I am happy to announce that "My Father's Hammer," a piece I created around -- literally -- my father's hammer, won first place in the professional sculpture division at the 2018 South Carolina State Fair. This is a very personal piece that came together quickly and easily. Sometimes things work out that way.
Entering the state fair competition was one of the few things I decided to keep as I went into the summer feeling like I had over-committed on the art last year. The fair is an easy event for me, since entering is free and the fairgrounds are close by. Going to the fair was an integral part of my childhood in Ohio, so I have a strong attachment to the experience.
It is coincidence that I wore the same shirt this year as I did last year. If I win something next year, however, it won't be a coincidence if you see the Millennium Falcon again.