I have been working in my new studio – off and on – for the past couple of months. I have been pretty busy with various aspects of my personal life. Namely, getting a couple of my daughters off to college, attending a couple of weddings and even displaying some of my work. It was been a busy summer, but hopefully things are going to calm down a bit in the next few weeks.
The time that I have been able to work in David Phillips’ Hillside studio has been increasingly enjoyable. I was somewhat concerned and had more than a little bit of hesitation to start using some of my more aggressive tools. I was concerned about creating a big dust problem. However, one of my new shop mates (Zachary Gabbard – the bronze sculptor, not the bassist) convinced me to just give it a shot and find out. Happily, the shop is set up to handle just about anything I can throw at it. David has done an awesome job building and equipping it for working with just about any type of medium one could imagine.
I have also had a chance to get to know Charles Jones the only other artist working in the studio. Charles is a great guy and well versed in many areas including, stone, resins, bronze and wood. He told me that he worked as a micro welder for many years initially. He and David have partnered on several projects – currently a bench project for the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Boston.
David has been exploring a new art form that involves metal, magnets and poly coating – but, doesn’t involve stone. Which is the reason that he offered me the rental of his stone carving area. He has had a couple of shows since I moved to the area. He had an opening last night in Charlestown at the, Vitale Caturano Art Gallery – and is showing by appointment only.
This is what my new work area looks like. Note the 3 ton crane – it pivots 360 degrees and has an electric gantry. Anyway, a fantastic shop and great people – I can’t believe my good fortune stumbling into this place…