“I create artwork that incorporates the different natural elements; fire, wood (earth), metal, air and water. I’m fascinated by the idea of taking the natural world, which seems to always be moving and changing, and making it permanent and still.”
Love's GiftMichael Allison • $12,500
Love's Gift (detail)Michael Allison • $12,500
Chandelier • Antique mixtures with Handblown GlassMichael Allison • $8,200
Michael Allison Bio
I create artwork that incorporates the different natural elements; fire, wood (earth), metal, air and water. I have a photograph of me when I was three holding a big rock with a look of complete awe on my face. Not only do I first recall this feeling of amazement and connection to nature at that early age, but also my love for art began that same year.
One of my earliest memories of creating art is of my grandmother rolling out a giant sheet of white paper and setting out a box of fresh, new Crayons. She told me I could draw anything I wanted for a Father’s Day gift for my dad. In this very vivid, early memory of art, I recall the feeling of knowing immediately that I loved to draw. I drew a picture of my father and I walking in the park. I remember scribbling my “name” in purple and blue in the corner to sign it. Once I discovered art, I had an insatiable hunger to create more.
My grandmother continued fostering the artist instinct in me, and physically connected me to what would later become one of my main subjects…water. She taught me to swim when I was 5 years-old, and my reward for learning to swim was that she would buy me paint by number set.
At first glance, water is the most obvious element that occurs in my work. Water is the essence of life, and glass has similar properties to water in the sense that glass is fluid and always moving. In my work, glass represents water in a present state…moving so slow that it seems suspended in a moment. This creates a pure, but profound representation of/and meditation on the present.
I’m fascinated by the idea of taking the natural world, which seems to always be moving and changing, and making it permanent and still. This can also be seen in many of the metal castings of fossils, bones, fungi, twigs, acorns, cocoons, etc. that you’ll find in my pieces. I like the idea of a thing caught in the moment of metamorphosis when it is just about to transcend its form. Examples of this can be found in a line of jewelry I created of buds on the ends of twigs, casted in the moment just before the buds burst out into leaves or just before the acorn split for a sapling to emerge.
My work is always heavily influenced and transformed by nature, but my pieces often complicate that theme by addressing the juxtaposition between man and nature. My fascination with nature is easily matched by my fascination with gears, metal faucets, doorknobs, keys, the handles of faucets, gages, etc. There is something about man’s use of materials in nature (like metal, glass, wood) to create other instruments and tools that I find particularly inspiring. I’m interested in exploring this idea of the mind of man and the power of nature. I’m interested in seeing what happens when I take the raw beauty of the natural, fragile world and set that right on top of or next to or between industrial instruments crafted by man.
When I allow the technical side of my brain to work with the inspired sculptor/artistic side of my brain, I find myself assembling all of these found objects together in a way that feels almost like the act of inventing something completely new. However, there is no ego involved in the art I create. In the moment of creating, I feel connected to something greater. The piece evolves organically, and in the moment there is no fighting or struggling…just flowing. It is a meditation, and the pieces that come out of that time of creation contain part of me, but they are not part of me. They are not mine.
- Pillchuck Glass School. Stanwood, WA. Studied with Ross Richmond. “In the Details” course. Summer 2011.
- Scottsdale Community College. Scottsdale, AZ. Two years of Art Jewelry, Drawing, 2D, 3D, Sculpture. GPA 3.5. 1997-1998.
- Saguaro High School. Scottsdale, AZ. Four years of metal smithing and jewelry. GPA 3.45. 1993-1996.
- Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah, GA. Glass Blowing. 2004-2005.
- Atlanta College of Art. Atlanta, GA. Glass Blowing. 2000-2005.
- Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA. Glass Blowing. 2000-2005.
- Spruill Center for the Arts. Dunwoody, GA. Glass Blowing. 2000-2005.
- Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw, GA. Glass Blowing. 2000-2005.
- Janke Studios. Atlanta, GA. Glass Blowing. 1999-2006.
- Small Metals Casting Jewelry. Independent Course. 2005.
- Art at Work. Instructor for Fulton County Youth Prevention Program. 2000-2001.
Other Work Experience in Field
- Assistant. Viccolo Glass Studio. Van Nuys, CA. Assisted and produced Viccolo line of glass. 2006-2007.
- Assistant. Janke Studios, Inc. Atlanta, GA. Assisted and produced Janke line of glass. 1998-2006.
- Artist. Christopher Moulder Lighting. Atlanta, GA. Assembling and building Moulder Designs. 2005.
- Sculptor. Ward Sculptural Arts. Canton, GA. Only figurative sculptor casting in bronze. Also worked with mold making, casting, wax gating, chasing and investing and metal chasing. 1999-2001.
- Assistant to Tim Poe. Atlanta, GA. Glass line. 2000.
- Assistant to Jim Shoematte. Atlanta, GA. Glass line. 1998-2000.
- Assistant to Newt Grover. Scottsdale, AZ. Glass line. 1998.
- Mold making, lost wax casting, wielding, glass blowing, designing glass blowing equipment and tools, electrical building and fabricating.