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.
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!
April 1 is going to be a busy day! I will also be featured in the G9 (Group of 9) show at the Hudson Gallery in downtown Sylvania. This will be an amazing group show, with lots of great work from: Biz Droulliard -- Shannon Mossing -- Carrie Day -- Brien Strancar -- Ian Welch -- Mary Dunkin -- Natalie Lanese -- Matthew Cook -- Stephen Williams. I will be showing more new pieces completed last fall/winter when I was away on residency. This show runs for the month of April and maybe longer. Opening reception is April 1, from 6-8pm during the new Red Bird Arts District's Frist Friday Art Walk.