When the Michener Museum offered a tour of artist Steve Tobin’s studio, I signed up. He’s in a warehouse in a Quakertown, PA industrial park. After walking through the inside, and being surrounded by manifestations of Tobin’s creativity on a colossal scale, we went outside into the sunshine and toward the Sketch Pile. The rust on the piece above was intense.
Shadow play was spot on.
Right before we got to the exit, there was a hallway of cast bronze pizzas, which suddenly reminded me of the Karlton Cafe in Quakertown, which has some of these on the wall. Tobin said he finds food inspiring. Stratoz is up to 60 guests that he’s made pizza for in 2014, and that has been a pleasure to get to know people white eating homemade pizza.
Across the street from the studio is another sculpture in front of Avery Dennison. If you have ever used a label, you’ve probably encountered Avery. The clip logo was designed by Saul Bass in 1975 for Avery, and it looks good with Tobin orange.
Stratoz and I made our second day trip to Craftsman Farms, museum of furniture great Gustav Stickley, in Parsippany, NJ. I first discovered Craftsman Farms from an ad in American Bungalow quite a few years ago. We took our first tour circa 2003, and I was smitten with the tiles, the copper hearths, the textiles and inlaid wood. Stepping into the house was stepping into another world. Photography is not permitted inside, but I noticed the row of lanterns visible through the door, and asked Stratoz to take a photo for me. The lanterns light a trail into beauty.
The hammered brass letter opener I found in the gift shop by Frank Glapa