Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lame Rat

A lame rat can be an unpleasant guest, but not with this diorama. There is a new rat king of the mountain in this scene. I have added even more of the branch forms in this second appearance of the "dual rat dilemma". Check out the tree ornaments on the right.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Head of the Holiday Table

Tried and true, the turkey salt and peppers shakers are favorite holiday table ornaments. This new porcelain collectible cast from a real turkey head, will surely be a hit at any feast. Click this to see more here..

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monuettes- Topsy Turvy Rat Pack Attack and Rat King of The Mountain

This is an example of some of the things I have been working on since I moved to Cincinnati. Obviously inspired by the work that I had seen at the Zwinger, in Dresden, I have re-used the modular branch parts from my MFA growth installation. The geological form was carved from a block of plaster while the rats have been rapid prototyped at different sizes, of course everything has been transformed to porcelain.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Good Things From Richard Carter Studio

I cant explain , within this context, the energy that evolves around Richard Carter and his studio. I have had the opportunity to work there, and I highly value the experience. There is a deeply rooted aesthetic there, that instills high standards in craft and design. I have been invited to participate in the exhibition " Richard Carter Studio- past and present"
at, The Quick silver Mine Co., n Forest ville, CA. Check out this press release with the Bohemian here

University of Cincinnati Faculty Exhibition

With the faculty show at UC , Katie and I decided to make sure that Non Fiction is well represented.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Mold and Interior

Here I want to show the positive and the negative views of the mold making process. To grasp the concept of parts and undercuts it helps to be able to see the space around the object. On the left is my minilith form carved from a solid block, and on the right the interior of the completed mold, I wish I could walk into a cavern like this.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Minilith for Monuettes

For the last couple weeks I have been carving this block of plaster in-between other projects. I think it is turning into a coral encrusted berg of stone, moss, and crystal emerging from below, or maybe just a base for some other forms to play on.

Rattus Norvegicus Rex

One of our latest accomplishments at the Non Fiction Design Collective is this chandelier using our collaborative efforts. Rapid prototyped porcelain rats hang by their tails clustered within acorns. Glass beads adorn the light, while also held by the little rodent teeth. Non Fiction knows rat kings..

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Oldy Moldy

The molds at Dresden porcelain vary from my own designs. Above are all of the molds that are used to assemble the swan. To create such complex pieces in porcelain, the sculpture must be assembled from multiple parts in order to build the whole form. From the body to the grass details, there is a considerable amount of labor and skill involved to put on of these figures together. My own rat is probably the first piece that I have applied similar methods to, when the form is fully constructed, there are no holes or pouring gates exposed .

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The New Porcelain

We are back from the Dresden, and have documented a few of the pieces that we were able to immediately bring back. These are a few of my favorites, from left to right, temporarily titled, Swan Ride, The Ratster, and The Old Rat and Chain. The kiln burning turned out successful, with little to no error. Some of the pieces are still to be selectively over-glazed with colored enamels. The residency at Dresden Porcelain was an event that will influence my practice for some time, and has opened my mind new concepts as well as strategies for production.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Zwinger Greats

These two pieces are among my favorite of the Zwingers exhibited collection. I had the chance to see many more sculptures like this in the basement including the last piece by J.J Kaendler, the great Meissen modeler, as well as the only piece he had ever signed. Elements of this work will undoubtedly filter into my own.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Our contact Olaf Stoy, is friends with Heike Ulbricht who does porcelain restoration, and gave us an incredible tour of the Zwinger along with the collection that is not exhibited at the museum. This piece shown here was originally conceived to be 10 meters high, which would be a major accomplishment for porcelain. Olaf is working on some pieces for this monument for restoration purposes also. The works at the Zwinger are probably the most complex and dynamic objects I have ever seen in porcelain and have opened up my mind to grand concepts with this material.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Working and Burning Dresden Style

On top: I could have spent days detailing, and cleaning up my work.
Above: Marcello stacked the kiln for us and did not want any help, in fact we had to leave because we were making him nervous. I was feeling a little nervous as well, so it was better I left the kiln room after all. I will show the results soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rare Glimpse

I dont think that I have ever posted " things I like" on this blog, in fact I have been specifically trying to keep this purely a record of my studio practice and development. Now I am allowing my sources and experiences in, to exhibit a wider perspective of my work, as well as some context. Here are a few things that stand out as favorites and influences while at the residency here in Dresden. On top are the objects that caught my eye while visiting the Meissen, porcelain museum, and above, the Procession of The Princes. This Mural is made of porcelain tiles made in Meissen, the detail is of Agustus II the Strong.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Grotesque Swan

We have pretty much finished up with the building of our projects here in Dresden. Another one of the forms we were able to work with was this swan, which was modeled after Meissens swan service collection. Olaf, our guide here at the manufactory told me today that when this form was modeled, there was an interest in grotesque representations of nature. The way that the bird seems to be thrashing around inspired me to place the rat on its back with the tail wrapping around the neck.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mops in the history of porcelain in Europe

We have had the chance to work with Mops, a Pug mold that we have seen in numerous places. Dresden Porcelain opened in the late 1800's and began production with the figures that were popular and selling at that time. The original " Mops " was designed by Johaan Joachim Kaendler who was a modeler for Meissen Porcelain in the 1700's, [ I will add that he was the the best that Meissen has had ] and has been copied by many manufactories in Germany since. Here are images of the Original version(center), the Dresden porcelain version(left), and my on take on this form, with mops chained with flowers to my rat head. My objective here was to combine my new forms within the historical setting of porcelain in Europe.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Round One With dresden Porcelain

The material here is amazing, it casts well and is also more plastic than I am used to. I brought my rat mold here to cast and combine with the factories molds to combine the old and the new, while also immersing myself with the German culture and aesthetic.

