My Dad was a strong, intelligent, handsome, and wonderful man. He was the smallest man in his family standing 6 foot 1 inch. He had rather large feet, and he always laughed and told me that a church needs a good foundation. Well, the same concept goes for a piece of art. So Michael has been busy designing and building pedestal after pedestal for our glass art pieces. It’s kind of like the old saying,” The clothes make the man.” Michael, Patrick, and some other men might heartily disagree with that, but the right clothes can’t hurt.

The design process starts with determining the functionality, modularity, and universalness of the pedestal and how it compliments the space where it is. Next comes deciding on the kind and amount of materials needed and purchasing them (in this case steel, glass, spools of flux core for the welder, and paint). The next phase is the construction. The form will repeat, so jigs come in handy to create it multiple times. The pedestals are modular, so numerous parts are made and then assembled. The cut steel leg pieces are put into the jig and held into place, so they do not shift during welding. The bases and the tops are also fabricated using the jig. The legs are then attached to them via the welding process. Once all the welds are cooled, the surfaces are cleaned, and paint is applied. The previously measured and cut glass tops slide into place.

The design is minimal and meant to support and enhance the beauty of the work. The reflective glass tops provide another view of the art piece. The bottom line is – – it is all about presentation, you must put your best foot forward. The pay off is when the artist and visitor can walk into the gallery space and say, “Wow!”. Come on out to our 1st Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition and review the art and its foundation.

Sally Pennington Moore
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