My interest in all of STEM and the arts has led me to combine the two and I became part of the growing movement that integrates these two realms into what is known as STEAM. I found some ways, and am still finding more, to express parts of the mathematics of Topology, 2D and 3D Geometry, Hyperbolic and Spherical Geometry, Tessellations in 2D and 3D, Knot Theory and more in stained glass, bead weaving, crocheting and Origami. The fascinating realm of a 4th geometric dimension, a space we cannot “see”, can be explored through a “shadow projection“ into 3-dimensional space and built as paper or glass models.
Nestings and intersections of similar or different shapes can be built in glass and thereby made visible. My work has made me become part of a small group of artists doing something like the above. I do go further, though. Teaching mathematics by way of doing it with stained glass in particular is unique. Schools invite me to do residencies in private and public settings. The most recent invitation is for 6+ weeks to Taiwan to establish a stained glass studio, to work with high school students, to offer professional development for Taiwanese and Chinese teachers and to offer lectures and courses to the public.
What drives me is to find more and more of the immense number of shapes in all realms of science and mathematics; to try to find out what DaVinci, Fra Giovanni, Dürer, MC Escher, and the endless number of discoverers and thinkers were inspired by.
Hans Schepker, currently working in Harrisville, NH, combines teaching mathematical principles with art;
using stained glass, beads, fiber arts, and paper, to make shapes of all kinds visible. Schepker continues to create unique and fascinating ways to express parts of mathematics, geometry, knot theory and more, in stained glass. Through the use of light and form, Schepker explores the fascinating realm of a 4th geometric dimension, a space we cannot “see”, through a “shadow projection“ into 3-dimensional space, built as glass models. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Hans Schepker comes from a background in industrial training, including electrical engineering, electronics, and communication. A tailoring apprenticeship later led Schepker to build weaving looms and spinning wheels, the fiber arts eventually bringing the artist to England. Upon meeting his second wife, from Brooklyn, NY, Schepker moved to the USA and developed a business designing and making kites and banners. Now, through teaching mathematics by way of doing it with stained glass, Schepker is invited to do residencies in private and public settings. The most recent invitation is to Taiwan to establish a stained glass studio. Working with high school students, professional development will be provided for Taiwanese and Chinese teachers to offer lectures and courses to the public.