Dresden Porcelain

Now after a week at the Dresden residency, I am able to start with the blogging. These two images are of the Dresden Porcelain Manufactory, the white building where we are working, and the Zwinger, one of palaces of Agustus the Strong.The architecture is beautiful, and the history of porcelain here is inspiring. We are making work like there is no tomorrow, and I will be posting images of the progress next.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A voyage to Dresden and 300 years of Porcelain

In a few days we will embark on a journey to experience the region where the discovery of porcelain in the west came forth. Katie Parker, Meredith Host, Steven Thurston, and Myself have been invited to work at, and re-examine the Dresden Porcelain Manufacture.We will be exchanging ideas about the past and present relevance of porcelain, while representing the artistic developments of the material in the United States.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Solo Show At The Clay Studio, Philadelphia

Just getting back from the sprint to Philly to set up this show. Click here for more images of the white branch forms. I flew in, arriving at 8 a.m., and got right to work with the installation of the Lithonomy Projects, and crashed with some old friends, Ryan Kelley and Amy Santoferraro, who helped me hang the work, then returned to Columbus the following morning.I am excited to debut my new rat form that is already getting attention.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Norway Rat Porcelain Style

These new porcelain Norway rats are already multiplying at an alarming rate, immediately spreading from Ohio to Pennsylvania. You can spot them at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia starting July 3rd, with a special reception on July 10th, and running through the month.

The most subterranian of all mammals

These clawed hands help the mole to swim through porous soil, forming hills when surfacing, but lets not make a mountain over it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Publication is okay

A couple of books have been released featuring my work , " Nature , Inspiration for art and design" from Monsa, in Barcelona, and In " Fragiles" from Die Gestalten, Germany, featuring Katie and one of our collaborations.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Just what I have been waiting for

I was amazed to see how the 3-D scanner interpreted the freeze dried rat. The rendition of the fur is the best I have seen. From the z-corp printer, a machine that makes fine models, I have printed this scaled up Norway Rat from an actual specimen. This may be a turning point in understanding the capabilities of this process. This one is . . pretty . . pretty . pretty, good.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

creatures on base

I have been waiting around for the fabrication lab to deliver the new proto-rat, so until then I will just play around, arranging the parts I have on hand. I am seeing some potential with this oval base.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

shrews hide under ground

These nasty little critters have venomous saliva, which helps them feed on slugs,spiders, and centipedes, among other creepy things.Shrews use echolocation to find their way around. I am interested in the organisms that are commonly beneath our feet.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My MFA Show at the O.S.U Urban Arts Space

This is probably the second to last time I will be posting about this body of work, it will be exhibited at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia during the month of July, and I will document the project in that small space. Though I worked on several major projects while in graduate school, I felt I needed to sum it all up in one piece, since this is a group show with limited space.

Monday, May 5, 2008

MFA Show Poster

My MFA thesis project is complete and installed at the O.S.U. Urban Arts Space. I have switched gears and have been working on my show poster with the Letterpress at the Non Fiction Studio. It has been very pleasant to be able to work in a different space, in different materials. There are just a couple more layers then I will be finished with this run of 30 prints. I now have two things to focus on, the thesis document and rats.

small favor III

For the small favors show at the clay studio I was given this little box with a 3/4 inch interior to display something in. The piece I wanted to show wouldn't fit so I devised a way to perch this bird form outside of the box.


The latest acquisition to my collection is this freeze dried rat. I just cant wait to start making things with this form. Hmmmmmm... rats in trees?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Urban Arts Space

For the completion of our MFA here at the Ohio State University we are having a group exhibition at the new OSU Urban Arts Space, in the former "historic" Lazarus building. The location is one block away from the State House and is going through some rehab. After an intensely redundant process of assembly I have categorized my work by type and organized each piece on the floor in a for clear selection . I have spent a couple of days now up and down the ladder working on composition. Soon I will post the finalization of this body of work within this academic setting.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Last Kiln

I have been placing my porcelain branch like tubes on bricks to facilitate slumping. When mounted I get a nice sense of gravity and movement. This is the last time I have a fire before I have to set the completed project for my MFA exhibition.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This collection of deer antlers is at Richard Carters place, in Pope Valley, California. The antlers are residue from the people that were living off of the land. They were located right outside of my window and I would shower in this little shack. I posted this here because of the relationship it has to my thesis project, that I have been working on here at the Ohio State University.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I have several shows coming up, here is the list-

February 8- March 22: NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh,PA.

February 18-28: Fergus Scholarship Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH.

March 1- April 18: Terra Incognita, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore,MD.

March 7- April 20: The Bird, Homage to Brancusi, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

April 28- May 22: MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus,OH.

May 2 - 18: Small Favors III, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia,PA.

July 4- 27: Guy Michael Davis, The Clay Studio, In the Niche, Philadelphia,PA.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bending stratasys

Here is the latest version of the digitalized bird form transformed into porcelain.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Family Tree

This work is related to the trees of family and of evolution, showing the accumulation of form over time. The birds I have been making digitally are mapped with the same data and then altered.