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May 2020 Newsletter – The Clocks

May 2020 Newsletter – The Clocks

From the goings-on of Brian’s shop to your inbox, here is what I have been up to!

Live edge copper and wood clock

I know it has been a solid four months since my last newsletter.  There have been some significant projects going on here in the shop.  I will share those in the coming months.   Today I want to talk more about my exploration into mixed media on the copper clocks project.

In my last newsletter, I showed off a new series of wall art where I experimented with copper, steel, and wood.  That was a series one.  Now that I have gone in an even deeper dive into the project, I have come out with series two of the copper clocks.

The latest designs include clocks that are framed in an oak shadow box that has been treated with a shou sugi ban finish. This technique originated in Japan in the 18th century, primarily as a way to treat cedar siding to make it withstand the harsh outdoor elements. The process which involves charring a wood surface to render it a luxurious charcoal- black has become a more popular treatment for contemporary exteriors and indoor furnishings. I have been experimenting with this process to add a gorgeous element to these peek-a-boo clocks. The gravitas imparted by the process and finished result (called yakisugi) are the blackest I have ever gotten wood before.  Typically, using a dye or stain leaves a purple undertone to the black, so it is not a true black.  These are a deep rich black, that adds one more level of detail to the patinated copper clock designs.

The gradation in the color of the copper backdrop was achieved by sandblasting and introducing various temperatures of heat. Each temperature and time under the heat produces a different shade of oranges, yellows, blues, and purples.

The series two collections of clocks are just as much a clock as it is a framed piece of art. They are available now at the Hunter Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City.

Upcoming Exhibitions 

Featured Virtual Artist at The Hunter Wolff Gallery
Friday Art Walk 

Friday, May 1st, 2020

The Gallery may be closed, but you can still shop for art online

Check out their website, and if you see something you like, call the Gallery to make arrangements to purchase or view the art in person.  Many artists that are represented by the Gallery have been hard at work producing new pieces in this time of self-quarantine.  As soon as they are available, they get put up on the site, so check back frequently.

June Featured Artist Night At The Hunter Wolff Gallery

Tentative depending on Stay At Home Order

Black Forest Arts and Crafts Fall Show
Fall 2020Tentative depending on Stay At Home Order

Please subscribe to my newsletter for updated dates on exhibitions we are planning as we go due to Covid-19

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I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.

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