Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Photography by Kiyomi
On a rare occasion in the San Francisco Bay Area, I spent time cooking and chatting with some new friends during a small dinner party.  My friends, who are art enthusiasts, have carefully adorned their home with incredible works of art.  While I was cooking in the kitchen, I could not help but admire the 2 foot silver rooster that sat in the center island.  What intrigued me the most about this piece is that it is made up of stainless steel forks, spoons, and knives.
Photo by Kiyomi

The piece in my friend's kitchen caused me to be curious about the medium.  I discovered that flatware actually is  not an uncommon element to be featured in artwork.  However, very few artists have learned to master the welding of utensils into true pieces of art.

I found one artist named Gary Hovey.  Since 2004, Gary has been using his welding skills to transform ordinary flatware into stunning metal animal sculptures.  Gary explains, "It is my goal that the animal's appearance is appreciated first for its form. Then, on closer inspection, the details of the forks, knives, and spoons bring enjoyment on a whole new level.  I like to incorporate movement, 'attitude' and when possible, a story."

Courtesy of Gary Hovey
Gary Hovey's own personal story is quite amazing.  He started his art career ten years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. You might think that the physical demands of welding would prevent him from tackling this form of art.  But Gary describes his art is actually being therapeutic.

Courtesy of Gary Hove;y
Today Gary says, "I continue to push to work and it takes work to do anything from moving my hands to walking.  There are a lot of things I would like to do that freedom of movement and lack of energy do not permit.  I am thankful that I have been able to continue to make sculptures."

Courtesy of Gary Hovey
I am thankful for Gary as well.  It is inspiring to see how he is able to navigate past the day to day pain to continue his creative endeavor.  In addition, his sense of gratitude is humbling and his artwork is truly remarkable.

Please visit Gary's website at