Q: Do all three of you work on the sculpting?
A: I do most of the sculpting. Todd comes in and helps periodically, Ryan comes in and helps periodically. Ryan’s really been handling mostly molds — he’s one of the best mold makers in the country. And Todd is an extremely good mold maker himself. Ryan comes and works in the studio part of the day with me, more than Todd, but Todd handles all of my graphic design work, photography, scheduling, book keeping, pay roll. He’s a jack of all trades, he does a little bit of everything. Web page. He does everything. He’s the only one around here that’s that skilled. The rest of us just look at awe at what he does. It’s sort of magical because we can’t figure out anything about it.
Q: That’s really neat that you have a family operation.
A: Yeah, Todd has been working with me since he was 8. And he’s 32 now.
Q: Do your grandkids ever get to come?
A: In here? Oh, yeah, all the time. Did you not notice the little artist studio over there? [referring to kids table; laughing] That isn’t for us!
Q: I did see that! [laughing]
A: It’s for us to get in touch with our childhood. [laughing] No, they come in. Our grandson is 8 and our granddaughter, she is 5. They’re both really talented kids. They like to come in and help. They want to come in and work when they’re a little older. So we’re going to have three generations of artists in the studio some day. They’re both very talented kids. They’re amazing. They crawl up into the scaffolding with me sometimes and help me do some surfacing work. They know how to hold a tool properly and really know how to use it properly.