Cincinnati sculptures part deux

Cincinnati sculptures part deux

I really really loved this bronze fish statue McCormick & Schmick’s, but as far as I can tell, this is a very very fancy sign for a fancy fish restaurant. Other than proclaiming “FISH MAY BE EATEN HERE” I can’t really see any higher meaning behind it. Although, if the point is to attract interested customers, I suppose it works pretty well


A study in plaster

A study in plaster

I did not enjoy plaster all that much. It got underneath my fingernails and refused to come out. I also had some issues with the thickness of the plaster…… That being said, I’m reasonably happy with it. I might sand it later on, or paint it.

Cincinnati sculptures

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photos of sculptures from Cincinnati. more to come


So the sculpture used to be know as the Tyler Davidson Fountain (As Henry Probasco has it built in memory of his late brother in law) and shows the various blessings of water (the woman on top is apparently the representation of water in this case, and the people below are it’s various uses) Also, the small children murdering various wildlife are actually fountains, which you can drink out of (supposedly the water isn’t chlorinated but I don’t want to find out.) there’s also a rumor that it was built on an indian mound but I can’t validate that.

clay project pictures and reflection



I am pretty happy with how these pieces turned out. Out of the two, I think the thylacine is the biggest success. I’m very happy with how the mouth turned out, and it looks pretty good despite the fact I’m better at glazing than painting,…. The lotus dragon on the other hand, while being mostly a success still could use some work…. I’m pretty happy with the paint job on the lotus it’s self but I think I may have botched the dragon a little.

Although it’s hard to see in the photo above, I actually carved individual scales on the dragon which didn’t stand out very well with such a dark color…. If I had been thinking, I would have used a more dilluted blue (or even water color) on the dragon (which might have collected in between the scales and given them some more definition). 

If I had a little more time (or if I’d been thinking) I would have come in over spring break and grabbed the dragon so that I could have had it glazed, but since I wasn’t 100% sure on the firing schedule at Funke’s there was a good chance it would be late (or maybe I’m making up excuses, either way I’m still kicking myself on that one)

Any who- onto the significance of these pieces. 

I chose to do a Thylacine for two reasons!

1. I wanted a challenge, and most photos of the thylacine feature it with an open mouth, something I haven’t really successfully achieved (Cog the dragon teapot does not count, as it’s more of a teapot opening than a real mouth)


2. I think Thylacines are epic and I want more people to know about them (also I’m secretly hoping they clone and/or find some somewhere on Tazmania (which is possible, look it up) in the near future because I want to see them IRL.

As for the lotus dragon blossom I started out wanting to do something similar to the pangolin project I’m working on. (will post pictures soon) but on a smaller scale and with a dragon…,, and when it started looking like a lotus, I sort of just went with it.  Why did i want to do a dragon related thing? Because I’ve been obsessed with dragons ever since I read dragonolgt as a kid, and dragons are related to Chinese pottery.