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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Design-plan

Mechanical pencil on post-it. I can't remember what I was working out with this sketch. I like the line quality though.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Collaboration w Fred






































...using a graphic that I made using a piece of leather that the cat has shredded.







































Handbuilt out of clay patties. Pattycake patties. I made this piece at the student Union craft shop in . Madison my first semester there when I didn't know what to do with myself. It was a nice piece. I'm thinking I should recreate it. Maybe I will.

Butterdish Template






































Still struggling with this piece










Cantaloupe Slip Cast Molds


Because why the hell not?

Conical Paper Cup Holder


Ward 93 has a watercooler that dispenses Solo paper cups, the conical ones? 
That you can't put down? I've never seen one of those stupid brown plastic holders that were supposed to pair up with these cups anywhere around the ward. 
Sometimes I like to have a drink of water at my desk. I'm working on a design for a ceramic holder for a cone full of water. Here's how it's been going..






























Monday, January 26, 2015

Ceramics Toolkit

Waiting on loop tools until I can get some advice.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ceramics

Sunday, January 18, 2015

King BoxBoy

Packaging for new alarm clock. Nbd.

Fred regards the new DVD player

Our old DVD player either died or developed a strong strain of homophobia, wouldn't play either "I Am Devine" or "Pee Wee's Playhouse" season one disc one. So I went out to Best Buy to get a new one, but they don't open until 11 on Sundays. So I went to Target instead, got the cheapest thing I could find there. This one's pink and it seemed very happy to boot up PeeWee.

I think Fred approves. Someday he will solve the mystery of the tray that slides out of the slot.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Busy day

Errands before returning to work Tuesday.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

TV Storyboard Layout Pad

Storybook Layout Pad Cover
This is a pad that I had in 1987. It just turned up while doing a big study clean. I scanned it and parked it here. That was a pretty busy little mind at work there. Enjoy.

For instance, these two sketches…

Storyboard Layout Pad 22

 Storyboard Layout Pad 21

eventually became this piece:

Slumped, fused polished antique yellow glass with black copper oxide veils between the layers 01

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Slumped, fused polished antique yellow glass with black copper oxide veils between the layers

Happy New Year

Goodbye Xmas Tree

Goodbye Xmas tree

 

Goodbye Amiga monitor

Goodbye, old Amiga monitor. We had some good times, and I’ll miss you.

Flattened Traffic Cone

I went out on errands today, first dropped off a load of old clothes at the Salvation Army. Then I took some old batteries and floppy disks and various old electronics to an electronic waste recycling place out near Fruitvale BART.

On the way I saw this smashed traffic cone pylon.

Pylon Smashed Flat

I really like the shapes and colors. I thought this would make great collage material. Thought about picking it up and taking it home and making something out of it. Then I thought better of this. I thought, Instead I'll just take a picture and bring that home, then I won't have to glue anything to anything, or get rid of it after I've glued stuff to stuff or think of a place to hang it or store it or any of that crap.

While I was in the Fruitvale neighborhood, I tried to go shopping at a bodega but I couldn't find anything that was open, and the cars were acting very squirrely so I got back on BART with my bike and came home.

So, it was a nice trip in which I took stuff out of the house and didn't bring anything back except for a picture of a pylon. Happy New Year

Friday, January 02, 2015

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