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  • Pedvale 2015

    Pedvale 2015

      Our 2015 season in Pedvale has begun with an opening celebration, preparations of all sorts for a Big Print Symposium, the casting of an Iron Sculpture for the park and other activities. Although I had expected to post every day beginning with our first full day here or on …

  • I’m Back

    Apologies for the long delay in posting. My time after returning from the symposium and conference in Latvia has been taken up with preparing for retirement from teaching at East Carolina University, School of Art & Design. That event has taken place! I am now free to concentrate on my …

  • Monday, June 23

    Monday, June 23

    Will Cavanaugh took this photo of me sitting on the Tractor Furnace that Steve Coles built for the performances. We did a test run of the furnace on Friday and then made alterations to it and ran it again on Sat. The addition of an extra 8-9 inches of stack made …

  • Sunday, June 22

    Yesterday was a long day of conference proceedings. The keynote address by Ojars Feldbergs drew a decent crowd of approx. 65 people and although there were some usual technical difficulties associated with computers, his presentation was excellent. I regret that more attendees weren’t there to learn about Ojars and his …

  • Friday, June 20

    It has been a couple of days since I last posted anything. Tuesday was spent in large part driving all over Talsi with Ojars on various errands. The most important of which was taking the 4th ‘something in the eye’ person to the clinic. Also two different stops at City …

  • Tuesday, June 17

    The past two days have been very cold and yesterday was rainy all day. Less than ideal conditions for folks working on their performance sites and symposium installations. Araan got his stone into place yesterday and the concrete footing was done as well. Hopefully he can start placing the iron …

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

    I won’t be able to add many images to this blog for several reasons. First , Ojars’ camera has developed serious problems ,so I have lent him my camera to document the symposium and conference. Second, my computer has too many images on it to allow for many additional downloads …

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

    I doubt that I will have many images to post for the reminder of this event. Ojars’ camera has developed some serious problems so I am lending him my camera to document the symposium & conference. I will try to use my phone camera to post images. Bear with me …

  • Wednesday, June 11-Casting Day!

    It’s June 11, Casting Day for the Iron/Stone Symposium. Three days of de-vesting, cleaning up , repairing furnace & ladles and general preparation after the first pour and we are  good to go. The crane will arrive this AM and Tamsie and Paige’s molds will be repositioned. The crane will …

  • Tuesday-June 10

    Tuesday-June 10

    The past several days have been quite productive here at Pedvale. We held the first Symposium Iron Pour a day earlier than planned on Sat. and things went very smoothly. The pallet jack /bull ladle system worked reasonably well and the gantry was exactly what we needed. I can’t say …

  • June 7, 2014

    June 7, 2014

    Here are a couple of images from yesterday. Today is the first pour and we have much to do. Doubt that I will have much time to take photos but will get something on-line as soon as I can. Yesterday the big deal was getting the big blower  running and …

  • June 6, 2014

    Here we are on the day before the first Symposium Iron Pour. Seems like a long time that we have been working but it is  really only a couple of weeks. I was quite busy all day and didn’t really have time to take any photos so this blog will …

  • June 5

    The past two days have been very busy so I was not able to post any new information. The good news is that these days were very productive in terms of preparations. The crane arrived at 8 AM and we turned Tamsie’s mold over, repositioned Liz & Ben’s molds, moved …

  • Sunday at Pedvale

    Sunday at Pedvale

    After the excursion on Saturday, work continued at Pedvale. Ojars keeps his finger on the pulse of the Sculpture Park and is always ready to help. Victor’s mold is complete. Tamsie still has to turn her big mold over and do the second side. Ben and Liz prepared their molds …

  • More about the excursion

    More about the excursion

    Our host in Roja was Maris Grosbahs. Maris has organized several Art Symposia in Roja and elsewhere and works in a variety of media. On the day of our visit he was running his Raku kiln. Although Maris is well known for his fired pots ,he is equally known for …

  • Couple of busy days

    Couple of busy days

    The Lilacs are just another reminder that it is Spring here in Latvia. The cold weather broke on Sat with warmer temps and  some sunshine. We spent the morning working on molds and then took an excursion in the afternoon. The Symposium Artists, Visiting Professors and Pedvale  Officials went to …

  • Preparations continue.

    Preparations continue.

    Immediately adjacent to our mold-making / casting area Ojar is having his workers construct this huge firewood dome! Everyone is jealous of the scale . But, we persist. Today we built the flask for Victor and  are filling it with sand. Here are a few step-by-step images: The silica sand …

  • Cold weather doesn’t stop the symposium

    Cold weather doesn’t stop the symposium

    This is the third day of very chilly weather. Highs only in the 40’s F  and showers as well this morning ! But we carry on with preparations for the  first pouring day on June 8. Liz and Ben’s molds were turned over today  so that the top sections of …

  • Second Monday of the Symposium

    I don’t know the name of this flower, but the meadow is full of them. We are starting the second week of the Symposium and the weather has been perfect. Unseasonably warm and no rain has made for excellent working conditions. The first half of all the cement molds should …

  • Sunday is not a day off at this symposium

    Sunday is not a day off at this symposium

    Victor’s large stone needed to be moved so he could start carving. Ojars is guiding the placement of the wood blocks for safety.   Ojars has some help in encouraging Daniel Postellon to “Go Big”! Large molds are being made with cement as a binder. This is traditional at Pedvale …