Tag Archives: statue

Ark of the Covenant

20 Nov

I’ve just completed an Ark of the Covenant replica for a friend’s church. I built a box and lid, then carved all of the side panels and ornaments by hand out of poplar and basswood before covering with gold leaf. It’s been an epic spiritual journey for me, unfolding in the arena of arts and crafts. Now, it’s finished.


‘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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Marge Thompson, Norm Thompson’s Wife, AS THE SUN

22 Apr

That’s my artsy title for this Sun Face, to be mass produced in my Dickensian workshop as hep garden art. I was going to say “… In Her Aspect As THE SUN,” but that ¬†would make a presumptuous, bulky title.

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Crescent Moon with Shadow Glaze

8 Apr

My latest crescent moon has yellow pigment blown on from below, and blue molten glass blown on from above. I’m trying to create a shadow effect, which shows primise, though it needs tweaking yet.

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Blessed Virgin Mary, Young Mom

30 Jan

Having dropped off my Teenage Blessed Virgin Mary at the kiln for bisque firing, I started worrying that I hadn’t dried it thoroughly enough, and that it might explode. So I made another. Here, I tried to capture the look of Mary perhaps at the young mom stage of life, a period when there’s so much historical blank space.

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And Yet, Another Face-Pot

21 Oct

Just couldn’t resist making one last face-pot before calling it a night.

And Still Yet Another Face Pot

23 Sep

I usually rough out the shape just with my fingertips and no tools. I have dozens of ingeniously designed and crafted little clay tools, most of which I will never, ever use. You can do 90% of sculpting with thumb and fingertips, which give a constant stream of feedback through the sense of touch. After the fingertip work, I usually add detail and do a lot of fussing around with tools. But this this time I left well enough alone.

And Yet Another FacePot

23 Sep

An early failed attempt at throwing a largish pot left me with a lopsided, uneven, elliptical unusable pot– Perfect for sculpting. I love the low entry point of starting with something that I was on the verge of throwing away. Nothing to lose.

A Portrait Mask

23 Jul

Here’s another mask, which I’m keeping moist around the edges while thinking of what to add.

Heironymous Bouffant: Respect the Hairdresser!

19 Jul

If I’ve ever made fun of a fussy hairdresser, I take it all back. I had an ingenious plan for how I was going to build this Bouffant. But my grudging satisfaction with the front view, my and lack of concern about the back formed two converging lines that just met. I have officially declared this sculpture done. Actually, I love all the little mistakes because I can see them and they’re lessons learned now (e.g., the vaguely confused, surprised look wasn’t intended– but now I think I know what causes it.)

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