Carved ceramic - Indian War Chief w/Wolves - $450 (Las Cruces)

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Hand Crafted
Indian War Chief
NOTE: This ceramic/painting is a one-time original ... commissioned by me as to subject matter and size of vase ... it reflects intrinsic artistry, originality, and skillful execution of my design wishes. My out-of-pocket cost was $650. Artist’s time invested in this item included (averaging) ... casting of vase (2 hours), air curing (6 months), pencil outlining the intended design (4 hours), sculpting by hand (35 hours over several weeks), firing in kiln (overnight), and then hand painting (8 hours over several days).

What is a Carved Ceramic and how is it created …

Unlike potters that imprint or “carve” a design onto a still-wet ceramic form (slip that has been removed from a mold but not ‘fired’ (it is still very soft and pliable) … a more demanding approach to carving a design on a ceramic is as follows …

1. After pulling a standard form (any shape – bowl, vase, pot, etc.) from the mold, the piece is cleaned up using a wet sponge, cloth, or brush … essentially removing any surface imperfections.

2. Then the piece is air-dried anywhere from 1 to 6 months, depending on the wall thickness of the piece.

3. Then the artist either pencils-in a design on the surface of the ceramic or transfers a design using carbon paper.

4. Then meticulously, over a period of days, weeks, or even several months, using a variety of scribes, knives, probes, etc. the artist scratches away a tiny amount of the ceramic’s piece surface to create, essentially, a negative relief of the planned design … by that it means that, by removing material from a hardened ceramic surface, the artist creates a 3-D impression of the design while leaving the rest of the ceramic unchanged.

5. Further polishing with a variety of grit sandpaper (600-grit sandpaper being most commonly used) the artist finishes the texture of the carving.

6. The entire process is extensively labor intensive and care must be taken not to make any carving ‘mistakes’ for any flaw in carving renders the ceramic ruined and must be discarded.

7. Then the piece is ‘fired’ in a kiln to ‘set’ the hardness, a process of 12 to 26 hours, depending on ceramic shape and thickness

8. Finally, the artist, using several media such as oil paint, water-based paints, or acrylic paint (the preferred medium) colors the carved portions of the ceramic to reflect the final design … often painting the rest of the ceramic (that portion not carved) a complementary color or pattern … creating the illusion of a design that appears to ‘float’ on the ceramic surface.

9. A finished Carved Ceramic is a work of art … a one-of-a-type design, never replicated … each piece is unique … almost always commissioned by a patron to demanding standards. When viewed from any angle, the final product gives a viewer the impression they are looking on a 3-D motif engraved on a ceramic surface … truly mesmerizing.

If you are a serious collector of unique and innovative craftsmanship ... a lover of art ... this one-of-a-kind commissioned piece would add immeasurably to your display at home or office ...

This particular artist no longer accepts commissioned work ... is retired ... moved away from New Mexico. A rare opportunity to own true art, crafted by an artisan.

Thanks for your interest.

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