New Artist Spotlight: Beachwalker Boxes

Beachwalker Boxes
Beachwalker Boxes is the collaborative effort of Tom Beach and Amanda Walker. Tom Beach is originally from Colorado but has been an Austinite for over 20 years. Amanda Walker has lived in Austin since she was a small child. They make one-of-a-kind sculptural boxes from unique woods, etched glass, and cast glass. Often integrating shells, fossils, found objects, and stone with their work, which takes its inspiration from zoology and mythology. Every piece they make is entirely original — they never make the same piece twice.

Let’s learn more about them…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
We have been combining wood and glass in our boxes for about 6 years, and it changes all the time as we discover new ways to use glass and wood together. We are constantly discovering new ways to use our media, although we love boxes as an art form so much that we always end up making boxes instead of plain sculpture or plain boxes.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
We would love to add metalworking to our repertoire.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
We were making things just for the pleasure of making them on our back porch, and a friend came over and asked if she could buy one. It floored us. And 6 years later, here we are.

Beachwalker Boxes

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Do crossword puzzles, ride bikes, and play with our pets.

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
The quality of the artists at Armadillo is out of this world — it’s an honor to be counted among them. The most exciting thing is to get to meet the other artists and pick their brains.

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Tom Thomas’s marbled leather bags!

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
Shiny Ribs, Michael Fracasso, and Suzanna Choffel

Find Beachwalker Boxes in booth R-3!