Restoring "Bask" after the October Fires in Santa Rosa/Sonoma

They lost all their possessions in the October fires. Two bronze sculptures were the only things even recognizable in the ashes. The heat of the fire melted the foot off of the sculpture "Dive" but after seeing a photo of the two pieces I thought there was a chance I could do something with "Bask". The following images will show some of the steps involved in restoration. The piece got so hot in the fire that much of the surface liquified and wrinkled upon cooling. There were areas that had melted glass embedded in the surface. I decided to leave the wrinkled surface on some of the sculpture in order to embody what it had been through, but not the skin, the wrinkled skin was too disturbing to me.

California Fire

A couple lost their home and all possessions in the California fire. The only two things that were recognizable were Bask & Dive. Dive is a little worse for the wear. Bask may be salvageable.

Welcoming two new artists to the studio... 
Ceramicist Lynette Mathis, and Sculptor Christine Partigianoni.

continuing to sculpt on what Lynette & Christine started.

continuing to sculpt on what Lynette & Christine started.

Sisyphus almost ready for oil clay.

Sisyphus almost ready for oil clay.

Enlargement back from Taylor Foam

Double life-size Sisyphus enlarged by Taylor Foam of OKlahoma City. They did a great job. Something seemed eerily familiar about this image when I saw it. I just figured out it reminds me of one of the witches monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.