If you're in the Laramie area, A show of West's sculptures entitled "Raku Ray Guns and the Books that Spawned Them" will be on display at Night Heron Books, 107 Ivinson Ave in Laramie from April 1st until June 1st. Twenty one ray guns, including five new guns not yet on this website and a mobile are shown, along with the books that the sculpture's titles pay homage to.
Raku Ray Guns are one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures made by West Magoon. They are inspired by alien technology unearthed at a secret UFO crash site, known only to a tribe of Wyoming Hill People. One source (Tinkergirl at Brassgoggles), proclaims that these sculptures are "soundly stationed in the pulp end of the Steampunk spectrum."
*Please see photos of individual ray guns below.*
These photos depict all of the individual Ray Guns currently available. Each is named after a classic science fiction author, character or device. The moon crater wall plaques that support the ray guns each measure 12" long by 9" high (or 12" high, 9" wide when used vertically) for the regular size and 15 1/2" long and 10" high for the rifle-style ray guns.
Each sculpture is hand-built by assembling several parts that have been made on the potter's wheel. All of the Raku Ray Guns are glazed and fired using the low-fire raku firing technique. The sculptures are pulled from the kiln while the glaze is red-hot and molten and placed into a metal barrel filled with newspaper which is then covered. This smothers the fire, which creates a reduction atmosphere, giving the glazes their metallic and irridescent look and surfaces that resemble distressed or melted metal.
The visual roots West draws on include sci-fi magazine covers from the 30's,40's and 50's, the styling cues from 50's automobiles, and design elements from Art Nouveau which contribute to the Steampunk flavor of the Raku Ray Guns.
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