Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Never Too Many Owls
Last summer when I went to the NIADA conference, I took a wonderful workshop from Connie Smith on sculpting animal doll heads in stoneware. For the class, she made a little set of sculpting tools for each of her students. She made them by whittling bamboo chopsticks, and one of those tools is the most useful sculpting tool I have. It's like a tiny pointed spoon and I use it to form eyes, among many other things - such as the "tile" roof on my fairy garden house.
On this piece I used it for the smaller feathers you see on the forehead and upper wings. But what I really need is a variation on that tool. Instead of pressing in on the feather tips, I need the tool to press into the "v" shaped space between the feathers. In fact, a variety of sizes would be useful. So I guess I'd better get out for Chinese food and bring home some chopsticks!
This is supposed to be a druid owl, complete with leafy chaplet and the celtic cross on his chest. When I started to tackle making the celtic cross I expected it to be really difficult, but it went surprisingly smoothly.
This is no particular species of owl, but is loosely modeled on the burrowing owl which, unfortunately, I don't think is an inhabitant of traditionally celtic lands.
All the details were the most enjoyable part of this piece. Now I'm contemplating how to glaze him.