The sleeper

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Here’s a reclining male I recently finished sculpting. The model was fantastic. This piece is about 19 inches long.

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The Good Dream

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This work can be seen in progress here: A Puncture Saves a Thousand Curves

Gifts of Gold

My daughter, Brooke Marchesseault, represented Martin GT Magnet Middle School in the Wake County event called Gifts of Gold  with a sculpture she made of a jaguar.  Yes, that’s right, a sculpture.  In this event, each art teacher from each school in Wake County can enter a single student. This was a great honor.

I had never laid eyes on this sculpture of hers until last night at the show. It is beautiful. She worked from a small, flat photograph and produced a prowling cat. in clay. She used underglazes to create a gorgeous, spotted coat on her jaguar. 

The show is currently on display at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on South Street. I’ll post a picture of the sculpture as soon as I’m able to take one.

I’m so proud of her.

Sharing the Light

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. :P~  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.”

A Puncture Saves a Thousand Curves

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Here is a clay sketch with channels cut before finishing. This sculpture is finished and in the drying process now. About 19 inches long.

In the Rubble

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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.

Small Gust of Wind

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I’ll sand her after she’s fired to giver her a nice, smooth finish. She is 13 inches tall.