When I was lucky enough to spend time in Mount Rainier with Red Dirt, I quickly realised how important the Gateway CDC is and how amazing the local breweries and brewers are. Gateway CDC is an organisation that champions local artists and crafts people, and as well as having their own premises (with studios and galleries). So when these two forces of nature came together for the Art and Craft of Beer fundraiser show and sent me an invite to take part it was a no-brainer.
The show is takes place on Sat 1st June, If you can please go along and support a great organisation (and the beer will be mighty as well!!!!!)
As well as sculpting 2 'steins' with Irish flax paper clay, I worked for a few days with local wood-turning legend Peter Lyons to produce a chiller for my steins and also he helped me turn A beautiful piece of Damson into another stein (it is very Game of Thrones!).
This is the first stein. Had a lot of fun distressing the surface and I used black under glaze for the illustration, then used a high fired transparent glaze to make it safe to quaff beer out of.
The chiller is a turned piece of Irish Red Sycamore that was found after a storm in Bangor's Castle Park, it is one of the oldest trees there. Peter and I turned it and I hand carved some of the bark off the outside surface and finished it off with an acrylic 'old man of ale' illustration. Who wouldn't want to chill their craft beer in this guy?!
Finally this is the Damson stein, turned from a hunk 'o' gorgeous Damson that had been kept by Peter Lyons since '99. After hollowing the inside I decided that the bark was to beautiful to strip off, so I only turned the bottom section to make it easier to hold.
There is a more detailed gallery of images HERE
I sent loads of positivity with my pieces, the arts community in Mount Rainier/Brentwood is doing fantastic things...long may they continue!