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“My Joy” Vineyard sculpture clay

“My Joy” Vineyard sculpture clay

Hi all,

Here’s a clay version of my vineyard Return of Joy bronze edition with a slightly different pose and called “My Joy”.  With clay, it’s important to not have things sticking out too far (such as an arm) because of breakage.  So with her, she now has a sturdier wine glass and arm that attaches nicely in a few places (grape leaves and side of hand) to the other arm.  This will really give strength to the arm and keep those fingers back close to her body so they don’t get broken off!  Actually though, she has been fired to midrange temps so she is pretty durable already.

There is nothing I enjoy more doing with my art than doing the finishing on my sculptures.  I get so excited to figure out which colors I’m going to use.  Purple is what I chose for her dress and the colors look really romantic and beautiful.  I actually pressed in grape leaves with glaze on them onto her dress but it didn’t show up on this particular sculpt (you can barely see it).

The wine barrels look much like bronze or metal of some kind.  Her wine glass glows in the sunlight and is so stunning to see.  I was nervous to add color there but knew if I could pull it off it would really set the whole sculpture off with elegance.  It sure does and I’m so happy I did it!  The gold accents are on the wine glass and in the leaves around her face.

I took some photos of her in my yard and thought how beautiful she would look as a lifesize garden sculpture. Hope I get to do that someday!

I hope you enjoy looking at the pics below!

Edit: On new ceramic editions of her she has these changes:  more color to skin; add color to lips, cheek and eye color; dark rich blue purple grapes ready for harvesting.  Always great to give changes where needed to bump up the beauty as much as possible!

~Tamara

Front closeup of woman holding grapes.

Front closeup of woman holding grapes.

It was a "Joy" to sculpt "Joy" again. I do love her!

It was a "Joy" to sculpt "Joy" again. I do love her!

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Back view of unfired clay lady sculpture.

Back view of unfired clay lady sculpture.

This is her bisque firing.

This is her bisque firing.

A black wash of color to show the detail was first applied.

A black wash of color to show the detail was first applied.

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China paints add a special touch.

China paints add a special touch.

You can see what looks like freckles but it's from the glaze and clay type.

You can see what looks like freckles but it's from the glaze and clay type. This is before china painting color to her lips and cheeks and darkening her skin color.

Wine glass sets off the entire sculpture.

Wine glass sets off the entire sculpture.

The burgundy literally glows with richness in the light.

The burgundy literally glows with richness in the light.

She's looking at you!

She's looking at you!

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Closeup to show colors on her dress.

Closeup to show colors on her dress.

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7 Responses to ““My Joy” Vineyard sculpture clay”

  1. ZooDoc says:

    Be-a-u-tiful! I want one. You’re an amazing talent!!! ZD

  2. Peter says:

    Hi,

    I would love to be your student. Your sculptures are amazing. Do you teach?

  3. Tamara Bonet says:

    I don’t have the time to teach at the moment but maybe one day I will. In the past I’ve taught family and friends but not as class per se. Thanks for inquiring and hope you will continue to grow in your abilities.

  4. Simon Keeley says:

    Hi Temara,
    love your modeling work, the detail and sensitivity
    reveal much of your ability. I wish you luck getting your
    first life sized sculpture commission, we share that same dream.

    All the best from me here in the UK,

    Best wishes,

    Simon
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    Simon Keeley MA

    Stone Carver & Sculptor
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  5. srikanth says:

    Just came across this beauuutiful art piece while browsing on google for some inspiration to start clay art.. was just aw-stuck at your art, this is simply amazing how you gave life to that woman through your hands.. you are gifted..KUDOS!!
    I am glad that I came across this, and I hope will continue to look for updates from a wonderful artist like you..!
    keep up the great work

  6. Jodi says:

    It’s amazing how real you get your sculpture to look, it is magical. I am a self taught amateur and am making clay faces. I am struggling with getting the skin tones to look real. It’s tough! I’d so much appreciate any tips you could give me. Just love playing with clay!

    Jodi

  7. godwin aye says:

    pls want to chat with you on whattsapp. my number is 0026771392582. botswana

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