In sculpture I started with a torso, which I was very proud of then and have since taken to the dump. I also did a whole series of figures in clay from live models and then fired them. I still have them but they are not much to look at. On the other hand, I learned a lot about anatomy which went into my later work in clay, plaster, winterstone, steel, wax, wood and bronze.
In about the third semester of sculpture, I did two stones, a lion and a moebius strip.
About the best piece if made in ceramics was this tower. I used the extruder to make the square tubes and then scored and slipped them together. I must have used every glaze in the studio. My wife, Yoshii, has what I irreverently call a black belt in flower arranging. I designed this for her to use and she does.
Inevitably when I took a graduate course in Japanese art, what we were studying would creep into what I was doing in the studio. The professor, Sandy Kita had a fixation on a certain bull. I put it on the face of a sashimi plate I made in my ceramics class. On the back it says "For toro only." Toro is the best part of the tuna
I've done more figures in wax than any other medium. One I particularly like is Girl Walking, fall 2009, which was inspired by a picture in the Post that was almost a silhouette.
This figure in walnut was carved from a 2x6 that I found on the floor of Sarah Silberman's storage room. When I get a better frontal view I'll add it or replace this picture.
I'm trying to pin down the date of this wax portrait of Venus fully extended. It was probably the late 1990s, since I was still using coat hangers for armatures instead of welding threaded steel rods.