Saturday, May 23, 2009

Race Car Jewelry

miniature race car jewelry
Mark Grosser, a track photographer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 25 years, is one those happy souls who has successfully managed to combine passion, profession and hobby into a lucrative business: He designs his own line of miniature race car jewelry.

When John Andretti wanted a three-dimensional race car pendant for his wife, a new opportunity for Grosser knocked his door. With the help of photos that Grosser took at the track through the years working for United Press International, he started carving race cars out of gold. The challenge, of course, is to make the cars proportionally correct and set the stones perfectly. After customers pick out of 20-30 sketches, it is up to him to finalize a tailor-made unique jewelry which can be anything from race charms to key chains. His gallery which is not limited to cars, has more to offer.

Grosser displays his creations at 35 shows a year across the nation. Locally, he will be at Talbot Street Art Fair on June 13-14, and is one of the artists in the Indiana Artisan program, which was started in 2008 to raise awareness of Indiana-made products.

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