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Paloma is a slip cast hollow ceramic figure with a dove in her hands and flowers in her hair. I first sculpted the solid model out of clay, then made a 5-piece plaster mold of the clay model. After strapping the plaster mold together, I filled the mold with liquid clay (slip) and let it soak into the plaster for approximately 30 minutes before pouring out the remaining liquid clay. A shell of clay clings to the inside of the plaster mold forming the casting.
After letting the casting dry over night in the mold, I opened the mold and removed the figure. Then I cleaned up the casting, removing the seam lines formed at the joints of the mold. At that time I rolled out thin slabs of clay and cut them into petal shapes, then joined them into small flowers and leaves for the hair decorations.
The casting and the hand formed flowers are then dried for two weeks, before painting them with underglaze colors (slip with oxides). The casting and the flowers are then fired at about 2000 degrees F for 4 hours. When cooled, a clear liquid glaze is applied over the entire casting and flowers, and they are fired again.
I have made 10 castings from this mold. Each one was painted and glazed differently. Each was unique. This is the last of the series - the only one remaining. Paloma is 15" high x 11" wide.
"Paloma" is priced at $350.
Other Slip Cast Sculptures
Catnap was inspired by old jade native carvings I saw when visiting Alaska. I have sold most of the ten castings I made from the original mold. Each was glazed and fired for a totally different effect. Catnap is 6" high x 8" wide x 8" deep.
"Catnap" is priced $275. each.
Catnap moss glaze
Catnap jade crackle glaze
Tahitian Woman with Flower
Seated Woman in Turquoise
I have so far made 4 castings of this seated woman. From my solid model, I made a plaster mold into which I poured liquid clay (slip), letting it dry to form a 1/4" thick casting. After the casting was dry, it was sanded, cleaned, and painted with colored slips before the first kiln firing. Then glaze was painted on and it was fired again. The flowers I have placed at their sides are hand formed from a thin slab. Each sculpture is 7" high x 5" wide x 6" deep.
These two castings of "Seated Woman" are available at $325. each.
I was inspired by a trip to Sardinia to make an abstract figure of an embracing couple with a sea theme. Over the years I have sold 7 of the 10 castings I made of this sculpture titled "Embrace." These two are unique with the blue theme on one and the other with a very textured glaze and a brown colors.
"Embrace" is priced at $350 each.
Embrace in Blues
Embrace with Browns and Crackle Glaze
Paz with Cat
Paz with Dove
The two sculptures of a seated girl to the left are made from the same mold. One I glazed in a matt and sparkled turquoise finish and placed a dove in her hands. The other I have given a hat and a cat and painted in pastel colors with a smooth glazed finish. They are both about 11" tall x 10" wide x 7" deep. Both are named Paz, meaning peace in Spanish.
Each "Paz" is priced at $275.
As Time Goes By (Front - Youth)
This hollow sculpture is one of ten slip castings made from a mold that I made of a solid clay model. It is 10" high x 10" wide x 5" deep. Each casting was glazed or painted differently. Each is unique.
The sculpture is titled "As Time Goes By." It shows a young couple from the front, and the reverse side shows them many years later. It makes a very special wedding or anniversary gift.
"As Time Goes By" is priced $275.
As Time Goes By (Back - Old)
One-of-a-Kind Slab Built Ceramic Sculptures
Sienna City 17x7x5" $185.
Midnight City 27x8x6" SOLD
Feathering 24x15x5" $425.
Nightfall 20x9x8" $375.
"Detour City" is formed from clay slabs, painted with underglazes and glaze. It is a one-of-a-kind sculpture with a niche on one side containing a homeless person inside.
The two photos below show "Detour City" from two angles. One photo shows it on a hardwood base which is available for an additional $150.
"Detour City" will sell for $425.
Detour City (back view) SOLD
Detour City (front view) SOLD
Peace 18x12x15" $550.
Blue Clown 28x17x14" $475.
Yuppie Bikers 17x23x8" $650.
Heaven's Devils Motorcycle Club 35x36x31" $1,250.
Howling 40x17x12" $475.
Around the Corner 26x18x11" $475.
Skateboarders 28x13" $750.
Tied Up in Traffic 36x15" $750.
Relaxing in the Information Age 12x10x10" $825.
I Still Get Around (Todavia me mueve) 26x18x12" $750.
Envoy to the Future 26x15x7" $650.
21st Century Venus 26x11" $650.
Ladies' Night 27x14" $750.
Heavy Metal 27x10x12" $575.
Mother's Love Lost 18x21" $750.
Margaret's Kitchen 26x21x18" $550.
Flasher of Fortune Ceramic Sculpture
"Flasher of Fortune" is built of thin clay slabs that form the hollow figure and base. I made the piece for a 1996 show on homelessness hosted by Iguana Galleries on Pacific Avenue in San Francisco. The sculpture seemed to portend the 2008 great recession.
It portrays, on one side, a successful business man with his trench coat, umbrella, briefcase, and the newspaper under an arm. He is standing over a group of buildings, one of which is the Stock Exchange on Wall Street.
As you walk around to the other side of the figure, he is a homeless man with a sack of aluminum cans to exchange for a few cents each and a sign reading, "Homeless, Will Work for Food."
Flasher of Fortune (back) 34x18x12"
Flasher of Fortune (front) 34x18x12"
Three American Farm Figures
Below are three sculptures inspired by my residence in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1987-1990. I was impressed with the beauty of the farmlands and the honesty and work ethic of the farmers there. The couple in the center sculpture are an homage to painter Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting.
Each of the sculptures is priced separately. All three can be purchased for $1,500.