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Debra Dowden-Crockett - Glass, Metal, and Mixed Media
Debra Dowden-Crockett is a glass, metal, and mixed media artist with a studio in Norfolk, VA. When not working at her torch, Debra also enjoys photography and creating in digital media. Taking inspiration primarily from nature, she explores both color and texture in her art. Her love for creating has been life-long and has taken her in different directions in pursuit of pushing what is possible.
The tactile qualities of glass are what drew her to torch working. Using her torch to coax glass into shape and capture intricate details, she follows each inspiration in duplicating the colors, shapes, and complexity found all around us.
Each artistic journey seems to have its own personality, not only through the creative process, but as a final work of art. Debra’s objective for her work is to offer a means of communication between the created piece and observer and to reveal a message that is personal to each participant in this exchange.
Debra graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. She minored in Chemistry, where she was first introduced to glass. In 2008, she was selected as a resident artist at The Workhouse, a complex of artist studios and galleries in Lorton, VA. In September 2010, she was selected as an Artist in Residence at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. In the spring of 2011, Debra completed her first metalworking course at Old Dominion University. She completed an Artist in Residence program at Penland School of Crafts in February 2012 and an additional term in February 2013. She feels very fortunate to have had her work selected for numerous exhibitions both locally and nationally and to have been featured in both books and magazines including “Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces (500 Series)” and “Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists.” Among the awards she has received is the prestigious international “Bead Dreams” 1st Place recognition in the Lampworking/Glass Category in 2012 sponsored by Bead & Button Magazine, Kalmbach Publishing. Debra is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Old Dominion University and hopes to go on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree.