Saturday, December 1, 2012

Drawing Jam 2012

The Gage Academy in Seattle has an annual all-day open house called Drawing Jam. There are live models and live music in all of the studios as well as food, drink and lots of old friends. Here is a little sculpture I did there today. It took about 3.5 hours.

There is no armature except for a paper cup inside the base and bamboo skewers to support the torso and limbs. When it dries, I'll treat it with terra sigillata and fire it. The cup will burn out.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eleventh Hour

Here's are a few images of my weekly progress. She looks a little odd bald, but will have hair. I promise!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eight Hours In

Here are some shots of my latest sculpture at about 8 hours. I've been focusing on movement and balance, but next it's time to tackle the arms and head...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Work in Progress

I just started a new piece and am feeling really enthusiastic about the pose. It has a lot of movement. These photos were taken after 3 hours, including building the armature.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Short Pour

Unfortunately, the bronze casting of "Tess" resulted in a short pour. When I visited the foundry to check the new wax they also showed me the original result before melting it down. Of course, there had not been any point to removing all of the ceramic investment, replacing the windows or chasing it as this takes many hours!

It's amazing how they can take something from such a raw state back to looking indistinguishable from the original model. Here are some photos of the short pour bronze and replacement wax model.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Speed Sculpt

Here is a little something I did at the Seattle Sculpture Atelier's open studio. The scale is 1:1 and it took about 4 or 5 hours - should have been 6, but I kept getting caught in traffic!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I offered a casting workshop this summer for some of the wonderful students who were asking about how to preserve their work. Deunan Berkeley kindly assisted and a good time was had by all. We made two part molds of their sculptures and cast with resin.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hoagie Seated

I'm almost fin1ished with this 1/3 life sized sculpture of Hoagie and hope to fire it soon. Thanks, Chun for the photos!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fun With Terra Sigillata

This seated female figure is hollowed out and ready to fire. Complete with two coats of terra sigillata. As my colleague Ken says, "it's like bathing it in slip" which will make the surface more fine grained and slightly glossy.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Seated Figure

I'm about 20 hours into a new sculpture of a seated figure. There is no wire armature, only bamboo skewers so it can be fired and glazed. It was a bit tricky sculpting the free hanging hand without support and I hope that it doesn't self destruct...  Thanks for the photos, Liz!