Like many people in New Orleans, glass artist Laurel Porcari lost her foothold after Katrina. As someone who made a living crafting architectural glass and teaching at a university, the immediate post-Katrina economy couldn't support her. She made it a priority to rebuild the glass arts community, working with emergency relief funds to establish a communal space where artists who had lost their studios could come and work...
Glass making is an expensive craft, and recovering their losses after the hurricane was a struggle for local artists. In response, the nonprofit New Orleans Creative Glass Institute was founded to offer a space where artists could use a pool of communal resources.
Inside this industrial, loft-like space, Laurel and her colleagues are slowly rebuilding the New Orleans glass arts community through teaching, training, and collaboration. To read the entire article, "Mapping the Future Perfect," from American Craft Magazine (and see many more photos), click here. For more information about non-profit group NOGCI, click here.
All Photos: Catherine Ledner for American Craft Magazine