“Cain & Abel” Sculpture by Rick and Valerie Beck. Blown and sandcarved glass. 13.5″ diameter x 3″ high. Artist Card included.
Rick and Valerie Beck both graduated from Hastings College in Hastings, Ne. in 1982, where Rick got his B.A. in Art and Val got her B.A. in Human Services Administration and Political Science. They began working together in glass in 1984. After getting married in 1986 they went to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to attend graduate school. There, Rick worked on and received his Masters Degree in Art. Val worked on her Masters in Educational Psychology, but spent most of her time in the art department. In 1989 they moved to the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tn. Following a two year residency there, in 1991 they went to Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina for a three year residency. In 1994 they moved eight miles down the mountain to Spruce Pine, N.C, where they bought a house and built a studio. They are living happily ever after with their dogs, Static and Daisy.