Design and modeling of products based on historical forms. 

The first step in a reproduction project is to take measurements and profiles from the original artifact, and make accurate study drawings.  I use that information to develop a design and a model of the reproduction product.

I've done some detailed studies on site, at museums such as Colonial Willamsburg and Winterthur.

Sometimes the process requires more conjecture and invention, such as when working from photographs rather than directly from artifacts.

Reproduction projects call for some interesting decision-making on issues of design, historical reference, manufacturing, and marketing.  The degree of faithfulness to the original is a defining question. There is a range from "reproduction" (an attempt to copy the original as perfectly as possible); to "adaptation" (a product that refers to a specific historical piece, but re-designed in more modern form); to, let us say, an "inspiration" (a thoroughly modern product that reflects something of the spirit or imagery of a period piece or style).

To see reproductions made from my models, please visit these portfolio pages: Mottahedeh, Winterthur, Eva Zeisel

Recent Shop Talk

Slipcasting Plates

How to design molds for slipcast plates, platters, shallow bowls and similar forms

Solo Show, Bethlehem Public Library, Prints and Drawings, 12/2015

Solo show of Prints, Drawings, and Collages at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library

Solo Show, Bethlehem Public Library, Collages. 12/2015

A suite of collages with Jokers

Figure Drawings

A few selections of figure drawings from recent years.

“Rookwood for Mottahedeh” shapes

Three shapes for Rookwood/Mottahedeh

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