Gary Hovey began metalworking in a fine art foundry in 1981 where he became the head of the metal shop. Following this he gained years of experience as a skilled welder and metal fabricator. Since 2004 Gary has been shaping forks, knives, and spoons into realistic forms and calling them Hoveyware. Hovey + Flatware = Hoveyware. This chapter of his art career began ten years after the onset of Parkinson's disease. "Since I can't work a regular job anymore, making my art gives me purpose. I want my story to inspire others to look for what they can do despite what has happened to them.” Gary has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. At local, regional, and multi-state shows he has won many honors including best of show, first place, and people's choice awards. His sculptures can be seen at www.hoveyware.com and at Gallery 2:ten, Sidney,Ohio. Commissions are accepted. Gary lives in rural New Knoxville, Ohio with his wife, Tonnie.
The Neighborhood is a tree where all sorts of animals hang out. Some use it for shelter, some for food, and some just for fun. In the neighborhood today, you can find an owl, a bird with a nest, a squirrel, a raccoon, and 3 bunnies. You will have to look hard for two of the bunnies. Hint: look at the patterns of the flatware. There are eggs in the nest but you would have to be very tall to see them! The tree is hollow and it is made of over 500 spoons and many knives. Stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons plus some stainless steel welding wire are the only materials used to make The Neighborhood. It took three months to produce this piece. Much of the flatware was sent to Gary by his dad, Bob Hovey, from Kansas. Bob went to flea markets and garage sales collecting forks, knives, and spoons to send to Gary in flat rate boxes. Although Bob passed away over a year ago, Gary still has a ton(literally) of flatware stored up. The way it reflects the street lights at night make it look like it has twinkle lights. Gary will never make something bigger. It had to be cut up to get it out of his workshop.
Here's my story: When I was 19 or 20 years old, I saw some outdoor
sculptures in Wichita, Kansas made out of chrome car bumpers. I thought,
at the time, that a person could do indoor sculptures out of flatware,
but I didn’t know how to weld. Eventually I did get trained in welding
and, in January 2004, I made my first flatware sculpture: a running
Although many in his situation would have shied away from an activity
that has physical demands, Gary began this chapter of his art career ten
years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Since I can't
work a regular job anymore, making my art gives me something to look
forward to; a reason to get up in the morning. Because of my art I have
met many people that say my art makes them happy and I have made some
wonderful friends. I want my story to help other people in bad
situations to look for what they can do instead of what has happened to
Gary & his wife Tonnie live in rural New Knoxville, OH. They have 4
grown children – all of them work as artists on some level.