This is the second week after beginning of grad study. Just sign with emotion that time past too fast, I have gradually adapted well to life in Madison. A good new is that finally I received all my jewelry tools and equipments from Canada on Friday evening, I was waiting for them for a long time.
This week, I have got my first studio meeting with Juliette and Matthew, and visited their grad sculpture studio in Humanities building and ceramic studio in Art Lofts. Matthew and Juliette lead us to look around their studios and also talked about proposal of their art works.
About studio process, I am taking pewtersmithing this semester, and these days I am learning the skill of making a container by pewter. This is my first time to use this kind of material. Jeffery Clancy, who is my instructor of pewtersmithing course taught us how to make a pewter cup. These one and a half week, I finished making the body of the cup, also the cup top and bottom. I am now working with making the handle of the container. This weekend I cast the handle in the wood blocks mould, and infuse the pewter inside, wait for the pewter getting cold. But the I was failed when I cast the handle in the first time, because I did not put enough pewter in the mould, but it works in the second time. Then the next step that I should do will be grind and polish the handle. I will finished this container before next Thursday.
This week I also looked several jewelry artists on website. One of them is Agnes Ma, who had finished BS – Molecular and Cellular Biology in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MA – Metalwork and Jewelry in Northern Illinois University, also got MFA – Metalwork, Jewelry Design, and Digital Fabrication in Northern Illinois University. She is also a membership in ANAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths). And now Agnes is the instructor of art and design in University of Northern Colorado.
Here is her art jewelry work:
Spring I: Larch
Sterling silver, larch branches, resin, and found objects
25″ x 15″ x 8″
Sterling silver, soil, and cactus
1.5” x 1” x 0.5”
In my everyday life, I observe and collect forms in nature. Through this process, I am able to better appreciate and understand my environment.
I appropriate these collected forms and organize them using my own system of logic. The intent of these visual relationships is to foster a sense of preciousness in these materials, and an understanding of the manner in which we exist in our environment.
—— Agnes Ma
Look up her website: agnesma.com/portfolio