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

2015 Accomplishments

During this week of looking back at 2015, we have to end on a high note. So here is a list of all the things that went right this year in my metalsmithing life.

2015 Accomplishments

Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
  • Designed and made a new booth layout
  • Had work in the JAM Gallery Winter, Spring, Fall, & Holiday shows
  • ACC Baltimore!
  • Fragmented was chosen for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA
  • Completed my 7th Super Bowl
  • My work is now in the DCCA’s Alternatives Store in Wilmington, DE
  • Trophy of Kaat Lir & Maelstrom were chosen for the 2nd Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition

Me Trophy Bobbie Rose

  • Cascade was chosen for Water at CORE New Art Space gallery in Denver, CO
  • I was commissioned to make the “Rose” Bowl Trophy!
  • Cascade was accepted into the Jurors’ Selection List of the 2015 Foldforming Competition
  • I participated in the Tyler Art Market at Temple University in Philly
  • I had a booth at Fall Into Fine Craft in Carlisle, PA
  • Tara Lynn Johnson wrote an article featuring the Rose Bowl trophy and tournament
  • 2015 ACW Masterpieces adVortex was invited to American Craft Week’s Masterpiece E-xhibit and Sale as the Pennsylvania representative
  • Akimbo was chosen for the We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths online exhibition
  • Accepted into Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA
  • Completed Scavenger for the YBC Puzzle Piece Challenge
  • I was reelected as the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftmen’s Vice President
  • I figured out how to make belt buckles!
  • I had a surprise pop-up shop at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s store in Lancaster, PA

Chasing Textures

It feels like forever ago that I wrote the tutorial about chasing over air here on Hammermarks. (Looks like it was actually 4 1/2 years ago…) So do I still use this technique? Do I have work utilizing it that you can buy? Why, Yes, Yes, & Yes!

Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 nickel, brass 12"h x 8"w x 5.75"d $1130.00
Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 nickel, brass 12″h x 8″w x 5.75″d $1130.00

I’ve used this technique for a number of pieces’ overall texture which I then cut-up and reassemble, like:

Scabrous Bllom ©2015 nickel, brass 8.5″h x 6″w x 6.25″d $715.00 available through JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA

or these two available through my website:

Downrush ©2014 nickel, brass, wood 12″h x 8″w x 2″d $1030.00
Maelstrom ©2013 copper, brass
Maelstrom ©2013 copper, brass 4.75″h x 6″w x 6.5″d $2015.00

Perhaps you’d prefer jewelry…

JAM jewelry
These pieces are available at the JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA’s Winter Exhibition.
These pieces are at Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA
These pieces are at Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA

So as you can see, chasing over air has been a technique that’s served me well.