Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Unicorn Skulls and the Pegasusunicorngiraffe

One day while walking by
a glint in the sky caught my eye
I looked up and saw flying past
a pegasus unicorn giraffe

It's wings soared above the trees
and it's fluttering shook the leaves
it flew into a cloud and dove fast
this pegasus unicorn giraffe

Then it landed nearby
it was a sight I couldn't deny
and i tried real hard not to laugh
at the pegasus unicorn giraffe

the pegasus-unicorn-gira-affe
a pegasus-unicorn-giraf-af-af-af
Unicorn Skull coil built stoneware, glaze, rutile stain, and white gold overglaze
 These unicorn skulls are built using coils.  Coils are strings of clay that can be used to built complex shapes.  By adding such a small amount of clay at a time, you can easily control whatever you are building.  You can also prevent cracks, like the one seen in the image above by using a little slip between each coil.

Unicorn Skull detail

A large Pegiracorn in progress
 I also use coils to build larger free-standing sculptures.  This is a pegasus unicorn giraffe, or pegiracorn built with earthenware.  I glazed it with majolica glaze and rutile spots. It and another spent a few months at SEATAC airport during NCECA

Unicorn skull sans horn

murrequis unicornis humboldt
 Since it is difficult to make all skulls exactly alike, I like to imagine that the unicorn evolved over time, much like horses.  Therefore, I can assign names to delineate their specie.
Murrequis unicornis americus

unicorn evolution

Murrequis unicornis regnordicus stoneware with white underglaze, rutile stain, and Regnor's Gloss Glaze.  Fired to cone 10 in Kirkland, WA

Unicorn skull with 22k gold luster horn

I enjoy the challenge of making complex sculptures.  Making any skull can be difficult.  I usually use images of horse skulls to help me along, but sometimes I get carried into imaginary traits.

pegasusunicorngiraffe pinched porcelain with stains and glaze

There it stood upon the ground
and there it did not make a sound
I did not think that this vision would last
of the pegasusunicorn giraffe*

I shook my head and closed my eyes
I even reached down to pinch my thigh
I blinked and blinked but standing by
was the pegasusunicorn giraffe

So I yelled with all my might
" what strange creature has entered my sight?"
but the beast did not respond
it just leaped into the air---and flew on

It was a pegasus-unicorn giraffe

*note:  The pegasusunicorngiraffe or pegiracorn as it is otherwise known lives near Mount Olympus in the rain forest.  It can occasionally be seen flying across the sky at dawn and dusk.  It has also been spotted near Sequim down at "the Spit" but usually likes to avoid crowds of people.

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