As I thought this would be a perfect image to send out on Thanksgiving Day, I worked until 1:30 last night to finish this. The result makes me smile. Hope it does to you, too. Happy Thanksgiving!
This is my first attempt incorporating found objects in my sculpture. A piece of aged wood from the Skyline Wilderness seems perfect for this trial. Hopefully colors will work out together through different media.
Thank you Claudia and Lynnette. Taking your advice, I have decided to leave the original concept of this sculpture the way it is. While re-attaching her to the paper crane hanger, I changed the title from SKY to LITTLE MESSENGER OF PEACE. She flies with my humble wishes to spread joy and peace in this world.
This was made during my last sculpting class, while demonstrating slab-building techniques, incorporating wires (buttons) and paper towels (skirt) in the figure. She initially held an abstract wire sculpture in her hand, but it was stuck to a container in the kiln. Its replacement was a spiral shell. It in turn decided her colors and the title MESSAGE FROM THE SEA.
I think this child's face resembles fukuno-kami (the god of good fortune on the above right). No wonder people are drawn to the smile. I plan to make a silicon mold out of this model. If successful, it will be used to make not only LITTLE BUDDHA, but also mugs and jars.
I read 2 instructional books on silicon mold, but if any of you are experienced with this medium, your advice will be appreciated.
This girl was sculpted 5 years ago when I was a novice sculptor. I was then scared to fire it above cone 05 (about 1900˚F). I now know it can be fired about 200˚F higher to make it more durable without loosing its integrity. While preparing her for re-firing, I thought I could put her on a toy horse rather than hanging her under paper cranes. What do you think?
I watched an excellent documentary film on owls. No wonder wisdom is a symbolic meaning of the owl.
"A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?” ~Unknown
This LITTLE BUDDHA is a part of time exchange. My friend helped me install a furnace return this summer, and I am paying his labor with what I am good at. To be fair with him with the time spent for my home improvement project, I am helping him insulate his basement as well. In my opinion, time exchange is an excellent way to develop friendship.
Thank you Chuck and Marie. Hope your daughter will like this piece.
During the summer, I was engaged in home improvement and gardening. Finally last month, I returned to creative work. You might remember I sculpted one similar to this at the beginning of this year. This time textures were added to the surface, and it will be hung on the wall in front of a painting. It will be interesting to incorporate different media into my ceramic work. Please look forward to it.
Finally all the LITTLE BUDDHAs are ready to go. I am helping the Dahl curator layout the show next Wednesday. We are thinking of displaying these LITTLE BUDDHAs near the entry and having them welcome all the visitors. The opening reception of the show is scheduled for next Friday, 5-7 pm. Hope to see many of you there.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.