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!

Fine Bone China “Denderah” Commission Available

UPDATE: Sold, thank you!

I’ve decided to take a commission on my Denderah Arabian stallion sculpture, a very limited edition in fine bone china. To be glazed to the color of your choice.

I want to glaze one this fall but not feeling inspired on color, so you get to choose!

A few overall terms:

  1. Ideally I’d like it to be paid in full by the end of September. I want to have it finished by then because we’re leaving for Arizona and then no more kiln until December! But I may allow more time to pay depending on the commission.
  2. The finish will be glossy.
  3. Email me at karen@westerlydesign.com or message me on Facebook with a reference photo of your idea, or at least a description of what color you’re thinking of. It can’t be any shade of chestnut, bay, or palomino.
  4. I will choose the proposal I’m interested in and then we’ll discuss price and details. Price range will be $1500-$2500 depending on complexity of color.

Thank you!

CMG Matte Black Boreas up for offers on FB

First, The Boreas Backstory

In 2004, my Boreas Percheron sculpture was put into production in English bone china by Alchemy Ceramics. To kick it off, an OF matte black edition was sold. There were 10 pieces plus 2 artists proofs. In 2005 I entered my personal artist proof into the American Academy of Equine Artists (AAEA) Annual Fall Juried Equine Art show. It was accepted, and it also won the show’s top sculpture prize, the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Sculpture!!

I never dreamed it would win anything, and the pieces entered into the show all had to be for sale so I had to put a price on it (one which I thought was very high at the time), and it SOLD! I was pretty sad about that because my proof was really really matte and I expected to keep it. The subsequent OF ones made were all somewhere between satin and glossy. I was never able to get that super matte finish like the one in the AAEA show that sold. And I never found out who bought the piece in person at the show in Kentucky. I didn’t attend the show. I regret not doing that too! But I never dreamed I’d win an award either! Photos of this proof still remain the iconic one that I use on my website.

I’ve always thought that black was the most appropriate color for Boreas, especially because I was inspired to sculpt this work when I saw Percheron stallions like this at the National Western Stock Show in Denver:

I had lost my personal black bone china copy by accident, and I couldn’t paint another one because that would affect the integrity of the OF edition numbers. So, in 2012 I glazed one of my last remaining bone china Boreas’s to a semi-matte black with glossy hooves and eyes like the OFs… but gave this one a white star on his head! Because of this, this piece is officially a custom glaze, and it will always be one of a kind and show in custom glaze divisions.

The only reason I decided to let this piece go now, is because of this cmg (#5) dapple grey Boreas that I glazed for Jeanene Bernardin in 2006:

Jeanene was a wonderful client and patron of my art, and had a truly epic china horse collection. She passed away recently and thanks to the executor of the estate, Joanie Berkwitz, I was able to take this piece home again. It has a ton of personal meaning to me and I can’t believe he’s back here with me. I have decided to only keep two precious early dapple grey cmg Boreas’s in my collection. (Plus I still have one more bone china bisque.) Here’s my other keeper grey, the 2nd custom glaze I did on a bone china:

ANYway… on to the cmg black piece that is for sale! Here are the photos:

This is bone china custom glazed Boreas number 15, finished in 2012. It is in perfect condition, hand-painted by me in overglaze china technique. It has a semi-matte finish on the body, and glossy hooves and eyes. It has a small white star on the head. It has fabulous mold detail. It is 9″ tall in bone china. It will be shipped in a highest quality custom foam lined box, via Fedex. Or it can be delivered in person depending on where you live. I do ship internationally but it will be expensive!

I will be conducting an online auction for this piece ONLY on a post on my Westerly Design studio Facebook page. If you are not on FB I’m sure you can find someone who could bid for you. The bidding will start on Monday afternoon June 20th, and end on Thursday June 23rd at 7:00pm Mountain Time. The starting bid will be $900.00 and the final price will include shipping. There is no reserve. Time payments will be accepted. All rules for the auction will be at the top of the FB post.

Eberl “Azham” bone china cmg, for sale

High Bid: $1275 Auction has closed

Up for offers is this highly sought-after “Azham” Arabian stallion sculpture by Brigitte Eberl, made in bone china by Horsing Around. I purchased this piece years ago in unpainted bisque and custom glazed it last summer.

I glazed this piece intending to keep it for my own collection. It’s one of my favorite horse colors and I absolutely love this sculpture by Brigitte. I started it in February 2020, as my first ever NaMoPaiMo project. Then, on February 8th we got the horrible news that my husband Paul had cancer. At age 59. My world (and still is) shattered.

I couldn’t work on the glazing and it sat in the studio until last summer. Then, while painting it, it slipped out of my hand and broke the left hind leg cleanly just below the tail. I went ahead and finished the glazing and repaired the break, but that was the last straw. Sadly now I can’t look at it without thinking of bad times. He’s a fabulous work and needs to cherished by a collector.

So, I’ve decided to let it go. I’m selling it via a no-frills, best-offer auction.

Deadline is Friday March 26, 2021 at 12:00 noon, mountain standard time.

The highest bid received closest to the deadline time without being past that time, will be the winner. I will update the current high bid on this blog post and on my Facebook page.

Starting bid is $900.00. FedEx shipping is included. Sorry but no time payments. Payment in full must be received by Friday April 2, 2021.

To bid, Email Karen .

I will send you an anonymous bidder number, and then you can send me an email with each of your bids using your bidder number. Bids must be only in $10.00 increments (no bids of $123.52 for example).

Thank you.