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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need Help With an Idea


From: Betty B (bettycarol_40_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 15:48:44 PDT

If you are able to successfully make a plaster mold of
your fish, visit the owner of your local ceramics
shop - slip mold, you know, the shops where they make
the busts of Elivs and all the Duncan Santas - and see
if they will cast you up a bunch with their slip. I
had a small sculpture mass-produced that way years ago
for a local event. It was pretty fun, we paid them
what they needed and they absolutely loved moving
beyond the commercial mold to something original. I
would recommend firing your fish before you make the
mold because it took a few tries for me to make a
plaster mold properly for the slip. It has to be
porous enough for the water from the slip to absorb.

If you find a shop who can/will do that for you, there
may be grant money available for a community/artist
partnership depending on where you are.

sounds like a great idea - good luck with it.

--- wrote:

> I know you are all familiar with the Chicago and
> New York "Cows on
> Parade", the life-size public sculptures that were
> created by artists and auctioned
> as fund raisers to display around the city. Many
> other localities have used
> similar ideas. Our neighboring city, Norfolk, VA.
> created 200 mermaids. They
> have been quite the rage, and my students are
> familiar with them.
> Anyway, our school mascot is the "bluefish". I
> thought it would be fun
> to make a bluefish prototype design with my Advanced
> Art 8 class. We would
> then use it to make multiple sculptures, which could
> to be decorated and painted
> in a variety of ways by students artists. For our
> first endeavor, I am
> thinking about something small, maybe in a table top
> size. We'd need to design some
> sort of base for display too. I could use any and
> all suggestions on mold
> making and mass production. Clay, plaster, paper
> mache????
> I have long range visions of a sculpture garden
> of fancy bluefish in our
> courtyard. They would be on a larger scale and
> would have to withstand the
> weather. I have learned the hard way to start
> small!! I need your help,
> suggestions, and ideas.
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