Stoneware Tawny Owl on wooden perch
Hand built ceramic sculpture in stoneware
perched on a wooden base.
For inside or outside display as frost proof.
Collect from gallery £525
Including UK delivery £555
H49 x 38 x D20 cm
More stoneware sculptures in the range include thrushes, wrens, owls and kestrels as well as some cold cast bronze pieces of Roe deer.
“My work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject I am portraying. The stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the subject as honestly as I can. This is not to say that I strive to make my work realistic in the literal sense, instead I seek to capture and portray that sense of awareness that is present in all living things. I like to think that every one of my sculptures has some of the soul of the animal within it.”
The work is constructed in crank clay around an armature. Simon models as fully as possible with his fingers and only use tools to accentuate certain lines. He loves the immediacy of this technique. When the clay is firm the armature is removed and the piece is hollowed to an even thickness. Once bisque fired the work undergoes several more firings with successive layers of oxides, stains and under glazes to build up the required effects and depth of colour. All sculptures are fired to stoneware temperatures.