Taesung Harmms: Alpine's Artist
Historicus Forma Artist Q&A
The Historicus Forma (HFModeling.com) Artist Q&A is a monthly feature. It’s an interview with artists of the historical figure modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Historicus Forma’s Artist Q&A are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.
In this edition we chat to Taesung Harmms, owner and sculptor extraordinaire of Alpine Miniatures.
First, I'd like to thank Historica Forma for this opportunity to introduce myself the modelling community.
I was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1972. So that makes me 36 years old. I live with my lovely and patient wife, Susan. I have no kids and don't plan to any time soon. My wife tells me that she doesn't need another kid in the house.
I grew up in Seoul until I moved to US in 1989. I finished high school in New Jersey and, let me tell you, I did not have a good time there. Learning English wasn't fun either. Then I moved to New York City to study art in a small college and had such a great time there that I could do it all over. Working as a graphic designer for 5 years wasn't how I had expected it to be but taught me a lot about information design, packaging design, and web design. These skills came in handy when I started Alpine Miniatures. I met Susan and married her in 2001. Obviously, my English was "working" by then.
I decided to start my own figure line, Alpine Miniatures, in 2004 after making some figures for a resin figure company. I didn't expect it to be easy but didn't expect it to be so labor-intensive either. In the beginning, Alpine Miniatures was a one-man operation from my room. Now, I have a workshop/office and one employee. I basically have no life because I work 2 shifts a day: one in the morning at the workshop, and the other at night sculpting at home.
I do manage to get out and play a round of golf on Saturdays with friends. I'm not that good at it, but it gives a chance to go out for a drink afterwards. I also enjoy playing guitar and listening to rock music. I listen to AC/DC, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Pink Floyd, etc. Time to time, I go skeet-shooting. Hopefully, I get myself a shotgun soon.