Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Progress Report: March

When we left off in February I had finished firing a few pieces in the raku kiln but some of those pieces didn't turn out right. During March, these pieces were fired again and the results were much better. I also finally started on some drawings. While there aren't too many March pictures, a lot was going on nonetheless. Even more will happen in April.

3/5/18: I'm using the same glazes as before.

3/5/18: I'm using the same glazes as before.

3/14/18: The results were much better this time around.

3/14/18: I'm happy with these results.

3/28/18: There are a lot of rough edges here, but I still managed to start a drawing on the top piece of P13 nonetheless.

3/28/18: I started the drawing on the bottom piece of P13.

3/28/18: This should have been one single piece of bristol board with two drawings, but I had to make it two drawings since I did not have enough Bristol board at the time to make one complete piece.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Progress Report: February

In February, a lot of projects started moving forward. The wet clay work for the mixed media projects was completed during the month and I was able to move on to the next step. Having the projects survive the bisque firing was a very important step toward progressing because I needed to have everything intact so I could trace a proper shape around the foam board that I would use as the back for these pieces. I did have an unfortunate setback because I was running low on both large sizes of foam board and bristol board, the latter which I would need for the drawings. This meant that I could make significant progress on only two pieces this month. Some other good news is that the P13 project which never seems to want to get done has been moving forward yet again.

That's all I have for right now. Sorry it took so long to get this post out. I've been busy trying to get ready for my show. I hope to have both March and April reports out soon.

2/5/18: P1 has survived the bisque firing. I don't plan on gluing it back together until after the raku firing.

2/5/18: Just like P1, P2 survived the bisque firing. It will be be raku fired.

2/5/18: P13 is still in development after a long time and will continue to be for some time. In this particular picture, I'm using foam board to rise the surface so there will be more space for the drawing that I eventually plan on doing.

2/6/18: The flat pieces were glued down and each of them were marked to indicate which drawing goes where. To the left are the pieces of bristol board that are the same shape as the flat panels. They'll be glued onto the panels as soon as the drawings are done.

2/6/18: I put down the glazes for the raku firing. I used raku black and raku red.

2/6/18: I put down the glazes for the raku firing. I used raku black and raku red.

2/12/18: This is currently known as P4. It will be a 3-panel mixed media piece. This will be the only piece that will stay in one piece prior to the bisque firing.

2/12/18: This is currently known as P5. This will be a 4-panel piece. This particular piece has some unusual textures compared to the other ones. It will have to be broken up into multiple parts.

2/14/18: This is currently known as P9. It is a 5-panel piece. Like P5, this will also have to be broken up into multiple pieces prior to the bisque firing.

2/14/18: The raku firing for this piece is done.

2/14/18: The raku firing for P2 is done.

2/20/18: P4 survived the bisque firing.

2/20/18: P5 survived the bisque firing.

2/20/18: P9 survived the bisque firing.

2/20/18: This uses the same black and red glazes that the other pieces used.

2/20/18: This uses the same black and red glazes that the other pieces used.

2/20/18: This uses the same black and red glazes that the other pieces used.

2/28/18: The bristolboard panel and the foam board panel have been created.

2/28/18: The foam board panel and bristolboard pieces have been made. I used two individual pieces of bristolboard because I did not have a large enough piece. I wish it had been a single piece because it would have been easier to do.

2/28/18: The raku firing is done.

2/28/18: The raku firing is done, but it'll have to be re-fired. The kiln was having issues 

2/28/18: Like P5, this will also need to be fired again.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 Progress Report: January

I'm finally catching up on these posts. In January, I started doing work towards the end of the month, which is why I have only six pictures. I was working on three different projects. Two of them involved clay while another one was simply a continuation of my P13 project that never seems to want to end. The clay projects look somewhat minimal, but that's only because it is just one part in what will eventually become a mixed media project. With the P13 project, you're only seeing the back right now because I decided to make changes from last year. I'm adding additional wood pieces for hanging hooks. I made this decision after having a few pieces over the last year and a half that I had a hard time hanging on the wall the way I wanted them to hang because of the lack of hanging hooks or how the hooks were arranged. I want to prevent this from happening again.

In the February Report, there will be more pictures of the projects I started working on in January as well as additional projects. I am almost certain that the February Report will be the next post, but I can't say for sure.


1/24/18: Even though I worked very carefully on this shape, it will eventually break into multiple pieces. I pretty much constructed this with those expectations. I opted not to build these by using multiple pieces because it would be easier for me to repair a clean break later on.

1/29/18: I decided to add two more wood pieces for hanging hooks. I placed them on pieces of half inch thick foam board in order to even out the surface some more.

1/29/18: Chicken wire is being used to even out the surface.

1/29/18: Canvas is being used to cover the chicken wire and wood.

1/31/18: Like the other clay piece, this will break because of how thin and fragile it is. Again, I prepared for this ahead of time. The breaks will be clean and will be repaired easily.

1/31/18: After strengthening the canvas with gesso, a marker was used to indicate where the wood pieces are. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 Projects and Plans

Even though this should have been posted all the way back in January, I have faced some inconveniences in my life over the last few months which has forced me to keep revising my plans. Nonetheless, I do have a lot of work planned for the year.

