SBC VIII – Went into Overtime

The original sketch, complete with helpful instructions.
The original sketch, complete with helpful instructions.

I tried my best but I had to pack it in last night around 7:30pm – unfinished. I was getting tired and I knew that it would make everything 5x harder to do, so I waited to finish the last tier until today. Thus the late post.

(There was a last minute addition when I decided it needed one more little piece to balance it out. This skewed the time somewhat.)

I’ll show the photos of my piece in this post and in a couple days I’ll showcase the pieces of the other participants, giving you some extra time to get your photos somewhere I can grab them. Feel free to post a link to your SBC in the comments of this post.

All the pieces (but one) laid out around the bowl. ©2016 WTEK
All the pieces (but one) laid out around the bowl. ©2016 WTEK
Slowly forming and adding pieces ©2016 WTEK
Slowly forming and adding pieces ©2016 WTEK
Point where I stopped last night ©2016 WTEK
Point where I stopped last night ©2016 WTEK
The completed SBC VIII! ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass
The completed SBC VIII! ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass
And a side shot ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass
And a side shot ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass
Giving you and idea of how big this bowl is. ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass
Giving you and idea of how big this bowl is. ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass

ACC Baltimore 2016

Has it been a year already? Once again I will be a special SNAG Invitational Artist at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. I’ll have almost all of my holloware, sculptures, and wall pieces at BOOTH #875 for you to see, talk with me about, and of course buy and take home with you!

AMERICAN CRAFT BALTIMORE SHOW

Feb. 19–21 at the Baltimore Convention Center

Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
Last year’s ACC Booth. This year stop by BOOTH #875

Join us for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade! More than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the American Craft Council’s flagship show – a must-attend for craft lovers.

Plus, meet the country’s top emerging artists! Stop by our Hip Pop pods dotting the show floor to see their contemporary pieces, ranging from sophisticated elegance to cutting edge. Look for the pink and black Hip Pop logo to locate these fresh finds.

Scabrous Bloom will be there! ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel 8.5″h x 6″w x 6.25″d $715.00

SHOW DATES AND HOURS
Friday, Feb. 19: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

LOCATION
The Baltimore Convention Center is at One West Pratt Street.
Traveling to the show? Visit acchotels.com for discounts and specials

New for 2016! You may enter the show one of two ways: Our main entrance is on the corner of Pratt and Charles streets. We will have a second entrance and box office open on the corner of Pratt and Howard streets.

ADVANCE TICKETS
Save time and money by purchasing your tickets online. Just CLICK HERE, print your tickets, and then present them at the show door. It’s that easy!
$14 one-day pass
$34 three-day pass

And don’t forget this guy – Eye of Ta’roq ©2016 WTEK nickel, copper, brass, agate 8.5″h x 9.5″w x 5.25″d $1,100.00

ON-SITE ADMISSION
$16 one-day pass
$36 three-day pass
FREE for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under

SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENING ADMISSION
Get into the show for just $5 after 5 p.m. Sorry, no other discounts apply.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT SHOPPING!
• Love fashion? This is your year! Professional stylists will show how handmade pieces are the perfect fit for any fashion-conscious wardrobe in our new program,  Style Slam.
• Get creative as top artisans and industry experts will let you get up-close to the creative process at our experiential Let’s Make Inspiration Stations. Fun for the whole family!
• See craft in context at our home décor exhibition “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft.” This year’s theme is “4 Directions,” where designers and architects will create room vignettes inspired by fine craft that demonstrates the essence of style in the North, South, East, or West.

It’s Fun to Play at the YBC

Ann & Connie
Ann & Connie
YBC members have fun
YBC members having fun

As may remember, I am a member of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen (truth be told, I’m the Vice President of the chapter.) Every month we have meetings where we go over Chapter business, talk about upcoming events, and there is always a program of some sort. We’ve had show & tell, presentations by local arts venues and groups, and last night we had a fun make and take.

Our little maker's kit
Our little maker’s kit

Ann Boncal and Connie Hollenbaugh gave a presentation on chain maille (Ann did most of the talking and Connie put the kits together for us.) Then after finding out a bit about the history of it, we got to try our hand at making a bracelet. It was an easy chain, but it created a cool spiral and it was fun to work on something short and sweet.

Close-up in process shot
Close-up in process shot

I got to go around the room and check out how everybody was doing and even though the majority of members there hadn’t done this before (and don’t even work in metal) everyone made great progress and had fun.

Finished product (I finished it up at home, about 1/2 of it got finished at the meeting)
Finished product (I finished it up at home, about 1/2 of it got finished at the meeting)