Posted by Merc
on 12/4/2013 Featured by Lupe on 12/4/2013 Nominated for Feature by Skiing Ian on 12/4/2013
The Mecca was first designed at The International Glass Show in Las Angeles in 2010. Merc, J-red Glass, and Quave Glass teamed up to perform in the live demos at the event. All the pieces were made but the piece was not constructed in full. The pieces sat in a box at Jred's studio in Washington until 3 months ago. JRed constructed the parts with assistance from Forge Glass Art and Paul Daknowwonka. The piece was displayed at Seattle Hemp Fest. Merc brought the piece back to Colorado where it was copper painted by Julio Eduardo Lee. Team Minion took the Meccas on tour for the Spinning Wheels Tour and it was electroformed by Big BigPizzle Electroforming and brought back to Colorado completed in 2013. The piece was most recently displayed at the Champs Tradeshow in CO. Photo credit goes to Glass Otaku of Hot HotBreath Magazine......
Merc has been on the torch since 1999 working with fire. He is known for his functional work inspired by psychedelics, fantasy art, color flow, and sacred geometry. He has been a poet, a writer, and educator, an Industry representative, a gas tech, a consultant, a tool designer, a color tester, an MC, a Glass artists, and a pipe maker. He has been an active member of the Colorado Project for 3 years. Merc has played many roles within the industry. He was the host of the American Glass Expo Awards for 4 years and was nominated for artist of the year for four years himself. He has developed a working glassblowing set up in major convention centers across the states and in Canada. He was the glass blowing feature area designer for the International Glass Show in los Angeles, CA as well as the Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto, CA. As a visionary artist Merc has been a key figure in the boro-sculptural revolution. He is known for his working knowledge of color as well as cutting edge techniques of sculpting, line-work, marbles, hollow vessel, cane, vacuum encasement, sand blasting, electroforming, and multimedia installment pieces. Big ups to his sponsors: Northstar glass, Blastshield, Whoopzip, Grassroots, EU Glass, 33 and 1/3rd, Hot Breath Magazine and Ryot, and Skillet Tools!