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

Medusa

 

I based Medusa 2.0's pose on a photo by Teo Speranza of model Jamila Ekukpe (posted by an Instagram account I follow). My first attempt at Medusa (1.0) was a bust - pun intended. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

 

Medusa

Wet clay model

 Indiana Jones

"It's not the years honey, it's the mileage."

 

Everybody loves Indiana Jones - except Nazis. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

 

Indiana Jones

Wet clay model

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