Carl Billingsley's Blog

 

  • Monday, August 13, 2018 Hamburg ,Germany

    Hello Dear Followers, I know, 6 days have passed since last I posted anything! Travel can be that way sometimes. After siting Bill’s Lodestone and saying goodbye to Martina I returned to ZKM and took a few more photos. The next two days were basically the fog of travel. I …

  • August 07, 2018 Tuesday

    Hello from Karlsruhe! Martina and I left AteliaHaus at 6 AM and drove straight to Karlsruhe. She is an excellent driver and dealt with several delays and much construction on the highway like a professional driver! What a great friend she has turned out to be. I can’t thank her …

  • August 04, 2018 – Saturday

    A couple of days have passed since I last posted so I will bring this  blog up-to-date. Thursday  was devoted largely to cleaning up the studio after the pour and dealing with the castings. I am well pleased with Bill’s Lodestone. There is one very definitive line that shows where …

  • August 01, ’18 Wednesday

    August 01, 2018, Wednesday Today we poured Iron at Atelier Haus. I was proud to be the first to pour my mold and very grateful for all of the support and good wishes of the resident artists and residency directors. As you all probably know, iron casting is a cooperative …

  • Monday, July 30, ’18

    Monday, July 30, ’18 The time has come to tell you about my progress with the memorial Lodestone. The earlier experiences with the resin convinced me to increase the amount of both catalyst and resin for each mix and that did the trick! No more soft, slow setting and unstable …

  • Sunday, July 29, ’18

    Sunday, July 29, ‘18   The storm was welcomed by all as a relief from the heat but it knocked out our internet connection and it is still out to today. I am writing this on my computer and will post it on the blog whenever we get our connection …

  • Saturday, July 28,’18

    Saturday. July 28 , ‘18   As we suspected, on Sat. morning when I opened the flask, the sand was very soft and useless as a mold! Time to start over. I decided to leave the bad section of sand in place to help divide the mold into sections , …

  • Friday, July 27,’18

    Friday, July 27, ‘18   Friday evening we were invited to Salzwedel to enjoy the warm hospitality of Karl Heinz and his wife Carmen . They grilled pork and sausages for us and served delicious potato salad, garden salad and homemade slaw. Combined with lots of excellent German beer and …

  • Friday , 7-27-08 Atelier Haus

    The two images below will introduce the rest of the artists in residence here. Almost everyone has a website, so if you google their names you will most likely be able to visit their site and see images of their work.  The other side of the postcard explains Atelier Haus …

  • First day at Atelier Haus July 25, 2018

    After 30 hours of travel involving many changes of itinerary, carriers and one missed train connection (their fault – not mine) I arrived here in Hilmsen at midnight. I was greeted warmly by Kurt, Austin, Mark and several others. I soon had a cold beer in my hands and was …

  • Atelier Haus Residency – Hilmsen, Deutschland 2018

    Almost 65 years have passed since I was in Germany ( aside from plane transfers on route elsewhere ).  My father was stationed in Germany in the 50’s and we lived in Baumholder and Karlshrue. My sister was born in Karlshrue and my older brother Bill and I had more …

  • stART’18 Sculpture Celebration

    Final preperations are almost complete for the 4th Sculpture Celebration to be held in the USA. stART’18 is the title and anyone interested in attending can register at the link below. This year Billingsley Atelier is partnering with Carolina Bronze in Sea Grove NC. Attendees can tour the Sculpture Park …

  • The Great Day- 2015

    The Great Day- 2015

            Today is as a visiting curator/guide said “your great day”. Ben now has FIRE in the center of his block and so the event will culminate. Both furnaces are prepped and ready to light. All that remains is to move his big mold into place and …

  • Installation of “North Wind”

    Installation of “North Wind”

    Ojars directs his crew as they prepare  to move “North Wind” “North Wind” Flying. Ojars checks the sculpture for correct orientation. “North Wind” in place and being secured to the concrete pad! Some work remains to be done to shape and landscape the site, but “North Wind” is finished as …

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Yesterday, Saturday, June 13 was very productive! The image above shows one of two pieces of laser-cut stainless steel that we  picker up from the shop outside of Riga on Thursday. On Friday, I began the process of bending the sheet and also was able to get the necessary stainless …

  • Progress on the Big Print front

    Progress on the Big Print front

    Ben testing the “Laka” that we found in the local hardware store. Having been told that shellack is only available in small quantity and at great cost. We decided to substitute another type of sealer. When we told Laura and Ojars that we would substitute laquer, the resulting confusion and …

  • Monday-Hurry up & wait!

    Monday-Hurry up & wait!

    These birds have the right idea. When you can’t fly, take it easy! Actually these ducks were hanging out at the pond near the Poets Stone at Pedvale when we went to get water last Sat. Today Ojars and I were supposed to be going to Riga to get sand …

  • Talsi Music Festival

    Talsi Music Festival

    Ben, Ojars ,Laura M and I all attended the Talsi Music Festival last night. We first visited the Talsi Art Museum for two exhibition openings and then climbed the hill to this beautiful grove of trees where the festival takes place. As the photo shows, many people were happy to …

  • Two years and running!

    Two years and running!

        The flag installation “Small Sun” that Ben and I created in  May of 2013 is still one of the art works on exhibit at Pedvale. Never expected it to last 2 years and running! The deer have grazed through it many times and thousands of visitors have seen …

  • Pedvale Cupola

    Pedvale Cupola

      The big Pedvale Cupola is considerably melted out from last year’s 8,000 lbs. of casting but we won’t reline her. Since we only need about 1000 lbs. for George Beasley’s  “Iron X” we should be fine. Cleaned out the tap and slag holes yesterday and she looks good to …