San Francisco artist Agelio Batle's Pencil Blocks are shaped like small block toys, and all of their surfaces can write! The equivalent to more than 12 pencils, these little shapes are great for creating a tabletop city or jotting notes. Natural graphite and smudge resistant compounds are fused in specialized forms under intense pressure. Handcrafted, each piece is meticulously fashioned using the innovative methods that Batle originated.
In Agelio's words: "Whether drawing lines or inscribing words, the act of making marks lures ideas into the physical world. Hands perceive and reveal things that our eyes and conscious minds may never know. We discover things about ourselves and our thoughts by engaging the hand in a mark-making process." Handmade in San Francisco, CA.
Produced by Batle Studio
Made in San Francisco
Approximately 2 1/4" long
Packaged in a 4" x 4" envelope
Writes on any paper; resists staining hands
The investigative nature of Agelio’s work may stem from his background in sciences – a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Not wishing to pursue a career in science, he returned to his lifelong interest in art and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1998, Agelio’s early ceramic work was chosen by the American Craft Museum (NY) to represent the best work in the country for artists under thirty in Young Americans. In the years since, he has continued to exhibit in galleries and museums across the United States, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.