This is the latest head. He is about 8 inches tall. I made him with no one in mind, just thinking about individual features, but I have been told he looks just like a potter we know, so I am calling him Charles. I don’t know if he would be flattered or insulted.
I am on target with the heads, at the least the making, if not the firing of them. They take so long to dry. Let’s see, I started in February and it is the end of the first week of March so I should have 5 made and as of today I have 1 glazed, one ready to be bisqued, 4 drying, and I am working on two more whenever I have time and inclination for them.
Since I assigned myself this task of 20 heads in 20 weeks, I think its up to me to make up my own rules. I am starting to get a little tired of the straight up head and want to play. So I just made the rule the other day that anything with a head on it will count. Oh, and size doesn’t matter either. One I just started has something to do with a house and another one – big surprise – a bird.
I found this quote when I was looking at a book review. It wasn’t signed so I can’t credit anyone, but I it came at a time when I was questioning my commitment to finishing the heads project. “Even with the simplest of subject matter, if you create many versions, over and over, it gives your work strength, a backbone, if you will, that will allow you to see the great art among your own work.”
I don’t know about the great art part, but becoming more comfortable and hopefully, more proficient at sculpting heads is something I have wanted to do for awhile now. Then the quote started me thinking about versions of things, and what the actual definition was, so I did what I always told my kids to do – I looked it up. ‘A form or variant of a type or original’ is the definition that fits the visual criterion. I thought of the birdhouse guy whose house I pass often and all the versions he has made over the 6 or more years he has been making them.
These are mounted on the back of a truck in front of his workshop with a sign that has his website but it is not readable in my picture so I cropped it, but if you want to see more: http://www.berkeleyrusticbirdhouses.com