Master Ice Carver Andrew Thistlethwaite
Hobby turned into obsession as Chef Andrew discovered the unique art of ice sculpting in 1996 as a culinary apprentice at the University of Notre Dame. Since then he has traveled tirelessly throughout the country honing his skills with a chainsaw creating awe-inspiring crystalline spectacles for winter festivals, parties, and demonstrations. Andrew is a Certified Ice Carver by the National Ice Carving Association, and is the Owner of Signature Ice Sculptures, LLC in San Antonio, Texas.
Distinctions and Awards
NICA Professional Division National Champion 2007, 2008
3rd Place 2016 World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska
Awarded numerous Bronze, silver, and Gold Medals in NICA Competi-tions
Certified Ice Carver
Ivy Tech Instructor in Ice Carving
Founded Hunter Ice Festival, Niles, Michigan
Master Ice Carver Aaric Kendall
When Aaric Kendall was in high school, work-ing part time in the kitchen of a private din-ing club, he got the chance to carve a swan out of ice at a Springfield, IL charity event. Kendall was able to hone his skills when he later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. There, he was president of the school’s ice carving club, which set up competitions so chefs-in-training could practice. Argenta, Illinois resident Kendall has since gone on to win the U.S. Ice Carving Nationals and earned the right to compete in ice carving events held in conjunction with two winter Olympics — Tu-rin, Italy, in 2006 and Vancouver, British Co-lumbia, in 2010. He was the Bronze Medalist in Turin and won Gold in Vancouver.
He placed 2nd at the World Ice Art Championships in 2015.
Kendall worked as a chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, where he did all of the hotel’s ice carving. After more than a year, he took a job in the same city with Ice Visions, a full-service ice carving company. There, he sculpted eve-rything from turkeys and cornucopias for Thanksgiving to corporate logos for busi-ness functions and monograms for weddings.Kendall also started Double A Carving Company(www.doubleacarving.com), a full-service ice carving company. His shop — which includes a 13-by-10-foot freezer where he carves — is on the property of his parents’ home, where he grew up.
Master Ice Carver Dean DeMarais
It was the summer of 1988, I was in garde manger class at El Centro, a com-munity college in downtown Dallas, when I carved my first block of ice. By Octo-ber I was full time, at Bifulcos Vanish-ing Sculptures working for Robert Bi-fulco, doing a little bit of everything, sales calls, picking up equipment, deliv-eries, maintaining equipment and even a bit of sculpting.
After going back to school to work on my art degree 1992 i kept my hands on my chainsaw working anything I could find. By 1997 I was running full steam ahead and by February 1998 I officially stated Dallas Ice FX.
I only competed in a few local competi-tions winning some and DQ’ing in others. I competed nationally for the first time in 2003, again in 04, 07 and 08, finish-ing in the top 10. 3 silver medals and a bunch of bronze.
My first experience with international competition was in 2007 at the World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks, AK. with team Fear No Ice.
2007 2nd place abstract multi-block “Sweet Motion of the Northern Lights”
2013 10th place realistic single block “Fallen”
2013 DQ multi-block Team Texas “STRIKE”
2015 2nd place realistic Team Texas “Octopussy” peoples choice, governor’s award,
2016 7th place abstract, single block Team Texas “H2” peoples choice.
2016 3rd place realistic, multi-block Team Texas “How to Train Your Dragons”
Master Ice Carver Jeff Addison
Born in Michigan, native of the Midwest, including St. Louis, Springfield, Minneapolis, and Lincoln. Yes, I like the cold. I’ve always enjoyed the cold as a kid and as an adult to play in it and work in it. Weird, I know! But I do love to vacation in Florida.
I married my college sweetheart and began my career as a chef after graduating from the culinary apprenticeship program at Johnson County Community College in 1996. I specialized in catering, and sculpted ice for weekend brunches and special events. My carving skills were honed over the years, one job led to another, and I found my niche in the hospitality industry. I began Cool Carvings from the ground up, continually making improvements to processes and displays. I have designed some of my own carving tools, as well as the display equipment which is custom made for my ice presentations. I’m continually striving to raise the standards for a spectacular product. Artistry and creativity, as well as professionalism and faith, are what I believe to be our keys to success. I am blessed to be able to work with so many great people at the best events in Kansas City. I love the challenge of designing and sculpting each hand-crafted piece. It’s what I was meant to do.
Master Ice Carver Edwin Hutchinson
Edwin got his start in ice carving during culinary school when he took ice carving classes to create sculptures for the cold food sections in restaurants and buffets, and for special events. His professor, Brian Connors, suggested that Edwin enter ice sculpting contests. Later they went into business together, forming Ice Age Ice Sculptures to create ice sculptures for special events, which is how Edwin earns a living today. For Edwin, the hardest part of ice carving is planning the design, while carving the design is the fun part. The easiest part is talking about the carving once it’s done. Since ice carvings use large tools, carvers are able to wear gloves to stay warm. Edwin said adrenalin also keeps him warm. There is little difference between big ice carving and culinary ice carving except the tools are larger.
One of Edwin’s proudest achievements is winning last year’s multi-block completion here at Ice Alaska using a Cinderella theme, mixing architecture with art. Edwin was the captain of last year’s team but was quick to point out his team which included Daniel Howell from South Carolina, Angelito Baban from the Philippines, and Heather Brice from Fairbanks. This year his team members are all from South Carolina, a first for Ice Alaska. Edwin and his family reside in Greenville, South Carolina. Edwin is the owner of Ice Age Greenville ice sculpting company
Master Ice Carver Danny Bloss II
Danny Bloss II started carving ice at the first Hunter Ice Festival in Niles after taking an ice carving class with the Executive Chef at the University of Notre Dame’s Morris Inn. As he works as a chef at the University of Notre Dame in the Food Services Department, he continues to further his passion for ice carving. He is a frequent participant at almost all Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan winter festivals, having won numerous Silver and Bronze medals in National Ice Carving Association sanctioned competitions. He reached the pinnacle of his ice carving career in 2017 when he won the Professional Division National Championship. Danny works with ice carvers from every corner of the country to hone his skills but always works with his wife Becky at the St. Joseph, Michigan Magical Ice Festival every year. He also does all the ice sculptures for the University of Notre Dame events as well as other events in the South Bend, Indiana area. Danny’s ambition is to someday own his own ice shop. When the weather is warm Danny also is a wood carver and does chalk art at several festivals throughout the country. Danny lives in Niles, Michigan.