Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The new and the Old

So apparently there is a big thing about rooster sculptures...that I didn't know about but got a call from a gallery, Select Southern Pottery, for carved rooster pieces and decided to give an actual rooster a shot. Here he is in his cocky glory. My friend John Malpass, potter extraordinaire, first tried his hand at it.
( i have to admit that John's rooster was the great inspiration for my rooster...Thanks John!)

These are photos of work I was doing when I was 26. Mad and angry work and encouraged by a book I was reading at the time. I can't remember the exact name of the book but something along the line of The Devil and the Idea of Evil....anyhoo, I was reading this section on the witch trials and Lordy did it make me mad! There is a whole series of these including cups, bowls and plates. I have most of them in the attic because really...who wants to be reminded of these atrocities when trying to digest food?


Mom and daughter said...

Love the rooster!!!

PS: My washer is okay today

Sister T

Undaunted said...

Wow, how did you get your rooster to balance? And how do his legs support all that weight?

I love the plates! Very powerful pieces! I wanna see more!

painter girl said...

Hey Sis T,
Thanks and I am so glad washer is working! Love you!

Hi Un D,
The legs are solid up to where the legs meet the belly. I have to do these really slowly only adding 2-3 coils at a time. Takes awhile but it is fun pushing the envelope. The tail just about tipped him over. We'll have to see if he makes it through the firing!

Undaunted said...

Oh I see, do you mean you build them slowly so that the legs gradually dry and become stronger before adding more and more weight? I hope he fires well!

JafaBrit's Art said...

oh my, your rooster is fabulous, he looks rather cheeky :) enjoyed seeing some of your earlier work.