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Stephen Yusko
"The objects I make are the result of an exploration of concept, form, line, surface and function combined with thoughtful design and exacting craftsmanship. They’re also the result of my appreciation and fascination with materials--specifically with steel. Whether used alone or with other materials, I am drawn to steel’s industrial history, 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 elegant and graceful shapes.

I am intrigued by the structure of things, the underside. The bones of buildings, piers, arches and trusses of bridges and roadways, and the tools and equipment used to build them tell a story. The shapes, textures and connections of the materials I use are part of that story. My current work expands on these ideas by exploring themes of balance and motion, distance and perspective and the concept of 'home'."
Stephen Yusko, 2016

Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has worked as a studio artist for over 20 years, making forged, machined 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 was the 2014 Fall semester Windgate Artist-in-Resident at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase; 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 Fuller Craft Museum (MA) and 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.

Yusko has been the Artist-in-Residence at Rose Iron Works since 2007.