By Katie Weitkamp/Staff writer
The art department knew in early spring 2001 that one of its finest teachers was leaving, but is now adjusting to the loss of jewelry and metals art teacher, Tim Glotzbach. Glotzbach left Eastern to become the founding director and dean at the new Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman. “It was time to do something else,” said Glotzbach. “I’ll miss the students the most.”
The change has been hard for both Eastern and Glotzbach, but both see a bright future ahead. Glotzbach’s new position will deal more with administration rather than with lecture.
The program he is in charge of will help more students become masters of their craft, and enable them to pursue a career in their chosen field.
“We lost one of our best teachers and a highly successful artist. Felicia Szorad, a very fine teacher, will be taking over all of the jewelry and metal classes, foundation classes and 3-D design classes,” said Gil Smith, art department chair.
Glotzbach is also impressed with his replacement and said that he left with a “great teacher” to take his place.
Areas emphasized in the Kentucky School of Craft program are basic design concepts, the craft area and how to make a living through the craft. The mediums taught at the Kentucky School of Craft are jewelry and metals, wood, clay, black-smithing and fibers.
The techniques taught include the earliest and simplest forms, as well as the most recent and intricate designs. The history of each medium is preserved and the new techniques are brought into the curriculum.
The school is unique and hopes to become a national and international model for other schools. One of the most important parts of this program is to preserve the traditions of the craft and expand on knowledge and techniques for the craft.
Smith said Glotzbach was very
concerned with the education students would receive on how to make their craft into a living, and what skills they would need to be successful in their future endeavors.
Glotzbach’s goal at his new school is to help students, once they are ready to go into the workforce, incorporate the knowledge and skills they need to make art their living
The school is trying to attract non-traditional and traditional students by traveling to schools and other craft organizations. As of now, there have been many inquiries from students in Kentucky and a few from Ohio. The school is excited about its current status and its potential to become a well-known craft school.
The future for Eastern looks bright as it welcomes a new art teacher but does not forget about the impact of Glotzbach.
“Tim will be missed as a friend and colleague at Eastern, but we are looking forward to our new relationship with Felicia Szorad,” Smith said.
“I really enjoyed the 20 years I spent [at Eastern],” said Glotzbach, “and am hoping for a continued relationship.”