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?

5 comments:

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!
Leanne

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.