Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Progress Report: May-Part 3

I originally didn't intend to make a third May report. The only reason I am making one is because I forgot about two pictures from the very end of the month and I didn't want to add them to report #2 because I think at this point most people who saw that aren't going to look at it again and I don't expect it to get too many new views.

There are only two pictures. They are both of the project I've been working on called Anathema. This was one of the projects that I wanted to have ready for my show but couldn't. Now I'm glad it did not get done for the show because later on, I would discover some structural issues with the legs that needed to be resolved. The mistakes with the legs were made years ago. If I were starting on the same piece from scratch today, that issue would never have occurred. Speaking of which, it is interesting to point out that Anathema's development began back in early 2008. It went through several changes before becoming what it is now. Perhaps at some point in the future, I'll talk about it more, but let's just say that Anathema is probably about 70% complete and I hope to have it done by sometime next month which would be a little under 10 years of on and off development.

So enjoy these two pictures and keep a lookout for the June report.


5/31/17: I had to reinforce the legs. I was kind of pissed about this because it meant that the time I spend painting this was a complete waste.

5/31/17: Some legs needed reinforcing more than others. In some cases, I may have been overdoing it, but I wanted to make sure they were going to be okay this time.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Progress Report: May-Part 2

This was a very strange time for me. Despite always promising myself that I will have my work done well before a show starts, it never seems to work out that way. It was interesting because I was supposed to have the show set on May 8 and instead, I spent the entire day working in the very same room I was supposed to be setting up in. As soon as a piece was done, it went up on the wall or pedestal depending on the piece. Two pieces, the ones titled 'Anathema' and "Black Widow' did not get done in time. While I was disappointed, the show was still complete and work continued after the show.

I mentioned my show on here despite not showing any pictures of it. That show was titled The Winds of Change and I plan on talking about that show at some point in the future. Until then, keep on the lookout for the June and July reports.

5/7/17: The molding paste work has been done on the back. Painting will have to be done when the molding paste dries.

5/7/17: Molding paste work is done.

5/7/17: The final layer of pumice gel has been applied. It will take a little while to dry.

5/7/17: The spray painting in done and soon, the acrylic paints will be added.

5/7/17: The back has been spray painted. Part of it had to be covered with paper in order to protect the name label.

5/7/17: The back has been spray painted except for the small area by the name label.

5/7/17: Some spray painting has been done.

5/7/17: The back has also been spray painted.

5/7/17: Light molding paste has been applied around the name label.

5/7/17: Spray painting work has been done on the front, though the pumice gel is not completely dry.  I have to be very careful with it.

5/7/17: The back has been spray painted, though the area by the name label had to be covered. Like the front, the back is also somewhat soft and has to be handled carefully. 

5/7/17: I want to say that this day was the day I did some trimming on the piece and finally glued it into place. The drawing is not anywhere near complete and I don't like doing this without completing the drawing first, but sometimes, it has to be done. Unfortunately, this piece was not done in time for the upcoming show.

5/8/17: Molding paste work had been done. This piece is now sealed on here for good.

5/8/17: Some fiber paste work has been done to seal off the divide between the frame and the picture.

5/8/17: The painting around the label is done.

5/8/17: The painting around the label is done.

5/8/17: The felt has been added and this piece is finally finished.

5/8/17: The felt has been added and this piece is finally finished.

5/8/17: The felt has been added and this piece is finally finished.

5/8/17: The metallic paint work is done and some of the felt is in place.

5/8/17: This piece is finally done and is ready for the show.

5/9/17: After some last minute frustrations involving a minor broken piece on the end, this piece is finally done and is ready for the show.

5/9/17: This piece is done and is ready to be hung up for the show.

5/9/17: This piece is finally done and is ready for the show.

5/9/17: I took a picture of the front of this because of the difference the polymer gloss made . Before some parts of this had washed out colors. It looks better now.

5/9/17: The back of this is done and this piece is now ready for the show.

5/9/17: This piece is finished and is ready for the show.

5/10/17: The basic painting is finished. The metallic paint will be next.

5/10/17: The painting on the back is finished except for the metallic paint. Unlike the front, the back only uses black because I felt it wasn't as necessary to make the back more detailed.

5/10/17: The basic painting work is done.

5/10/17: The basic paint work on the back is finished.

5/10/17: The metallic paint work is done.

5/10/17: The metallic paint work on the back is finished.

5/10/17: Polymer gloss has been added.

5/10/17: The polymer gloss work as well as the felt work and work with the hanging wire is done. This piece is ready for the show.

5/10/17: The metallic paint and polymer gloss work is done.

5/10/17: Everything is in place. This piece is ready for the show.

