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,&vD vveonesoay, Jan. 1U, 2UU1 .... :: Bulletin, Progressi~ II~e, Record Couple turns metal, glass into works of art By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Whitewashed walls, a clean floor and the ring of a ham- mer on steel have replaced the grease and sounds of mechan- ics' tools in the generous block garage formerly known as Don's Automotive Repair. A creative and industrious pair put not only their talents together, but their youthful energy, and transformed the area into a whole new kind of workshop. Here, steel and glass are transformed into sculptures and utilitarian sculptures, as the couple blend their various talents. Background Raised in Los Angeles, Cor- rine took off for the moun- tains when she was 15. During her travels, she discovered Feather River College and Plumas County. Later, she would head toward the coast, eventually attending the UC- Santa Cruz. Taking a theater class, she met David. They found they were not only performing in the play together, but building sets. Discovering they shared some things in common, they started working together on various art projects. "She had a grasp of all these mediums thatI hadn't worked in," David said about how in- spirational he found Corrine. "And vice versa," Corrine responded about what David was able to teach her. The two continued to pur- sue art education, with David' finally ending up as a teach- ing assistant, where he helped other students learn about equipment, and maintained it, as well. Over the years, Corrine and David worked with other artists, and then did their own work, but kept their day jobs, David said. By 1998, they decided it was time they took a chance and go off on their own. Locating the garage on Quincy's Main Street was a stroke of luck, giving the couple the amount of space they required to tack- le any project. Looking back to her youth, Corrine said she was always building something. Some- times, she liked what she end- ed up with and could find a purpose for it; other times, she tore it apart and began again. In 1989, Corrine began to learn how to work with glass, not stained glass, but fused glass, and even how to blow glass. As for David, he remembers being drawn toward art since he was a kid growing up in Sonoma. That just grew when he moved to San Francisco. Sculpture only on a small scale, she said. Using what David called As part of their five-year mild steel or iron, the couple plan, they intend to purchase is involved in making sculp-larger equipment so Corrine tures of their own designs, as can become more involved in well as making functional the process. sculpture as ordered by cus- tomers. The work And, they believe they can While Corrine and David design anything from a rail-enjoy working together and ing to a candlestick, Corrine sharing their creative ideas, said. they also work on custom Functional or utilitarian pieces. sculpture, as David prefers to Corrine said they listen to call it, takes many shapes, what the customer has in Flipping through the pages of mind, get a feeling for their their scrapbook, there are style and taste, and then come clothes racks they designed up with the design to enhance for a trendy teen store; mir- what they have learned. rots that combine metal and glass; tall, twisting plant "We grasp what the client stands; magazine holders, wants and then design for it," book ends, and signs. Corrine explained. But, that's not all; David Describing their utilitarian and Corrine were commis- sculpture, David said they sioned by a Lake Tahoe prop-may be asked to construct a erty owner to build two func- railing, but it's done in an tional, yet artistic, fire place artistic way. inserts. As the couple considered Showing photos they took of their work and the many the finished work, Corrine ex- phases of it. David said his fa- plained that the major insert vorite part is being able to was for the downstairs riverwork together. rock fireplace. That same fire- Describing that process, he place traveled upward and said they can be down on the had a second opening in the floor, sketching out a design, master bedroom, where they' and "when it's really click- installed a smaller screen, ing," it's exciting. Another large project was David added that by work- creating a big iron and glass ing together they can do bed fora special order. "more than you can do on Corrine can do glass blow- your own, because there's two ing in their new studio, butcreators." Corrine learning in fused Iron .......... ~ .... ii~ Photo by David Duskin uses a small forge to heat a metal rod that he will pound into t shape on one of two nearby anvils. USKIN ART WORKS : [G Architectural o Interior o Functional J Traditional o Contemporary and Sculptural Iron Work Available by appointment 530.283.1880 ! Photo by Victoria Metcalf 'f Duskin works with glass, a process she began more than 10 years ago. Duskin's specialties are and blown glass. Photo submitted A special guide to i Plumas County service groups, & organizations Support your local and let your message be Deadlines: January 23, 2001 Publishes: February 14, 2001 Call your advertising specialist today! R I'VER Sherri, Rhonda, Michelle 283-0800 Alicia 284-7800 L Arlie, Cheri 258-3115 Denise 832-4646 J such and glass have gone into this custom-designed bed.