Archive | September, 2008

Cooking with gas

Okay, it’s actually cooking with electricity, but it’s progress all the same. These are all pieces ready for the final hand detailing stage. The two horses are long-standing commitments, while the circular medallions are the Clinky Classic awards. The smaller dark grey medallion in the front is a prototype for some Christmas ornaments. There’s another load much like this one that is cooling, and those horses are at the same stage as these.

My hope was to spend the week doing the hand work, which I find especially relaxing, and then start pulling finished horses out of the kiln by week’s end. Nothing is uplifting as shiny new ceramic pieces! With all that is going on in the world right now, and with our home town in particular, uplifting is good!

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More ‘wrong’ colors

I forgot I had another camera stick full of pictures! So here is another horse that Mother Nature painted all wrong.

This might look like a very white tobiano, which would explain why the bottom of her tail is so dark. Tobianos, even very white ones, tend to do that. But that’s not a tobiano tail, because her pattern doesn’t include her tail.

She’s a grey tobiano, and her hindquarters are colored – not white. So that’s technically a grey tail, and grey tails are not supposed to do that. Grey tails typically lighten from the bottom up, rather than from the tailhead down.

You can see her tobiano pattern a little better here. She’s also a little unusual for having greyed out so quickly; her owner said she had just turned five. She also said that she was born roan, which might explain why her body greyed out while her tail remained dark. It certainly was striking, and I noticed a number of onlookers comment that they had not seen a grey horse with such a dark tail before.

Tomorrow I’ll post a few more pictures from the show.

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