Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:50 PM
Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:40 PM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:43 AM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:46 PM
was that hotel the Pontiac? something else before the word Pontiac or after it. or maybe the Book Cadillac?
Detroit had a lot of beautiful buildings with fabulous tilework by Pewabic. I was born there and I lived in awe of the architecture . so many public spaces were filled with such wonderful things that are no longer around. belle isle park had fabulous fountains of marble and bronze. I remember being driven to the park to cool off on hot summer nights in the 1940s. hudson's department store had 13 stories of shopping downtown in a great building with tiles around the drinking fountains on each floor.
the decorative uses of terracotta outside was outstanding. similar things can be seen in new York's Tribeca area. nostalgia.......................
I hope your lions will be used somewhere visible by the public and they that will be inspiring to someone young.
Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:25 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:13 AM
That would be that you are making more of a monkey with a mane than a lion, with the round head, bulbous maw and nose that is balloon shape ... you are missing some of the subtly that is inherent with a giant cat. the nose should blend into the upper lip, have a flat top on the nose ridge the bottom jaw be slightly smaller and while the head and the maw are two different aspects, they should blend a little more which can be done by shaping the top of the head from a ball to more of a tear drop shape since there isn't really a defined cheek bone ridge like that of a monkey. It's a tiny change, but again ... it's about subtlety when working with a relief like that.
I do like the stylizing of the mane though, it adds something that works well with the simple strength of the head. Can't wait to see it finished.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:56 AM
as I said, i changed the head and nose to reflect more of a consistant flow from head to maw and removed some chin and that is all.
Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:04 AM
Yeah buddy! now it's starting to get fierce!
Getting there slowly but surely, I did some minor tweeks today after that picture, I got busy on other things, but I'll probably play with it tomorrow.
When I hollow it out from the back soon, I will now be hollowing things out more than before since I do plan on firing this in the kiln at some point after a mold is made of it.
I usually have made the molds when the models are bone dry, but I did a test making a silicone mold of a still damp model as Smooth-On tech support said the formula I use can be used even underwater, maybe molding this before it's dry and shrinks will be good to keep the full size. Stiil, I don't really want to spend the $200 right now on materials when I don't have an actual sale pending on a cast of it.
I'll probably take it to cone 1 which will be slightly darker than the cone 01 sample in this image:
That's a nice-looking clay below cone 4. I live in Lizella so I'm always pushing Lizella Red. Have you ever tired it? At cone 4 it would still be a lot closer to the cone 01 color than the sample above, so maybe harder and more durable.
"But it does move," said Galileo under his breath.
Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:20 PM
Also, I love that winged lion sculpture. How do you load that into the kiln?
Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:56 PM
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, (dammmmcaps lock) ceramics monthly ran an article on very large horses fired in place with combustible materials piled around them. they were done in India, if I am remembering it correctly, and were lifesize. can one of the staff find this article?
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