Getting on with the White Donkey, in plaster in the studio, thinking of casting him in resin with an onyx or marble gelcoat so it will glitter or gleam a little. I'd like it to be shown in a dark room or woodland. 

 

Meanwhile some of my sheep heads are in Jagged Art - http://www.jaggedart.com/exhibitions/2013/winter-show - opening December 4th at 6.30pm. Please come.

Thirty or so sheep cast, fired and mounted. As they are all slightly different in shape and thickness, they each need a tailor made block to screw to the wall, which the head can slot onto, so it's taking a while. 

 

Meanwhile here is an article in a Russian magazine:  http://interviewrussia.ru/art/2136

 

A few more sheep and here is the Alpine Goat. Life size or a little smaller. The casting in white earthenware slip and firing to stoneware temperature seems to work, but the piece shrinks quite a lot. About 15 percent I think. A very hard vitrified bone china finish which I like.

May

First sheep heads out of the kiln, glass taxidermy eyes stuck in and wooden hanging plate devised. Now to cast a few more. So far I have a goat's head and four sheep head moulds, I've slip cast and now fired one or two of each. Aiming at a wall herd. 

Finished the second pair of horses He Taller and She Turning in a cloudy white patina and handed them over to Guy Cohen to take to the Campden Gallery in Chipping Campden in time for the Cheltenham Races. I do hope someone wants to commission them full size for some lovely stud or stables. I very much fancy making them bigger. Meanwhile the sheep heads are started, a couple of trial plaster moulds made and lovely white slip sent off for. Scarva Pottery supplies in Northern Ireland seems to be very nice and helpful...

I have made a life size plaster Steenbok, destined for a bronze by a pool in South Africa, and driven him to Bronze Age foundry to be cast. Now I am ready to start a series of sheep portrait heads, which I want to make in clay and make moulds from in plaster, to slip cast some multiples. Yesterday I came back from the snowy Peak District and a sheep sale in Bakewell, full of lovely tightly penned sheep, all, somewhat sadly, destined 'for the table'. Some lambs, 3 months old, most hoggets a year old, and some rather older and more worn out. I have clay, plaster, beautiful glass eyes from JHTtaxidermy and casting slip, so time to get going. First a single goat's head to practice my rusty ...

The calf is at the London Art Fair in Islington, going on to Jagged Art in Devonshire Street, on the corner of Marylebone High Street on Tuesday 22nd January, if anyone is passing by. 

Gilding has started - Gary did a small test section of gold leaf underneath the calf this morning and it is looking fantastic, properly shiny. I have booked the calf in for an extra nice bespoke crate to be made by Ian at HMC Logistics, who do also great shipping service, next week. I am hoping the crate will protect the calf in transit and also act as a plinth. Also hoping Andrea Harari will take it to the Jagged Art stall at the Art London fair in Islington in a couple of weeks. 

Two new horses are being cast at Bronze Age, I have worked on their waxes and they are being ceramic-shelled. So three or four weeks still to go for those. Emma Hill is still showing the original silver patinated pair at the Eagle Gallery where she is having a special evening opening to time with the first night at...

Now I really have quite nearly finished carving the wooden calf. And sprayed it with a lovely yellow filler/primer to see how it is going and bring it all together. I've tried some gold leafing on the glass eyes I sent off for only four months ago and ordered the loose leaf gold for the whole calf, it has to be done all in one go, with one application of 12 hour size. But first I have to finish the endless sanding and filling. It's really almost ready to gild. Meanwhile my two small horses are going to Emma Hill for her show Voyage North, opening at the Eagle Gallery in Farringdon Road on 13th December. Please come. I have ordered another pair cast at the foundry, which I want to patinate white. I love this dark silvery pair but hanker after the white I normally make everything in, mainly because,...

Oh NO, still working on the wooden calf. Now I really do think I am nearly there, at least with the wood carving stage. Possibly the slowest piece I have ever made; wood is definitely not my medium... There is a lot of wood-filler going on and coming off, which is one better than the real wood in that you can model with it! I'm going to spray the whole thing with a yellow filler/primer spray today to bring it all together and see how it's going to look.   

 

Meanwhile Emma Hill is going to show my new horses at the Eagle Gallery next month, so here is another picture of He Taller (the other one is called She Turning).  If anyone out there knows someone who'd like a full size one - or two - I'd love to scale them up...