I'm still playing around with the idea of Fukunokami Jar. The ones made of brown clay look more like Asian deities than the creamy colored one which was made of white clay. The pointy and square hats seem winners. Sorry that my process is slow, but I will have a selection of them ready by this year's Fall Colors Art Studio Tour, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 & 22. Hope many of you will plan to come.
The dove at the foot of the figure is supposed to go into her hands when it is completed. Of course, she is not going to wear the green gloves. The entire piece will be painted in subdued colors. I have to rely on your imagination for now, but I hope my message against gun violence is conveyed to you even at this stage.
While I took a break from social media, I experimented a lot with new finishing techniques. More experimentation is needed, but I feel ready to try them on my new pieces. I may ruin them, but that is a part of ceramic art. Something interesting may come out of it. Please look forward to it.
The second jar is ready. The beret seems to go with the face better than the first prototype, but it will be very difficult to make a mold of it. I'm going to experiment with a few more different hats. It's kinda fun.
I thought this pose would be structurally challenging as the whole weight needed to be supported by the small ankles. That problem was easily solved by placing many supports as you see in the photos. The most difficult part was to come up with right body proportions. I attempted to fix it, but still the deltoids look too big, and the face, too small. She does not look like a petite Asian woman.... :-(
I worked on the composition of next sculpture, which will incorporate painting in the background. As "round" pre-stretched canvas come only in certain sizes, I gave more time in the preparation, so that the finished piece would go well with a 20" round canvas that I was going to purchase for this project. I will sleep over this tonight. It will be a lot easier if I return to the original idea of using a rectangular canvas for the background.
Here is the second prototype of Fukunokami Jar. In Japanese folklore, the God of Good Fortune wears a beret, and this piece portrays that tradition. I'll make a few more models with different hats and then decide which one works the best for production. Meanwhile I'm enjoying the creative process.
Some of you may remember that I asked for your input regarding what the little buddhas should lean against. You suggested something soft and comfy. In order to give that illusion, I covered the clay surface with dried tea leaves and lichen called old man's beard. The sculpture makes me think of spring. Stay warm, everyone!
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
About "Art in Process"
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