Finances
Within a 2 week period between January 22 and the day before my birthday, I lost my job and my computer needed to be replaced since it decided not to work anymore. Losing my main source of income and having to spend money that I don't have is not a very good combination. Because of these inconveniences, I had to put certain plans on hold such as my intention to start making stickers to sell. I believe that is something I had announced last summer. Buttons have been at a standstill too. There will be new designs coming, but probably not until much later in the year. For now, I will make use of my current inventory which is still a lot. Basically, anything that requires a lot of financial investment is getting pushed back for the time being. I should also mention that I have finally created a Patreon account. Hopefully, this will help me in the near future with financing projects. I'll provide the link below. In case anyone asks, I'm not begging for money. Even if you have no intentions of giving anything, I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to look at the page and give me feedback on the design of the page, the pictures I used and the descriptions I left.
https://www.patreon.com/Jon_Erich

Shows
I originally had no intentions of doing any shows in the spring, mostly because I had shown off almost all of my 2017 work at my last show and felt that I wouldn't have too much new work ready for the spring. While I wouldn't have minded having some 2017 work in a new show, I have a rule I made for myself where I try not to have the same work present in a solo show in the same gallery more than twice within 18 months. However, because I lost my job, that would give me more time to prepare a show and so that's what I decided to do. The only drawback is that some of the more ambitious projects will have to be pushed back to the fall or later because of how much money will be required to finish these projects. The show I am currently preparing for will be going up at the end of April. I'll be talking more about it soon.

Projects
I won't go into this too much. I'll leave a picture below like I normally do. As I mentioned before, my plans have been revised several times. In fact, I had to change them again prior to making this post. I'm confident that I pushed everything back enough to where I won't have to change anything else this year.
2018 Projects

That pretty much covers it for right now. Whenever I find employment or some other reliable source of income, I will update the status of other long planned, long overdue endeavors such as stickers, books, Youtube and other things. As of right now, what I presented here are more immediate plans for the future. The next post should be the January Report. That shouldn't take too long to post...

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2017 Progress Report: November/December

We're finally getting to the end of the 2017 Progress Reports. Since only one picture was taken in November, November and December were combined into a single report. With my show out of the way and after getting some much needed rest, what remained of the year, I focused on Autumn Decay, the one piece that I wasn't able to finish in time for my show. The results ended up mostly as I expected. It looks fine, but I don't love it yet. Maybe it's because It looks too similar to some work I made in the past, or maybe it is because I haven't seen it in the show yet. I deliberately decided not to work on anymore projects after that. It allowed me to think more about what I wanted to do in 2018.

Even though it is already March and I'm very late with 2018, I decided that the next post will outline what I have planned for the year. After that, the January and February Progress Reports will be posted. 

11/28/17: I finally applied the last layer of pumice gel on the front.

12/5/17: I finally applied the last layer of pumice gel on the back.

12/7/17: The spray paint work was done.

12/7/17: The spray paint work was done on the back except for the middle because of the name label. I'll have to do some detailed painting on that area later.

12/12/17: The black and white painting work is done. This took longer than expected.

12/12/17: The black painting work on the back is done. As with other similar projects, the back doesn't need as much detail as the front, so white paint wasn't necessary.

12/12/17: The metallic paint work is done. Like always, I applied the metallic paint with a palate knife.

12/12/17: The metallic paint work on the back is finished.

12/13/17: The polymer gloss medium has been applied to the front.

12/13/17: The polymer gloss medium work is done on the back. Autumn Decay is finally finished.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2017 Progress Report: October-Part 4

This is the final October 2017 Progress Report. Since I finished all the drawings and got all the raku firings done, I didn't feel as much pressure to get work done for the show as I normally would right before a show. Still, there was quite a bit of work left to do and very little time to do it. My mixed media piece which would become known as Autumn Decay would not be ready in time for the show because I ran out of pumice gel and by the time it would have taken me to order more, apply it, let it dry and paint it, it wouldn't have gotten done until after the show, so we'll have wait until the next progress report to see it. I should also mention that some of the pictures are of poor quality because I had to do some last minute work in my own bedroom where the lighting isn't very good. 

The next progress report will combine the months of November and December since there weren't enough pictures taken in November to justify it's own progress report. After that, the updates should be coming more quickly. There's a lot that has happened in 2018 so far, both good and bad and I hope to share that information soon.

10/24/17: I applied the second layer of pumice gel.

10/24/17: I started doing the labeling work. 

10/24/17: I started doing the labeling work.

10/24/17: I applied the laminated label.

10/24/17: I applied the laminated label.

10/24/17: I applied the laminated label.

10/24/17: I placed canvas over the wood and the first layer of molding paste around the label.

10/24/17: Canvas has been placed around the wood and the label is glued down.

10/24/17: Canvas has been placed around the wood and the label is glued down.

10/24/17: Canvas has been placed around the wood and the label is glued down.

10/24/17: Canvas has been placed around the wood and the label is glued down.

10/24/17: This piece finally got fired.

10/25/17: I've been falling behind with this mask since several weeks earlier, it was not fired along with the other masks. 

10/25/17: I finally glued down the label for this piece.

10/26/17: I started placing pumice gel around the label.

10/26/17: I started doing the molding paste work.

10/26/17: I started doing the molding paste work.

10/27/17: I started applying the second layer of pumice gel and then I ran out of it. 

10/27/17: I applied the molding paste.

10/27/17: I applied the molding paste.

10/27/17: I applied the molding paste.

10/27/17: I applied the molding paste.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/28/17: I started doing the painting.

10/30/17: The felt has been applied. This piece is done.

10/30/17: The felt has been applied. This piece is done.