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Art by A. M. Schaer

December 2021


Back to 3D After a 35-year Hiatus

Back tp 3D After a 35-year Hiatus

Bear 1, clay, approx 8 x 8 x 8 in.

Recenty, I was struck by the fact  that the last 5 artists featured in this newsletter have been sculptors, "Hmmm," I thought. "Maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something. Maybe I should do some sculpture, but what media?" Going back to welded and cast metal isn't an  an option right now, for a variety of reasons.

On a whim, I took a Pit Firing Workshop given by Damon Thomas at the Center for Centering a couple of months ago. I bought some clay and mentally stumbled around for a while trying to come up with something suitable for the workshop. After several false starts, I hit my stride with this little hand built bear. Basically, you bury a bisque fired piece in a metal trash can or barrel filled  with combustible matter such as sawdust, toss a few chemicals in there and set it on fire, essentially "smoking" the work for 6 -15 hours, Reminds me a little of Raku, but since  you are not fishing red hot pieces out of the kiln,  the amount of thermal shock is a lot less.

The unpredictability of the process appeals to the mad scientist in me and the beat up looking teddy bear as subject matter has unleashed a new vein of ideas centering around childhood and my feelings about security or lack thereof.

I will be making more. My previous style of work, acrylic on laser cut wood is not going away completely, but for a while, it will be taking a backseat more clay experiments along with more drawings from video.
For those of you that want a historical context, the piece on the left is cast bronze, unique, circa 1984, and the image on the left is welded steel, circa 1987.

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Artist's Spotlight: Ronald Llewellyn Jones

Llewellyn Jones is equally at home making large scale installations that take up a whole room or a portion of a city block or tiny sculptures like the one below. He will be having a one person show at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, 2631 Colquitt, Houston, TX 77098 January 15, 2022

You can also see his work on Instagram  or his website
Tiny Imaginary Places No. 3, Embroidery floss, miniature figurine, model tree, model turf, 5 x 3 x 3.5 in, 2021
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