emerald mermaid

 

I learn something new every time I sculpt. I am certainly learning about different types of glazes and their overall effect in combination with the type of clay used. This is my third and largest mermaid mug to date. I even based her face on photos of Lily Aldridge. I wanted to use a glaze that would allow as much of the detail to show through as possible. While the mouth area turned out a little darker than I had expected, the overall sheen and finish on the rest of the piece is much more gorgeous than these photos capture. Thanks always to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

emerald mermaid front

Emerald mermaid front

 

 emerald mermaid side

Emerald mermaid side

 

emerald mermaid side

Emerald mermaid side

 

emerald mermaid

Post sanding and pre-glaze. I just noticed that I had used a can of Starbucks coffee (with their famous piscine female logo) to prop her up - this was totally unintentional.

Emerald Dolphin - Side View BW

 

My goal (or request rather) was to sculpt a dolphin themed candle holder. The result was even better than I had anticipated, thanks in most part to my brilliant ceramics instructor who did some magic during the glazing process to the inside of the shell to give it an effect of pooled, opalescent sea water. And, it adds a level surface to the interior of the shell as well, resulting in both beauty and function (or porpoise-ful design). Everything I've learned so far about working with clay and glazes is represented in this piece, and it is one of my favorite creations to date. Thanks always to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Emerald Dolphin FrontEmerald Dolphin FrontEmerald Dolphin Top ViewEmerald Dolphin Top ViewEmerald Dolphin Rear ViewEmerald Dolphin Rear ViewEmerald Dolphin Wet ClayEmerald Dolphin Wet ClayEmerald Dolphin Wet Clay BWEmerald Dolphin Wet Clay BW

 

 

Emerald Dolphin First Bisque Animated

Emerald Dolphin First Bisque Animated
Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Greyscale

 

I really liked this one... could be my favorite piece to date. Thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Emerald Dolphin Instagram

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Side View

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Top View

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Body Detail

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Back Detail

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Back View

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 First Bisque

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Wet Clay

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Concept Sketch Concept sketch

 

Emerald Mermaid 2.0 Rotational GIF

White Tiger

 

The tiger (panthera tigris) has to be one of the most majestic and beautiful animals in this planet's history. It is estimated that there are fewer than 4,000 of these magnificent cats currently in existence. A white tiger is a result of a rare genetic variation in the Bengal tiger subspecies (1 in 10,000 births), and also lends itself much better to a glazed ceramic medium. The stripes were created by carving tiny notches and then applying a dark ceramic glaze across the entire body and then wiping away. (See post-bisque photo below) The white is from the  natural color of the unglazed clay fired twice. For this piece I did not do a sketch but relied on stock photos. Thanks always to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

White Tiger

 

White Tiger

 

White Tiger

 

White Tiger

 

White Tiger

 

White Tiger

Post bisque with the glaze applied and then sponged off in the white sections.

 

White Tiger

Wet clay model

Octopus iPad Holder

 

A guilty pleasure of mine is doing crossword puzzles on my iPad, which I prefer doing in portrait orientation. I've been using whatever is within reach to prop up my iPad for this purpose until it struck me that designing a sculpted solution for this would be kinda cool and challenging. An octopus with its versatile tentacles and bulbous head was a nice design option for the three support points in space needed. (I also considered an elephant head using the tusks, trunk, and forehead as support points, but decided against it because just a head without the body would have looked like a game trophy.) The clay sculpting took about 6 hours, plus an hour or so of post-bisque sanding. I am quite pleased with the functionality and uniqueness of this design. I chose the emerald glaze (again) to give it a wet look... perfect for a ceramic cephalopod! Incidentally this was the first piece in which I had to hollow out the body. I hand crafted the base from poplar wood. Thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder

 

Octopus iPad Holder