Harriet Tubman Ceramic Portrait Bust Complete

Clay portrait sculpture Harriet Tubman © Lori Kiplinger Pandy

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Harriet was very inspiring to sculpt. I took longer than I needed because I tried out different sculpting techniques from very impressionistic to fairly tight. I have to say that I really liked the looseness of the impressionistic version - so full of energy. However, as she neared completion the strength of her personality and her face competed with the strong strokes of the very loose version.

So I continued to refine until I felt that I struck a balance of free strokes and polish.

This portrait bust of Harriet Tubman was very satisfying to sculpt. I plan on doing a 3/4 figure of her soon and the bust was a way of getting familiar with her face and features before expanding into more of the figure later.

She'll need to dry for a while before firing, so I will post once fired and working on the patina.


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.


~ Harriet Tubman

Clay portrait sculpture Harriet Tubman © Lori Kiplinger Pandy


See the complete making of Harriet Tubman.

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See the Harriet Tubman Portrait cast in bronze.

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