I lately accomplished a sculpture of an attractive snowy owl. The piece was commissioned by an present shopper as a birthday present for his or her accomplice, a Canadian wildlife photographer. Considered one of his favorite topics is the snowy owl. I used his private pictures, amongst different references, for the snowy owl sculpture.
I not often sculpt birds, and often solely on fee, as a result of regardless of their small dimension they take many hours of hours of labor. A lot of the birds I’ve sculpted have been specifically commissioned trophies for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Yr competitors.
We selected a perched owl trying over her shoulder. We felt this created a really dynamic pose that totally exploited the three dimensional presence of sculpture within the room, which is all the time one thing I discover very highly effective. This angle additionally labored nicely with the plinth, for which I used a wedge of native slate.
Chicken sculptures require a delicate method and really high quality detailing. This snowy owl sculpture was no exception. I needed to rigorously mannequin each tail and flight feather, which I mixed with a extra nuanced feathering for the top and physique. I used a matt glaze other than the gloss glazed brilliant yellow eyes.
The principle sculpture is made out of my ordinary fortified porcelain however the talons, being so delicate, are modelled out of steel. As with all my animal sculpture commissions, I despatched common picture updates to my shopper. In addition to preserving them up to date, this affords a singular enter into the inventive course of.
The snowy arrived secure and sound on Wednesday and we’re each in awe of her. The element is unimaginable, notably on the wings. Thanks a lot for such an incredible piece and all of the laborious work that went into it.
Whereas engaged on this snowy owl sculpture within the early night, my native tawny owls began hooting. I managed to seize this on video and share it with my shopper. At one level the owls have been hooting so loudly, I believe they will need to have been perched simply exterior my studio. I couldn’t assist questioning if they might see their snowy cousin inside!
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