SBC IX – 3 Players, Three Different Bowls

First, let’s check out the other two Super Bowls that were made in this year’s challenge.

First this libation cup by Lew Shieber. I love that he says about the project this piece is a part of “from a culture that doesn’t exist in our history, but might have in an alternate time.” That is totally how I think of my work!

part of the Elsewhen Antiquities project ©2017 Lew Scheiber 2 7/8
part of the Elsewhen Antiquities project ©2017 Lew Shieber 2 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ across the handles. 16 gauge brass, raised, chased, etched, and fabricated

Next is a video of Laurie Jane Kern’s wonderful patinated thick, thick, thick copper bowl. I love the music, hehe.

Here’s an image of the finished bowl

Super Bowl IX ©2017 Laurie Jane Kern 6
Super Bowl IX ©2017 Laurie Jane Kern 6″ square copper sunk and heat patinated
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

Now onto my entry!

This year I decided to try and do a simpler bowl. Not the biggest thing I’ve ever done (like last year) not the one with the most parts or the most rivets. Simple and easy with a few subtle bits to break up the larger whole.

Well that kind of worked. The bowl was the size that I wanted, but it morphed away from my original simpler design to become what it was meant to be. This one it probably the least bowl-y of all my bowls, but it does still have that concave resting place in the middle of it.

SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

The original design was somewhat yin-yangish, but I ended up rotating the placement of the two larger pieces making the whole design more dynamic. The u-shapes help reign it in a bit drawing the eye back into the bowl and the base (as always) was a bit of a struggle to figure out but ended up complementing the bowl.

Now if I can just figure out a name…

SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

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Fresh Start in 2017

Hanging Arch Necklace ©2016 WTEK brass
Hanging Arch Necklace ©2016 WTEK brass

2016 was a different kind of year and this year I need to shake things up a bit. First of all, I am no longer a staff member at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen…I am a Board Member!

Secondly, I am not planning on doing any craft shows at this time. This doesn’t mean I won’t, just that for now I am focusing on different things.

Now onto 2017 events!

The 9th Super Bowl Challenge is February 5th! Start getting your ideas in order and get ready to make something by that day.

For the next show at JAM Gallery I will have jewelry. It is up through the end of February 2017.

I am proud to announce that I will be in a two woman show next Spring with Kim Banister at the Carlisle Arts & Learning Center in Carlisle, PA. More details soon!

***Update*** The CALC show is actually in 2018

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Thinking Inside, Outside, and All Around the Box

Organizer basket by Donna Stouffer
Organizer basket by Donna Stouffer
Peep Show by Joan Hiser
Peep Show by Joan Hiser
Pill Box Hat by Paula Lewis
Pill Box Hat by Paula Lewis

Monday night we had the big reveal of our 2016 Yellow Breeches Chapter Challenge – Boxes. I’ll start with all of the other fabulous boxes that were shared and end with my finished product – Zigzagery. The first box was Paula Lewis’ Pill Box Hat, it was a fun addition!

 

Bird House by Allen Swainston
Bird House by Allen Swainston
The inner beaded box by Kimberly Swenson
The inner beaded box by Kimberly Swenson

We had woodworkers who brought a puzzle box (Jim Whetstone), a bird house (Allen Swainston), and gourd/woodcarving rendition of a “peep” show by Joan Hiser.

We had a stained glass box by Dan Hayward, a glass mosaic box by Kimberly Swenson that housed the box she really wanted to make which was a beaded masterpiece, and Donna Stouffer created an organizer basket box full of little tiny baskets!

Puzzle box by Jim Whetstone - created in a similar vein to my 2015 piece Scavenger
Puzzle box by Jim Whetstone – created in a similar vein to my 2015 piece Scavenger
Chain maille Marble Box by Leslie Halaby-Moore
Chain maille Marble Box by Leslie Halaby-Moore

Leslie Hallaby-Moore wanted to create a chain maille box and she made one to hold a marble (so she doesn’t lose it). Connie Hollenbaugh made a dragon cave box that had painting, etching, beading, and clay.

Shots of Connie Hollenbaugh's Dragon Cave
Shots of Connie Hollenbaugh’s Dragon Cave

The best thing was that everyone had a story to go with their box. Many times it was a story of frustration, but that just led to learning a new way of doing things. As you can see the results were fun and fabulous!

You can see all these boxes live and in person at the Yellow Breeches Chapter Booth at the Carlisle Harvest of the Arts next weekend (September 24, 2016) in Carlisle, PA where you can also find the booths of many of these and other fine craftsmen.

Stained Glass box by Dan Hayward
Stained Glass box by Dan Hayward
And finally my piece, Zigzagery ©2016 WTEK brass, nickel
And finally my piece, Zigzagery ©2016 WTEK brass, nickel