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Tom Balbo has spent most of his life in and around Cleveland, Ohio. His earliest work was primarily in ceramics and printmaking. As his interest in papermaking grew, his work turned towards expressing his artistic creativity in this area. Over the past 40 years, Balbo’s work has been exhibited and shown in a large number of shows and galleries, and he has garnered numerous awards and critical attention for his artwork. In 2008, Balbo founded The Morgan Art of Paper Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio along with other local artists. He continue to work in paper, printmaking, and ceramics and divides his time between creating in his studio and as the Artistic Director at the Morgan Conservatory.
We discussed Balbo’s progression from grad school to finding studio space and ultimately a live/work space in Cleveland.
Balbo’s personal work (in paper) ranges from pulp painting to pulp casting and unique marbled works.
We discussed the evolution of the The Morgan Art of Paper Conservatory and Educational Foundation and the many programs they currently offer. Here’s the beater room:
We talked about the fiber garden, which yields a substantial kozo harvest each winter.
Tom Balbo’s recommendations:
- Logos Graphics in San Francisco (listen to my interview with John Sullivan)
- Donald Farnsworth runs Magnolia Editions in Oakland. His blog is a wealth of information.
Music featuring excerpts of Makin’ Paper folk song by Peter Thomas. Listen to the full song and find out about other paper and book arts folk songs.
Gary A. Hanson did the sound editing for this episode. He practices and refines his skills in audio production while making his own podcast I’ll Have a Beer and Talk, a show about tech news, culture, weird animal stories and of course, beer. Gary is also the Deckle in Pulp & Deckle, a Portland-based community hand papermaking studio.