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The AP 3D / Advanced Metals Page will be used to view and respond to metal work by notable artists in the field. Members will be asked to respond to work initially asking the following questions:


Does the work have an identifiable style?

What are the markers or characteristics of its style?

Rate the formal aspects of this work: contrast, line, form, color, texture, etc.

Does the piece make the most of its functional or sculptural aspect?

Does the work express feelings or emotions?  Does it do that clearly?

Do the various parts of the work seem to belong together?

If glaze is the piece’s clothes, how well dressed is this piece?

How would you make this piece better?

Is there anything going on with this work that could benefit your own work?


Following the initial comments, members will be asked to complete a follow-up response addressing comments made by fellow students. Although the follow-up is meant to create a dialogue among participants, it is not meant to be critical of another's point of view.


Each response is worth 10 points. 


Artist of the Week Todd Reed



Comments (2)

iradner said

at 4:18 pm on Nov 6, 2011

Todd Reed's work is characterized by his use of rocks. He almost always uses gold bezel, and he often sauders many smaller rocks next to each other, or around larger rocks. His designs, despite his frequent use of many smaller rocks, are usually bold. The smaller rocks often come together to form one larger design. I particularly like his use of uncut rocks in his necklace. There is often a contrast between the dark rocks or metal used and the gold bezels. This is especially evident in his bracelets. And I love the rough texture of his plain black bracelet. I feel like the clearest emotion of thought conveyed is that there is beauty within imperfection or a seeming "thrown together" look. Most of the pieces that I make also have a purposeful roughness and imperfection to them, so to see that same style in a professional's work is helpful inspiration for myself. However, if I were him, I would choose different chains for my necklaces, the black round ones are too modern of a look to go with such a rustic piece, and I would also experiment with using different contrasts, not just black and gold.

gsondermann@fvs.edu said

at 9:49 pm on Nov 10, 2011

Todd Reed's work is identifiable through his many strategically placed stones and gold backing. He often uses many differently shaped stones intricately placed right next to the others. He uses lighter colored stones but adds darker stones that contrast with the gold backing, chains, and bezel. Some of his pieces have stones that are systematically placed while others seem to have a randomness that I find appealing. Many of these organized pieces use rectangular stones opposed to the many different shapes of his other pieces. Although we don't work with gold, I would love to implement the many stones and separate unique sections inside the piece into my own pieces. I especially enjoy the contrast in his last piece of the blue stone to all silver and white stone. I would agree with Issac in that the chains for the necklaces don't seem to fit the rustic randomness of the piece itself.

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