A few weeks ago my advanced 3D class asked about doing some slip casting and slip dipping. Morgan created ~100 paper origami tulips that she dipped in slip. Mallory found some old plaster molds and slip in her garage that she ended up casting a series of multiples with.
My students inspire me everyday.
From their work I offered up a slip dipping project to my Intro to 3D students. Actually I offered them two projects and they chose slip dipping. In my research I found an artist who I though the students would really enjoy seeing. Her name is Jessica Drenk.
She is experimental in her work. She has dipped mop heads, q-tips, and toilet paper into both wax and slip.
Jessica Drenk was raised in Montana, where she developed an appreciation for the natural world that remains an important inspiration to her artwork today. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.
She has glued together thousands of pencils, only to carve away at the surface and create a smooth organic shape.
If you have questions about slip dipping please feel free to ask in the comments.