Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Art piece of the Week

From Wendy Birchmire on her mosaic piece

I had never done a purely abstract piece before. All of my work had been mirrors or clocks. I was anxious to try something different. Since I already had plenty of sheets of blue and green glass, that seemed to be the way to go. 

Anyway, those are my favorite colors! Since I am not an artist who can visualize a piece on paper and then transfer it, I started in the bottom and on the top of the board, randomly cutting glass and placing it where it appealed to my eye. By starting at both ends I could tell that the piece would be similar when it met in the middle. 

Detail of this piece
I placed the cut pieces and swapped them out before glueing them if they didn’t look pleasing to me. Pieces of jewelry and glass beads were added to change the look of the artwork. Eventually, about 2 days later, the two sides came together in the middle. After leaving the work for a day so that the glue set securely, I decided nothing needed changing and the piece was completed by grouting it and painting the sides and back.
Full Piece by Wendy
Come see this piece in the Guild!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Intro to Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Class: May 15th & 28th

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

Instructor: Melanie Guerra, member of the Dedham Square Artist Guild
Date: This class will be held in two 2-hr sessions: May 15th and May 28th
Time: Each session will be from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Dedham Square Artist Guild, 553 High Street, Dedham MA.

Make your own fine silver jewelry using the fun medium of Precious Metal Clay! Sculpt, carve, stamp and shape this ingenious clay into pendants, earrings, rings, and more! PMC is a mixture of fine silver particles and organic clay material. The clay is shaped into the desired design and fired in a kiln. Upon firing, the organic clay material is burned off, leaving the design in just the precious metal (fine silver). An amazing way to create precious metal jewelry!

This introductory class gives students an overview of PMC, and the opportunity to create a minimum of two pieces, a pendant and a bead. Techniques and design will be discussed at length in the first meeting, and students will create their pieces. The instructor will fire in her own studio kiln between the two class meetings, and students will polish and finish their work in the second class meeting. The class will result in a basic knowledge of PMC and how to create with it, and at least two finished pieces of jewelry for the students to take home. Students will also leave with a basic PMC tool kit to keep.

Age Level: 18+
Cost: $90 per participant
Materials: $140 per participant (includes comprehensive tool kit for students to keep and a supply of PMC3 fine silver metal clay. Materials fee to be paid in advance, by 5/5 to the instructor.)

Sign up and pay here

*Questions about the class? Interested in scheduling a group class for you and some friends? Please contact the instructor, Melanie Guerra, via email: melanie@dreambigarts.com

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Save the Date! Art showcase

ArTiSt ShOwCaSe

Join us for an artist showcase, Saturday April 26th from 2-6pm.

Freelance horror artist Jim Kavanaugh, from Braintree Massachusetts, has had work featured in Shadowland magazine, Scream Scene magazine, Horror Hosts and Creature Feature Magazine, and Post Mortem Press. Jim graduated from Dedham High Gchool in 96 and attended The Art Institute of Boston.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Life of a Handmade Pot, Lisa Walker

By Lisa W.B. Walker

I like to throw my small bowls off the hump. The routine of centering, throwing, cutting, and repeating tends to makes my bowls more similar in shape when I do this. There is no reason to measure because I enjoy making each one as an individual form, but I do know that by repeating the action, I’m training my muscles to make a similar shape.

Finishing a piece means taking the time to trim a nice foot ring. You know you see a pottershopping for a bowl when they keep flipping the pottery upside down to see the craftsmanship of the artist.

Before starting to glaze, I wax the bottom of my pieces so that there is a clean line where the glaze meets the foot. Glaze left on the bottom of the piece will stick to the shelf during the firing process and ruin the work. Waxing is a nice way to make sure your piece’s foot is well marked and clean.

Once the work is complete, the bottoms are sanded so they are smooth and will not to scratch any surfaces. I hand wash each piece, photograph it, log it into inventory, price it and post it out on all my social media platforms.

Each piece I create is a one of a kind piece – handmade for one who appreciates details and fine craftsmanship. One it is purchased, it begins it’s life as a functioning piece of pottery – hopefully well loved and cared for.:)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Artist Opening Reception this Saturday Night

Artists of the Month — Mark Dooley

Opening reception
Saturday, April 5th from 6pm - 8pm
at the Dedham Square Artist Guild

Featuring Encaustic Art by Mark Dooley

Meet the Artist and learn about Mark's process and inspiration

Artist Statement: Mark Dooley

My art is inspired from the landscape, a subject matter I have always been drawn to. I tend to choose scenes that are compelling through their mood or colors. Once a composition is settled upon through preliminary sketches, I begin small encaustic studies and monoprints. Often some of these small works become finished pieces while others inform larger encaustic paintings in the future.

The use of encaustic paint creates rich layers of color and texture that add to the complexity of a final painting. The medium also enables my process to become increasing intuitive and playful. My favorite tools include a palette knife, household iron, and heat gun. My goal with all of these works is to create beauty through color and texture, while fostering a process that is creative and compelling for myself.

Recently I have been working on charcoal drawings. I have always enjoyed drawing and it's great to get back into it. I discovered a strong way to finish the drawings is by mounting them on wood and then coating the work with beeswax. The final product is rich and unique and permanent. I'm going to continue with the encaustic for a long time, I really enjoy it.