Roan Lady auction, a big shock!

I feel a bit crazed, because the auction for the custom glazed Roan Lady began and ended even before I wrote the blog post meant to announce it!

I published the auction page, posted the link to Facebook, and then was in the middle of typing this blog/notification post, when I received a bid for the auction-ending Buy It Now option.

I swear that I put what I thought was a very high BIN price. I really really didn’t think it would go. I guess I did not gauge the market very well.

Here is the auction page.

I will get right back to glazing more stuff!! Plus my new sculpture is going well!


Save the date…

Update on the custom glazed dapple grey Hagen-Renaker Roan Lady china.

It will be finished this weekend. Only the hooves and a few minute details remain to be painted.

I will be putting it up for sale in a website-based auction in the same way I sold a china Streetwise a few months ago. (Go to the link here to see the rules for bidding in that auction. The RL will be similar.) For this piece there will also be a pricey buy-it-now, paid in full option.

The buyer will be able to choose the colors of the mane and forelock ribbons.

I’m away for several days next week in a backcountry mountain hut with no communication. So the auction most likely will start on Friday the 12th and run about 3 days. I will post the official link here and to Facebook, when it goes live.

Thanks SO much for all the interest. I’m a fool for letting this one leave, I think!

For sale: Custom-glazed china “Pepé” Part-Arabian


Update: Sold

2009 Arabian stallion sculpture by Lynn A. Fraley
Earthenware ceramic, 6.25″ tall x 7″ long

Custom glazed by Karen Gerhardt/Westerly Design
Asking $750.00, shipping paid

This earthenware china version of Lynn’s work has a little backstory. Lynn came to visit me in October 2008, to learn a little about ceramics overglazing. And in return, she showed me what is involved in pouring a mold and cleaning greenware. She brought a Pepé along as the demo. Here is my blog post that I wrote about that day:

Lynn left the greenware Pepé with me, and he’s been here ever since. I’m determined to make a dent in the glazing of my “stash” of white china ware, so I have glazed this guy in the past month. He is a nicely shaded dark reddish bay tobiano. A lovely part-Arab.

He comes with a couple minor issues to be aware of:
Because this was a piece intended for practice, I am sure he’s not detailed-out to Lynn’s normal very high standards. Still, the casting is overall fine and crisp. The extended foreleg had a break in greenware, which I reattached (while still in the greenware stage) as a part of the learning process, and it looks good and is strong. But the leg lacks some of the detail it should have because it’s hard to resculpt a delicate area like that, and I think the hoof is rotated out to the right just a tad.

Lynn’s website says the Pepé edition is dated 2009 but we met in Fall 2008; either way it means this sculpture is nearly 10 years old and I’m guessing there haven’t been any new ones in china produced recently. I don’t know if the china edition is closed. I asked Lynn for information about the china Pepé edition; she’s traveling and I didn’t want to pester. But I also didn’t want to wait any longer to try to make a sale because we’re into the crazy holiday shipping season and I don’t like to ship a china any later than about the first week of December. I’ll update this page/forward to the buyer any edition info I receive.

Lynn and I each will get half of the sale price. It will be sent FedEx unless you tell me otherwise. Please make an offer if you’re hesitating about the price; it was hard to know what to ask for an item like this one. I can be open to time payments, send in your proposal. To buy, Email Karen.

Thank you! More finished chinas to come this winter. Here’s a sneak-peek at progress on the next one…


Sale: Claybody Custom China “English” Streetwise


My thanks to everyone who took an interest in the earthenware custom Streetwise in sabino last week. It turned out to be a great fundraiser for a very nice model horse event. Now, here is the second in a china trio of this sculpture that I have been working on this summer. 


This is my Streetwise Quarter Horse sculpture. Cast from his ceramic molds by me in highest quality earthenware china, and then resculpted at the greenware (unfired) stage. He has been given a braided mane and tail, resculpted head including eyes, ears, and muzzle, repositioned legs, and enhanced/added sculpting of the body musculature.

After firing to bisque, he has been glazed to a deep, deep, shaded red chestnut. The “red” palette in the new overglazes I’ve been using for a couple years now is just fabulous and I have to resist putting this color on everything!

This piece has been permanently fixed to a beautiful and lightweight clear acrylic plinth, using super strong, two-ton clear epoxy.

