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Portrait of a Stone:

My hearing aids just seemed to be accurate as well as the little heart form I picked up off the floor- a total accidental surprise. Any way I can dignify this piece and give it a little more pazaazz I will do it. Maggie Kunzie has taught me- get down and do it- let it go.

The Portrait of a Stone piece has been done many times-8-12. All done to show the vanity a stone would go through if they were going through what we go through getting ready for a portrait shot or drawing- and the sprucing up we would do. What would a stone do?, I have shown an example with each of these Stone Portraits and their complete stoneness in 12.

I like assemblages and am willing to flirt with the idea of random access- personal items- other artworks. Year by year all these kinds of additions keep adding on or subtracting.

These works were all made out of Jim and Nan McKinnell's porcelain scrap clays. There were some wild experiments in using scrap clay/ clay is all an inventive material if you are mixing your own clay. I hauled loads of their trash to the dump in trade. I got a good deal.

One day I was walking along the Poudre River and I spotted a special large stone- I took it home and made a two-piece mold from the rock. All my "Portraits of a Stone" were two-piece molds with hand-made coils I joined the head, which was a whole stone, joined that made item with the torso, which was one-half the cast made of a stone. So it was a mold of the entire stone with a half, joined to a slab of clay - for the base. It was a press mold-made product. Sometimes I joined double heads together, titled, The Big Heads!(no lip, eyes,ears!)

Porcelain is such a difficult material to work with, it just is hard to stand up and go vertical. This method didn't need the strains of throwing or coil built, it was all unanimous when finished. I always mix a lot of fiberglass strands in the clay to give lots of wet strength.

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