Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keep Jingdezhen Weird

Some process images of things I was working on while in Jingdezhen this last December. Finished images still to come.
 I gained a little more control of blue and white painting, something I want to pursue further. The imagery came from a Ming Dynasty shard I found that I thought looked quite contemporary, I stylized it a bit further though.

After some minor trial and error the giant rats came out perfect, I ended up buying a porcelain horse that my work fell onto in the kiln which was pretty funny.
Some wheel work also happened that was then passed of to a local artist who specializes in flower making, this is for a show in March.

Of course I can not help myself when I go to China but to work with the image of Mao. I purchased the figures from a family business that still makes these cultural revolution figures, then began painting it with iconographic patterns that I designed thinking of the opium wars, the Shanghai massacre, the great leap forward, and other major events.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Decisions for Jingdezhen

With the table loaded with giant rats and hawks I had a hard time deciding what to bring to China for the residency at the Pottery Workshop. The Rat 3-d print made the cut, the mold was made in one day, and is drying on top of a public kiln. Hopefully we will get to casting in the next couple of days. Though there is plenty to do here in Jingdezhen, I am also eager to get back to the hawk, maybe one of my most complicated projects yet.

Space Odyssey

New phone packaging is making for perfect futuristic coffins for my bird collections.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Striker part II

I am so excited to finalize the scanning of the taxidermy Coopers Hawk, this one has been quite an adventure. It will be off to the 3-d printer soon. I think it will be a fine compliment to Katie's hand cut paper wall work showing scenes of small birds frolicking among beautiful foliage, but the Coopers Hawk is a fierce and unforgiving predator .

I recently spent a week in New York visiting some of my favorite spots and doing some research, here is the hawk case at the American Museum of Natural History.

This was a new display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its all birds modeled by Kandler for Meissen around 1740.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rat Race

Someone call the Pied Piper because these things are multiplying and getting bigger. The rat and I go way back and I want to use this guy for some of the more architectural themed projects that are coming up for Future Retrieval. We foresee this 3-d scan of the freeze dried rat printed out about the size of a Gremlin, maybe..

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Living Room at the Contemporary Arts Center

This is a collaborative exhibition we have up at the Contemporary Arts Center. The show runs through September 2 here are some links to what people have been saying.   City Beat , ArtForum  ,ArtHopper,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From the Sketchbook

                                             Everything begins with drawing, and this presents up and coming projects for Katie and I. Visual references adress the architecture of Etienne-Louis Boullee the visionary pre- neo classical architect, the temple of love by Adolph Strauch who was the landscape architect for Spring Grove Cemetery, among many of the parks in Cincinnati, Arts and Crafts ceramic design, Dutch still life painting, and my own taxidermy projects as statue. This suggests idealistic society, abundance in trade, and a quest for immortality. We will be fleshing out this project through many means both 2-d and 3-d. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Striker the Accipiter

I have been talking about it for quite some time but finally the hawk project is underway. I will never be able to match my hero John James Audubon, but my pursuit is also a different one.
Among the worlds best flyers the Coopers Hawk is a swift, agile, and agressive hunter of other birds, typically killing by repetitively clenching down on its victim with its large sharp talons. These raptors will also prey on rodents and small mammals in the same fashion.
So dynamic in its hunting prowess "Strikers" often suffer injuries and even death by crashing into woodland obstacles during a chase, which may have been the untimely circumstance of the specimen here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Honey Bear dont give a.....

Heres something we nerded out on. In order to 3-d print this 20+ inch bear from scan data it needed to be sliced up to fit within the powder printer. On the left each box indicates the build area I am restricted to with our machines. Once I received the finished part it was partially reassembled and molds were taken. Each of the lower sections requires about 4 gallons of casting slip to fill the mold, when all of the 7 parts are cast ( legs are separate too) it is fully reassembled and hand finished. In the center you can see the original little bear.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I picked up this jumbo frozen feeder rat destined to become the meal for someones exotic python from  the neighborhood pet shop where they stock these frozen critters as pet food . My usual natural history source is supplying rats that are way too fat, so I decided to shop local. I also found a taxidermy studio in the area with a freeze drier that does custom work, they freeze dry wild game trophies and peoples cats and so forth. I will be building my own soon. I think I have too projects on my plate.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

earthly delight

Hot off the hydraulic press here is just a little sample of the fireplace mural we have been working on at Rookwod Pottery, these tiles are 12 inches each . Its a utopian vision gone wrong, a topsy turvy community where you must watch your back, while culture and heritage are also being thrown out to the dogs.

