17 December 2012
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22 November 2012
Experimenting with whistles.
I love that it is a simple object that does something.
Well, Im trying to get them to do something!
The top version is based on a South American quena or notched flute, which to me has a beautiful, slightly husky, slightly broken sound- or as wikipedia puts it a "dark and textured timbre- very unlike the western flute". These are traditionally made from reeds, or anciently, from llama bones.
Not sure what the science is on the angle of the cuts, and so on.
Both of these work well, but not easily. You have to sort of find the right angle to blow. So Ill need to change that. I think the initial delivery of the air needs to be guided and focussed...
It cant be that complicated. I have a clay ocarina that works awesomely- and I assume the maker wouldnt be able to test the wet clay to see if it works, so it must be a set-angle situation, rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb...
20 November 2012
19 November 2012
Interesting studio details:
Bench is a central island.
Monolithic bench pin.
Angle-poise suction/ dust extraction ( see? on left of bench).
Lapis Lazuli-blue walls... and Jasper-red outside...
And what Ive been wanting to ask was partly mentioned;
Does Warwick make any duds/ incomplete sentences?
The studio is a place where the jeweller's works are resolving or dissolving, gestating or put-to-restating sometimes for years;"...a material looking for an idea- or an idea looking for a material..."
16 November 2012
Pendant made from Your Gold
Send me some old jewellery and I transform it.
This time: 3 recycled 14k rings
Something tricky about the design of this pendant was getting it to balance once its hanging on a chain;
because of all the material in the head and the neck, it wants to tip forward!
To solve this problem, I forge the head and neck just a little thinner, place the bail in just the right spot,
It balances perfectly!
15 November 2012
12 November 2012
I found myself in need of making a round rod into a half-round section,
that is, flat on the bottom and round on top. So I thought Id try an ancient solution;
carve a matrix into a stone block.
The stone is basalt, quite hard. I used a chisel and some files to carve a round groove.
These basalt blocks or 'bluestone pitchers'- a common sight in Melbourne where I live, I believe many of them were hewn by convicts ( and bear the broad arrow mark).
This made me remember a fountain here in Melbourne that was hewn from basalt by a prisoner, William Stanford. He was a horse-thief and highwayman, who discovered a talent for masonry while in the clink. Trust me, basalt is not the sculptor's friend! Good story, good story, but I digress....
(Usually this operation would be achieved by a passing the rod through a mechanical roller or by extruding the rod through a half-round draw-plate, but these methods tend to be very consistent in texture and form. (yawn))
the bottom is now flat, and the top is round, but beautifully stone-textured. ( albeit a little dusty!)
It was nice to work outside in the grass and yarrow for a change.
31 October 2012
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16 October 2012
Su Wu of I'm Revolting curates an amazing swag of stuff!
WHERE: Creatures of Comfort LA, 7971 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: October 20 to November 10, 2012.
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20
- Jack Craig // Broken board tables
- Jonathan Cross // Geodesic salt- and soda-fired pottery
- Ilana Kohn // Marbled silk shawls and scarves
- Kirsten Perry // Oddball lockets
- Julie Hung // Stackable ceramic bangles
- David Neale // Handmade combs and bracelets
- Haruhi Okubo // Freeform tapestry pieces
- Doug Johnston // Coiled rope hanging lights and sculptural baskets
- Mimi Jung // Pom pom eyeballs and weavings
- Morie Nishimura // Brass folding mirrors
- Joanna Williams // Loopy, textured rugs
- Brent Paul Pearson // Kaleidoscope glasses
- Elyse Graham // Dipped resin geodes
10 October 2012
9 October 2012
Black Coffee: check
Hey this hexagonal tumbler fits beside my bench anvil...
Hmm, lets get some more symmetry; reorganise pliers from big to small...
("always be Knolling" as Tom Sachs would say)
Take a photo... post on blog...
OK, enough procrastination already!!
8 October 2012
Still with charcoal hands.
Folks say things are going "pear-shaped" (meaning wrong, -but I love pear shapes...) but I say things are going "kite-shaped"- sometimes when you forge, the sides get skewed, or kite shaped, this is undesirable, but not to worry, you just need to keep an eye on this and correct in the early stages.
3 October 2012
2 October 2012
This comb has a forged dip on both sides- I did this after the tines were cut, so it was tricky to control the displacement of the metal without contorting the straight tines.
A different methodology would be wiser. ( forge first, then cut?)
But I'm feeling my way.
Possibly this form and texture could have been achieved more easily by casting techniques, but this thing is all made with saws and hammers folks.
Perhaps I'll make a silver version if anyone wants one.
I like this one, it feels really good in the hand.
It's asking you to take it on a long journey.
25 September 2012
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21 September 2012
until at last we uncovered the lost Concrete Man.
Experts have dated him to the late 80's period, believing the style to be related to that of the
'Ugly-Biffer Head', made by the native Snuggery people, c.1988. Although the figuration has no dynamism, note the beguilling "smile-frown".
After 25 long years festooned with vines, we dragged him out into the sun.
It is feared that contemporary inhabitants of the Snuggery lands will place little value on the Concrete Man, so conservationists have recommended relocation.