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brett kern’s dinosaurs

At first glance, these dinosaurs look like a toy my sweet granddaughter would enjoy.

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A closer look reveals the dinosaurs are ceramic sculptures, inspired by Brett Kern’s steadfast infatuation with the pop culture of his formative years. The potter has an extensive collection of toys and pop memorabilia, further fueling his obsession.

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“I find that the mold-making process imitates, in a certain way, the fossilization process. Objects are covered in a material that captures their shape and texture and this, in turn, preserves the object as a rock-like representation. Movies, television, toys and games dominated the cultural landscape of my youth. I am a product of this specific time period, and I like to think of my artwork as the fossils that will help preserve it.”

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“Glaze helps to emphasize the magnificence of the material as it flows in and out of lines and wrinkles, filling the object’s surface with a wealth of depth and variation within a simplified color scheme.”

 

Brett Kern’s website


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sam tho duong: lemitcA and frozen

Sam Tho Duong’s recycled yogurt container neckpieces are causing quite a stir and I can understand why. . .

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The yogurt container before Sam Tho Duong works his magic. . .

lemitcA, the collection made from plastic yogurt containers, combines the discarded plastic with precious stones and pearls, adding interest and value to the forms.

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Don’t miss his Frozen collection too – branch-like forms covered with freshwater pearls to mimic ice and snow covered plant life. Spectacular.

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I’m not sure what the branch-like forms are made from (metal?) but they are covered with freshwater pearls.

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 The artist, wearing one of his creations from the lemitcA collection

Duong was born in Vietnam, but his family fled the country when he was a young child. He spent much of his childhood in a German city known for its jewelry industry, surrounded by pearls, jewelry and design.

Sam Tho Duong – lemitcA

Sam Tho Duong – Frozen

Read a short interview with the artist here

 

emily brock’s glass architectural scenes

Glass rooms. . .kind of like glass houses. . .don’t throw stones. Instead, raise a toast to Emily Brock. Her glass sculptures explore the interiors of diners, libraries, studios, offices and other rooms we occupy on a daily basis. 

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 Studio Life15”H x 16.5”W x 17.5”D

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 Studio Life, detail

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 Studio Life, detail

The miniature rooms, created by fusing, slumping, casting and lampworking glass, beg the viewer to jump in so that we may experience the surroundings as its inhabitants do.

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 Beverage Host

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 Beverage Host, detail

Brock’s attention to detail is astonishing, showing us that it takes a great degree of skill and expertise to execute these detailed sculptures. She makes it easy for us to conjure up stories to go along with the scenes.

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 Coffee Culture

I am intrigued by Brock’s description. . .such mystery: “In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on.” Wonderful!

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 Coffee Culture, detail

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 Coffee Culture, detail

“I am inspired by our current culture, the places we visit or inhabit on a day to day basis. They are all of interest, the diners, the libraries, our homes, offices and even espresso cafes. In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on. The viewing of a person in public carries with it a whole life we can only imagine. I like the mystery of the unfinished narrative. I am interested in the inclusion of the viewer in the story.” ~ Emily Brock

 

betsy youngquist revisited

The last time we looked at Betsy Youngquist she was concentrating on sculptural mosaic figurative sculpture (2009).

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While she continues to create her signature sculptures, a quick visit to Youngquist’s website revealed more recent work that also includes jewelry. With antlers. And Eye Flowers. Love.

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Ohhhhh. . .the spaceships above? Youngquist repurposed almond butter jars and glass containers for candles to create the viewing towers in the spaceships. Did I mention LOVE?

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Betsy Youngquist’s website

Previous post about the artist

susan beallor-snyder’s rope sculpture

Beginning her artistic journey with a focus on black and white street photography, Susan Beallor-Snyder spent many years exploring different mediums and enjoyed a successful career as a classical goldsmith.

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Going In Circles

Focused exploration led to the Atlanta-based artist’s most recent body of work, large-scale sculptures made from natural manilla rope.

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Inner Struggle

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All Tied Up In Knots

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Women’s Work

Beallor-Snyder uses a ‘free weaving’ technique to create sculptures that reflect the path of countless women as they struggle to hold on to their identity while balancing work, motherhood and marriage.

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Susan Beallor-Snyder 

I think the power of this work is in its scale. I can almost hear the narrative in each piece as my eye travels the length of the sculpture, following the swirls of chaos, layers of inner turmoil, endless knots of stress.

Perhaps mothers and wives who share the daily juggling act of family life understand best that the swirling masses of knotted chaos possess a beauty and order that only they can bring to it and nurture. At the same time, Baellor-Snyder’s sculptures remind us that to see and appreciate the beauty we are creating we need to honor our own true selves as we guide our families on this journey.

Susan Beallor-Snyder’s website

 

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