Finally it is time to start this Blog!
Walking along a beach has always been magic, especially for someone born in the mountains far from the sea: The rhythm of the waves crashing against the shore, the smell of salt and ocean, seagulls, shells and sand, connects me to the heart of the Earth. The rhythm of the ocean reflects the movement of time.
Most of what you see of my work is finished products; pieces that may have taken years to complete, but are viewed as completed artworks. The real day-to-day work of making something in the studio is lost. The process of hammering, bending, carving, melting, forging, is something that the average visitor rarely gets to see. The act of Art exists in the act of planning, experimenting, and, yes, problem solving.
Producing a hand built watch in a small studio seems like a good place to start a blog. Why? because it highlights the art process in miniature.
Planning for this watch has taken over a year in development from renderings to test models and tooling.
The concept for this watch was to create a piece that was totally hand-built including the case, the dial, the hands and wrist strap hardware. This time piece employs is a vintage Swiss made, automatic, 27 jewel movement. The theme for the dial will be an ocean view with individually sculpted waves and an abstract sky. The scene will be .80 mm thick when completed!
All of the metal for the sky (from the top): Platinum silver,pure gold, very dark white gold, platinum, 22 karat yellow gold, green gold and Shakudo (an ancient Japanese alloy composed of copper and gold). Each of these will be forged, fused and welded into a block to create the sky with clouds.