Ceramics Stuff

I’m not ready to call this a portfolio, still some people were interested in seeing some of my work…

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Richard Shaw Spring 2010 ceramics presentation

Jeff Albrecht

Like can you say Wow! ??

Richard Shaw is a master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture.  trompe-l’oeil is french for “trick the eye” (see this Wikipedia entry) Check out this very cool video from KQED a PBS television station in San Francisco on Richard. Did you see all those molds? I tried a mold this quarter wrote a bit about it here.

While attempting to find the dimensions of the couch pictured below I ran across this article about an art dealer, Ruth Braunstein, in San Francisco you may find interesting. I never could find those dimensions. I might have to try the Library Lee! :-)

Hopefully this summer I’ll have a chance to write about the benefit of having made a quantity of the same object and how that process refined the finished object and eased the production burden in time and effort. But I digress…

Well just a second now, as long as I’m digressing as I mentioned in my verbal presentation I’m looking for an artist with digital skills to concept logo and other site images and themes for a new web presence I’m developing: “FlashMobMashUp” (see this post about Microsoft Web camp and my pitch) I’m a  Entrepreneur software developer ( and am expanding and diversifying our product range. I’ve just begun an intern program at IEA to develop web sites. This program is open to not only student computer programmers but writers and artists as well. Please email jeffa at iea-software dot com or a comment on this blog if interested.


Last quarter I made an apple pie jPie glazed with Waxy Oatmeal, this quarter some spaghetti jSpaghetti  by extruding clay onto a pie plate made from a mold found at the SFCC ceramics studio. The spaghetti was Carbon trap chino. I don’t think I quite got the Trompe-l’oeil as they don’t look specifically like the real thing.

For instance here are a few from Richard Shaw. Note the political comment in the plate. Art – ya gota love it! Often so much more you can say with art than with words.

Sailing West


1988    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute
1987    Visiting Artist Grant, Manufacture National De Sevres, Paris, France
1974    National Endowment for the Arts Grant
1970    National Endowment for the Arts Crafts Grant

1968     M.F.A. University of California, Davis
1965     B.F.A.  San Francisco Art Institute
            State University of New York at Alfred




Resources aka Bibliography


My first plaster mold

OK well it’s my first plaster mold in about four decades….

I’m taking a ceramics course at Spokane Falls Community College. At the time of this writing I’m a bit less than half way through my third quarter. (see back2school section of this site)

Among other projects I’m attempting to make several Propeller beanies that are the logo of a microprocessor by I’ve created several projects with. (click here for a view of the logo). You see I also like to program computers and dabble a bit in electronics, artificial intelligence and robotics… (see nerding and projects of this site)

I can really see where a properly designed and setup studio would be nice. I did this on my garage work bench. I’ll grab a shot of the clean up when I document the removal of the mold from this casting rig.

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PlasterMold-0413 Here I am a bit into the project. You can see the clay dam I’ve constructed on a bat surrounding the hemispherical shape of the beanie I created on a throwing wheel. There is some petroleum jelly I’m using on the bat and the beanie where I don’t want the plaster to stick.


PlasterMold-0414 a top view

PlasterMold-0415 With a flash on the camera

PlasterMold-0417 The plaster and the stainless steel mixing bowl I liberated from my kitchen.

PlasterMold-0418 All greased up now.

 PlasterMold-0419 The mold is full of the plaster now. It’s begun to setup thickly in less than thirty minutes.


I’ll probably just edit this and repost tomorrow after I’ve removed the mold from the cast.

Wow before submitting this to my site for publishing I went out and checked the plaster. It’s setup pretty solid already. About thirty or forty minutes now. The book I read said let them dry for a week. Think I’ll go check that for context might have that wrong…

c ya… – jeffa May 2, 2010 15:05