“There’s a mongrel koi in there. It’s the most dangerous of all goldfish” ~ Deuce Bigalow
Home has always been in the Dallas, Texas area where I live, work, play and share a studio with my wife, social director, and high school sweetheart, Judy. Our suburban home seems to be more of a rural country farm, with our koi pond, lots of koi, our cat – Samwise (aka Sam), and a flock of bantam chickens.
Many years ago I came across some polymer clay sculptures in an art gallery, and I was blown away by the color, pattern and detail of the figures. I started working with this medium back then and have been obsessed by polymer clay (fimo) ever since. I have developed my own personal style and technique, after much practice from the lessons found in the books and VHS tapes back then. This is a life-long learning process, and my style is ever evolving. My process starts with a traditional clay sculpture, and after firing the figure I then apply the polymer clay design, fire again, then go through a 10-12 step sanding and buffing process – all by hand and up to a 12,000 grit. (Yep, 12,000 – not a typo)
Drawing my inspiration from animals, colors and patterns in nature, I primarily work with the millefiori technique. Millefiori (Italian for “thousand flowers”), also known as caning, is an old glassworks technique arranging different colored glass rods to make an image, heated and stretched, then sliced for a repeatable pattern. Imagine oil painting in 3-D.
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Henry at Mongrel Koi