HANGING COPPER WIREFRAME LANTERN
Using a series of copper rods, I trimmed them all down to the same length. Then I set up a jig to bend all the side rods evenly. After making two rings (one for the top and one for the bottom), I spot welded the bent rods to the rings in a circular pattern to create this shape. I then welded on more straight rods diagonally for additional support, strength, and aesthetic. The final piece was then powder coated black, and I then applied an antiqued metallic finish. My inspiration came from mid-century modern lighting designs, especially that of George Nelson. Because of the dense, almost industrial finish, this design can be used indoor or outdoor application.
DECORATIVE ASH SCONCES
Inspired by the simplicity and functionality of early Shaker furniture, I devised a series of wooden (ash) wall sconces, mainly for candles. The simple three-part design can be mass produced, and assembled with little to no tools, and require no screws. This shape is held together by a series of simple dovetail joints. I first planed and cut the wood pieces, then routed the joints, and made a center shoulder wedge that fits into the slots. I then glued and clamped the piece, and added the final details once I completed thee piece. I made five, the one shown has a nautical striped design added by the application of spray paint which I later sanded down.
FUNCTIONING WINE CARAFE WITH AERATOR
After a series of concept sketches, I decided on this simple and useful design. It is a wine decanter that is 12” tall and 3.5” wide. There is a separate glass funnel piece (sits on top) with holes on the bottom to aerate the wine when you pour it into the decanter. That piece is then removed from the carafe and can be used on top of the glass it is being served into to further aerate/filter the wine. I brought my technical drawings to a local glass maker and he executed my concept using the glass lathe. The final carafe holds 900ml of fluid, so there is still extra space on the top after a bottle (750ml) has been poured into it. The design works very well overall as a wine service.
KITCHEN TOYS FOR CHILDREN (mixing spoon)
Using plasticine, I made a two part mould after making my initial model with Sculpy. Then I set and poured silicone, and repeated this step to create my mould. I then poured colored resin into my pour spout until it reached the vents. Once the part dried, I removed it and sanded it down to the right size. The purpose of this spoon is so that it both fits in a child’s hands comfortably, and it also has a bit of a lip at the base of the handle to avoid dripping when in use. At the end, I simply made a slit at the bottom of the handle and epoxied a spoon that I cut in half. I used light blue assuming that it implied infantile or child’s use.
MIRROR CASING FOR LG SHINE
Here I chose to make a package for my first cell phone, the LG Shine. Using the phone itself as an inspiration (it is all silver, chrome, and mirror screen), I devised a hexagonal box for it where the interior is made entirely of glass mirrors (which I hand cut), and the exterior walls of silver railroad paper. This way, the consumer can see every single angle of the product without ever taking it out of the box. It is a sort of display within. The shape itself was architecturally inspired. Lid opens upward, revealing the phone-majestically set in the center. I used cardboard, silver paper, mirror plates, balsa wood, white paint, and plexi sheets for the lid.
This ceramic studio focused on manufacturing products using slip-casting techniques. My group and I devised a series of cloud shaped lamps for a local Eugene brewery named Falling Sky. Using a porcelaneous mixture, we slip casted several clouds from plaster molds that we made in the shop. The overall process took a while, as the slip needs to settle and dry, but not too much. Then the clouds need to be kept leather dry before firing them to become bone-dry. Once bone-dry, the lamps are then ready for final glazes, which not only add color to the design, but also vitrifies the interior, adding strength and integrity to the form.
Here we also learned the material properties and the importance of the proper timing, pouring, and overall handling of the ceramic. We decided on an aesthetic that was minimalistic, clean, and functional. The final design was a bone-dry outside shell with a gloss color glaze interior, so that when the tea lights are lit inside, the clouds glow whatever color is inside. The design with the opening hole on top of the cloud design allows for two configurations of the lamp - table top candles, or hanging electrical lamps; The heat of the tea light to escape, but also for a cord to run through if they are to be hanged as electrical lamps with bulbs.
In addition, we devised packaging and a logo for our product to fully complete our manufactured product before presenting it to the brewery.
EXTRUDED VASE FOR BAMBOO
This simple geometric vase was made with the extrusion method using porcelain. I extruded a series of square shaped tubes and sculpted them together into an asymmetric V-shape. After an initial bisque fire, I applied white and chartreuse underglazes and then a clear overcoat glaze. The overall shape is strong and stands well. The vase itself has two shafts which are each water-tight from the vitrified glaze.
ARCHITECTURAL PLANT PEDESTAL
Again, using porcelain slabs, I made this abstract form of a slanted pyramid to create a vase. Three small opening on the top hold single stems of flowers, twigs, branches, leaves, etc. I then added triangular wing-like spikes on each side to create a futuristic and modern edge, all pointing to the heavens. I used a glossy white glaze and painted the edges red to create a more dramatic contrast between the colors and textures.
SLABBED CUSTOM KEY TRAY
I made this decorative key tray using the slab method. I made slabs of 1/2” porcelain, then cut out the several pieces. I then sculpted the base, walls, and lip together and gave it decorative accents. The interior is glazed with blue underglazes, and the exterior is glazed with a special palladium glaze, which has a metallic luster to it. I also used this glaze for the interior outlines and the stamped “S” which I created.
NAUTICAL JEWELRY TRAY
Using porcelain slab, I formed this small 3”X7” jewelry tray and pinched the sides to give it a clam shell-like form. I used under glazes to make a blue nautical color scheme and etched an anchor and waves into it for added contrast (in black). Then I overglazed it with a clear gloss coat. It can hold small accessories, jewelry, keys, coins, etc.