Dallas’ Art of the Craft Brings Three Powerhouse Creative Forces Together

C.Ceramic artist Jennifer Pritchard, jewelry designer Julie Cohn, and architectural metalworker Brent Anderson are some of the most talented and experienced creatives in Dallas. Hear their insights and inspirations as they kick off the Dallas Architecture Forum panel discussion series featuring The Art of the Craft taking place next Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Black Dance Theater. Landscape architect David Hocker will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Before Julie Cohn became a jewelry designer by Julie Cohn Design, she first studied the craft of bookbinding and making boxes to accommodate her prints. This led her on a diverse design path that included carpets, textiles, hardware, table tops, collaborations with architects and art in public spaces. As a self-taught jeweler, her approach starts by working directly with materials rather than sketching out a preconceived idea.

Cohn takes inspiration from the interface between modern and primitive art, combining old-world craft with mixed media processes. Her studio in Dallas acts as an artistic collective in which she looks after young artists.

Jennifer Prichard grew up in Dallas and studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design before starting her Austin-based company J Prichard Design. Her large-format, site-specific art installations consist of thousands of handcrafted ceramic shapes, many of which are thrown onto the potter’s wheel. Since their work fits into the architecture of the site, Prichard often works closely with the architects and designers of the project. Her work has been commissioned for commercial and private projects worldwide and has been extensively covered in US and international publications.

Before Canadian-born Brent Anderson became an architectural metalworker, his work included developing secret personal electronic devices for Texas Instruments. Anderson switched gears when he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the University of North Texas and began a career as an art director, creative director, and agency co-founder in Dallas.

If a customer needed a trade fair on a tight budget, Anderson built it himself. From this experience his career as a manufacturer first developed in the advertising world, then he built art furniture and finally worked as an architectural metalworker through his company Elemental Design. Anderson has worked with firms such as Max Levy Architects, Shipley Architects, Morrison Dilworth + Walls, Hardy Construction, and Space Between Design Studios on everything from pull-outs and stairs to hardscape and the elements of a columbarium.

The Art of the Craft, Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m., Dallas Black Dance Theater, 2700 Ann Williams Way. For more information, visit dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214.764.2406. Free parking spaces are available between the DBDT building and the Fellowship Church east of the DBDT building.

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