Practical Art appreciator Jill H. emailed over these photos of her 5-Flower Blown Glass centerpiece by artisans Keith & Cynthia Caldwell, with the subject line: “Love Our Glass Flower Candles“.
I mean, she’s really just spot on with this, right? The artisan-crafted candelabra is the perfect visual connector between the warm monochrome of her handsome dining set and that FANTASTIC wall-o’-art & memories in the background. The whole is sophisticated, yet colorful and playful– a tricky balance! Thank you, Jill, for inviting us in for a peek at this wonderful work in its Natural Habitat!
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Sorry, bees, this one’s for us.
Tucson artist and landscape designer Greg Corman has gained quite a bit of popularity here in Phoenix as the architect of supremely artful ‘bee habitats‘– but never fear, he’s also interested in helping out with the artfulness of our human homes. The new work installed at Practical Art for our December exhibition “Artifact” is a solo show of Corman’s work, and year round, we display a collection of his functional pieces: benches, key hooks, bee habitats (of course), centerpiece vessels, and items like this elegant and handsome jewelry holder made of Desert Ironwood.
His passion is creating sculpture, outdoor furniture, and other objects from salvaged wood and steel and found objects, which often means that his raw materials need a little (read: a lot) of help becoming the beautiful components he knows they can be. His pieces highlight the natural textures and patinas of the materials he uses, and he’s invited us all into his studio for a glimpse at the process.
Greg’s experience includes thirty years of horticultural and design work, mostly in desert areas of Australia, the Middle East, and the Southwestern US. Greg is recognized as a regional expert on native plants and teaches docents, master gardeners, and the public on many horticultural and design topics. He has BS and MS degrees in Agriculture from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, respectively.
If you want to see examples of the breadth and depth of his work, tonight’s “Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night” is a nice opportunity to swing by the shop, see and feel the work in person, and, well, eat pie! We’ll be swingin’ from 7-9pm for Pie Night, and the “Artifact” exhibition will be up for the remainder of December.