New Sculpture is started

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.

Sculpture found a new home

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!

New Leaf 2, made out of steel rod

side view

installed at Hawk Ridge, Maine

New Leaf 2 dimensions are about 5 x 3 x 2′

the patina is beautiful orangy rust

Workshop- Forging and Foldforming

Create your own hardware, or jewelry.

This is a 4 week workshop, initially tailored to woodworkers wanting to create their own hardware. But all the skills taught can be applied to creating jewelry as well.
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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.IMG_2533

When and Where:

Starting Tuesday April 5

4 Weeks, Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm

Mill St. Rockland

Cost:

$140 per student- this includes shop fee and cost of copper rod and sheet

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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: info@visualartsmaine.com or call 207-542-4285

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Antje Roitzsch

20 Mill St.

Rockland, ME 04841

Tools:

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.

Antje

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New Finish

I have been living with this sculpture for a few weeks and liked it.  But once I added an encaustic finish to my latest sculpture, this one needed to get smoother as well.

This Piece “Return” invites to be touched.  It looks smooth and flowing, therefore the surface needs to have that quality and continue that experience.  Finally I found a way to execute this with an encaustic finish.  It turned out a little redder than I expected- but why not add a little color?

smooth finish

smooth finish

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides