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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Andy Glantz & Zenith Design

Although I have heard about the Symposium for years, and always intended to attend, this will be my first time, and I am really excited about it. I always enjoy being with a group of people who make things. The opportunities for sharing materials and methods and for cross-pollination are fantastic, and I always come away energized and full of design ideas for new pieces.
I just like to make things. I work with lots of different materials in addition to wood and often combine materials in the pieces I create. Here’s a piece with an outside frame of wood (wenge) and drawer fronts made from Avonite, which is an acrylic material usually used for counter tops.
Wenge Sticks
I enjoy working in metal, and have made jewelry in the past. I got on a bit of a jag with replacing all the lights in our home with ones I have made. Here’s a sconce for the bathroom vanity.

I made some of the lights for outside the house. These are copper and leaded glass.

After promising my very patient wife a new dining table for 25 years, I finally delivered one, shown here with pendant lights above and shoji screens in the background.
 It’s actually five tables, the small ones doing double duty as buffet tables when not need for a big crowd.
I also make all the pulls for my pieces, often in aluminum or brass. Here are the pulls for a small piece before installation.
And here they are installed.

       Torii Gate Reliquary

Here’s a piece with glass doors and brass pulls.
The upper part of this piece is concave and the glass doors are curved inward. The lower part is convex, with doors curving outward.
So my plan is to talk about the kinds of pieces I make and how I make them, and my wish to get away from the square edges and flat planes of lumber and back to the more organic forms of nature. In the end, though, it’s about making stuff – and enjoying the process of creativity, problem solving and tinkering in my studio.
Andy Glantz  ----Zenith Design

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Henry Horenstein

Over the years I’ve photographed many different types of subjects, even animals and the human form. But I’ve always returned to my roots as a documentary photographer. More than anything, I like a good story. And I try to tell one in a direct way, with humor and a punch line, if possible.
With this in mind, I have photographed country musicians in Nashville, my family and friends in Massachusetts, horse racing at Saratoga, nightlife in Buenos Aires, old highways everywhere, everyone in Cajun Louisiana, South American baseball, camel breeding in Dubai, tri-racial families in Maryland, and much, much more.    

For subjects, I prefer older cultures and places, especially disappearing ones. That’s what my history teachers, Jesse Lemisch (at University of Chicago) and E. P. Thompson (at University of Warwick), taught me to do. These cultures and places might vanish, but it is a historian’s righteous duty to make sure that they leave a trace.

 I also was very influenced by another teacher in Chicago, John G. Cawelti, who taught me (and doubting historians predating him) that popular culture should be taken seriously. One other great influence for me was my teacher at Rhode Island School of Design, Harry Callahan. Harry encouraged me to “shoot what you love,” and to pay no attention to what others are doing. “Even if you make bad pictures,” he said, “you’ll have a good time.” 
Thank you for that, Harry.

See more about Henry at
   All images:
WESORTS, from an unpublished body of work about a 300-year tri-racial community in Maryland.