ABOUT GAIL STOUFFER
My work conveys the hidden truths of identity. I create symbolic representations of struggle, rebellion, transformation, and ultimately acceptance of who we are versus who we are expected to be. These messages, rendered in glass, metals, or print, are communicated boldly, directly, and sometimes defiantly. The goal of my work is to engage on a deeper level, allowing viewers to question and confront their own identity experiences.
I have a passion for teaching! For the last 15 years I have led workshops in Kiln-Formed Glass (Fusing and Casting), Sterling Metal Clay Jewelry Making, Ceramics, and Printmaking, and Design. I served as Faculty at The Southwest School of Art in San Antonio for seven years, and concurrently as Educational Director at Wired Designs Studios for 12 years. In addition, I have been a visiting instructor at The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and The Fired Arts Academy, Interweave's BeadFest, JOGS Tucson, GlassCraft Expo, Milkweed Arts, SiNaCa Studios, Fusion Headquarters, AAE Glass, Heritage Glass, Western Art Glass, Weisser Glass Studios, and at Creative Glass in Zurich and the United Kingdom.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Long Island University, and a Master of Art Education from Texas Tech University. My formal art education, coupled with my excitement over student accomplishments, delivers a genuine return and sense of pride in being an instructor. I am overjoyed when a student connects to the information presented, choosing to go beyond their perceived limits. My reward is in creating lifelong-learners, uncovering their smiles, showing their newly developed confidence.
I work in a variety of materials and processes to convey my ideas. Kiln Formed and Cast Glass, Sterling Silver, and Photo-Exposure Printmaking engage my life-long fascination with physics and chemistry. Although each medium is inherently different, each one allows me to practice its age-old processes and integrate them with the most modern, innovate techniques. Exploring functional forms and statement-oriented work allows me the opportunity to challenge myself to communicate in new ways. My work continues to evolve in content and process as I continue observation and examination of public roles versus the inner self.