Saturday, December 16, 2017

Long winter

Winter has barely started and I am afraid that I'm in a situation where my studio has been put on an indefinite hold for the season. Since purchasing(signing my life over for) a house, I have been busy at my Habitat for Humanity Job and making repairs on the house. I didn't foresee the amount of effort that has been required to fix the house up. I, with the help of a few friends and family, have successfully repaired the bedroom to a point that is most livable and comfortable. There is no flooring, but it is warm and the deteriorated flooring has been replaced along with the shoddy craftsmanship that had been the interior walls. I am very thankful that my father has stepped in to help me install a ceiling in the garage; another effort that will help immensely. We picked up the roofing materials today and will start installing a ceiling in the studio Monday. Once the ceiling is installed, we will be able to insulate the new studio space and heat it. After I have at least half of the space insulated, I will reorganize and start working on commissions. I've been battling with possessions ever since the move to the new space. I have realized that I had more that previously thought, and beyond that, I have realized what I need and do not need. I have been busy purging items slowly by giving them away and listing them for sale online.

I'm very excited to begin working again. VERY EXCITED! I've had lots of drive and inspiration recently that should keep me going easily through the winter, even if the space isn't finished.

Thanks for your support.

P.S. I acquired a casting furnace, pretty much exactly like the university has. I got it for a deal and I intend to experiment more with casting in the future.

Best wishes and Happy Holidays.

-Adam O.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Please share my gofundme

Hi all,
Thanks for checking in again. I have images of new work for New York. The vessels are slowly but surely being made as I find time and energy. I'm excited to share with everyone the latest pieces for the 41st annual ACAC show at the Lincoln Performing Art Center in Manhattan! The show is June 10th and 11th and I have a Gofundme ( to hopefully raise enough money to cover expenses of driving to NYC with my art, tent and display items for the show. We are over 2/3s of the way there. A big thank you to everyone who has donated and shared my story. I understand there are many other important issues to support but your support for this dream is greatly appreciated. I will definitely keep all in mind who help with this endeavor.
Best wishes,

Adam O.

 Trying to come up with a title for this one. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Slow-food", "Food"  or something dealing with land stewardship.

 Vessel about water/ground pollution. Still considering a title for this one as well. I incorporated raising, fabricating, chasing and repousse in this piece. I'm very happy with the new direction. This vessel is made from reclaimed brass vessel, copper water supply pipe an copper printing plate.

 First vessel utilizing a lot of chasing and repousse.

 Blue Patina! This one was made from reclaimed casket-making metal scraps.
Thanks again for sharing:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I was graced with an interview with the local newspaper (La Crosse Tribune) and a few days later I was even more happy to find out that I was published on the Washington Times page for the same article about my work. Here's the link for the Washington Times:


Very exciting!

I've also been stepping outside of the normal routine, if you can call it normal or routine, to work on some other methods of vessel making. I'm always trying to learn, improve and try different things.
"To stay cup" fabricated from copper with chasing and repoussé for the lid. Actual size and functionality minus food/drink safe. Made from reclaimed architectural copper, copper pipe for straw and motor winding wire for rim.

New vessel in the works. My less common two piece construction, raised and fabricated from reclaimed architectural copper with details from chasing and repoussé.

Not my typical metal choice but aluminum bracelets made from repurposed platters with floral designs.

"Elephant" in progress. Working from repurposed brass pitcher pewter pour spout. I am preparing to recast the pewter spout in brass so I can actually solder it, but I may fabricate one from scratch instead.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ACAC New York Gofundme

Hi everyone, thanks for checking out my site. I'm excited to announce that I've accepted an invitation too the 41st annual ACAC Show at the Lincoln center for performing arts in New York City! I have declined this show 2 times in the past because I could not afford to make it but this time I figured I would do what I could to make it there if I did get invited. I started a GoFundMe campaign online and have been taking donations to help me achieve this dream. I believe this will be a big turning point in my career and I need all the help that I can get to make this happen. Here is the link to that: . Please check it out and pass it along.
I was thrilled to be featured in the local newspaper, the lacrosse Tribune. A reporter reached out because she found my campaign online and it caught her interest. The article turned out great but it didn't mention the campaign or how I needed assistance. My hopes were to get a boost from getting the word out locally through this very nicely written article.

Link to newspaper:

Thank you all again for checking in on me and my progress. I am in to the show because I have paid the first down payment and sent a check for the booth cost itself but I am still looking for help raising money on the gofundme campaign to help me cover the cost of driving my display tent and art work to New York City with my truck to stay for the weekend show.

Best wishes. Please share.

-Adam O.