Trying to get back to my metalsmithing roots these days. I started my art making career in metal. Well, not exactly. I was a painter first. I painted all through high school & college. Then I neglected my art for a few years. The first technique I taught myself after returning to art was riveting & other cold connections for metal work before picking up a torch. As long as I have been playing in the mud, I have known I would be bringing metal back to my art. I got the idea a couple of years ago to build industrial-style metal boxes. One of the hazards of taking ceramics to lots of shows all over the country is the fragility of the medium. Metal is the other end of that spectrum. Especially the industrial type work. My latest series involves sheet metal boxes with smaller ceramic sculptures within windows in the box. I have now been working on this idea for a couple of years & I love where it’s going. I’ve had three new designs in my head for awhile. Yesterday I finally slowed down long enough to do drawings for those. I may not get to tackle the new work until January, but having the drawings done is the first step. I am also buying a raku rig!!! I’ll be playing with that after the first as well! Very excited to see what I can do with my new “white” series in RAKU!
So far, for my spring shows, I have accepted invitations to do Bayou City in Houston, March 27-29, Fiesta! in San Antonio April 18th & 19th, & Cherry Creek in Denver July fourth weekend, 3-5. I have a couple more applications out, waiting to hear back from the jury on those.
I am starting work, testing glazes this week on a custom piece for plastic surgeon Parker Velargo in New Orleans:
He & his wife, Leia contacted me months ago about a piece for their patient consultation room. They are such a nice couple & I am excited to have the honor of placing my work in their brand new office, opening after the first of January.
Blue skies everyone!
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