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Thursday, December 31, 2009

As the Atomic Ball Clock Falls In Time

With the final hours of 2009 tick-tocking away, I want to say a few things. First of all, thank you to all of you who click on my blog to see what I am up to. Hopefully, I can be of some interest in 2010. Also, I want to say how amazingly blessed Krystal and I feel. This year had it's ups and downs but we are truly grateful to be where we are, to know the people we know and to have the opportunities we have.

For Christmas I made Krystal this "Atomic Ball Clock". It is my version of the Nelson Ball Clock. We have a very mid-century modern house and Krystal has always wanted this clock to grace our walls. I took Mr. Nelson's clock and put a Pacific Northwest touch on it. Thank you to Steve at Casella Lighting and Dylan at She-Metal with helping me get the parts.

Here is the original clock sold by Design Within Reach and their description of how the clock came to be...very interesting.

"George Nelson often collaborated with other designers, and in the case of the Ball Clock (1948), Nelson was at a dinner party with Isamu Noguchi, Irving Harper and Bucky Fuller. As the story goes, they were all sketching and "we'd had a little bit too much to drink," said Nelson. In the morning, they saw a drawing of the Ball Clock on a roll of drafting paper. "I don¹t know to this day who cooked it up," said Nelson. "I know it wasn't me. It might have been Irving, but he didn't think so. [We] both guessed that Isamu had probably done it because [he] has a genius for doing two stupid things and making something extraordinary out of the combination. It could have been an additive thing, but we never knew.""

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy Belated Christmas!

Wow! It has been nearly two months since I posted last. That is way too long. However, I have been quite busy. Doing what you ask? Well, switching careers. I have the opportunity to go from helping interior designers in a showroom surrounding to being an interior designer. Doug Rasar, one of Seattle's leading interior designers, has given me the wonder chance to work beside and learn from him. Needless to say I am very excited and appreciative for this prospect. It is a very exciting time in my life but also very busy as I wind down one job for another one.

Now you would think working two jobs at once would leave very little time for artwork. This is true. However, I have managed to create a few things. In the next few weeks I am hoping to post a couple of those things that I have managed to produce.

For now I will leave you with this years Christmas card.