My new sculpture in progress is a sculpture of Ruth, taken from the Old Testament. We have a Christian Artists Conference at the Box R Ranch every Spring and I would love to have it done by then-but I don't want to rush it. If I could possibly get the sculpture dried and fired by the conference I will be happy. Since this is my first attempt at trying to do a person, it is proving to be a really fun challenge.
My first step was to find a model, who was a very patient friend of mine named, Julie Allen. Julie is a wonderful dancer and beautiful singer who loves to worship. She and her family attend our church and she has patiently spent time dancing and doing worship poses for my Raku sculptures and murals. My murals have been sketched out and will be done in wall tiles.Those are on the back burner for a while. I need to try to finish this sculpture first.
For the sculpture of Ruth, Julie had to dress up in costume and perch on top of one of the worktables in my pottery studio. It took two sessions, along with driving out to her house and taking some quick pictures of her in plain clothes without the shawl-which I hadn't thought about when I did the regular photo sessions. She was very giving. Thank you Julie!!!