Helping others to sculpt

Over the last 10+ years, I have taught many students how to sculpt and understand the art practices I have honed since my apprenticeship with my father. Many have gone to do great achievements. I have compiled some of the projects in this post.

Kathy Howard won the gold medal in the sculpture division with her “Notch” your average hare. Pictured below is the clay before molding and bronze casting.

Notchthis sculpture technique was taught by K & K Studios’ Keith Kendall while teaching classes in the Art Store by the Frame & I. This was a weekly sculpture class that continued until 2017. The mold was made with Kathy so she could bring it to the foundry of her choice for casting.



Given the Honor



As I have said earlier, during last year I had to rest due to adrenal exhaustion. During this time, I was able to volunteer to the community as part of my recovery. The Hot Shots needed my help as well as my spirit did.

As the vision of the Hot Shot Memorial Wall became clearer, I was able to assist in the design of the new logo for the placement of the memorial fence project at the mall. With this idea of remembering the 19, a better idea arose,” What if we also were able to protect our community with awareness as well of fire danger?”. That was a great idea that they really supported in Katie Cournelius’ vision of the project.

To symbolize the mission statement of the now GMIHC Learning and Tribute Center I chose to create with a common color scheme and of course listening to the committee. A good graphic designer will do what their client is after. Below you can see the roughs of some of the designs.

duty callsbattle shield logo colored final roughdoce fire granite logo coloredgranite sunset logo colored

Now all of them were good designs but how do you communicate the mission statement of the center? I decided you have to do this with the spirit of the 19. Symbolize, the bold and energetic group these guys were. While working as the manager of the Art Store on 6th Street, I got to meet most of the Hot Shots over the years. Definitely a hardworking life hungry bunch. The use of drab colors was not a good representation of this group of brave men. Another good idea was to honor the 19’s efforts so designs of the Doce Fire as well as Granite Mountain was discussed and roughed out.

When I do design, I try not to have a favorite. I tend to allow the customer to choose to their needs. In this the best design usually gets chosen. In my opinion a logo should be recognized immediately. Readable. Communicate the intention of the business or group.

After a few weeks of design changes, the battleshield logo was chosen. I nicknamed this due to the shield like design and the crossed pulaskis. In each of the icons of the design are easily understood icons. The helmet with the 19 on its side is to represent the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. The forest and fire symbolizes the need to be aware of forest fires for a safer community. The bottom logo represents the need to be firewise to the benefit of your own property as well as others. The book icon was used to remind all of us to honor our local heroes and their stories.

battle shield logo colored text reversed greened corrected no letters

The accepted final design was then sent to a local sign company for enlargement and finishing. I happen to be assisting the final efforts of the center’s presentation that day so I was able to take a few pictures of the sign placement.



Over the next few months, you start seeing vehicles showing their support. The Tribute and Learning Center is well worth visiting. K & K Studios and the Frame & I donated much to the Center to make the presentation as professional as possible.


Volunteering for the right reasons – Our community

On June 30th, 2013, 19 brave men died for what they believe in. I was at the Art Store in 2013. Working as I normally did. Too much. At the time, I thought the community really needed the support. The next day led to many tributes left on the fence around station 7. Then a huge storm hit it hard that afternoon. I found myself taping the posters left together with what we had. Trying to preserve what was needed for our community.

For the next two weeks I took the time to manage the tribute fence items. This lead to morning and evening checks of the items left. After two weeks, I was unable to handle the grief and many others stepped up.

Thousands of items were left at the fence during this time. The City of Prescott claimed these items for displays later in the years for the tribute fence project. They were stored after this point. Everyone of the items cataloged.

During my adrenal exhaustion recovery, I found myself designing a memorial for the Yavapai County Courthouse. This was one way I could grieve properly. I posted about this earlier.

