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ArtTalk: Glitter house creator makes small replicas of buildings

Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 5:19 p.m. CST; updated 5:45 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014
Artist Tracey Pfeiffer created this model of a Columbia home.

The Columbia Missourian is re-launching a project called ArtTalk with the goal of celebrating and discussing local art and artists. To submit one yourself, fill out the form at the bottom of the story.

This story was contributed by Missourian reader Tracey Pfeiffer.

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Q: What kind of art do you create? Tell us about your medium and style.

A: Using scrap cardboard and chip board, I create small glitter houses that are replicas of people's homes and local landmarks.

Q: What is it that inspires you? And why do you create art?

A: I have always loved the small glitter houses called putz houses that originated in Europe over a century ago. I just took it a step further in that I'm re-creating someone's house or other building. I love creating something that holds special meaning for someone. Last Christmas I created the Westminster Chapel in Fulton for a client whose daughter had gotten married there. I even painted the clock tower to read 4:00, which was the time of the wedding. Each piece is unique and sentimental to the person I'm making it for ... I love that!

Q: What sets you or your work apart from other artists?

A: I don't really consider myself an "artist" since I don't have any formal training. All the materials I use are leftover packing materials or old shoe boxes or anything else just lying around. It's fun to take something that might otherwise end up in the trash and create something fun and meaningful with it!

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