Thursday, December 22, 2011

Taboo for sale!

A tiny Taboo for the Holidays!

Have you bought yourself a Christmas present yet? Maybe you want a new custom glaze piece? Warm from the kiln this morning, a delightful little Taboo in a tasty buckskin pinto! Taboo is a Stablemate sized grade stallion, intricately sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig. I haven't made a lot of Taboos, so here is your chance! His buckskin color is delicately tinted, and his face detail is lovely. His sale price is $345, including shipping. Priority will be given to a buyer who can pay in full by Paypal. Since MHSP seems to be down, please email me directly at mold40 (at) roadrunner (dot) com.

Wishing everyone a warm and joyful Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 7, 2011

'Sharif' in chestnut rabicano

This amazing, large bone china 'Sharif' came to me for glazing, and I decided on a very ambitious rabicano roan, like the horse on the top of this article. Being such a big piece, it took me AGES to roan his coat, and he made my hands ache. His color is a bright, strong, shaded chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, and intense detailing. His hooves have subtle stripes and growth markings, his eyes have horse pupils and eyewhites (but they are brownish, as older horse's eyewhites are) and every detail that I could pack into him is there.
(remember, you can click on the photos for a larger version)

His back has the most work, where the rabicano markings come up and meet near his spine. I was seeing this ticking in my sleep!

His head is gorgeous, though on this bright day I had a hard time photographing it. (He's too big for my light box :-P) Being so big and glossy, he stands out in a crowd, and attracts a good bit of attention... as he should! He's incredibly beautiful, if I do say so myself.

Sadly, he is for sale, the original owner has expenses that must be met. So since I am always getting requests for custom glazing, I offered to sell him for her. He is here with me and will be shipped safely in a big foam box, fully insured. If you are interested, please go and check him out on MHSP.  I rarely do anything this big or ambitious, so he is quite a find!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ilapa, a Stormwatch in Dapple Grey

Dapple grey is hard to do in earthenware... especially working with such a big guy. Stormwatch, with his fly-away mane and tail, presents particular difficulties, but when this dapple grey was done I was very pleased! It took multiple erasing, spraying, and firing to achieve this dappled piece.

(as always, you can click on the photo for a larger version)


Taboos, just for fun

Here are some random Taboos, just for kicks. The sculpture is by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig, and he is a small guy... a bit over 2" tall. Taboo is part of a set, and I was fortunate enough to make the mold on him, so I have been able to produce a limited number in custom colors. His head and his tail are molded separately, and he is assembled in the 'wet cheese' stage of casting.

Taboo is a snotty, spirited stallion!

Rose grey with satin glaze, in the tradition of Hagen-Renaker

Lightly dappled grey, satin glaze

Brown dun overo, glossy glaze

Grulla, glossy glaze

Grulla from the other side

Red dun, glossy glaze

The red dun's face

Mulberry with light dappling

Leopard Appaloosa

Fun, aren't they?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BOYCC Medallions- Glazed and finished!

I need to put up a post on the process that these Medallions went through, at BOYCC, but for now I want to show the glazes and explain the choices I made, before I forget! I tried to choose each glaze because of some connection with the person, or some aspect that would play up an aspect of the medallion itself.

(they were sculpted in a workshop at the Convention, and the students varied from amateurs to currently working artists)

Here is the group that I ended up glazing yesterday. There were more medallions, but a couple of the molds went home with their artists right after BOYCC, and Sue Sifton and Deb McDermott will be coming here and glazing theirs separately. So, these six are what we are looking at today.

Cynthia Perry sculpted "Foalie", a sweet little foal head that reminded me of a bronze medal. So, I chose "Patina" as a glaze, which is a matte 'stoneware' finish that I felt would play up the sculptural aspects of "Foalie". Hope you like her, Cynthia!

