Welcome to our blog at Gallery of the Mountains! We are located inside the historic Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, NC. We specialize in fine American handmade crafts, mostly from local and regional artists. We will be happy to ship any item listed here or help you find the perfect gift in our Gallery. For more info about our artists featured in the header photo above, click on Header Artists page. Please feel free to contact us for availability and prices either by phone or email. Toll Free 1-800-692-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 26, 2010
Black Cat Enterprises
These lovely metal boxes and sculptures are handmade in a studio in the mountains of Virgina by Dawn Mickel and John Gardini. Cut one at a time using a band saw, scroll saw and jeweler's handsaw, simple dimensions become enriched and animate with a heat coloring process developed by John. Skillfully using a torch, they are able to pull out the rich colors and tones held withing the copper, to simulate muscle tone, surface texture or color patterns, thus bringing the animal to life.
Their new layering techniques, a process whereby several layers of copper are stacked together, further enliven each creature by adding more dimension and depth. Finally hand painting the eyes and occasionally the other features, completes the engaging properties of the wall piece.