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This is the mini "Spinnaker" grade or pony gelding sculpture by the incrediably talented Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig. Probably my all time favorite piece to date, this fantastic piece was first produced in unpainted resin through the Realistic Equine Sculpture Society. In late 2006 this sculpture was then released in a very, very small edition of earthenware ceramic. The first several pieces were offered for sale with custom glaze finishes by Adalee Velasquez and Joan Berkwitz. Then 18 unglazed bisques were made available through RESS to glazing artists by lottery. Each of us who were able to purchase these bisques could buy up to two pieces each and glaze them for the 2007 RESS custom glazing finishwork contest!
This piece has been entiredly kiln fired to a chestnut tobiano/sabino pinto by myself, Paige Easley Patty of Hanblechia Studio. With a pattern inspired by a locally boarded eventing pony, I envisioned this chap to be the embodiment of the Chincoteague pony pawing the sand against the blow of the sea. I think I have packed more loving detail into this piece than any other custom glazed ceramic to date. I had hoped to be able to keep this piece, and if fate allows I might yet.
Details on this piece include subtle hair pattern edging, hints of hair texture throughout the mane and tail, neck and lip wrinkles, feathers, faintly striped hooves, detailed hoof bottom on raised foot, bi colored eyes, pink muzzle white, and so much more. I went to great length to photograph this and my other glazed Spinnaker WITHOUT glare so that they look very matte finished in these photos. They are actually satin in finish and a bit shinier in person.