Artisans of the Valley of Pennington, N.J., one of the nation’s premier custom furniture and antique restoration studios, received commissions from Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Las Vegas, in conjunction with Nancy Glass Productions of Bala Cynwyd, PA for Animal Planet’s hit series “Tanked.”
Artisans of the Valley designed and built a custom cherry cabinet surround for a refrigerator tank that will be featured in the second-season premiere, on Saturday April 14th at 9pm EST on Animal Planet. The piece was built for Plesser’s Appliance in Babylon, NY as a showpiece for the store entrance.
Reality TV requires more than just stars and cameras, local resources are called upon to provide support. Artists and craftsmen often donate time and materials in exchange for otherwise unachievable national publicity. Artisans of the Valley’s relationship with the cast and crew of “Tanked” follows this storyline.
Photo by Eric M. Saperstein; “Tanked” Episode 5, Season 1 featuring an original design fish tank designed following the theme of the children’s story THE MAGGIE B. The project included a custom solid cherry “Sea Chest Bed” by Artisans of the Valley.
Following the antics of two brothers-in-law as they run the largest aquarium manufacturing company in the nation, “Tanked” dunks viewers into the high-decibel, family-owned business of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). Led by business partners, best friends and constant rivals Wayde King and Brett Raymer, this 13,000 square foot facility, located in Las Vegas, produces some of the most outrageous, larger-than-life and one-of-a-kind tanks for some of the most striking fish and clients around.
Artisans of the Valley is operated by Master Craftsman Eric M. Saperstein & Michael Pietras, along with Eric’s father who is retired but enjoys providing input into the business. Father and son, and friends from high school create original artistic and functional furniture, woodcarvings, and sculptures. The last of their kind, at the end of the day and after their daily creative differences are resolved, these craftsmen restore our nation’s treasures and create tomorrow’s heirlooms.
Watch the second-season trailer at the link below, our “Sea Chest Bed” is a feature project!
Stay tuned – we’ll reveal details of the project featured in this episode after the first air date!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com