Monday, September 21, 2015

PAAC internship weeks 2 and 3

It's been three weeks since I began my internship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC). My orientation to the different studios is still on, and I've been busy helping out in prepping for workshops, making pulp for paper making, putting up artworks for an exhibition etc.  I just made my first batch of paper using fabric (I will post photos soon.) I have also started some screen printing and etching experiments. It’s good to be back in the print room.

making paper with a mould and deckle 
the paper press and drying rack

working on the plate

first proofs 

screen printing

Monday, September 7, 2015

PAAC 2015 fall studio internship

Exciting news. I have been selected for the 2015 Fall Studio Internship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC). Pyramid Atlantic is a non-profit contemporary art center with printmaking, paper making and book arts studios. PAAC offers an internship program every semester. The program gives interns the opportunity to understand the operations of a non-profit art center and gain studio experience. Interns assist teachers and artists in the printmaking, paper making and book art studios, and help out with everyday activities like studio upkeep, exhibitions, events, workshops etc. Interns also work on their own projects. I'm really excited to be the Fall Intern this year. I look forward to working at PAAC with teachers and artists, getting back to printmaking and learning new art forms.

The first couple of weeks is an orientation to the processes and equipment in each of the studios. I am now learning the basics of paper making under the guidance of Gretchen Schermerhorn, the Artistic Director at PAAC. Fascinating stuff.

PAAC is located in downtown Silver Spring. The art center offers many workshops taught by experienced teachers. The beautiful PAAC building (a lovely red) has two levels. The lower level of the building has the print room, paper making studio, bindery, letterpress studio, dark room, screen printing studio, the office area and artist studios. Upstairs is the 2nd floor gallery and a few more artist studios. The art center is home to many artists and this brings me to the best part about this internship - the opportunity to meet other artists, see the work they are doing and learn from them.

Watch this space for weekly updates about my adventures at PAAC. Until then, have a creative week!

paac building in downtown silver spring

the print room - ready for the day

 the bindery

letterpress studio

stairs to the 2nd floor gallery

fabric for paper making

sketches and ideas for printmaking

Saturday, September 5, 2015

potter files: a summer of ceramics (part I)

I got back to ceramics this summer after three months in India. (That's two summers for me this year.) Returning to the potter's wheel after a gap is like riding a bike - you don't forget. You are wobbly at first but you get into the groove pretty quick.

I glazed my pots a bit differently this time. In addition to the dipping or dunking method I also brushed on the glaze for a more painterly effect. Another technique I used involved adding a layer of wax resist on the first layer of glaze and then scraping off the wax roughly before adding the second layer of glaze. The result is what I call the broken wall effect. I like the gritty effect of this technique.
Below are some of the tea cups, mugs, wine glasses, pitchers and bowls I made. Thanks to getsane for the beautiful photographs.

The second part of the summer output will be up soon. Also look out for a series of posts about an internship program I have been selected for. More about that tomorrow. Until then enjoy!