Marcia Kuperberg: artist - Oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media. Miniaturist. Ceramicist

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Husband's head now has a scalp!

I finally released his head from the vase (he was modelled around the vase in order to ensure his head was hollow). It's important to hollow out anything thick -sorry, Louis!- in ceramics as otherwise it might shatter when in the kiln during firing. I had to perform the surgery of slicing his head behind the ears and then rejoining the pieces. 
Marcia Kuperberg sculpting clay head of husband, Louis.However I ran out of space when the head was on the vase and couldn't give him a proper neck or a base. Solution: make this as a separate piece with the collar at the back to hide the join of head to neck, and the jutting out chin to hide the join in the front - that's the plan, anyway, and I'll soon start working on the neck/collar. 

The clay head was modelled around a vase to make the hollow-out process easier.
I'm thinking about the final finish - the main possibilities being:

  1. all shiny white china
  2. matt finish skin tone, details such as wrinkles and recessed areas picked out with dark oxide, with glazed shiny white hair.
  3. metallic look using a special glaze that gives the appearance of a metallic dark bronze.

I've applied techniques 2) and 3) to the small heads and will see the results soon. This will help decide what the finished full size head will look like. Watch this space.

2 Comments to Husband's head now has a scalp!:

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Gilda on 01 February 2014 21:55
You are a solver of artistic problems, Marce. I hope you post pictures of the smaller heads. I continue to be amazed at your wonderful output.
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Marcia on 01 February 2014 23:46
Thanks, Gil. I will post pix of the smaller 'test' heads. On one, I made half the head with brown in the creases (to emphasis the detail) and the other half with dark grey. The dark grey looked better - left the rest in natural white/cream clay. The second small head was a bigger disappointment, as even though the bronze glaze looked good as a colour, it melted into all the creases/crevices and therefore lost the detail.

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