I never imagined, when I began molding horses here at the pottery, that I’d be decapitating so many of my ponies. I had hopes early on that Elsie would cast bob-tailed but otherwise whole, but there was just too much of a turn so off went the head.
The one I’m holding in the picture isn’t the real Elsie master head; since I had a poor casting I had the luxury of making a test cut. I wanted to see how it would set in the rest of the mold and how I would create the two separate molds – one for the head and one for the body – from the pieces. I think this extra needs to go live with my friend Jackie Arns, to keep the infamous Beowulf company. Jackie won’t mind that Emma, the ever-shedding studio dog, left a little bit of herself in the rubber.