Sculpture: Contemplative Figure the Beekeeper
I have been making these standing figures since 2006. Inspired by Chinese tomb figures, I have thought of them as monks, as nuns and more recently simply as meditating figures. I hand build these hollow then carve and decorate the surface when it is still wet clay. This figure is carved with a sash of apple blossoms, accented by transfers of bees and honeycomb under a magical glaze blend of golds, turquoises and olive greens. In his arms he holds the hive. Truly a serene figure. 6" deep by 8" wide and 20.5" in height! Great magic in this series.
Surface is a wonderful medley of turquoise, olive green, gold and black glazes. As with all of my sculptures these are meant for indoor enjoyment only.
Signed Sullivan on the body. These pieces are so much more in real life.