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Monday, 27-05-2019

 

CLAY, TERRACOTTA

 

As a stone sculptor, I have an on/off relationship with clay or terracotta. It is difficult to take this work as seriously as marble or granite since it does not demand the same time or physical work.

For me the first reason for using clay was limited to creating models (Bozzetti) for the realization of the bigger works in marble or stone. Moreover, my bronze figures are also first modeled in clay, cast in plaster, before finally taken to the foundry.

However, when I do work with clay it has it beautiful and playful characteristics. It is quickly modeled and can be easily recycled and remodeled.


 

 

 

On this page, clay and terracotta works are illustrated; some are painted, some glazed and some patinated.

Largo con Grazia

Ceramic, varnished

 

Largo con Grazia

Ceramic, varnished

 

Largo con Grazia

Ceramic, varnished

 

Largo con Grazia

Ceramic, varnished

 

Maestra

Raku Ceramic, glaced

 

Maestra

Raku Ceramic, glaced

 

High Heel

Terracotta, painted

 

Stone Bound Beauty

 Terracotta, painted

 

Intermezzo

Raku Ceramic, glazed

 

Intermezzo

Keramik, painted

 

Schwanenhals

Raku Ceramic

 

Schwanenhals

Raku Ceramic

 

Busen

Raku Ceramic

 

I have always enjoyed hybrids in my work, whether sphinxes, fauns, centaurs or mermaids.  Also Bacchus and his female companions “Bacchantes” are shown here.


 

Zwei Bacchanale (Bozzetti)

 Terracotta, patiniert

 

Ein sizilianisches Bacchanale (Bozzetto)

 Terracotta, patiniert

 

Anonyme Bacchantin

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Trunkene Bacchantin

 Terracotta, patiniert

 

Bacchantin in der Bütt

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Bacchantin in der Bütt

 Terracotta, patiniert

 

Bacchantin in der Bütt

 Terracotta, patiniert

 

Bacchantin in der Bütt

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Dialog der Faune

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Dialog der Faune

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Dialog der Faune 

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Weinende Satyra (Bozzetto)

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Weinende Satyra

(Die schönen Schuhe passen nicht)

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Weinende Satyra

(Die schönen Schuhe passen nicht)

Terracotta, patiniert

 

Weinende Satyra

(Die schönen Schuhe passen nicht)

Terracotta, patiniert

 

 

Diogenes of Sinope, circa BC 400 was a Greek philosopher who lived like a dog in a barrel. He was therefore called Kyon (dog). Allegedly he founded the philosophical school of the Cynics. Hence our word cynicism. Alexander the Great had a great respect for Diogenes and apparently they both died on the same day in BC 323.

There are many anecdotes of which this sculpture is one. When questioned as to why he was masturbating in public, he replied “ But, how nice it would be if you could pacify the feeling of hunger by rubbing the belly.”

 

Diogenes in der Tonne

Raku Ceramic

 

Diogenes in der Tonne

Raku Ceramic

 

Diogenes in der Tonne

Raku Ceramic

 

 

Europa and the bull has been portrayed by many artists and also by myself in the 2008 symposium in Leingarten, Heilbronn.

In contrast, I have also modeled a different Europa with a frog. If this frog will ever transform, is another question. Even Europa has her own skeletons in the closet; an allegory of our current political situation.

 

Europa und der Frosch

Raku Ceramic

 

Europa und der Frosch

Raku Ceramic