Red Okie Clay
Red Okie Clay was sculpted by Carol Williams and introduced in earthenware ceramic in 2000. He is 1:9, or Breyer "Traditional" scale, and represents a stock horse colt. This is the first piece that Joanie did not commission to have sculpted directly, instead buying the rights to produce a ceramic run and making the mold from a resin copy. Lesli Kathman designed the production color of chestnut blanket appaloosa. The very first pieces in the run were marked with a star on the belly, and the earlier pieces were a very light chestnut. Later in the run, Joan tried to add more red shading, but as red is one of the colors that burns out easily during firing, this proved inconsistent. Around Christmas 2001, approximately half way through the production run, Joan changed the color to a slightly browner shade of chestnut, with pangare around the muzzle and darker shading on face, knees and hocks. The first six pieces in this new color were marked with a small "x" on the belly and are known as the Christmas variation. Altogether a run of 231 chestnut appaloosas was produced, along with a number of bisques and custom glazes. Click on the pictures below for larger views.
Original Finish Chestnut Appy- Variations
The above three photos compare a first firing Okie (light peachy one) with an Okie (much darker one) from the very end of the run.
Detailing on the appy above is by C. Alvarez-Plitz.
Photos by Joanie Berkwitz with the following exceptions: Solid chestnut by T. Tran; brindle by H. Malone; buckskin appy by T. Wong; appy on black background, C. Clinky; green by K. Williams; dun by M. Miller; blue roan, E. Heritage-Mensch; chestnut roan and buckskin overo by M. Mol; three photos comparing early and late run Okies, P. Hagrman. Thank you everyone!!