This item sold on May 17, 2012.
I have been creating some different stylized animals lately, most often animals you might find on a farm in Norway. Generally when I sit down to work the clay seems to hold it's own idea and forms itself. While working on this piece a small ram took shape. After forming the basic shape I etched in the detail or the curled horns. After it's first firing in the kiln I added stain to the face and horns and a thick steel grey shino that is so smooth it is on the borderline of a matte glaze. The piece went back into the kiln and when it came out I was thrilled how it's coat reflected the light just enough to highlight his stylized body. The glaze also gave him a stone like, almost river rock smooth quality that makes the sheep very natural looking.
Working with clay is a multi step process. There are many steps where a number of different things can happen. I am always amazed by production potters and their ability of consistency with glaze and form. My temperament doesn't lend itself to that kind of work so what you get is something different every time. I love the little surprises that take place in the kiln. If you are not familiar with the kiln, the final glaze firing can take an entire day from start to finish, so by the time everything is cooled down to take a look I feel like it is Christmas morning and I just can't wait to open the lid!
When I first took a look at this piece from above I was really excited how the face and body texture turned out. Then I noticed if you take a closer look from the side, there you can see it, one little area that was left unglazed, a line turned up just a little...its a mischievous smirk that holds all sorts of possibilities.