Following a family tradition (sister Laura Gachupin is also famous for her owls), Maxine has created a marvelously appealing miniature owl – and a rarity for her.
Maxine is renowned for figures of sleek, minimalistic elegance, with graceful, simple lines and glossy, stone polished finishes.
This handsome little fellow is a real departure; almost entirely matte, ornately decorated, and bristling with a sculpted, marvelously textural chestful of “feathers”.
Note that the feathers are graduated in size from smallest at the top, down.
The owl’s characteristic large eyes are carved to stand out and stone polished – the only part of the piece that is – and painted black around the rim, for emphasis.
The precise, painted ornamentation includes beautifully stylized feathered wings, and plant forms.
Owls are honored for their ability to hunt at night, warn of enemies with their hooting, and for their protection of crops by preying on rodents and other seed and plant-eating creatures.
With his adorably wide-open eyes and serious glance, this splendid little owl will protect your home, too.
Created, by hand, just like her large figures and the “grown-up” owl, elsewhere on this site, this miniature will fit in anywhere you choose to place him.
Totally traditional in execution, from gathering the clay to pit-firing.
This is a totally charming piece, with a delightful, three-dimensional silhouette combining beautiful painting and craggy texture.