Craig Mitchell Smith Glass
Tell us about your business.A call from HGTV to set up an appointment to film his home, but inquiring about that ‘blue sculpture in the background’ (a very early experimental glass sculpture re-purposing a gazing ball), set Craig to purchasing his own kiln and creating glass pieces transforming his basement into a studio just in time for the video taping...of his glass work! Craig’s kiln-formed glass art appeared in 15 gallery shows from 2006-2010. In 2009, Craig became the first recipient of the now annually awarded Individual Arts Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. This grant funded the materials for his first public garden exhibition at Cooley Law School Gardens. Soon thereafter, he exhibited at the gardens of Michigan State University. In October, 2010, Craig opened Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Gallery in Meridian Mall, Okemos, Michigan, the largest single artist gallery in the state.
What makes your business stand out?Craig’s creative approach to kiln-formed glass (he invented many of the processes he uses) combines fusing, ingenious texturing, slumping and cold work to create the pieces he displays. Often working in collaboration with local metal artists, Craig has engineered large scale glass and metal sculptures to enhance nature. Much like a blossom calls our attention to the plants around it, Craig’s pieces stop us in our tracks, emphasizing the beauty of nature around us and awakening us fully to experience it. His knowledge and experiences from his roots to the skills acquired as he branched into lighting and design, painting, floral work and interior design have nurtured his artistic gift. Craig currently employs three production assistants, a Business Manager and provides rent-free retail space to several local artists.
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