Hoppy's Garden Art has been making artisan garden sprinklers since 2007. Each sprinkler is hand-made using polished copper and blown glass balls or glass globes. The colors of the glass balls and globes are continually changing and are sourced from a variety of talented glass artists, many from the greater Seattle area.
Hoppy, aka Steve Hopkins, has a history of artists in his family. Ancestors include Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Canadian artists Frances Ann Hopkins and Elisabeth Hopkins author of The Painted Cougar, a children's picture book.
Growing up on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington, Steve was always messin' with the creative process, and played around in many kinds of media, from pencil, pen and ink, batik, ceramics, photography, woodworking and more.
one of Steve's early popular colors
After graduating from WSU with a BA in Advertising and a minor in Fine Arts, for many years Steve didn't really have a consistent hands-on creative outlet. Then in the early 2000's he began making beautiful cedar and copper garden trellises and selling them at his local farmers market. After a time customers began asking for a certain spiral copper trellis to be made into a sprinkler, and being inspired by Dreamsprayer, Steve began designing and creating copper garden sprinklers, which his customers loved! Good thing he listened.
He eventually further enhanced his original designs by incorporating copper spirals and colorful glass balls, which you see here today, and began selling his garden art sprinklers at home, garden art and flower shows, and street festivals throughout Western Washington. In 2010 and again in 2019, Steve was the featured artist at Sorticulture, the area's largest garden art and plant show. The Everett Herald newspaper has the profiles here, and here. Here is a mention in the 3/30/2014 Sunday Seattle Times.
Steve's other interests include summer backpacking trips in the Cascade Mountains, attending large and small (mostly rock) music concerts, time with friends, running half marathons and raising his 17 year old son (who now is paid to build the steel bases). Steve and his son live in Bothell, WA. His day job is as an independent recruiter.