Dasken is a combination of the names of my parents, Hadassah and Ken.
My studio is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at The Mills, a building home to many local artisans. Typically you'll find me there painting, creating jewelry or making stained glass. My primary focus in the last few years has been stained glass, but when there's time... ha, there's never time to do it all. But I hope to paint a bit more this year.
I have LOTS of interests and it was a bumpy path before I ended up a fine arts major at Brandeis University. After college I moved from the east coast to San Francisco, CA and tried to find my footing there but eventually moved back to Boston. I returned to Brandeis for a brief post-bac program, worked in a variety of interesting jobs (including VP for a market research firm), started a graduate program in Arts Administration at Boston University and dabbled in lots of other areas of work... all the while, I was staying up late at night working on various art projects.
In 2012, I decided to take a huge risk and branch out on my own as a full-time artist.
During the week, I'm in the studio and on weekends throughout most of the year, I shift gears and pack up my tent, tables and newest work and travel to sell my art at festivals throughout New England. It's an honor and a labor of love being able to create art by hand and then interact directly with people who appreciate and value the effort and work that goes into each piece. I love what I do and I hope you do too.
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