Gatski Metal https://gatskimetal.com Fri, 24 May 2019 13:23:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Rocket Giveaway https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/24/rocket-giveaway/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/24/rocket-giveaway/#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 12:45:32 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4338

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Our Own Way https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/22/our-own-way/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/22/our-own-way/#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 14:56:03 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4335

While Bob Ross has us believing in “happy little clouds” and “happy little trees,” an artistic pursuit is not always so, well…“happy.” I often feel like, dare I say it, there is tension in it. We find ourselves stretching to create something unexpected while also trying to build upon well-established designs. This can feel like more like tug-of-war, and less like skipping down the lane.

Before you roll your eyes, I’ll be the first to admit that this is a privileged challenge. But it is a real one for us nonetheless. Perhaps there is a technical term for the tension in the artistic process? Once again my lack of art training leaves me in the dark. Let me know if you know of a word that describes the balance between striking out with your art versus staying in familiar territory.

Just like with Bob, I’m also questioning Marie Kondo’s mantra (she’s the tidying-up lady I was hearing a lot about a few months ago). To share my own summary, she encourages us to give thanks to objects and then get rid of them. If you were to see our attic, you would probably suggest I do just that – put my hands together in thanks, order a dumpster, and get busy. But alas, around here we are all too familiar with a phenomenon called “tidier’s remorse.”

It happened to us just recently. Ben had been hanging onto a big chunk of angle iron for years and years, figuring he could use it some day. He finally decided to toss it in the scrap bin, in a burst of being sick and tired of stepping over it. Sure enough, just a month or so later we received an order for some angle iron tables. Long live the hoarders!

Ok, one more random example of questioning popular endorsements. We will not turn to owners of racehorses for naming tips. While I have often lamented that we are very poor at naming our pieces, it’s not likely that the Jockey Club is the one to turn to. The other weekend, as we were choosing a horse to win the Kentucky Derby (based solely on its name, of course), we were amazed – as we always are – by all the wonderfully obscure and illogical (at least to us) horse names.

And so this leaves us with some completely rational wisdom – don’t trust an over-enthusiastic painter, master tidier, or horse owner! Ha!

I’m kidding, of course…and as you know, the truth is we’ll always find any reason to go it our own way!

Each month, we share a story here on the blog and then share another in our monthly email newsletter. If you want to be sure not to miss a single one, sign up for our emails here. We’ll include a link to the latest blog post in each email.

In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking about Maysgiving (something I just invented…come see what it’s about!), along with the Gatski of the Month and more! We also share sales and special deals with our newsletter subscribers first, so sign up right here.

And if you’re interested in making use of our keep-it-all mentality, email us at kate@gatskimetal.com. We’d love to hear from you and discuss a one-of-a-kind piece!

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May Giveaway https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/01/may-giveaway/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/05/01/may-giveaway/#comments Wed, 01 May 2019 13:45:20 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4327

Hi friends, We’re doing a little spring cleaning. And, we have had this lovely piece in our packing shed, and it’s ready for it’s forever home. We’re giving it away to one lucky winner on our email newsletter list. Enter below…

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Not Alone https://gatskimetal.com/2019/04/30/not-alone/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/04/30/not-alone/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:47:26 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4321

The truth is, we have a hearty dose of “I’ll just do it myself” around here (also known as stubbornness).

It can get the job done, but it doesn’t always make for the best results. It’s taken us a bit longer to learn that, well…we can’t do it alone.

We just shot a new video with Tyler (watch it here). In preparation for the video, I was putting together a rough outline of what we wanted to share. I spent way too much time crafting three different documents, none of which were well suited for a one-minute video. I was getting way too deep (shocker, I know!). It was like I was preparing to write a thesis about our design process. As part of me knew would happen, Tyler was quickly able to reduce our process into a few key thoughts. He definitely knows how to use words and visuals to convey ideas with ease.

We can’t do it alone.

