Glass + Metal.

Metal

Copper electroforming and patinas


Metal

I’m still working on my Metal page. I’ll soon add more photos about my jewelry, etching, electroforming, and other metal work.


My work in metals began in the 80’s, as a graduate sculpture student. After a flirtation with bronze casting, my interest turned to copper fabrication and experimental patinas. One of the interesting things about copper is that it can - with certain patinas - be made to look like stone. I seem to circle the idea of “stone” in my work, perhaps fossilizing as much of my environment as possible. Much of it has already disappeared.

I started electroforming in 2007. The original motivation was to form copper over old ceramic spark plugs I’d found in a local dumpsite, and then encrust them with copper patinas. The spark plug project is still in the works as part of a larger “archeological dig”; in the meantime electroforming has evolved into a technique to express other ideas with found objects.

 
“Warming Trends”, electroformed copper on Coralline algae, with patinas, 8” x 5”. See more  photos of Coralline algae .

“Warming Trends”, electroformed copper on Coralline algae, with patinas, 8” x 5”. See more photos of Coralline algae.