Emily Kuchenbecker (b. 1993 in Madison, WI) is a multidisciplinary artist who combines poetry, movement, and objects to create sensory experiences. She holds her Master of Fine Arts from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Emily views glass as an inherently similar material to the body and forces of nature.
Emily currently works as a production assistant and glass instructor at the Furnace Glasswork. She also does custom fabrication (the most recent being on a fabrication team to build the Meow Wolf Vortex Fest Stage, and a glass installation at "The Beacon"). Emily simultaneously runs her apothecary shop and handblown glass under Waxing Gibbous Studio.
Emily currently teaches the immersive glassworking class, as well as take and makes at the Furnace. She has also taught Space Research in Art Foundations department of VCU, lampworking at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Fused Glass at Cedarfield Hermitage. She has studied glass techniques at the Pilchuck Glass Studio, Penland School of Crafts, and Oxbow School of Art. In 2019, Emily was a finalist for the Stanislav Libensky Glass Award at the Prague Gallery of Glass, and received a grant to teach a glass workshop at VCU Qatar campus.
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