In a letter from Poe
January 28th, 2014
After three weeks of wax work and plaster molds, I finally finished the claws for Corey Stein's piece! Just coldworked them this evening, and yes, still wet with a layer of "liquid lust-er" on em. Will be sending them off to LA tomorrow.
Now to get back full- throttle to my own work!
This weekend I took a Precious Metal Clay workshop from Virginia Causey. Oh my, what a fun class! Virginia is a not only an amazingly versatile artist, but a wonderfully fun person and seasoned teacher; So much fun that I'll take whatever class she is going to teach next at Pratt. She is also one of the jewelers in the 3X2 show, and will be awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Seattle Metals Guild this February. Congratulations Virginia!
Now, after playing with clay this weekend, I need to get back into my glass art. Hopefully sometime soon I'll be using PMC with my glass to create something fresh. Yeah its all about experimenting- however I think my crazy plan just might work!
It's only Wednesday, and I'm already dragging! Haven't slept well since Monday- the day I started doggy sitting my sister's furry faced kiddo. Unfortunately, my cat's been on edge since the dogs arrival, and the bedroom is ground zero for the midnight fighting.
I'll be taking a PMC class this weekend at Pratt; just wish for one good nights sleep before then, so I'm able to retain some information.
Test colors for "Mauling Bear" done a few weeks ago. The sprue for the claw mold was placed in a too apparent location- thanks to a Pilchuck instructor. I reworked Corey's original mold and placed the sprue at the base of the claw, this will help keep the original claw form, and less coldworking for the finished product. Pictured below is a plaster pour mold from this evening. Hope it fits in my kiln!
Is it my coffee??
January 08th, 2014
Today instead of making art- I made a mess! A silicone disaster of epic proportion all over the dining room table. Why? Cause I decided to "MacGyver" a pour mold that in theory, sounded like a good cost effective idea.
You know, duct tape, metal flashing and roll of plasticine can either make a pour mold...or a bomb... Well for those of you that guessed "bomb" -you are correct. ;)
After a trip back to the SODO area for more supplies, and peeling up what looks like some cheap silicone bra inserts off my table- I'm willing to have another go!
Yes, today I'm happy, and a silicone mess isn't going to ruin my day... After being stuck in the frozen Midwest airports, nothing phases me.