Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Lockart’

Linda and I Went to a Great American Monument and Saved $40

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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Back on June 2, 2011, we received an e-mail from One Eared Cow Glass(OECG) in Columbia, SC, about one of their 20th Anniversary events or specials – a sort of take our T-shirt on vacation with you offer. The deal was that if you took a One Eared Cow Glass T-shirt on vacation with you and took a picture of someone wearing it at a monument, sign, or place, that is clearly recognizable – you would get $40 in “cow bucks” off your next purchase at OECG – just for showing your “cow pride” and letting them use the picture on Facebook and in the gallery.

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For Linda and I, this was a deal we couldn’t pass up. We have three weddings to attend in the next four months and OECG is our official wedding gift retailer. And, believe me – no wedding takes place in our extended family without an invitation coming to us – whether we can attend or not as word has gotten around what kind of gift you will receive.

Of course the catch is that these e-mails telling about these great offers were only going to folks on OECG’s e-mail list and you had to own a OECG T-shirt, but how hard is it to get on someone’s e-mail list and Tommy Lockart (one of the cowboys) told me – any OECG T-shirt will do and they have sold plenty of them throughout their 20 years in business. And, they have plenty of new ones in stock. They say they can even mail you one or a dozen (803/254-2444).

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This deal runs through Aug. 31, 2011, but it’s not the only deal they have in the works. But, I’m not telling you to do anything. I’m not suggesting that you do anything. I’m just telling you there is a deal out there – this is what it takes to complete the deal – I know it works – we got our $40 discount and here’s what they call in the biz – the money shot or shots in this case.

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Now Linda and I are not taking a vacation this year – we had one last year. But we do live down the road from a very important SC monument – the grave of Francis Marion – the Swamp Fox – a true American Revolutionary hero. It’s one of the most important monuments in South Carolina. There is also a special prize for the T-shirt that travels the greatest distance, but I don’t think we’ll be winning that, but 40 “cow bucks” is $40 bucks. I’m just saying.

P.S. Get on “the” e-mail list, get “a” T-shirt, take a “picture” near a monument, get it to “them” before Aug. 31, 2011, and save $40.

Photos of One Eared Cow Glass Sculpture at Columbia Museum of Art Celebration of Chihuly Chandelier

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

We now have photos of the finished piece by One Eared Cow Glass installed outside the Columbia Museum of Art during the Museum’s Red Hot…Cool! 60 Years of Color gala on the evening of Apr. 17, 2010.

Here’s a link to my earlier comments on that.

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I have to say, it looks pretty spectacular!

Like I said – give Tommy Lockart, Mark Woodham, and their assistant, Ryan Crabtree, $360,000 and see what you get – considering they made this work on speculation just for this one event – for one evening.

Now we’ll see if someone is smart enough to purchase this work. I wish I could.

Roll with One Eared Cow Glass at Artista Vista 2009

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Here is something to get you ready for this year’s Artista Vista 2009 – Columbia’s premier gallery crawl, held in the Congaree Vista area of Columbia, SC, on April 23 – 25, 2009. Take a look at the boys at One Eared Cow Glass doing their thing.

Unlike art districts that offer art walks, art crawls, or art strolls – every month – this is the one “galleries only” art event in Columbia. So it’s a once a year offering, and its usually a big bash. This year Artista Vistafeatures some new galleries in the lineup and of course the Congaree Arts Festival held at the SC State Museum on Saturday, April 25, from 10am-4pm.

This will be the 18th annual Artista Vista – no kidding. Unlike some art walks who just had to celebrate their 20th anniversary – four years early – this is the real deal.

I’m going to try and make it this year. You should too.

One Eared Cow Glass Turns Sand Into Art

Monday, August 4th, 2008

One of my favorite stops on my monthly delivery run is at One Eared Cow Glass Gallery & Studio, located at 1001 Huger Street in Columbia, SC, in the Congaree Vista district. Columbia is one of the few stops on my runs where I’m there during regular gallery hours – at least some of the time. When that happens you can be sure I’ll stop in and watch Tommy Lockart and Mark Woodham make works of glass art – from molten sand.

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From the first time I watched the two work I’ve been amazed at the transformation of a glob of molten glass into – well whatever you can imagine. And, even after all these years of watching them create, I still can’t tell you what they are making when they start – as it always seems to take some turn in the middle and ends up being something the farthest from my first guess. If I think it’s going to be a bowl or vase – it can end up that those pieces would be the stand for a more elaborate sculpture or lighting fixture. If I’m lucky, I might figure it out three-quarters of the way after all this time.

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Another thing that puzzles me is when I see other people watching them work – most of the time they just watch. From the very start I was asking questions every step of the way. How hot are those ovens? How can you work all day in this heat? Where does the color come from? Why do some colors cost more? What happens to the pieces you break – can they be recycled? Why do you have to put finished works in a cooling oven? What’s a cooling oven anyway?

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I don’t see how you can watch them work and not have a thousand questions. I even asked them if they minded people asking questions. They don’t – at least good questions. So, I can understand how dumbstruck someone can be when they first see the two work, but you have to have questions about what you’re seeing. How are you going to learn something without asking questions? They move so fast you might miss half the things they are doing to the glass.

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One Eared Cow Glass is a gallery of finished works and a working studio. Many times when I’m out front in the gallery looking at new works – there are always new works, new designs, different color combinations, or different shapes – I have to go back into the studio to ask – How did you get this color and design to work? After they explain, it all seems logical, but I would have never figured it out on my own. They have often admitted that many things work out by trial and error. Over the years I’ve learned somethings about how the colors and designs work, but sometimes I’m stumped.

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A few years back, I got to see the progress of a large commission piece over a few months time that Lockart and Woodham created for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (http://www.carolinaarts.com/oecg505.html) on Lincoln Street in the Vista. The piece is called Intermingling Convergence a.k.a. Flo. The work is a 20′ long x 10′ wide x 3′ deep creation of blown glass and stainless steel suspended from the ceiling of the two story lobby of the convention center. We have a photo essay of the installation of the work and finished images at the link for the Convention Center.

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One of the first Special Features we added on our website – way back when we first launched it in 1999 – is a photo essay of Lockart and Woodham doing their thing (http://www.carolinaarts.com/glassmaking.html). Since that time these pages on our site have ranked in the top 30 pages visited – month after month after month. And we have thousands of pages on our site.

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If you go visit One Eared Cow Glass, go see Flo at the convention center too – it’s just down the street and there are a lot of other good works of art there to see. With gas prices what they are you want to make the most of every trip you make. You’re in the Vista area, so you’re close to other commercial galleries and the SC State Museum and not too far from the Columbia Museum of Art.

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Now plan ahead. They do not work in the studio on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the gallery is open, and on the days they are working – they work from 9 to 11:30am in the morning, stop for lunch, and then work again between 1:30 and 4pm. But, call ahead to make sure the day you are going – they will be working to make sure. Something can always happen and the experience just isn’t the same if you don’t get to see them work.

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One more thing. After you’ve watched them for a few hours and asked all those questions – buy something. They have works that fit anyone’s price range from $30 to $2,000. And, they’d be happy to make a special commission piece for you too (another shameless plug).