To make the illustrations as accurate as possible, I was given access to take some pictures of the tools and equipment the Hot Shots used themselves as well as what was left at the memorial fence. IMG_2542

So as I am taking pictures one of the battalion chiefs comes in to discuss how the archives are to be moved. Moved?! I said wait where are they going? How will they be going? Who……Okay now I am interested. The reply was that they would need a conservation-minded person to pack every item for safety and deliver to the mall. I volunteered. After discussing the proper ways to do so with the curator, she saw that I was qualified. Since I was recovering, I decided why not do a good job in my own time. Volunteer for the community and the Hot Shots.


So 100+ hours later and much help from the rest of the volunteers, our artifacts were packed and moved to the mall. Thousands of them. Each carefully wrapped and boxed.


It was an honor to assist the community and the upcoming center. The bags were used to discourage scuffing and oxidation. Each flag was wrapped, bagged and boxed. Delicate job and no damage occurred due to great direction from the curator and years of study of archival methods.

These items were then taken to the new mall site by myself and at least 20 fire fighter volunteers. Everything was done marvelously.

It took about a week to unpack and properly organize the artifacts in their new archive storage.


Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots Volunteering

Some have wondered what I have been up to over the last year. I resigned my management duties at the Art Store. Art Director consulted for an up and coming artist and recovered from Adrenal Exhaustion and Hypo-cortisol Disorder which became Hyper-cortisol disorder as I healed. Huh? Well let’s just say my body gave out and I needed a lot of rest.

So what do you do with your time if you really can’t work? I am not one to sit idle. I volunteer to the community as much as I can.

I did design a memorial for the Hotshots but you can’t win every competition you enter. I do know the artist who has won this competition and will be placing the memorial on the courthouse. She is very competent and will do well with the team she is surrounded with.

I do need to share my design as it is a good design. I also will be working on a smaller version of this for the GMIHC Learning and Tribute Center.


K & K Sculpture Studio Reopens this Saturday, July 1st, 2017

After a 3-month break, K & K Studios is offering sculpture classes again. We reopen with good intentions of inspiring others and honing your sculpting and molding skills.

Many of our present students will be working on finishing some of their projects. Some are casting to bronze, others to resin. Some projects are just being properly molded for their future production. Some students are learning a new hobby.

If you wish to try your hand sculpting, feel free to contact us by the form at the end of this post or email us at

Below are just some of their efforts assisted by K & K Studios:

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Schedule of these classes is dependent on the student’s project’s demands and the instructor’s current project scheduling. Classes at this time are offered from 9am to noon on Saturdays. At 6th Street Business Park, 697 6th St, Prescott, AZ, suite 101. Cost is $40.00 cash or check per 3 hour session. Not including your art materials. Project details and needed supplies are discussed over email. Most are as follows:

Oil-based Clay

  1. Basic Sculpture Kit for ceramic and/or oil-based clay
  2. 9″x12″ sketchbook or larger
  3. Pencil or pen
  4. Eraser
  5. One sheet of tracing paper
  6. 2 to 10 pounds of oil-based clay (depending on your project)
  7. X-acto knife
  8. Pictures of project(s) to reproduce or that may inspire your own project(s)
  9. Proper armature for your project (will be discussed on day one of class, below items are just some possible materials)
  • One roll of aluminum foil
  • One pound (or more) of art wax (found on Art Store sales floor)
  • Various plumbing supplies (usually purchased with instructor after design is completed)
  • Melamine shelf material suitable for your project
  • Armature Wire

    Estimated costs of all above materials are $120.00 or less.

**Other Highly Recommended Materials & Equipment for Oil-based Clay Projects –

  1. Colourshapers – silicone tipped sculpting tools
  2. Aluminum detail sculpting tools
  3. Molding & Casting materials possibly used for reproducing your project
  • Silicone R.T.V. Molding Rubber
  • Latex Molding Rubber
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Hydrocal Plaster
  • Fiberglass Shred
  • Hemp
  • Bubble Shims
  • Extruded Wax
  • Packaging Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Vaseline
  • Art Wax
  • Latex Gloves
  • Apron
  • Safety Glasses
  • Graduated Plastic Containers
  • T-pins
  • Chipbrushes

Costs vary due to project needs

Equipment to bring yourself –

  • Apron
  • Latex gloves