Welcome Artist William Kautz

Today I’d like to welcome artist William Kautz to my American Artisan Store. Many years ago, troche my girlfriends and I took a trip to Brimfield, cure Massachusetts for the outdoor antique market. It was there that I purchased a carved ┬ádiving Cormorant with a hand carved fish in it’s mouth, viagra and signed by William Kautz. I have always loved it sitting on top of my corner cupboard, but now it sits on a shelf on my sunporch.

Will began his artistic training while he was still a young boy. His father, William Charles Kautz was a fine artist in New York and creativity was an important part of his home environment. He remembers sculpting marble beside his dad when he was still a boy. But as a young man, Will was often torn between a drive to be creative, and a desire to do something for the vulnerable in society.

In 1980 he entered seminary and earned an M.A. in theology and ethics and was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Yale University. In 1985 he began attending full time law school and also had a young family to support.

He hoped merely to pay a few tuition bills with whatever he could earn from his art but within a few weeks his designs began to sell as quickly as he could produce them.

A first year law student would study by day and carve by night. Three years later, Will completed law school and passed the Vermont bar exam. For the next ten years, Will maintained a volunteer law practice for victims of domestic violence while supporting his family with his art.

This large piece 6 feet high and 4 feet wide, was made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The flag and its fringe are made from metal. The first verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is painted on the four sides of the frame because it is an abolitionist hymn. It reads: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on.” The lettering on the flag itself reads: “LIBERTY WITHOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SLAVERY The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863″

Through the years, William Kautz has sold his work to numerous galleries and collectors around the world. His art has been displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Shelburne Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has been chosen by Early American Life magazine for its annual Directory of America’s Best Traditional Craftsmen. I am thrilled to offer his work in my American Artisan Store. Welcome William Kautz, I am honored to have you as one of our American artisans!

Happy day

Carole-who is still trying to get used to this new blog format!

One Response to “Welcome Artist William Kautz”

  1. Debbie Says:

    A truly amazing artist. I’m glad you are able to represent him in your store.
    Debbie

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