My first glazed Imp, “Butterbean” is finally done. He wasn’t cool enough to pull from the kiln until it was dark out, so I won’t be able to get proper studio pictures of him before I leave for Boise. But I had to share, because he’s just painfully cute!

It’s hard to tell in this photo since there is a lot of glare (no photo cube!), but he’s a grulla pintaloosa. I was a little worried because almost all his detailing was handpainted, and that’s always a big chance when working with underglazes. But it all fired just as I hoped it might. Perhaps he picked up on all the good Mother’s Day karma floating around!

He’ll be flying out with me in the morning, since I want to show him to Joan and Sarah. I’ll post “real” pictures of him when we return. In fact, it will probably be a bit of a baby boom around here when I get back, since the others will have Imps to work on, and I’ll be glazing a Brownie or two.

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4 Responses to Butterbean!

  1. Carol H. May 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    Thank you for posting these preliminary drawings, it’s really neat to see both your thought process and the drawings as they progress.

  2. FireHorse Designs of Texas May 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    I’m looking at my hand, which is big compared to yours, and realizing just how petite Butterbean is. Wow, what incredible detail in such a tiny package. Brava!


  3. Catherine May 12, 2009 at 4:11 am #

    What a beauty! It’s truly amazing just how much detail this little sculpture has AND the detailed glazing work that you’ve applied. What a work of art!

  4. mel May 12, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Wow. Just. Wow.

    That is one tiny, faboo baby! If I am lucky enough to ever get one, I will simply hold, him and love him and love him.

    Wishing you a safe trip to Mayhem and home—hug the mudhens for me?

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