CCS: Crafts I Shape the Future With an Arts and Crafts Degree

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Pansy Poon

Carol Bove Studio

Fabricator

Pansy Poon refers to herself as a “metalsmith who knows a little about everything in fine crafts.”

 She was born in Hong Kong, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and acquired much of her crafts knowledge at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan.  She currently works for installation artist Carol Bove in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, and on her own projects through her studio, The Crafts Department.

As a fabricator for Carol Bove, Poon creates many of the artist’s nonferrous metal sculptures.

“One of the most exciting events in my career so far working in the conservation department shop at MoMa where Carol had a show,” said Poon. “Seeing pieces from my art history books up close was amazing.”

In her own studio, Poon works on a variety of projects, including cutlery/flatware, jewelry, containers and weavings.

“Currently, I’m working on a butter crock made out of fine silver which will be part of a body of work I hope to finish by the time I turn 40,” she said. “The hardest part after graduation is to continue to be excited about my own work without the support of teachers and classmates.  Of course, finding the time and energy to work on my personal projects after work and whatever else life throws at all of us can be difficult, never mind the cost of tools and materials!”  

In addition  to the encouragement Poon discovered at CCS, the artist also appreciated the College’s interdisciplinary approach to art and design.

“Eight years of experience working in the art world has helped me realize how unique CCS really is. Not many schools out there offer crafts in so many mediums as a major."

"I have been really lucky to find the job I have currently (my sister worked for my boss's husband and was helping Carol with a project that needed a jeweler). But because I learned a little of everything while I was at CCS, I was able to continue to contribute to Carol's work.”  

In her spare time, Poon continues to refine her skills and and learn new approaches to ferrous and nonferrous metals, ceramics, fiber and glass. She also enjoys quilting and knitting.

She laughed, “I guess I'm trying to recapture what I enjoyed at CCS!”

To view more of Poon’s work, visit http://www.thecraftsdepartment.com.