As some of you may know, I used to work as a full time glass artist. Now I am generally so busy with real estate, that my lampworking has become more of a hobby. The nice thing about having worked as a full time artist was getting to know the other artisans in the area. As a former member of TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists), I have a deep appreciation of hand crafted things. I think society as a whole is loosing touch with the concept of "hand crafted", and it truly is a loss, as nothing mass produced in some other country will ever match the craftsmanship and beauty of something artisan made. In an ongoing effort to support our local artists, I like to feature them here on my blog from time to time.
So, tonight I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful blacksmith/artist named Stiv Mackey. Stiv produces a huge variety of metalworked items, ranging from whimsical garden figures, to beautiful custom items for your home. Aside from producing amazing work, you'll find that Stiv is a fascinating guy to chat with. If you have a chance to talk with him at an art show, I would highly encourage you to do so. I've included a picture of one of Stiv's whimsical little frogs below, but there is so much more to see at his website: www.stivmackey.com
Seriously, could you really walk past this little guy without smiling? Absolutely Adorable!
PS: Remember, buying locally keeps money in our community. Support your local artists!