It’s Time for the 2016 YBC Challenge!

Tim McCreight - A Constant source of inspiration
Tim McCreight – A Constant source of inspiration

It’s Summer so it’s time to get a move on with this year’s Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s challenge. This year the theme is “Box.” I’ve been thinking about it awhile, looking for inspiration all over. I created a Pinterest Board for inspiration and I found this cool book at work.

The original sketch for my box. Of course it has morphed in the making.
The original sketch for my box. Of course it has morphed in the making. YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK

Of course I can’t make a normal box, mine won’t be square/rectangle. It’s going to be wonky and round-ish. It’s also only going to be about 6″ across. You won’t see the final piece…yet. (Of course it’s not done either!) The final reveal of everyone’s pieces will be at our September Chapter meeting. I hope to see you there!

The main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The bottom for the main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The bottom for the main part of my YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The pattern for the next big piece of the box (ignore what it's sitting on - that's just a prop) YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK
The pattern for the next big piece of the box (ignore what it’s sitting on – that’s just a prop) YBC Challenge Box ©2016 WTEK

Trying to Finish What I’ve Started

Side one ready for riveting ©2015 WTEK
Side one ready for riveting ©2015 WTEK

Today was a studio day and I went back to work on a sculpture I started back in March. It was on hiatus for a couple of reasons:

One: I needed to figure out how to do the base on it.

Two: I was commissioned to do the Rose Bowl and I got off track a little bit before returning to this one.

Side two ready for riveting ©2015 WTEK
Side two ready for riveting ©2015 WTEK
Side two riveted ©2015 WTEK
Side two riveted ©2015 WTEK

I had the four main parts already cut out and filed, so I riveted them together today. Then I was playing around with how to place the two panels together. I may or may not end up keeping them this way. The original plan was much different, but I’m not sure which to go with yet. I better figure it out soon though, I want to finish this in 2015!

I also played around with ideas for some other designs I have brewing, meanwhile finding the patterns for another sculpture I was starting right before the Rose Bowl. SO I played around with that and then got lost in some circle patterns. Too many distractions today.

Maybe it will end up layered this way...maybe not ©2015 WTEK
Maybe it will end up layered this way…maybe not ©2015 WTEK
Arc de Goof-off ©2015 WTEK
Arc de Goof-off ©2015 WTEK
A pretty view when I went out with the dog ©2015 WTEK
A pretty view when I went out with the dog ©2015 WTEK

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