“Turquoise Horse with Dark Terracotta Clay and Birds”
My horse sculpturees reflect my lifelong interest in Classical Civilizations; a subject I studied along with my BAFA Fine Arts degree.
This work is specifically inspired by the Ancient Art of the Minoan and Ancient Greece Civilizations. The Minoans love of animal imagary was integral to all their frescoes and sculptures. Nature was depicted in a playful way with fresh colour and detail.
In the simplified, yet angular shape of the horse’s head and the tiny birds engaging with one another, I am trying to capture the freshness of Minoan art. In this work I also pay homage to their art and to the Minoans’ close connection to the deep turquoise-coloured sea that surrounds the island of Crete.
In the surface treatment, I am trying to create the impression that this sculpture is an ancient museum artifact and that it has been found after centuries being of being buried under the sea.
Entirely hand made out of high-fired terra-cotta clay with added coloured porcelain slips and 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: 31 cm. X Length: 33 cm. x 12 cm. Width: 12 cm.
Weight: 2 kgs.