Location

Ashford, Connecticut
United States

About the Artist: Helen Malchow

Helen's work has been affected by years of observation and a love of all things patterned. On a walk with friends you might find her lagging behind because she found an interesting color combination and the patterns it makes on a leaf that has started to turn and how the bugs have started to eat it, how nature has formed a bud on a tree. She finds herself always investigating how thing are put together, formed or disintegrating. These lifelong observations float to the top when she is designing her veneers, inlays, carvings and Mokume Gane. Helen designs originate from her own texture plates and master molds based on those daily observations. Helen has been a fine arts teacher, (Ceramics, Jewelry, Lapidary, Sculpture, Art Foundations) for 34 years, a working artist for 15.

Websites

https://silverthumbstudios.com

Exhibition Images

Crunchie Box 22

Crunchie Box 22

8" long x 6" wide x 6" tall, Hollow form box with no interior armature or supports. Made using the slab and drape method of construction. The box was created using a handmade ceramic form base on the abstracted female form. Crackle was created using a heat treatment applied to the surface layers and then expanded to create the effect one would see when mud dries and contracts under the summer sun. The handle is a sculpted squiggle, lightly sanded in directional motion with a smooth oval spot at the top for visual weight and interest. A calm spot in all the crunchiness if you will.

Premo, Sculpey lll, liquid clay

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Pods

Pods

6z5.5x6 premo, Sculpey ll, Ceramic honeycomb, liquid polymer clayThese Hollow formed Pods were created using handmade ceramic forms. The forms were used to drape the polymer clay, creating the pods. They were cured and cut off the forms, then reconnected. The outside was carved using a lino tool. The edges were snapped off to create interest and contrast. The lids are made of an expandable ceramic honeycomb material. I painted the inside of the cells with black liquid polymer. After curing it would help the ceramic honeycomb retain its shape inside the pods, creating the lids. If left on Its own, it would expand and pop out. The lids were put back into the pods and then cured. Once cured it was inlayed with some tinted translucent polymer to resemble bee's wax. Some of the cells were perforated and opened as if something had "hatched". The pods were glued together with a two- part epoxy.

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