I am happy to announce that I was one of four recipients for the July Artist Accelerator Grant from the Arts Commission! A CASH award for just about anything an artist would want/need to pursue their craft, in my case some engraving wheels for my lathe!
I bought this lathe in 2012. It is an old 'Sommer and Macha' lathe; solid cast iron and battleship grey. This beast came out of a basement in Chicago and was transported to Toledo along with several other pieces of large cold working equipment. At the time, I wasn't even sure if it ran and the shaft and bearings needed an update. A few years later I had a new shaft turned and got some new bearings. The lathe got moved to our home when we bought it and sat under plastic for another year or two. Finally I happened across a motor with controller at the right price and I was almost in business.
In early 2016, I finally put all the pieces together and gave it a test. It all worked and the shaft tu...
I am happy to say that the Onion Bottles above the big windows at Black Kite are now a permanent part of a great local establishment.
The Black Kite Onion Bottles have been a part of the unique local flavor of Black Kite Coffee and Pies since November 2015. This installation has 116 objects ranging in size from 18-40 inches and 4-6 inches in diameter. These Onion Bottles had been used in a few different installations and iterations until my wife noticed a space of a certain size, that was well supplied with natural light, and in need of a little color. At the time of the installation, there wasn't really much talk of a timeline for the piece, so it stayed put for quite a while. The bottles were completely at home in the space above the windows.
Recently, taking stock of my glass, I was reminded of the bottles and decided that it was time to de-install. Fortunately, the stars aligned to make these objects a permanent part of the coffee shop. Rightly so too, I really d...
Oh boy! This summer has been quite busy and filled with glass. I was invited to participate in the Arts COmmission of Greater Toledo's HOT SHOTS event. We made some glass in partnership with a local bar/restaurant and there is going to be an auction of the objects along with a bourbon tasting...perfect! I have been getting a ton of press and was even invited to appear on the local morning show to hype the event. I was also the guest instagrammer for the Art Loop Toledo account, again sponsored by the Arts Commish. Follow that account to see tons of glass from the Hot SHOTS event and more.
Getting plenty of mileage out of these awesome images from Tom Brooks. The old fishwrapper does a great job of not mentioning my name once, but uses my image and an awkwardly cropped image of my glass. Oh well, even bad press is good press! Have a look below to see a the clip from the news.
Back in June, I had the pleasure of participating in a day of glass for the Arts Commission's Hot Shots! 12 artists over the course of about 12 hours made 12 pieces in collaboration with 12 different area bars/restaurants. The idea is that the pieces will be on display at the participating locations leading up to the Month of Glass in October, then there will be a Hot Shots auction of all the objects! Pretty sweet. The day of glass was incredible; blowing glass all day long with friends, it was just like being back a BG. I was paired with Tony Packo's and made a pickle jar with engraved labels in homage to the real thing. Check out the photos courtesy of Tom Brooks.
Water or glass? Check out some new coldworking that I have been doing for good friend, Matt Paskiet. The surface of this object has been cut and polished to create ripples and dapples of light on the colors below, just like sunlight through clear water.
Thanks to everyone who came out these last few months for the third Thursday Art Loops. The weather and a downtown packed with activities have made sales a bit sparse, so I hope we get some good weather and a buying crowd for the next one on July 21!
What else...UT's Art on the Mall! I was accepted to this famous show and cannot wait! I've been working on my display and will have some new items for this show. Be sure to come check it out, there will be t...
Im pleased say that I will have a spot at Packo's at the Park for Art Loop Thursdays through September. What a fun location, right across from the ballpark and close to plenty of good food and drink! More information about the Art Loop and schedule here.
Had a wild time this past weekend at the Sandusky County Art and Music Festival in Freemont Ohio! Thanks to George from the Strand Theatre and all the other organizers, vendors, and new friends!
*I also recently acquired some new molds that I plan on using for new work for both shows and galleries. Touch of Light Studio in Ferndale MI is liquidating after many years in the biz and he has lots of used stuff in good condition at the right price!
Thanks to everyone who came out for Firenation's Spring Open House to see my demo of the Wacky Banana! I had a great time; the crowd was awesome, my assistants were spot on, and Matt and the Firenation Crew were generous as always. Check out the gallery below for some great photos of the demo. Friend and photographer Bill Hamilton does a fantastic job telling the story of the Wacky Banana. Stay tuned for a photo of the finished piece!
I just received notice that I will be participating in the Spring Edition of Handmade Toledo's Maker's Mart! This is an awesome, one day, bonanza of an arts/crafts show. It runs from 10am-8pm and will be jam-packed with some of the coolest, hippest, tastiest craft vendors from Northwest Ohio and beyond! Make sure you come out May 7 (just before Mother's Day for all you last minute gifters) and buy local!