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About the artist Neal Hearn and Boxes By Neal

 

The Phenomenon of the Box

Throughout history, the box has held a certain fascination. The magic of a special place for treasures is enhanced when the structure itself is a treasured object.

From a child’s small box of trinkets to the riches of a kingdom, the box is a container for the imagination. That fascination has encouraged me to combine different craft processes: glass fusing, lapidary, and metal smithing. I have created thousands of boxes since I began in 1982. I see no end to the conceivable designs possible for a box.”

Born in Birmingham, Alabama now firmly ensconced in the North Carolina Mountains, designer, craftsman Neal Hearn has been exploring the box phenomenon. He enjoys combining all his talents to create unique, one-of-a-kind boxes.

All boxes are designed and crafted, one at a time, personally by glass artist, Neal Hearn. Each component within a box is carefully created in his studio by him.  Every box is a one-of-a-kind, signed piece.

Born in October of 1943, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, relocated to Franklin, North Carolina in 1995. My formal education includes Electrical Engineering, Business, and Computer Science.  Other studies include art, glass fusing, metal smithing, and enameling, and radio broadcast.  I began creating boxes in 1982 and have made thousands that are spread all over the world.  Boxes are sold on the web, at fine art and fine craft shows, and through a number of fine galleries.  I became a juried member of Alabama Designer Craftsmen in the early 80’s, and have done art shows all over the Southeast including ADC,  Bluff Park Art Show, Kentuck Festival, Celebrate Clayton, ALHC Shows, and many others.  My body of work includes the use of many techniques and materials, and I will list some below. 

In creating unique boxes I use many material that include traditional fusible glass powders, enamels,  fused glass, copper, gemstones, wood, and others.  I use traditional construction techniques with a few of my own twist, fusing, metal fabrication and forging, wood working , and copper electroplating.  I also cut and polish gemstone material and other Lapidary work.