Over the years, the gallery submissions have steadily increased in both the quality and the scope of the individual pieces. This year's special theme category was "Must have at least two moving parts" - and there were a good number of excellent entries. Every year there are cash awards given for the best in a number of categories : Theme / General / Novice / Youth / Cutting Edge.
I have taken to photographing a number of the pieces that catch my eye for one reason or another. Sometimes this is on technical prowess, but more often because of overall design or concepts. Here is my own selection from this year, with some notes about why I liked the pieces...
|Brian Cool : 'Servant's Bell'|
|Josh Greenwood : 'Architectural Samples'|
|Dave Hammer : 'Steel Vessel'|
|Dave Hammer ; 'Viking Ship'|
|Kevin Johnson : 'Jezebel|
|Daniel Linkenheld : 'Spike Hawk'|
|Dave Palmer : 'Magic Mushroom'|
|Marty Reisig : 'Two Candle Chandlier'|
|Danielle Russell : 'Candle Stand'|
|Al Vasaris : 'Abstract Plant'|
|Barry Wheeler : 'Old Woman in a Shoe'|
|Darrell Markewitz : 'Poke Your Eye Out'|
The theme description / call for entry said "Whether it be as simple as a pair of tongs or as elaborate as a Calder mobile..." I was a bit surprised that *no one else* took up the obvious suggestion of a mobile or wind vane!
I had decided quite deliberately to keep the forging techniques used as basic as possible. Basically there are only two used here - long drawn cylindrical point and reversal curve. 'Hey, I could have done that' was the lesson I was aiming for. (The title comes from the number of times I almost poked my own eye, while I was assembling the piece!)