Glenn Grishkoff has shared his expertise as an artist and brushmaker by conducting national and international workshops for over 20 years.  He is currently a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles teaching Art and Ecology. Since 1995, he has enjoyed invitations to artist residencies in South Africa, Japan, and Thailand and has collaborated with Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood and renowned ceramic artists Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos. He earned a BFA from California State Fullerton and a MFA from The Claremont Graduate University. In 2008 he was awarded the Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. During the summer of 2019 he was invited, by Sierra Nevada College, as a visiting ceramic professor and resident artist to Eastern and Central Japan. To learn more about Glenn visit his website at and Instagram posts, A Brush with Nature at #glenngrishkoff

“The Floating Butterfly and Magical Brush”
Plate or Wall Hanging Materials/Process:
Ceramic low fire raku plate/wallhanging, underglaze marks made using the ermine tail hair brush, white clay combined with clear glaze, underglaze and course garnet sand.
Brush Materials:
Ermine tail hair brush tip, black bamboo handle, Irish linen thread wrappings and an antique metal button from the 1890’s.
“Ceramic Deer Tail Hair Finger Grip Brush”
Ceramic low fire brush handle with embedded course garnet sand, surface underglaze and clear glaze, three layers of dyed deer tail hair combined to form the brush tip and an antique ceramic button from the 1840’s to form the hanger.
“Ceramic Raku Bug Painted Tea Bowl” 
Ceramic low fire glazed raku wheel thrown tea bowl with embedded fine garnet sand, underglaze marks painted with a handmade ermine tail hair brush.

The hand-made brushes I create function on two primary levels as works of art and functional tools to paint with on ceramic, paper, and cloth surfaces. A wide variety of horse, deer, moose squirrel, skunk hairs are used to create my brushes resulting in one of a kind sharp pointed tips that are not found with machine-made brushes.

The marks my brushes make are free-flowing and as magical as ocean waves curling. My eyes hone in on subtle curves, patterns of bamboo and wood weathered from nature that feels sensitive to touch and would make both a comfortable and beautiful brush handle. The fit of a handle in the palm of my hand is important to the general feeling and direction the final brush stroke will take.” Glenn Grishkoff