Sunday, July 20, 2014

Christmas in July

After months of work and anticipation, our first show of the year is almost here. On July 23rd we'll be headed to Chicago for the Golden Glow of Christmas Past convention.
Seems there is never enough time to do many Christmas pieces these days, so I'm very happy to be able to share my visions of Christmas past with folks attending the convention.
Looking forward to seeing friends we've made over the years and of course see all the treasures displayed in the museum and sales rooms.

The photo above is one of my favorite candy containers headed to the convention. He's a big fellow at almost 3 feet tall!

When we return I will be back to the grind working on more new Halloween pieces for the 8th annual Ghoultide Gathering.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Christmas is still in the air

Well it seems like it at least...
Here in Michigan the snow continues to fall and cold temperatures are keeping us inside.
Looking outside at the winter weather is helping to keep me in the Christmas spirit. I've been busy working on new designs for 2014 and the Golden Glow convention happening in Chicago this coming July.
One of the new pieces I've just completed is a Belsnickle type Santa nodder. The design is based on a German antique seen at auction last year. The original is large at about 19" tall, while my version is meant to be a compliment at only 9" tall.

To all wondering where's the new Halloween... trust me, once spring arrives and the snow melts I'll be delving back into creating new Halloween works. I have sculpted a couple new things and am looking forward to sharing them with you later. Until then, keep warm!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank you GALO Magazine

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by GALO Magazine about my Christmas pieces.
I shared this information on facebook, but understand there are many who are not part of that social media. Here is a link to the interview -
Take Five: Taking a look inside artist Scott Smiths Christmas workshop
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas is knocking on our door

Welcome the fantasy of this magical season into your heart and 
allow yourself to dream like a child again.

Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of peace.

Friday, November 1, 2013

How About A Web Sale?

I began working on a few pieces for a Halloween web sale, but came up short before the big day.  So I've decided to do a sale for both Halloween & Christmas.  Witches and Santas are currently occupying the studio and so far seem to be getting along quite well.
Mark your calendar for November 23rd at 5pm (Eastern) in the
Rucus Studio Curiosity Shop

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

R.I.P. Mr. Pumpkin

Everything seemed to be going well in preparing for our biggest show of the year, Ghoultide Gathering, but then last week a very unfortunate situation occurred. We discovered one of our newest characters had come up missing from the studio. We were distraught looking for days with no luck and we started to think maybe he just ran away with the circus that had recently been in town.
Unfortunately this wasn't the case. Dear Mr. Pumpkin was discovered in the woods by the dogs during our morning walk. See the photo below if you dare. It appears as though this fellow wasn't able to find his way back to the studio and was caught by the first hard frost of the season. 
We're very sad as you could imagine.

Please come pay your respects to Mr. Pumpkin on Saturday September 28th during Ghoultide Gathering at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The viewing will begin at 8am followed by a celebration of Mr. Pumpkin's favorite holiday - Halloween!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lighting strikes for a third time

I am beyond giddy and sincerely humbled to have my Catrina in Waiting selected as the cover of Art Doll Quarterly Magazine's fall issue.
When editor Jana Holstein was interested in having an article I was happy just to be included, but to have another cover... well that's just crazy! This is now the third time of having the honor, thank you ADQ for your continued support of my work.

Catrina in Waiting was created and sold last year at Ghoultide Gathering. 
The fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly will be showing up on newsstands at the beginning of August.
You can purchase a copy online by visiting

I'm in good company, this particular issue has several friends and other inspiring artists inside as well. Not to mention the inside front cover and first page features our annual ad for Ghoultide Gathering. The artwork and colors jump off the page, it's almost as fun as the real show!