Featuring Craig Mitchell Smith
Opening Reception Friday, July 20th, 2012 - 6PM to 8PMExhibition July 20th through August 20th, 2012
Experience glass art displayed alongside collections of exotic and unique botanicals. The Planterra Conservatory is proud to showcase the works of Michigan based artist, Craig Mitchell Smith.
The exhibit is free of charge and is open to the public. All of the work displayed is available for sale.
Opening Reception July 20th, 2012 - 6PM to 8PM Exhibition July 20th through August 20th, 2012
Conservatory Hours Monday through Friday 10AM to 6PM Saturday 10AM to 5PM Sunday 11AM to 4PM Planterra Address 7315 Drake Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322248-661-1515 Directions to Planterra On Drake Road just north of 14 Mile
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As a self-taught artist, Craig’s curiosity and creativity have taken him in many directions over the years. He is a painter. He has done interior and garden design throughout the U.S., set design for local theaters, and floral design. He has also designed weddings throughout the US and in England.
In late 2005, Craig found glass. He started with making glass jewelry. Soon, however, he felt limited by the size and dimension. Craig moved quickly to glass sculpture because he liked the freedom of expression and scale.
In his kiln, Craig draws with hundreds of pieces of hand cut glass, and fires them into fused forms. Then, he re-fires these forms over broken shards of pottery or custom built stainless steel forms. For those based on precise designs, Craig controls the dimensions very closely. For the organic shapes, he takes the free-form pieces of glass in his hands and feels how they want to be together. Then Craig cuts and drills the glass pieces and bolts them into permanence.
For Craig, the transparency of glass is a metaphor for memory. Even though the glass sculpture or design stays the same, if you move around the piece, or change the direction of the light or its intensity, you can change the memory.
Organic and architectural. Free flowing and based on memories. Scientific and creative. Craig has found his medium.
More information on Craig Mitchell Smith can be found at www.craigmitchellsmith.com
Established in 1973, Planterra is a national award-winning interior landscape firm specializing in interior landscape design, installation and horticultural maintenance. Planterra has over 2,000 installations throughout the United States and Canada and has grown to become the leading interior landscape provider for office buildings, hospitals, hotels, casinos, cultural institutions and shopping centers in North America.
Its botanical conservatory greenhouses in West Bloomfield is a showcase of Planterra's expertise and is home to some of the most unique selections of exotic plants, tropical ornamental foliage, orchids, and decorative pottery for sale in the Detroit region. The Planterra Conservatory is open to the public for retail sales, hours are Monday through Friday 10AM to 6PM, Saturdays 10AM to 5PM and Sundays 11AM to 4PM.
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