117: The Beauty In Broken – Gary Genetti

November 28, 2016

Positivity Effect by Dr. Tom 117: The Beauty In Broken – Gary Genetti

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The Beauty In Broken

Gary Genetti has been designing and making glass art for over 38 years. Genetti received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture and graphics from the University of Wisconsin in 1976. In 1978 he began his apprenticeship in a production glass studio and in 1980 established his own studio in rural Warwick, NY.

CLICK HERE for Gary’s website

Gary’s Instagram handle: GenettiGlass

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Gary’s thoughts on the word “Positivity”
  • How Gary became a Glass Blowing Artist
  • Apple trees, beards & spirituality
  • Why entrepreneurship starts with believing in your craft
  • How Gary’s art become noticed by two prominent museums
  • Keeping dreams alive
  • Why we need to give our self criticisms a break and focus on joy
  • The junkyard glass project
  • How Gary’s thinking globally
  • Repurposing an old prison

Gary’s Impact: Gary’s wish for himself and for everybody is to see, that near the end of their life, it’s opening it’s expanding, the moment of death is when we really start to live. Life and death is ongoing all the time in us

Gary’s nuggets of wisdom

“An affirmation of positivity, an affirmation of some deeper meaning in our lives, that is there in good times and in bad times. We can always affirm this deeper meaning to who we are and how we relate to the world.”

“I never looked at it as more than anything than meeting my needs because I loved what I do. I felt I was more than rewarded because of that perspective. If you went in to it for the money.. there were people who did that.. they got big… but you became a business man rather than  the hands on work… I loved the making and that’s what kept me directed towards being an artist”

“My work has taught me the value of exchange with other people”

“I would testify that I was not born with a talent in the arts, but I did have a wish to do it”

“the feelings of joy teach talent”

“I get into a state where it’s a conversation with a material, as if the material is speaking with me”

“the ego is what dampens us down”

“Submitting in a way, you’re just part of a picture. There’s more to it, that’s in a way, the whole world is praying, if yo can open up to that”

“It’s a healing project for us, the idea of fusing broken species together really is a metaphor for what we were going through as a family”

Another episode of the Positivity Effect goes live next Monday – stay tuned!!

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