ย One of the Kelp Tiles…

Wood WOrk

Frank and I have been woodworking over the last few months with Jatoba wood…

Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril) grows to an average height of 120 feet with diameters of 2-4 feet. Jatoba is often referred to as Brazilian cherry although it is not a cherry wood, and has been called Locust or Courbaril in different areas of South America. It grows in most of the South American islands as well as Mexico, Brazil and Peru.

It’s truly a beautiful wood. I’ve never really observed the grains, the different colors/shades of wood until working with Frank. He really loves it and it is such a pleasure to work with someone, whom has so much passion for wood ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really nice how precise and structured Frank is, he is an artist though he would never admit that.

On a side note…

When I go over to Frank’s house, I help him out with the projects he works on: remodeling his house. I help him assembling his fence and now he is doing work on the roof. Although I don’t do much, it’s so cool to be around it, catching on…little by little.

Kelp Process: Step 2

So I put the clay into the plaster molds, but it didn’t work because when the plaster got wet it reactivated it, and the clay stuck to the plaster…making it really hard to peel off.

I had to think of an alternative.

I turned to silicone which ended up solving my problems. I took the plaster molds and then made silicone. There is a particular measurement, some people would use a scale…others FORGET ABOUT IT! Just depends what kind of person you are. Tony helped me with the measurements, there was no scale…




Tony Richards


A few sides notes about Tony Richards…

He is my favorite art teacher/ mentor. He knows how to have fun and be creative. He is down-to-earth, free-spirited, mellow (not a crazy or extreme) artist. A man of many trades. Tony loves the ocean, surfing, sailing, and the work he does. He is grounded and a gem. Tony teaches printmaking and ceramics at Miracosta but most importantly he’s the man the fixes everything! He has been there forever, he started out there as a student and still is one. Tony is really good at sharing, helping, listening, building, and anything else you can think of…he is a man of many, many, many trades.

Tony loves getting creative with food too!

as he drinks his green salsa with a side of string cheese

at 9am… ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelp Process: Step 1

In the beginning of the project, I thought it would be really cool to press sea kelp, in some of the prints and into clay. Partly because Dave (the guy who was so kind to invest in this project), grew up surrounded by the ocean in Hawaii and still lives close to it in Encinitas. Plus, I like to play with organic materials in my art, so I put two and two together. I thought that if I plastered the kelp then I would be able to press it into the clay…

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Kelp assemblyKelp with Plaster Step 1