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ICE MATTERS™, LLC

Thinking outside the block since 1999

 

MEET THE ICE MATTERS™ CREW


   

We take great pride in creating the best ice experience in Connecticut...

meet the awesome people who make it all happen:


Bill Snow Sculpting

Bill Covitz is the owner of Ice Matters™, an ice carving company he opened in 1999 - however, ice was not his first calling.  Bill is a former Chef and a 1991 graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  As a Chef, Bill spent several years working in fine dining restaurants throughout the United States, specializing in French Cuisine and also worked as a Private Chef in both France and Belgium.  

Fulfilled with his career as a Chef, he went looking for a new avenue to explore his artistic calling - leaving the hot kitchen for the cold freezer.  Raised in Ridgefield, CT, he decided to move back to his home state and open an ice carvings business.  He now works in a 12 degree studio creating ice masterpieces for country clubs, hotels, banquet facilities, restaurants and individuals throughout Connecticut.  

At the 2004 National Ice Carving Association's Nationals he was the Grand Champion, placing first on both days of the 2-day competition.  This honor was the icing on the cake for Bill as he was undefeated in local competitions for several seasons.  

In March of 2006 he placed second in the world at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.  

In February 2009, after taking several years off from competing, he returned to the National Ice Carving Association's Nationals and placed 2nd with his Praying Mantis design....his favorite yet! 

Creating ice instruments on a mountain top in Norway, something he has been doing every year since January 2006, has been an exciting challenge and he hopes to continue making ice music possible in the years to come.  

2013 proved to be a busy ice music travel season with a four city tour in February 2013 and a trip to Greenland with a Canadian production company in search of the perfect ice in August.  At each location he made instruments for Norwegian musician, Terje to play. 

2014 marked Norway's 200th year of independence and was a much celebrated event.  Bill was comissioned by the Norweigan government to replicate buildings in ice, create the stage and ice instruments. 

On a personal note, he loves golf and archery, is the proud father of two boys and husband to the office girl, Jen.


 

 


TEAMWORK MATTERS:

Finding people who work well together is worth the work.

We are all people, working together, creating a full circle. We're using what nature provides, sculpting its frozen form into something unexpected, then returning it to nature...while making the process in which that all happens our business, our family, our living.

Thank you for supporting the art of life!

Ice Matters™!


 

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Bill and Dylan

Dylan Matters:  We are so lucky to have Dylan working with us!  You know what they say, timing is everything!  Dylan has been working with us full time since October 2013.  In addition to being part of the Ice Matters™ team, Dylan loves to play the guitar and is an all around great guy!  Pictured on the left, circa 2000, are Bill and Dylan - that was Dylan's first job and our first employee!  How cool is that?! 

Dylan


It was only a matter of time......the last demonstration Bill had at our favorite place, Lake Compounce, the kids were both totally into helping Bill in any way they could.  The kids patiently waited for off season so they could train with Dad...

Lake Compounce Demo


Liam Matters:  Our son, Liam, 11, is pictured here with his first ice carving!  With Bill's guidance, Liam carved Uni-Kitty from the new Lego Movie...fitting since his nick name is Lego Liam!  Have you ever seen anyone so excited to use an angle grinder?!  In additional to being an amazing lego designer, Liam is also an awesome sketch artist.  He keeps busy with school, plays the baritone horn, takes karate and is a Boy Scout.  He enjoys camping, target shooting and creating stop motion video's. 

Liam with the Angle Grinder       Liam Carving      

Liam with his first Carving


Joshua and his first carving

Joshua Matters:  Our son, Joshua, 6, started carving this year, too and is pictured with his first carving!  He spent the winter making ice and snow carvings using frozen snow and ice shards....you can imagine how excited he was when he finally got a chisel in his hand!  He loves school, takes karate classes and plays baseball.  He is budding artist and a lego designer in training.  He loves camping, target shooting and helping.

       Joshua at work        Joshua at work 


And here I am, the office girl/owners wife/mom, Jen, pictured with my two assistants...when we were all younger. 

I work from home...sometimes it's noisy, but it is a family business and I do my best to take calls when it's quiet in the house...but it's never a guarantee! 

In addition to raising our two boys, I handle everything but the ice sculpting and heavy lifting for Ice Matters™. 

