I’ve been getting a lot of work done on the tall layered vessel, unfortunately much of it was wasted. Don’t think that this is a sad post however. It’s just that designs change, metal moves in unexpected ways sometimes, and you end up having to scrap parts you spent time on.
For instance – the original net piece had an edge the whole way around it. Now it isn’t connected on the bottom. It just wouldn’t form the way I wanted it to (Unless I wanted to raise it, which I didn’t) so I changed it slightly to fit my idea better.
Then I decided to change the basic shape of it. It came out a little fatter than I originally planned, so I decided to make the lip less round and more tulip-y. I still used the bronze piece, though I cut off a tip. I like the way it’s on an angle now. I also like the way the bottom is shaping up with the scallops.
Then I used a sheet of paper to get the shape of the opening left on it. I designed another cut out piece, drew it on the metal, and cut it up. Then I tried to get it to fit. Guess what? It didn’t fit. Totally different sizing it up on a flat piece of paper and sizing it up in 3D.
So after spending a veeerrrrryyyy long time working on solutions, I came up with a much simpler net design. I built it with pieces of paper directly on the vessel, so this time I know it would work! Yesterday I made a new net piece, formed it, and this one fits! I just need a couple of more sessions in the studio and this piece will be done.
Even with all of the issues, this piece is coming out better than I hoped. I can use what I learned from these mistakes in the future to have a better time designing other pieces in this manner. And of course I’ll find a way to use that piece that didn’t fit. I’ll just have to design something else around it…
- In Progress: Tall, Layered Vessel (hammermarks.wordpress.com)