Wednesday, September 24, 2008

samples samples samples

So here are some things I need from you guys in addition to your shakers.

I would like four objects/samples:

- one cube that is at least 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" with at least one patterned side
- one sphere of any size larger than 1/2" in diameter
- one other object of your choice (can be derived from a sphere or cube, think faceted stone
shape we looked at in class).
- one object/container that has a lid (we will demo multiple lids in class soon, friction fit,
hinged, clasp, chained...etc etc)

These will be due October 29th.

Friday, September 19, 2008

cool set

link here


So Liz and I were looking for some birthday presents for her mom and best friend and went to the Blue Cashew in High falls. It is a designer kitchen supply store. That place is amazing! I thought you guys would like to know that they have a great selection of designer table ware including salt and pepper shakers!!!! Right in our own backyard. Go there! Check it out.

salt and pepper shakers
salt and pepper shakers
salt and pepper shakers
salt and pepper shakers
salt and pepper shakers

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


So here is a new website I joined I can't remember if I told folks about this or not but.... Its called Crafthaus. You guys should check it out.

Also you guys should check out my new post about DIA: Beacon and Storm King

There is also a great video online about a show called ManufRactured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects. Check out the video here and go to the website here



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Sunday, September 7, 2008

handout number one

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Project one: Shake Rattle and Roll

Construction and Fabrication Course: ARS 321 Meeting time: WED 1:40 PM- 7:10 PM Lecturer: Arthur Hash Contact Info: Credits: 3

Brief Statement of Topic: Explore the use of function, the container form, and relationships of two forms. Produce a set of salt and pepper shakers that function, are visually exciting and interact with one another through the use of ornamentation, pattern, shape, concept, color, and narrative….

o Think of what ways in which you can dispense the salt and pepper. Holes are the most common, but what other ways can you employ?

o How will you distinguish the salt from the pepper?

o How will you fill the shakers?

Aims & Objectives: (including skills to be covered)

_ Challenge your abilities and design concepts relating to the relationship of two forms.
_ Research for appropriate subject to explore through metals medium.
_ Explore the basic concepts of form and function
_ Research historical and contemporary hollowware
_ Employ traditional layout and templates for construction
_ Techniques: die forming, lap and butt seams, soldering, filing, sanding,

Tools and Materials:
Individual discretion and completely open - however, keep in mind that there is a corrosion factor to be considered with the SALT cellar, the materials should relate to the project and the overall subject matter of the piece.

Model making:
Individual discretion, several materials will be shown in order to execute a variety of models.

Design Research:
Due to the lack of individual books and periodicals dedicated solely to salt and pepper mills/shakers, your research should concentrate on the overall historical and contemporary forms of hollowware including; teapots, cream and sugar containers, cup forms etc; you should also not limit your research to only silversmithing and also look into, ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, architecture, etc.

Recommended Books:

Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, Oppi Untracht

Boxes and Lockets, Tim McCreight

Silversmithing, Finegold & Seitz

Silversmithing, Bernard Cusner

The Artful Teapot, Garth Clark

The Eccentric Teapot, Leslie Ferrin

Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths, Hekki Seppa

Complete Metalsmith, Professional Edition, Tim McCreight

Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing, Tim McCreight

Recommended Periodicals:

Metalsmith Magazine Ceramics Monthly

American Crafts Sculpture Magazine

Schmuck Magazine Arts of Asia

Lapidary Journal Studio Potter

Crafts Report


Course Objective:

1. Give experience in introductory metal fabrication techniques.
2. Develop personal expression through materials.
3. Encourage independent creative thought by showing and discussing examples of works
from historical and contemporary metalsmiths and other artists.


- Each student is expected to attend all studio classes. If a student is not able to
attend a phone call or email to the office is requested. Three unexcused absences
will affect your grade by 1 (i.e. if you have a B you will receive a C) Medical excuses must be documented with a doctor’s note.

- A sketch book and models are to be kept and reviewed before any work is undertaken.
Your preparatory work will count as 20% of your grade. Any medium may be used for
sketches. Recommended are watercolor, gauche, pencil, acrylic and water based inks.

- Each student is expected to participate in all critiques. Dialogue and critical
review are also important aspects of this class. Unfinished work for critiques will
be graded as incomplete.

- There will be significant time required outside of normal class time in order to
complete the assignment.

- Grades will be based on:

- aesthetic expression and
- content of work
- effort
- participation
- preparatory work
- craftsmanship