Owynn was sculpted by Kristina Lucas Francis and introduced in earthenware ceramic in 1996. A piece such as Owynn that stands about 4 to 5 inches tall is dubbed "Curio" scale by The Pour Horse. He is a small 1:9 scale, or in plastic model horse terminology, Traditional scale. He represents a Welsh pony stallion and was originally meant to be part of a family that included the mare "Maeve" and the foal "Dare", but due to production issues these latter two were only produced in small numbers. Runs of slightly less than 100 pieces were produced in the colors of steel grey and medium bay. The grey had three variations. The "South Coast Classic" variation, named for the show at which it was introduced and sold, was painted with a small test jar of underglaze and was a dark grey, with a solid black mane and tail and black shading that blended into the body color. This variation numbered about ten pieces. The next couple of batches of greys were painted with a larger jar of the same underglaze, but for reasons unknown this glaze was lighter, cooler in tone and less opaque so that the shading was more visible. These also had solid black manes and tails. Later in the run Joan began to add lighter areas of grey mixed into the manes and tails to add interest, and these constitute the majority of the grey Owynn run. In addition a number of bisques, custom glazes, and claybody customs were produced. Click on the pictures below for larger views.
Original Finish Bay and Grey
Original Finish Tests
The grey glaze in particular was prone to greenish tones due to its mineral content. Joan added a little bit of brown to counteract this.
Custom Glazed and Claybody Customs
The above pieces were collaborations between Joanie and Kristina.
Photos by Joanie Berkwitz/Pour Horse Pottery with the exception of the following: buckskin pony with one white foot, J. Schiller; dappled pony on picnic table, T. Wong; buckskin pony with blue background, C. Perry; bay test on tabletop, C. Velten; family shot with grey Maeve, C. Rouillard, chestnut on black background and pinto on white background, Carole Clinky, dun and long maned claybody custom, unknown. Thank you everyone!