Sometimes old projects take on new lives. A few years ago, I encountered a fissure in a piece of soapstone that I was working on.
I ended up having to remove a 5" chip from the piece and, being a true thrifty yankee, said to myself- "I can make something out of that".
The chip became a rather well endowed 'worry stone' and sat on my desk for quite a while, until one day I said- "I can make something out of that". I was taking a mold making class at Maine College of Art at the time and needed an object to cast. I made a rubber mold with Brush-On 35 (from the Smooth-On Company) and cast the piece in plaster, then plastic. The cast pour spout from the mold allowed the piece to stand on its own. It was now a free-standing small sculpture.
Time passed. I was now enrolled in a bronze casting class at MECA and, again, 'Worry' came to mind - "I can make something out of that". And so, I poured wax into the mold and 'Worry' turned into a
bronze sculpture. I made several. Time passed. Alex Sax at the Whitney Art Works Gallery in Portland put a call out for artists to participate in an exhibition called 'The Jar Project' - artwork that fit inside any kind or size of lidded jar. I found an old chicken watering device at a local antique and collectible shop and knew that 'Worry' was going to be back in action. She became 'Lady Bountiful' and went on display, first at the Whitney Gallery and then at Spring Gallery in Belgrade Lakes. 'Worry' was getting around.
Until next time....