Le Hulk Pensant

 

My homage to Rodin and Marvel. As it turns out, what I thought was an original idea had been done previously by an artist named Luke Ross - albeit a drawing and not a sculpture (thank God). I'm hopeful that my version is the first ceramic sculpture rendition of this mash-up. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

 

Le Hulk Pensant

Wet clay model

Kumiho

 

A Kumiho (or Gumiho) is the Korean version of a nine-tailed fox also present in Chinese (Huli jing) and Japanese (Kitsune) folklore. The common elements in all three legends are of a supernatural fox with nine tails who's lived a thousand years and is able to shape-shift into a beautiful woman. I originally wanted to glaze this piece in full color with ancient spirit tattoos (as suggested by an Instagram sculpting colleague), but decided to go with saturation gold for various reasons. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

 

Kumiho

Wet clay model

Mil Mascaras

 

The sport-tainment of professional wrestling is known as "Lucha Libre" in Mexico, and I remember watching it on television as a kid growing up in LA. While there were a lot of memorable characters, Mil Máscaras was in a class by himself. He was as legendary back then as he is now. This tribute to him, along with Osumosan and The Prize Fighter, completes my modern day Gladiators series. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Mil Mascaras

 

Mil Mascaras

 

Mil Mascaras

 

Mil Mascaras

 

Mil Mascaras

Wet clay model

Howling Wolf

 

This piece was a commission/trade of sorts for a ceramics colleague in Australia who specifically requested it be between 4 to 5 inches tall. It ended up being 4.75 inches from the bottom surface of the base to the tip of the snout. I will be making a larger version later (hence "1.0"). Incidentally, this is my second wolf since Princess Mononoke and my third canid sculpture including Tuco. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

 

Howling Wolf

Wet clay model

Princess Mononoke

 

This one's a tribute to one of my favorite animated films of all time, "Princess Mononoke," directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli, and released in 1997. It's also my first attempt at using Amaco's velvet underglazes rather than acrylic paint to color the entire piece. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Princess Mononoke

The dark blue underglaze evaporated and spread a bit. I decided to leave this as-is. 

Princess Mononoke

 

Princess Mononoke

 

Princess Mononoke

 

Princess Mononoke

 

Princess Mononoke

 

Princess Mononoke

Wet clay model