The giraffe (Giraffa), is the tallest living land animal, and one of the most visually distinct creatures, making them instantly recognizable and a favorite of children and adults alike. Their closest living relative is the Okapi, which superficially resemble a half giraffe, half zebra. Despite their improbably long necks, they have the same number of vertebrae (neck bones) as all mammals. I've been meaning to sculpt a giraffe for a while but could not figure out how to sculpt a piece with a high center of gravity with long, thin legs - until I came across a photo of Amelia, a newborn female calf at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this year. This piece is loosely based on that photo with some liberty taken on the spot patterns. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model