Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Getting Organized

I'm very fortunate to have a studio space in the basement of my home which allows me to make a mess without needing to clean up after every project. This can be a bad thing at times and after the many projects in 2014  I can't seem to find the surface of my work table or most of the floor in the studio! It is time once again to get organized, put things back where they belong, and try to set up a more productive work environment.

As part of my reorganizing, I decided it was also time to redesign my website. Although it will be a work in progress, I'm happy with how it is looking so far 
As part of the new layout, I have added a blog page to the main site that will take the place of this page. I will keep the address but will not be posting here any longer.

My web sale page, The Curiosity Shop, will stay the same and will be used for future sales as time allows. Any dates or details about possible sales will be posted on the Rucus Studio blog on my main site.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Getting into the holiday spirit

After a wonderful time at the From Our Hands show in Ohio, I came home to several unfinished projects that were intended from the show. I decided to finish them up and will be offering them in a Christmas web sale.
The sale will take place in my Curiosity shop
I know it is a very busy time of the year, but I hope you will be able to
join me on Sunday evening at 9pm Eastern.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter is almost upon us

As snow flurries begin to fall, I am finishing up the last of the pieces for a new show in Ohio called From Our Hands. The event will take place this weekend on November 15th, with an amazing line up of artists. We are honored to be included in this fine group and look forward to seeing all the talent in person.
I've created all kinds of Santas and Belsnickles for the show, some traditional and a few on the whimsical side. I do hope you can join us!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ghoultide 2014 Has Come and Gone

My apologies for not posting about Ghoultide before the event. Between having a litter of puppies in the house and producing my own work, time really got away from me.
I'm very happy to say that the 8th annual Gholutide Gathering was an phenomenal success. The vendor displays were over the top and the offerings this year were some of the best we've seen since the show began. Below are a few images taken by friends from my display.

To all the customers who traveled such long distances to attend the show - THANK YOU!
Your dedication and support of our work is truly appreciated.
A few of our awesome customers who began lining up at noon on Friday!
Traveling from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. 

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!