Create 6 specimens that have fossils of the future within them from specific places within a domestic setting such as, the kitchen, bathroom sink, night stand, home office, under the sink, etc. Each specimen is connected to a gridded ceramic specimen base accompanied by a rebar abstraction on top of what the rock formation used to look like. The rebar is brightly colored to draw attention to the pieces and heed a warning. Crystal formations pop out from the specimen sides. These pieces are glazed and fired to cone 04. Finished pieces are roughly 20x10x20 inches and 12x12x12 inches.
Create 6 battery, clock, and circuitry themed specimens from terra blanc that are attached to gridded and sided specimen trays. Between each layer of clay is a layer of glaze that will allow the layers of clay to move during the 04 firing. Specimens are embellished with crystal and gem developments. Minimum size 12x12x12 inches.
Over the 2015 Winter Break I had the opportunity to do a residency at the San Bao Ceramic Art Institute in China that included working in clay and casting metal. Several students from the Fort Hays State University and Rochester Institute of Technology Ceramics and Sculpture Departments participated in this three week long residency. These are a few of my ceramic pieces that were in the residency group show entitled "2" at the San Bao Galleries.
Site Specific Fossils of the Future from San Bao Residency. These small memory chip specimens were made to be strategically placed throughout the San Bao gardens for future visitors to discover.
Over the 2015 Winter Break I had the opportunity to do a residency at the San Bao Ceramic Art Institute in China that included working in clay and casting metal. Several students from the Fort Hays State University and Rochester Institute of Technology Ceramics and Sculpture Departments participated in this three week long residency. These are images of my metal castings that were in our residency group show entitled "2" in the San Bao Galleries
Loading another bisque in a San Bao gas kiln. There is a place for everything in the kiln and the kilns are tightly packed. Its incredible.
Loading the cone 10 glaze fire at the city kiln. We load in the morning and pick the work up the next morning, so its a 24 hour cycle.
Since my clay pieces are drying today I went to the foundry to ram up some resin sand molds for iron, brass, bronze, and aluminum castings.
Im finished working in wet clay now because clay can take a long time to dry in the damp rain forest climate at San Bao. This residency included a short amount of time for building however Im excited for the next phase of decaling and glazing. The experience of having days of uninterrupted focused work time has been exceptional.
Rows and rows of glaze options at the glaze shop. Buying glaze here is simar to buying lumber at a lumber yard. Customers write down the glaze number and how many bottles they would like and then an employee at the front desk will fill the order.
Today I made parts for larger pieces/installations and set them out on the balcony to dry on the sun.
San Bao is surrounded by beautiful mountains and I found these rocks on one of my hikes. After adding clay memory chips and usb drives we took these specimens to the mold maker to make slip casting molds. I'm excited to get the molds back tomorrow.