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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

pondering life

Just 12" tall from tip of wing to tip of toe, this little lady is a part of my more recent explorations into adding ceramics to my mixed media arsenal. Rather than being mounted on a base, she is "free-sitting" for placement on a shelf or mantel. Supported by a tiny wire, the bird illustrates her fleeting thoughts as she ponders the single egg in the nest on her lap. 

After she was bisque fired, I applied a wash of black iron oxide and then wiped most of it off, with the iron staying in the nooks and crannies. She was then fired a final time, with the result being a very matte, organic feel, rather than smooth and glossy. While made of stoneware, her hair is wire, her legs swing freely, and she is subtly tinted with oil paint. 

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