Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and her BFA from Alfred University. She has taught across the United States and internationally at schools including Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, and Bildwerk Frauenau. Kit has completed residencies including the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, S12 Gallery in Bergen, Norway and Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. She is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.
I work with glass as a sculptural medium because it allows me to make detailed, precious fragile objects. I value glass both for its inherent aesthetic properties (it can be transparent, translucent, shiny, hard, easily broken, etc.) and for the way it has historically been used (to make containers, vessels, lenses, mirrors, etc.). I find constant inspiration in both of the attributes of the material.
Much of the process of making my work involves using hot, liquid glass as a sculptural material. For me, the manipulation of the hot glass is a joyous exercise of muscle memory, material understanding and instantaneous reaction to the peculiarities of the substance.
In my current body of work, I explore the line between highly decorative and downright bizarre. These pieces are heavily influenced by the Victorian aesthetic of using natural elements to construct quasi-scientific, wholly unnatural scenes that could not exist in the natural world. I want my viewer to look closer and be visually rewarded for that closer look. I want to communicate my own fascination with the incredible detail of the natural world and with the incredible detail that can be produced by the human hand.