Maquettes and Clay Sketches

Christ Healing the Leper (Clay Sketch)

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Christ Healing the Leper (Clay Sketch)

This sculpture is designed to complement the other sculptures of the life of Christ. This is a fairly intimate piece with Christ placing both hands on the leper’s face. The leper’s helper, a trusty pack dog, looks on in wonder as his master is healed. Year completed: 2012 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 7.5 inches high, 5 inches wide, 3.5 inches deep Availability: not for sale...

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Keeper of the Vineyard (Clay Sketch)

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Keeper of the Vineyard (Clay Sketch)

This sculpture is a good example of the different creative methods. In this piece, I did not set out to make a man carrying a tree, instead I started by pushing the clay around to see what it would say. My only idea was to have a smaller base and larger top to give it a light feeling.  After a while I could see a tree and a man carrying it. The sculpture of the “Keeper of the Vineyard” was born! Year completed: 2012 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 6.5 inches high, 3 inches wide, 5 inches deep Availability:...

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To Mourn With Those That Mourn (Clay Sketch)

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To Mourn With Those That Mourn (Clay Sketch)

This piece came about in a similar way the “Keeper of the Vineyard” did where the clay told me what it wanted to be. This is a quiet yet tender piece of a seated person consoling someone who has their head on her lap. Although it is not a dramatic design, I greatly like this piece and it speaks of kindness and caring for people who are sad. Year completed: 2011 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 4.5 inches high, 3.5 inches wide, 3 inches deep Availability: not for...

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Chasing out the Money Changers (Clay Sketch)

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Chasing out the Money Changers (Clay Sketch)

A more dramatic sculpture of the life of Christ where Christ is proactive in expelling the money changers from the temple. I tried to make Christ dignified yet showing the money changers in no uncertain terms, how he felt about them being in the temple. Year completed: 2012 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 10 inches high, 5.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep Availability: no for sale...

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The Entombment (Clay Sketch)

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The Entombment (Clay Sketch)

Another more tender piece of the disciples laying the lifeless body of Christ in the tomb. The relaxed and lean body of the dead Christ would be shear joy for any figure sculptor to sculpt. Year completed: 2012 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 7 inches high, 7 inches wide, 5 inches deep Availability: not for sale...

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Christ Healing the Blind Man (Clay Sketch)

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Christ Healing the Blind Man (Clay Sketch)

One of the first sculptures I did, early in my career, was “Christ Healing the Blind Man”.  The original mold is lost.  One day I would like to revisit this sculpture and do a new version, similar to the old.  In preparation for this, I did this quick clay sketch, patterned after the old one. I was so happy with the way it turned out that I did other sketches of the life of Christ, which are on this site. Year completed: 2012 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 6 inches high, 6 inches wide, 3 inches deep Availability: not for...

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Ascension of the Beggar (Clay Sketch)

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Ascension of the Beggar (Clay Sketch)

  This is one of the few clay sketches that I have enlarged to full size. I was looking to do a biblical theme, but not sure what. When I started pushing the clay around I saw a man carrying another man. Then I thought, that must be the angel carrying the beggar to heaven! It is interesting how close the final 47 inch piece is to the 7 inch sketch that took me all of 5 minutes to sculpt. Year completed: 2011 Material: terracotta Dimensions: 7.5 inches high, 2 inches wide, 2 inches deep Availability: not for sale...

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The Prodigal Son (Clay Sketch)

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The Prodigal Son (Clay Sketch)

This was a tricky composition. I wanted to make the father look like he cared for the son without smothering him and closing off the viewer to the relationship. So I made the heads close but left the bodies apart to allow us to look in and be a witness to the reunion. Year completed: 2012 Material: oil-based clay Dimensions: 5.5 inches high, 4 inches wide, 3 inches deep Availability: not for sale...

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The Tree of Life(Maquette for the San Antonio temple)

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Maquettes and Clay Sketches, Religious Works | 0 comments

The Tree of Life(Maquette for the San Antonio temple)

This sculpture was originally created as a proposal for the LDS San Antonio Temple but did not make it too far into the committee process.  They said they don’t usually have figure sculpture in the interior of a temple, which is where they were considering it for.  I later cast it and entered it into the 2006 LDS art competition where it won a merit award. The “Tree of Life” is a representation of the blessings we can have as families and friends all gathering around to enjoy the fruit of the tree. There were many challenges with this sculpture, such as proportion, the...

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