Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The three part molds I made at Arrowmont using plaster prototypes in progress.  I forgot to take an image of the molds with the last part on them.  I'm going to test them out next week and see what the cups look like.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Here are some images of the new work finally finished. This one is titled "Who Owns the Water?".  I've been watching a lot of documentaries about water, and I've had several students make pieces about dwindling water resources, so this issue had been on my mind for awhile.  I've felt it was time to start making some more overt political statements with my work.

I'm still not entirely sure about a title for this piece yet.  It includes images and materials from my families summer home which was in the family for four generations and was just sold last summer.  So it seems to be about loss and joy at the same time.  This house was one of the few constants in my life, and was one of my favorite places to be.  I'll have to think about this for awhile.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It turns out that blogging while doing a workshop is not a realistic goal.  I learned so much this last week, it will probably take me another month to truly process it all.  I was a little afraid before I went that I would already know everything that was presented, but that was not true at all.  There were several techniques that I had never even heard of before.  I tried so many new things and had a ton of fun.  It was so nice to not be the teacher for a change.

The first day's revelations were a cool tool to get models out of molds, and break-away molds.

The second day was a little less revelatory, but I still learned things.  I start to get confused about what happened which day.  I learned more about shaping plaster prototypes, and properly setting up a multi-part mold to get better castings. Everyone in the class was trying different techniques, we were learning from each other and our mistakes as much as we learned from Heather.

The last really cool technique that I tried I didn't get to until Friday.  (I spent the first couple of days obsessing over making 2 four part molds.)  On Friday I tried sledging for the first time.  I had seen the technique in Andrew Martin's book, but had never really understood how it works.  I think it is awesome, but also scarey because you have to work so fast.  I am definitely going to try it again this summer.  I made 3 profiles and only got the chance to try 1 of them.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm headed off to Arrowmont School of Crafts to take a workshop with Heather Mae Erikson on plaster prototyping and mold making.  SCAD (the university that I teach at) has generously given me the money to take the workshop and then develop a body of work from what I learn.  I am looking forward to the next week and what I will learn.  On the way there I will be stopping in Roswell Georgia to set up the next iteration of the Savannah Clay show at Roswell Arts Center West.  If you're in the Atalanta area this summer you should go check out the show.  I am going to try to be good about blogging about this trip and project this summer.