Super Bowl Strikes Again!

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

I have some great news. For the third time, I have a piece in Art of the State! And for the second time, it is one of my Super Bowls!

That’s right, this year’s bowl, Ebb & Flow, has been accepted into Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2013. The exhibition will be at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA from June 23 – September 8, 2013. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be on June 22.

Not only did my bowl get in, but some of my art friends have pieces in the exhibition as well. Lynnette Shelley’s The Dogs of War, Sue Reno’s Silk Mill #3, and a piece by Jason Lyons will all be there as well. All in all, 137 works were chosen out of 1,934 entries.

“The Dogs of War” ©2012 Lynnette Shelley 22 x 30 inches (25 x 37″ approx framed)
Silk Mill #3 ©2013 Sue Reno 53” h x 60”w

SBC V Roundup

It seems that there was only one other participant in this year’s Super Bowl Challenge – Angela Heim. So this post will focus on her bowl. Hopefully next year some other people will join in. If per chance you did make a bowl this year but didn’t tell me or put any photos on Flickr, please link to any photos or blog posts in the comments section of this post.

Angela Heim‘s Rising to the Surface

I created this bowl especially for the Super Bowl challenge 2013 hosted by Wendy Edsall-Kerwin. I was capture by the unique way bubbles cling to one another, some eventually enveloping the neighboring bubbles. The entire bowl was fabricated with sterling silver measuring 2.75″ deep and 5.25″ wide.

Rising to the Surface ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75" deep by 5.25" wide
Rising to the Surface ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75″ deep by 5.25″ wide
Rising to the Surface (inside view) ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75" deep by 5.25" wide
Rising to the Surface (inside view) ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75″ deep by 5.25″ wide
Rising to the Surface (bottom view) ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75" deep by 5.25" wide
Rising to the Surface (bottom view) ©2013 Angela Heim sterling silver 2.75″ deep by 5.25″ wide

You know I love the openness of this design plus I’m fascinated by bubbles. The delicate nature of the wire structure really mimics the delicate nature of bubbles. A great entry into the Super Bowl Challenge Hall of Fame!

As Yet Unnamed Super Bowl V

Before and after shots of the liver of sulfur patination of the bronze.
Before and after shots of the liver of sulfur patination of the bronze.

I finished up my Super Bowl yesterday, ending just about 6pm. There was plenty of time to watch the game (though I didn’t) and I got to celebrate with a nice beer from DuClaw – the aptly named EuForia.

I ended up not putting a base or legs on the bowl. I liked the idea of it floating over the table surface and leaving cool shadows, but I disliked the idea of having either rivets showing inside the

Half of it is riveted.
Half of it is riveted.

bowl at random intervals or a detached base that was visible through the holes in the nickel part. Plus the few of you who responded when I asked your opinion on the matter suggested no base. So thank you for helping me out!

As always, it took a while to rivet it together (which was mostly all that was done yesterday.) There are 24 rivets holding this bad boy

Tight fit, huh?
Tight fit, huh?

together. It turned out that all three pieces fit together nicely, a fact which surprises me every time it happens. I always hold my breath until the last rivet goes in. Figuratively of course.

It turned out rather nice, if I do say so myself. It was different going with such an organic shape right through the middle of the bowl. The shape is really striking though, definitely worth the extra time. I’m already thinking about some jewelry designs using this theme.

How I hold it together while riveting.
How I hold it together while riveting.

Did your Super Bowl turn out the way you thought it would? Make sure to add your photos to SBC 2013 Flickr Group, I’ll be doing a post featuring the other participants’ work later in the week. Also, feel free to link to any Super Bowl posts on your blog in the comments here and I’ll make sure to include them in that post as well.

Super Bowl V ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass bottom view
Super Bowl V ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass bottom view
Super Bowl V ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass inside view
Super Bowl V ©2013 bronze, nickel, brass inside view
Not a great shot, but gives you an idea of the side profile. I love that dipping edge!
Not a great shot, but gives you an idea of the side profile. I love that dipping edge!
Each Super Bowl is accompanied by a nice cold beer.
Each Super Bowl is accompanied by a nice cold beer.