Williamston on ice

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By Brytanie Killebrew
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON—Snow and freezing temperatures welcomed icy art to downtown Williamston.

The annual Williamston ice sculpture event drew many spectators with snow-laced eyelashes Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3, to watch sculptor Scott Miller in action.

The event began Saturday morning at West Grand River Avenue and Putnam Street. Miller worked from 10 a.m. to noon and again Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Miller partnered with Nu Concept Salon, 100 E. Grand River Ave., on the design of a pair of scissors and GLS Heating & Air Conditioning, 123 N. Cedar St., on the design of a ball of flames.

Nu Concepts commissioned an icy pair of scissors.

Nu Concepts commissioned an icy pair of scissors.

Miller also worked in south Williamston at the Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic, 2295 N. Williamston Road, where he carved Claudia the Cat in honor of her 17th birthday.
While some sculptures were collaborations between Miller and downtown businesses, Miller carved his own design of a Canada goose in flight and an underwater dolphin piece.

Canada goose

Canada goose

Although this year’s event had appropriate weather, last year Miller wasn’t as lucky.

Last February, the 60-degree weather proved to be too much for the ice sculptures to handle.

“Once the sunlight hit, they shattered and melted,” he said.

This year, Miller said he is pleased with how the pieces turned out.

Miller began his carving career as a chef at the Williamston Country Club in 1981. That start according to Miller, is common for ice sculptors.

“Most, if not all, sculptors are chefs or ex-chefs,” he said.

It was in 1993 when Miller left his position as an executive chef and started Miller Ice Sculptures. The company will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Feb. 19.

“It’s a business, but I love what I do,” Miller said.

As for the annual ice sculpture event, Miller said he returns every year to promote Williamston and help “bring people out.” The effort has shown positive results.

Williamston residents Adam and Beth Bush attended the live sculpture event on Saturday with their three children, Jonathan, 2; Katie, 5 and Ella, 7.

Beth Bush said despite the cold, she enjoys bringing her children to the annual despite the cold.

“We try to come out every year to watch, or at least come see the sculptures,” she said.

Bush said she appreciates the variety of public events in Williamston because it gives kids something to look forward to.

“It’s nice, Williamston has a lot of family events that you can take part in. It’s nice for the kids,” she said.

Kris Horstman, the event coordinator, said she enjoyed Miller’s work.

“I think he’s a great guy. He’s really dynamic and people really loved him,” she said. “I’m very happy with the way everything turned out.”

Horstman said she looks forward to working with Miller next year.

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