Remember all the way back to the middle of May when I put the call out to all the boozy crafters in the world for the Art of Patrón bottle art contest?!
And then I made my own piece of “art”, and was pretty proud of myself…
Just look at that little fox! (I’m clearly still pretty proud of myself)
Surprisingly, I did not win. But, no hard feelings! After seeing the amazing entries this year, I may never craft again. These guys are true artisans. And these many months later, the agave powers that be have finally selected a Grand Prize Winner. Last week Patrón threw a party in New York City to celebrate!
Patrón knows how to throw down. And Rebecca Stoneback, this year’s Grand Prize Winner, was the belle of the ball.
Her stunning necklace, La Abeja, was created out of a single Patrón Silver Tequila bottle, melted and sculpted into 60 beads “to represent the 60 hands it takes to make each bottle. Her creation “was inspired by the flavor of the tequila and the spirit of the people behind it.”
Rebecca even sculpted the iconic Patrón bee and turned it into a mini bottle of its own, containing….you guessed it, Patrón Silver Tequila!
I was able to catch up with Rebecca at the Art of Patron party last week and she was kind enough to give us all a little peek into how this all came to be:
Prairie Rose: How did you hear about the Art of Patron project?
Rebecca Stoneback: I saw something about the contest on the internet, it might have been the chess table from the last contest. I loved the chess table and ended up becoming interested because of that. I thought I might have a chance to win so I ran out to Bourbon Street, a local chain in Hunterdon County, NJ and picked up a bottle of Patron Silver and an instruction form for the contest.
PR: What got you into glass blowing in the first place?
RS: I’ve actually been kind of obsessed with glass since I saw glassblowers in Murano on an episode of Mr. Rogers. I think I was around 5 years old. I had my mom take me to the library and took out every book they had about glass blowing. After being obsessed with it for years I finally took a class when I was around 18 or 19. It used to be very difficult to find anywhere at all that had any kind of class teaching lampwork or glass blowing. After my first class I bought everything I needed to do lampwork–small glass work done using a torch mounted on a bench–and basically taught myself for the next 5 years until I had the opportunity to go to Murano. I studied glass intensively in Murano–officially in classes and just observing and learning from artists. I came home with all new handmade tools, a handmade torch, and over a hundred of kilos of glass I hand-picked. I’m in love with glass work–both glass blowing and lampwork–but I mainly focus on lampwork because of a neck injury I had in my teens that keeps me from being able to lift and handle the heavier glass.
PR: What are you going to do with the $10, 000??
RS: I’m planning to buy more equipment and update my studio.
PR: What’s your favorite Patron cocktail?
RS: I’m not very well versed on cocktails, but my favorite, by far, from the event, was the El Califa.
El Califa (created by Rob Kreuger from Extra Fancy)
1 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
1 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
1 oz Amaro Montenegro
¾ oz Fresh lemon juice
2 oz Doc’s draft cider
To check out any of Rebecca’s other work, you can head to her website The Sugarbee.
Sponsored: This post was made possible by Patrón.