2013 Rivet Pendant Workshop Student Work

Hard at work in Lancaster.
Hard at work in Lancaster.

Yesterday was my first time teaching at the brand new PA Guild facility in Lancaster, PA! Since it snowed on Saturday, the class got moved to Sunday and not everyone showed up. But we had a good little group chock full of riveters. There were two Millersville University metals students and a Mother/Son team.

Caitlin Feather Pendants
Caitlin made two pendants, one that features sharpie coloring to bring out the textures. You might remember her from last year’s Fold Forming workshop.
Tyshana Rosado Pendant
Tyshana’s pendant. She went crazy with the textures!
Cathy Milanak Pendant
Cathy’s pendant. She used the Liver of Sulfur to darken it.
Luke Milanak Pendant
Luke made two pendants. Obviously, he’s riveted before. Guess what? He’s in high school, imagine when he gets to a college program.
Luke Milanak
Luke wearing his second pendant. He took up the challenge of riveting curved pieces together.

Does all this look like fun to you? Well I’m teaching a Fold Forming class at the Guild on February 22nd.

I Came, I Sawed, I Conquered

The sketchy sketch design for my new wall piece I'm working on. ©2013 WTEK
The sketchy sketch design for my new wall piece I’m working on. ©2013 WTEK

I finally got some studio time in this weekend. Unfortunately it was all sawing. Not that unfortunately, it was all necessary and brought me closer to hammering…

Anyway, here is the beginning of the much anticipated wall piece I mentioned the other day. I had the idea in my head and when I first started to put it down on paper, I couldn’t get the design right. It was too stiff and didn’t have the push-pull tension of what was in my head. So I did the initial sketch differently than I normally do it. I went all gesture-y and just scribbled the general outline of the shape in my head and then started adding the other elements in. It worked out so much better than my usual way of sketching.

The life size sketch. ©2013 WTEK
The life size sketch. ©2013 WTEK

Then I made various patterns of the different shapes and finally drew a life-size sketch of it. What I sawed out were the main elements that will get shaped and whatnot soon and then I’ll cut out the skinny nickel parts that go inside the “U” shapes.

I also cut out part of the copper bowl that I started back last year. I think initially I was thinking of a teapot idea, then it morphed into a lidded vessel, and now I have a completely other vessel design in store for it. But that will remain a surprise for now (at least until I get some more work done on it.)

With all the cut out bronze and nickel pieces in place. ©2013 WTEK
With all the cut out bronze and nickel pieces in place. ©2013 WTEK
The newest incarnation of that copper piece. ©2013 WTEK
The newest incarnation of that copper piece. ©2013 WTEK

2013 Third Quarter Goal Check-in

It’s that time again, time to see how I’ve done so far this year.

Wendy’s 2013 Goals

  • 4 Craft Shows

    Exhibit from the back.
    Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Exhibition
  • At least 6 Group Exhibitions
  • Teach 3 Workshops
  • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
  • Make a Profit for the Year
  • Write a Magazine Article

As you know, the first goal will remain unfulfilled this year. There are only 3 craft shows on my roster. So boo, that’s just how that ended up this year. Next year will be different.

With the addition of Handmade Holidays 4 I have officially reached my goal of 6 group exhibitions! So yay! They are officially: Art of the State, the LDC Chapter show, Handmade Holidays, Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, the Lancaster Community Art exhibition, and the online show Holding Place.

I also won’t be achieving the three workshops goal. I do have my Rivet Pendant workshop scheduled on December 14th, so 1 out of three will have to do.

Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass This piece brings me one step closer to the “Body of Work” goal.

The body of work goal is an ongoing process. I’m not as far along as I was hoping, but as my last post demonstrated, I do have designs waiting to be brought to fruition. I’ll get some more studio time in soon and after the November PGC show I can focus on that entirely.

Once more I need to wait to find out about profit.

Writing a magazine article keeps getting put on the back burner because I really need to clean my studio before taking in process photos. I do hope to get this done before the year is out. As above, I will have more free studio time available after the November show so no more excuses then!

How have you been doing on your goals this year? Hopefully you haven’t kept putting things off like me and actually have some achieved by now. Or maybe you’ll join me in the fourth quarter rush to get it all done.