Taylor Mathis/ Cal Breed

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Taylor is 16 and lives with her parents and brother in Piedmont (Ballplay), AL. We live on a farm shared with her grandparents. We also have many animal rescues. She enjoys music, art, writing, and games. Taylor was 14 and had never had to have a chest xray. On October 2, 2012, her brother and her were in a car accident. A few days prior, she had had some xrays done for other health concerns. They were “clear”. Because of the accident she had to have another chest xray where they found a “shadow” that was missed on her last xrays. That shadow turned out to be a mass on top of heart that was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was as large, if not bigger than her heart and had probably been there most her life. To us, God said “They missed it last time, so let’s try this!”. It was removed October 22, 2012. She completed treatment on February 12, 2013. She’s been in remission for almost 2 years now!

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Having worked with glass for over 20 years, Cal Breed, has developed a distinct style of glassmaking with much range and sensitivity to his material. Though he forms glass in many ways, most of his work is blown glass using objects and experiences found nature as metaphors. This inspiration for his works surrounds his studio, Orbix Hot Glass, located on Little River Canyon. Cal and his wife, Christy, opened Orbix in 2002. There he designs and makes functional glass and sculpture. His work can be found in numerous collections including The Huntsville Museum of Art where he recently had a solo exhibition up for eleven months entitled, Pelts and Lyrics.

Cal has had the honor of receiving many opportunities and awards for his efforts in glass, some of which are The Corning Award at Pilchuck Glass School, the Alabama Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, teaching at Pilchuck Glass School, and being featured in an Alabama Public Televsion documentary on craft in Alabama entitled, Alabama Crafts: Tradition and Innovation.

“Flutter” 32” L x 11” W x 10.5” H. Available during live auction at Heart 2 HeART on Feburary 7, 2015. Reservations available here.


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