Jackie Arns-Rossi sculpted this delightful "Kitty". I had a hard time figuring out what glaze to use, because I don't know Jackie that well and the kitty didn't tell me what to use. So I used the Elemental "Blue Ridge", which has breaks of pink, mauve, and tan brown. It has a lovely feel to it, and the way it breaks in the low areas highlights the gentle detail of "Kitty".

Katie Younger-Gehrt sculpted "Happy Happy Koi Koi", a koi fish in a pond with water lilys. It reminds me of an antique Japanese piece of artwork, so I used "China Sea" crackle. You may not be able see the crackling, but it is there and the glaze pools darker in the deep areas. I applied an extra layer to the water areas to enhance this effect slightly.

Kim Bjorgo-Thorne sculpted this Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, "Dugu", and to play up the very loose and sculptural aspects of the medallion, I used a combination of "China Sea" and "Mocha Cream" crackles, which made an almost granite like color and a crackled finish.

Kim Knight sculpted this foal head, and since Kim is a geologist, I chose "Smokey Agate" as a glaze. Agate, the mineral, gets "smokey" in the vicinity of radioactivity which makes the tips of the crystals darker than the base. It was one of my favorite minerals when I was collecting them, and I hope Kim likes the finished result!

Melanie Miller sculpted this horse head with a Celtic knot design around the rim, and I wanted to play up the delicate design with an art glaze. I chose "Peacock" because it was a favorite color when I used to do PH awards. "Peacock" lays darker in the deep spots and is also semi translucent, so it shows off the delicacy of the sculpture.

These medallions, from start to finish, have been an interesting journey for both the artists and the workshop leaders, and finally for me, as I was able to cast and glaze them. Thanks also to Deb McDermott and Sue Sifton, who came and helped to cast and clean them for a very fun day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jeanene's Stormwatch, the most difficult glaze job

This is Jeanene's Stormwatch, who was featured in an article in The Boat (the e-zine of Realistic Equine Sculpture Society) These process photos were shot in the workshop, where light is not ideal, but they do give an idea of what it looks like to underglaze a horse of this magnitude. The yellow is latex, the blue is painters tape. His light areas are masked off, then the body color is built up in underglazes. The dark areas are done first, to give the dappled effect. Then light colors are applied over the top, still raw. Let's take a peek...

A spray of French Brown all over, giving me something to dapple into.

Going between adding more underglaze color, and dappling off color with a typewriter eraser. Back and forth.

Dappling is finished, and any little debris is carefully brushed off.
Color is applied over the dappling, varying over the horse to give a shaded appearance.

The latex and painters tape are removed, and the edges are carefully gone over with an exacto and an eraser, to clean up and smudge the edge in some cases. Look carefully at the edges of the mane in the photo below. You can see that the mane tips are not cleaned up yet. There is still paint where it should be white. All of that is removed with an exacto blade... the mane alone took hours to do. The tail.... even worse.

He goes in the kiln at this point, to set these colors. Everything up until now has been worked on RAW, easily smudged, and difficult to see what has been applied underneath...

The hooves are detailed.

Tail is re-latexed, to allow spraying color on the leg. Reapplying the latex is an iffy proposition sometimes... it can remove color, or it may not match up.

Face is detailed, eyes painted, nostrils reddened, teeth yellowed...

Mane is now sprayed with color and shading.

Starting to spray the final glaze, which is going to be the clear glassy coating on top of the color. It is tinted green so that you can see it, and so that you can tell which glaze it is (satin or glossy, etc) The green is just food coloring and will burn off quickly.

At this point, with the glaze over the front end, I could hold the front end and spray color on the tail, though there is no photo of that part. I sprayed the mane and tail with varying yellows, taupes, and greys.
Bye bye color! When you reappear, it will be too late to fix anything... fingers crossed...

Success! His name is Enki, because like most Stormys, he is named after a weather god.

If you do this sort of work, you will know how sweaty under the armpits I was when I put him in the kiln, and what a sleepless night I spent waiting to see if it worked. :)And it did work. Enki was a record breaking price at auction.