A friend suggested I continue my chimeric female sculpture series with an angel. As usual I started with a concept sketch and adapted it along the way. This piece took much longer than I had anticipated, and I actually ran out of time. Based on my experience with the mermaid mug and the water bearer, I didn't bother adding a whole lot of detail to the face since most of it gets obscured by the glaze.

Somehow a crack line formed along the base of the neck after the first bisque. Fortunately however, the ceramics shop owner was able to apply the glaze in such a way that the crack is virtually unnoticeable. The name of the glaze is "Sky Barley."

I also noticed that the fluted shape of the vase makes the plant stems slant considerably to either side. To correct this I sculpted an ornate stem holder that would rest within the vase. This wasn't part of the original design, but I think it makes the piece more functional and interesting. (Note: The first three pics below are without the stem holder.)





Ornate stem holder








As a departure from making something functional, I wanted to create a pure sculpture as a wedding gift for a friend. The bride and groom were Aquarius and Leo respectively, which made for a nice theme from an artistic standpoint as well as something practical to shape in clay. I even made a custom base for the piece. The name of the ceramic glaze is "Peacock."


Pre-glaze bisque.


Post glaze (Peacock) with wood base. Digital photography just cannot capture the iridescent and color shifting qualities of this beautiful ceramic glaze. 


Concept sketches


Did a little paper folding based on designs of some of the world's best origami artists. John Montroll is my favorite, and I've even memorized a few of his models. This time however I decided to try some others for a change of pace. From left to right: Nicolas Gajardo (Horse - Pink), Robert Lang (Blue Shark), Komatsu Hideo (Horse - Yellow), and Noboru Miyajima (Dog).

A while ago I got into model ship building and in the process sculpted two figureheads (note the difference in the sword and facial features) and some ornaments (a cathead, a stern relief, and a miniature cello and violin which were carved out of African mahogany). I ended up converting the first figurehead into a desk piece. For more photos and information about my first model ship build, check out my HMS Surprise Build Blog.

Over the years I've carved a lot of Halloween pumpkins, mostly for work related parties or contests. My primary tool has always been a Swiss army knife, but I've also used wood chisels in my last two pumpkins to add more details.



Goblin Pumpkin - Swiss army knife


Halloween pumpkin

Skull Pumpkin (Lit) - Swiss army knife


Skull Pumpkin - Swiss army knife


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 Contemplation of Mortality Pumpkin - Swiss army knife and drill (for the pupil)


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Contemplation of Mortality Pumpkin (Side 1)


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Contemplation of Mortality Pumpkin (Side 2)


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Ghoulish Pumpkin - Swiss army knife and chisel


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Demonic Pumpkin (Side 1) - Swiss army knife and chisel


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Demonic Pumpkin (Side 2)


My carving process. I based this pumpkin on a picture of a demon I found on the internet. The thickness of the pumpkin dictates the amount of detail I am able to add.  I've seen some very cool pumpkins carved by real professionals on the web - amazing what can be done with this versatile fruit.


At my last company I won the annual Halloween pumpkin carving contest 4 years in a row. I left in my fifth year just two months before Halloween. (They gave me a new trophy with the spelling error corrected for 2013)


Four time repeat Halloween Pumpkin Carving Champion 2010 - 2013.