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Unsuccessful but Necessary

Meagan Chaney Gumpert - Thursday, July 15, 2010
Well, I unloaded my work from the kiln on Monday. As usual, it takes me a few days to look at and process the work.
As soon as the work was cool, I eagerly rushed off to Lowe's to get the necessary hardware for assembly. Back in the studio, I quickly started to thread the bolts, washers and nuts into place. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was up against some serious technical difficulties! Ugh!
I had anticipated being able to tighten the hardware enough so that the pieces would stay snugly in place. This, unfortunately was not the case in 2 out of 3 new works. Even with rubber washer to help absorb the force, the ceramic pieces wanted to spin about in all directions. Great if I was making a windmill, but not so much for a stationary hybrid-flower-type form.
Though I am disappointed with the outcome of this work, I still feel it was a HUGE learning experience. And I've been able to go through that learning curve much quicker because of the focus I'm able to get during this residence.
I am reminded of a quote from the book Art and Fear - "Even the failed pieces are essential."
So, with that in mind, I'm off to the studio to make and learn more!


Febe Baldwin Steehouder commented on 22-Jan-2016 04:02 PM
Dear Meagan,
Love your site, thank you for the insights!
When I saw these works the first thing that crossed my mind was: Why not try to replace the crews with stringers of glas? Maybe you get a nice glasmelt screw?
I'm very new at all of this but I could not resist sharing this.
So excuse me if I make a very dumb sugestion.

With kind regards,
Meagan Chaney Gumpert commented on 16-Feb-2016 09:13 AM
Thanks for your suggestion Febe! If I drift back to problem solving this body of work, I will definitely consider using glass rods for the joints.

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