My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester

Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough?  And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming?  I had my idea for my spring jewelry and metals class figured out before the semester even started.

My first sketch was a bit rough but it had the bulk of the idea fleshed out.

first sketch for the Maumee River Tea Set
first sketch for the Maumee River Tea Set

I took it to my teacher on the first day of class.  He offered the advice to make the cups more unique – which was perfect since I had that itchy feeling that the cups needed something more to them.  After a couple tries I formed up the cup ideas to mesh better with the tea pot.

The tea cup design is the one in the box.  The lower right corner is the scale silhouette of the design (necessary to make a template to raise the cups).
The tea cup design is the one in the box. The lower right corner is the scale silhouette of the design (necessary to make a template to raise the cups).

Those coasters are also layered pieces that will end up looking something like tree rings.  They should be comparatively easy to make, but I like how they seem to finish out the set.

Other than the challenge of making a layered scene inside the curved form of the teapot (which will be a delicious challenge!) one of the things I like best about this design is the scene itself.  It actually comes from my favorite spot along the Maumee River, about a ten minute bike ride from my apartment.  When I was there last fall I made this sketch for my doodle a day challenge (Once again, doodles are inspiring my three dimensional work!  I may have to make sure this doodle a day habit never ends!):

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A view along the Maumee River.

I’ve ridden my bike to this spot countless times since I was a kid.  It has always been a place (one of a few along the river) where I can sit and breathe in a sense of peace.  So I guess that’s why I am excited to put it into my artwork.

That’s all for now!  I will get some in process photos along the way and talk about some of the techniques involved – of which there will be many.   I have only just started forming the cylinder of the tea pot and already I have learned new things and there is so much more to go!

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