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.
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