I love being able to work from home and wouldn't trade it for the world, unless of course I won lottery - then I would work from wherever I happened to be vacationing at the time!  I'm sorry...are the waves crashing in the background too noisy?!

Me and My Boys

My happy helpers!  Liam and Joshua do a great job of keeping each other busy and hold down the fort while I am working!  Toni is also my big helper, she takes care of Joshua and the pets and even answers my home phone while I am talking to customers!  I am so lucky to have such a great team of helpers!


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Dependable Friends Matter


Bill and the Master of the Angle Grinder Gary and JP Bill and his right hand man, Matt

Ice Crew


Gary Matters

Gary Matters:  Gary has been a part time member of the Ice Matters™ team for years.  Lucky us!  His full time job is as a Chef Instructor here in CT.  He works for us whenever we need help, doing demonstrations, delivering ice and at the shop programing the machine.  He is married, with children, pictured here with his youngest of 2 daughters.  He is hard working and forever a great guy to have around.  We are lucky to have him share his talents and friendship with us! 


JP Matters:  JP is as awesome as he is tall!  And he is the most optimistic person I know!  He is a hard worker and is very talented in both the ice and culinary arena.  He always surprises me with the things he knows and is always willing to share his knowledge and outlook on life!  JP is a free lance Sculptor and Chef, going where the business is.  We would love for that to be with the Ice Matters™ family more often!  JP has worked with us for several years doing demonstrations and large projects...but our goal is to be busy enough to keep him grounded right here.  (I know that wouldn't be fair to the rest of the world, but I'm selfish when it comes to JP!)

JP Matters

Matt with his adorable daughter!

Matt Matters:  We are so grateful after working with Matt for so many years that he is still working for us when he can.

Matt is the proud father to an adorable little girl and happily married to his awesome wife, Jean.   The cool giraffe sculpture he made at Lyman Orchards in February is in the background.


Gene Matters:  Shown here doing what he loves best - having fun with the crowd! 

Gene is an awesome carver and helps us out with demonstrations whenever he can! 

He is a fun guy and an awesome dad to his two young boys. 

Gene Matters


ErikErik Matters:  Erik, aka "Uncle E" grew up with Bill in Ridgefield, is an all around great guy and our best friend. He is always there when we need him and always has a clear head when it comes to business.  When he isn't helping us with competitions (Bill went undefeated with Erik by his side for YEARS), demonstrations, deliveries....or watching our "horse" while we are away, he works as the Executive Chef at Ellington Ridge Country Club.  Lucky members!!!  He enjoys fishing and target shooting, but most of all he loves to golf - pictured here after getting a hole-in-one on a par 4 in June 2013 on the 8th hole at Fariview Farm!  He also loves our kids and taco night!  And we love him!


Tom Matters:  Tom is now a seasoned member of the Ice Matters™ family, and is still living up to his 3 nicknames!  He answers to "Master of the Angle Grinder", "King of the Freezer Drops" and "Fill in Dad".  (He is pictured here with our youngest son.)  Or you can just call him Tom, he answers to that too!

Tom is a husband, father and owner of The Heritage Group, www.heritagegroupct.com.  He is always there when we need an angle grinded or a sculpture freezer dropped!  He balances a happy family and business like no one else! 


Mike Matters:  We met Mike when we hired him to work on our barn-to-house conversion project.  He  is an awesome carpenter and owns a construction company, R3 out of Cheshire, CT.  Mike has been helping the Ice Matters™ family since 2007 and has been on some really big set ups with us!  But that didn't scare him away - he's still always there when we need him!  He is married with children, as they say, and is an all around great guy to have around!  His awesome family agrees! 

Mike Matters

Craig

Craig Matters:  We are so happy to have Bills cousin Craig join the Ice Matters™ team!  He is an awesome guy (he's single ladies), new to CT and a great help for us!   Craig is one of the hardest working guys I know, he is an accomplished craftsman, does roofing, siding, flooring and tile work...you name it!  And he makes the most amazing bird houses!!!!  Click on the article to read about Craigs Bird House Business...The Birds Nest.


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To order one of our Ice Sculptures or to inquire about our Ice Carving Demonstration services please call or e-mail Jen at ( 203) 271 - 3736 or icematters@netzero.com

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Liam Matters and Toni Matters