Yesterday we were so excited to visit sculptor Jeremy Stollings of Ironwood Crafts at his workshop in Hillsborough, NC. We got a sneak preview of Stollings’s newest project, a commissioned piece for an upcoming exhibit at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.
The piece to be displayed at the Museum is a tall, airy bottletree made from rolled steel, soaring in twists and turns, with plenty of room for classic blue bottles and maybe even a bird’s nest!
That’s not Jeremy, by the way. :-)
North Carolina Museum of History presents “Southern Impressions,” opening Dec 11, 2015.
37 Paintings on loan from the James-Farmer Collection, and museum artifacts
The Museum’s exhibit is called “Southern Impressions: Paintings from the James-Farmer Collection,” opening December 11, 2015.
According to the Museum web site, “this exhibit will explore stories of southern people, culture, and landscape through loaned paintings—from the collection of Dr. Nancy Farmer and Dr. Everette James, of Chapel Hill—and museum artifacts.”
Of course, we’re super excited about the inclusion of a bottletree in the exhibit, helping to represent southern folklife and our varied and rich cultural history.
As one of the tallest trees Stollings has built, this one presented a few challenges, including the fact that, unlike most bottletrees, this one won’t be planted in the ground.
Stollings turned the challenge into an opportunity to give the bottletree something very few have ever had — roots! Welded onto a sturdy base that will provide stability as well as unique design, the tree will be able to stand freely inside the Museum, and possibly be moved to other locations.
Thank you, Jeremy, for the wonderful tour of your workshop. We can’t wait to learn more about the exhibit and see this beautiful bottletree installed in Raleigh!
Check out the Ironwood Crafts Facebook page to see videos of Stollings working on the tree — you can almost see it come to life!