Utopian Collapse

Been carving this linoleum for a cuenca mural that will compliment the fire place that is in the works for the Contemporary Art Center , in Cincinnati,  and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in New York this May. Its a project also involving Rookwood Pottery, Terrence Hammonds and Katie Parker. After RAM pressing these carved tiles into clay the lines will be raised allowing for glaze inlay, resulting in a nice crisp breaking line that contains the color of the melted glaze. Think of the Peaceable Kingdom if things went berzerk.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Volenin studies

Here are some practice shots for some photogrammetry tests. I love this analog stop motion animation, but eventually this information will be stitched together into a 3-d model. Here is a Vole and Lenin, a subterranean rodent followed by the soviet revolutionary. I am still looking for a way to refine the digital processing of fur.

Red Star Studios/ Belger Art Center - the end my friend, kind of

Thought I would post a a farewell to our show in Kansas City at Red Star Studios/Belger Art Center. It was great to be a part of our old scene after nearly a decade, and pleased that so much of the work found permanent homes. More images can be found here at Future Retrieval our collaborative blog , and at Katies site .  Thanks to Alecia Eler with  Hyperallergic , and Dana Self at Kansas City Star for these great reviews.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Big Trouble

Couple more images of Mao that I made in China. The image on the left " the mastermind" is one of the favorite things I have made in a while, the masked monkey is complete with prison tats, unkept toe nails, and of course some vegetation to cover his nakedness.
On the right is an unglazed Mutation so you can see the form without the metallic coating shown on the previous post below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mutation and PVD

As the story is told in China,their method of Physical vapor deposition was invented by the Soviet Union in the 1960's during nuclear research. There are other industrial uses for this thin film metal coating including plating metal cutting tools and electrical conductivity. It seemed appropriate to make this mutated, PVD, porcelain Mao while saturating myself in the history and rhythms of the sculpture factory.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hold em, Mao

This sculpture was a collaboration with a local Jingdezhen artisan who I found had exceptional skill with overglaze painting. Mao is finished with representations of the four elements including a fire breathing dragon in his shirt! It was an interesting experiment working with a traditional painter who responded to my twist on image originating from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.   Mao's mask came from a CT scan/3-d print that I brought to China of the Texas state reptile, ( ironically people saw it as a dragon) the Texas Horned Toad, we call a Horny Toad in Oklahoma. One of the first things I noticed in the sculpture factory, besides the propaganda sculpture,  was the abundance of playing cards used for games and as tools, such as shims for balancing giant porcelain sculptures that were carried on hand carts, as well as gambling during lunch break. The cards that play a role in everyday life and lay scattered in the streets. This sculpture raises more questions than answers for me in regards to understanding Jingdezhen, but depicts my initial response to the current culture revolving around the Pottery Workshop and the factories in the area.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Chairman

Spent the last month in Jingdezhen, China as resident artist at The Pottery Workshop. The resources in the within sculpture factory of course led me to Mao, among others, as material for some sculpture. Here he is unfinished, masked as a Texas Horned Toad, and playing a blank card.  There some other variations along the way, and also be more projects posted with Future Retrieval.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

cut it out

I have been really thrilled about cutting and assembling color decals lately, arranging onto our forms small shape and color compositions. Though originally influenced by 1980's skateboard graphics including my old Tony Hawk , Psycho Stick, and Gonzales decks among others, I also can not help but relate to the diagonals of the painter Kandinsky's Bauhaus period, and many futurist works. In regards to this form I also have to give credit to the great Pushead.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shelf Life

Inspired by skateboard graphics from the eighties,  I decided to decal up the skull for this years Small Favors show at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. I have been wanting to do one like this for a while now and I think this style will start showing up in some upcoming larger projects.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I'm interested in subjecting the monkey to a variety of styles, genres, and periods, here is a version that may be used for one of Future Retrieval's upcoming shows. Where can punk rock meet Tiffany glass, a Dutch still life, Medieval tapestry, and who knows? Like the space monkey we are testing this little guy against a variety of extreme conditions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


 Been spending some time in the "Magic room" where we are working on a DIY technology space at the University of Cincinnati to introduce and demystify digital imaging and fabrication to fine arts students. Here is a bit of 3-d laser scan data of the snarling bear head, it will soon be subject to a similar fate as Wolfie and the Beasts.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


As an extension of the series of busts I have been producing I thought I would try out a human figure.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Autumn Exhibitions

