Jack Skellington Luminaire
I made this as a Christmas present for a friend (my now girlfriend) who has a macabre sensibility and a bias against Christmas because of its sentimentality. It is based on the character of Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and has holes cut out so that you can burn a candle underneath to create a spooky effect.
While I prefer the 1981 BBC mini-series to the 2005 Hollywood adaptation, Marvin in the Hollywood version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had a great look that I thought would be fun to reproduce using thrown pieces. So, I got on the wheel to make a globular head, a thick bottomed torso that I could cut away at later, and two legs to hold them both up. I then attached them and sculpted feet and arms on top of them.
I had been thinking about Picasso's famous painting and decided it would be interesting to try to reproduce it in three dimensions, a task that I later realized would be tougher than I had suspected. Because Picasso alters spatial relationships so much, attempting to place this piece into a real life context involved making my own decisions about what to emphasize, cover over, ignore, etc. As a result, I took out certain sections entirely, others I placed into different positions, and some I painted instead of sculpting. I had a lot of fun with this one, and I think it turned out quite nicely.
I love Calloway's music and figured no one else had probably made a likeness of him in clay. The jug was actually thrown by my good friend Chris Woods as a set of jugs for faces to be sculpted onto. He kindly let me use this very nice form.
This piece is based on the likeness of the villain (tragic hero?) of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 vampire film Nosferatu. I also borrowed from some of the features from the creature in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake. As this piece was drying (once the features had already been applied), a crack began to form on the bottom. Instead of throwing all of my work away, I decided to try to fill the crack, which entailed making the bottom much thicker than it should have been. As a result, this piece is rather weighty. However, it looks pretty cool.