Gazelle with Sackbut (about 4 feet high, 1978).
Shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1981.
A sackbut is a medieval trombone. Becky's younger son Brian is a professional trombonist. Becky wrote:
I collected a small library of drawings and photographs of animals. I also had a book of medical illustrations showing muscle and bone structure. As I worked the animal would grow fanciful or strong with a special presence. Karl would come home and ask 'What did you dream up today?'. It was great fun.
This piece is called Gazelle with Sackbut. The many textures that can be made with clay fascinate me. I lie for the textures to look fresh as if I have just finished, almost leaving the imprint of my hand or tool. I usually wanted to keep the earthy feeling of the clay using only stains for color.
As you can see from this picture of the owners' granddaughter [below], the animals sometimes inspire love. She strokes the playmate, talks to it, and brings it food."