Mermaid Mug
 

My first ever ceramic sculpture was a mermaid mug - or at least a crude attempt at it. The first one was done in a couple of hours, and I did not use any sculpting tools. I came back to the studio the following week and made version 2.0, a bit less crude and done all from my head (no models or reference photos). (See Version 1.0 and 2.0) A while later, I decided on another attempt at a slightly larger scale (Version 3.0), this time using a photo reference for the face (but not the body). I thought it was OK at the time, but looking back it was pretty sloppy. Since then I've used an iPad app to 3D model male and female anatomies for reference - not as good as a live model, but the next best thing. Anyway, back to the mug... my latest version (4.0) was really a practice in relief sculpting (Tinker Bell's reflection was another). The face is based on Lynda Carter, and the glaze was a mixture of several celadon shades. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

 

Mermaid Mug

Wet clay model

 Moon-Watcher

 

If one were to name the most significant films of the twentieth century, 2001: A Space Odyssey would surely be among the top ten. And of all the most iconic scenes in any film of any era or genre, "The Dawn of Man" sequence would likely be among the top ten as well. This absolutley brilliant piece was conceived by Stanley Kubrick (in collaboration with Arthur C. Clark) and depicts the moment that primitive ape-like man (Australopithecus possibly) transcends his species via a spark of intelligence - triggered by the Monolith. The alpha primate smashing the tapir bones was credited as "Moon-Watcher" and was played by Daniel Richter in an incredibly realistic ape-suit that was decades ahead of its time. I actually think this live action sequence with its inventive visual effects is far superior in quality and verisimilitude than most of today's CGI generated animation. In sculpting this scene, I paid homage to Kubrick's work and kept the anatomical proportions consistent with a homo sapiens in an ape suit. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

 

Moon-Watcher

Wet clay model

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell was a fairy companion of Peter Pan in the stage play and novel by J. M. Barrie. Along with Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell has become a de facto mascot of the Walt Disney company and is remembered for famously dotting the "i" in the Disney signature logo. I originally had intended to sculpt a plain fairy, but opted to pay homage to the world's most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

 

Tinker Bell

Wet clay model

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie (猪八戒, 저팔계, ちょ はっかい) is a pig-like character in the famous 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West. He, along with Sha Wujing, are the companions of Sun Wukong in their mission to protect Tang Sanzang, a Buddhist monk in a sacred pilgrimage. There are countless media adaptations of this classic tale throughout Asia, and a Japanese musical anime titled Alakazam the Great introduced these fantastic characters to American audiences in 1960. I remember seeing an airing of this for the first time on KTLA's Family Film Festival hosted by Tom Hatten during the 80's. In sculpting Zhu Bajie I wanted to try a different take and use a male boar for the head, but he ended up looking a lot like ALF from the 80-90's sitcom. I reverted him back to a typical pig-like appearance with his primary weapon, the Nine-toothed rake. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I sculpt Sha Wujing to complete the classic trio. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie - just need to sculpt Sha Wujing to complete the classic trio!

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

 

Zhu Bajie

Wet clay model

Prometheus

 

In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan (like Atlas) who created man out of clay and also defied the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, thereby enabling scientific and technological progress. As punishment, Zeus had Prometheus tied to a rock where an eagle fed on his liver, only for it to regenerate the next day when the eagle would eat it again. The concept of man being created from clay or earth is a theme that can be found in many ancient myths and religions - a similarity that is intriguing in and of itself. With his sculpting human forms from clay and his gifting of fire to mankind, Prometheus can even be considered the patron god of ceramic artists - which is the overall theme of my piece. I sculpted the flames so that it can be removed and replaced with a small candle. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

Prometheus

 

PrometheusPrometheus candle holder

 

Prometheus

Wet clay model