I met with the Dake Corporation today. I was apprehensive because they were but when I got to the plant and saw the structure. I was more than happy. I was excited. This project is coming to fruition and as of right now, I am very happy with where I am. So, very amazing. Tomorrow, we will come with a ladder and hang the prototype pyramid to see where cabling should be connected and talk about other issues. Oh, plus I got to see Dake's sandblasting room. It was very cool. I took home a baggy of metal filings to be used in a glaze. It will be an interesting chemistry test.
I just received an email telling me how to vote for different work during ArtPrize.My codes will be: An up vote is code: 42441 and a down vote is: 42440.The "up" votes are what determine your ranking in the over all contest. However up and down votes mean that your work is causing conversations, which are good. So, please register and vote September 22 - October 9. Go to ArtPrize.org for more information.
Last March or April, my daughter was out at the lake taking pictures. This is what she found. It was a beautiful day, most of the snow and icebergs had melted BUT.......these old pile-ons had snow and ice stuck to them glistening in the sunshine. I have never seen anything like it. Our lake changes daily and can be so amazing, if we just take the time to look and enjoy it.
I am putting up a couple more images that represent the ideas that I am working into my project.
A very good friend of mine arrived last Thursday. She came to visit Grand Haven for the very first time and she chose Coast Guard Week. Our town is Coast Guard USA and a town of 20k becomes a humming community of 250,000 for one week. I was very nervous about whether she would like the area or not. Bottom line the concerns were wasted energy. She just wanted to spend time with me and see where I was living. I was able to see Lake Michigan through her eyes and enjoy it immensely. Polly is an awesome potter who is no longer making pots. After two days, she quietly said, "hey, do you think I could throw a few things?" Of course! Let's get into the studio. It is like riding a bike for her and within an hour she had six large bowls and several tumblers. I will trim them, glaze, and fire them. It will be nice to ship them to Vermont and think about her enjoying them on a daily basis.ArtPrize - I got the third side of my pyramid rolled out, cut and drying some. I know how I will finish it. I made the corners last night. I think everything is looking good. One more test firing for some glaze ideas and we are ready to do the final firing. Lots of ideas whirling in my head. I continue to refine them. Time to get moving.
I am doing my second test glaze firing. I altered the transparent glaze, altered the reticulation glaze. I have finished one side of the internal pyramid. It is drying slowly and I will bisque it later this week. I hope to make three more screens for screen printing tomorrow and then on Wednesday, finish the second side of the pyramid. I have been thinking about how to capture aging of people in a 30 inch space. It is interesting to think about how do I stay on track with the title of my piece (Change....Its Inevitable.) I am working on using decals instead of just screen printing for this side of the pyramid. I have images of my grandfather from the early 1900's until his death in the 1980's. Thinking about how to use these images in an interesting manner. I believe I have come up with the idea and you will have to wait to see what it is. :)
I am almost ready to make my first real test of the pyramid that I am building. I made this slab piece yesterday. Looking at it this morning, I realize that the life circle should be across the entire piece. There needs to be a better beginning and ending with the beach grass on the bottom. The wording should be printed over the other images, not the other way around. Hopefully this will get dry today in the sun and we will bisque it on Wednesday. I start again today with the paper design layout.
I made some glazes last night. Testing two transparency glazes in Cone 6 Electric. I usually fire to Cone 10 in a gas kiln. I am testing slips, glazes, and screens in this firing. So, that I am not wasting materials, most of the tests will become coasters to sell at the Art Market on Sunday's in Grand Haven.
I spent a lot of time on Thursday working on images for screenprinting. This is showing how manufacturing has changed from the 1950's to present. Presses with men intimately working the equipment to the computerized machines that workers must have computer skills to operate.
Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower. Winter is a gray day, when you savor your bad mood. Spring is when summer steps into the light, and winter in the shade. Then follows the beautiful season… summer. These are thoughts about seasons. I am trying very hard to stay focused on imagery that correctly causes the viewer to think about "change".