30 Days #30!! Great White Egret

30 Days #30!! Great White Egret

The final piece for the challenge!

I had another white surface for a miniature prepped and what’s more fitting than a great white egret?

I really wanted to capture the sinuous neck with light and shadow in the white clay.

When I was first married we rented a place down on the RI shore and they were one of my favorite things to see every year. They’re so elegant as they stalk through the water hunting or fly over the waves.

It’s 2.5×3″ within the frame. The eye is a yellow glass seed bead with a tiny dot of dark brown paint added in the center for a pupil.

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30 Days #24-29. Dragons’ Eyes

30 Days #24-29. Dragons’ Eyes

Working in a series is often faster, at least when it comes to something like these dragon’s eye pendants.

Each one is sculpted individually with lots of hand formed scales, but I made them all within a span of two days. It was faster to do all of the eye decoration, then all of the sculpting, all of the color etc, then to do one at a time from end to end.

That and I enjoy making variations in shape and color and it gives me a chance to play. 🙂

I found out a grant went through and these are class samples for a workshop I’ll be teaching at a school in April. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.

There’s a possibility I’ll be teaching them earlier as well to my clay guild, but I haven’t heard yet.

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30 Days #23. SeaGull.  And the State of the Challenge

30 Days #23. SeaGull. And the State of the Challenge

I started this one at lunch yesterday and pulled it out of the oven just a few minutes ago.

Should I add a touch of grey and black like the real gull has, or leave it alone?

So, the challenge overall…

You may have noticed this is piece 23 and today is the 27th so I’m a little bit behind.

It’s been busy, I did a fair number of multi-day pieces, and the last couple days I’ve felt a bit under the weather. Not too bad, just really really tired like I’m fighting something off.

And I still have to do a last minute tax form for RI before the end of the month. (Don’t ask me why they only send it 10 days before it’s due.)

I’m planning to catch up if I can, but I’m not too worried about it.

I’ve had fun. I’ve been consistently sculpting. And I made a lot of work I’m really proud of.

It’s been a success either way.

Now I have to decide between a nap and going back to the studio… I’m really not sure which will win 🙂

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30 Day Challenge #22 – Wolf

30 Day Challenge #22 – Wolf

I’ve had a photo of this wolf set aside for years. I think it was a picture from the Oregon zoo, but it’s been so long, I don’t remember for sure.

This is another miniature in Cernit.

I like how it came out, but I think the real strength of the translucent white is with smoother sculptures like the frog.

I think the wolf would have looked better all white at a larger scale.

It’s only 2.5″ high and I thought it needed a bit more contrast, so I did use some acrylic paint to add a touch of depth to the trees and fur.

What do you think? Should I have left it alone?

I’m thinking of molding this one and doing a couple variations, so it’s not too late to give me your opinion. 🙂

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30 Days #21. Bullfrog

30 Days #21. Bullfrog

I posted this yesterday to Instagram. Follow me there if you want to see the images first.

The nice thing about the blog is I can give a few more details.

This is a miniature – only 3 inches wide – based on a photo of a bullfrog.

This was another 3 to 1 mix of Cernit Doll White (which is practically translucent) to regular White (which is still partially translucent). I really love this combination. I’d like to try some larger pieces with it later on.

The eye is green irridescent glass, although it looks darker in contrast to the white clay. Frog’s pupils are actually rather football shaped so I could add a little paint on the bead, but I’m not sure it needs it.

I was originally going to sculpt more of a background, but simple, smooth shapes look so gorgeous in this color, and I liked the smoothness of the background.

And maybe it’s just because I’ve been more careful about cleaning my hands, but the Cernit doesn’t seem to pick up as many smudges as Premo. I’ll have to do a one to one comparison at some point to see.

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30 Days #20. Dodo Express

30 Days #20. Dodo Express

This was a fun one.

I took a bit of a shortcut since I already had a dodo sculpted and molded, but it had some major sculptural surgery.

Originally it was just standing there with a curved neck.

I put the head way out in front, straightened the neck, changed the leg positions, reconnected and feathered the body, pulled out the wing…

And made him into a messenger.

Really happy with how it came out.

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30 Days #19. In the White Woods

30 Days #19. In the White Woods

I’ve been busy. At work, at home, dealing with a damaged car and teaching a class.

So.. I’m a bit behind on the challenge.

But I’ve got all my forgot me nots framed and I had a chance to make this 4″ sgraffito piece the other day.

It was meant to be quick and simple but I spent a couple hours on it and I think it came out pretty cool.

I like the stark white and black and how it looks a bit mysterious.

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30 Days # 18. Salamander

30 Days # 18. Salamander

We’ve just started watching an anime called The Ancient Magus’ Bride which is full of really cool fantasy creatures.

One of them was the Salamander this little guy is based on. So you could consider this fan art. 🙂

It’s not quite the same. I made the eye bigger, made the tail more like a true water dwelling salamander and changed the color.

But I think it’s just as cute. 🙂

This is another Cernit Doll White and ordinary White mix. I really love that clay combo.

I used pan pastels to color it after it was baked, to keep some of the translucent look.




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# 17. Mica Magic Class

# 17. Mica Magic Class

Here are the pieces I started as demo’s in my Mica Magic class today.

It was a great class and you can see all the wonderful work the students made below.

We covered textures and molds and making flat work dimensional… And of course how to apply all those gorgeous mica powders. Everyone had a chance to finish several pieces, and there was a combination of jewelry and hanging art.

I’m counting my class pieces as #17 in the challenge since I’m behind 🙂 Combination of work, errands (including the autobody shop), and getting ready for the class. It’s been a busy week.

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