For many of us the beginning of the year dawns with idealistic and hopeful resolutions, pointing to a potentially happier and more content version of ourselves. The truth is many of our resolutions actually involve a lot of struggle and work, and while the end results can yield a certain sense of accomplishment the road to is littered with the reality of daily living. 

 

As an artist, I think it's essential to sit down at least once a year and set some short term and long term goals. Last year most of my goals involved being a little more courageous with sharing my work, engaging in more online forums, and submitting work to exhibitions and competitions. These goals were set without an expectation of specific outcome, meaning I didn't set out to be the brightest star in the sky, I just set out to participate. While many of these attempts yielded incredibly positive results, some of them did fall flat causing internal struggles to find my balance. So it goes, and I must admit I learned a great deal from the disappointments as well as the accomplishments.

 

As December came to a close, I sat down and really pondered what I wanted to accomplish for 2012. I realized that I wouldn't be where I am in my medium if it weren't for the wiliness of other artists to share their techniques and skills. You see, I work in metal clay primarily, a medium that's in it's infancy at best. As with many new mediums it's validity and worth are yet to be determined, and while this may be a draw back to many, to me it's fertile ground for innovation and invention.

 

How can I foster this spirit of innovation? This is my goal for the year; to share and become part of the community that lays a foundation for the medium's growth. My resolution? Four times a month I will breakdown four projects. Whatever is on my bench, whatever project I'm working on, I will photograph the process and explain the steps. I can't make any promises on my grammar or spelling, but I can promise to engage in this commitment with sincerity, openness, and a sense of humor.  

 

While this may be a loftily commitment and goal, I endeavor to present it to as many people as possible, and they in turn, will help me find the push to fulfill this new year's resolution. So, here is it is, my first 4PAM (4 Projects a Month) post: Last year I produced a video tutorial on making extruded metal clay hinges, I figured a tutorial on how to install said extruded hinge would be a great way to start off the year. Here are both tutorials, forgive my tendency to make up words, and my poor use of the english language.

Hinge Extrusion Video: 

http://crafthaus.ning.com/video/metal-clay-hinge

 

To download the full PDF: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9Jm091jwDEGMDY1NTUyNDQtMzMwZi00OD...

Views: 112

Tags: clay, metal, process, tutorials

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Wanaree Tanner on January 5, 2012 at 9:06am

Thanks Brigitte! I hope to be posting lots more from here on out! x

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 4, 2012 at 10:46am

Thank you for posting this Wanaree, neat project!!

A Midsummer Day's Dream

Amber O’Harrow 

www.daisyspider.net

Iowa Blue: The Urbane Chicken

5’2” x 3’ x 6’4”

Cast Aluminum

A Midsummer Day's Dream - crafthaus online exhibition

Curated by Marie and Glen Guarino.

Latest Activity

Brigitte Martin liked The Justified Sinner's blog post Back in the Workshop
5 hours ago
Brigitte Martin liked Vicky Saragouda's blog post The Cornershop
5 hours ago
Vicky Saragouda posted a blog post

The Cornershop

Artist Lucy Sparrow has hand stitched the entire contents of a corner shop. All familiar brands of grocery have been recreated in felt.…See More
10 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Joanna Gollberg: Collected An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry VELVET DA VINCI September 3 – 28, 2014 Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8pm San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Joanna…"
21 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD Course A two day conservation course DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2014 - 7 OCTOBER 2014 For further details about NHIG CPD courses please click here. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and,…"
21 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"RUBERG Our 'Cuboid' collection is now available at the beautiful jewellery boutique Ruberg. As part of the Islington Design District, Ruberg will be taking part in London Design Festival this September. Alongside the designs of Kamilla…"
21 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ROCK VAULT Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent. We are so pleased to have been selected…"
21 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Flavour of the month Henrietta Fernandez - jewellery http://jam-eton.co.uk/makers/henrietta-fernandez.html Henrietta Fernandez creates contemporary jewellery inspired by her love of floral pattern, graphic shapes, colour and simple form. Henrietta…"
21 hours ago
The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Back in the Workshop

After the travels and entertaining of the summer, I am back to a very autumnal Glasgow and my new students. As the dust settles on the new term, it has been good to be able to grab some time in the workshop to actually make something. This time, inspired by one of my contacts on Flickr, "…See More
yesterday
Peters Valley School of Craft posted a blog post

Enameling in the Round with Harlan W. Butt

The Fine Metals Studio was thrilled to have Harlan W. Butt on campus for "Enameling in the Round" ~ stunning work was done! Photo credit to our Fine Metal Artist Fellow Kristal! And we hope that Nicolette ~ Crafthaus Scholarship recipient enjoyed her time at Peters Valley School of Craft!…See More
yesterday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Glen Guarino's group
Thumbnail

A Midsummer Day's Dream

We are delighted to present "A Midsummer Day’s Dream"an online exhibition hosted by Crafthaus.  All artwork is designed and made by the artists.  The lead image is Hanging Planter by Chelsea Fay. Curated by Glen & Marie Guarino See More
yesterday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
yesterday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Nicolette Absil's group
Thumbnail

A New Path: Enameling in the Round

New experiences in enameling, while taking "Enameling in the Round," with Harlan Butt at Peters Valley.See More
yesterday
Emilie Pritchard commented on Chihiro Makio's photo
Thumbnail

Dodecahedron Necklace for zapp

"I love your use of geometry."
yesterday
Profile IconSherry Simms and Ausra Bankauskaite joined crafthaus
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Birmingham Assay Office news WE’RE HIRING – ARE YOU THE MARKETING COORDINATOR WE ARE LOOKING FOR VACANCY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR - MATERNITY COVER Job Title: …"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Places available! Hand Engraving Six-Week Evening Course Thursday 4th September – Thursday 9th October 2014 Cost: £270 for members of the HEA £300 for non-members Venue: Craft Central, Central London Details: This six-week…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"UCA Farnham's MA and MFA show will be taking place from 26 August to 4 September, with a private view on 4th September. The show will also include some Artist Talks; Artist and Curator Matt Smith will be presenting on Crafting History and Dr…"
yesterday
Ana M. Lopez posted a blog post

Materials Hard & Soft Last Call to Enter

Last chance to enter Materials Hard and Soft. The deadline is September 5th. Please apply! I am the juror this year and am looking forward to seeing a great variety of work.See More
Thursday
Christopher Hardwick shared Brigitte Martin's group on Facebook
Thursday

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service