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VERVE: Living the Creative Life | Season 3
Meet figure sculptor and performing artist Heidi Moller Somsen. For Heidi creating art is a way to "process the vicissitudes of life and to satisfy my curiosities.”
Keefer believes that being on the forefront of ideas and keeping an open mind to innovation is central to reaching any goal. “You have to be very aware with what everyone is doing, you have to be current.” Explaining his approach to both freeskiing and theoretical physics, he says, "As long as you have the grit and as long as you can put in the time, anyone is capable of anything.”
Many artists feel a sort of responsibility towards presenting their work, but for Jonathan Gonzalez, presenting a coffee drink is about displaying the final stage of coffee’s long process from bean to cup. “For me, setting a drink down and presenting it to someone is kind of like how I’d feel if I were presenting a work of art to someone.”
Following her artistic sentiments, Katie Johnston became interested in creating jewelry at an early age and naturally found her way into metalsmithing and jewelry design. “I like working in the context of jewelry because it has such a layered personal meaning.”
Nine winters ago when Brent Christensen and his family moved from the Bay Area to Utah, he started playing with the ice formed from a leaking water source in his yard with his kids. Inspired by the possibilities, Brent wanted to take it further. What started as an ice fort grew into what is today the Ice Castles.
“It really empowers you,” she explains about having lived in so many different places. “You’re not just stuck in your culture, but you have all the different flavors and you can mix it and create something new.”
At the age of 26, Scott Carrier set out to hitchhike his way across the country, from Salt Lake City to Washington D.C., with little but a portable cassette recorder and an Electro Voice RE50 microphone, recording the stories of those who offered him a ride. His goal: To arrive at NPR headquarters with enough material to earn him a spot on All Things Considered. And one way or another, it worked.
World-renowned potter, wood-fired kiln designer, and educator John Neely is featured on Verve this week. Neely has led the Utah State University ceramics department for close to 30 years and will share his thoughts on craft, work and persistence.
Now in its 6th season, KUED’s online video series VERVE, has interviewed over 50 unique creators living in Utah. Each episode profiles local artists, innovators, musicians, dancers, chefs, authors, scientists and others about their work and their creative process.
VERVE was born out of the need to explore artistic inspiration. We all have the desire to create – that drive isn’t limited to visual artists. VERVE delves into that spark of innovation that lives in us all. What does your creativity look like? What does it mean to live a creative life? Watch all VERVE episodes here and meet some of Utah’s creative minds.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein