Summer Carving Intensive Part 2: Ah! I Cleaved! Combating a Carver’s Biggest Fear

You’ve seen it in cartoons.  The sculptor takes the chisel and hammer to the nearly finished statue of David and, chink, off slides half of David’s face!  (And a dejected Michelangelo crawls into a corner for a good, long cry.) I mean, you spend months – or longer – working on a sculpture and it could beContinue reading “Summer Carving Intensive Part 2: Ah! I Cleaved! Combating a Carver’s Biggest Fear”

How to Make a Summer Intensive More Intense

1. Come up with an idea that is too awesome to throw out This is usually my first problem in any art class.  I start sketching, fall in love with the idea (which is often a good idea if the time-frame to complete the project was a year–in this class I have six weeks) andContinue reading “How to Make a Summer Intensive More Intense”

What I Learned from a Commission and a Little About Obsessions

Last week I received a commission to make another Birdies pendant.  The original was made about seven years ago before I knew, and felt comfortable using, patinas, when I was just getting excited about riveting and cut metal designs and when experimentation was more important than the end result.  This last one is still theContinue reading “What I Learned from a Commission and a Little About Obsessions”