5/16/17: Despite not getting done in time for the show, the work still continues. The drawing is done. The only thing I don't like is that I feel some of the shading is a bit too soft.









Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Weekly Report: 7/30-8/5

This week was the last week of the summer semester for Ceramics Workshop. I also got an unexpected button commission that I needed to get done quickly. Since most of what I worked on during the summer was work that I want to sell, I'll most likely spend the next few weeks making preparations for that. I'm also going to try and make the weekly reports...um...weekly, but I can't always do that. If there's not enough going on, I'm not going to make a post about it. The delayed May Progress Report Part 2 will probably be the next post you'll see from me. Other than that, the views for my blog have been going up. I want to keep them going up, so continue reading, keeping a lookout for new posts and sharing. Now for the weekly breakdown:

8/1: On this day, I got three saggar pieces ready. They were also fired, but since the studio closed at 4,  I could not get them until the next day. also made preparations for a pit firing that was going to be done the next day.

8/2: A pit firing for three egg-shaped pieces was done, but since the pit firing would take all night, I would have to come back the next day and grab the three pieces before work.

8/3: I grabbed my pit fired pieces before work and then after I got off of work, I washed them off as much as I could when I got home late in the evening. I thought they turned out pretty well. Polishing still needs to be done to both the saggar work and the pit pieces, but that won't happen for a few weeks.

8/5: I began work on my button commission in the early hours of the morning. The commission ended up being nine buttons, which I sold for $1 a piece plus shipping.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Am Now On Minds.com

I just made a new account on Minds.com. There isn't much to it right now, but hopefully that will change. This is just one step towards expanding my online presence. Right now I got the Etsy store, the monetized blog on Blogger.com, Facebook, Twitter, Deviant Art, and Instagram. In the near future, I want to have both a monetized Youtube channel as well being monetized on Minds.

To visit me on Minds.com, click on this link.
https://www.minds.com/JEart

To join Minds.com, click on this link.
https://www.minds.com/register;referrer=JEart

Here are also the links to everything else I mentioned here.

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/jonerich.smith

Twitter
https://twitter.com/Jon_Erich

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/jon_erich_1985/

Deviant Art
http://jon-erich.deviantart.com

Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jonerich

That's all for right now. I hope to have Part 2 of the May Progress Report up in a few days.

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Progress Report: May-Part 1

The first half of May was probably my busiest work period throughout the year. The show was right around the corner and there was still so much left to do. Some of the work couldn't be ready in time for the show, but most of it was. After the show, the second half of May was much more calm. Serious work wouldn't resume again until early June.

Even though most of the work was done in early May, so many pictures were taken that just like the April Reports, May will also need to be divided into more than one post. There are a lot of pictures here to look at. Take a look at all of them, ask questions or leave comments and share. Thank you.

5/1/17: The second layer of pumice gel is done.

5/2/17: The pit firings are done. They turned out darker than I was hoping they would, but there's still a lot going on here. They're still interesting, so I won't redo them. I like them the way they are.

5/2/17: The first layer of pumice gel has been applied. I'm really liking how this piece is turning out so far.

5/2/17: I attempted the first layer of pumice gel, but I ran out of the stuff which really sucks.  This was not the time to run low on supplies. I immediately ordered more.

5/2/17: I decided to used Fiber Paste as the texture for this piece. Even though most of the piece is covered with it, I'm  still going to need to apply more of it later.

5/2/17: I did polishing work on this. It looks much better.

5/2/17: I did polishing work on this. It looks much better.

5/2/17: I did polishing work on this. It looks much better.

5/3/17: I glued on some foam board to give me a flat space for a name label.

5/3/17: I glued on some foam board to give me a flat space for a name label.

5/3/17: I glued on some foam board to give me a flat space for a name label.

5/3/17: I glued on some foam board to give me a flat space for a name label.

5/3/17: I finally managed to get some more drawing done on this piece. I should have had this finished a while ago.

Molding Paste has finally been applied to the back of this piece, though it will need more.

5/5/17: The second layer of Pumice Gel has been applied.

5/5/17: The second layer is done.

5/5/17: I made a name label.

5/5/17: Some touching up was done around the name label.

5/5/17: Some touching up was done around the name label. 

5/5/17: Some touching up was done around the name label.

5/6/17: More touching up was done, this time with the pumice gel. I did this in order to give the piece a better sense of consistency.

5/6/17: More touching up was done, this time with the pumice gel. I did this in order to give the piece a better sense of consistency.

5/6/17: The second layer is done.

5/6/17: The first layer is finally done.

5/6/17: More Fiber Paste work was done.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: A name label was finally put in place.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using light molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using light molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using light molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using light molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using molding paste.

5/6/17: Touch up work was done around the name label using molding paste.