Ship Collaborations!!!

While I was on the cruise ship in Alaska, we did many Collaborations! Together, the entire team created our Breast Cancer Research Foundation pieces. Every cruise we would auction off this piece and raise money to donate! We would work on these pieces for the entire two hour show and it would take all three members to create it! We even had a DJ playing fire inspired music so that we could all participate and focus on the piece.

These pieces have several patterned parts that we put together to create one amazing vase. Every week was different! This helped us unite and grow as a team!

Here are some of the works that we made!

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Made by Ian Schmidt, G Brian Juk, and myself

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Made by Ian Schmidt, Kenton Pratt, and myself

Ian and I have worked together in Toledo, so we decided to collaborate in making an Alaskan inspired goblet before my cruise contract ended! We came up with a whale bubble netting.

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Here is the Drawing

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I made the whale and Ian made the goblet. We worked together in assembling the piece.

This goblet is now in one of the display cases on the Solstice ship for all of the guests to see!

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Favorite Summer Pieces!

I have been off of this ship for two months. It has been a whirlwind. However, I still wanted to share some of my favorite pieces my team and I made this summer!

Killer Whale Breaching

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Humming Bird Vase

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Fish

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Butterfly Vase

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Beluga Whale

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  Baby Penguin

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Sea Otter

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Grizzly Bear eating Salmon. Photo while above 1000 degrees

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Some of Martin Janecky’s finished pieces!

Some shots of the team 🙂 Martin Janecky, Marek Effmert, and myself!

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These pieces will be at Habatat Gallery, which opens to the public THIS weekend!

 

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Martin Janecky is one of my inspirations. His skill level in making the human figure out of glass is incomparable. I feel honored and privileged to have been invited along for this Alaskan experience! Thank you Martin Janecky, Marek Effmert, Judy Warwick, and Andy Warwick  for an incredible adventure!

 

Fairbanks Alaska Ice Sculpting Competition 2014

A mile from Judy Warwick’s studio (where we were working); Fairbanks holds an international Ice Sculpting competition every year. They harvest some of the cleanest ice for the competition and cut them into huge ton blocks. As a glass artist, you can see why i had to visit the park several times and check out the process. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen! (Other than the wild live moose and Northern Lights of course!)

I was just mesmerized by the ice. ((I wonder why… almost looks like glass))

These are just some of my favorites!

DAY 1

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The artists carving a whale.

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Behind the scaffolding is an acrobat.

 

Day 2

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The whale and calf are finished!

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A venus fly trap in progress.

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The acrobat has made a lot of progress!

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End of day 2. The hand is “gluing”.

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Moving the ice blocks.

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We even got to carve some logos into ice!!!

 

All lit up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The whales.

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The venus fly trap.

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The acrobats.

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The proportions astound me. It’s ice after-all!

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Crazy skull sculpture.

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I can’t believe it’s hand carved ICE!

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Dragons.

Obviously you can see why I had to visit everyday to see the artists’ progress!!!

 

Beautiful Alaska 2014

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The trees are covered in ice crystals!

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Beautifully monochromatic.

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Where I watched the Super Bowl

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A power plant keeps this river unfrozen.

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Ice crystals.

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Low sun in January 🙂

(this is not fresh snow… Incredible!)

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Sun dog! AKA Rainbow around the sun!(2pm)

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We went to a Chena Hot Springs!

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Dog Sled!

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I saw a wild moose and her calf!

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Ski jour at sunset!

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The Northern Lights (behind the studio!)

 

While working for Martin Janecky from January-March I acquired several beautiful photos that I wanted to share of Fairbanks, Alaska in the winter! Sorry Toledo, it was much nicer in Alaska!