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  KIT AND KA-POODLE, A CERAMIC PORTRAIT SCULPTURE

  

   

  • This hand-built sculpture is made of cone 6 stoneware clay. It takes the form of a two-pocketed knapsack. Sculpted poodles emerge from opposite side pockets. They represent life-like portraits of the two toy poodles, Donner and Dasher, owned by the buyer who commissioned this work.
  • Slab construction was used for the body of the piece. Templates were made for its faux leather pattern. Serial formation of the templates, created one at a time as the structure was being worked out, made the design of the work more spontaneous and fluid. Zippers are press mold.
  • Construction sequence: Initially fired to cone 06. Faux leopard print, patent leather and dogs' features hand-painted with underglazes. Fired again to cone 5/6. Gold and mother of pearl lusters applied. Refired to cone 018. More lusters applied. Final firing to cone 019. Various cold finishes added, such as enamel, varnish and acrylic paints.
  • Size: 9.5" x 12.0" x 8.0".
  • Date: 2008.
  • A commissioned work.
  • Sold to a Texas collector.

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