Here we are barely a month away from what I think will be the premier event for clinky collectors all year -- the Bring Out Your Chinas Convention, May 19 - 22, in San Marcos, California.
And though I won't be able to attend this year (surgery that week if all goes according to schedule) I have been working on special one-of-a-kind sculptures for the event. Two reliefs for the Fraley collectors' challenge and a third relief to support the event itself.
Each was carved out of a thick slab of earthenware clay, allowed to dry to leather hard, then flipped over and hollowed out on the back to as consistent a thickness as I could manage.
Now they need to dry out evenly to prevent warping and cracking which of course presents a whole new set of technical challenges. Primarily, a protected, humidity controlled environment. More about that in the next blog post.
By the way, these are not little medallions -- think salad plate size.
Here are the other two reliefs, not yet titled. I'd love to hear your suggestions!