Davis, CA – March 30, 2015 – UC Davis Craft Center Gallery presents “Bloom”, the solo exhibition of Craft Center volunteer and second-year Environmental Horticulture student, Leonardo Tuchman, March 30 - April 24. Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 10th from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery 530-752-1475. Leo Tuchman will be at the reception to answer questions.
Between his weekly volunteer shift, the many hours he spends in the flame working studio on top of attending a new Craft Center class each quarter, Leo feels like he lives there, so much so that he says he should “probably pay rent” sometime soon. Leo is a dabbler in the arts; in high school he learned how to weld from his uncle, he currently spends hours penning intricate geometric-themed pictures and he’s even an experienced bass guitar player.
It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that Leo begun practicing flame working, which is perhaps his most-loved media. This paired with his love for plant life and his studies at the arboretum are what you can see most reflected in the many flower-inspired glass pieces he says he attempts to recreate (and with stunning results one might add). Though he considers himself a beginner, you wouldn’t know by looking at his pieces; Leo has worked side-by-side with various flame working veterans who have taught him just how difficult, yet rewarding it is to perfect the execution of his growingly-technical ideas. “They are in my show”, says Leo with absolute gratitude about these influential flame workers.
“Bloom” will feature two welded sculptures, hand-made drawings, and a myriad of Leo’s glass art, one piece of which to look out for is a group of glass flowers potted amongst real soil, grass, with crushed glass to glisten throughout the pot. Leo will also be joining the Craft Center vendor booth at the Whole Earth Festival this year to sell some of his art.
If you have any questions or comments, Leo can be contacted at email@example.com.