This is earthenware china Streetwise #3; which means that so far only three have been produced in earthenware china. One more to follow, and then I’m very done with these for a long while! They are difficult to produce and I have to hold my breath the entire time they are in the kiln or being handled.

I am offering this piece in a first-come, first-served sale: $575.00. Fedex shipping (in USA) and overseas postage is included. Preference given to someone who can pay in full. However, I do offer a payment plan of 60 days.

Time Payment Terms: You first send a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 VIA PAYPAL ONLY, within 3 days. The balance must be paid off by November 10, 2017. No exceptions or extensions. All other payments after the deposit can be made by personal check/money order 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 10th if you like, etc.

If you do not pay the full amount by Nov 10th, the right to purchase will be revoked, the amount you have paid so far will be returned, and your DEPOSIT will NOT be REFUNDED.

If you are interested in purchasing, email Karen.

Thank you!

New Streetwise china up for auction


I’ve just completed a Streetwise in earthenware china. The first in over 6 years! It’s now up for auction as a benefit for the Southern Model Horse Convention model horse show, in the Atlanta area on October 7th. (I’ll also be attending this show; it coincided nicely with a family wedding over in Alabama.)

The auction ends on Saturday September 9th at Noon MST.

Go to this link for the auction web page.

Hello, remember me?

Wow it’s been nearly a year since I wrote something on this blog. Well here at last is an update on me and my studio. Just a reminder that most of my news action takes place on my Facebook page (until their not-page-friendly algorithm kills off artists like me). 

Some Studio News!

Hard to believe, but here on August 22, our aspens and cottonwoods are turning gold for fall. About 3 weeks early. A turn of season is a natural time for me to assess and look ahead.

This past spring we bought a new house. Across the valley from our old house. (It’s a long story!) But a big part of it was that I got a brand new gorgeous studio, that I designed myself.


Now that I have this beautiful, large, and insanely organized workspace, I can work efficiently and with pleasure on multiple projects of all kinds. I didn’t realize how the studio-wedged-into-a-bedroom in our previous house was holding me back. (I was soooo not ready to leave my great studio in Boulder when we moved to the mountains in 1991!) I don’t have to put away the glaze paints when I want to sculpt. Or put away the sculpture mess when I want to pour molds. This fall and winter I am so excited to get going on every thing at once!


After stepping back from the model horse community practically all of last year and a good chunk of this year, I’ve had a lot of time to assess and think. I came around yet again to affirming that I want to always be a part of this. For me that has to come down to new horse sculpture. As Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig has said it, I want to keep making the playing pieces for this game. I’m not that interested in showing any more, but I love knowing my clients do that with my work. I’ve been looking at my body of work with a critical eye and I can see how I’ve learned and improved, and I do want to keep going!

Soooo, a new sculpture is going to get started.

Aside: I’m sorry to say that the winged horse I showed a beginning photo of on FB last month is being abandoned for the third time, this time forever. Anyone can put wings on a horse. But my particular vision was technically difficult to produce and probably too expensive. For a fantasy niche piece. 

I am instead going to work on a trad-scale Irish Draught. In some sort of non-base-required walk or trot. If I sculpt what I love it’ll come out much better. 😃 And do I love these horses!!! Below are a few inspiration photos I pulled quickly from my print files.





I will be pulling new whiteware out of my archives and glazing them and getting them out to you. Some of them have been in the stash waaaay too long.

I will be periodically getting out my older sculpture molds and pouring earthenware pieces, and customizing them, like the 3 Streetwise I’m working on this month:


I’m at full-stop on glazing commissions until further notice. I work far happier when I’m not directed or time-constrained by anyone. Someday when I run down my own whiteware china stash and there are other interesting bisques out there, I’ll glaze yours.


I’m going full-speed into oil paintings, as a very needed break from the horse-shaped stuff. I want to always have something on the easel staring at me, for those times when the kiln is running or the clay is pushing back! The Big Red Butte shown in the studio photo above hasn’t had new paint on it for a month now but that will change. There’s a large blank wall in my new living room waiting impatiently for it!

Paul and I are not traveling much the rest of this year, not until February. (Just one trip in October to Georgia/Tennessee/Alabama!) I’m besotted with my new studio and look forward to watching the seasons change out my four windows (one at each point of the compass) as I rediscover the joy of creating.

Thank you so much for still coming along with me.