Thursday, December 3, 2009

squirrel as stereolithography

Squirrel. Tail coming soon. STL files describe the surface geometry of a three dimensional object.

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.

Friday, October 30, 2009

More from Country Club

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

progress on the hanging dead squirrel

Here is some progress showing the 3-d scan of the squirrel I mounted/stuffed last spring. There is plenty of work to be done to flesh out the form, but it is coming along quite nicely. For the history click here and here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Preview for Country Club Projects

Just an update on the installation Katie and I are doing for Country Club Projects,
More to come...

FB's, Cincinnati

My collaborative work with Katie Parker has been pretty intense the last couple months so here is one of the projects and you can see more here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Move over Daniel Boone

So much for the coon skin cap, how about a royal rat hat to top off some western porcelain. This is another piece to complement one our upcoming gigs.

Monday, August 24, 2009

vermin, near completion

Leading the procession, a royal runt of rats, riding pillowback, complete with golden bells and crown.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Procession of the vermin- incomplete

For one of a couple top secret project's coming up this September. Remember this?

Just like the old days

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

gearing up

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

something new, sneak preview, kind of

Look here to find out...????

Monday, June 22, 2009

recent prototypes

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.

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.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Small Favors IV

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.

The canopy/growth project takes root in San Francisco

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

Another Dual Rat Dilemma, or just a fine piece of pottery

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.

Scaley Encounter/Dont Tread On Me

Beware of what dwells within the impenetrable rock. The Timber Rattler will not strike unless stepped upon. Click on image for details.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Working with students at the Depart of Art Architecture and Planning here at UC

A showcase of student work from the ceramic mold making class I designed this last winter. Stay tuned to for more student work coming this spring.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

lame rat revisited

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.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Follow up on the Sung Dynasty style vase project

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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New form for the repertoire

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.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Non Fiction Design Collective presents the new website

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

The Current Ceramics Monthly Issue

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

Rock and Roll, Cockscomb, Mops

A final mini misfit mops, on the rocks, with the cockscomb sail in the wind. Its really just about the material, folks.

Monday, January 26, 2009

mold making course at the University of Cincinnati

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.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Misfit Pug

I just finished making molds (20 pieces) of a mini sized pug as well as a rooster comb, they seem like a good fit. Imaged above is the prototype misfit done with the Dresden version of Mops.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Future Project, Hanging Dead - not an instant dance club hit

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!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

NFDC in Philly

The hard work has paid off and now , Non Fiction Design Collective, have executed our first solo exhibition. Find you'r way to to focus on our project.

Winter Break in Oklahoma

Going back to the old home town always feeds my studio practice in one way or another. Here is my brothers parrot, Buddy, who has been hanging around for the last twenty years or so.