Hello again!

March 4, 2014

Is everyone as sick of winter as I am? Between the drifted snow and record low temps, its been almost impossible to work out in my studio. Now it seems like the weather may finally cut me a break and warm up this week. Until then, I’m going to get out into the garage and work on some jewelry. I can’t weld out there, but I can at least shape metal and solder. I just need to get back into the game, if you see what I mean!

On a slightly different note, I’d to announce my recent partnership with Carmel Tattoo Ink! Michelle and Aaron were kind enough to let me hang a few of my clocks in their shop, and I can’t thank them enough! Stop by and see them at 43 West Main Street in the Carmel Arts and Design district! Or, visit them on the web at: http://www.carmeltattoo.com . They’re great folks, and do wonderful tattoo work!

I would also like to plug a good friend and fellow found object artist, Valerie Pillow! She is Uber-talented, and one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I “discovered” her last summer, and invited her to share my space at the Carmel International Art Fair. It was her first show, and she sold pieces both days! Now, a short time later, and she has had a solo exhibition at a local gallery, has her own web site, and is poised for fame and fortune! Visit her site, and buy something now, while you can still afford her work! http://www.valeriepillow.com is the address; tell her Greg sent you!

As some of you may know already, I have changed day jobs! I’m now working at the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall; come by and say “Hello” if youre in the neighborhood. I hope to hear from some of you soon!

So far, so good!  I would like to announce the opening of our second etsy store: Indy Found Objects! We will be selling found objects, nic-nacs, gee-gaws, and other assorted grot just like the pieces I use in my sculptures! We’ve already had a few sales, and hopefully business will build further! Check it out at indyfoundobjects.etsy.com !

We have had a few sales this month; this is great, since this is usually our worst season for sales! We’ve had sales in sculpture, supplies, and wall clocks!  

Lastly, (and most excitingly) I am honored to have been chosen to appear in the Indianapolis Art Center’s pop-up class schedule!  The instructor (Julie Ball, Girl Genius!) is the artist who first showed me that I could really be a sculptor.  Her calm, nurturing classroom manner, and her wicked good welding and art chops remain an inspriration all these years later.  Imagine my delight when I found that she had saved a picture of one of my first pieces that ever sold, and wanted to teach a pop-up welding class based on that technique, and promoted by that picture of my work!  I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be remembered and valued by my old mentor after all these years!  Please check her out at julieball.net ! She’s a wonderful person, and worth your time to read about!  If you’re looking for a welding instructor, take one of her classes and you won’t go wrong!

As always, contact me! Send me those pictures of the sculptures you bought or were given!  I’m starting to develop a complex here!

Please visit the people and places mentioned in this blog; they’re definite assets to our community, and lots of fun besides!

www.julieball.net

www.indplsartscenter.org

And please go visit our other sites:

www.salvagedbeauty.etsy.com

www.indyfoundobjects.etsy.com

www.crumpetsandcamera.etsy.com

www.crumpetsandcamera.wordpress.com

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2013

Well, another year has passed me by, and once again I am left feeling as though I didn’t achieve nearly enough.  It was a rough year, filled with personal drama and injuries that sidelined me far longer than I liked.  The new year, however, brings us a chance to turn the page and begin a new chapter.  A new year, a fresh start, a clean slate; I resolve to clear my mind, clean my studio, and start working towards higher goals.  My resolutions for this year include spending more time in the studio creating art, a more regular and reliable internet presence, and seizing opportunities as they arise; all areas where I fell short last year. Most of all, I resolve to stay positive as much as possible this year. When I get depressed, it debilitates me! I find it difficult to make the 10 yard commute from my back door to my studio sometimes. This makes me feel guilty, which makes me more depressed…until friends are neglected, opportunities missed, and deadlines ignored. This time around, I’m going to try to avoid these pitfalls. I may stumble, but I’ll endeavor to not fall!

Dawn and I are considering trying a couple of new shows this year. We haven’t made final decisions yet, of course….so if you have a favorite art event that you think we should try, please drop us a line! Include the date and location and we’ll see what we can arrange. If we attend your local event, be sure to stop by and say hello!

One last idea for today: a promotion of sorts that I’ve had in mind, and it involves all of you out there! Do you own one of my pieces? (And if not, WHY NOT for Heaven’s sake?? Buy one. Now. In fact, buy two!) Send us a picture of your piece in situ, and I’ll post them in this blog. Remember to keep it family friendly, and be sure to include your name, and if possible, when you bought it from us. Feel free to include a paragraph about it, and you. I’m very excited to see what you submit. If you know other owners of SBS pieces, pass the word to them! Lets see how many we can round up!

Here’s hoping that we all have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! Keep in touch!

It’s almost Halloween!

October 6, 2012

Okay, as part of our end-of-season, we always go back and try to clean up the studio and the garage.  In doing so this time, Greg found scraps that he has made into little ghost and bat garden stakes.  Sooooo cute.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, we are done with shows for this year, so now we are going to refocus on orders and maybe expanding to other venues.  Greg is in the process of finishing up commissions, and is getting some Halloween pieces done (stay tuned for pictures this week, but needless to say, they are very cute).

I hadn’t managed to get a picture of Greg’s latest bird, a woodpecker, before his last show, but I did get some pictures at the show.  This little guy just makes me laugh.   He stands fairly tall, and is just a little cartoon character.  I hope you enjoy him.  Have a happy week.

 

Getting ready for a show

September 15, 2012

Well, we have a week before our biggest show of the year, and the house is insane with packing and completed items getting ready to be packed.  Greg has been busy working on new items, and I am catching up on finishing up his jewelry pieces (getting them on chains).  We have a new dog, and Pepper is a little confused as to what is going on, but there’s a lot of great energy.  Greg has really been inspired of late, and you can tell that he is just itching to get back to the studio.

Here is one of my favourite recent jewelry pieces.  Have a great week.

Greg has been featured in another magazine, the May/June edition of North!  It’s a Carmel /Fishers magazine that is out in the newstands now, but I believe that you should be able to see the article online after it comes off of the stands.  The pictures are great.

Check it out!