Joel Hotchkiss was born in 1949 and raised in Sherman, Connecticut. He studied Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY graduating in 1972. After college while working and living in Boston as an Art Director, he began making and filling his apartment with mobiles. He moved to Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 to fully dedicate myself to his newfound passion of becoming a Mobile Artist.
"Creating visually unique, contemporary mobiles for over 30 years has been a passionate and rewarding journey for me artistically. I still love this intriguing sculptural art form that produces "dynamic art in air". I continuously introduce new ideas to my mobiles. I push my creative impulses to pursue innovative approaches resulting in new styles, balancing techniques and uses of materials."
The early years of the 1980's in the Bay Area were very "heady" and exciting. Joel commuted daily from Oakland to a Studio called Kinetic Objects in San Rafael where he studied and learned the art of Mobile Making. Its there he taught himself welding techniques and to work with metals, plastics and fabric applications. "I would often travel down across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco and deliver my mobiles to a Gallery in Ghirardelli Square before returning home to Oakland."
For over 30 years now, Joel has designed an extensive line of mobile designs sold in Galleries and Museum Stores nationwide including San Francisco MOMA and the Guggenheim Museum and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
He works with his wife Sandra and 2 Assistants at their Studio/Workshop, now located in West Stockbridge, MA where they also create larger Mobiles for residential and commercial spaces.
Joel's art mobiles have been seen in movies and TV productions such as Sneakers with Robert Redford. The Tri-Lumen mobile which appeared in The Witches of Eastwick and the Ascent and Traverse mobiles which were seen in Baby Boom are others.
Most mobile designs are pre-balanced and shipped ready to hang and come with easy directions.
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WE SHIP NATIONALLY & INTERNATIONALLY: Orders placed within the United States are SHIPPED through UPS. Overseas orders to Europe, South America and Asia are sent through US Postal Service.
CUSTOM COLORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR LUMENS AND TRI-LUMENS (Just call Joel or Sandra Hotchkiss to discuss color options and/or additional costs at 413-232-0200.
All Joel Hotchkiss Mobiles are Copyrighted© 2013
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SHIPPING: Orders are normally shipped within 1-4 days via UPS GROUND. Please allow up to 7 days in transit within the continental US. We will notify you of any delays.
UPS Shipping charges for most items, within the continental US:
UPS-GROUND SHIPPING: APPROX: $25 (SMALLER ITEMS @ $5 PER LB.)
Upon special request, expedited shipping is available at an additional expense.
UPS-NEXT DAY AIR: APPROX: $95.00
UPS-SECOND DAY AIR: APPROX: $75.00
UPS-THIRD DAY AIR: APPROX: $55.00
Shipping Outside of the United States will travel via the U.S. Post office. Allow 2-3 weeks in transit. Cost for international orders is $75.00.
For additional information about shipping options and costs please feel free to phone us directly at 413-232-0200 or Fax us at 413-232-0210.
STORE CREDIT Exchange only with receipt, within 15 days of purchase. No Cash or Credit Card refunds. We will issue a Store Credit or exchange a mobile for another if the color or size is incorrect as long as the original mobile is packed carefully and shipped back to us undamaged within 10 DAYS of purchase date.
We will repair free of charge any defective mobile that has a flaw due to our fabrication within 30 days of the purchase date.
ASSEMBLY & INSTALLATION:
Many of our mobiles require no assembly and are ready to hang. Any mobile that requires assembly includes easy to follow Assembly Instructions. The description of each mobile specifies whether or not assembly is required.
We do not provide hooks or hardware for securing to your ceiling. Each mobile has adequate line for attaching to your hardware. We can provide extra line if necessary - please call.
APPROPRIATE USE AND CARE:
The majority of the mobiles are designed for INTERIORS only. We offer a category - "Outdoor Mobiles" - specifically for outdoor applications. The mobiles are not intended for use within the reach of small children. The fabric mobiles can be cleaned with a feather-duster or a light cloth with Windex.
All of our mobiles are designed and created EXCLUSIVELY here in our studio/workshop in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Each mobile is made from raw materials i.e.: aluminum, copper, steel etc. All the designs on the Web-Page are a part of our line of mobile designs, so you may have seen some in Museum Stores or contemporary Galleries around the US.
All mobile designs are: Copyright © 2001-2012 Joel Hotchkiss U.S.A.
All of the designs are signed and dated by Joel Hotchkiss with the exception of some of the smaller, whimsical designs.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email us:
Hotchkiss Mobiles 8 Center Street, West Stockbridge MA 01266 Phone: 413-232-0200 Fax: 413-232-0210 Email: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org