Biography

Carol at a paper bead making class at Blue Door Beads

Carol Tanenbaum, Intuitive Expressions

Growing up in New York, my work was informed by that City’s extraordinarily rich arts and cultural scene. I developed two values as a young person that have stayed with me my whole life: a strong sense of social concern and my love of the arts.

Following a 25-year career in the public and nonprofit sectors, where I worked as a social worker, youth agency director, fundraiser and organizational consultant, I was able to switch direction to become an arts administrator for California’s state arts council. There, I ran the touring, presenting and dance programs. When I retired, I once again changed course and began to make art.

First, I made jewelry exclusively from materials that I bought in stores. Then, wanting to make all the elements for jewelry from scratch, I focused on creating ceramic beads, glass flame-work beads and beads from paper.

My formal studies in making art have taken place at The Crucible, College of the Arts, Richmond Art Center and Studio One. I have had experience working in metal, enamel, watercolor, ceramics and glass.

During my focus in clay, I made three and two-dimensional pieces including many wall plaques using plant material that I collected near around Yosemite to impress into flat slabs. I call these Botanical Impressions

I am entranced by glass. I love its luminosity and the way light is reflected by it and transmitted through it. Most recently, my training in glass fusing has included classes at Bullseye Glass in Emeryville, Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley and Studio One which is part of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Division. 

As a member of the Artist Conference Network*, my vision has evolved to become that of a bird soaring through the air pouring my whole self into a vessel of possibilities.

* A Miracle Space For Gifted Fools.