Saturday, January 31, 2009

15th piece

Somebody stopped in the glass lab again so I had them take some pictures. I uploaded a bunch so you could see some of the process. Down the road I'll upload some videos. I have not gotten this piece out of the annealer yet but I am pretty sure that this piece is going to look muddy. The orange is actually yellow once it gets to about 400 degrees.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

13th piece

Since my new camera is freakin' sweet I will be uploading some photography. In the future if I ever get back to my painting studio I may upload a more experimental photographic process.

12th Piece

I did some more of these pieces. It was a pretty successful night. Usually I am happy if one turns out nice. I will upload a video of me making these soon. The twists you see in the pieces are made while the pieces are spinning as fast as they can. The variables which I am working with have to be set up just right for these pieces to turn out successfully. The more I manipulate them after the twist is made the more likely I am to ruin the piece as the area with the twists are very fragile.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

11th Piece

This is a letter opener I made last night. I made it for the mail-woman in our office. Jen (the mail-woman) complained about her letter opener being dull - so I made her one you can shave with.

Monday, January 26, 2009

10th Piece

Bubbles = poor mans color. I was purposely aggressive when shaping the glass before blowing it out. The aggressive blocking caused the glass to fold over on itself a couple of dozen times causing tiny air-bubbles where the little embers of the burnt wood were trapped. I think I need a macro lens for some cooler details - the image does not do the piece justice.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

9th piece

This is one of the survivors from yesterday. I thought it might be neat to make use of the snow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

8th Piece

I was blowing glass today and and decided to bring my new camera. Luckily someone stopped in so I had them take some pics for me. This piece never made it to the annealer but I learned more because of it. This piece is one small gather of glass blown out extremely thin. Within my glass-work I have two bodies. Colored glass which I make to sell (minimal artistic integrity involved) and clear glass which exists in my body of work that will hopefully make me famous after I die.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I'll update this when I have time

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

5th piece

I made these pieces last night. I'll discuss them later.

made them at the cultural arts center.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I am really slacking on the piece a day thing. I had some really important stuff to do on Sunday like watching the Steelers beat the Ravens!!!!!

Anyway this is an older piece - "moon-tide"

Process: A bucket of acrylic paint was thrown at a fluted canvas.

This piece is Acrylic on raw canvas which shows the paint's inertia once the projectile comes in contact with the surface. Two forces working with the placement of paint are its centrifugal force (splat force) and gravity. Since the canvas was on the wall during the application of the paint, the harder the paint is thrown at the canvas the less the marks are affected by gravity. This particular piece (particular viscosity of the paint) also shows gravity pulling the paint downward after its initial surface contact.

Approx. 15 ounces of paint was used in this particular piece of which 14.5 ounces did not make the surface. The extra paint was needed to make this particular mark.

got to edit this later

Friday, January 16, 2009

4th piece

In this piece you can see ink that has not dried yet. This is where the initial puddle of ink was placed as seen in the image two down from this one. This I believe is the piece made from that image below.

3rd piece

I made this yesterday before I left for work. Some of the work I do turns out the best when my mind is elsewhere - the reason why this works is most likely because of the structured process.

In this piece I did not use chopsticks to pick up the chain rather the chain was held in my hand then dipped into the ink and placed on the surface. I intend to post my first piece done (in 2004) with this process on a Sunday where instead of posting a new pieces I will revisit older pieces so you can get a better understanding of where I'm comming from.

Palindrome of the day: No, Mel Gibson is a casino's big lemon.

process prep

this is an in-between post. This is the chain and ink i used to create the painting from two days ago. I forget which piece this turned into but it was one of the ones I did on the first day. I skipped a day because I am a slacker. so I will upload two pieces today.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2nd piece

So I did some things for the first time last night.

I threw on a kick wheel which was a very interesting experience. I usually throw very fast so centering was kind of tricky because the speed of the wheel was limited. I never do functional pottery, usually it's more conceptual thrown porcelain which I have been doing for about 7 years.

I also made my first pitcher. It only took me 7 years! ha On my to do list of functional pottery is a tea-pot and a plate each of which i have yet to do.

I had one hour to get the handle on and have it put away to dry. Because of the limited time I had to torch the piece so there are some cracks in the foot. I had to patch the spout with some more clay because I did not leave it thick enough to manipulate.

I am actually pretty excited to actually use this once it is fired. We'll see if the spout dribbles or not.

update: someone broke the handle off! So I guess i might attempt another pitcher in 7 or so years.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1st piece

This is one of six paintings which I made last night. I have done similar pieces in the past but this time I tweaked the process a bit.

I find beauty stemming from unintentional marks left by a human, naturall-formed marks or the interaction of the two.

Unintentional marks can range from the formation of cracks in a freeway to the scrape-marks left in the bottom of a bowl of mashed potatoes. Since the freeway is built for the transportation of vehicles and not the formation of cracks, the marks are therefore unintentional. In the same sense, the mashed potatoe remnants left at the bottom of the bowl were created with the intent of fulfilling an appetite and not drawing with the tip of the spoon. Again, the intention is not within the formation of marks. The randomness which occurs when these marks are made I find as organically beautiful as the shape of a flower.

In this piece a 16" chain was placed flat on the surface where ink was then poured on top. My objective was to pick the chain up off of the surface with a pair of chop-sticks. The percision involved with the chop-sticks took my focus away from the actual marks being made causing the final marks on the surface to remain pure.

Monday, January 12, 2009

First Image

This is a piece I did back in 2004. Just recently I enlarged details from this piece to 5.5' paintings. In my work I usually try to stay away from imagery and it tries to stay away from me but this time I embraced the imagery by sectioning just those areas. In this instance three faces. I will post the three enlargements later.

First Post

This is my first post. I usually am not good at these things... so we'll see how this goes. I have not updated my website in almost 3hree years so I was hoping that this would get me back on track. As an artist I like to make stuff not market stuff. That is what art means (sanskrit - to make stuff). A couple of illustrators I work with had a great idea of doing a piece of art and then uploading the image to this blog thing every day. If you are able to leave comments relating to my pieces please do.

palindrome of the day: Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna