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The raw power of a horse sculpture

Detail, Horse Sculpture, by Gary Ruckman

Detail, Horse Sculpture, by Gary Ruckman

Last week, I saw Gary Ruckman working on a horse sculpture in the ceramics studio. The dynamism of the piece was the first thing that registered when I looked at it. It’s incredible! My friend is an expert horse sculptor and it’s always a pleasure to see his newest creation, but sometimes a particular one really gets to you, as this one did with me. The rawness of the piece, unfinished, only added to its appeal. I didn’t think to ask, but it appears to be a draft horse, judging by the legs, hair, and hooves.

What did I like about it? The twist of the lowered neck, the implied motion, strong and sure. I also like the way he works with manes and tails and each horse has a specific character that includes horse hair, along with musculature and stance. I’ve watched Gary’s technique morph over the five years I’ve seen him sculpt horses, but he’s been at it much longer than that. Since I’ve known him, he’s also taken a number of sculpture classes, some from artists who also specialize in horses, and he adds this knowledge to his own. I thought you’d like to see what he’s up to and it seemed especially appropriate, since today is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse! Gong Xi Fa Cai! (And while I need to reinsert the gallery, you can read more about Gary by clicking here.)

Full piece; horse sculpture by Gary Ruckman

Full piece; horse sculpture by Gary Ruckman

 

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ArtWalk, Day 2, Port Moody Arts Centre’s Ceramics Department

Sunday brought warm weather and a festive atmosphere, as the ArtWalk participants shared workspace with the Open Studio crew at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The slideshow includes work by Dan Severance (thrown and handbuilt pieces), a studio member (sculpture), and Gary Ruckman (horse sculptures). Faux tattoo modeled by Sylvia Hardy.

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Open Studio Update: Gary Ruckman’s New Animal Sculptures

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A sweet rakued pony

Yesterday, my friend Gary climbed up our twenty-six stairs, reaching the somewhat flat area by our cottage. I was waiting to greet him. He took a look around, as it was the first time he’s been up on the hill. He saw our greenhouse and contemplated whether he should set one up at his place, a picture-book home overlooking a bay. He looked at our porch project, then his gaze travelled up the forested hill. And he gave me a pony, a lovely and generous gift. The pony’s iridescent body is glossy and dark and the hooves are matte black from raku kiln smoke. It is a treasure. You may remember Gary Ruckman’s work, but if you have yet to see it or want to refresh your memory, click on this link to Gary’s Wild Horse Plains. Here’s a peek at the little gem he gave me… It fits right in with our little home and will give us much pleasure.

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