When Misha Kligman offered up his Painting I and II students to paint bowls for the Empty Bowls event (taking place in Nov., 2017), it was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up. So Laura Gascogne and some Ceramics students made “blank” bowls and passed the bisqued bowls on to Misha. …and the results were stunning!
Here are some of the individual bowls:
Thanks to Photo Professor Philip Heying, we have some recent pics from a reception (2/12/ 17) of student work, as well as some snaps of…students working! Thanks Philip!
Mark Cowardin’s Bronze Casting Crew
Last week, I posted pics from Angelica Sandoval’s Aluminum Casting. This week, it’s BRONZE in Mark Cowardin’s class on NOVEMBER 10! How do you know it’s bronze?
Bronze is comprised of COPPER and TIN. Tin makes the copper harder, more durable as it was discovered many millenia ago during the Bronze Age. However, it’s the Copper that gives the furnace flame it’s signature green hue.
Student Show- Photography and Ceramics
This upcoming Sunday, 11/6/16, 2-4PM, there will be an opening and reception for student works in Photography and Ceramics in the Student Center Gallery. A reception with food and drinks will be provided.
The Photography Exhibit, “Faces of the Heart” features up close portraits of local heart transplant patients.
The Ceramics Show, “Interpreting Form” features works by students in Sam Davis’s Ceramics I classes that explore concepts surrounding camouflage within formal compositions.
Casting via the Ceramic Shell process
Photo credits: Barbara Sullivan
One of the truly exciting experiences for JCCC students in Sculpture is the casting process.
This intricate, multifold process starts with an idea, which then the student makes a “positive” of using microcrystalline wax. Once made, a wax “sprue” (channel for the metal) is attached. The entire solid piece of wax is then dipped multiple times into a silica slurry, which builds up a “ceramic shell” around the wax. After the shell has dried, it is fired and the wax is steamed/ melted out, leaving a void in which a metal is then poured, such as aluminum or bronze. The shell is then chipped away, leaving the “positive” metal piece, whereby the sprue is removed and the sculpture is cleaned.