Rabbit Run Road is not just the name of my company, it is where we live, work and play. On five acres of Mother Nature's finest work, Rabbit Run Road is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Here we have a CNC machine shop -- ATD Specialty, Inc. -- where we manufacture parts for machines that make items you probably use every day. Our combined backgrounds in machining, optics and love of art made sandblasting and sandcarving a natural extension to our business.
My work is represented by fine artist Christi Mathews and her charming husband Angus at Mathews Gallery and Studios, 333 S. Commerce Street in Aransas Pass, Texas. Phone: (361) 758-1838. I also keep a shop on Etsy for online orders.
My portfolio grows diverse: from silly sippy cups; classy and distinguished barware and glassware; fine jewelry in engraved glass, sterling and gold, fine art panels and portraiture. For 2015, I hopped into the homebrew gang and engraving custom made bottles for beer, lemoncello and Kombucha.
Most of my work is commissioned by people who understand that for a custom piece to be its best, it needs careful collaboration between client and maker. The result is heirloom-worthy, something wonderful for future relatives to fight over for many generations to come.
Highlights - What a Wonderful Two Years!
March - my complicated glass heart and sterling pendant received an Honorable Mention in the international art design competition, "And the Design Winner Is ..."
April - Displayed at the Festival of Flowers Art Show at Key Allegro in Rockport, TX
Aug. 24 - Rabbit Run Road was a featured item on Etsy's front page.
Sept. 3 - Rabbit Run Road was a featured item on Etsy's front page.
Sept. 20- Rockport Market Days from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 3 - Downtown Aransas Pass Walkabout
Oct. 18 - Rockport Market Days - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 - Featured item on piggleandpop.com
Dec. 26 - Featured in Etsy's Home Alone Gifts for Guys broadcast email
April 2015 - Ceramic Mugs for Quaker Oats
Aug. 2015 - Invited to engrave historic slate tiles from Fulton Mansion.
Sept. 2015 - Approved for Amazon's new Handmade section.
After many years manufacturing parts for other companies, Mark and I decided to take what we've learned and use it in more artistic pursuits. While I work on engraving and etching, Mark is inventing a fishing reel like no other. Patent Pending and waiting for trademarks. But, that's another story. We think you'll like it, too. Stay tuned!
Precision is Beautiful
Leita and Mark Champion enjoying the golden hours of late afternoon on Redfish Bay in Aransas Pass, Texas.