From My Art Studio

In the Making: Sisyphus

In the Making: Sisyphus

hello. I saw some of your pieces at one of the shops in downtown [Los Angeles]. You do great work. are you open to making a custom sculpture? I'm interested in having a few copies of a piece of Sisyphus...

Art with Heart

Art with Heart

When I was a kid, I occasionally coerced invited my mom and sisters to do creative projects with me. One such project was to paint flower pots...
4 Ways to Support Art Without Buying It

4 Ways to Support Art Without Buying It

Here are four ways to support your favorite makers-of-things, without filling your shelves or emptying your wallet.
In the Making: Custom Pet Memorial

In the Making: Custom Pet Memorial

"I LOVE the [Wake-Up Call] cat sculpture. I see you do custom work and was wondering of you could do one similar. I want to give this special gift to my wife so that she will always have something that is exclusive to her as a memory of her and our cat."
24 Creative Ideas for an Afternoon to Yourself

24 Creative Ideas for an Afternoon to Yourself

Today I'm upping the ante with ideas for an entire, glorious afternoon to yourself. It may not happen often, so let's make the most of it, shall we? These ideas actually mix and match nicely both with each other, and with the half-hour ideas. And lots of them have a pseudo-productive vibe, so you can feel all proud of yourself for accomplishing something.

What makes cast stone special?

What makes cast stone special?

The unique qualities of cast stone make it ideal for tabletop sculpture, so I'm surprised it's not more widely known. Collectors quickly go from curious to delighted when they handle cast stone, though, and for good reason: there's nothing quite like the feel of stone in the hand.

If you're like many collectors, you're probably more familiar with cast stone than you realize.

In the Making: Custom 9th Anniversary Gift

In the Making: Custom 9th Anniversary Gift

"I'd like to commission a custom sculpture celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary to the best wife in the world. 9th is supposed to be pottery, and I know that can include things outside of dishware, but I have this vision of me given her a terracotta pot and, well, that vision doesn't end well for me. I just need to somehow link your work to the 9th anniversary gift tradition!"
Sculpture in the wild: "Book Rest" and Sydney Crawford

Sculpture in the wild: "Book Rest" and Sydney Crawford

Every now and then a collector shares the story of how they came to choose their sculpture. These stories never fail to delight me, and they've become my absolute favorite part of what I do (so keep them coming!). Lisa and her kitty, Sydney Crawford, gave me one such story after Book Rest went to live with Lisa.
38 "I Love You" book prompts

38 "I Love You" book prompts

I love romantic, sappy gifts, which probably doesn't surprise you, given what I do. So this year, I created a romantic, sappy "I love you" book for my wedding anniversary. And in the spirit of spreading romantic, sappy goodness all over the place, I'm sharing a DIY so you can make one, yourself.
Words as a gift

Words as a gift

Because I sometimes sculpt sympathy gifts, I witness some of the thoughtful, caring things people say when they send my sculpture. I also recall some of the kind words from friends when I've needed them. 

All of these have helped me understand how I might be able to help when a friend is grieving. What I've learned to say:

Celebrating the new year with new sculpture

Celebrating the new year with new sculpture

My sculpture is starting out 2017 with a bang, with new designs now available exclusively on UncommonGoods. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of their wonderful catalog (yes, the print catalog!). And that's not all.

DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

All this started because I wanted to have a dessert party to celebrate, well, okay just to have a party. I thought I'd be super-clever and have a champagne bar with choose-your-own adventure cocktails. Pour some champagne in your glass, pick a flavored sugar cube, and drink!

Clever on ideation, less clever on implementation.