Out on the road…

furnaceI’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to be a visiting artist next week at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville GA, where we will be completing their first aluminum furnace!  Fellow WVU graduate student and alum Matt Forrest is now faculty at GCSU, and I look forward to meeting the rest of the faculty and students and sharing what we’ve been up to at Fairmont State University.

I’m also excited to be traveling to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices.  Lots going on at this event, giving a demo on pattern making, helping Professor Kurt Dyrhaug and his students on their furnace, a piece in the Professional Exhibition, and giving a presentation on the 2018 International Cast Iron in Art Conference in Scranton PA.  Busy Busy!

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Give Me Some Space!

O-6 was recently accepted to the Marshall University: School of Art & Design 6th Annual National Juried Exhibition titled “Give Me Some Space!”.  This year’s exhibition was juried by Alison Helm, chair/coordinator of the WVU Visual Arts Department, and it sounds like a great show.  If you are in the area, the exhibition opens January 16th at the Marshall VAC and runs through February 10th.

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Concept to Completion

I am excited to have weighting accepted to the Western Cast Iron Conference show Concept to Completion in Scottsdale Arizona.  The show had over 110 entries and was juried by Mary Bates Neubauer and Wendy Raisanen.  This exhibition will take place during the 2016 5th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference and will be on display in Scottsdale, Arizona in The Gallery@ the Civic Center Library.  The show runs October 3rd-December 31, 2016.

New Castings from Sculpture I

A great cross-section of new work by the FSU Intro to Sculpture crew, especially considering I didn’t give them much time to get patterns made and molds packed up this fall.  Another big thanks to the Shepherd U sculpture department for having us down to pour and the folks at Quikrete for generously supplying us with a great sand for molds-

New work in process

I recently had the opportunity to work on a large scale in the realm of Iron casting when I participated in the 2015 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL.  It was a fantastic opportunity to make new work, and engage with some of the top artists, faculty, and foundrymen/women in the world who are working in iron.  Some images and video of the happenings from the week are below.  A huge thanks to all of my large mold workshop mates and the Sloss crew for helping me get a successful casting that approached 375lbs and was really clean.

Pattern:

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Packing Mold:

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Pouring Work and the Casting:

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