Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese hamster (left) and Lab rat (right). Medical science owes more to these two rodents than perhaps any other animal on the planet. 2020 being the year of the rat, I thought it fitting to pay tribute to these humble servants and enablers of the bio-pharmaceutical industry through which millions of lives have been enriched and saved. Incidentally, Chinese hamsters were more commonly used in medical research until lab rats and mice replaced them as they were easier to maintain and breed. To this day, many biologic drugs are developed and manufactured using the ovarian cells of the Chinese hamster - referred to within the industry as "CHO cells" (Chinese Hamster Ovary cells). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

 

Chinese Hamster and Lab Rat

Wet clay models

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

This functional sculpture was made in two pieces so that the rabbit doe and bunny can be displayed by itself or as a centerpiece for the plate which was designed suitably for cookies or sushi. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

 

Rabbit Doe and Bunny

Wet clay model

 Dolphin Mug

 

This is my fourth dolphin themed piece after the Emerald Dolphin, Ceramic Sea Pod, and Killer Whale Orca K-38 Comet (since killer whales are technically dolphins). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Dolphin Mug

 

Dolphin Mug

 

Dolphin Mug

 

Dolphin Mug

 

Dolphin Mug

 

Dolphin Mug

Wet clay model

 Thanos

"I am inevitable."

 

Thanos the philosopher - requested by the winning bidder on a charity auction I donated my artistic services to. I had planned to make Thanos at some point, but that point came much sooner than I had anticipated. Perhaps Thanos truly is inevitable. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

 

Thanos

Wet clay model

Hercules Heracles

 

The Greek mythological hero Heracles (Hercules in Roman mythology) was born Alcaeus but later renamed Hera-cles to mollify the goddess Hera who despised him for being the illegitimate product of her husband Zeus's affair. Incidentally, Hera unwittingly partially gave Heracles his superhuman strength by nursing him with divine milk as a baby, thanks to Athena's trickery. This incident is also the amusing (and hilarious) origin story of the Milky Way. Heracles is famous for his twelve labours, the first of which was to slay the Nemean Lion, a beast with impenetrable skin which Heracles conquered by beating it with his club and choking with a bear hug. Heracles later used its hide as his iconic cloak. The composition of my piece is based on the relief by Philippe-Laurent Roland at the Louvre. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

 

Hercules Heracles

Wet clay model