Claybody Custom Earthenware Streetwise China Online Auction

New work from the studio, the first in an enthusiastic creative drive coming from my new workspace! 75% of the auction proceeds is a fundraiser for the Southern Model Horse Convention live show.


Auction has ended Winning bid was $650 .  Bidder #05, received at 11:14 am

Streetwise Quarter Horse sculpture by Karen Gerhardt
A claybody custom earthenware china

Cast by me from the original ceramics molds (made by Alchemy Ceramics of England in 2002), in highest quality earthenware china, and customized (resculpted) at the unfired greenware stage. Customizations are: resculpted eyes, forelock, mane, tail, slightly different gait/phase of the gallop, and it is now a mare instead of a gelding. (You can see photos of what the original Streetwise sculpture looks like, un-customized, in the gallery here.)

The greenware was then fired to bisque, and painted by me using ceramic overglaze pigments (fired into the gloss finish) to a flashy bay roan sabino. Lots of tiny details in the coat pattern and roaning. The piece has been permanently fixed to a beautiful and lightweight clear plexiglas plinth, using super strong, two-ton clear epoxy.

Important note: The left ear tip was broken off at the bisque fire stage. It was a clean break and I have re-attached it and restored the area, and matched the color.

Streetwise China History
This is earthenware claybody custom Streetwise #2; only the second Streetwise in earthenware to be produced. The first one was made in 2011! They are very, very difficult to produce so it will always be a rare item in ceramic.

In 2002-2003 there were 5 English bone china test pieces on ceramic bases produced, 3 of which were glazed and marked as test by Alchemy Ceramics of England (painted to my color designs/specifications). These were made in advance of a planned OF edition of three colors, to be made by Alchemy, which never happened. Those 3 tests are considered OF. The other two bone chinas on china bases were custom glazed by me.

In 2003 there were 17 numbered custom glazed English bone chinas produced, cast by Alchemy and all glazed by me, and fixed to plexiglas bases. There were 23 total cast in English bone china but there was a lot of breakage in production, so even less than the 17 numbered/finished ones still exist.

Bidding Information
PLEASE read everything below before bidding. I’m not responsible for mistakes made or misunderstandings on your part, if you have not read the rules.

1. This is an online auction being conducted via EMAILs only. Use the contact form below to place your FIRST bid. When I receive your first bid I will reply to your email.  You will be given an anonymous bidder number which you will use to track your bidding status on this web page. You’ll also be given the email address to use for further bidding, and other instructions.

2. Bidding Rules: Bids will be accepted in minimum $5.00 increments ONLY. So if you want to up your bid at any point, it has to be a minimum of $5.00 higher. That means no bids of $123.50, etc.

3. You will NOT be notified personally via email if your bid is the high bid, or any time you’ve been outbid. I will only reply to confirm that an email bid was received each time. You’ll need to bookmark this page and check it for the current high bid status. Remember your auction ID number, too!

4. AUCTION ENDS: Saturday September 9, 2017, at NOON (12 pm), Mountain Standard time. (That’s two hours earlier than Eastern time, one hour later than Pacific time.) The highest bid in the last email received with a time no later than Noon will be announced the winner on this page. The winning bidder will be notified by email right away.

5. I will post to this page the current high bid, at random times, at least once a day, until Saturday September 9th. On Saturday starting at 9am MST I will post the high bids approximately hourly or more often, as bids come in, until the end time of Noon.

Please note that I am away from home camping all this week, with possibly no cell service and unreliable wifi. That is why I might only update the high bid and respond to emails once or twice a day until Friday afternoon.

6. Starting Bid: $400.00. There is no reserve. FedEx shipping (in the USA) or overseas postage will be paid by me. Payment is via PayPal, personal check, or money order, due on September 16, 2017 (if not doing time payments, see below).

7. Time Payment Option: I offer a payment plan of 60 days. You MUST check the box on the form below if you plan to take the payments option. If you’re the winner you can change your mind and pay in full. But you can NOT opt for time payments if you initially said you would be paying in full.

Time Payment Terms: You must send a non-refundable deposit of 20% of your total high bid within 24 hours of the end of the sale, VIA PAYPAL ONLY. The balance must be paid off by November 9, 2017. No exceptions or extensions. All other payments after the deposit can be made by personal check/m.o. if desired. You can make payments during the 2 months on any schedule you set. You can wait and pay the entire balance on Nov 9th if you like, etc.

If you do not pay your full high bid amount by Nov 9th, the right to purchase will be revoked, the amount you have paid so far will be returned, and your DEPOSIT will NOT be REFUNDED. This is a benefit auction and SouthCon will be paid upfront by me when the auction ends. The time payment option is a courtesy offered by me; please respect/honor it.

Questions? Email Karen

By submitting this form you agree to the terms and rules stated above. You will receive an email that contains your Anonymous Bidder Number. The Current High Bid will be posted at the top of this page.

Thank you for your interest!

Karen Gerhardt, Westerly Design equine art