With the help of a couple inches of snow closing down the entire city of Greenville I was able to get into the studio and bust out a sculpture. I went through the whole clay into plaster into wax into sand into iron route....if ya know what I mean. I'm very happy because I went from clay to iron in about a week and a half. This is a very fast turnaround for a cast metal piece of this size....at least for me.
Here are some pictures I took at the TriState Sculptors Iron Pour.
If you are into Sculpture or 3D kinda work, metalworking/ceramics/installation/whatever, you should think about joining and making TriState awesome. Anyways, I took a 350lb sand mold to this pour and ended up with a great casting.
|Jim Gallucci showing sodium silicate sand molding. Check out the ECU crew in the background.|
|I ended up feeding the furnace and found time to take most of the photos.|
|That's Trey Martin on the right.|
|That's my baby. 55lbs of red-hot iron!|
|Promotion of TriState|
|Carl Billingsley fire-dancing.|
|Carl Billnglsey totally losing his mind as he fervently dances to the IRON GOD.|
|Iron-Age Re-enactor Carl Billingsley eyes the furnace in anticipation of the liquid gold.|
|The time is added on the side for when iron is added.|
|My casting came out so well, I am happy as a clam.|
|Skull, myself, and an old man. What does it mean? Regeneration. Death comes for all. We all die. We all live on in the materials of the earth.|
Its about 3feet high right now and I plan on mounting it on a 6 foot high sculpture. So it will be a component to an outdoor sculpture. I learned a few things from doing this piece.
- Sculpting in water-clay is faster than oil-clay.
- Still got the foundry mold-making skillz.
- Iron is an awesome material.
- Iron Pours, which can be annoying with all the masculine assholes yelling at each other, are a great way to make art via a defined deadline.
- I made a similar sculpture in grad school circa 2010, only very very tiny. I should have been making them all BIG!
I should add more posts to this blog. My new mantra for 2014 is "Make Art Everyday" and I think I've been holding it up fairly well.
Have a nice day = namaste.