Time to Harvest That Bowl

Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
All the copper leaves on! Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper

Well, I did it, I finished that bowl in time to drop it off yesterday at JAM Gallery for their Fall Exhibition!

I added on each leaf one at a time, like I did on the Rose Bowl trophy, not all at once like I usually do. This makes for a lot of back and forth in the studio, but it does allow me to more each piece around and fit it into it’s spot as the bowl torques slightly with the riveting.

So how do you like it?

4 leaves on! Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
4 leaves on! Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper

The shape reminded me of a whirlwind and the colors and leaf-ish shapes made me think of Autumn, so I found its name through that: Reap the Whirlwind. I saw this phrase in the dictionary and thought that the idea of harvesting a whirlwind was magnificent. I just seem to really be in this sort of twisty, vortex-y, whirlwind-y kind of mood in my pieces lately!

You can see Reap the Whirlwind at JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA September 1st – October 31st (bwhahahahah) with receptions on September 12th (I’ll be there!) and October 10th (American Craft Week!) from 5 – 8pm.

Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Reap the Whirlwind ©2015 WTEK brass, copper 8″h x 10.5″w x 10″d

A Whirlwind of Activity!

One of the brass pieces all folded up and textured ©2015 WTEK
One of the brass pieces all folded up and textured ©2015 WTEK

I finished the metal portion of my YBC Challenge piece, but I wanted to make a new piece for the JAM Fall Exhibition that is fast approaching, so I’ve been in a flurry of activity in the studio trying to get this piece started and finished. I’m making the other design I came up with while working on the Rose Bowl.

First I textured all of the metal – 2 12×12″ 22g sheets of red brass and a 6×13.5″ piece of 22g copper. I wanted to show you the craziness that is trying to open the folds. Look at that consternation on my face.

Grrrr! ©2015 WTEK
Grrrr! ©2015 WTEK

I cut out the base and bowl portions and then six “leaves” to go around the outer edges. I’ve already decided that this is some form of Autumn, leafy, whirlwind kind of bowl. Hmmm, seems perfect for a Fall Exhibition, huh?

To keep it interesting, I’ve decided to cut some “net” portions out of each of the layers. I really like these little details. Plus I added the little detail on the bottom like I did to the Rose Bowl to get them to fit together. All I have to do now is fit the leaves, drill the holes, rivet them together and then finish the whole bowl. Did I mention I have about a day and a half to do this AND take photos of it?

Texturlicious copper all unfolded ©2015 WTEK
Texturlicious copper all unfolded ©2015 WTEK
All the pieces cut out ©2015 WTEK
All the pieces cut out ©2015 WTEK
The bowl and base formed and the net cut-out of two pieces ©2015 WTEK
The bowl and base formed and the net cut-out of two pieces ©2015 WTEK
Bowl and base joined! ©2015 WTEK
Bowl and base joined! ©2015 WTEK
That cute little bottom detail ©2015 WTEK
That cute little bottom detail ©2015 WTEK

I Give You the Rose Bowl!

Me Trophy Bobbie RoseOK, I don’t actually give it to you, but I can now present the final vision of it to you. It will be fought for today on the hallowed grounds of the Penn Oaks Battlefield, ur, Golf Course.

Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75"h x 15"w x 12"d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75″h x 15″w x 12″d

Yesterday Bonnie and her mother, Bobbie who the trophy is honoring, stopped by and picked up the trophy from me. Both Bonnie and Bobbie loved it and I’m so happy that it worked out that way. Last week Bonnie had some last minute additions to the design, and those bits were her mother’s favorite parts, so she made the right call.

Not only was the finished piece a success with its patrons, but there was an article about Bobbie Rose and the Trophy in the West Chester Daily Local by Tara Lynn Johnson. Bobbie’s story is wonderful and what WGAP and Bonnie are doing to honor her is amazing. (You can see the pre-copper incarnation of the bowl in the article.)

Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75"h x 15"w x 12"d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75″h x 15″w x 12″d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75"h x 15"w x 12"d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75″h x 15″w x 12″d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75"h x 15"w x 12"d
Rose Bowl ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel, copper 7.75″h x 15″w x 12″d