Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Windows Of Summer

Leela sculpture being
encased in plaster for ceramic production.

The windows of summer are slowly starting to close and I am sorta winding down from summer here in the studio. As I can sense the changing of the seasons approaching, especially in the early morning hours as the cool slowly lifts from the lawn, I've been reminded of all the projects I listed for completion this summer that have not been completed. Perhaps I made my summer list too long.

One "to do" that I did complete was finally molding my Leela sculpture in plaster for ceramic production. I now anxiously await the plaster mold to dry. It takes a few weeks for this to happen and I can't wait to see if I molded her correctly. I hope I made it correctly because I am dying to see my Leela sculpture in ceramic form.

Merryweather resin as unicorn.
Complete piece on base with original sculpted items.

Of course, there is always that one commission or project that seems to linger longer than the rest and this little Merryweather resin to unicorn was that one lingering project. He has been on my workbench for longer than I anticipated, but in that time frame Ive gained even more experience and believe his finish has come out even better than it would have if I rushed it. Im rather pleased and long to create another fantasy piece soon.

Close up of Toadstools on base.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

After The Dust Settles...Onto Ceramics

Leela sculpture in silicone.
Waiting to be molded into ceramic.

Although the trip to Kentucky was difficult this year, the bright spot of the trip was, without a doubt, being gifted one of the large Boreas sculpture molds by Karen Gerhardt of Westerly Design in Colorado. I have been invited to mold him and even create custom clay versions.

The Boreas mold traveled via car all the way from Colorado to Kentucky and then to Pennsylvania all in less than a week. This past weekend I slowly and carefully opened the two huge plastic tubs. There are pieces for his ears to mold, and pieces for his legs and even a separate piece for his head.

Boreas mold so clean and smooth.

Mold of his leg is 3 sections.

I was immediately struck with a sense of awe, not only for having this amazing horse mold on my carpet in front of me to learn and understand from, but I also had a piece of mold making history in my hands. He was molded in England and I've never felt any plaster mold as smooth and clean and lovely as this Boreas mold is. I presently can't get past just feeling and staring at how beautiful his mold is. I sense I will be learning a lot from this guy and I'm excited to being my own mold making adventures again, this time with my Leela sculpture.

Boreas head mold.
This one is three parts too.