Theatrical Photos

November 17, 2009

I don’t feel like writing for once, but here are the photos as promised:

View when you walk in

The most important view, not reproducible in photos

Makes great shadows... kind of like xrays...

One of my favorite teeth

Profile

Soon I will do my usual budget info and “Things Learned“ entry…

Open Studios Success!

November 4, 2009

I had over 300 visitors over the course of the weekend!  The building received over 700, but I imagine most people got lost and didn’t hit every studio or were scared by the room full of teeth and didn’t bother trying to come in.  Here’s what they missed:

Entrance

My studio door: Old Arsenal work outside, New teeth work inside

Specimens

Wall of real and fake teeth specimens

Teeth Book

Book of printed Teeth Stories

Teeth Wall

Wall of Teeth Stories

Overall View

Overall view of the whole setup

And just for fun…

Enjoying

Larry, Curly and Moe enjoying the view

I also took a ton of photos of the big piece by itself in super dramatic lighting.  I will post those next…

Teasers…

October 28, 2009

A few pics for you loyal readers out there (if you even exist!) of what’s coming this weekend.  By no means is this finished, but most of the teeth are in place…  I would say it is 83% there…

Lighting 2

Ignore the pony in the background...

Cat Install

Don't mind the cat, she's just enjoying the view too

Install Process

Casts some great shadows...

Test View

A view from underneath it... where the bed will be...

That’s it!  That’s all you get.  Come to the show this weekend to see the finished version for yourself and all the other little surprises I have in store…

Sooo Many Teeth!

October 2, 2009

This is apparently the result of going into production mode.  Shelves and carts and boxes and kilns full of teeth…

Kiln full of teeth...

Kiln full of teeth...

Cart full of teeth...

Cart full of teeth...

Extra shelf in the studio, full of teeth...

Extra shelf in the studio, full of teeth...

Boxes full of teeth that have been dragged home on the T

Boxes full of teeth that have been dragged home on the T

And just for fun, a nice close up of some of my favorite broken teeth.  I haven’t transported these home yet since they are so fragile.  A surprisingly good photo, considering it was taken on my camera phone…

Broken Teeth

Broken Teeth

Production Mode

August 3, 2009

Last week was my first full week of production mode–woohoo!  Production mode is always my favorite part of any project–you get to just do it, machine style, without thinking anymore, whatever “it” may be.  The thought process part is over (or at least stalled for a while–I’ll probably have to think again when it comes time to actually install) and I get to just make stuff!  Freely!  I have to say it feels pretty awesome to just blast through casting, although I’m also going through the slip really fast!  I ordered a new 5 gallon bucket the previous week and it’s already 3/4 empty!  Thankfully that was the last bucket I’ll need to purchase–from now on I’ll either make slip out of the studio porcelain clay body by adding defloculant or make my own casting slip from scratch.  It’s great to have 2 buckets though, because I can cast that much faster.  I’ve managed to figure out a really nice rhythm of casting 4 molds at a time (I only have 4 mold straps and 8 molds) and then switching to cleaning up the last set of 4 while the new set dries in the mold.  It’s going great so far!  See for yourself!

beautiful porcelain casting slip

beautiful porcelain casting slip

molds all lined up, waiting for slip

molds all lined up, waiting for slip

Yay production mode!  This sort of represents 1 8hr. day of work

Yay production mode! This sort of represents 1 8hr. day of work

fresh casts in the newest molds, including the six parter!

fresh casts in the newest molds, including the six parter!

these guys were fresh out of a bisque kiln, ready for the reduction kiln

these guys were fresh out of a bisque kiln, ready for the reduction kiln

the previous days' casts, mostly dry and ready for the bisque kiln

the previous days' casts, mostly dry and ready for the bisque kiln

the hotbox is one of the best tools ever!  helps dry out the molds during and after casts, as well as the casts themselves--totally speeds up the process, especially given the summer humidity

the hotbox is one of the best tools ever! helps dry out the molds during and after casts, as well as the casts themselves--totally speeds up the process, especially given the summer humidity

opening the bisque kiln and finding teeth mixed in with the pots

opening the bisque kiln and finding teeth mixed in with the pots

No More Mold-Making!

