Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu
Since 1975, we have lived and worked in Berkeley Springs, W.V. (two hours west of DC and Baltimore). At that time we established two working studios, one for metal and one for clay. We merged our talents together as Hsu Studios in 1984. The medium we currently work with is aluminum, one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world. As a basic element in almost every industry, we enjoy the challenge of creating uncommon works with a common material. Beginning with mill-finish aluminum, we texture and anodize all of the metal before creating our pieces. Anodizing is an electrochemical process of oxidizing and dyeing the surface of the metal, providing an infinite array of colors.
We began our work with anodized aluminum by making jewelry, developing a line that is enduring, vibrant, and lightweight; juxtaposing color, texture and form. As change is always important to us in our artistic endeavors, we continually explore new possibilities of design and technique, and have expanded from the small scale of jewelry to much more voluminous mobiles and sculpture. Color is always a predominant element of our work. We see mobiles as expressing balance in our lives: the responsibilities of family, community, work, our natural environment. Light and dynamic, their appeal is the line and motion displaying the interdependence to the whole. We bring together form, function, color, and movement, making pieces which have a distinct character and complement any environment.
As West Virginia artists, we are pleased to be part of the state's vital arts community. We have participated in juried craft fairs for more than 30 years across the country, and numerous exhibitions. We create custom designed mobiles and wallpieces in any size for special order. We spend most of our time in our studio with our production lines which are available at craft galleries and museum stores across the country.