Open Studios Holiday Sale

Well, I just moved, so I’ve been playing catch-up with just about everything, so I apologize forthe late notice of this. My studio mates & I are having an Holiday Sale at our Bonfils Studios downtown. The artiness occurs this Saturday, November 22 from 6pm to 10pm at 125 E. 12th St., KCMO 64105. (Google Map)

Our sister studio, pARTnership Place will also be having Open Studios that evening at the same time. They are about three blocks north (also on the google map above) of Bonfils if you wanted to check out more art.

Now, since we all like to look at pretty pictures, here are some images of some work I’ll have there…

Here’s one of the “Corals” from the Dreamscape Installation wired as a lamp.

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A whole bunch of stuff…

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Wall Vase – Podbabies

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Wall Vase – I’d Hold That for You

Wall Vase – I’d Hold That for You (other side)

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Open Studios Holiday Sale
@ Bonfils Artist Studios
Saturday, November 22, 6-10PM
125 E 12th St., KCMO 64105

Of One Form: finished works

Here are images of the individual wall vases/vessels from the Of One Form exhibition at The Central Exchange. The images aren’t spectacular as I was forced to use a flash. But here we go, in alphabetical order…

Berries

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Berry Patch
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Bubbly – SOLD
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Crack – SOLD

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Flock – unavailable

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Growth

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Molly (Ringwold)

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Patch

stitching around the patch is real cotton weaving thread

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Shelled Out

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Splice – SOLD

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Suited Up

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Text – unavailable

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The Field Rises – SOLD

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Of One Form: the making of

So, I have been woefully negligent concerning the blog for quite a while. Mistake it not for laziness! I’ve produced some new sculpture for a show at The Central Exchange in downtown Kansas City and am trying to put together a few things for our Open Studio Holiday Sale this Saturday at the Bonfills. So I have a ton of images to post. So I’ll start with The Central Exchange.

“The Central Exchange is Kansas City’s premier organization providing leadership development opportunities for women. Founded in 1980, The Central Exchange provides high caliber programming on an ongoing basis, designed to develop leadership skills, foster professional and personal development and encourage community involvement. We serve as a venue to make valuable personal, community and business connections.”

I’m currently showing drawing and sculpture there. The sculpture is a series of wall-hanging vases / vessels I made specifically with The Central Exchange in mind. I took one of the pieces from the Dreamscapes installation, modified the mold and made about 25 castings. Each was then handfinished and decorated using a variety of techniques. I call it Of One Form, the idea being they are all from the same mold, but each unique. I’ll show some process images here and each of the finished pieces in the next post.

I made a new mold that had the slant of the vase built in. With my earlier version, I had to hand slice the top off, which was time-consuming and each one I did was different. This new mold makes them all relatively the same. So, I clamp this puppy together, lean it on something and pour slip (that I’ve previously poured through a strainer) right it.

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I let the slip set for about 15 minutes. Then I pour the exces slip back in the bucket. Easy, peasy, Japaneasy.
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There is always some handfinishing involved. Defects from the mold, such as air bubbles, need to be removed as well as the mold seams. The rim also has to be cleaned up and leveled. Still, the cleanup is significantly easier than my previous version.

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After hand finishing, some pieces get bisque fired and others not. It depends on what type of technique I use for surface decoration. For most pieces, I used underglazes, which are more like colored slip than glazes. They come in pencil, watercolor, and paintlike forms. For example, if I want to draw on the clay, it must be fired first, else the pencil just scratches the unfired clay. I can paint or spray underglazes on the clay whether it has been fired or not. A clear glaze then must be applied over all underglazes.

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More in progress works. The little jars are underglazes. The clear glaze is the big pink bottle. It’s pink so you can tell where you’ve covered the piece and then it fires to a clear gloss.

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I sprayed the clear glaze on in a little spray booth. There were also a few other glazes that I used and some of those I could spray on as well.

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And here are the wall vases all lined up, ready for their last firing.

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In the next post, I’ll show all the finished pieces.

Dreamscapes Installation

Social vs. Solitude

Here are some images of my installation that just opened downtown. It will be visible from the street until October 17th. That’s a Third Friday, so I we’ll be having open studios around the corner that night as well. Thanks goes to my awesome artist friend Lacey Lewis and the one and only Forest, who were my “actors” for the opening.


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The ever-awesome Lacey Lewis
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One of my favorites…
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Work from KCAC Show

Definitely late, but here are the newest pieces from the Kansas City Artists Coalition show that just closed.

