I'm back after the summer wood firing for a few days now. After some much needed rest I got right back into things. Updating sites, taking photo's and listing on Etsy.
Since 2012 I have been working on several series that focus on the poaching of endangered species for the black market and use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Recently I have been creating anthropomorphic rhinos to display a connection between our mutual mortality. My goal is to raise a sense of joy in the viewer that will invoke actions towards eduction and the change of treatment of these wonderful creatures.
Continuing with the series, just a week before I left for PA to wood fire, I sculpted four seated African Elephants. After they were bisque I decided to smoke fire the sculptures when I returned from PA.
On Saturday I loaded the sculptures up in the can, packed it with pine shavings and sticks and lit a fire. After 5 hours they were just about ready to come out.
Here are a few shots of the sculptures completed.