“People need to be committed to this community in a real way,” she says. “I think the house thing’s been good….It’s slow. It’s a hard commitment. It’s a good testimony to investing in your community.”
She’s engaged the community in other ways, including her role as one of the teachers at the Anderson Center for the Arts.
“We’re very thankful to have her, she has a good ability to take a look at where people are and help them grow and challenge them,” said Deborah Stapleton, director of the center. Stapleton has a great appreciation for Cochran’s work. “I think one of the things that’s exciting about her work is her constant experimentation and wanting to develop new techniques and combinations of how to use materials together,” said Stapleton. “She works with it, manipulates it, and comes out with these wonderful juxtapositions of things.”
People on the path
Despite the massive upheavals, Cochran’s stayed joyfully committed to her new path.
“Do you know how many people I’ve met? It’s amazing,” says Cochran. “I know people now I never would have met. Those moments in time are worth living for.”Although her journey as an artist is individual, she also sees it as a collaborative endeavor.
“If you blow glass, it’s almost impossible to do by yourself. It keeps you humble. You have to rely on other people,” says Cochran.
As for the numerous people and academic professionals at Anderson University and Ball State that have impacted Cochran on her journey, Myron says, “It’s like facets on a gem stone. Each one helped her learn something about herself.”
One of those people was Brent Cole, associate professor of glass at Ball State University and director of the Glick Center for Glass. He encouraged Cochran to illuminate her art with her own narrative – her questions, her fears, her processing of issues both intensely personal and socially relevant.