Since 2011 we have had the pleasure of knowing Merc of Minion Glass/Apparel/Skate from when he initially brought his kids Luka and Ezra Stanley to The So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour and Shred Circuit competition. Merc has led quite the life from growing up in the southern region of the US to eventually end up in Texas where he started a family with his wife Barb.
It was about 3 1/2 years ago when he realized his kids, his wife and himself have a true passion for the lifestyle of snowboarding, so he up and left Texas to move into the foothills of Boulder, CO where he currently resides.
Merc has had quite the challenge of questioning which one of his skills he wanted to persevere and turn into a career that would keep himself and his family taken care of. A couple of his true talents are skateboarding and being an MC artist, but what he found the strongest path would be is the art of glass blowing.
In Boulder is also where the started Art, Mind Collective, which is where Merc hand crafts his work along with other glass blowers renting stations to also make their unique types of glass art as well.
Just like everybody Merc has had his ups and downs, but he is one of the few that no matter how hard something gets, or how many sleepless nights it takes, he will not give up on his personal goal of success. Merc has always been a trend setter in his field, with constantly coming up with new styles and techniques to create different designs with glass. Because of this, he has had many people learn from him whether it be through workshops, live glass demos at events or through apprenticeship. One of his apprentices named Seath, has turned into Merc’s right hand man and has taken parts of what he has learned and found his own style in glass work, which is now recognized by many.
Merc has stayed a good friend to us at So-Gnar, and recently even made insanely dope custom trophies to give away as prizes for the 2013 Shred Circuit Finals. This was a very generous offer, being that he normally sells most of his work for $500 and up.
If you like the art of glass work, we highly recommend looking into Merc’s designs, and see if there is something you may like. Maybe if you’re lucky he will make you something custom for the right price. To contact Merc, email him: email@example.com
Here are some photos of Merc, his shop and some of the art that comes out of it…