Two Finished and One Started

Here are pictures of a china Optime Arabian and china Halfling Boreas that were just completed today.

And now for something completely different…
Yesterday I started a new bas relief sculpted tile. This is going to be a portrait of my dog KitKat’s grandfather, a Keeshond, who passed away this past summer. His name is Ch Sherwood A*Starz Chips Ahoy, aka “Skipper”. (Gotta love those show dog names…!)

The photo is of the tile just started; there’s a lot of work to go to make it really look like Skipper. (I noticed that the head is not at all the right shape yet!) I am using “Classic Clay” (a non-hardening oil clay) and working on a piece of 1/4″ acrylic I had cut to the tile size target (will be a 6×6″ tile when fired). Sculpting right on the acrylic, I get a smooth background to work on and I don’t have to sculpt the tile itself, only the bas relief art. If all goes as planned, I will be hand-casting these tiles in my own molds in earthenware clay.