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Artist collaborates with The Philip Simmons Foundation in new gift collection

North Charleston glass and metal artist Steve Hazard has partnered with the Philip Simmons Foundation to produce a new gift collection of ornaments, paperweights, coasters, bowls and vases in etched crystal and glass. These items feature designs from the extensive portfolio of drawings and sketches by Philip Simmons, the legendary master blacksmith of Charleston. Motifs chosen for the collection were designed by Simmons and can be found on Charleston gates and on works in museums in Columbia, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. When Hazard relocated from San Diego to Charleston in 2003, Simmons was the first local artisan he wanted to meet. Hazard shared photos of his past projects in metal, glass and clay. Simmons reciprocated, sharing detailed plans and photos of a few of the many commissions he had completed during his 80-year career. Hazard hoped to collaborate with Simmons on a project incorporating metal and glass, but due to Simmons' retirement, that collaboration did not happen before Simmons passed away in 2009. Last summer, Rossie Colter of the Philip Simmons Foundation approached Hazard about fabricating a collection of gifts. Hazard welcomed the opportunity to use his skills to honor Simmons' legacy by translating a set of iconic motifs from his ironworks to glass. The Philip Simmons Crystal & Glass Collection expands the audience for Simmons' work and increases awareness of the contributions he made through his artistry and humanity. Pieces from the collection are available for purchase on the Foundation’s website and in the gift shop at the Philip Simmons Museum House in Charleston. Find out more online. Images: Left: Flame & Heart Round Crystal Bowl; right: Egret Rectangle Vase Via: The Philip Simmons Foundation  

SC artist Steve Hazard creating works for new Smithsonian museum gift shop

Steve HazardSouth Carolina artist Steve Hazard has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to create works for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture gift shop in Washington, D.C.  The new museum, the Smithsonian’s 19th, will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. The opening is scheduled for Sept. 24. Following a referral from the Philip Simmons Foundation, Smithsonian staff visited Hazard in his North Charleston studio in November 2015. Buyers for the gift shop have placed orders for fused glass bowls and plates, wearable art glass jewelry, note cards, and a design for a silk scarf. [caption id="attachment_26979" align="alignleft" width="150"]Steve Hazard MonkeyTree Vanity vase Steve Hazard, MonkeyTree Vanity Vase[/caption] A graphic designer skilled in metal and glass, Hazard has established a style combining fine art, craft and graphic design using cubistic abstracts from traditional and contemporary world art, creating objects, sculpture, furniture and wall panels in glass and metal. His style of dense abstract compositions with overlapping graphics in fused and kiln-formed clear glass reflects his explorations of geometric patterns and color harmonies seen in art from Africa and other cultures. Hazard has received commissions to create original art glass works for numerous dignitaries, including three U.S. presidents and more than 40 leaders in human rights, politics, education, the arts and entertainment. Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2003, Hazard has traveled the country as a member of the American Craft Council, selling his work at juried art shows and regional art festivals. For the last four years, the South Carolina Arts Foundation has invited him to participate in the South Carolina Art Sale, a fundraising event held annually in Columbia to support the programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. While the art sale has helped introduce Hazard's work to a statewide audience, the new museum's gift shop will provide visibility and daily access to a large, diverse audience of domestic and international travelers interested in contemporary abstract art. Find out more about Hazard's work on his website. Via: Steve Hazard