Making It / Mike Smith

I never make the same item twice, except this time!  I found this ‘Italian Soup Ladle’ at a surplus store and made a lamp (  It was a perfect desk lamp, and I loved it.  But, someone who came to my house the next day also fell in love with it, and bought it.  The surplus store had one more of these ladles, so I bought it and made another.  Another thing I almost never do is buy the parts for my creations.  Except, this time.  These ladles are hand made!  $20.  Hopefully, no one will buy it soon.  I particularly like the scrap of metal for the base.  It has some sort of mark on it.


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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6 Responses to Making It / Mike Smith

  1. unexpectedlighting says:

    Tasty! Maybe a slide show for the next one?

  2. Yeah, how about your photos for the next one?

  3. Cute??!!! I don’t do cute!!!!! Bold, Amazing, Unique, anything but ‘cute’.

  4. I just meant to say I like it!

  5. Ruth says:

    I agree with the slide show suggestion :-), It takes a long time to go through all the images since WP is a bit slow…I love this lamp. It Bold amazing unique ;-)!

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