Workshop By Folk Artist Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson Set April 11, 12

Monday, March 24, 2003
Danny painting on a bucket face. Click to enlarge.
Danny painting on a bucket face. Click to enlarge.

Cleveland State Community College is presenting a demonstration workshop at the college Art Department by Polk County Folk Artist Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12.

The demonstration workshop will be conducted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. The public is invited and it is free to everyone.

While at Cleveland State for the workshop, Hoskinson will demonstrate his way of making whimsical sculptural form using his "melted plastic bucket" techniques. Danny now has two types of plastic forms that he creates. One is made using the "stretch" technique, and the other the "melted solid" technique. Danny can take a 5 gallon plastic bucket and begin heating it with a glassblower's torch to soften the plastic, then he can push and pull the softened plastic into a "face" or animal form that has earned him the reputation of being one of the best of the folk artists. In fact, Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson has been compared to the late, world famous folk artist Howard Finster. The faces that he began creating led to other experiments in melting the plastic down to a mass much like clay, which he manipulates into animals such as life-sized alligators, lizards, turtles, and even human-like, life-sized figures! At the workshop, Danny will make a solid "totem pole" about 6 feet tall from melted plastic buckets, and will also demonstrate how he makes a "stretched plastic" totem pole, which will be hollow. He'll also demonstrate other types of sculptural folk art forms.

Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson resides in Polk County in a rustic cabin that he constructed on an "as needed" basis. His art making of sculptural forms began by using plastic picnic forks, knives and spoons. He was sitting at a Lake Lanier picnic table with a butane cigarette lighter and started melting the plastic utensils together, and his new folk art form was born. After several years, the manufacturers of plastic picnic utensils changed the formula and it no longer served the purpose - it wouldn't melt together anymore. Since Hoskinson had been a house painter, he turned to the plastic buckets that the paint came in, and a new type of art form is the result.

In the recent past, he constructed a workshop/studio space adjacent to his cabin, but it has been too cold during the winter months to work in the studio, so he moved his folk-art operation into his cabin. The heat from the torch was welcomed during the winter months, but the fumes inside taught him to begin wearing a respirator mask hooked to a machine that pumps warm, fresh air to his face.

Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson has become a fixture at most of the South's top folk art festivals, including the Athens Fest, Finster Fest, Kentucky Art Fest, Atlanta Artscape, and he will be at Burning Man, an internationally known festival for radical self-expression in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada. An added treat for local art and folk art enthusiasts is that Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson will be the featured artist at the 2003 Dogwood Arts Festival held in Knoxville, where Danny was born. The two-day Arts Alive on Market Square, Gay Street, will be Apr. 15 and 16, from 10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Hoskinson will be located in front of the East Tennessee Historical Museum.

Since Danny feels that he is not only contributing to the art world, he also feels that he is making a contribution to saving the environment by "saving the plastic from the ground". He asks that anyone who has plastic buckets to dispose of to please donate them for use at the workshop. He can use paint buckets, food grade buckets, dry wall buckets, etc. Not suitable for use are petroleum buckets. Bring some plastic buckets to the workshop and watch your donated "trash" become fantastic folk art forms.

The Danny "Hoss" Hoskinson Demonstration Workshop is sponsored by Cleveland State Community College, and the CSCC Art Department, with a grant from Arts Build Communities funds - A program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Southeast Tennessee Development District

For more information, please contact Jere Chumley, CSCC Art Department, 423 473-2431, or 1-800-604-2722 or email him at

Danny's gator
Danny's gator

Chabad Of Chattanooga Honor Injured Officer At #Chanugastrong On Ice

To celebrate the 2015 Chanukah season, Chabad of Chattanooga will be carving a giant ice Menorah at the Ice on the Landing rink. The Menorah, standing seven feet tall, will be constructed entirely of ice blocks. On Dec. 10, Chabad of Chattanooga, an organization dedicated to spreading Jewish awareness and education, will host this unique candle lighting ceremony to promote ... (click for more)

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. The city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure will be considered ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)