In the coming weeks, you might see us sharing pictures of some fun projects. We’ll be working on some sketches of seabirds like a ptarmigan, a puffin, and a seagull. We’ll also be creating an extra-large letter “L” painted in Exuberant Pink (I can’t wait)! We’re also going to start in on some holiday tree bottle toppers; one customer has started a tradition by ordering custom toppers each year to give as gifts. All of these wonderful ideas have come not from us, but you! They’re all a credit to your vision and imagination.

We can’t do it alone.

Last Saturday, we had visitors come pick up a table they’d ordered. They were passing through from Vermont, heading back to their home in south-central Pennsylvania. It’s always a pleasure to meet our customers. You are always such genuine, down-to-earth, thoughtful people. This lovely couple had a real appreciation for, and commitment to, supporting artisan-made, local pieces. I felt very grateful that they took the time to drive out of their way, up long and bumpy roads, to support people like us. It is truly remarkable.

Reminds me again that we can’t do it alone!

And as you may have noticed, so much of this support is from you. Whether you’re leading us toward new Gatski designs or endowing us with your incredible support, you are most definitely right here with us.

In fact, I think I hear an echo in the hills around me. It seems to be saying something like, “You’re not alone!”

Thank you for being here with us.

Each month, we share a story here on the blog and then share another in our monthly email newsletter. If you want to be sure not to miss a single one, sign up for our emails here. We’ll include a link to the latest blog post in each email.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll share spring sightings, what we’re working on, and a few thoughts about our homes…along with a special giveaway! We also share sales and special deals with our newsletter subscribers first, so sign up right here.

And if you’re interested in coming to our shop or helping us dream up a new piece, email us at kate@gatskimetal.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Making a Gatski – New Video! https://gatskimetal.com/2019/04/24/making-a-gatski-new-video/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/04/24/making-a-gatski-new-video/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:30:14 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4317

We’re very excited to share our new video with you! You can watch us sitting down with a sketchbook, dreaming up an idea and putting the hammer o the metal! The only thing missing is all of you, who make our creative freedom possible with your encouragement and support!

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Defining a Gatski https://gatskimetal.com/2019/03/18/defining-a-gatski/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/03/18/defining-a-gatski/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:25:01 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4305

“Um, that one!” I exclaim. Ben points in the other direction and says, “How about that one?”

If we were to imagine that Ben and I were picking out a sofa, it’s likely we would each choose something different. I would gravitate toward something modern in a neutral color. Ben would choose one more basic or rustic in an earthy color. He would study the craftsmanship while I would carefully consider the style.

But differences make us special, right? Yes! The differences between Ben’s and my aesthetic make our design process very special. It is what helps make a Gatski a Gatski.

I recently read a fascinating article about a woodworker’s challenge to claim ownership of a design he believed was solely his own (there was some dispute about that). Let me know what you think if you read the article (you can find it here). It got me thinking about our “sharing culture” and the struggles the design world has with the ownership of ideas. This area is certainly complicated, and not something I have answers for. But it got me thinking about the authenticity of our design process.

Many of the challenges I describe here turn out to be assets in our creation process (funny how that works!). While our oft-described backwoods location makes shipping difficult, it’s the source of real natural inspiration. And while our lack of modern tooling makes us slow, it definitely lends a certain “individuality” to our process.

The absence of any real art education (which means we take longer to figure things out) also gives us a very fresh perspective. While I am not naive enough to claim our designs are purely unaffected by the outside world, I can confidently claim that they are the result of exactly what we are – two creative people working together on a beautiful hilltop with a few hammers, a welder, and no formal training.

Of course, that’s the simplified version. There is more to it than that. And we’re hoping to get more specific about our design process in a video we’re planning to create this spring. We’re very excited to share it with you!

In the meantime, we would love to ask for your help.

How would you define a Gatski?

How would you describe our design style?  Are we modern, industrial, rustic, folk, farmhouse, contemporary, or something else? Please do let me know how you see our work (you can comment below). It would be very helpful to know, as we are often asked to define it. Many thanks!

