I was recently asked to make a large porcelain sculpture for a residential home that was just being built. I love to work with architects and clients to incorporate my sculptures into a space. My sculptures often become an emotional, visual accent and a contrast to the often straight lines of buildings.
The architect, client and myself discussed the plans and visualized the materials and space surrounding the sculpture.
Then I went to work creating sketches for the team to see out of clay. The theme that the client wanted was one relating to family and love, so I visualized and created a way I could interpret their vision in clay.
The pieces were so large I had to rent a specialized kiln that would fire the sculptures.
I very carefully transported the unfired sculptures to the kiln in my van. I made two extra sculptures in case one was harmed in transportation or in the firing process.
After the first firing was done I brought the work back to my studio to finish before taking them back to the large kiln for the final firing.
Assembling and coating the surfaces of the sculptures in my studio gave me a chance to reflect on the finished pieces.
Then I packaged them up for a trip to the client's beautiful new home to be installed.
The sculpture is at the entrance to their new home and greets the guests with it being the first thing they see as they enter. It's looks quite small in this photo although it's almost 50' tall.