Tom Otterness on his Creative Process

Tom Otterness: Usually, it’s me in the studio after everybody’s gone home, 2:00 in the morning and it’s a matter of what entertains me, you know, that keep me interested. Am I happy working on it? That’s usually first. The first line, you know is does it, does it, does it keep me awake? Do I think about it? Am I happy with it? You know, that stuff. I was in Dumbo for 20 years. I’ve moved to Gowanus, the Venice of Brooklyn, you know. I’ve got… It’s a big place, you know, 20,000 sq. ft. Well, I’m cranked up about 20 people fulltime, so it’s, you know, a lot of people in the office, lot a people in production. And in the foundries, I saw about for foundries that have maybe 150 people working for them, so there’s a lot… It’s a very traditional kind of time. The work consumes a lot of time, you know. I’ll model and kind of an exception and that I’ll model the sculptures myself. I actually make the sculpture so the part I like. So, I’ll start with water-based clay. I’ll use my hands. I’ll make a small model. These days we’re scanning, you know, laser scans and using that for either enlargements or animations, and it’s very, the processes is so very traditional, [as] wax. You know we’ll make the models in the plasters and molds and send those to the foundries and they’ll take care of the bronze casting from there.

Tom Otterness works until 2 am in the "Venice of Brooklyn."

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