Jones IDEA in the making

Clever Madness from Mohawk Steel on Vimeo.

Shakespearean fools are usually clever peasants or commoners that use their wits to engage people of higher social standing. Some have argued that the clowning in Shakespeare’s plays may have been intended as an emotional vacation from the more serious business of the main actor.
      The Shakespearian fool is a stage presence rather than a solo artist. The Fool acts as a commentator on events and is one of the characters who is fearless in speaking the truth. The Fool knows that the only true madness is to recognize this world as rational. The actor had props. Usually he carried a short stick decorated with the doll head or puppet on the end. This was an official scepter, which had a pouch filled with air, sand, or peas.

What feels like leather with the strength of steel? I thought i’d thought of everything.ha. Turns out casting glass is way more expensive and the process is not very eventful to watch. It would have robed us of the experience… the hotness of the shopness. We decided to blow them. The first was a clear glass blown into the 8’’ pipe I brought from the shop. The idea changed over the evening and we decided to forego the pipe to achieve a more sexy smooth finish. I am not sure yet which will fit the IDEA of the sculpture better so we blew them both ways. The process took days to plan and hours to blow five pieces. I was really impressed how naturally the boys shaped the next two pieces by hand. Its not easy cutting a perfect circle with a plasma cutter, or rolling one in clay, much less glass. They finished and tested the pieces in the pipe to ensure a good fit and into the annealer they went. the glass was clear while we worked it, it won’t turn red until after it’s in the kiln. It took days for the thick glass to slowly cool without cracking. The anticipation only added to the power of the experience. While preparing the video I realized how helpful this adventure was to help me see the whole picture. I have a tendency to take myself a little to seriously.  The clowning in Shakespeare’s plays may have been intended as an emotional vacation from the more serious business of the main actor.  
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