Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Casting watch cogs into a clear resin card

For the January Artist Trading Cards swap "Nostalgia" I cast watch cogs in a clear resin. The end result was a clear card with watch parts suspended in time.

Ready to begin the process

Mold box made

Resin poured and cogs placed

The resin set, fresh from the mold

Cleaning up the sides

The card and packaging

Final card

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lucy - A portrait of light happiness

After the success of Oom Manie I embarked on making portrait sculptures in Cement. However I did not intend to make a portrait of an existing person, but rather of a feeling, or moment.  For the next portrait I choose to remake one of my older ceramic sculptures of a girl enjoying a picnic. This remake was done in 1:4 scale, the same as Oom Manie. I choose to call her Lucy for it is a light, happy moment. Lucy is in an edition of 20.

Lucy \l(u)-cy\ as a girl's name is pronounced LOO-see. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucy is "light". Feminine form of Lucius; vernacular form of Lucia. The feast day of Saint Lucy (fourth century), patroness of sight, is called the Festival of Light in Sweden.

The ceramic sculpture Picnic

To view the how-to make a cement sculpture view the guide here

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Oom Manie

At the Oudtshoorn art festival in 2010, I walked the street among the mass of festival goers. It was a cold morning in light karoo drizzle. I had some time to kill so I ended up next to a fire in a drum, that was being stoked by an elderly gentleman.  The coals of the fire was used by the ladies of a local church who was baking bread (rooster koeke) and barbecuing boerewors. I stood watching the activity. For long periods of time the gentleman would stand looking at his fire, hands resting on his shovel handle. Every now and again the call would come from the bakers for fresh coals. Then he would scoop out new coals from his fire and carefully deliver it to them.  His name was Oom Manie. For the 30 minutes I stood next to Oom Manie in silence, sharing the heat of his fire.

Oom Manie
A year later I took a sculpting class given by Marieke Prinsloo. I choose Oom Manie as the subject.

The clay sculpture ready for mold to be made

First casting in cement ready to be finished

Final sculpture

The success of Oom Manie inspired me to make the rest of the sculptures in the Portrait series. Oom Manie is produced in a set of 20 editions of which, only one has yet been sold.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Issues is a set of small wooden and Ivory sculptures that I made depicting the issues in the church today. It forms part of the book project and seeks to deconstruct the act of rolling the bones. Rolling the bones is an ancient and "heathen" act performed by shamen across cultures and continents to predict the future. Whether a sham or real, the rolling of the bones is a medium that a person reads. With its own set of rules it is many ways similar to reading a book. 

Because of the mystic quality of the process it was perfect for addressing the issues of the modern Dutch Reformed Church.

Every generation has a set of issues that causes controversy of the time. Since the church is an institution of people for people these issues resonate deeply in the core of the church and in some instances causes deep divisions in the community. The seven deadly sins addressed the issues of a bygone era. Alcohol and dancing used to be some of the issues the church had at the time of our grandparents.

Although the issues of the early generations are still prevalent today, they are by no means as relevant as others.  Issues highlights the seven issues that I found in the modern church.

These are:
  • Abortion
  • Homosexuality
  • Accountability vs Grace
  • The abuse of the Bible to fit your arguments
  • Money
  • Race and different Cultures
  • Sex
The "bones" are "rolled" on a mat with all the people of the church represented on it.

Issues does not deliver a verdict on the issues, it merely says that these are the issues




Race and different Cultures

Accountability vs Grace

The abuse of the Bible to fit your arguments