As we’ve shown the model of this abstract piece to various people and we ask them what they see, the answers include, “Zeus”, “Big Ben/Tower of London”, “Sundial”, “Controlled Flux”, “Swivel & Globe”, “Compass Time Piece”, “Hourglass”, and “Stability with Movement. We have recently started collaborating: Mel bringing his classically-trained sculptors and painters aesthetic sensibilities and Mark bringing his skills as an industrial designer/engineer/architect and metal worker.
Mel is a retired college art professor who now has a working studio and gallery located north of Fall Creek, WI. Manyfires Studio has been a dream of his for most of his career. Mel generally works in clay, mostly in the Raku method, but also with his new wood fired kiln. His work often incorporates the human condition and portrait. Mel is also a painter with acrylics and watercolor. He taught painting at Century College and also teaches private watercolor lessons. Mel’s collaboration with Mark Blaskey for the Sculpture Tour is a new venue for both of these artists.
Mel has shown in many venues, including art fairs and group exhibitions. He is represented in numerous galleries throughout the mid-west as well as collections all over the world.
My work as an artist went full-time as Mark Blaskey Metal Studio when I was phasing out of my career as a Civil Engineer. During my 30+ years I worked on projects ranging from dams to large buildings throughout the Midwest, with budgets from $200,000 to $100 million. I have extensive experience working with architects, engineers and contractors to bring projects in on time and budget. I understand the safety concerns of installing large-scale works: I designed countless details and installation procedures for industrial equipment, ensuring that safety, ease of maintenance and long-term use were maintained. I have used that expertise in my public art works installations.