Gnomon, The Gardening Welder Guy-An update

Today there was a surprise within the inbox of our email, a message from Christopher Mello, the gardening welder guy whose studio/garden was written about in this post.
A message had been sent to him before this post was published asking him for a little more information about his situation. When there was no response, it was thought that he was busy with the big trip ahead of him, and since he had given permission the day that the photos were taken, we went ahead with the story. We now have the answers to our questions.

It seems he is leaving for Costa Rica in two days and will be gone for a year doing a large gardening project there. His studio in Asheville, North Carolina will be cared for by Lauri Newman. We also learned that the name of his garden/business is Gnomon. The gnomon is the part of a sundial that casts the shadow. Gnomon is an ancient Greek word meaning “indicator”, “one who discerns,” or “that which reveals.” , but also has connotations of knowledge and quick wit.

Shown above is the project he is currently consumed by, a slip cast ceramic baby doll head,made from one of thirteen or fourteen molds he came to possess from a studio that was moving. He cast the birds and added them to the head, creating this lovely piece. He is planning on adding a shiny chartreuse glaze highlighting the darker spaces. Another of the baby heads is seen in the ornament in his garden along with glass balls, encased in a leaf element.

Not only a talented and creative artist, he is a serious gardener, as you can see by this lovely iceland poppy growing in his garden.

This is a photo of the owner of the garden in Costa Rica where Christopher will be working. We wish him well in his adventures and look forward to hearing more from him, he plans on having his own blog sometime soon. More details will be posted as they become available.

Bon voyage, Christopher!

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11 Responses to Gnomon, The Gardening Welder Guy-An update

  1. TopVeg says:

    What an amazing artist. The birds on the doll’s head are just so evocative – I love it.

    Hope you will be able to post some photos from the Costa Rica garden – what a project for him!

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Frances, were you able to acquire one of his works before you discovered he was leaving? Very interesting fellow.

  3. Frances says:

    Topveg…Welcome. He is very talented and we do hope to hear from him again.

    Lisa…No, no purchases were made, unusual for me, but so glad to have met him and will look forward to his return.

  4. Becca says:

    I really, really like that baby doll head sculpture. Thanks for giving the etymology of gnomon. I love learning the history of words!

  5. Frances says:

    Becca…Yes, it is an amazing piece. He is obviously more than just a welder.

  6. tina says:

    thanks for updating me on the welder guy.

  7. Christopher C. NC says:

    I need to visit your blog more often Frances. His garden is on the corner of what and what in West Asheville?

  8. Frances says:

    Christopher…Welcome. The studio is on the corner of Waynesville Ave. and Westwood Pl. just off of Haywood in West Asheville.

  9. walk2write says:

    Anyone interested in just about anything you ever wanted to know about a gnomon might want to check out a book by Midhat Gazale: Gnomon: from Pharaohs to Fractals. I confess that I didn’t understand much past the first chapter or two, but the history of the gnomon is fascinating, nonetheless.

  10. Frances, says:

    Walk2write, thanks for that and welcome. I also think Anthony Hopkins is amazing. Howard’s End is one of my favorite movies.

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