Stephan Yusko l Quarter Art
Stephen's work ranges in scale from furniture to vessels, all of which exhibit a broad range of metalsmithing techniques, from blacksmithing to machining and fabricating. These objects result from an exploration of form, line, surface and function combined with great attention to detail and uncompromising craftsmanship. They're also the result of his fascination with steel. Whether used alone or with other materials, he is drawn to the industrial history of steel, its working properties, methods of joinery and range of finishes. When heated in the forge, steel moves like clay, allowing this tough material to be transformed into graceful shapes.
Stephen is inspired by the bridges and canals along the Cuyahoga River. His most recent work combines an interest in forms and structures He sees along the river with elements of his vessels-reclaimed, painted material and the detailed jewelry-like fit and finish of the forgings-and merges them with larger-scale, architectural forgings to create bridge-like tables.
Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has worked as a studio artist for nearly 20 years, making forged and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. Yusko received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Akron, Ohio, was the artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Penland School of Crafts (NC), and Webster University (MO); and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Haystack School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work widely including the Metal Museum (TN) and the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) has been published in several books of contemporary metalwork, including 500 Metal Vessels by Lark Books.
In 2011, Stephen Yusko was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, which is a grant funded through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
In 2013, Yusko received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.