I'll get to the robots in a moment. First of all, my class at the SCC... There isn't much to say about the class at the SCC as we weren't really making projects, more exploring techniques through making samples and finding ways of problem-solving for processes which the people in the class used. As such, I have no photographs of work to show. What I do have is a photograph of all the people involved:

 

The Class

 

Back row, left to right: Karen, Gerry, Robert (my excellent studio assistant) and Me. Front row, Celeste (L) and Mary (R). I am so pleased to have had such an attentive, interested group who were so willing to try new things, especially as the group were of such diverse making backgrounds. Celeste is already a very fine jeweller; Karen works mostly in fibre; Gerry has arthritis in her hands an has previously restricted herself to wire-work; Mary is a fine enameller but has little experience of more dimensional or moving works. I am so very grateful that we were such a coherent, friendly bunch, with similar experiences and objectives, willing to try new things and happy to explore and play with techniques and materials.

As part of one of the classes, we visited Construction Junction and Creative Reuse, two organisations who must be thanked - and supported - most fulsomely for their assistance and for helping to promote my classes at the SCC. Here we are at Creative Reuse, being served by the lovely Erika:

 

Creative Re-Use

 

I've started making a piece with a load of old screws which Karen found for me at Construction Junction. I may get it finished next week.

 


 

Pittsburgh has gone robot crazy. Everywhere you turn, there are robots, robots and more robots. This is because the Carnegie-Mellon University is having a robotics conference here in Pittsburgh and the art world has responded. As I am very fond of the slightly kitch 1950s-style of robots, I'm pleased to say that almost everything I've encountered has been relatedto that aesthetic, if not actually of it. 

The first exhibit which I noticed was the fantastic "Robot Repair Shop", an installation by Toby Atticus Fraley (great name!)

 

Fraley's Robot Repair - 3

 

Fraley's Robot Repair - 2

 

The next exhibit I saw was on Butler Street at the small Fe Gallery, "Robots Of Unusual Size", which had one of Toby's robots next to a variety of others:

 

RO US at FE - 2

 

My own personal favourite:

 

RO US at FE - 3

I enjoyed this show a lot and would suggest visiting both of these if you are in Pittsburgh. I even bought a couple of pieces from the Fe gallery show. One final robot note: I spotted one of the Fraley robots collecting donations in the Wood Street gallery. It is worth throwing a few coins into his box:

 

Even More Robots!

 


 

The food in Pittsburgh is surprisingly good. There is a really strong local food movement and there are farmers' markets across the city. It was at one of these markets that I got to taste the deliciously unhealthy but very local Pierogis, a strange little fried dumpling, stuffed with cheese and served with fried onions:

 

Pierogis

 

Salty, savoury, fatty and very tasty! 

These were made for me in PPG Plaza:

 

Making Pierogis

 

Sizzle

 


 

I hadn't quite realised that Pittsburgh was such a creative hub for so many artists and craftspeople. I am currently sharing a house with Robert Mickelson, a glass artist who is working at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. I went along to the centre to have a look at what is going on and found that it was a very impressive facility.

 

Pittsburgh Glass Center

 

In the gallery at the moment is a show of work by Nick Mount. I can't say that I like all of the work shown, but every single piece shows a phenomenal control of the glass and a consistent, refined aesthetic:

 

Nick Mount - Bottles and Bobs - 3

 


 

Pittsburgh is home to a very unusual photography museum, a collection of photographs, photographic apparatus and ephemera relating to 1) the history of photography and 2) Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. The Museum of Photo Antiquities is run by a mad-keen collector and it is a little private museum of the sort I really like, one run by an enthusiast rather than any sort of formal curator. It opens by request - asking, perhaps unsurprisingly, at the camera shop below - and the owner gives you a guided tour, explaining everything on the way. I found it fascinating and it was brilliant to be able to actually handle a daguerrotype, a tintype and other rare or obscure photographs to see how they work.

 

Museum of Photo Antiquities - 1

 

Museum of Photo Antiquities - 2

Although I've only shown two photographs above, there are three or four rooms and thousands of items, including a reconstruction of a photographer's studio from the early 1900s.

 


 

Finally, it was time for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust "Gallery Crawl", which I did with Brigitte and Dingo last year and upon which I was accompanied this year by Robert Mullen and Sharon Massey after spending two hours nibbling appetisers and drinking cocktails in Kaya. Somewhat inevitably, the galleries were all closing after we had been to a couple and it struck us that it was rather stupid to shut the galleries at 9pm when the whole point of opening late on a Friday was to entice people into the city and to spend time there.