Boley Building

Boley Building (12th & Walnut)
36″ x 12″
colored pencil on panel

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Scarritt Building

Scarrit Building (9th & Grand)
12″ x 36″
colored pencil on panel

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Comrades

Comrades
30″ x 30″
colored pencil on panel

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Scarritt Building Study
10″ x 10″
colored pencil on panel

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Searching

Searching
16″ x 12″
colored pencil on paper
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Exhibition Tonight!

OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 5-8PM
Shows continue through September 26, 2008

on view in THE UNDERGROUND GALLERY:
LEONARD KOENIG AND RACHELLE GARDNER

GALLERY TALKS:

MICHAEL KRUEGER, GREG CRAWFORD, LEONARD KOENIG AND RACHELLE GARDNER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30PM
I’ll probably be going first.

Hope to see people there!

First Friday Show, Sept. 5th!

I’ve been neglecting the blog shamefully. However, in my defense, the time usually designated for the blog action has given way to getting things done. So, since last I wrote, I’ve completed several drawings for an exhibition opening this Friday at the KC Artists Coalition. Along with the drawings, I’ve prepared a preview of the installation that I’ve been working on for quite some time and that will be opening downtown in a few weeks. In fact, I hung the whole exhibition today. I shall give you no pictures just now. You’ll just have to come and see.

I will also be giving a “gallery talk,” i.e. the part where I stand up explain what the heck I’m doing (more eloquently). Each of the four artists will give one and I’m pretty sure I’ll be the first to go around 6:30 pm. I’ve done one once before and it went really well, so I shall certainly try not to disappoint.

So, here are the details:
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 5-8PM
Shows continue through September 26, 2008

on view in MALLIN GALLERY:
MICHAEL KRUEGER: FULL METAL JOURNALS

on view in JACQUELINE B. CHARNO GALLERY:
GREG CRAWFORD: STACKS

on view in THE UNDERGROUND GALLERY:
LEONARD KOENIG AND RACHELLE GARDNER

GALLERY TALKS:
MICHAEL KRUEGER, GREG CRAWFORD, LEONARD KOENIG AND RACHELLE GARDNER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30PM

Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte
KCMO, 64105

I hope to see people there and after…?

"Boley" really finished & Oooh, podbabies!

Okay, so I forgot I wanted to add a blue tinge to Boley, and there were some berry groupings that…just…bothered…me. So, here we are…

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And here are more podbababies on their happy stands. These are drying out and will be bisque fired probably next week. I took a kiln load to my favorite potter, Rebecca Koop, last night for their first firing. Yay for progress.

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Step by Step: Leaf Molds

Here’s a change from the more complicated two and three part molds I’ve been making. This is the easiest kind.
Here’s what I started out with. Whenever I’d mix up too much plaster, I’d hurriedly shape it into a mound I then later file and wet sand into shape. You can see them next to unfiled shapes below. Basically, all you do is make sure there are no undercuts and pour plaster on top of them. The little one is broken because I took this picture after I pried them out of their molds. After I made the molds, then I’m done with these plaster leaves.


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So now I have the negative of the leaf. I simply pour the slip in and let it set for a bit. By blowing on the edge of the casting you can guage its thickness pretty easily. Then the excess is poured out.
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I don’t usually set the castings in front of a fan to dry until they’ve set for a few days. I think I must have been running out of room. However, after I take the leaves out, I do put the molds in front of the fan to dry out the water that the mold sucked up from the slip.

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Once the castings become more solid than liquid, they shrink slightly from drying and release themselves from their molds. Now the leaves get some handwork. I just trim and smooth here and there. Pretty easy.

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Here are some leaves in various states of drying. I also poke a hole in the round edges of the leaves for stringing.


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And here’s a small mock-up of how they will look in the installation. Of course, they’ll be glazed white and the strands will be much longer.


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Now I’ve shown several moldmaking demonstrations one at a time, but this is usually all happening at the same time. The image below shows several different things going on.
I have molds that I’m done with in the background. Everything on the rack is sitting in front of a fan. There are freshly poured molds drying out. There are molds that need to dry out in between castings. There are plaster prototypes drying out so I can make molds from them. And then finally, there are the actually castings drying out so I can bisque fire them. So, yes, I stay busy.

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Boley Building – Mostly Finished

Here’s this one pretty much done. I’ll probably make some small adjustments here and there, but overall, that’s it. I’ll add a pic when I take the frisket off and get it sealed. The finished size is 36″H x 12″W x 2″D

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