Equestrian Head Study Sculpture
A unique sculpture in a metallic glaze
Horses have always been a passion of mine. At school I’d happily sit and draw them instead of paying attention in French lessons. Usually they would have a kind eye, flicked ears and be Arab in type. This sculpture is the physical realisation of those horses I would sketch in my workbooks.
Size – Approx 22cm in height by 26cm in length.
Material – Stoneware clay and glaze. Stamped underneath with my logo.
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How they were made
Mud, glorious mud! well, professional-grade stoneware clay from the UK to be precise.
Out of the bag the clay needs, “wedging,” to remove any air trapped that can later cause problems during firing. Wedging is physical and theraputic!
This piece was built using the ancient coiling technique which involves rolling coils and building the shape up in layers to create a hollow form (solid structures are more likely to blow up during firing as any moisture left tries to escape.) It’s a slow process -you can’t rush the build as the form may just collapse under its own weight.
After allowing them to dry a little I was able to shape and sculpt the details to bring out their character.
Next was the bisque firing – a progressive heating programme to reach 1060°C.
Once cooled (48 hours later) I was able to hand paint three layers of metallic glaze.
Next was the glaze firing – this time the temperature reaches 1245°C, this is where the alchemy and magic happens and gives the surface the final appearance.
To finish off the sculpture I added a separately fired black clay base which was then attached to her.