Sunday, September 30, 2012

Onward









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Since I have moved to a new geographical location my work is shifting again. I am now thinking more about context (since parking my pieces around the complex of the Historic Clay District. I'm thinking about what we recognize as palatable and visually fantastic and then expressing it in ways that emulate natural and synthetic organization. Which is a lot, but anything less seems somehow incomplete to me at this juncture.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mining Recyclables









Carved squares bowls made of sink reclaim, grolleg porcelain, earthenware, and stoneware. These materials were layered in a cardboard cake box.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hair





This is what happens when you use materials dredged out of the classroom sinks. You get hair in your slip. Which actually worked out pretty well, though I might switch to thread which is a bit stronger and more reliably available.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Earthnform



Aztec



Gehry



Gyre



Mushroom



Pan



Scion



Target



Trap





with succulents


Earthnform is a design and production company based in Los Angeles. The duo is bringing to light the immense problem of plastic waste that ceaselessly finds its way into the environment. The products shown here are examples of what can be made from recycled plastic and they exemplify what good design is capable of: producing beautiful objects from waste materials that are also relatable and functional.

To learn more about their company and to purchase their products, visit their website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Grolleg Frosting













These are details from the top of a new piece in progress. This is the bottom that was molded from cardboard fruit packaging:



Press molding in recyclables in recycled material is cheap but can make for slow going.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September Wrap Up, Part I















Well it's not the end of the month yet so this may seem premature, but having not posted anything about what I've done over the last month I figured it was time. Part I, featuring an angle of my studio and some works in progress, and of course with an abandoned lot in downtown thrown in for good measure. Studio time has been busy with teaching, firing (the only reason I'm writing this at 8:30am) and making things. So far the focus has been recyclable materials as molds for slip casting (I have a lack of a better term, not to be confused with casting slip!) with various bodies that Lillstreet carries in their clay cage and sink traps. The monitors have been kind enough to bag this stuff up for me and leave it in my studio instead of throwing it out. (Yay! Thanks Ike where ever you are!) I've also been producing many pastries to (hopefully!) be sold in the Holiday Sale Extravaganza later this fall!

The project for today comes from styrofoam trays that Cermak sells their reduced price produce in. Why do they need to do this? Why does it need to be wrapped in plastic? Could they not just put a different color sticker on it? These are the kinds of questions that keep me up at night and make me grumpy the next morning when I have to get up early and skip breakfast so I can catch the bus so I don't miss the train. It also leads to me finding things to do with them because honestly I don't know if Chicago recycles styrofoam and they definitely do not in my neighborhood. The best way to rectify this situation is to pour a bunch of slop glaze and slip into it.

At any rate, life it different here, but it is very good! And the heat just turned on!



Which is good because I'm wearing this many sweaters!