Here’s a quick recap of the work created in 2016. I’d like to thank every one who kept me busy with commissions throughout the year. I enjoyed working on every single piece, and I hope that it showed in the finished product.
There’s a lot I’d like to tackle in 2017. Here’s what you can expect first:
For quite awhile now, I’ve been refining the design for my next mechanical piece. It’s now been tweaked, re-done, and adjusted through over 30 different versions. I’m finally happy (really excited actually) with the way it looks, and will start cutting in January. It will measure between four and five feet tall. I will post the final rendering of it soon.
I’m also going to be creating a new pewter cast quartz piece. I’m currently working on the original for this one, and I’m taking my time, and combing over every detail. It will be a horizontal piece measuring 24 inches wide. Expect it to be on sale in January.
For the clock-shop of Eric Freitas, 2016 was a year packed with a diverse range of projects, most of which were commissions. I’ve just finished a new quartz clock, and it’s the first to hit the market from my online shop this year! Visit the shop listing to give this one a new home.
The latest commission. Hand carved brass with kitikata rice paper. I like that this one is less dominant vertically or horizontally. I’m also happy with the feel of that thin piece of metal wrapping around the lower left of the dial.
NOTE: I’m in the process of finishing up my first non-commission piece in a long time. It will appear in the shop soon. If you’re on the mailing list (through the contact page of this site) you’ll be notified via email.
It’s always fun to create a piece with a story, and a personal element to it. My most recent clock was for a client who shared a birthday with his older brother…the 8th of June. For this reason, there are two numbers indicated around the perimeter, the 8 and the VI.
It was a pleasure to work on, and it should make a fantastic gift!
If you’re interested in commissioning a one-of-a-kind quartz piece such as this, check the shop of this site periodically for opportunities.
Last month two more quartz pieces were completed, both featuring a slightly different dial treatment than I’ve used before. I think it works very well for a couple of reasons. First, as a client of mine pointed out, an aged white color has a familiarity to it. Most clock faces are white, so amongst the chaos of my typical designs, theres something that brings you back home. The other is the structure in the dial markings which juxtapose the unbridled organic brass. The lighter white also adds a bit of contrast to the darker brass, and the tattered paper gives a softer texture in contrast to the metal.
Two more coming in October!
Back in 2008, I completed my fifth mechanical clock simply titled “Mechanical No.5”. It used kitikata rice paper to set off the numbers on these sort of fanned-out panels, it used a reliable and accurate dead-beat-style escapement, and it featured magnifying lenses to accent the hands. That clock received a lot of attention when it was posted online, and was one of my favorites, so a revisitation of that style was in order. “Redux V” is titled as such not only because of the revival of “Mechanical No.5”, but also fits because the five is a dominant visual element on the clock.
Final measurements: 30” tall (without pendulum and weight) 14” wide, and 7” deep.
I’ll be shooting a short video of the piece soon.
There’s still quite a bit of work left to do on this piece, but most of the cosmetic things have recently been completed, so it’s really starting to look like something. The paper on the number pieces, fanning out from the center, were re-done quite a few times before I arrived at the right color, and finish. What finally worked was kitikata rice paper, and a subtle oil treatment. That yielded a nice warm color, a tattered surface, and enough contrast to pop the dark colored metal.
The finished barrel for the latest mechanical piece. I tried to pack a lot of detail into this 5″ gear. I really like the way it turned out!