Dasken is a combination of the names of my parents, Hadassah and Ken (best. parents. ever).
Where and what do you create?
My studio is located at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, RI and typically, you'll find me there painting, creating jewelry or making stained glass. Stained glass has been my primary focus in the last few years, but when there's time... ha, there's never enough time to do it all. But I do hope to paint a bit more this year.
How did you get started?
I have lots of interests and it was sort of a bumpy path before I ended up a fine arts major at Brandeis University. After college I moved to San Francisco for a few years, did some traveling... and eventually returned back to Boston. Took some more classes and continued to work in several non-creative jobs while pursuing art on the side. And now, 20 plus years later, I am a full-time artist working in Rhode Island.
What's your typical week like?
During the week I'm in the studio.. creating new designs, cutting glass, copper foiling and soldering. On weekends from May to December, I pack up my tent, tables and newest work, and travel all over New England to sell my work at art festivals. In 2016 I opened a small gift shop attached to my working studio in Pawtucket, RI at the Hope Artiste Village. You can find a fun selection of local artisan work and vintage goods for sale in my carefully curated gift shop in addition to my stained glass, jewelry and paintings.
Do you have any help?
This is a one-woman operation. From maintaining this website to the packaging design to the finished piece, my hands are involved in every step which is exactly how I like it: personal and handmade. My supportive family and amazing network of talented artist friends keep me inspired and motivated. And I also get some help from my partner in crime James Polisky, a very talented printmaker. And our super kitty, Mr. Cosmo. He's great at sitting on cardboard and chewing anything plastic (the cat, not James).
I love what I do.. and I hope you do too.