Photo Essay: A Studio Visit with Practical Art artisan Greg Corman of Tucson, AZ

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.

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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.


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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.

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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. 


12 Days of Christmas – Gift 11!

Can you believe we are already on the 11th day of our 12-day countdown?!  That makes it the SECOND TO LAST of the 12 Days of Christmas blog posts– the blog series where we asked some local-loving Phoenicians for their top gift picks (all found at Practical Art). 

You are now officially in ‘STAFF ZONE’. We had Karen’s choice pick yesterday (the rad yellow scarflette), and today…. Kara just can’t contain herself anymore, so we’re letting it be her turn.

Also, feel free to browse our online shop for more goodies, or come in any day 10a-8pm until the holiday! And with that, here’s the ELEVENTH gift suggestion!

Day 11

Phoenician: Kara Roschi

Item: Wood Bee Habitat by Practical Art artisan Greg Corman


Today’s pick comes from our very own Kara Roschi, co-owner of Practical Art, who chose the bee habitat by artisan Greg Corman (his exhibition “ARTIFACT” is currently on display at the gallery). Kara fell in love with these the day they arrived at Practical Art…and the love has sustained. “They are ideal for those who have green thumbs. Not only are they are beautiful, but they provide a great environment for native bees that will help pollinate your garden!” Come on in and let her talk your ear off about ’em.

About Kara: Kara is a co-owner at Practical Art with business partner Lisa Olson. She has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University, holds a certificate from the Phoenix Art Museum’s docent program, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia Art at ASU. Safe to say she knows her stuff.