Thursday, June 21, 2012

 The sculpture  that Dace K-13's team Iron in the Blood built for Scrapfest in Old Town has been loaded into the truck. We are anxious to see what takes place tomorrow and Saturday. We would love to see our friends and family join us in this joyous adventure.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scrapfest 2012 - Iron in the Blood

Scrapfest2012 sneak preview
Dace K-13 Metal Artist has entered Old Town’s Scrapfest for the 3rd year in a row.  This father/son team is named “Iron in the Blood”.  Iron in the Blood has worked day and night for the last two weeks with one day left before the sculpture needs to be installed in Old Town. It’s hammer time! No pun intended. During the Festival of the Sun and Moon the judging, bidding, and People Choice Award for Scrapfest will take place.  There has been lots of sweat and tears but fortunately NO BLOOD except in the name! One never knows when working with metal and fire.
Below is a sneak peak of what you will see at the Scrapfest on Friday and Saturday (June 22nd/23rd). Please come and admire “Iron in the Blood”s hard work. Of course we would also appreciate a peoples choice VOTE and a bid. The proceeds from the Scrapfest competition will be donated to the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA)!

Scrapfest2012 sneak preview
Iron in the blood at work
Iron  in the blood at work

Scrapfest sneak preview

Iron in the blood at work

For more information please visit the links below. Thank you Old Town Commercial Association for inviting us to be apart of this exciting adventure. ~Christie Koenigsknecht!/OTScrapfest

To see Dace K-13 artwork please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Word press

To vote for “River Respite” visit Lansing Art Gallery's Art by the River event.

Get The VOTE Out!

No, this is not a political appeal of any sorts. However, your opinion matters! The outdoor exhibition ‘Art by the River’ in downtown Lansing this summer was designed in part to engage the public in a dialogue about art. Each of the artists, me included, has recorded the inspiration for our entered piece and a brief biography. In addition, the gallery has created a website where you can view the same information – and VOTE for your favorite piece. The signs on our pieces include both the phone number and a QR code for you techie-types. How cool is that?
But, it only works if you participate. Take some time and come downtown to view the works in person, it really is a nice place to be – especially when the sun is shining. If you cannot get here, at least visit the website and leave a comment or a vote – even if it’s not for me (though how could that be?!?). A lot of people took a lot of time organizing this event, and eight artists took a lot of time putting together the pieces. Having met most of the players now, I can say they are nice people that deserve to know their work is appreciated. Click on the below VOTE button to go to the website scroll down and then Click on the same VOTE button and watch the votes tally up!


An awesome testimony for Dace K-13 Metal Art.

I created some custom piece's of artwork for a wedding in Williamston, MI. when Natalie saw the art she decided that she would create a wedding registry so friends could purchase piece's as a wedding gift. See the testimony below.

After that trip, we decided to start thinking about a local artist or crafter we’d like to include on our registry. We’re fortunate to have a handful of uber-talented artist friends whose stuff we’d love to own, but we’d much prefer other people to buy for us. One of these friends is Dace Keogosdkrstnasuskt, who makes awesome metal art. That may or may not be the right way to spell his name, but you can more easily find him on the Interweb by searching for Dace K-13 ...

You can read more on her blog at the link below.

Press Coverage

How EXCITING! The Lansing Art Gallery has been doing a wonderful job of getting the word out about their summer outdoor exhibition ‘Art by the River’. The uber cool part – my piece has been getting exposure… Yippee!

River Respite News

Boy, this blogging thing is easy to neglect. But enough about my lack of manners for those of you kind enough to follow me here…

‘River Respite’ has been installed on the Riverwalk in downtown Lansing for the outdoor exhibition ‘Art by the River’. And, I must say, it came out wonderfully! What do you think?
 Make sure to vote at

Stratus' Spheres

In April, I took the piece entitled “Stratus’ Spheres” into Grove Gallery. Fortunately for me, a very supportive fellow artist (thank you Deb, was in and purchased it right away. Now only that, but this being the second garden-size sphere she has bought from me, she now needs a third to complete the artistic trilogy. Whew, thankfully she’s the patient sort because I need to finish up “River Respite” soon.
How about you, dear reader, wouldn’t you like to join in the fun and adorn your yard or garden with a beautiful art piece?
Stratus’ Spheres

It's Official!

