In Greek mythology Atlas was a Titan who was condemned by Zeus to hold up the skies for eternity after the Titanomachy, the war between the Olympian gods and the Titans. In ancient artworks, Atlas often symbolized endurance, eternity, and immensity. The Atlas mountains and the Atlantic Ocean are fittingly named after this Titan. For my model I chose a water bowl with the zodiac constellations to represent the heavens. Atlas crouches above the northern hemisphere, with his right knee atop Asia and his left foot planted firmly on California, symbolizing my cultural footing. Incidentally my first attempt shattered during bisque firing (see version 1.0 below), so the final model is actually a second version. Thanks always to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Atlas 2.0 Wet Clay, I improved the sense of weight upon his shoulders and also added all 12 zodiac constellation symbols.
Atlas 1.0 Wet Clay, The left arm and shoulder shattered during bisque firing.
Atlas concept sketch