CGCA Flexible Fellowship at Wheaton Arts.

“I gravitate towards objects that carry a social currency, which is constantly being negotiated. I see the glass bead as a unit of cultural worth: an actualization of value, which can be deciphered in many different ways”

Amy spent two days at the UW-Madison Glass Lab, visiting graduate students, delivering her lecture, and offering us demonstrations. She experimented with optical devices she fabricated out of lamp worked glass. She demonstrated various lamp working techniques, including a sculptural form that was bombarded with neon and a technique for “embossing” writing into glass.