painting some of
Artist Christopher Tully does two unusual things
with epoxy in his work.He creates large clay relief scenes with
lots of detail made up of many tiles. After they are bisque fired
he brushes on epoxy and heats them with a torch so the epoxy penetrates deeply into the porous clay. This creates an extremely
strong surface that still has great detail. He then
applies a primer and paints it with acrylics and a clear coat. Another
method he uses is to first apply fiberglass cloth to a
carved panel then add details like plants or animals to the surface
with a mixture of epoxy and powdered clay. He says he
doesn't need to worry about shrinkage and the details are
very strong so he just primes and paints it like any other piece.
Tully became a full-time sculptor after studying ceramics
at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. His work can be
found in galleries across the country. Today he works on
larger more public pieces, which can be found in nature
centers, hospitals and public libraries. To see more of
Tully's artwork, visit www.christophertully.com.-MB
Tile detail of a 8'x30' relief scene
at the Richardson Nature
Epoxyworks 29 / Fall 2009
Center, Bloomington, Minnesota. The
relief ismade of clay, epoxy and acrylics.
Upper half of a
sculpture made of
foam, epoxy, fiberglass
for the Brookdale
16'x 4' foam, fiberglass
a private business.
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