Elephant Mug

 

This one was a request for a mug incorporating an elephant, so I took the most obvious design choice using the versatile trunk for the handle. This is my second elephant (first attemptand seventh mug. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

 

Elephant Mug

Wet clay model

 

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita (Japanese: 銃夢 "Ganmu"), is my third anime based work, including Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, and Princess Mononoke. I based her face on the manga/anime, and her cyborg body loosely from the film adaptation (except for the wings of course). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

 

Battle Angel Alita

Wet clay model

Apollo

 

Apollo is the Greek and Roman god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, healing and diseases, the sun and light, poetry, and more. He is the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Apollo was considered the ideal male form and depicted in art as a beardless, youthful, and athletic man in his prime. I designed Artemis and Apollo to be companion pieces. Artemis, the older twin and goddess of the wilderness, is positioned on some forest rocks, whereas Apollo the younger twin and also the patron of sailors, is on the beach. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

 

Apollo

Wet clay model

Black Cat

 

This piece started out as a generic Tabby cat, but ended up as a black cat based on the results of an Instagram poll... and my impatience with glaze painting a complex pattern. Both Tabby and black cats are not a specific breed, but are actually a descriptor of domestic cats based on their physical characteristics. This is technically my sixth ceramic cat, including the Water Bearer and the Lion, White Tiger, Siberian Tiger 1.0, Barbary (Atlas) Lion, and Siberian Tiger 2.0... and my seventh if you also count the Black Panther! Incidentally, her owner has named her 제숙이 (Jae-sook-ee). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

 

Black Cat

Wet clay model

Alkonost

 

The Alkonost is, according to Russian mythos and folklore, a woman-headed bird. It makes amazingly beautiful sounds, and those who hear their sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again. There is a scene in the Russian classic film: Sadko (1953), where the titular hero seeks a magical bird of happiness which actually turns out to be an Alkonost. I based her colors on the paradise kingfisher since the name of the Alkonost came from Alcyone, a Greek demigoddess who was transformed by the gods into a kingfisher. This is my third piece based on Russian folklore including Baba Yaga and Gorynych

BTW: My original design of the Alkonost had her with extended wings, but I accidentally knocked her over and completely broke them beyond repair. What kept me from abandoning the entire piece was that her intricate tail somehow miraculously was mostly unscathed. Any repair work needed to be done quickly as she was fairly dry, so I gave her folded wings. I hadn't given it much further thought until a Russian colleague on Instagram pointed out that the new wings were actually an improvement as the previously extended wings resembled the long sleeves of traditional "sad" shirts worn by women for certain festivities. As my Russian colleague observed, "It's as if Alkonost made the necessary adjustments herself!" (Scroll down below for a comparison) My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

I applied some kintsugi-esque gold paint to address a small crack on her left waist (and added it to her right side for balance).

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

 

Alkonost

Wet clay model (Final version)

 

Alkonost

Traditional Russian shirt (circa 18th century) and original Alkonost design with extended wings.