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More animals for Calke Abbey Project. Clay designs begunIMG_1811 IMG_1815 IMG_1816

House Cow                                                                           House Pig

The difficulty is to make an animal face sit onto a human face but with the eyes in a similar place. Human eyes in scale are much closer together and generally the human skull is wider proportionally. So some compromises to be made.   As I make the designs more abstract, then the differences can become part of the new, human-animal design

Today the horse Head has been encased in plaster to create a two piece mould. I cut the ears off and made a separate mould just for them.

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Next anxious moment will be tomorrow as I gently prize the two parts of the mould apart without breakage.

Thus releasing the clay design and the head beneath. Quite a hefty one this, will be glad when it is apart.

The removal of the clay and the plaster head will lighten the load considerably.

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Horse Head now all cottled-up ready for casting in plaster to make a two part mould.

The ears have been cut off and I shall be making a separate mould to cast them.

Plastercasting as a special process, magical, to mix a liquid which turns into a hard material.

Always makes me slightly anxious so I always try to approach it in a slow measured and undistracted manner.

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I am making aHhorse Head mask to fit over a human head. Note that I am using two colours of clay,

The grey clay to give me guidelines, structure and temporary support under the muzzle, then the red clay to build the animal.

I aim to get a sense of the skeletal structure first after which I search for the animal and the final stage will be to find the character of the creature.

The ears I shall add at the end which may be separate leather ears, likewise, I may make the mane in a similar fashion. Not decided as yet.

The neck has to be thick to fit over the human head but it looks far thicker, at present, than a horse would be, another conundrum to resolve.