Today was the first day of school! It went very well. Before I taught, Steve P. and I went to get some coffee from Bucks and to catch up. I had not seen him in several months! After we finished our coffee we started walking back to our prospective studios. On the way, I saw something bright fuschia pink in the snow. I reached down to pick it up..... it was what I am sure is a remanent of some girl's party cup from the week before. (One of those neon plastic cups shaped like a wine glass) The piece was that disc that is at the bottom of the stem as well as a shard from the side of the cup. Steve and I agreed that this should be the start of today's ring.
I got back to the studio and cut an ellipse shaped hole in the bottom of the disc. I removed the remainder of the stem and filed the edge nice and smooth. So then I was faced with the gaping hole where the stem was formerly screwed in. I thought long and hard about what to put in there. I set many an object inside, but nothing worked.....so I started thinking about what would link conceptually with the piece instead of merely aesthetically. I thought about how many people had probably overlooked that pink plastic before I came and picked it up.... I got to thinking about all the overlooked objects I pick up in my day to day life.... and that is when I went over to look at all my tiny beach findings. I looked through sharks teeth, shells, and other forms of debris that I had found over the years. I came upon my collection of pebbles. They ranged in color from deep dark black to snowy pure white. I chose the tiniest ones I could find so as to ensure the fit. (about .25 x .125 x .125 inches each) All of the smallest ones were black. I poured resin inside and all over the entire piece (there were many scratches and flaws and I thought this would enhance the vibrant color and make the imperfections appear minor, which it did).
Materials: Found plastic, found stones/pebbles, resin
Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.25 x .5 inches