Kristen Momoko Schafer, better known as Momo, is focused on using the evocative crystal-like material as her main tool of self-expression. This year she has received a full scholarship to Penland School of Crafts to learn flame working under Carmen Lozar. You can also watch her in action as a contestant on Netflix’s original series, Blown Away.
Her most recent work showcases interactive sculptures and installations that attempt to break down the social expectations around galleries and fine art realms. The objective is to promote an educational dialogue around taboo human behavior and enable her audience to have a tangible relationship with glass sculptures. It is important to her that her artwork continues to grow in a direction that is all inclusive. She is looking forward to creating work that is more site specific, while seeking opportunities to collaborate with creative minds.
Momoko graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in 2016. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised outside the city, and spent most of her summers in Sagamihara, Japan. Her first encounter with glass was at age 11 through a bead making workshop in Yamanashi. Before encountering hot glass again she explored jewelry making and ceramics. During her career at MassArt she received two full scholarships to Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY, and received the All School Show Award from MassArt in 2015 and 2016. Since graduating she has been freelancing as an artist utilizing paint, glass, gold, and copper. By the end of 2017 she completed an Artist Residency at FireSeed Studio, and exhibited her work in Beautiful Struggle, hosted by Pi Art Society, and Revealing the New Year, by Nine Dot Gallery. In 2018 Momoko did a residency program with the Worcester Center for Craft, and received a full scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, and worked under Toots Zynsky as a studio assistant for two years. This year she has co-founded Self Love Social Club, received a full scholarship to Penland School of Crafts, and is now staring on Netflix’s Original Series, Blown Away. Check out the Upcoming Events page to see more news and publications .