Here are the exhibitions that Katie and I have been in this last Autumn, on top a lithophane for BYOB ( Bring Your Own Beamer) at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, in the middle is some imagery from the exhibition HERE at the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts in Philadelphia as seen as critics picks in Art Forum, and third the Fresh Figurines show at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton Massachusetts's, featured in the Boston Globe. Something is happening with Future Retrieval. I now need a little time to reflect and play around in the studio without a heavy deadline.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lenticular Lenins

Here are some examples of the lenticular prints that I have been working  on with  Jordan Tate, who has been doing a lot of research into new ways processing imagery. The Prints were made from both video and 3-d scans of Vladimir Lenin's ceramic bust that I worked with while at the porcelain symposium in Poland. The lenticular print is a transformational image that becomes active based on the movement of the viewer. Above is a sequential panorama of the communist politician becoming a polygonal mass in the midst of an exploding star. Below you can see how one works in life.

Friday, October 7, 2011

STILL(ED) LIFE the exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art

Katie and I are exhibiting ten porcelain busts of of Alphonso Taft, influenced by Hiram Powers, that tower over detailed sculptures based on the only 18th century Dutch still life painting housed in this museums unique collection. "The Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, a National Historic Landmark built about 1820 for Martin Baum, is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.
Today, the Tafts’ distinguished collections are displayed in the Federal villa, which stands as one of the finest small art museums in the nation."
"Inspired by the Taft's permanent collection, Parker and Davis' fanciful and ironic porcelains combine the idealized beauty of historical decorative arts with the realism of the naturalist's eye"
Images courtesy of the gentleman, scholar, and recent collaborator Jordan Tate.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The man, the myth, Alphonso Taft

Here are a couple versions of Alphonso for the Taft Museum.
Katie and I have taken full advantage of the Sinton gallery and images of the installation will be emerging soon. Our exhibition is deceptively homogeneous with the museum, to the point that one may assume that it had always been there.
more here
city beat review here

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Taft Museum of Art

Nearly a year in the making, Katie and I as collaborators have our first solo Museum show on view at the Taft Museum of Art. Up next the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Fuller Craft Museum.
Here is a sample with links to explore, and more to come (click here)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

hands work well, often faster than computers .

A block of plaster, hammer, chisel, a potters trimming tool, and my bare hands.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Design Week New York

A little shot of our project for Model Citizens in concurrence with New York Design Week at the Chelsea Art Museum.
You must check out our project at our Future Retrieval blog as well as Katie's blog to get the full scope of the project .

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ceramic Busts

Over the last several months I have been involved in the production of these porcelain busts. Lenin from Poland, the RUX cameo, Alphonso Taft for the show Katie and I are working on at the Taft Museum of Art, as well as the many animal heads, there seems to be a theme. I began a new collaboration today using busts, and the visiting artist came in also mentioning how he wanted to make a bust. You gotta get yourself some ceramic busts.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

changing my mind

I am in the process of redesigning the branch like forms, carving them from plaster. The size and shapes are changing as well as the strategy for fastening, assemblage, and mounting.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The word is out

My take on a project we are working on for a museum show in Massachusetts's. We have been attacking the new shape on multiple fronts, with more to come. I have been adding hand cut decal triangles to our nasty hunting dog head. Katie has been china painting to an insane degree.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

XXXIV International Ceramics Symposium "Porcelain Another Way"

The second exhibition on the symposium that I participated in last September in Poland opens Feb 3 and runs through March 4 in Wroclaw, Poland. I wish I could make the trip to see everyone there. Here is another glimpse at my work station at the Walbzrych Porcelain Factory.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Part of a long term project.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

the mole's are back in town

The moles have been resurfacing in the studio over the last few weeks. Here are prototyped versions of the scan data, smooth, textured, and mini mole, plus a little model for a plush toy of the Slasher that I designed last summer (so secret that I may be forced to remove this post). Mole molds have been made and some new sculptures are on the way.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bright Ideas

Poland was great, and I would like to thank all of the symposium participants who for a short month became my good friends and family. I did not know what to expect, but I managed (with help) pretty well with the factories resources.
Each of the 26 completed Lenin busts are uniquely ornamented with factory decals, cutting them into tiny triangles and applying with tweezers. I began with the harlequin pattern, but like Lenin I began to deconstruct order and the pattern became more and more fractured.
Shown above is the work from the exhibition at the Walbrzych Museum, later this winter it will be traveling to the Ceramic and Glass gallery in Wroclaw, Poland.