Meet my latest table-top bronze:
"Your pad or mine?"
It is 9" x 12" as seen from above, and the tallest part is 5" above the table.
There are nuts welded into the underside should you wish to mount it to anything, and also flat areas flush with the bottom which have adhesive felt dots to prevent scratched furniture.
Also check out my Beer Frogs (bronze frog bottle openers)
Oh, I also have a project running until Nov 6 in the product design category for bronze frog and tree frog bottle openers. You can check it out by clicking HERE.
So why frogs?
Ponds in general, and frogs in particular have lured me since I was a kid with their seductive siren songs.
How many times in the months of February and March did ice cold water fill up my wellies so I could wade out among the reeds in England's chilly ponds?
How many gloopy masses of spawn spilled from one hand to the other as I tried not to drop it, wading back to shore?
I made a tree frog in my childhood pottery class back when I had no skills to do justice to my curious amphibian obsessions. That was quite a while ago.
The pond that I frequented most often in search of newts and frogs is gone now, sacrificed for a rail link to the Channel tunnel. But my activities created a suburban frog posse which keeps the bugs down at my parents' place. I'm sure my Wellington booted pond mates are responsible for more slippery populations in their neighborhoods too.
I live stateside now, and am quite old enough to know better than to waste my time poking around ponds, and while I live in the desert South West, I can still show you all the best places to find frogs, salamanders and garter snakes in and around Santa Fe.
Art-wise, I've made my living with a pencil since college, drawing storyboards mostly, but also sculpting since moving to Santa Fe in 2005.
Here are some pics of other amphibian bronzes I've made...
So what are those letters after my name?
I'm a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), and an elected member of the National Sculpture Society (NSS).
Starting at $11, my grateful thanks and a set of my recently invented and produced (right here on Kickstarter) art grid cards will be sent your way. You can learn about them by clicking HERE
For a $30 pledge you'll get my sincere thanks and I'll send you one of my Rocky the frog talismans. Here's four of them next to a penny.
Pledge amount $1,750 future retail $2,500
The Big Kahuna! My eternal gratitude and your own numbered casting of 'Your Pad or Mine?' at $750 less than it will retail when this project ends.
So what do I need help for?
Selling bronzes is an expensive game: Galleries take my work on consignment for the most part, which means I have to provide them with the finished pieces at my expense, which can fast become considerable.
The production costs of replacements then come out of my cut once the gallery gets paid and forwards my chunk to me.
So when I create a new piece, before it goes into galleries I launch it on Kickstarter. It gives you a chance to essentially 'pre-order' one at considerably less than retail, and helps me fund my first round of gallery-bound castings.
In this case, the Kickstarter pledge for a numbered casting is $750 less than the retail will be.
Once the project ends, so does the chance to get one below retail since I sell my work online at the same prices as the galleries to avoid unfairly undercutting them.
If I get one backer reward to fulfill, I can put one in a gallery. If I get two, it helps enormously getting two into galleries, and so on. So far it has helped out enormously with smaller pieces, but this is a more substantial piece with a bit of jump in price, so I really don't know what to expect.
I have cast two to date, during the process of which I became aware of the best ways to handle various elements during the assembly of the parts, and so further castings should go without a hitch. The two I have now are earmarked for shows this year, one of which is the Albuquerque museum's annual fundraiser.
So if you'd like to help me get some into galleries, and in the process get one for yourself at $750 less than they will be when the project ends, your pledge will be most appreciated!
Risks and challenges
Since I'm regularly casting bronzes of my work there are no risks and challenges unless a meteor, fire, or other act-of-God type scenario destroys molds or foundries.
It hasn't happened yet, and I hope the good fortune continues!
- (19 days)