artwork

Lilioid Longitutde, 2017
Lilioid Longitutde, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint, and flocking. 7" h.

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Lilioid Longitude, (detail)
Lilioid Longitude, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint, and flocking. 7" h.

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Prime Meridian, 2017
Prime Meridian, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 25" h.

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Prime Meridian, (detail)
Prime Meridian, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 25" h.

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Du Mai, 2017
Du Mai, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 11" h.

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Du Mai, (detail)
Du Mai, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 11" h.

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Yin Wei, 2017
Yin Wei, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 12" h.

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Yin Wei, (detail)
Yin Wei, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 12" h.

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Dai Mai, 2017
Dai Mai, 2017

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 16" h.

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Dai Mai, (detail)
Dai Mai, (detail)

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 16" h.

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Scott-Carr
Scott-Carr

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 16.5" h.

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Scott-Carr, (detail)
Scott-Carr, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 16.5" h.

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Morse, 2017
Morse, 2017

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 18" h.

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Morse, (detail)
Morse, (detail)

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 18" h.

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Lockhart, 2017
Lockhart, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 12" h.

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Lockhart, (detail)
Lockhart, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 12" h.

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Endeavor, 2017
Endeavor, 2017

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 11" h.

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Endeavor, (detail)
Endeavor, (detail)

Slipcast clay, glaze, enamel paint and flocking. 11" h.

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Z. Reckoning, 2017
Z. Reckoning, 2017

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 14.5" h.

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Z. Reckoning, (detail)
Z. Reckoning, (detail)

Slipcast clay, Egyptian Paste, enamel paint and flocking. 14.5" h.

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Making the Work

Making my sculptures requires a series of physical labors. Creating new plaster molds, mixing casting slip, glazes, enamel paint and flocking.  

 
Plaster mold library
Plaster mold library

Studio made and industry made plaster molds.

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Force drying plaster molds
Force drying plaster molds

When humid, molds need to be forced dried and the cat's bed benefits from proximity of the space heater too.

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Poorman's damp room
Poorman's damp room

Multiple cast objects are kept damp in a series of plastic bag tents.

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Attaching parts
Attaching parts

After scoring and slipping, parts are attached.

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Part preparation
Part preparation

Cast parts are prepared by removing seems and unwanted portions.

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Breakage
Breakage

Not often, but inevitable, pieces break.

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Repairs
Repairs

Repairing broken pieces and fixing inevitable cracks are aided by using a lighted magnifying glass.

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Multiple parts
Multiple parts

Multiple parts are assembled in preparation for addition to the main body of the sculpture.

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Z. Reckoning, main body
Z. Reckoning, main body

Four different cast clay parts are attached to each other and comprise the "main body" of the sculpture.

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Studio Assistant
Studio Assistant

The class bird often joins me in the studio, but editorializes like crazy.

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Z. Reckoning, in progres
Z. Reckoning, in progres

Each subsequent part is cut and attached one at a time.

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Building
Building

The building process includes loads of loosely placing parts and extrapolating their successful placement.

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Prime Meridian, in progress
Prime Meridian, in progress
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Prime Meridian, in progress
Prime Meridian, in progress

Multiple parts are cast, cleaned in preparation for assembly.

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Completed work drying
Completed work drying

Drying is taken slow and repairing cracks as appear can be expected.

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Projecting images
Projecting images

A computer and digital projector are used to project, compose and manipulate surface imagery.

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Magnetism, in progrès
Magnetism, in progrès

Composing the imagery means a lot of physical and digital manipulations.

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Du Mai, in progress
Du Mai, in progress

After lines of imagery is completed, the sillhoette is painted with enamel paint.

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Lilliode Latitude, in progress
Lilliode Latitude, in progress

Applying flocking to surface.

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Magnetism, in progress
Magnetism, in progress

Applying glaze to surface.

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