Sculpture Completed!

Figuring out how to attach it all... ©2014 WTEK

Figuring out how to attach it all… ©2014 WTEK

I spent today finishing up the table sculpture I’ve been working on. It was a fun process and I liked the unexpected twisting that happened. It helped me get it to be less symmetrical than it had originally been heading. I had wanted it to be since I was able to get the two pieces to bend almost exactly the same way. But my wonky self prevailed and it ended up more dynamic in the process!

I love the way the agate slice looks in this piece. I actually bought it at a mine in Argentina… in 2004! So it’s been sitting around just waiting for me to design this piece. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what I bought it for, so I’ll have to do some research before pricing this.

A look at the setting before adding the stone ©2014 WTEK

A look at the setting before adding the stone ©2014 WTEK

I think some of the idea of setting the stone in the sculpture came when I was designing my upcoming Integrated Prong workshop. You can see how it worked here to give an interesting design to both sides of the piece.

Now I just need to name it!

 

Close-up of the rivets on the base ©2014 WTEK

Close-up of the rivets on the base ©2014 WTEK

The agate is translucent with just the barest hint of druzy at the center of it ©2014 WTEK

The agate is translucent with just the barest hint of druzy at the center of it ©2014 WTEK

Both sides of the finished sculpture ©2014 WTEK brass, copper, amethyst agate slice

Both sides of the finished sculpture ©2014 WTEK brass, copper, amethyst agate slice

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Art of the State Artist Interview – Susan Schulz

The fourth installment of the Art of the State Artist Interview series is PA Guild of Craftsmen member and jeweler extraordinaire, Susan Schulz. You can see from her work and her list of influences why I would want to feature her here. To see more of textured, super gemstoned work, visit her website, Schulz Studio, and of course, visit her earrings at Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2014 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania until September 14th.

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susan schulz dreams of australia

Dreams of Australia ( the piece in Art of the State ) ©Susan Schulz opals, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds,18 & 14k gold, sterling

1. How did you get started in your craft?
As an Art major, I took classes mostly in drawing and painting. I wasn’t able to take a jewelry class until my senior year, but as soon as I picked up the saw and started making my first piece, that was it. I knew I had found what I wanted to do. Metalwork has an enormous variety of techniques and materials, and I continue to take workshops to expand my knowledge.

2.What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?
Seeing the amazing variety of gemstones, minerals, and fossils at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been inspiring. Every year there are new materials I’ve never seen before, with unusual patterns and textures I can’t wait to incorporate in my designs.

Twilight pendant ©Susan Schulz fossilized palm wood, sterling, sapphire

Twilight pendant ©Susan Schulz fossilized palm wood, sterling, sapphire

3.Who are your favorite artists in you field?
There are so many amazing metalsmiths- it’s really difficult to choose a few. I really like Alexander Calder’s forged jewelry- simple, direct, and whimsical. Michael Boyd’s amazing lapidary work and elegant designs. Claudio Pino’s outrageous, flamboyant rings, David Huang’s beautiful chased vessels.

4.What is your favorite customer quote or story?
My favorite customer quote is “I love it!” as they’re giving me a hug after they see their finished piece for the first time.

5.What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?
I can’t pick one! My favorite pieces remind me of a trip or the person who made the piece. A dot painting from Australia that inspired a series of pieces with opals and gold dots, a batik of the patron saint of Salvador, Brazil, a print of rock formations from a family trip to the Grand Canyon, and some funny ceramic animals my children made.

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Not Quite the Eye of Sauron

The red agate just isn't the right size for this project, unfortunately

The red agate just isn’t the right size for this project, unfortunately

This week I’ve been working on a new table sculpture. I decided to take a break from the silver vessel I’ve been working on to start this new project. I’m hoping that it might end up in the JAM Fall exhibition, but let’s not count our eggs before they’ve hatched…

Progression of the curve(s) while forging the outside of the line folds in copper ©2014 WTEK

Progression of the curve(s) while forging the outside of the line folds in copper ©2014 WTEK

This one has elements similar to Scorpius where I forge a line fold to make it curve around. I have two of these spikes (which I also think of as wings) that will rise up and have an integrated prong set flat agate slice suspended between them. It was going to be a fairly flat piece, meant to be looked at from the front & back, not really from the sides, but as I started to open the forged folds, the spikes began to twist. It made the design so much more dynamic!

The curved and helix-ed pices with the lavender agate ©2014 WTEK

The curved and helix-ed pices with the lavender agate ©2014 WTEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had two slices of agate that I could use -the rounder, dark red slice (aka Eye of Sauron) or a lighter, lavender-ish slice that is longer and not as round. While I love the eye-ness of the red piece, it really isn’t the right size or shape for this particular piece, so no Sauron this time, sorry.

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