Designing and Making Custom Cement Pavers

Here are some in-progress shots of a batch of our concrete pavers. These photos show four of our first custom designs. The next designs are currently being formulated and won’t be so fish-centric. All of the pavers were made on the porch of my own (tiny) apartment from homemade silicone molds.  You might recognize the fish art from one of my previous posts.  
inproductiontunaThis guy is our yellowfin tuna design, prior to it being painted.


My porch is only about 12 x 7 ft. so it gets a little tight when there are more than a couple pavers in production. In this photo you can see the dolphin, wahoo, and sailfish designs. The surfaces are sanded down and polished to fix any imperfections.


When it starts raining, everything gets moved inside. Here is a photo of me experimenting with paint. The final pavers are coated in concrete sealant on top of any coloration of the designs.


These guys got a realistic paint job since they were for a pretty hardcore fisherman.  Going forward the designs will probably end of being more monochromatic due to time constraints.

This design project is ongoing as part of ShipHouse (a product production collaboration between myself and one other.)  We hope to continue to design, produce and sell pavers locally.


Stump Candle Update

I discovered a neat trick with an older project of mine, once you burn your candle down to the bottom you can use it as a planter. There is even already a hole in the bottom from the wick. I switched to a smaller diameter wick with the 2nd batch of candles I made so the walls stay fairly intact as it burns down. I thought of this idea a while ago, but it took me forever to actually burn a candle down and investigate.

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Tonight’s the Night

Tonight is the night of the Trigger Design Show in NYC. I had a great time making my piece and it is exciting to be exhibiting with such a diverse group of talented people. I’m getting some photos taken of my piece in the space so hopefully I will have those to post soon.

Other than that work life has been crazy so I don’t have too many new designs to show you. I did get a couple of designs printed (and reprinted) lately so here is one because I can’t handle a post without a picture.

My longevity turtle printed in transparent detail plastic. This is my new favorite material for it.
My longevity turtle printed in transparent detail plastic. This is my new favorite material for it.



Trigger Design Show NYC

My design will on display at the Trigger Design Show NYC  during NYC x Design week.  The theme of the show is Gun Violence, and my entry is called “Guts”. I am excited to see everybody’s work and how the show turns out.


The apples are 3-D printed ceramics, and the guts are hand-painted silicone.



applesfront2My Artist Statement: Entry and exit wounds applied to inanimate objects to illustrate how a minor action can have drastic consequences. Guns elevate the shooter by offering distance, and thus removal, from their impact. Bullets cause gory messes with almost no physical exertion required from the user. Apples symbolize the targeted innocence of the victims.

Ceramic Tile Design: Sea Sponge Inspired

I have been working on a ceramic tile design. I wanted to see if I could 3-D print a prototype in plastic and then make a plaster mold for production. I have learned it is pretty tricky to produce an interesting 3-dimensional image in such a shallow relief. I like this one, but I have to change the deep undercuts inside the sponges if I want to make a plaster mold that will ever come off. This design is a standard 6 x 6 inch tile size. I could just have the design printed in ceramics but the material cost alone would come in at about $200 per square foot (which is a little too crazy)…so I am still tinkering with it.





Turtle Bear Project

Clay Turtle
Clay Turtle Sculpture. 1st Bear Design

Fun design project that  I did along with a few friends. We each had to make some sort of a teddy bear.

Silicone Casting of my 2nd Bear Design
Silicone Casting of my 2nd Bear Design
Silicone Casting vs. Beeswax Casting
Silicone Casting vs. Beeswax Casting

Mine was a teddy bear dressed as a turtle. He changed shaped throughout but was really a study in materials and mold making.

Bear 2's Turtle Shell in Silicone, Clay, and Beeswax
Bear 2’s Turtle Shell in Silicone, Clay, and Beeswax