Little in-progress studio adventures to please the senses. I am currently in the last stages of building a commission for a patron in Belgium and have began experimenting (a lot) with plastics and tinting them to achieve whatever color I so desire. Smoothcast 325 by Smooth-On is amazing stuff, but really on the toxic side so use precaution kiddies.
The rotocaster is the second generation of my original design. The fundamentals remain the same (lazy susan bearings and an two frames that move on opposite axis) but the addition of a cranking mechanism and off centered mounting point takes away the need to motorize the vertical spin. The weight of the mold will create a counter to the ass-over-teakettle spinning motion and it will continue to try to find its balance as you spin the crank, thus ensuring the mold is spinning on all axis without needing to have a motor or chain drive to spin vertically.
That being said, the ratio of horizontal to vertical is about 1 : 1.5, roughly, so I'm finding it's spinning a little too slow on the vertical. I think 1 : 2 or 3 would be nice, but that will require a drive system and motor. So, I'll shelve that generation of home-built rotocaster until I get some funding/ random assortment of low rpm motors and gears (for free :) )
Excited to be finished with these guys so I can focus completely on my thesis exhibition. Which is roughly a little over a month away.
Love you, Ty.
I'm happy to report that I am about 98% complete with my MFA and have been completely engulfed by the flames of too many things going on at once. First off, during the winter break I went to my hometown, the booming metropolis of Blythe, California and did some visual research. I took about 1,000 depressing photos of my dilapidated hometown and didn't even have to try to make it look any sadder than it already is. See images below and be thankful you don't live there (or be motivated to leave if you do). Also, for you anti-unnecessary war types, I recommend War is a Force that gives us Meaning by Chris Hedges or Militainment Inc. by Roger Stahl. Very enlightening and powerful books, to say the least.
As thesis approaches I have been busy building my exit show which will be entitled "Embrace the Suck" an homage to all things that are unpleasant but dealt with and turned, if even perversely, enjoyable.