“Cassandra” – Ancient Greek Blue Horse
Many of my horses show a direct influence from my love of the art of Ancient Civilizations of many different countries. This stems from my studies of Classical Civilizations, which I did during my BAFA Fine Arts Degree. In this blue horse I was inspired by Ancient Greek mythology and art. This horse has the weathered appearance of a sculpture that had endured centuries before discovery. The lines are clean and the body is simplified; the head has the delicacy of a mare and there is a calmness about it. The blue colour recalls the colour most associated with Greece, being that of the sea.
The incised patterning that I have done on the enormous tail and the mane, is directly inspired by Early Greek Vase Painting of the Geometric Style. This style was seen on giant amphorae over a meter high that commemorated graves around 800 B.C. The patterning on these giant vases is very simplified and I have used the same style to incised into the clay of the exaggerated tail and simple mane.
Entirely hand mad out of high fired terra cotta clay with added coloured porcelain slip and carved texture. Incised patterning in mane and tail, filled with dark oxides. Terra cotta clay is a clay high in red iron content and is usually associated with earthenware (low fired) plant containers. By firing to a much higher temperature of around 1220°c, not only does the clay become stronger as it becomes “stoneware”, but the red iron oxide in the clay deepens in colour as the oxide melts. I love this rich deep colour and it works well on my sculptures.
This high stoneware firing deepend the colour in the iron oxide rich clay to achieve this rich maroon colour. High firing also strengthens ceramics. Signed in full by me underneath the belly.
Height: 27 cm. X Length: 36.5 cm.
Weight: 2.120 kg