Monday, November 9, 2009
Here is a image of the freeze dried mole we have had 3-D scanned, I hope to have this thing rapid prototyped to gremlin like proportions quite soon. Moles, amongst the most subterranean of mammals have enormously enlarged clawed forefeet enabling the critter to virtually swim through porous soil at about a foot per minute. The grainless fur allows for easy movement backward or forward in tight burrows. A narrow pelvis helps facilitate an easy change in direction while underground, often by somersaulting withing its tunnels. I am really digging the detail of those claws seen on the left.
Posted by GMD at 11/09/2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
here is a bit of the work Katie and I produced for Country Club in Cincinnati. This collection is being shown parallel to the paintings of Aaron Morse (background). In this image the porcelain centerpiece and the chandelier are nicely complemented by both Aaron's work and the bright Orange Saarinen table. Look here form more images of the project.
Posted by GMD at 10/30/2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I decided to belly up to the old potters wheel recently. I had a dream where no one believed that I could throw, so I had to prove it to myself. These pieces, with a bit more work will be the beginning of Future Retrieval's slow service line of hand made, hand made, and hand made, porcelain ware.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Alright, were are getting ready for a very busy year! Visits from gallery directors, curators, local entrepreneurs"more than I should list", as well as project with a designer from New York. Katie Parker and I have more than enough creative work to shake a stick at. Above is a collection of my work of accumulated from the last nine months,which is a sample for whats to come.
Posted by GMD at 7/28/2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
I just completed (whatever that means ) this rock like base project that has been developing since last October. Now, what to do? One of my favorite things is sketching with objects, arranging and re-arranging, until something makes sense conceptually and visually. Left, a vase or sprouts for porcelain branches. Next, mops head on a pillow, new forms carrying their material history. Right of center, rat on rat action. Far right, Katie and I found these thick porcelain tiles used in science labs at Mendelssons, in Dayton.
Posted by GMD at 6/22/2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
About a week ago Non Fiction Design Collective traveled to NYC to exhibit some selected projects at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The Rat Chandelier was a hit and while taking a break from the booth I wondered up to the natural history museum to take a look at one of the rats natural predators.
Posted by GMD at 5/30/2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
For the last few of years I have been partipating in the small favors show at the clay studio in Philly. Here is my contribution to this years exhibition. 3-D Scanned, rapid prototyped, freeze dried Rat, transformed to porcelain, with gold luster. ( White Gold ) within a 3 x 3/4 " plexi cube.
A couple of folks in San Fran decided to adorn their newly remodeled home with a portion of my porcelain bird and branch piece. The growth project has found the perfect setting , mounted within a stairwell between floors. The over head installation is exactly what I have done in my own home. Thanks to Kimberly Fullerton and Stephen Johnson for their vision and support.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Spring break was a relief but we now fully involved in teaching skill and craftsmanship within ceramics area. I managed to put together a few new projects, playing with some of the new forms I have been making, as well as pulling a couple out from the vault to add to the mix. Like the snake below I sometimes work for weeks on making a mold of something only to cast a few. Months, or years later I realize that I had not been creative with the form, I will dust it off and find a refreshing new uses for these molds.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A showcase of student work from the ceramic mold making class I designed this last winter. Stay tuned to ceramicobjectlesson.blogspot.com for more student work coming this spring.
Posted by GMD at 3/31/2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Finishing the quarter, I have been telling the students to re-visit their work. I realize I should practice what I teach and have dusted off pieces made last fall to re-examine. Here is the lame rat, now with daffodils. I replaced the skeletal porcelain branches with one of the earliest blooming plants. The sculpture now works as a vase, hinting towards mourning, and rebirth. Click here to see the previous version.
Posted by GMD at 3/18/2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
One of the completed vase forms I have been working with alongside with the moldmaking class I am teaching at UC. Based on the image on the left I carved, molded, and cast the vases on the right. Click here to see the step by step process.
Posted by GMD at 2/13/2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here we go, 2-a.m. and finished with the hanging dead squirrel mount. I learned how to skin and flesh a critter; as well as, sew with the faithful American baseball stitch. I'll let this sucker dry for a couple weeks and then take it to the 3-D scanner for some good ol' laser rotate laser action.
Posted by GMD at 2/11/2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Katie just couldn't stop working on the new website, but now it is live. Newer and Better images, combined with purchase options, makes us very happy. Check it out and bag some stuff at the new and improved www.nonfictiondesigncollective.com
Featured in the latest issue of Ceramics Monthly is an article by Steve Thurston explaining our research into the many prototyping avenues. Steve explains how we achieved my rat form, through 3-d scanning and rapid prototyping taxidermy. The best part is the full page print of the "Ratster", the rat and rooster above, which is one of my pieces from our Dresden Porcelain residency.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
During these winter and fall quarters, I am instructing a mold making for ceramics course here at the University of Cincinnati. I have here my demo pieces, a plaster carved replica of this amazing Sung Dynasty vase, of which I will demonstrate the molding process.
Posted by GMD at 1/26/2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
We got this gray squirrel from a pest control specialist, someone was tired of feeding the neighborhood critters with their prized garden. I figure, as soon as I get paid I will buy one of the forms on the left to ... well I think you can picture the rest. I just cant wait!
Posted by GMD at 1/12/2009