So many exciting things happening here at the end of the semester. First, my metals students knocked it out of the park! I am so happy with their final casting projects. Second, I have been making some breakthroughs in my studio. I did this at Haystack a while back but I wanted to push it further. I was asked to participate in a Holiday sale so it was the perfect excuse to test this process more. Basically, I laser etch the enamel and then use the "trench" of the engraving as a barrier for painting on an overglaze. I use a 00 red sable brush and a visor to put it on.
The real jewel in the crown of the semester for me has been discovering a GIANT fabrication center at Appstate. I have been put to task to develop curriculum to somehow incorporate all of this equipment into classes. HAH! I don't think I will have a problem with that. The only real problem is deciding what to do first.
I was blown away with everything this place had. From CNC to 3D printing it pretty much had it all. Honestly, for the first time in a long while I am not sure what I would do with it. They had injection molders, ultrasonic welders, 3D scanning arms, Haas CNC lathes and mills, a wood shop. A CNC router with a 10 bit tool changer. It is bonkers! So much stuff. It is amazing.