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...
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.