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International ceramic and bronze sculptor Lorri Acott blogs on creativity, sculpture and artistic inspiriation.

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One thing I learned this year

Posted by mysculptureclass on November 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (2)

For years I have been thinking about and imagining sculpting "Conversation with Myself" so that the small figure would be lifesize.  This year I finally did it.  I had already quit "real" job.  I did not have the money to cast it.  I wasn't sure how I could build it safely, and I definitely did not have someone to buy it.

But, with the deadline to show it at "Artprize"  and the encouragement, expertise, and help of my studiomate ,friend, and love, it happened.  We did it.

In the midst of all that anxiety, sweat, and fear. We did it.

That is when the amazing stuff started to happen.  My foundry and Welding people broke land and speed records to have it finished the morning of the Sculpture in the park show in Loveland, Colorado.  Both the big local papers had pictures of it in them.

The response was all that I had hoped for, and I sold enough at the show to pay those guys that worked so hard for me to get it finished.

We took it to another show where the reception was just as wonderful, and then installed it at ArtPrize.  While I didn't win any of the top 10, I was in the top 25 in my neighborhood.  I got to exhibit it at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and while we were driving to pick it up, it sold.  IT SOLD!

So I am learning.  I am a slow study, but I am beginning to get it.  I have to do it anyway; whatever "it" is. Even when I am afraid, even if the old tapes in my head say not to.  I need to trust that if I build it they will come, and if I follow what my heart tells me to do I won't be sorry.   Even before it sold I was so happy that I did it, and so appreciative of the support I had to make it happen.  So now I am casting #2,

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An exciting new project!!!

Posted by mysculptureclass on June 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to share my new project with you!!  Im building a 12 foot tall "Conversation with Myself" and have set up a website that will have updates and allow you to participate in a variety of ways.  Please check it out!!!

http://www.indiegogo.com/Conversation-with-Myself

Winter at the Studio

Posted by mysculptureclass on January 12, 2011 at 5:37 PM Comments comments (0)

It is really cold here at the Studio...I arrived to find some amazing icicles!!

That is one reason it is great that we are heading South to Florida in a few weeks for some great shows!  I will be doing the Boca Raton Museum show in BocaRaton, and Adam is doing the Coconut Grove show in Miami.  We are planning on doing some sculpting in the sunshine while we are there and would love to find some studio space or an outdoor space we can work....We'll be saying in Hollywood, FL.. let me know if you have any ideas!  I'll keep you posted!

Last night

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 31, 2010 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (0)

It ws a lovely reception at Xanadu gallery last night.  I got to see a few old friends, students, and collectors, and made new friends as well.  Xanadu Gallery did a wonderful job setting up my work and welcoming the people that came to see me.

Many of the people that I love were able to be there, and that made it really special too. A great way to spend the second to the last day of 2010....

My show in Scottsdale

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 24, 2010 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am excited to see anyone who can make it at my reception in Scottsdale on December 30!  I'll be there with new work....the first time the bronze "who rescued who" will be seen in a gallery!  Please come see me if you can!

A brand new Raku Kiln!

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (2)

We just ordered a new raku kiln for the studio.  It is a beauty...an updated version of the one I bought 10 years ago and have fired hundreds and hundreds of times: The Clamshell raku kiln from Clay Art Center in Tacoma Washington.   This is what it looks like:

The beauty of this kiln is that one person can do it alone, the heat goes up but you can unload from the side, you don't have to reach into anything, and that you can open one side at a time to conserve heat.

I have fired in many of different raku kilns while doing demos and teaching workshops around the country.  This is the best one I have found. 

 

We should get it within a couple of weeks and have decided that the first couple of  loads that we fire will become the "paying for the kiln sale".  We will take pictures and have an event.  Watch for details!

I'm going to Italy!

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to teach a sculpture workshop in Italy next September!  The Sedona Art Center is sending me to Italy with 15 Sculpture Students, and we are going to have a blast!  We are going to Stay in a villa in a small town in Tuscany and work at the international  La Meridiana ceramics studio. On the first day there will be an introduction to paperclay and how I use it.  The next day we will take a day trip into Florence to be inspired by all the great art there.

 

After that it will be back to the studio to get to work.  For me, the class in Italy is only the beginning of the adventure.  Stay tuned for moreT

Ready to Jump?

Posted by mysculptureclass on December 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (1)

I finally jumped. I am a full time artist.  This is how I make my living. 

 

Last winter a good friend of mine told me that I am better at getting ready to jump than anyone he has ever met.  I had just gone back to teaching full time and was once again planning as to how I would be the full time artist that I have been planning and longing to be since my now 18 year old daughter was 1.

Well, he was right.  I inspired others to do it, I planned how I could, I did it a little bit.  But I was afraid to jump,,,to really jump.

Well, My daughter graduated from high school and I decided now is the time.  I quit everything that was standing in the way.  My marriage. My job. My old ways of thinking. My old life. I am the happiest I have ever been.

So here I go.  Updates to follow.

Is Art Important?

Posted by mysculptureclass on April 20, 2010 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (5)

I would love to hear your responses to a couple simple questions.  I will compile all the answers I get.  Is art important?  If so why, if not why not?

Should I cast my work in Bronze?

Posted by mysculptureclass on March 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)

I have met a whole lot of beginning sculptors that are anxious to cast their work in bronze. I have to say, I love bronze.  I love the durability and the the way my work looks in bronze.  I also know that I do not recommend that you start casting in bronze right away.

 

I think that before you start casting your work in bronze, it make sense to develop your voice first.  Find out who you are as an artist and create a body of work that reflects that. I have found that when artists cast  limited editions too early in their career, they don't sculpt as many new pieces as they would have otherwise.  It gets expensive to mold and cast each new piece, so they often just make less work.

 

 Well before I started casting I had a body of work in galleries. Then, by the time I started casting my work I already had collectors and I had a stream of income that I could use to invest in bronze casting.  I bought a kiln for the price it would have cost me to mold and cast three peices, and I have used it  to create literally hundreds of works that have sold through the galleries that represent me.

 

If you are not even to the place that you want to invest in a kiln, paperclay can be left unfired and cold finished.  The images below are examples of cold finished work.  Like I said before, I love bronze, and I love the way my work looks in bronze. I just want you to know  It is not the only way you can create finished sculptures, it is just one way. 

 

 

 


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