Imitating Water: Liquid Light by Tanya Clarke

When flipping a switch brings light and turning the tap brings water, nature becomes remote. How can art change this? Tanya Clarke's Liquid Light Series is an ongoing collection of unusual lighting fixtures fashioned from repurposed plumbing parts, glass hand-sculpted into the shape of water droplets, and low voltage LED lighting. Some are embellished with other repurposed … Continue reading Imitating Water: Liquid Light by Tanya Clarke

Traditional Delights: Carved Creations of the Ural Candle Factory

Should technology replace human craftsmanship? We often forget the joy of making things by hand. These videos may remind you. The Ural Candle Factory lies in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, a city of roughly 1.5 million people straddling the border between Europe and Asia. Known for many years as Sverdlovsk, after a high ranking Communist party official, … Continue reading Traditional Delights: Carved Creations of the Ural Candle Factory

An Art Overlooked: The Making of Neon Signs

Sometimes we fail to see the craftsmanship that surrounds us. Is the impressive art of neon sign making becoming extinct? Neon signs have been an eye-catching way to advertise in large cities around the world for a century. Debuting in 1910 in an exhibition by George Claude, founder of Air Liquide, at the Paris Motor Show, their … Continue reading An Art Overlooked: The Making of Neon Signs

From the Master’s Hand: The Making of a Japanese Ichimatsu Doll

Please enjoy the delightful video below showing the construction of a Japanese Ichimatsu doll. Even without the ability to read the subtitles I was moved by the process and the craftsmanship involved. Such detail! No wonder these handmade dolls, or ningyo, human forms, can be extremely expensive, especially if they were made in an earlier century. … Continue reading From the Master’s Hand: The Making of a Japanese Ichimatsu Doll