Last year, I felt the exhibits were a little "so-so". This year, I was blown away by the exhibition of drawings by Michael Benedetti

 

The Image Obsessed - 1

 

The Image Obsessed - 2

I also really liked Yoko Seyama's installation at Wood Street Galleries which all of us found restful and somehow nostlgic, as well as being styled like a 1960s "happening":

 

Yoko Seyama

Finally - because I need to go to bed and there is a fierce thunder-storm kicking off - this last installation by someone whose name I failed to note, made from recycled junk, a series of kinetic sculptures which cast beautiful, changing patterns on the walls:

 

Waste Flowers - 1

 

Waste Flowers - 1

Views: 184

Tags: antiquity, art, class, contemporary, craft, crawl, fe, fraley, gallery, glass, More…jewellery, jewelry, justified sinner, mount, nick, photo, pierogi, pittsburgh, robot, scc, seyama, toby, yoko

Comment

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

Join crafthaus

Comment by The Justified Sinner on July 15, 2012 at 7:59am

As soon as someone offers me tenure!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 15, 2012 at 6:35am
Thanks so much. So when will you move to the 'burgh ? :-)

SNAG / CH Scholarship 2015

Created by

Kelly M Nye

Makers, Metalsmiths, and other Monikers.

What do you call yourself? Where do you belong in the Polarized Convocation of Jewelers?

This blog is a research-based discussion of personal inclusions in the Jewelry/Metals field and the titles and boundaries that define us as artists.

How do you define yourself and your practice?

JOIN the discussions.

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Bishopsland Educational Trust  Up Coming Events: Bishopsland at Jacobs Jewellers2nd to 22nd June 2015Jacobs Jewellers, 25 King Street, Reading, RG1 2HE Henley Festival8th to 12th July 2015Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AH Art…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Build Your Own: Tools for…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hothouse from the Crafts Councilhttp://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a47fc1f38d7b79f55813e2e48&id=d1c97c23cd&e=247ffc61e9The Crafts Council runs a national programme of creative business support for craft makers within three years of setting…"
Friday
Rene Lee Henry posted photos
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"OPEN CALL DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE KORTRIJK 2015Deadline Deadline: 02 juni 2015Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines to apply for its Designers in Residence Kortrijk programme 2015. During a working…"
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hothouse from the Crafts Council The Crafts Council runs a national programme of creative business support for craft makers within three years of setting up their practice.Hothouse has successfully supported 163 makers over the last five years with…"
Wednesday
Jennifer Merchant liked Kelly M Nye's discussion How Do You SAY?
Wednesday
Melissa Cameron posted a blog post

#SnagBoston

Image courtesy PlatformaGoing to be in Boston for the SNAG conference this week? Come say hi! Not going to be there? Follow along with the shenanigans on Instagram or Twitter by following @thejewellist (t) or @thejewellist (i).Don't know/care what I'm talking about with…See More
May 18
Kelly M Nye added a discussion to the group inclusions
Thumbnail

How Do You SAY?

Schmuck and other European termsschmuck[shmuhk]noun,(English slang) an obnoxious or contemptible person(Yiddish derivative of schmock): penis(German): jewel, adornment“You cannot force linguistic usage: the acceptance of a word depends on many factors.”- Liesbeth den BestenI have always been fascinated with etymology and I thought it is a perfect time to dive into alternate terminology. With Dutch artist, Ruudt Peters delivering the keynote speech on Wednesday at SNAG Boston, I am excited to…See More
May 18
Alena Stukavcova Dolezalova liked Rachelauren Somers's photo
May 18
The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Rabbits, Glass Sheep, Ada Lovelace and Virginia Woolf in Hindi

The main event this week has been completing my watch and chain for the ACJ exhibition "Sleight of Hand". The last element to be completed was the fitting of a glass to the 1838 silver watch-case which was the catalyst for the whole piece and I found an incredible place in Kent where, for a very modest fee, a traditional thick, bevelled mineral-glass was cut to fit, polished and fitted. (Anyone else requiring this service should contact "Crystalfit":…See More
May 17
Angela Gerhard liked Courtney Denise Lipson's photo
May 17

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service