The 45th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts once again had one of a kind artists included in this year’s program, and the extraordinary glass artist, Faith Wickey, had some most impressive work at this year’s festival. This is twentieth year attending the festival for Wickey, who is from Centreville, Michigan. She creates fused and flame-worked glass pieces by using a kiln and a blow torch at a temperature of two thousand degrees!
When I arrived at her booth, I was captivated by the vibrant colors in Wickey’s art pieces. She had beautiful earrings, necklaces, and framed art that displayed colorful flowers and animals blue in hue.
Wickey worked in clothing for ten years, putting appliqués on children clothes, before starting her career in glass art. She became inspired to work in glass when she saw an artist working with glass beads. She then took a two-day class in glasswork and has been in love with it ever since. (However, her favorite piece of all time is her colored-pencil drawing of her grandmother.) Among her awards are a merit award at the 13th annual Midsummer Arts Faire, but her favorite art show to attend year after year is Kentuck, of course.
Faith Wickey has two studios: one in Michigan, the other in Austin, Texas. She enjoys creating her whimsical art pieces and traveling as an artist. Wickey had this to say to all aspiring artists: “It’s a great way to make a living. You have to actually love creating art because it is mentally and physically hard work and if you don’t actually love creating art then you will not want to do it.”