A VISION has to be established. I want to get to know my client very well.
Understanding their needs and desires is a top priority.
".....it's imperative the client's vision becomes a reality........especially in the design phase and through out every step of the project......"
The creative talent combined with the craftsmanship that makes the details flawless.
....I am an artist, I want to create a one of a kind piece that is set alone like no other...
Defines the material incorporated as the cornerstone for each installation. The material makes the installation unique, a conversation piece, an original.
“Working with Pierce has been a great experience. His focus on the process, the details and follow up are to be commended. The fireplace surround he most recently installed, far exceeded my clients expectations. We had a vision and Pierce delivered, putting in the extra effort necessary to ensure the finished product was something we could all be proud of. I look forward to our next opportunity to work together.”
Joshua M. Simpson
Timbers Resorts, the owner and operator of Kiawah Island’s first private residence club, may have started in Colorado, but its head of development says building in the Lowcountry has brought the business back home.
Chris Burden, a Bluffton resident and College of Charleston alumnus, was raised in the Hilton Head Island area and has worked with the family-owned firm for his entire career, he said. His father, David Burden, founded the Carbondale, Colo.-based company about 20 years ago.
Most developments require extensive research to create a building and design that feels authentic, but this one “came naturally,” he said.
They wanted to include local touches — sweetgrass baskets hanging on the wall, the “Pat Conroy Cookbook” on the counter. A fireplace made of oyster shells and driftwood,
designed by Bluffton artist Pierce Giltner, stands in the main room of the clubhouse.
The complex, located just before the entrance to Kiawah Beachwalker Park, was still swarmed with workers last Tuesday, painting railings, installing fixtures and wiping windows. The first guests would start to trickle in the next day and, over the first few months, Timbers Kiawah will be operating with about 50 owners, Burden said.
About 40 owners signed on after a model unit was put on display in the spring. At capacity, the club would have 180 member owners.
The 18 three-bedroom units are split between three main buildings, each of which is topped with an expansive four-bedroom penthouse.
Giltner has spent much of the past decade taking on commission work while transitioning his portfolio from less-durable paints and materials to more collector-friendly oil paints and canvas. He has also continued to evolve his artisan carpentry business, Rustic Installations, crafting one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and installations.
A unique request from the J. Banks Design Group in 2017 has led Giltner to a new adventure that’s combined his world with that of his subject-turned-friend and newfound collaborator.
“I was asked to build a tabby fireplace in Kiawah Island and it was like this creative awakening,” Giltner said of mastering the artisanry technique centered around an oyster shell-based mixture that’s been a high-end Lowcountry building staple since Colonial days. “Drack and me, we are in this together. He’s my right-hand man in this. It’s a very time-consuming building method but it’s a style that’s in high demand.”
After earning kudos for his Kiawah masterpiece, Giltner made tabby work a cornerstone of his business, branching out to tabby-based fire pits, coffee tables and lamps over the past three years.
“These become works of art when done right, and while there’s plenty of folks trying to create the tabby look, few are actually taking the time to do it right,” he said.
Giltner has shifted his base of operations from Calhoun Street and a brief residency at Bluffton’s Cahill’s Market to his new Burnt Church Road studio, a warehouse behind The Sugaree bakery where he showcases both his paintings and his tabby creations.
While gallery shows and art competitions were canceled over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Giltner has continued to stay busy with construction work and new commission projects. He looks to have a formal studio opening in the spring and a new solo show in fall 2021.
While his tabby clientele is rapidly spreading to Charleston and Savannah, Giltner said Bluffton will always be his creative home front.
“This place is magic,” he said. “The people and the inspiration here are too special for me to ever dream of living anywhere else.”