Ice sculptor to give demonstration at COSIWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“I work with ice, because as a medium it provides a new challenge every time I take on a project,” said ice sculptor Chad Hartson.
On Dec. 30, Hartson will give a demonstration of his skills to the patrons of COSI.
A native of Wauseon, Hartson got his start in culinary school, and is now the owner of his own company, Ice Creations Inc., which is based in Napoleon. The company specializes in creating sculptures for hotels and parties
Hartson has competed in numerous ice carving competitions, placing third in the U.S. National Collegiate Championships in 1999, Ranking 10th as a professional in the U.S. National Ice Carving Championships in 2003 and Placing first in the World Ice Art Championships in 2005.
Hartson also competed in the zoo’s annual Frozentoesen celebration in 2003 and 2004. Ice carving has been around for decades, but became a recognized sport only about 30 years ago. Ice sculpting is among the cultural events in the Winter Olympics. The zoo festival is one of 14 events which has served as an U.S. Olympic trial for ice sculpting. The event is open to the public. For more information visit www.cositoledo.org.