Tony Carr is a native North Augustan who has been creating things since he was in middle school. He and a friend made rings fashioned out of stainless steel bolts. He was inspired by his uncle, who was a jeweler and was amazed at the creative spirit and the feeling he received from someone appreciating something he made. With no formal training, Carr is self-taught .
Today, his favorite pieces are made from reused, recovered or lost items that he turns into treasures.
“I love to take something no one wants and turn it into something that someone will collect and adorn their homes,” he said.
His unique art pieces have been selling in galleries for over 15 years. The first gallery to show his work was Art on Broad in Augusta.
“The hardiest thing to do is to become recognized for your work; many people do not want to take a chance on someone who does not have a track record,” he said.
He has since followed up with displays in galleries in Chattanooga, Tenn., Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Augusta and Aiken.
His art includes mosaics made from antique pottery, stained glass mosaics, antique bottle rooters, mosaic mirrors, copper baskets/trays and fish lights.
Carr’s antique bottle rooters and his copper garden crosses sell by word-of-mouth and are his biggest sellers. He also excels in restoration work of antique pottery for collectors and museums.
Carr has been attending art shows in Greenville, S.C., Atlanta and Charleston, S.C. for the last decade.
There are also several local galleries currently showing his work including Art on Board in Augusta, the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta’s gift shop, and the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Tony’s work can be found on his flickr site: https://flic.kr/p/eNg3tr.