Oakland artist shows us something new

Designs That Help Redefine ‘Craft’

Sandy Keenan | New York Times | April 17, 2013 | link


By weekday, John Liston is a glass artisan working for other artists and architects in Oakland, Calif. But the rest of the time, he experiments with his own furniture and lighting in a cooperative studio in San Francisco. Out of these efforts have come burnt-recycled-wood cabinets ($11,000), lights with industrial-glass orbs perched on scrap-metal tripods ($25,000) and other mixed-media pieces, which he displays at craft shows. One of his cheeriest works is his bright orange Ribbon chair, shown, made of crisscrossed steel slats ($6,000).

Trained in metalwork and jewelry design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Liston smarts at what he calls the “church fair” connotation of craft. “There’s always been a hard edge between craft and fine art and design, and I’m trying to push the boundaries of what is actually expected of all these realms,” he said. jlistondesign.com.


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