Ochs teaches art at Southern Arkansas University and over the past couple years has come to view concrete as an artistic medium. He arrived at the WOC with a drawing that he created using his son as a model. Using grid lines on the drawing and on the slab, he transferred the image freehand to the concrete. Then he cut the lines of his image into the concrete with an angle grinder and diamond blade. At each corner, to commemorate the Southeast Asian Tsunami, he bonded fired clay stoneware that had the date of the disaster. Next, he colored the graphic with several washes of water-based stain. The first application of color was with thin tints so that they would penetrate the concrete surface. Using dry-brush techniques and an airbrush, he was able to mix colors and provide highlights to complete the work. He used about 30 different colors for the project.
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