Today we’d like to introduce you to Stan Zabek.
Stan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started doing ornamental ironwork ten years ago. Building ornate staircases and fences etc. for high-end clientele. I think that’s where my passion for functional art comes from, and I appreciate art, especially art that has a purpose. From there I started making furniture out of metal and different materials for me and family members. Just designs I would come up with in my head. A couple of years ago I was living in PA and started making tables using wood table tops. I became obsessed with live edge table tops, with metal bases. I ended up finding an Amish farm out in the hills of PA, where I would bring salvaged trees to them, and they would slab for me. The Amish or known for their woodworking, and he had many different types of trees that he had slabbed. I would also buy dried slabs from him for making tables. I work as an underwater welder. I am very passionate and versed in fabrication. I love the combination of a wood table top with a custom unique one of a kind metal base.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is a combination of metal and nature. I make functional art. Tables, lamps, clocks, flower planters, shelving units. Something unique and one of a kind that no one else will have, you can’t buy it in a store. It is, and I take pride in my work. I strive for perfection and uniqueness in every piece. I like elegant yet simple. I am an extremely versed fabricator; I can make anything out of steel.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I like to support local artists, small shops, mom and pop outfits, small businesses. Because that’s what I am. I count on people like that to try and support and employ me! There is a huge boom of artists right now making these live edge tables. I am just trying to create pieces that impress my peers and fellow artists that are high quality and long lasting pieces that people can pass down for generations and will live longer than me. I like the idea of someone walking into a house and saying “wow cool coffee table, wherein the world did you get that?” And knowing that my art will be appreciated, admired, and used for many years.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
- Website: Www.zabekdesigns.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Stantheironman84