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Yes, I know, I am an artist and I should be able to design my own studio logo! Well.... when it comes to graphic design,  I struggle.  I drew many versions of the Maine Sugarworks (our soon-to-be-closed maple syrup company) logo but could never quite complete the project.  I design in wax and metal all the time but somehow a logo is different (in my mind anyway). So I went looking for a way to get help. I quickly found 99Design.  It is a service that connects designers and clients in a 'contest' format.  You decide what you are looking for...

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note: I plan to create more detailed posts of the specific fabrication techniques I use in working with the lost wax technique for those who are interested.  This is an overview of the lost wax process that I am currently using.  This process has and will continue to evolve, however the fundamentals of: model making-investment-burnout-cast-finish, remain the same.  Working with wax to work with metal?  I cast my first silver ring as an art major at Michigan State University in 1986.  I have been hooked on the process ever since.The 'lost wax' technique of casting involves: Coming up with a good idea...

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Good ideas rarely come from thin air.  For me, they come from many places, variations on previous ideas, nature, human-made objects, random doodles, the materials I have in front of me, my past experiences or the work of other artists.  Occasionally, good ideas do come, seemingly from nothing, but I suspect they are linked to the previous list somehow. They rarely come in the form of a complete idea but in little pieces that need to be played with, teased, experimented with, modified, simplified, combined and elaborated. For me, the sketchbook is the most important part of the creative process. ...

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For the past 2 years, I have been hyper focused on creating new jewelry designs, over 500 rings alone!  My goal however is to leave teaching in 1.5 years and move on to my next career as a studio artist.  This means that before I can give my notice, I need to create a profitable business that can support this career change.  "Wow that guy, Stephan Mitman is a great businessman" someone once said NEVER! Me in my just-finished empty studio in 2016 Back when I was a teenager, my Aunt June recognized that I had real potential as an artist...

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Greetings! Named after a beehive hairdo, the Silver Beehive Studio is a tip-of-the hat to my favorite music group the B-52s!Construction of the Silver Beehive Studio began next to our home, here in rural Western Maine, in the summer of 2014.  My daughter Ivy and I poured the slab and framed it the summer before she went off to college. In 2016 I finished the first studio space in the barn.  My own personal art room, a warm, bright, quiet, creative space designed for making art... heaven! I began by reviewing years of ideas in dozens of sketchbooks to decide...

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