In the Studio: The workbench

It’s been a busy week at work and a slow week in any art or architecture related news, at least via my sources, so I thought I’d share a photo of the workbench today, scrapped together with cameraphone images:

Click on the image for a little more detail.

The cloud forms are actually from a successful firing last weekend. The low swoopy form has a hairline crack in the narrow edge, but I think I can live with that at this stage in my aspiring artist game. Another cloud, not in the photo, cracked badly enough that I won’t use it for a finished product (I didn’t like that one anyway), but will probably experiment with finishes upon its surface. I didn’t apply terra sig to these, unfortunately, so I’m not sure they’ll take smoke very well.

The wood laying around on the bench — scraps from around the studio being laminated together — will turn into the prairies under the storms. I did some sketching from the plane on my recent flight to California as inspiration for these flatter surfaces. The intersections and geometry of fields and pivot irrigation with rivers and forests bears a lot of visual interest.

Oh, and if you saw some off the wall entry from TAE in your feed reader last night just ignore it. I was playing around with something and hit publish when I shouldn’t have.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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