Craft Alliance (CA) is pleased to announce the opening reception of Ann Coddington Rast: flock, from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 at CA’s Grand Center Gallery in the Kranzberg Arts Center. The evening will begin with Ann Coddington Rast, a well-known fiber artist, giving an Artist Talk at 6pm. For flock, the gallery space is filled with 1,100 birds in flight. These slipcast ceramic birds are suspended in the air above the viewers’ heads, creating a powerful atmosphere of tension.


Coddington Rast states, “I continue to be fascinated by the complex, metaphoric language of birds. I have often used birds to represent an ultimate point of freedom, symbiotic relationships, and the dichotomy of life and death. Birds are mysterious, intriguing creatures with long literary histories - from Poe’s “The Raven,” to nursery rhymes like 4 and 20 Blackbirds, to Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Another mesmerizing feature is their tendency to move in groups with a seeming collective consciousness. They respond to each other, and to waves of air, changing direction with no visible outward communication. They are at once individuals and part of a whole that seems to embody a gestalt philosophy.”

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Friday, February 1st, 2013, repeated every day until Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Craft Alliance

501 N Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103

Craft Alliance is the only art institution dedicated to contemporary craft in the St. Louis region. The non-profit organization, located in the Delmar Loop and in the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center, provides inspiration and education in contemporar