Posted on July 20, 2009 by kimiam
After slicing off the crown of the head with a wire tool, you can see the clay of this portrait bust enrobes a center of crumpled newspaper on the armature. I’ve set the crown aside and will keep it in tact so that it can be replaced later in the process. This portrait bust is larger than life, requiring about 50 pounds of water-based clay.
The newspaper has absorbed moisture from the clay so it tears apart easily. It must be removed and the walls of the sculpture must be thinned. I use a ribbon tool to shave away clay from the inside walls.
In the photos below, the sculpture is freed from its armature and placed on a wooden board. It is now hollow. About twenty five or thirty pounds of clay have been removed from the inside.
You see channels have been punched through. These are necessary only if the sculpture is to be fired. If you were to cast the sculpture, you could skip this step. The channels allow air and moisture to escape thick walls of clay during the heating process in a kiln. Without them, the sculpture is more likely to explode in the kiln.
The outer surface of the clay is smoothed over, concealing the channels from the outside. The channels open toward the inside and will vent through the bottom of the sculpture.
The model will sit for me one more time after the smoothing of the channels is complete.
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Posted on July 19, 2009 by kimiam
Here is the continuation of the previous portrait since I have changed models. I learned a lot about the differences in the ages of faces by changing from an older woman in her fifties to a younger model of age fifteen. The area around the mouth in particular, the jaw line and they eye areas are so very different. In a younger person, the eye sockets are more filled. The mouth is full. The muscles around the mouth are plump. The Jaw line is cleaner.
Teenagers are lazy! That’s the most important lesson. I have to wrestle this girl (my daughter) out of bed at two in the afternoon. She gets to sit there and read a book, but she’d prefer to lie down.
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Posted on July 15, 2009 by kimiam
Here is the very beginning of a larger than life portrait bust in clay. I had about 2 hours with the original model and, even though I think it would have been very nice looking, because she is a beautiful woman, she is in her 50′s and I realized I wanted a more youthful face. In this picture I just pulled off the plastic and started reducing along the jaw line and making changes. …and now I have a new model!
My daughter is going to pose for this portrait. She works cheap and can read a book while I sculpt!
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Posted on June 24, 2009 by kimiam
These dolphins are now making their way across the pond. After the maquette was approved, the sculpture was created in black clay, dried to leather hard, carved design according to the buyer’s specifications, spent quite some time drying, bisque fired, glazed, fired again, finished and now off to sea.
The word “hope” is carved into the bottom of the piece under the base. The glazed portion symbolizes armor.
I sure hope the new owner enjoys them.
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Posted on June 15, 2009 by kimiam
You can tell by the cobwebs.
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Posted on May 23, 2009 by kimiam
I am commissioned to sculpt a pair of dolphins with special meaning that will be given as a gift. They represent hope. One of the dolphins is slightly smaller and following behind a larger dolphin.These images are of the maquette for the final piece, which will be done in black clay.
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Posted on May 6, 2009 by kimiam
This sculpture is life-sized commission of a dystonia foot. It was purchased as a gift for the doctor who helped this woman’s son with dystonia that caused him to raise the big toes on both of his feet, and gave him trouble when he walked.
I had Lasik eye surgery yesterday after one week free of contact lenses (translate: wearing coke bottle glasses rendering me nearly blind).
It was interesting. Like a surreal party in the office. Everyone was happy. Maybe it was the valium they were handing out…or the coffee cake. Everyone loved the coffee cake made with secret recipe.
Each of us sat in our chairs, after our wavefront scans. …Some with husbands or wives on hand for support and to do the driving and eating of coffee cake. Ladies would pop in and give us eye drops constantly and offer more valium and tell us how good the coffee cake was and suggest we try it. I, personally went with the valium. Sugar is so addicting.
The woman before me was really nice. She went to the back room to get started.. A very handsome man and beautiful woman in sandals ran down the hallway after her. The man was wearing sunglasses. He said the surgery was great and he could already see better. He had just gotten off the table…
I watched as the woman I had chatted with walked toward the room for her lasik after having her corneal flaps cut by laser. She looked into the room with totally white zombee eyes (flaps a flopping) and told her husband he should come watch because they had a chair for him to sit in while they shaped her corneas. It was a bit startling.
I was next. Right eye, fantastic. I saw stars. Left eye they had trouble with and had to do the suction thingy twice. That hurt.
Surgery great. right eye easy, left eye very painful.
When I got up, I could already see better than without glasses before. pretty cool
I’m glad I had this done. I have 20/25 vision now and still improving every hour. I’ve missed you guys! I wish I had more time to write on this blog because I do love it.
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Posted on March 10, 2009 by kimiam
Here’s a reclining male I recently finished sculpting. The model was fantastic. This piece is about 19 inches long.
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Posted on March 4, 2009 by kimiam
Here is a recent Interview of me done by talented writer, Michelle Rosenthal. I’ve asked Michelle to do a guest sculpture for my blog. ~ It is important to me to continue to share that series of work I did on PTSD and it’s my aspiration that others going through this will perhaps walk away happier, more sure of themselves, with more hope than they had when they came.
Before I part with that series of sculpture, I want to show it as a group in real life, where people can actually come and see it for themselves. I’m not sure when or where this will happen, but I did finally get the courage to speak to a local gallery about it and the response is encouraging so far.
p.s. When I say “I did finally get the courage”, what I mean is I went with my friend, Ahmed Fadaam, to a gallery that had already invited him to exhibit there, to show them some of his portrait drawings, which are incredible. We walked in the door with his drawings and he says to the Director of the gallery, “We’re here to show you her [my] sculpture.”
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Posted on February 23, 2009 by kimiam
There’s something special in this pile of rubble. This was a quick sketch I did of a model that I never finished.
I abandoned it in my garage for months. I did not add the usual labyrinth of channels I like to cut into these before firing. It was completely covered so it really didn’t have a good drying program. Then temps during that time got down to about 16 degrees. This piece was very close to the door of the garage so it was well below freezing. I rediscovered it recently and I fired it just to see what would happen.
See how the figure held together? Every time a sculptor touches the clay, it becomes stronger. I love what happened with this piece.
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