The Little Things that Frustrate

This looks pretty crazy, but it was even funnier when I had a T-stake in the extender!

This looks pretty crazy, but it was even funnier when I had a T-stake in the extender!

I’ve been slowly plugging away at my new vessel. There isn’t much to show because it’s mostly been little tweaks, planishing, and working on the edge. Nothing that’s noticeable in photos.

I did decide to bring the lip in on the ‘bowl’ part slightly which made it a huge pain when tightening up the form and planishing. That along with the long part made it difficult to get the right fit on the stakes I have. I had to cobble a solution that, as you can see, looks absolutely ridiculous.

Then came the edge. I had to try and mark even edges on both sides of a form that isn’t symmetrical in one direction, can’t be flat sanded, and doesn’t even have a hemispherical bowl. Lot’s of trial and error. Then that curved in lip and the long part got in the way of my saw frame. I had to cut away little bits at a time.

But that part is over! I just need to file the edges and then I can start on the armor pieces. Now it gets exciting again!

See, not much different than the last image in the last post. ©2014 WTEK

See, not much different than the last image in the last post. ©2014 WTEK

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New Vessel in the Works

And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK

And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK

Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK

Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK

Remember that piece I had the sketch for last week? I’ve been hammering away getting the base shape done. It’s all raised and now I just need to shore up the shape and decide on planishing (probably) or not and leaving the texture from the raising process. The next step after that will be paper mock-ups of the series of overlapping metal parts that will be riveted over the open part of this piece. They’ll be similar to that silver necklace I just made. Very armadillo-y. I even know in advance how I’ll put the base on. Imagine that!

All raised up! ©2014 WTEK

All raised up! ©2014 WTEK

It'll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK

It’ll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK

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2014 First Quarter Goal Check-In

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Ngaru along with pieces by Linda Schwartz, Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, and Michael McIntyre

Ngaru along with pieces by Linda Schwartz, Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, and Michael McIntyre in All Across Pennsylvania at the PA Guild of Craftsmen

    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

So far this year, I’ve had work in 3/8 group exhibitions. I have application(s) out for others right now and I am constantly looking for others to apply to. I also have applications planned and out for some of the Top Tier shows I want to get in to.

As you know, I’ve had one workshop already this year. There is another Fold Forming workshop in the works for this Summer and I am planning on added a couple more this Fall.

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More of these coming soon!

I have the ideas for both magazine articles I want to work on and I just need to start taking photos so I can shop them out soon. I did clean my studio enough that I can take them without too much fuss before hand.

Vortex ©2014 WTEK brass, nickel

Vortex ©2014 WTEK brass, nickel

All of the other goals are inter connected. I am steadily working on my Body of Work as evidenced in all my In Process posts lately. This means that each piece takes a bit longer to produce, but I am getting closer to my approximate goal. Then I’ll be able to plan the solo exhibition and start contacting places to host it. I have also been working on more pieces before contacting galleries to get more representation. Now that I’ve been able to work more regularly, this is getting closer to happening. I already have that I have been in contact with and will be getting more concrete with soon.

All in all I feel pretty confident at this point. Things will be ramping up soon and I have a good feeling about 2014 so far.

 

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