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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jephyr's Sculptures Chosen For MCC Student Art Show (2015)


After my recent post about two of my Photoshop projects from ART 170 being selected for the Chandler/Gilbert Community College Spring Student Art show (see May11, 2016 post), I realized I’d never shared some excellent news from last year.

For the 2015 spring semester at Mesa Community College, I took a required sculpture course (ART 115), with Sandy Luehrsen.  It was an excellent class and Sandy taught us several techniques including how to sculpt, and glaze a ceramic “bas relief", and how to carve a plaster sculpture.

Two of my pieces from that class (seen in photos below) were chosen for the 2015 MCC Spring Student Art Show during the juried selection by Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum. 

And my plaster sculpture (see final image below) was awarded an Honorable Mention which came with a $100.00 cash award.

"Theopolis Rex" - Ceramic Bas Relief - Copyright 2015 - Jephyr

"Theopolis Rex" Sketch - Copyright 2013 - Jephyr - All Rights Reserved
"Theopolis Rex" Sketch - Copyright 2013 - Jephyr
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^^^  I used a sketch (left) I drew some time ago for the design of my “bas relief" sculpture above.  

I really enjoyed molding and shaping this image from clay.

This was the first sculpting I done since I was a kid and a neighbor friend and I would sit for hours in his family’s basement using soft modeling clay to make all kinds of different things.  

It felt like all those hours so many years ago paid off and I was pretty happy with my final result.

I call both the sketch and my “bas relief": “Theopolis Rex”…and many people have commented that the final glazed ceramic looks like a fossil and I like that comparison.  : )


"Hunnis Shell" - Plaster Sculpture - Copyright 2015 - Jephyr

^^^   I loved working with plaster for sculpting.   

I made a smaller maquette (guide sculpture) out of some of the remaining clay I had left over from the “bas relief" project above and made somewhat of an abstract shell design for my Plaster Sculpture Project I called "Hunnis Shell".  (see photo above).

After we’d poured the plaster into a cardboard box and allowed it to set in class, we each then began carving our pieces with chisels and other wood working tools.

I spent many hours both in the classroom and at home finishing this sculpture, and discovered I really enjoyed that entire process.

To smooth off all the tool marks and get that polished looking surface, I used sand-paper with finer and finer gains.

As mentioned above this sculpture won an Honorable Mention at the 2015 MCC Student Art Show.


Both were very enjoyable projects and I hope to do more sculpting as time allows. 

Anyway, thanks for reading my happy news from 2015.

Have a GREAT day!

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