While I won’t showcase the finished piece before the tournament next Sunday, you can still get an idea of how it looks from these in process shots.
Before forming any of the pieces, I added the little dot details along the edges of all the petals. Then the bowl portion was formed into a bowl shape. Then I formed the base and made sure the two fit together.
This took a little finagling and then they needed to be joined via rivets. The strange thing about making this trophy is that instead of finishing all the pieces and then drilling and riveting everything at the end, I had to rivet each layer as I went. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get the hammer where I needed it to go.
Next came the forming of the nickel pieces to match the bowl. I formed each piece, drilled, and riveted it, then moved on to the next one. Once all of these pieces were together, I was then able to do the final designing of the outer petals and then make and rivet them on. Take my word for it, it came out spot on to how I protoyped it. Obviously the metal actuality is a little different than the paper, but it worked!!!
Walking through this year’s Art of the State, I was struck by Meghan’s painting. I kept looking at and picturing it in my living room. When I looked her up online I was surprised to see that she just graduated art school this Spring! You can find her piece, Here is Where It Happened, at Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 at the State Museum of PA or visit the Meghan Baum website to see more of her work.
1. How did you get started in your craft? (using your media)
My favorite teacher in high school inspired me to go to art school. Her name is Mrs. Linn and she was considered to be a very tough teacher with a challenging class. But only because she didn’t consider art class to be an easy A, like many of the students thought it would be. She encouraged me more than any other teacher I have ever had and taught me to think about art in a different way. My senior year of high school she gave us an assignment where we had to make an oil painting outside of class. She gave us very little instruction on how to use oil paint. She wanted to see what we could do. What we could figure out on our own. My senior year of high school was when I started to become interested in oil paint.
But it was also when I started to really think about things differently, and to reconsider the potential of any project. I remember making a coil pot in her class and struggling with it. The day before the project was due I stayed after school to work on it and the pot collapsed in my hands. She could tell I was frustrated and she came over and said, “Do you trust me?” After I said yes, she pulled my coil pot apart until it was nothing but pieces on a table. She said, “It doesn’t say anywhere on the rubric that it has to look like this. You don’t have to see the coils. It doesn’t have to be this shape. The only requirement is height.” And together we took the pieces and made an entirely different coil pot. I still have the coil pot in my house, and it is one of the most sentimental pieces of art that I own. I didn’t get started using oil paint until my junior year of college, but I feel like I wouldn’t have even gone to school for art if it weren’t for Mrs. Linn.
2. What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?
Recently I’ve been inspired by music. I moved home after graduating from college, and its felt strange not being surrounded by other visual artists. So I like to listen to music that inspires me to paint- music that puts me in the same frame of mind as if I were still painting for six hours a day at school. I’ve been listening to a lot of music by Courtney Barnett. She has a way of storytelling within her songs that is an art form in itself. I think that her music is incredibly genuine and by listening to it while I’m working I feel I’m staying genuine also.
3. Who are your favorite artists in your field?
I’m very attracted to the work made by Claire Desjardins. I love her use of color; it’s playfully bright and unexpected. I admire her use of transparency next to thick mark making; it is something that I have started to do within my own work.
4. What is your favorite customer quote or story?
During a critique in college, a Professor had told me that one of my paintings looked like “something Monet and Marie Antoinette would make if they got together and made a painting.” I thought this was a hilarious idea to think about but it also made sense. I named the painting M + MA because I thought it suited.
While I’m diligently working away at the “Rose Bowl” trophy in my studio, there has been an international soccer tournament going on RIGHT HERE in the USA. CONCACAF’s Gold Cup has been happening for the last couple weeks and the final is this weekend. This decides who from out area of the world goes to the Confederations Cup in 2017.
You might notice that their logo looks a little familiar. I have to say that I began my trophy before this competition ever started and the finished piece won’t look anything like this.
Of course, you probably don’t care about that, after all, this is a metalsmithing blog. But maybe you’re interested in the giant metal trophies that go to the winners of such tournaments?
Some of them are boring (the Euro Cup & the Copa America trophy to be specific), some are weird, and some seem a little gender biased to me.