2016-2017 Exnihilo Jr Artists-In-Residence

 

Louis Kutyla


Age 15, born in Massachusetts but has lived most of his young life in the DC area, Louis comes from a creative family. Attracted to art, he decided upon a silversmithing class. It was clear after the fifth class that he had a gift with the torch. His main focus for his residency was fabrication and exploration of different techniques. He completed 20 pieces during his Exnihilo residency at SilverWorks.


ARTIST STATEMENT


After breaking my leg this past fall, the boredom of crutches got the best of me. I began searching for something to do and ended up taking introductory classes at SilverWorks. Who knew that breaking my leg would help me discover my passion for silversmithing? In the months that have followed, I have created the jewelry collection that you see as part of this show.


The body of work in this show represents an experimental phase that marks the beginning of my journey as a silversmith. These pieces explore an array of techniques from casting to forging to piercing to hollow form construction. Many of the pieces draw inspiration from natural forms, which are often combined with contrasting architectural lines and angles. This, I believe, is a reflection of my city upbringing and my love of nature.


See the collection.

Jr Artists-In-Residence:

2013-2014

2015-2016

2016-2017


About Louis’s Residency at SilverWorks


Metalsmithing Component:

  1. Lost Wax Casting

  2. Fabrication

  3. Classes Louis attended:

    Lost Wax Casting

    Fabrication

    Sand Casting


Studio Component:

  1. Studio maintenance

  2. Open studio management

  3. Jewelry photography

  4. Exhibition installation



   

Louis installing vinyl letters for the exhibition.

“Through a Window”, Sterling Silver, Window Screen.

Preparing and pricing the body of work.

Photographing the work.

With the torch.