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  • The grind: Rick Hartner bridges passion & practicality

    May 2, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio20 CommentsRead More »

    By Jill Craig It began as a matter of practicality. In the late 1990s, Rick Hartner was working a 9-to-5 job as an operations manager for a recycling and composting facility in California. While planning for a conference, Hartner tried making easels out of recycled metal instead of renting. It would save the rental few. In turn, each unique easel was sold and the profits went to the recycling facility. This idea was the seedling of what became Hartner’s Sitting Duck Studio. After leaving the recycling company, Rick pondered the possibilities of launching a new career in art. He had always been creative — he played the mandolin and guitar — but after enrolling in a welding class and messing around with a few scraps of metal, Rick was inspired to try his hand at metal sculpting. One question remained, however. Could he do it for a living? Space for art Many an artist has found it difficult to balance financial stability with creative drive. Hartner has spent the past 14 years paving a way to support his family and simultaneously express his innate creativity. In 2000, with the full support of his wife, he dove in head first by investing $2,000 to start Sitting Duck Studios. Today, in Kirkland, Hartner is a different kind of 9-to-5-er — one who creates what he dubs “one-of-a-kind contemporary metal sculpture.” “In order

Celebrating art and science in Greater Prescott.

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