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Granite Calimpong

Granite Calimpong received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts and Music from UCSD in 2007 and completed his MFA in Sculpture at the University of Washington in 2019. While a graduate student at UW he explored perception and various visual phenomena associated with illusions through the use of wood, clay, glass, photography, and metal. During the decade prior to attending the UW, Calimpong worked predominantly in glass, maintaining his own studio practice, assisting various renowned glass artists in the Seattle area, and working as a fabricator helping a number of non-glass artists realize their ideas in the medium. 

Upon completion of his MFA, Calimpong took a position as a long term resident at Pottery Northwest. During his residency he engaged in an intense two years of exploration which served as an extension and continuation of his graduate work and also allowed him to reconnect with clay, which was his first material love. After mounting a solo show titled, Stolid, in January 2022, which coincided with the end of his PNW residency, Calimpong moved into a studio in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle where he has continued his explorations. Calimpong has had recent solo exhibitions at Traver Gallery in Seattle (July 2023) and at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, AUS (August 2023). In addition to his studio practice, Calimpong has taught extensively domestically including stops at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School, Penland School of Crafts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the University of Washington. Most recently, Calimpong taught two workshops in Australia at the Jam Factory in Adelaide and at the Canberra Glassworks. 

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