New Sculpture and Install

First welded piece I’ve made in a while and not a bright color!  The first couple of images show I was working through different compositions before I settled with one.  Also, a lot of pre-painting and sanding happened before the final coat was sprayed.

The sculpture ended up in Greenville, NC for the DownEast outdoor sculpture competition.

Rubber Mold Demo from Reynolds Advanced Materials

We had a great time with all of the things covered in 2 hour demo from Reynolds Advanced Materials this morning!  They are the sales end of “Smooth On”  rubber and casting products.  Our rep (Amy) covered a number of mold making rubbers and casting materials; namely resin.
Things ended with everyone being able to cast there thumb in resin using Alja-Safe, which is safe to apply directly to the skin.

Waste Mold: Old School

At the end of the spring semester I had a student that inquired about molds that did not incorporate rubber or some kind of flexible material to create an exact copy of modeled object.  He had a clay bust that was not meant for firing and still wanted a more permanent version of it.


Student Research and Scholarship Day

For this spring semester two of my students worked on building a RepRap 3D printer as research.  The printer had been started from prior semester, but that was limited to only the construction of the frame; which still had to be taken apart and rebuilt.  The concept of the RepRap is that it is built from open-source community, software and designs.  The RepRap started the whole entry level printer movement available for the educator, artist to the everyday person.

A Printrbot printer was used to make some of the parts that had broken from assembly or to update a part from the wiki environment.  Members share new designs, so as a community the printer is updated as users address issues they encounter.

Spring Stone Carving

Sculpture received a donation from a women that could no longer carve and wanted her un-carved stone to go to a good home.  So, spring semester brought on bigger possibilities and with that came greater challenges.

Notice the Maquette in the far left image, this helps a great deal for reductive sculpting from six sides.  After the design has been mapped out on the stone, start carving; or for this example cut down to size first.  The last image is a finished result (later in the spring 2016 student show).  It was cut into numerous pieces and then adhered together with an industrial epoxy.

Sculpture by Don Drumm, Canton Ohio

During winter break I was doing some running around with my mother back in Ohio and one of the places we stopped at was her bank.  As I was waiting I saw a very familiar designed sculpture.  The cast aluminum panels for the bank were designed, cast and installed by Akron, Ohio sculptor Don Drumm.  I would say he is the reason I got into sculpture in the first place.  Designing such large sculptures that were cast and welded aluminum in the early sixties was very progressive as the ability to weld aluminum and have your own foundry was a feat within itself.

These relief sculptures are at a local bank in downtown Canton and were commissioned for the original bank for its grand opening in the sixties, I can’t remember that name of the original bank; sorry.