A Handful of Dirt: Thomas Kuebler

A Handful of DirtA Handful of Dirt asks a person five questions they wouldn’t normally expect or receive in any other credible interview.

In consulting the Serendipiter Bag o’InquiryTM, we pose a series of questions to come up with a bit of knowledge unknown before – a handful of dirt.



It isn’t unreasonable to say that Thomas Kuebler is a mad scientist, a monster maker and a storyteller. With a quarter-century of toy-prototype and animatronic industry, Kuebler now wears the hat of a freelance artist. Kuebler’s medium is sculpture, and his phenomenal work is outright stunning.  

Justine pointed out the artist (and subsequent mini-documentary on his work) in her guest post. For more information on Thomas Kuebler, as well as more images of the man’s work and news of where you can see it in person, check his site: http://www.tskuebler.com/.

If your blood could be any color (or substance,) what would you want it to be?

I think I’d probably stick with red.  I know that’s dull, but if I ever needed medical attention I wouldn’t want any distractions given to saving my life.

If you could pick a writer (living or dead) to pen your biography, who would it be?

My childhood I would want written by Saint Peter and my adult life by the Marquis de Sade.  Or maybe the other way around…

Can you describe the conception process for your latest (or a recent) piece of creative work? (ed: sort of what was the motivation to get you thinking about the work and what might have triggered the ‘eureka’ moment.)

That Eureka moment is a good question because there are so many different ways It happens.  A face in a book or magazine or passing me in the park, an antique store find, a Bugs Bunny cartoon, a movie villain, a dream..Or nightmare!  Once the seed is planted in my creative process, two things start to happen. The sculpting begins and the hunt begins. The augmentations of my sculpture are found at antique stores, flea markets, thrift shops, ebay, etc.  The picture starts in my head as a very blurry image that slowly sharpens as I work on the actual sculpture.  I never sketch unless I’m working out a structural problem.  I do use photo or life reference.   The face is the most important part of it all, and the character of that face is ultimately the real inspiration.  So, if you see me out there in the middle of a shopping mall or a super market with a dazed stare and a half smile, you’ll know the poor soul I’m staring at is gonna wind up as a freak or mad scientist in my odd little world.

Which song by The Ramones do you think accurately describes your life at this point in time? (ed: if you’re not a fan of the Ramones, feel free to pick a different artist)

Pink Floyd more accurately describes my sensibilities.  I tend to see the world much like the entire Animals Album.  Come to think of it, The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, too.

I’m kind of a cynical guy…warm hearted, but cynical.

In your opinion, is silver the only thing that can kill a werewolf, or do you subscribe to a different theory?

Nah! They just want you to believe that because they know most people are too cheap to melt down their good dinnerware and jewelry for the sake of Werewolf preparedness!

SEE,  I told ya I was cynical.

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