Artist Statement

Thoryn Ziemba was born in West Virginia on a small farm in 1977 and spent the majority of his life in Pensacola, Florida. In 2000, while working as an artist assistant, he discovered glass as a sculptural material. He began pursuing an academic understanding of glass and sculpture at the Appalachian Center for Craft where he received multiple faculty awarded scholarships. Upon completion of his BFA, Thoryn received a Windgate Fellowship, which permitted him to travel across the United States and study under Paul Marioni, Marsha Blaker, and Paul Desomma. He has spent several years working at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington as the Cold Shop Coordinator. In 2013, he was again involved with the Windgate Foundation, when he was included in a juried show open to all Windgate Fellows. The show, "Taking Shape", traveled to SOFA, Chicago, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Ashville, North Carolina, and most recently to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Thoryn and his family live in Star, North Carolina.

 

Selected Exhibitions and Awards
2014: New to the Third, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2014: Taking Shape, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2013: Taking Shape, Chicago, IL
2012: Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2012: Mix Messages, Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY
2011: While the Gatos Away, Liquid Light Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Education
2010 BFA in Glass, Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Technical University