Refined VIII and SBC VI

Bronze bowl with paper patterns. ©2014 WTEK
Bronze bowl with paper patterns. ©2014 WTEK

I’ve been plugging away at this year’s bowl for SBC VI. I have the main bowl shape formed and planished and am now ready to start in on the curly “eel” pieces. You can see how my patterns compare with the original sketch I did. I actually went in and figured out the sizing based on the sketch. 99% of the time this is not how I would do this, but I was having a hard time getting the way I saw it in my head, so there you go.

The original sketch ©2014 WTEK
The original sketch ©2014 WTEK

Speaking of the SBC… have you started working on yours yet? Remember, it doesn’t have to be metal and it doesn’t have to be professional level either. I want people to have fun, try something new, or challenge themselves to stretch beyond their normal designs. You could even do a performance piece or an “installation” type work. Remember, it’s FEBRUARY 2ND this year.

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In other news…Last year’s SBC bowl, Ebb & Flow will be at Refined VIII: Maker’s Choice opening this Friday in Nacogdoches, TX. The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host the exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Ebb & Flow ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Ebb & Flow ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

Refined is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

“Each exhibition comes with a theme, and ‘Maker’s Choice’ seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art,” Handley said. “Refined VIII: Maker’s Choice challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme.”

“This exhibition is focused on the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry,” said Lauren B. Selden, assistant professor of art metal/jewelry at SFA. “Whether you work in metal, stones, plastic, fiber or found materials, if you are a ‘smith,’ it carries into whatever work you create.”

This year’s juror is Cindi Strauss, assistant director, programming and curator for modern and contemporary decorative arts and design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In her dual roles at the MFAH, Strauss is responsible for the acquisition, research and exhibition of post-1900 decorative arts, design and craft as well as working with Steven Holl Architects to develop the program for the MFAH’s new building for post-1900 art.

The show will open Friday, Jan. 24, with a lecture by Strauss at 5:30 p.m. during which time she will present her work and announce the exhibition winners, followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.