Steve Smith has always been an artist, it just took him about 50 years to realize it! Several bumps in the road, twists and turns of fate, and in 2006 he decided it was time to make a living using his creative talents. A friend moved, sold us her kiln and he began experimenting with whatever he could find to melt. Since there were always a few wine bottles around, he began melting those. With Steve’s love of nature and a hope to leave this world a better place for those that come after us, re-configuring bottles otherwise bound for a landfill seemed a good path to follow… so began Art From Empties…
Over the years he has developed and continues to improve techniques to shape the recycled glass in a fashion that is both creative and unique. He has even become a visiting instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School!
The reflective and sensual nature of the glass invites visual as well as tactile examination. Steve seeks to create works with balance, harmony and a reflectivity that allows for ever-changing imagery. His pieces, ranging from wearable to mosaic wall sculptures, are not transparent like stained glass—they look back at you—inviting deeper exploration.
Steve and Sally and their very best creation!
Steve and Sally Smith feel fortunate to live and work nestled in a beautiful little part of rural Alabama. You can see our work at Art Shows around the southeast (a current schedule will be on Facebook) and in wonderful, unique Shops and Galleries around the country. Please email us if you have any questions.
***Yes we know that all the Steve links get you to Sally's email...hopefully she is more likely to be able to find it again at a later date! His phone if you need him is 205.527.2543
CONTACT STEVE ABOUT TURNING A SPECIAL BOTTLE OR BOTTLES FROM A SPECIAL EVENT INTO SOMETHING HANDCRAFTED FOR YOU.
Capturing the moment best describes Sally Smith's photography. Her camera helps her to see... the spider in the web that was on the path before her, the clouds in that infinite space beyond her reach, the pollen which the bee has spread on the cosmos or sunflowers... her passion is born out of gratitude for this beautiful earth we all share.
Her favorite ways of sharing her work is having photos stream across the television screen and making notecards ~photocards~ showcasing a photo on a blank folding card which fits perfectly in a 5x7 frame. Your note to a friend becomes a little piece of work to keep and frame. Photocards come in sets of 5 images. for $25...please email Sally if you are interested in purchasing.
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CONTACT STEVE ...WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEW SHOPS AND GALLERIES WITH WHICH TO PARTNER.