Thursday, February 20, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt sculpted portrait sketch finished

 Here is the finished sculpt - started as Mystery Sculpt #2. This is a small scale sketch in clay (called a maquette) that I'll use as reference when sculpting a life-sized portrait sculpture later.

This was created using ceramic paperclay, hollowed out and seamed back together, then fired in a kiln. The patina is layers of transparent acrylic glaze and the sculpt is mounted on a double round back wood base.

Measures 7.5"h x 5"w x 6" deep.
Portrait sculpture bust of Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Orator - Frederick Douglass Sculpture Portrait fired with patina

 The ceramic sculpture portrait of Frederick Douglass has been fired and it came through beautifully. The heavy, groggy clay had little shrinkage and retained it's rough and earthy qualities. I have layered different pigments for the final patina and had the photos taken.

This life-sized bust, The Orator, can be seen on my website and you can see the process of sculpting this portrait, including the original clay maquette (sketch) on this blog as well as on my website