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How did she do it?

April 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Santa Fe Clay is excited to welcome Christy Georg (’97 sculpture) on Friday, April 14th. Christy will break down and explain fabrication of a complex pattern, producing 16 large plaster molds, slip-casting vitreous china, drying, handling, glazing, and firing at Kohler Pottery.

“Great Guns,” one of the most ambitious projects attempted in the 43-year history of the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency Program, is a project by artist Christy Georg that will result in a large ship-like installation featuring two huge, ghostly white naval cannon cast in vitreous china (industrial porcelain) and mirrors which reflect them in an infinite gun-deck.

This process-oriented explanation of the making of “Great Guns” shows a feat of trial-and-error engineering a monumental project on a very tight budget. The USS Constitution Museum in Boston endorsed the project and provided schematics of the original 1797 cannon, which Christy used to make one out of MDF wood, a complicated project on its own, which took two months to complete. Using this as the pattern, at Kohler she produced sixteen huge multi-part plaster molds with steel infrastructures and handles to manipulate them solo with a hoist. Using them, she successfully slip-cast in vitreous china (liquid industrial porcelain) the twenty-seven components to make a full cannon… twice! Some of the components are the largest ever attempted at the facility. They look fantastic, exactly as she imagined: huge, shiny white cannons with a toilet-like visual vernacular – a perfect balance of industrial manufactured product and fragility; they embody beauty and death simultaneously.


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