Abby Rieser has been a collector of things all her life. Wherever she goes, she finds objects that were discarded by others but in her eyes have an intrinsic beauty or value. Despite their diversity, they share in common a beautiful patina, soft edges, and worn surfaces; wood and metal objects often reveal layers of paint worn through by generations of use. Abby has accumulated a vast library of material to draw from for her sculptural pieces. Joseph Cornell, the master, and her dear friend and mentor Varujan Boghosian introduced her to assemblages. Abby attended The Putney School, training in metalwork, sculpture, and two-dimensional design, such as silk-screening repeated patterns on fabric. After high school she designed, fabricated and sold jewelry. Abby later enrolled in an intensive course at Penland School of Crafts in metalwork and jewelry design. There she also was introduced to the craft of knifemaking, intriguing because it involved sculptural form in three different media--hard steel, soft brass, and wood. Abby also attended Rhode Island School of Design to continue her metalwork education, transferring into the Textile Design program and specializing in surface design. Through the years, she has worked with hard and soft, metal and textiles, sculptural forms and surface details. Her current work is an attempt to fuse these diverse materials and approaches together harmoniously.
Classes with Abby Rieser
Jun 10 - Jun 16