Contest Judges

Welcome to our 2016 judges

Jessica Pinsky, Executive Director
Praxis Fiber Workshop
JessicaPinsky artyparty judgeJessica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. In graduate school she began cutting her paintings into strips and using the stretchers as a tapestry frame and weaving the paintings back together. As a lifetime sewer and knitter the jump to weaving seemed obvious and after the acquisition of her first loom in Boston she was hooked. As technical Specialist and Adjunct Faculty in CIA’s Fiber department her love of all things fiber grew and evolved daily. She is thrilled to be setting roots in Cleveland and as resident and business owner in the Waterloo Arts District.

“It has been a great privilege and honor to bring a new life to the fiber department at CIA and to open Praxis in a city with such welcoming community, kindness, talent and creativity. Thank you to every single person I have met along this journey and to every person who has created art using this precious equipment over the years and so are woven into the rich history of textiles in our region.”

Leandra Drumm
Leandra Drumm has been creating her whole life. Her grandparents and parents Don and Lisa Drumm are artists as well as her older sister, Elisa, so it might just run in the family. Her early summers in the seventies were spent immersed in the arts and crafts at North Carolina’s famous Penland School where her parents taught classes amongst other up and coming artists like world renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly. Her parents sought to encourage her to become an engineer, but the when she took her first art class in high school, her art teacher sent her to the University of Akron to take classes. While finishing up her BFA in graphic design at Kent State University she tried her hand at selling pewter jewelry and glassware etched with her designs, and Leandra Drumm Designs has been going strong for over 20 years.

Leandra began with etching her designs in crystal and functional glassware, and has over the years done more sculptural work in pewter and in combination with stained glass. Leandra’s artwork combines visual storytelling and whimsical imagery with functional purpose. Wedding and Story Bowls with etched tales and characters dancing to Life’s tunes and tales. Customers say they enjoy their wine much more using her etched wine glasses and that her sculptural switch plate covers make turning on their lights an event. Her work has been featured in Bon Appetite Magazine, the Boston Sunday Globe, and newspapers in Chicago, Nashville, Cleveland and Akron.

Joanna Haag, retired art teacher for Akron Public Schools