Washington, D.C.–native Therman Statom (1953– ) initially studied ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) but switched media following a glassblowing session with Dale Chihuly. Statom earned a BFA from RISD (1974) and a MFA from Pratt Institute (1978); he was also an early student at Pilchuck Glass School. Statom is best known for work created from painted glass plate, blown glass, found objects, and plywood, including life-sized glass ladders, chairs, and tables; small-scale houses; and site-specific installations. Now based in Omaha, Nebraska, Statom has focused much of his later career on educational efforts for underresourced communities and on engaging individuals in art to spark social change.
Toots Zynsky and Therman Statom reflect on their work, collaborating with each other, and their time at RISD with Dale Chihuly. They also discuss their community engagement projects.