I just got a response from my first craft show of 2007 – wait listed. For an uber-planner such as myself, this might be worse than a rejection.
Be sure to stop by the Towson Commons Gallery tomorrow from 6-9 for The Backstory: From Vision to Reality – an exhibition featuring jewelry, hollowware, and sculpture by Towson University undergraduate and graduate jewelry and metalsmithing students and alumni. Sponsored by the Towson University Metals & Jewelry Club.
I didn’t quite make my goal of finishing the pillow today, but I’m only slightly bummed, because I’m happy with the way its turning out. Plus, I couldn’t be more excited about my new studio music… The Complete Million Dollar Quartet. Elvis featured prominently in my undergrad metals studio (nothing fixes a bad day like Heartbreak Hotel), so I was thrilled to get this album of a 1956 jam session with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. I highly recommend it for your studio enjoyment.
As I near completion on the latest pillow (I’m hoping tomorrow at the latest), I can’t help but think… I miss grad school. In grad school, we practiced art by committee – meaning if you had a problem or needed to make a critical decision, you asked for feedback from the other people in the room.
I’m trying to determine the surface treatment for this latest pillow, and I’m totally stuck. The first pillows – made from copper – had an oil painted surface. I liked this at the time, but I’m not sure it matches the more modern quality of the new patterns, plus, it doesn’t protect the steel from rust.
My thesis pieces were powder coated – which protects them from rust – but then I’m forced to make some color decisions. (I have 100 lbs of hot pink powder sitting around, but I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’ve also got some brick red, and this nice matte brown – but I’m not sure how I feel about those in my current b&w phase.)
And of course all my current jewelry is bare steel that’s been sealed with Johnson’s paste wax. But with a larger area such as the pillow, its hard to get a consistent surface finish.
Plus, then there are other choices… powder-coating matte black to look like bare steel, powder-coating then oil painting, etc… I really miss grad school.
Despite the cold, the second pillow panel is almost finished. Since that process looks almost exactly like the first pillow panel, I’ll treat you instead to an image of these great toothbrush sculptures – part of Corey Ackelmire’s graduate thesis. (Corey and I went to grad school together.) If you’re in Kent, OH in April, you should stop and see the show at the Downtown Gallery.
An endless stream of paperwork. Three applications submitted last week. Three more in the mail today. Let’s just hope I actually get in to a few…