The Makkeweks sea monster sculpture upside down, roughed out in stack-laminated cork No matter the depth of scientific knowledge there will always be monsters. You donâ€™t have to look very hard to find them. Politics, industry and information technology are a few obvious breeding grounds. Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about monsters as I begin […]
When Kirsten Dirksen, founder of faircompanies.com, visited our studio compound this past winter to talk about wowhaus, Deep Craft and House of Tree, I had no idea she’d produce a trilogy of mini-documentaries about each. I was even a little worried our rambling conversation over the course of an afternoon was too far-ranging to make […]
My great-grandfather, Howard Heinkel, at Brigantine, c 1928 (still from home movie). I’m lucky to have known my great-grandfather, Howard Heinkel, an extremely energetic Philadelphia doctor of German ancestry who lived to be a healthy, cogent 96. Gramps built one of the first houses on the island of Brigantine on the Jersey Shore, where he […]
A wax section of the base of the whale tail is released from its mold at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley Piero Mussi helps me make final adjustments to the base before it is prepared for casting in bronze The other sections have been reinforced and coated in a silica/ceramic slip to keep their shape when […]
I especially love the simple tools the Shakers made, like this dust pan. We took a jog off course on our recent East Coast college tour to visit the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass. This was my first visit, though I made frequent excursions to the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, NY when I […]
Stilleben, 1613, Flores Van Dyck Making the time for a lovely lunch is a fundamental privilege, motivation and reward for any hard-working artisan.
Yvonne Mouser My interview with San Francisco-based artist/designer/furniture maker Yvonne Mouser is the latest in an ongoing series of interviews and studio visits with other makers/artisans/crafters. You may read more of these by clicking here. If you would like to introduce yourself and your work to a growing Deep Craft network, please drop me a […]