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All Heads On Deck https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/19/all-heads-on-deck/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/19/all-heads-on-deck/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:43:27 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4293

As our children enter their middle-grade to teen years, our schedules grow fuller with practices, games, and lessons. This likely comes as no surprise to many of you, but it is something we’re having to grow accustomed to. What was once “all hands on deck” is now “all heads on deck.” It’s more of a brain game – whether it’s helping to study prepositional phrases, well-timed reminders about the “away” game uniform, supporting changing peer relationships, or simply figuring out who is going where and when. It can be a bit of a puzzle.

Why does this matter to our creative efforts? Well, as Ben and I sit down to lunch, we often find ourselves working on the brain puzzle – who needs what, and when, and where. I can’t help but wonder how our changing child-raising experience will impact our creative work and decision-making. Maybe our next sculpture will be a metal mini-bus filled with a sports team?? Ok, that’s not really something we’re planning to make. But who knows what kinds of creative ideas we’ll uncover in this time of changing daily routine?

There is definitely a strong pull to keep that creativity a-chugging. In the process of laying out our new 2019 catalog recently, we realized there is clearly space for more (though probably not a mini-bus). Ben and I try to include what we think are the best pieces we’re currently making. In doing so, it sometimes seems like we want to omit nearly every other piece. Many just don’t feel good enough. While they all bring joy, we simply feel as though we can do better. I think that because the printed catalog is such a definitive thing (not much is our life!), it really brings out the feeling that everything seems to be a work-in-progress. It could be more imaginative, more useful, more beautiful.

Always more to try, isn’t there? This year some of that “trying” will be in the furniture category. We’ve set a goal to create a broader furniture line. Our tagline has always been sculpture and furniture, and because we’ve mainly created tables to date, I suggested to Ben that we revise it to sculpture and tables. He felt strongly that we keep the “furniture” and let it be our impetus to do just that – make more furniture (which he does thoroughly enjoy doing).

All this is to say that whether it’s the increasing complexity in our daily schedule or the expanding tension of creativity, we grow more and more thankful for you each and every day. You, who take time out of your incredibly busy lives to follow us along on our journey. It is becoming more and more clear to us that days are precious and life is a puzzle indeed!

Each month, we share a story here on the blog and then share another in our monthly email newsletter. If you want to be sure not to miss a single one, sign up for our emails here. We’ll include a link to the latest blog post in each email.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll share more stories about the natural ebb and flow of our workload (plus tables, of course, since that seems to be a part of any Gatski conversation lately), plus weather observations and more! We also share sales and special deals with our newsletter subscribers first, so sign up right here.

And if you’re interested in how we could be part of the big picture of the art in your home, email us at kate@gatskimetal.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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2019 Gatski Metal Catalog https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/12/2019-gatski-metal-catalog/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/12/2019-gatski-metal-catalog/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:34:28 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4297

We’re so excited to share our 2019 Gatski Metal Catalog with you! It’s a collection of the best of our new work, as well as our long-time favorites. Please do let us know if you have any questions about any of these pieces, we’re always happy to answer them. Thank you! Have a good day!

 

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Spring Fever! https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/05/spring-fever/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/02/05/spring-fever/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:54:49 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4289

We created just a couple new pieces in January! We must have had some serious spring fever! We always say that we “create what we can see or imagine before us.” Seeing that first Robin in spring is always an exciting moment! We definitely enjoy sharing our hilltop with the Robins. And, we’ve certainly been sharing the garden with many a rabbit (haha!). As for the word signs, we ‘re looking forward to more moments like these signs inspire! Maybe this spring, it will be ice cream cones and dolphins.. who knows what we’ll imagine! Thanks for following along!

 

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Wholesale Day at American Craft Council Show https://gatskimetal.com/2019/01/23/wholesale-day-at-american-craft-council-show/ https://gatskimetal.com/2019/01/23/wholesale-day-at-american-craft-council-show/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:21:43 +0000 http://gatskimetal.com/?p=4275

We’re excited to participate once again in the American Craft Council Wholesale show. It is one day only this year, February 21st, 2019. We will be bringing our unique metal sculptures and tables to Baltimore. Ben and I look forward to talking with our wholesale buyers there. If you are unable to attend, please do send us an email at kate@gatskimetal.com, we would love to hear from you!

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