artwork

Lilioid Longitutde, 2017
Lilioid Longitutde, 2017

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

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

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

Prime Meridian, 2017
Prime Meridian, 2017

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

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

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

Du Mai, 2017
Du Mai, 2017

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

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

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

Yin Wei, 2017
Yin Wei, 2017

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

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

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

Dai Mai, 2017
Dai Mai, 2017

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

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

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

Scott-Carr
Scott-Carr

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

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

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

Morse, 2017
Morse, 2017

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

Morse, (detail)
Morse, (detail)

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

Lockhart, 2017
Lockhart, 2017

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

Lockhart, (detail)
Lockhart, (detail)

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

Endeavor, 2017
Endeavor, 2017

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

Endeavor, (detail)
Endeavor, (detail)

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

Z. Reckoning, 2017
Z. Reckoning, 2017

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

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

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

 

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.

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.

Poorman's damp room
Poorman's damp room

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

Attaching parts
Attaching parts

After scoring and slipping, parts are attached.

Part preparation
Part preparation

Cast parts are prepared by removing seems and unwanted portions.

Breakage
Breakage

Not often, but inevitable, pieces break.

Repairs
Repairs

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

Multiple parts
Multiple parts

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

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.

Studio Assistant
Studio Assistant

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

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

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

Building
Building

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

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

Multiple parts are cast, cleaned in preparation for assembly.

Completed work drying
Completed work drying

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

Projecting images
Projecting images

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

Magnetism, in progrès
Magnetism, in progrès

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

Du Mai, in progress
Du Mai, in progress

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

Lilliode Latitude, in progress
Lilliode Latitude, in progress

Applying flocking to surface.

Magnetism, in progress
Magnetism, in progress

Applying glaze to surface.

 

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