I got this GREAT idea – anytime someone is generous enough to pose for me I’ll name the sculpture after them. So, here’s my latest ceramic sculpture, aptly named “Christina”, after my eldest son’s girlfriend. What can I tell you about the real Christina? I like her – she’s a “hippie chick”. And to be fair to the real Christina (if she comes across this blog entry) I should explain that I like to sculpt the female form in a “Rubenesque” fashion, meaning, voluptuous. The real Christina weights quite a bit less than what’s depicted here. I used Christina’s posing to get the proportions as close as I possibly could. This sculpture is another experiment with flowing water and mud evolving into the finished sculpture. I’ve grown very attached to this process of hollowing out the sculpture at the same time that I’m creating it. When Christina is glazed she’ll be mostly shades-of-blue to depict the “water” and earth-tones for depicting the “mud” that forms her face and body.
In the “finished…a few more liberties taken…but, but…I’m an artist” category: I had a bit of trouble with her left foot and right hand – I just couldn’t “see” them clearly. For me, when I can’t “see” clearly, sculpting is like being in a dark but familiar room. I know what’s in the room and the approximate location of all the stuff in the room but I still might bump into something. I bumped into her left foot and right hand.