Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Party Crasher by Chris Szaton

Custom sculpted vine and bird sculpture by Chris Szaton at Marble City Glassworks Knoxville, TN

  Party Crasher 1

Party Crasher 2

Friday, July 13, 2012

Avian August Art Exhibition Featuring Chris Szaton

Join us for an Avian August Art Show
at the Historic Birdhouse in the 4th and Gill Neighborhood.

Featuring local Artists:

Dawn Marie Slover
Chris Szaton
Ann Kotowicz

Opening August 4th 6:00 pm - 9:00pm 

and open for the month of August from 10am -3pm.

800 North 4th Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917

Here's a map

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Join us at the Hummingbird Festival July 29th

Sunday, July 29, 1 - 5 pm 

 Hummingbird Festival at Ijams Organized by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) and Ijams. The festival offers a hummingbird banding demonstration by bander Mark Armstrong, talks by hummingbird experts Bob and Martha Sargent about the tiny birds' life history, and Chris Mahoney about favored backyard plants that hummers love. Free admission to the vendor fair (arts, crafts, food, plants) and bargain barn (new or gently used bird and nature related items); $5 admission to the banding demonstration and indoor talks. Children under six, Ijams and KTOS members free. All proceeds go to KTOS and the Ijams education department. Sponsored by KTOS, Wild Birds Unlimited and Ijams Nature Center. To register call 577-4717, ext. 119.

More information here:

All proceeds benefit the Knoxville Chapter Tennessee Ornithological Society

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Chase Grant Update! We will find out in September.

When you go to the Mission: Small Business℠ website now you get the friendly notice:

"Check back on or before September 15th, 2012 to find out which small businesses will be able to fund their growth with $250,000 grants from Chase and Living Social"

So we will bite our nails till then.....

Thanks to everyone that helped us get 294 votes!

In case you want to see, here's our application:

·  Tell us about your business; how successful is it and why is it unique?
        We are the only open access hot glass studio in the Knoxville area. We offer classes in glassblowing, have open studio days, perform public demonstrations and produce art to enrich our community with donations to non profit institutions. We concentrate on combining recycled materials with glass forming to create one of a kind glass art sculpture. 
·  How is your business involved with the community you serve?
        We offer classes, have open studio days, perform public demonstrations and create sculpture for donation to benefit non profit institutions in our area. 
·  What would a $250k grant mean to your business plan and how will you utilize the funds to ensure long-term growth and stability?
        We would take this money and transform our hot glass shop into a solar business. This transformation would greatly reduce our overhead costs, allow us to expand our facility and offer more cultural enrichment for the community. 
·  What types of challenges can you identify with your plan and how will you overcome them?
        The overall cost of going solar is too much for most businesses to sustain without subsides or grants. 
·  Describe the talent on your team and how they make your business successful.
        The owner Matt Salley is a talented artist, always thinking about how to get art glass out to the people. Also, we are very happy to have our artist in residence, Chris Szaton, on staff to help with classes and to produce one of a kind upcycled art.  
·  Additional relevant information you would like to share
        Art is our life and we want to share it with the world.