The Next Step
As we progress in our craft it is natural to desire to make more complex forms and structures; after all, it is the challenge that keeps us interested. At some point working upside-down and backwards in our forms becomes a real handicap, if not a flat out pain in the ass. Having the ability to actually see and manipulate the final piece right side up as it takes shape, tweaking it as we go, has completely changed our creative and production processes.
This is really nothing new. Historically, artists have always reproduced original pieces by making molds of the pieces and then casting them in new materials. This gave them the ability to reproduce the original in a cost effective manner. It is the creation of the original that is so time consuming. We have developed techniques that allow us to work out the “original piece” through a very efficient and dynamic process. At first this may seem as if we are just adding in an additional step to our typical “build the form then cast it” method, but this “extra step” frees up the mental space to experiment and develop our work to new levels. Our process is a refreshingly dynamic, real time dialog with the piece as it is being formed. The original piece is ultimately a disposable asset that is merely an means to an end. This class will teach you how to quickly build up the original, pull a mold from this original and then successfully cast a finished piece.
Yes, essentially we are creating something that we use to create something, which we then use to create something else. This may sound redundant, but there are times when this is the most effectual way to make a better product.
Welcome to Inversion.