Thursday, August 28, 2008


Our firing was a success - everything - seriously everything, turned out for the most part. We spent the last day and half of our time in Germany packing and repacking everything to make the long trip back to Ohio. We have a couple shows lined up for the work - first being our solo show at The Clay Studio in Philly this winter... (more to come soon)

Not Pictured: Steven's final images

Sunday, August 24, 2008

short north art al fresco

Rebecca has been holding down the fort in Columbus - and recently participated in the city's first outdoor art show - a one day event featuring installations all over downtown.
"Rats in Trees" (from the book Rats by Robert Sullivan - there is a section where an exterminator sees rats in trees, and by seeing that has in effect seen everything)

200 die cut rats laminated with vintage flocked wallpaper. Lovely.
Also - here is a little video of the rats in action...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Good Luck...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The last bits

This is the last wet work posting - as of today we are done making. All the work will be loaded into the kilns - and we will see what happens...
Mike's epic battle between the protoRat and the Dresden Porcelain Swan
Mops with flower eyes - all the 3-D flowers are hand pressed and pulled in the factory - we met someone who has been making them for over 20yrs. I tried this process and ended up giving up after 5 minutes. A lot harder than it looks.
Examples of the flowers...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Week Three - ahh!

Okay - this is the last week to work in the factory - and Steven has kicked in to high production mode. Check out the drilled mops, rooster, and swan.

Some lovely candelabras for Non Fiction... Also, looked at the pierced swan in the far left of the picture.


We went to Mortizburg this Sunday - the hunting lodge/getaway of Augustus the Strong. Pretty amazing place - with several other small residences/castles around back in case he got tired of this one.
All of Augustus's antlers are displayed throughout the palace - there are probably more than 500 sets. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Lucky guy.

Friday, August 15, 2008

the line up

It is the end of week two - and we have all made a TON of work. I have no idea how to get this all back to the US - but - can't really think about that right now.
Steven has made a couple amazing swan candelabras/lamps - depending on if they are wired up or not... The swan is the most graceful yet grotesque animal of the group.
The Buckminster Rooster vase - applying the little flowers gets addicting once you start. Suddenly it seems like everything needs a few.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

more work

Steven has been casting for the last week and half - and has about 20 animals ready to be altered and drilled. It is pretty exciting to see them open up - and how the holes create patterning onto and into the surface.

After the trip to Meissen, Mike has been wanting to add chains to Mops (the dog) - so here are a pair of Mops dragging rat heads on floral chains. Very nice.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Behind the Scenes

Last weekend we headed over to Meissen, Germany - home of world famous blue crossed swords. There we were able to see three hundred years worth of porcelain - from Kaendler to the present which was amazing. Here is the finest thing they had:

We were also able to take a tour of Dresden Porcelain and see the room with all the pieces from the start of the factory. I could have stayed for hours. Everything is handpainted onto the white porcelain - it is amazing to think about all the time and skill involved with producing the work.

And - the group favorites...

The halfway point

We are halfway through our residency here at the manufactory , and we are starting to work faster. Here are some images from last week...Mike is making mounts using all the animals - duck and rat seen above.

Katie is making more candelabras, lamp bases, and small scuptures using the pug in particular. (it is nice and meaty looking)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

images from the factory

Our workroom - pictured are Steven and Olaf (our gracious host)

Mike is making a series of monuettes - a rooster conquering a rat- very allegorical...

Katie is working on some lights - pictured here is a swan candelabra

And, after a hard day at the factory, we still find time to blog! (sitting against the wall at the Dresden mainstation - the ONLY place we have found free wi-fi)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

First days in the factory

We are here - and they sure do love Augustus in Dresden. Here are a couple of shots - a giant gold statue, and his place in the procession of princes - a tile wall one block long made by Meissen porcelain. Pretty amazing.

We are also hard at work in the factory - 9 to 5 everyday of the week (to the minute actually). So far we have a Royal pug lamp going, and a swan statue is in the works. More work coming soon.

Friday, August 1, 2008

And we are off...

To DRESDEN Germany - for three weeks of hard factory labor. We are going to Dresdner Porzellan to make some amazing pieces using their molds and local clay. It is also the 300th year anniversary of the discovery of porcelain by Bottger, so we will be participating in the jubilee and events around the area. We will be posting pictures of the factory and our pieces while we are there...