Day 465

BOXES! I’ve been trying to read a bit between making these things. It’s really hard not to get red iron oxide everywhere, including the books. Yay for Lava soap. Stuff’s amazing. Oddly enough, Rube Goldberg machines have come into my research. Not really sure why, but the humor and genius behind them is fascinating. Maybe it will lead to something later on…

But for now, I’m making metal things. Out of clay. Still.

Animations to come soon. Don’t panic.

pile o' boxes

These are the boxes that I have finished. There’s about 35. I didn’t actually count. Maybe later. Math, pbbbth.

tvs

T.V.’S! (damn you thrift store, why don’t these come with power cords?)

preassembly

Pre-assembly as of this morning. There is enough material here to make another 25 boxes. I want to get these into the kiln before break begins. Here’s hoping. *clink*

I’ve found a new use for the FabLab: the ceramics spray booth. Making my life so much easier.

That’s it. I’m going to go work.

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Day 464

This morning I got to fly a drone. HA! I need a lot of practice, but it was so much fun. I also got to talk with Kevin Finisterre who taught the drone class this semester and hopefully I’ll get to build one with him soon. Yeah, I have no idea what I’ll do with it, other than to bother people and terrorize my cats, but technology and learning! Yay! Though if I build one and somehow manage to film something with it and turn that into stop-motion… mwahahaha!

Day 451

photo It’s been a while. This might be a long one, so bear with me.

I got the opportunity to assist Elizabeth Fergus-Jean install her show that’s in the Ross museum at Ohio Wesleyan University.  It’s an amazing show. If you haven’t been, go. Now, you lazy bum. One third of the show is the installment of her boats in the main gallery. These are the infamous boats that I made over the course of the summer. Boats, boats, boats! And then due to poor storage, I had to fix several of them, but since I am amazing, it wasn’t that big of a deal. But it was quite the experience. And thanks to all of you who helped put it up. It looks awesome.

I also had my pentweekly visit with Malcolm, which went well; he emphasized that I need to be making more animations and I agreed. Damn you sleep! Who needs you?

And in our Professional Practices class, Melissa Vogley-Woods had us come up with 25 titles each for two pieces. Here goes:

British Roman Road3(detail)

  1. I Found This Scanadium
  2. A Large Asteroid of Lithium
  3. Broken Rubidium
  4. Indium Bottled and Ready for Transport
  5. Livermorium – maybe a rudimentary metal
  6. Forgotten in the Ununhexium
  7. Useless Barium
  8. Radium beam of I
  9. Witch Gallium
  10. Tin Leftovers
  11. Pretending Thallium
  12. Lead
  13. The U.S.S.Bismuth
  14. Flerovium – probably a basic metal
  15. You’ll Never Catch Me Copper
  16. Beryllium in Transit
  17. Welcome to Francium
  18. Chromium Instigator
  19. Element 115 – Ununpentium – will perhaps be a uncomplicated metallic
  20. Yttrium
  21. Wandering State of Magnesium
  22. Not a Wooden Nickel
  23. Lanthanum in a Satchel
  24. Hafnium Stairs
  25. Rhenium

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  1. Cesium on a Plate
  2. Squared Strontium
  3. Element 113 – Ununtrium – will doubtless be a unsophisticated metal
  4. Scandium
  5. Titanium Boxes of Doom
  6. Willful Zirconium
  7. Niobium Came to This Conclusion
  8. Piles of Molybdenum
  9. Roentgenium
  10. Cubist Technetium
  11. Ruthenium with a Touch
  12. The Meticulous Rhodium
  13. Palladium
  14. Cadmium Turns to The Evil Forces
  15. Tantalum Invading Hoth
  16. Contained Tungsten If You Dare
  17. Osmium Accumulated Here
  18. The Iridium Irrationality
  19. Mercury In Its Basic Form
  20. Dr Neodymium
  21. Promethium
  22. Crafty Bohrium Waits for No One
  23. Meitnerium Goes Exploring
  24. Darmstadtium
  25. To Yet Be Discovered by Cerium

And if you’re still with me, I’m still making, animating, and not sleeping. Trudged through the cold and snow a few times, drove the forklift around Battelle until I couldn’t feel my face, my prof from my undergrad left a note in my studio, and I am getting tired of ham sandwiches. Had an awesome meeting with Charlotte where I learned more about which computer to buy, how to defend the animations a little better and zebras. I tried to fix the ceramic dept.’s airspray gun, but it may be a lost cause. I am looking forward to baking bread for Thanksgiving. And today I learned a little bit more about AE. Thanks, Thom. Stay tuned next time for a post about Thom Glick!

Day 431

So yesterday, I participated in an iron pour. Hot molten metal, sand and fire. Yay! This is just a small portion of the entire process, but as I was a fire-putter-outer, I don’t have a whole lot of pictures. Essentially, the cold iron was dumped in the top of this furnace and the molten iron was poured out into a super-heated crucible which was carried to the hook and tackle that allowed the pour team to carry and pour the metal into the molds that were lined up on a metal/ cinder block bench inside the building. Sometimes they missed and I was one of those who shoveled sand onto the molten metal that fell to the ground and the small fires that it started. I had fun. Don’t worry, I drank a glass of milk when I got home.

pour

And then today, after my progress review with Ric, Carmen and Charlotte, which went really well, I got to meet this guy. Awesome.

lucian

I’m going to go work now.

Day 430

I had a good talk with my mentor, Charlotte, today. Prepping for my progress review tomorrow. Dun dun duuuuun. Haha. And I have been doing research into humor. And I’ve been making things. And I’ve been animating, which is what you like to see on here anyway. You don’t follow me to read my blethering.  I know and it’s ok. I’m also going to go see and possibly participate in an iron pour at OWU today.  Yay, stuff!

Day 382

Making, making, making. It’s one thing to just make things, it’s a whole different fish to actually know why you’re working and what you’re doing. I’m in both camps. I need to keep working to figure out why I’m making, and this year is going to be a lot of thinking with the making. Good thing I’m a thinker. Thanks Strength-Finder, I had no idea. Hahaha! This year, I’m making larger piles of rejected detritus with tongue-in-cheek animations and a vague idea. We’ll see what happens. As for the animations, I’m going to keep working on those and eventually I’ll come up with an excellent reason why I’ve incorporated them into my subtly beautiful joke. Work, brain, work!

Day 184

This is what I’ve been doing for my animation class. I’m still learning dragonframe and this is the first time I’ve added in audio. It’s a work in progress. I want to make more of these. But I will stick with 3D. Don’t worry, I haven’t gone off the deep end, but I have been corrupted. HAHAHA!

And a quote of the day: “I should be on medication, I’m sure.”