By Melissa Dunson
“Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing.”
— Robert Henri, “The Art Spirit” (1923)
CARTHAGE, Mo. — Larry Glaze, 67, is a happy man.
He is a husband, a father and a grandfather. He loves his country and his God. He is devoted to the nature around him — human, animal and plant. He wakes up early, works hard and sleeps like a man with a clear conscience.
Glaze is an artist.
He chooses not to express himself with watercolors or oil paints. His medium is neither clay nor marble. Glaze uses nature — the things around him — to show the beauty he sees as so evident in the world. His supplies are the antlers and horns from deer, elk, moose and big-horn sheep. The metal he uses is taken from old 1930s art deco lamps. He uses Osage Orange or Hedge wood and inlays it with bits of turquoise and copper.
He creates functional pieces in the form of tables, chandeliers and lamps that transcend furniture into the area of art.
Some of his pieces will weigh more than 1,000 pounds by the time he’s done piling antlers, wood and metal together. The one-of-a-kind creations sit in homes and offices from New York to New Mexico.
“A lot of people think that art has to be an oil painting,” Glaze said. “It’s made me realize that a lot of people didn’t know what art is.”
A happy man
Glaze is most famous for his eagles.
He fashioned his signature pieces after the American Indian carvings that formed the symbolic bird from a carved head and a single moose antler for the wing. Glaze took two antlers crossed them and attached a cast metal head. There are hundreds of those eagles currently sitting in homes across the world.
By Melissa Dunson
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