Saturday, May 10, 2008

Raising Vessels

To raise a vessel from a flat sheet is nothing short of miraculous. The plasticity of the metal allows the craftsman to create nearly any shape that is in his mind.

I first began raising after taking a weeklong workshop with David LaPlantz at the Visual Arts Center in Anchorage, Alaska during the late 1970s. Since that time I have raised vessels in copper, brass and sterling.

Here is a small vessel I raised a few years ago. it is finished with an ammonia, water and salt bury patina. There is nothing more pleasing than the surface of a well planished surface of a bowl.

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