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

Korean Crow-Tit

 

The Korean Crow-Tit (Baepsae 뱁새), is a type of vinous-throated parrotbill (Sinosuthora webbiana) that basically resembles a round, fluffy white cotton ball with a long thin tail. They are quite possibly the cutest birds on the planet. This is a variation on another sparrow themed jewelry dish I made last year. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Korean Crow-Tit

 

Korean Crow-Tit

 

Korean Crow-Tit

 

Korean Crow-Tit

 

Korean Crow-Tit

Wet clay model

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retrievers were originally bred in Scotland for retrieving hunting prey and are one of the most popular breed of dogs in North America. A friend who was a fan of retrievers once told me they make the perfect pets because they are very smart and easy to train, but not too smart that they are always trying to outthink their owner and stir up trouble. Their intelligence, loyalty, and friendly temperament have made them a popular choice for disability assistance dogs and also for search and rescue. This is my third dog including Tuco (Chihuahua) and my Pembroke Welsh Corgi. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

 

Golden Retriever

Wet clay model

White Wolf

 

How many wolves have I made? How many more must I make? As the 80's MTV slogan goes, "Too much is never enough."

But just for the record this is my fifth, including Sitting Wolf (1.0), Howling Wolf, Princess Mononoke, and of course, my werewolf. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

White Wolf

 

White Wolf

 

White Wolf

 

White Wolf

 

White Wolf

 

White Wolf

Wet clay model

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehogs (sub family Erinaceinae), are a species of spiny mammals found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. Their trademark spines are hollow hairs made of stiff keratin and are not poisonous nor detach easily like the quills of porcupines. Their diminutive size and cuteness have made them exotic pets. I based my version on a juvenile hybrid which are the most common breed in the pet trade. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehog

 

Hedgehog

Wet clay model