A Studio Update for the New Year

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Last March we bought a townhouse on the far eastern edge of the Phoenix AZ metro area, up against the Superstition Mountains wilderness. It’s to be our off-season getaway, in some of the months when Colorado is less than perfect. (Hard to believe that it is ever not perfect!) That purchase was spurred by the fact that we chose to do a big remodel to the Colorado house. Entire main level, basically. It finally got underway in early October last year so we were in the AZ place until last week. About a month later than planned, but that’s nothing new with house remodels!

And then just to torture myself, I custom glazed 60 tiles to be used in the new kitchen countertop backsplash.

We’re in the last throes of unpacking the house but there are also workers coming and going. (I think we’ll have the plumbing done in the bathroom today, yaaay!) Plus house guests next week. I did get my studio all unpacked and I’m able to work in there now. But it’s still somewhat chaotic around here and I’m a month later than I wanted to be for art-related goals for 2023.

I was hoping to debut an OF china edition at the BreyerWest event in Denver next month, but I’m waiting on the bisques from England and they’ve had some kind of hack in their postal system. I don’t even have a piece to photograph yet. I don’t want to rush glazing the test samples etc. so I think I’m not going to push it for the BW event. It’s not really my market anyway; china fans if you follow me on Facebook you will not miss out!

I’m still hoping to get a bunch of custom painted OF-style Breyers for BW. I have a nice stash of bodies! But since we got back to CO a month late, everything is late and they all need to have their existing finish stripped off first. I have so many things I want to do RIGHT NOW, that I’m finding it hard to prioritize!

The new Irish Draught stud sculpture in progress.

I have been working on a new sculpture in my slow old-school-clay way. I only work maybe 3 hours a week at most on him because I’ve got such a busy life and this is all just a hobby for me now. But this Irish Draught stud (working title: Fearghas) is making steady progress and really just down to all the many refinements. I am SO excited to get him done; it’s my ultimate type of horse breed and sort of a tribute to all the sport horses I’ve done so far, but hopefully the best of them all.

I don’t have an urgent agenda for it, as with pretty much everything in my arty life these days. It is 1/9 scale now but I want to have it scanned into a digital format and output in a smaller scale, for both ceramic edition and resin. I will not be issuing any 3D printed copies or “micro-mini” scale; probably nothing smaller than about 4″ tall in resin and maybe about 7″ tall in ceramic. It’s all still to be worked out because I haven’t even fully researched where best to get the digital work done or who has space in their schedule for resin casting these days. I’ll probably bring the clay sculpt along to my BreyerWest AG table for viewing, or possibly the master resin cast if I get that far by the 3rd week of February.

Custom glazed grulla Streetwise QH bone china coming next week

In the ceramics department I will continue to finish custom glazed pieces in my “Denderah” Arabian edition. It all comes down to getting white ware from England, and I need a couple more! I also want to pick out a few more pieces from my white ware hoard and get more things glazed and out in the world. But… I only have access to my kiln in Colorado and we will go back to AZ for April and most of May, then we have a big 40th anniversary trip to Europe planned for a couple weeks late May/early June… sooooo there’s my usual problem. Life is too much fun to be in the studio. Plus my husband Paul is now 1.5 years into remission from his cancer so after 3 years of doing almost nothing, we are getting OUT! Hooray!

If you’ve been following me over on Facebook (or to a lesser extent Instagram) where I do most of my studio news (yes I’m now OLD and will NEVER do tiktok or anything like that at this point plus I hate video for some reason), I’ve got two Streetwise QH bone chinas almost ready to sell. I think they’ll go up for an offers auction on Tuesday Jan 24 on the FB page.

There’s probably other news but that’s it for now. Wally says HI from snow land!