2 days of observing my surroundings, tuning into the play of lines and light- and having fun!.
Some of you might be aware of the sculpture show curated by June LaCombe, Autumn at Hawk Ridge Farm.
Here is the link to images of the sculpture show: Autumn at Hawk Ridge. Please browse through them. It is not the same as seeing them first hand in nature. But you will get an idea of the great diversity of sculptural expression.
You can see my sculptures in the company of so many great pieces by about 30 Maine artists. My sculptures are images # 13, 28 and 81.
Here is a photo I took of “Uprising” on the sculpture path. This is the first time this piece is installed in the woods. I always had it in open spaces. See what you think and let me know.
And as a preview, I am inspired to work on different shapes and forms and created the first model in copper. It also can stand as a smaller sculpture by itself. Just in case I want to play in a bigger scale, I might leave my bending tools in a different spot for the winter, so they will not be covered by big snowbanks. Well, it depends on how cold it will get this winter.
Enjoy the turn of the season and keep beauty in your life.
The new sculpture “New Leaf” 3 is taking shape.
Here are a few images and video.
The first curves are bend. The two main rods are welded together. I was thrilled that the welder worked excellent. I have not used it in such a long time- and I remembered how to weld. I was a little worried I might have forgotten.
The gesture is outlined temporarily with copper tube. This is giving me a rough guide to fill out the leaves with the steel rods to come. A few of which are tacked in place below.
New Leaf 2 had been exhibited during the Fall show at Hawk Ridge Farm. June LaComb curated the show on the beautiful woods trail.
I am excited to hear that it found a new home and so much interest that I was commissioned to create another similar one. This will be a fun project before it gets too cold to work outside. In fact I have more curvy shapes floating through my mind and hope to have enough time to play with more forms. First I will order some steel!
This is a selection of pieces I am sending to a new to me Gallery in Portland ME. Casco Bay Artisans.
Foldform Earrings in silver and copper
Bronze belt buckles with different finishes
This is how they look like on a belt
Forged copper belt buckle and pendant set.
Create your own hardware, or jewelry.
Students will learn how to create draw handles, pulls, hooks or other metal elements, ( or bracelets, earrings) by hammering/forging a square or round rod of copper. This workshop gives a basic understanding of how metal can move and how pliable it is. Hammer marks can be used as design elements or can be planished out, filed smooth and even polished. In addition we will explore how to hammer sheet metal into decorative design elements. (or jewelry) Flat sheets also can be folded and hammer to explore very 3 dimensional shapes. Who knows where inspiration will take you.
This workshop will expand the vocabulary of the students, learning what is possible with metal. This exploration might also open the doors to use metal elements in conjunction with the wood design.
Even if students don’t want to fabricate the metal pieces themselves, they will have an idea of how to design it and work with a metalsmith to fabricate exactly what fits their design.
Most practice pieces will be done in copper, but eventually can be executed out of brass, bronze, silver or other metals, depending on the technique.
When and Where:
Starting Tuesday April 5
4 Weeks, Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm
Mill St. Rockland
$140 per student- this includes shop fee and cost of copper rod and sheet
Early bird price $120 if registered and paid by 3/12/16 with check or cash
min. 4 students
max. 8 students
Registration Deadline: 3/29/16
email: email@example.com or call 207-542-4285
Prepay by check or cash
20 Mill St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Tools that would be good to have, but not necessary for the class itself: cross peen hammers, planishing hammers, any metal plate that can receive hammer marks. (I now have a nice selection of hammers to share and metal plates.)
Ear protection is a must and may be leather glove for the holding hand.
I am looking forward to spending time with you and teaching you some new skills.