Monday, October 29, 2007

Podcasts--Polymer Clay

This podcast interests me because I had some questions about polymer clay. I recently borrowed a book called 'Faux surfaces in Polymer Clay'. It caught my eye purely for the interesting surfaces I might mimic in some of my work, without really knowing what polymer was all about. I had a feeling that it was related to Fimo or Sculpty clay which I tend to think look cheesy but maybe something interesting can come out of it. The podcast went into detail about what tools are needed to start working at home like, a pasta maker, rolling pin, acrylic paint and smooth work surface. It ended with some silly commercial:)

NY Times article on Materialise

This article helped to sum it up for me on how the Materialise-mgx technology works and should help anyone still confused. Click on it to read it more clearly.


Arik Levy (Materialise)

Jewelry examples by Arik Levy who designs for Materialise...


Discovered this site while doing Materialise research...alot of Materialise designers are included here as well..


New to the world of podcasts...although I do listen to audio books--they seem similar, but shorter like news briefs. The one I just listened to was about how diamonds are preferred over many other precious stones and sales show a lot more self-purchased products these days as opposed to gifts. That podcast was aired by the GIA. I just listened to one that was crap, so they aren't all winners. The music at the beginning of most of them makes me giggle.

Assa Ashauch (Materialise)

Some examples of furniture done using rapid protyping technology...

Janne Kyttanen (Materialise)

I love these lamps. The shadows and the idea of what impressions a shadow make visually is nice.

Escher... comparison to Grossman...

Bathsheba Grossman (Materialise)

Grossman experiments with lighting ornaments.

Her stuff reminds me a lot of the great MC Escher--this is my favorite concept thus far...

Dennis W. Bernhardt

I have a thing for venus flytraps...
the tree sculpture reminded me of Rebecca's enameling image...

Rochelle Ford

Rochelle welds together recycled and trashed materials. I didn't really care for the masks she makes but the mixed media and garden sculptures are nice.


I have been starting to read about the Materialise company and see a lot of really interesting patterns in the work. Repeating forms are common and the use of CADCAM programs are highly incorporated. The website was not letting me view anything about the designers so I will have to check back later tonight...

So I was able to click on some of the affiliated Materialise artists separate web addresses. I enjoy mathematics and see many equations in the Materialise art. The patterns in some of the pieces are great. MC Escher is my favorite artist for that reason. He blends architecture and geometry with the concept of infinity.

Materialise uses a machine that can be programmed to use laser to cut out highly complex plastic prototypes. Their designers have skills in making jewelry, lighting, furniture, and more.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Aftertoughts...Design Problem Uno

Critique for design problem one in metals and jewelry II began Tuesday, October 9th. We spent most of the class doing peer-evaluations. Split up into groups of 5, we rated each other's work according to the criteria layed out for us in the beginning of the semester. The object was to design a product as if you were commissioned by the Droog design team out of Amsterdam. Research for this assignment was critical since most of the class had not previously heard of the very eclectic design firm. In addition to online research about Droog, we were shown some new techniques used on metal. We had to demonstrate we could master solder inlay, lammenation inlay, rolling mill textures, and etching. I had the most trouble with solder inlay but was able to get results on one of my pieces. I am now facinated by lammenation inlay now that I fully understand it and was successful in the end. My project reflected the Droog idea of using objects in more than one way, like the plant swing designed by Droog. I made 4 barrettes that also can be used as a necklace pendant or bracelet center piece. I had the most trouble with the safety clasp on the back, but Jan helped by drawing a diagram further explaining how to be more successful with the craftsmanship of those parts. When I get my project returned to me I would like to fix that part because it will add greatly to the piece. I would also like to photograph it and post it up here. I really enjoyed everyone else's projects and interpretation of my project. I learned alot during the past 7 weeks. I understand how important it is to dig in right away and starting hashing out ideas. I jumped right in to this next project, not only because it has an earlier due date but because it just made sense. I am happy to have learned about the new techniques and look forward to pushing those even further.

Monday, October 8, 2007


I have been looking into the GIA for several years now. I actually considered moving to Carlsbad for 5 years to get my gem certification. I settled on either traveling to New York or taking a distance learning course to get my degree. They have alot to offer and I highly recommend this type of education to anyone who is interested. Getting to New York is not hard and can be fairly inexpensive. The New Jersey transit out of Trenton is my favorite:)

andrea wagner

This is an artist out of the netherlands who specializes in brooches if anyone is interested...

10 words I like...




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