‘River Respite’ has been accepted for inclusion in the 2012 Art by the River Exhibition curated by the Lansing Art Gallery. They’re working on where my piece will be displayed, including an option of being IN the Grand River, so final design changes might be in order.

"River Respite"

I submitted a proposal, earlier this week, to Art by the River – a river trail exhibit this summer by the Lansing Art Gallery. Here are a few pictures of my maquette. I’ll let you know the results next week. Wish me luck.
Concept Statement
I have fond memories of living on the Grand River, and the long canoe trips with my young family. I’ve included these memories in the sculpture, “River Respite”. It’s the lazy bend in the river where the lily pads and cattails congregate. It’s calm and quiet. It’s the darting color and endless amusement of the dragonflies. It’s the wonder and amazement of frogs – especially when dodging little hands. It’s the children inevitably hopping about the riverbank, from one imaginary lily pad to the next.
This sculpture is intended to be interactive and photogenic; the passerby is encouraged to sit for a spell, and children can mimic a frog on a not-so-imaginary lily pad.
River Respite


Sorry, folks, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything new to the site, mainly because it’s been awhile since I created anything new! As the season cooled down, so went my motivation. Somewhere between a freezing ‘shop’, getting engrossed in a book series, family time, attempting to buy a house (with a big shop – oh yeah!)… well, you get the idea. In spite of those excuses, however, I recently spent a little time in the shop and created this piece. It’s currently available at Grove Gallery. Enjoy.

Bottle Art

Seems that more and more bottles are finding their way into yards everywhere – as art, not litter. Below are a couple of ideas I’ve come up with, and more are on the way.
Short bottle tree or bush
Five and six foot tall bottle trees
Five and six foot tall bottle trees
Bottle lily garden decoration

Bling Tree

My friend, Kelly Larson, has been hinting for several years that she had no place to organize her long necklaces. I took her idea of a wind-blown tree to hang on the wall, and this is what she received…
Closeup of necklace hangers.
Here are the pieces currently available at Grove Gallery in East Lansing. Come on over and take a peek at all the talented artists displaying their work. Art is Smart!
3 Ring Circus - Available for $150.00
Eclipse - Available for $75.00
Blowing Bubbles - Available for $75.00

Musical Fountain Glockenspiel - Grand Haven, Michigan

This piece was inspired by the Musical Fountain in Grand Haven, a spectacle of lighted water spraying to the beat of the music. This piece came with challenges and learning moments, but I’m glad I was able to participate. Bigger and better next year!

View of sculpture's top

Hello World

Artist Statement: As the son of an artist and master metal smith, my blood is the confluence of the two.  It was inevitable that metal would become my medium.  Encouraged from an early age not to follow parental paths, artistic expression was not given much attention – or repressed all together.  However, flashes of passion and skill with the sterile medium garnered praise and support that fueled the dormant flame.  I am a metal artist!
I’ve created a wide array of functional and artistic metal pieces, finding pleasure in the process of creation – plan, sketch, fabricate, and deliver.  The intellectual exercise and challenge is motivating, and the craftsmanship of handwork is very rewarding.  I enjoy creating unique objects that are used or encourage interaction.  I like abstraction because of the mental engagement required of the viewer.  Their past and present experiences will “personalize” what they see.  My work simply offers a platform for mental junkets of whimsy and peace.
 Biography: Dace Koenigsknecht has been creating functional and artistic metal pieces since 2006.  He grew up in the house of an artist mother and master metal smith father.  Both were instrumental in developing his artistic eye and appreciation for handcrafted work.  It was this unique environment of artistic creativity and practical creation that proved to be a fruitful foundation for future success.
A chance meeting with a blacksmith in 2006 led to an informal apprenticeship in which Dace gained understanding and appreciation for the fluidity of iron.  The normally rigid and sterile substance becomes the perfect expressive medium with the addition of heat.  The basic skills of the blacksmith can be used in numerous combinations to create stunning, long-lasting pieces – whether a functional fireplace screen or a beautiful garden sculpture.
Dace is the founding secretary of the Blacksmiths of Woldumar guild, which has grown from four initial members to regular attendance of 20 or more.  He is also an active member of the statewide organization, Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association.  Dace is a multi-year participant in ScrapFest in Old Town Lansing, where sculptures are created of scrap metal in less than two weeks.  In addition, Dace is a proud member of Grove Gallery Co-op in East Lansing, where several of his pieces are available.  He is available for commission work.
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