Tag Archives: sculpture study

Sculpting Facial Expressions

17 Feb

In efforts to take my sculpting skills to the next level, I’m going to try to have 100 practice sessions in which I make various facial expressions. This is No. 7, so 7 down, 93 to go.

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‘We Don’t Kill Easy’

30 Apr

Rash mold-making shortcuts left me with a gooey mess of uncured silicone. In utter despair, I tossed the mold, original stuck firmly inside, out in the yard. After a few rainy nights and warm days, I was going to throw it in the trash when, miraculously, the original popped out. I poured some Rockite into the tatterdemalion mold, and got THIS! With luck, this un-dead mold will now produce 60 or more copies just like this one, which proudly bears the title “SFb001”, destined to go down in Kenny Smillie history as The Sun Face That Didn’t Kill Easy.

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Cowlike Gargoyle

2 Sep

Another gargoyle head is done. This one turned out more bovine-looking, or maybe doglike.

Finished That Gargoyle

1 Sep

The latest gargoyle is done. I feel a series coming on.

New Gargoyle

31 Aug

I have a new gargoyle in the works. I’ll do the head tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be a bored gargoyle.

The Other Gargoyle

29 Aug

The second bookend gargoyle is done. Instead of quietly pondering his books, this one is waxing eloquent.

Busy Busy Busy

13 Jul

I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been making stuff. Today was a second firing of a second batch of leaf trays. The incremental improvement continues. This time the glaze is a little better chosen and applied, the plates are a little smoother. Next time, I’ll ask people what they want, and start focusing on usable designs and sizes. I think people are going to want bigger plates than I’ve been making.

Art Deco Face

13 Jul

My art deco face finished its second firing. I painted it black and put a deep green glaze on it. Very happy, except one of the swans’ beaks chipped off in handling. I can use art restoration tech to fix it so nobody will ever know.

 

Inventory

4 Jul

I tossed up some shelves to verticalize my inventory. Some day, I want to have one of those ladders on rollers like you see in old libraries. Gotta make more stuff first.

Big Kiln Day Tomorrow

2 Jul

Tomorrow’s a first-firing kiln day. So I’ve been furiously sanding, scraping and buffing frog trays and leaf plates. It’s my second go at the leaf plates, so the technique feels a little smoother, less experimental, more confident, and fixed– except my frogs … the more I make, the worse they seem to get.

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