A few weeks into my time in Cleveland, I was shown around the Collinwood area, in particular the fun Waterloo Arts District. It was the best day to go, as they were having the monthly Walk All Over Waterloo event, which is great if you want to meet all the creatives that have set up in spaces in the area, attend local art and music events, and generally have a good time. It's great!
Collinwood started to get redeveloped in 2002, from dilapidation caused by postindustrial economic decline. Artists and enterprising residents completely transformed the area, opening arts and music venues, coffee shops, studios and small businesses. Today, its a bright, clean, thriving little neighborhood full of street art, with events happening constantly. It really does show the transformation cultural investment can bring to communities.
There are some really stunning facilities for artists to use in the area, and I really wanted to work with one of them. I loved Brick Ceramics, and felt that exploring sculpture would be a really logical avenue for me in my own work. I've been drawing vessels for a few years now, so it was only a matter of time!
Below are some photographs of the process of making my giant bottle, built from slab by hand and using decoration methods like wax resist, photo transfer and finally sealing my finished bottle.
The process for making the little message in a bottles was a bit different, as I wanted the pair of bottles to be twins. We decided to slip cast them, using a mould Val had already made. Here's some bonus process pictures of that.
I ended up with three pieces, one big scultural bottle, and two small bottles that were designed to be used as message in a bottles. One ended up in Lake Erie, the other has travelled home with me to Dundee. Check out the rest of the project here.