Sabrina Knowles’ and Jenny Pohlman’s collaboration spans two decades. As seekers, they have undertaken six international two-month journeys to developing nations absorbing religious beliefs, political histories, current affairs, architecture, social structure and people’s personal stories. After lengthy incubation they morph their experiences into sculptural stories to share what they have learned about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit. Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity.
In 2000 Pohlman and Knowles established the Pohlman Knowles High School Scholarship at Pratt Fine Arts Center and continue to sponsor the scholarship annually. They served as trustees for the Bellevue Arts Museum 2009 -2012. Pohlman is in her second term on the board of Pratt and currently serving as a president. The duo support both organizations annually through auction contributions as well as contribute to the support of many other organizations.
Among their awards are Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Service in the Arts Award 2011 and Service in Education award 2000; Saxe Fellowship award, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose, 2009; a 2015 residency at Pilchuck Glass School, residencies at Museum of Glass, Tacoma 2014, 2007 and 2003; and residencies at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center 2004 and 1999.
Their work is in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Flint Art Institute, Henry Ford Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Glass, National Liberty Museum, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, and Imagine Museum among others.
Knowles’ and Pohlman’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Edmunds Museum, Larsen Museum in Yakima, and the Pratt Gallery at the Center on Contemporary Art. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum, PA; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA; Bellevue Arts Museum, WA; Coos Art Museum, OR, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; Racine Art Museum, WI; and Tacoma Art Museum.
Their work has been published in Glass, Metalsmith, New Glass Review and the Seattle Times, featured in and on the cover of American Style magazine, 2004, and published in several books on glass art.