The Southern Roots of Steve Tobin

Yesterday I showed you a little glimpse into the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Art Museum, and today I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces featured in the Steve Tobin: Southern Roots exhibition currently on display there. He has a series called Exploded Earth and its given me the new life goal to stick a firecracker in wet clay and make art. Seriously, watch this video. It’s mesmerizing… (and these pieces are on display or you can see them in the link above).


This piece is from Tobin’s Syntax series. So cool with the letters, right?

Then there is the pièce de résistance, Lantern House, which was created from lantern slides (the precursor to projector slides) dating back to the 1890’s. It is illuminated from the inside, so that the slides project all around the room.

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After taking a pottery class this past summer, I have such great respect for sculptors (and ceramicists) who devote countless hours and divine patience to their art. I enjoyed my introduction to Steve Tobin, and his website has wonderful photos and videos of his different works if you’d like to check out more.


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