From the collaboration with GoggleWorks with the spring 2017 Iron Pour. I found that there was interest in offering welding workshops for the community.
Welding Basics was the first course to be offered. It is as the title states, basic. Students are educated in the use of a MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welder, safety equipment and come away with a small welded sculpture.
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This was the first of an annual iron pour event at GoggleWorks in collaboration with Albright College. My cupola was relocated to GoggleWorks to offer this unique event, with a morning workshop introducing the basics of sand casting.
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Aside from the workshop, iron and coke (refined coal) had to be broken to a certain size for proper operation of the furnace. James and Scott are busting up a house full of old stream radiators and its boiler in the second to last image.
The staff at GoggleWorks were the real heroes, as I was the only one with metal casting experience; but they handled things like a pro and all the molds were poured!
The plaster project utilized found plastic forms, casting multiples of the same shape out of plaster. Students then has to drill, glue and/or bolt together the numerous cast pieces into a work to be displayed either by wall, ceiling, floor or pedestal.
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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.
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Started out the new year installing a sculpture for the city of Danville, VA Sculpture Exhibition. My graduate professor from Bowling Green State University (OH), Shawn Morin also installed a sculpture of his. Had a nice opening reception for the event and nice sunset at the end of the day!
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Our final critique for Sculpture was our wood project. Both classes turned out some good stuff, while all the work was original and differed from one another.
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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.
We started out the semester reproducing fond objects of our choice with new traditional media. The materials used in the images include, Aspirin, plastic army men and wheat. Students had to change the scale of the work, so using the original object was needed for observing it in 3D, but not to directly model off of or use as a framework.
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As incoming art faculty at Albright College I had the great opportunity to exhibit my work for the college and community during the start of the Fall semester.
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The three opening show images are of my more interactive sculptures.
History Professor, John Pankratz, Ph.D. documented the opening, link below showcasing the entire event.
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.
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