Mark Woodham measures the top of the award he is working on. This award will be given to Darla Moore alumni.
Tom Lockart blows the glass to begin shaping the piece.
This giant piece, named "Intermingling Convergence," hangs from the ceiling of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
By Malique Rankin
One Eared Cow Glass company is celebrating 25 years of successful business in Columbia.
The company is owned and run by two USC art graduates, Mark Woodham and Tom Lockart. The pair graduated in 1991 with a major in studio arts. That was the last year the studio arts major offered a glass blowing program.
Woodham and Lockart fell in love with glass blowing and weren't ready to give it up after graduating.
"We were addicted to the whole process and the whole idea of glass blowing," said Woodham.
They decided to turn their unusual talent into a business. Woodham's uncle had extra space in his barn in Bishopville. This became the first home of One Eared Cow. The barn was originally used for storage and needed plenty of cleaning. Little did they know that an item in the barn would name their business.
"In the process of us cleaning it out, we came across this wooden cow's head ... it was missing an ear," said Woodham. "We just happened to take that one eared cow and nail it to the front door of the barn. A local started calling us the 'One Eared Cow,' so we decided to stick with that name."
In addition to their unique name and talent, they bring a new aspect of art culture to the Vista community.
"One Eared Cow glass is a great merchant and a wonderful asset to the Vista neighborhood and supports everything the Vista Guild does. They really breath the arts identity that we embrace everyday," said Meredith Atkinson, Executive Director of Congaree Vista Guild.
The company's recognition extends far past Columbia. Recently, One Eared Cow was featured in ETV's The Palmetto Scene, Travels with Darley, and The Southern Weekend.
A lot goes on between the start and finish of each piece they make. If you're curious about the full process, One Eared Cow offers glass blowing lessons every Saturday night.