Posted: May 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM [May 28, 2012]
Long-time Ann Arbor resident Paul Messink will be a featured artist at the Royal Oak Clay, Metal and Glass Show on June 9-10 in Royal Oak, Michigan. One of the country's finest juried exhibitions, the show features approximately 125 of the top artists in clay, glass and metal work. “This is a unique show because it includes art disciplines, all of which require high amounts of heat to produce,” said Messink. “What I appreciate about this show is the high level of interest and knowledge of those who attend.”
A resident of Downers Grove Illinois, Messink is the owner of Turtle Bay Glass. He has developed a unique process for creating glass art. A part of an image is enameled on as many as eight or nine sheets of glass, all of which are then stacked and fused in a kiln at 1500 degrees. The resulting work of art has an incredible depth and dimension. “I don’t think there’s other artwork like mine. The comment I get most often when I show my work is that people have never seen anything like it before,” Messink said.
Messink explores different subject matter but particularly likes landscapes. “I have always had an affinity for nature. I like landscapes and am fascinated by how in the outdoors, you see things that recede into the distance,” he said. “For instance, one of my pieces is of telephone poles on a road. As they recede, they get smaller and smaller. I like recreating that affect that you see outdoors, in the glass.”
Messink will be at Booth #58 at the Royal Oak Clay, Metal and Glass Show. For additional information visit www.turtlebayglass.com.