Pacific Northwest artists Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace have been collaborating for over thirty years. Since meeting while in training at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, they have created a diverse body of work that includes blown glass vessels, drawings, sculpture, and other mixed media works that use wood, plants, and wire. Despite their prominence alongside other pioneers of the Studio Glass movement, Kirkpatrick and Mace have not received a comprehensive review of their careers.

Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace corrects this oversight, as does an exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, titled Every Soil Bears Not Everything. The book traces Kirkpatrick and Mace’s artistic evolution from early vessels featuring wire “drawings”; to perfect, immense blown glass fruit; to the recent series of botanicals, which encase live plants inside glass. Written texts include a biographical essay by Linda Tesner, supplementary texts by Mark Doty and Daniel Hinkley, as well as an interview with the artists by Kirkpatrick’s sister, the poet Patricia Kirkpatrick.

Read more about the artists on their website: kirkpatrick-mace.com

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden