Stormwatch was sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig and introduced in earthenware ceramic in 2008. Sarah describes this piece: "There truly are no "ugly" horses, only those with more character. And Stormy certainly has that! He was inspired by the wonderful summer storms that roll through every season... I wanted to express the chaotic power of an incoming storm through the passive kinetic parts of a horse...Fun with vortices! But clearly, Stormy is rather nonchalant about it all. He's "popping" his lip as horses sometimes do when they're immersed in their own minds, which poses an amusing contrast to the turbulence swirling around him. He also has squinty eyes against the wind, and twitchy ears to keep tabs on what's erupting around him. He also has four-point-wear hooves, with chips and growth rings... and those bumps on him aren't mistakes- they're bug bites! No fly spray on this guy! He's been feral for some time, and survived by his wits, determination and endurance... and perhaps with a sense of humor, too." Stormwatch is 1:9 scale, or in plastic model horse parlance, Traditional scale. At about nine inches tall, he may be the largest piece Joanie has produced. At nineteen pieces, Stormwatch's mold also used to hold the record for most complex Pour Horse mold, though Dante's mold has that honor now. Stormwatch is a one-mold edition; that is, pieces will be made until the mold wears out and a new mold will not be made. Usually, that means about twenty to maybe thirty pieces. Click on the pictures below for larger views.
The above Stormy was in the last kiln load that Joanie ever did.
All photographs on this page by Joanie Berkwitz/The Pour Horse with the exception of that of the dapple grey in the last row which is by M. Jensen and that of roany sabino in the second to last row, which is by E.Heritage-Mench. Thank you all!!