July 23, 2009

As usual, it has been quite a while since I’ve managed to write anything.  Not sure there’s an excuse–I guess there just hasn’t been anything particularly exciting or note-worthy in the work of late.  But not today!  Today I am celebrating the completion of all the molds!  I guess you could call this the end of Phase II?  All I know is I’ve spent way too mch time (maybe the last 2 months?) making mold after mold after mold and I am happy as hell to be done with it!  I’ll celebrate by cooking some delicious spice rubbed chicken with a parsley-mint sauce and drinking mojitos until I’ve forgotten the pain of mold-making.

Opening up a freshly made mold--the last one!!!

Opening up a freshly made mold--the last one!!!

The 2nd to last mold--SIX parts!!

The 2nd to last mold--SIX parts!!

I’m probably making this out to sound worse than it really is.  The truth is I’ve spent 2 months making 8 molds of giant teeth; one for each type of tooth in your mouth (the average person has 32 total including wisdom teeth).  This may not sound particularly daunting, but some of these molds were 5 or 6 parts each!  Plus there’s all the time spent making the original tooth that the mold is made off of… so yeah… its been a long process.  But it’s over now!  I poured my last set of plaster last night and spent today cleaning up and trimming everything before doing a massive clean of the plaster room that I had completely taken over all summer.  I also acquired a cart, which will act as my mini mobile studio for the rest of the summer as I dive into a total casting frenzy.

My new mini mobile studio--3-tiered electronics cart--Thanks Jill!

My new mini mobile studio--3-tiered electronics cart--Thanks Jill!

So if this is the end of Phase II, what are/were the rest of the phases?  I guess Phase I would be the experimentation stage where I make mini teeth and try to figure out how everything is going to work before dedicating too much time to large scale work…  Phase II is the creation of all the molds and their preceding models, Phase III the casting phase (my favorite phase), where Iget to just go into production mode and make cast after cast as if apocalypse is now, and Phase IV would be where everything finally comes together and hopefully works!  I’m not planning on enrolling at the studio in the fall (I can’t afford it anymore!), so I’m hoping to complete as much, if not all of the casting phase throughout the month of August.  Assuming that works and I can get enough casts made and fired by the beginning of September, I’ll use the first week or two of September to pull everything together, install (still not really sure where yet!) and hopefully be ready to show the complete work to people by mid to late September!  That’s the tentative schedule for now, so we’ll see how that goes…  If all goes as planned, keep your eyes peeled for an invite to the show opening in early September and if you’re not on my mailing list, get on it!  E-mail me or send me a note with your address if you’d like to be added.

But right now, it’s time to concentrate on those mojitos…

Waxed Teeth

June 20, 2009

Now time for some waxed teeth!

I've been experimenting with watercoloring the teeth, then tipping them in a crockpot full of "clear" beeswax

I've been experimenting with watercoloring the teeth, then dipping them in a crockpot full of "clear" beeswax

I say "clear" because it's really not clear, it's a bit cloudy so the more times you dip the piece, the more subtle the color becomes

I say "clear" because it's really not clear, it's a bit cloudy so the more times you dip the piece, the more subtle the color becomes

There's also a really interesting difference between watercoloring on bisqueware (fired to cone 06 and therefore VERY porous)

There's also a really interesting difference between watercoloring on bisqueware (fired to cone 06 and therefore VERY porous)

And watercoloring on high fire porcelain (fired to cone 10 and therefore not porous at all)

And watercoloring on high fire porcelain (fired to cone 10 and therefore not porous at all)

And also if you dip the piece in the wax when the watercolor is still wet, vs. dipping it after the color is completely dry

And also if you dip the piece in the wax when the watercolor is still wet, vs. dipping it after the color is completely dry

So these are the first of what will hopefully be many waxed teeth

So these are the first of what will hopefully be many waxed teeth

There’s a couple more that aren’t represented here, mostly because they were without watercolor–just bare porcelain dipped in wax.  Most likely when it comes time to do the actual installation of the “dreamcatcher”, I will only use bare porcelain + wax and skip the watercolor step.  I do like the effect of the watercolor, but I think when there is 100+ of them, it will just be overwhelming and confusing if they are all watercolored.  I’d rather keep it clean and simple.  So for now, the watercolor will only happen on a select few and maybe on future sculptural teeth that are separate from the “dreamcatcher” installation.  Just for the purposes of experimenting, I recently fired a couple teeth to cone 6, something inbetween 06 and 10 to see how that temperature takes the watercolor.  I’ll probably post those in the next week or so for comparison…  Plus they will be out of an oxidation kiln instead of reduction so that will also cause some variation in the overall tone of the porcelain.  Stay tuned for more fun with porcelain, slip-casting, teeth and wax!

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