Monday, September 17, 2012

Finding Center

 These two pieces represent the direction I expect to continue this semester. I am exploring the spaces above and below, trying to create forms that flow, contain, drip, and float. They are about balance, unease, surprise, hollows, orifices, skin & bones, smoke & fire, beauty & ugly. This piece is called "Knuckle Bones." It is composed of glazed ceramic, piano strings, plastic golf shoe cleats, artificial grass, wood, and steel rods. 

This version shows a larger piece on the bottom than the photograph below. I am still playing with proportions.

When I first built the prototype, the rods were thinner. This is the third set, now at 3/8". It was very wobbly at start but is fairly stable now. It will be much stronger when steel rings are welded below each circle.

Total height is about 66," floor to top cleat. Width of pedestal is 16.5".
other side

inside detail

Here is the original pedestal prototype for "Knuckle Ball".
I am working on the prototype pedestal for this next piece. The top of the base will be at an angle. First I create a model with foam core and rods, then have plywood cut and drilled. Next step will be to have the rods welded. The design for the pedestal of this piece is more complex (see earlier post).

detail of glaze

detail, side view

This pile of pots is no longer. It fell from my hands (the glue didn't hold) while being unloaded from my car after meeting with my mentor. That solves the issue of storage and shipping. Although I enjoy the conceptual aspects of this work, I feel more compelled to create the abstract works above.

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