• St Vincent’s Hospital nurse roundel

    Shipping out my nurse roundel to a repeat client Mon or Tues who is giving it as a gift to a friend of his who is a nurse and refused promotions to remain a nurse!
    This is a densite plaster cast from a mold made from my clay original model which was based on an extant architectural sculpture on the facade of the former St Vincent’s Hospital nurses’ residence building in NYC.
    The cast was given a colored tint, and then with my multi-step finishing process and techniques it was made to look just like these sculptures do on 125 year old building facades in the city.
    This will be shipping in a wood crate.


  • More sculptures out of the kiln

    Last week I fired these 3 sculptures that were dry enough, they all came out fine, the slight bit of yellow tint is some artifact in the photo under LED lighting, these are brick red and there’s no yellowish tint on them.
    I think I will press another 294 keystone, another owl, and another 285 grotesque this weekend and then I’ll have enough for a couple of full kiln loads in about 3 weeks.

  • 100 year old Brooklyn church demolished

    Now you see it, now you don’t, 100 year old church demolished in Brooklyn, no one even bothered to save those hand carved stone Corinthian capitals, the arrow points to one that had crashed down and was laying in the rubble mostly intact, all of them hand carved on site. Nobody cared enough to even bother saving them.

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  • Revisiting some of my work on a building in Canada

    A previous client contacted me out of the blue tonight, I remembered her right away when she mentioned Ontario Canada since I’ve only shipped to one client in Ontario. I forgot exactly what I sent her, but they were all concrete for her building facade, so a Google street refreshed my memory- 3 queen frieze fragments, 2 acanthus leaves and 2 griffin panels!
    The griffin panels can be seen under the two windows, one the 3 queens can be seen on top of a column of stones in the 2nd photo, and an acanthus leaf in the 3rd photo. One of the views is from 2009 so it’s been a few years, now she is looking for another sculpture, we’ll see what she has in mind!

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  • Terracotta out of the kiln

    Opened the kiln a little while ago and all the pieces came out perfect, one cherub shown was from a previous firing, a lion block was in this load not shown in the photo.
    The beaver is already sold to a client, and the 2 cherubs will get stained.

  • West Side (Miller) Highway model finished

    After I finished adjusting and gluing on the wood grille pieces onto my dry clay model I hit the whole thing with primer so I can see how it looks without the distraction of variances in color.

    I’m thinking casts of this will look best in a flat or satin battleship grey like the original 1920s elevated highway this depicts was, maybe some aging/rust streaks on the grey would be even better.
    I wish I had used less course clay as I had problems getting finer detailing without runing into “courseness” but it is what it is, and if I had gotten perfectly smooth fine details and lines it would look too “new” which wouldn’t have been accurate. The model depicts the scene as it was in the 1970s after decades buildup of paint, and corrosion, peeling paint etc.
    This course red clay has no tendency to warp or crack as should be obvious by this panel’s size and big variations in thickness from about 1-1/4″ in the background to about 3″ on the bottom quarter, other clays I’ve used before that were smoother really warped badly, so there’s trade-offs on every clay that way.

    I say this is “finished” but actually I still have to fill in all of the little slots in those slotted brass screws as they are supposed to be smooth convex shaped rivet heads.


    27″ x 16-3/4″


  • Pressed terracotta cherub 295 and Grotesque 285

    All three pieces came out of the kiln just perfect

    Two cherubs given an aged finish for a NYC client, the yellowish hue is from reflections from the wood floor and the lights fooling hte camera, they don’t have any yellow on them.

  • 90 Ridge St Nr 247 square lion

    The first pressed terracotta of this lion came out of the kiln perfect, it wound up the same size as the originals it’s based on that came from a tenement at 90 Ridge St NYC 6″ square.

    These would make very nice bookends.

  • Pressed cherub 295 firing

    I decided to see what would fit in the kiln and as long as these were ready to go, I turned it on. I was able to fit one of the cherubs and the little square lion on the bottom, and one cherub on the upper shelf. the one on the shelf is for a client- it had to be trimmed down an inch on the back to reduce the depth to fit in the client’s 3-1/2″ deep cavity left by removing bricks in the wall. The one on the bottom is the first one and I typically keep the first ones, so it’s full depth, same with lion which is also #1. The client’s 2nd cherub still feels moist inside so it’s not ready yet.
    So now these are in for 12 hours of 190º drying before the firing.

    Sept 25
    I cracked open the kiln lid to look real quick, it’s still 340º but the client’s cherub came out perfect!
  • 285 grotesque model

    I got busy with someone, but I managed to get this mostly set up for to-morrow to finish and then make the plaster mold for it.

    3 insert pieces for the face done, and one more section left to go.

    Sept 16

    I finally got around to pressing the first piece in a new mold finished a week ago, after a little cleaning up of surface defects he looks pretty good!

  • Commodore Hotel copper cornice mask

    I set up my clay model for the mold and the mold rubber along with the plaster and clay I ordered have arrived so I’m all set to do this mold and the plaster mold for the cherub, and set up the grotesque 285 to do it’s plaster mold too. Hopefully in a couple of days I’ll have this new design actually available, and 2 new molds for pressing clay into.

    Cast #1 and 2 are out, now to let #2 dry out so it can be finished for the client. It took 5 gallons to fill the mold.

    Sept 15
    The client’s cast is finished now in the green copper finish.
  • West Side Highway model almost finished

    I had to do a little artistic license modification on account of a couple of “layers” in the wings design not quite being far enough out from the backing, so I wound up extending one of the flat ring “gears” up a little further than the original design had.
    I also need to overlay another thin run of alternated wing design over the large one as it has that on the original and on what would be a bird’s tail feathers which were represented next to the vertical gears the ribbon winds around. A lot of fine detail yet to finish, some will have to be omitted because it’s just TOO fine and small to do in this smaller scale and with this pretty course clay.
    I think I’ll go back to the smoother raku clay for models in the future, it seemed to work a lot better for this.