Saturday, February 28, 2009

First Test of the SNAIL

Just a rough idea to get me started on the snail aspects of the work for the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Some ideas I have for snail items
Snail Traps
Steamer/Boiler for snails
Snail-proof Tea Jars
Specimen jars with snails

Some other things I have thought about but haven't yet committed to pursuing are 
Snails in the automated vegitation system
Snail shells
Snail eggs 

I am open for other ideas too.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A character from a soon to be written story

I had introduced a theme for the new work I was producing in a post below. I have added to the idea which I plan on sharing later when I can really make it concrete and more importantly coherent. Many of the subtle references are from H. P. Lovecraft a fantastic author. The main character  Felton Emeril Carter will come across a thriving community of what I am calling Chuthlu snails for now, in a cavern under the city. They like heat and tea and you shouldn't feed them after midnight. I promised my friend Samuel I would post a little here for him.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Online Press, bloggers, Webbers Hello

Well It seems, Thanks to Mr. Von Slatt of the, this poor little blog seen in many more places. For those that are so kind as to share this with others whether you are a blogger as myself or a major entity as MAKE, let me know so may link to you and we can all be a better knit community.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lamps have been found at the dig site.

So I have been working on a theme... a binding idea, something I can fall back to for ideas, parameters and guidance. The idea is TEA. The work that is produced in the "Dragon Wells Steam Works" style will contain elements and "funk"tional ideas related to MY own tea style not a traditional form or tea drinking. It will be based, as it should, on steam and mechanical means by which to produce, maintain, harvest, preserve, store, prepare, and serve tea. That idea may be too simple though. 

There was a eccentric living in a "home under NYC during the 1910s and 20s who grew and cultivated his own tea with machines he could find or abscond from the surface. He had died leaving his machines of brass, copper and iron to be found a century later by a potter looking for a vein of clay.

Something like that and what I have made and am making will be both things found in his house under the ground in NYC or things I have produced to restore items I have only found parts of, like a conservationist. 

So These are a group of lamps with that idea in mind. They will have cloth covered cords, Edison bulbs from that era I hope and a whole lot of gold and brass. I will be doing research of early pipe fitting and fluid systems to make future groups of steam items more accurate to the period. 

Someone had emailed me asking what Dragon Wells means. It is a type of tea. how perfect is that.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Steam Punk Pourers

This group of pourers are sans nameplate but include more exterior piping, nuts and acorn nuts a few pipe fitting and a wing nut. All of these parts are made out of clay.