Artist

A day in the life of an Oakland artist…

Recently, my days have revolved around expanding my workshop at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, California to include coldworking and flameworking areas in addition to the already existing kiln shop. The huge industrial warehouse spans a full city block and holds the livelihoods of dozens of .....

A day in the life of an Oakland artist…

Recently, my days have revolved around expanding my workshop at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, California to include coldworking and flameworking areas in addition to the already existing kiln shop. The huge industrial warehouse spans a full city block and holds the livelihoods of dozens of bay area sculptors and fabricators who have formed a diverse community of artists and markers. Each day I walk past giant 20 ft. tall steel sculptures fixed with pyrotechnic components and bizarre burning man art cars to my studio.

Sometimes a huge percentage of the day is spent working with a needle on just one wax. Other days I make broad strokes and will pour plaster, steam out molds, invest waxes, load kilns, and program a firing schedule all before lunch. My time is primarily broken up between the glassblowing studio two days a week and my coldworking or kiln shop for the rest of the time. This schedule gives me flexibility. If I encounter a problem I can’t solve immediately, I can walk away and move forward with other projects and return to the obstacle later with a fresh mind. This means I rarely get creatively stuck or hit walls. So, what is a day in my life like? Well – no two are ever the same except for one thing – a sense of gratitude for the freedom and autonomy to make art on a daily basis.

Joshua Hershman, 2019

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