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Fine Crafts: Glass
Kara M Gunter was born in 1976 in Lexington, SC. She earned a BFA in sculpture with an emphasis in small metal works and jewelry in 2000 from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, and continued her education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia earning a MFA in 3-dimensional studies and ceramics in 2009.
Kara has taught at Lander University, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. She also acted as director of the McMaster Gallery in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of SC. She has taught extensively in the community at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC; through residencies in SC’s K-12 schools; and since arriving in Hot Springs, AR, has taught various workshops at Emergent Arts. She acted as the visual arts editor for Jasper, a Columbia, SC arts magazine. Kara currently resides in Hot Springs, AR.
She works in a variety of mediums from textiles to glass, and her fine art works can be seen at www.karagunter.com. Kara’s love of casting and the desire to provide the skill of making family hand castings led her to start Well-Crafted Studios (www.familyhandcasting.net). Since its inception, Well-Crafted Studios has visited hospital rooms, nursing homes, and the homes of families wanting to preserve and commemorate their family bonds with a sculpture of their clasped hands. In 2016, she created an outreach project designed to build community and instill empathy called Hands On: A Community Hand-Casting Project. The project cast the clasped hands of strangers who learned as much about each other during the amount of time it took to cast their hands, as was possible. The project was documented through photography, writing, and recordings, as well as through the hand-castings themselves.
In 2016, Kara received a merit based scholarship to attend a glass casting class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina with glass artist, Jason Chakravarty. Continuing her education in glass on her own, she and her husband, composer and educator Thomas Dempster, fell into the rabbit hole of glass fusing. Shortly thereafter, they created a glass fusing studio, making jewelry and dishware. Their joint effort can be found at www.tommygunglass.com.
On Display At:
TommyGunGlass, Well-Crafted Studios
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas 71913