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JulieSwanSculpture's avatar

'i am here'

Tara of compassion....during each year of art practice I go back to this icon when I am between series.
Image details
Image size
2848x4288px 1.82 MB
Shutter Speed
10/50 second
Focal Length
40 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 31, 2010, 2:45:50 PM
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Sculptor94's avatar
Ho-ly shit. Just stunning. I can't believe the detail, the beautiful spiritual quality, she looks perfect. It's just lovely and inspiring. I'm sure you get asked all the time, but by what process did you make this piece? Slabs? Coils? And I'm also very curious about the coloring, is that a bronze cast?
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you so much Sculptor94 for leaving such a lovely comment and for your interest. I build up my figures with coils.......and sometimes, if the form is too small and fiddly I begin with solid clay and then cut out the middle of it and then apply a thin cap to this section. I use iron oxide for the surface and then highlight with copper or bronze powder that has been suspended in an emulsion.
Sculptor94's avatar
I see. Fascinating! Your work is so complex, if you don't mind my asking, how long have you been working in figurative sculpture?
ArtOfElysee's avatar
Love the spiritual depth and lightness of your work. It is remarkable what you are able to do with a pretty cranky medium :)
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Ah! Thank you sereniph! .......and that's the challenge isn't get it to do what it really doesn't want to do. I notice that you use paper clay. What do you think of it's it more forgiving? I've had a bag of it sitting in my shed for a while now and don't feel like taking it on yet.
ArtOfElysee's avatar
You know I worked with ceramic clay, especially porcelain for many years. I adore porcelain but the dust, the mess, the unforgiving quality not to mention the fragility of the greenware. Well I found paperclay, actually premier which is a stoneclay because it has pumice in it and discovered a medium that works like clay where you can build up of take down freely and when it dries (which is very quickly) it is truly stone hard-very difficult to break. I can also sand it or wet it down and add more clay to the dried piece! I find it a miracle to my prayers. I noticed you said you didn't like how it sticks to your fingers and Premier does a little bit but not unbearably so for me.

How big are your pieces? Also where do you sell them-a gallery?
kosijenka's avatar
wau sooo beautiful! wondering how much would peace like this cost? How big it is?
SabbathPhotography's avatar
Hot damn I want this in my room. :D
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
I'm glad you left a comment this's good to get your response. Love the sensitivity and 'edge' of your images too. Please keep producing...I'll watch to see where you go.
SabbathPhotography's avatar
Thankyou so much! :D I love comments, I just have trouble articulating my thoughts sometimes, they seem very abstracted recently.
I'm dedicated to working as hard as I can! <3 I really appreciate the watch too, that's so sweet!
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Yes I understand about the hesitation with words. A friend of mine tries to comment on at least one other artist's work each day. He rights down exactly what comes into his head when he first sees a work so that it is as sincere response as possible...I think it must be a good personal practice for him and you never know what impact it will have on the other.
Be kind to yourself too. Artists are often not very 'verbose' because they see rather than talk.
SabbathPhotography's avatar
It's just that sometimes I get feelings that are very abstract, like a smell or a colour that take alot of work to translate into language. :D
amazing work, im just now getting into clay after diving head first into drawing and ive fallen in love with it. approx how big are your pieces?
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thanks Michael. I'm sorry about the late reply. It's about 68cm high.....very heavy too. Good luck with your 'clay journey'. I hope the medium suits you.
Figit090's avatar
beautiful! Love all the little details especially on the headdress
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you Andrew. I usually can't wait to begin building up the detail. I feel it adds another level of energy to a work. I'm glad you like it.
Figit090's avatar
You're quite welcome, and it definitely does. Brings it a step further.
Figit090's avatar
congrats on the daily deviation as well, awesome :)
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you are very kind.
joharasaluki's avatar
The spirituality and serenity depicted here is mesmerizing. The only thing missing here is a background to compliment it. Wonderful!
Is this a bronze cast?
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you for your lovely comments....and yes I agree, the background is awful.
It's earthenware clay with surface glazing. Many coats of colours, metallic emulsions and then lots of rubbing back.
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