The Original Weapon Series is based on a canine tooth. The concept is that if we relied on the original weapons of mammal battle, we might have a far safer and more stable world. The inscriptions on the teeth of the various weapons used to kill iconic individuals (in this case Lincoln and Bin Laden) is a technique reference to scrimshaw, the handiwork of whalers done on the teeth and bones of their victims. Scrimshaw is an example of execution made into lovely relics.
For these two sculptures I am in mid-process of creating a larger series. These two pieces show two slightly different approaches. I made an original in clay and then cast it. I used the mold for a slip cast to create the second "weapon." One inscription is drawn on with an underglaze pencil. For the other, I use a method more similar to the scrimshaw technique. I carved in a line drawing, then filled the groove with underglaze. Both are finished with a clear glaze finish "enamel."