The modern day persona of Santa Claus is an amalgamation of the much older English tradition of Father Christmas and various historical and legendary figures including Saint Nicholas (Bishop of Myra), Odin, and other European folklore. Many countries also share similar traditions of a benevolent elderly figure that gives presents to children on a special day: Ded Moroz (Russia), Joulupukki (Finland), and even Amu Nowruz (Iran). In sculpting my version of this holiday legend, I decided on a more realistic take on Father Christmas with less belly fat and a tamer beard compared to the commercialized image of Santa. His gift sack serves as a candy bowl, just the right size for some Hershey's Kisses. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop for helping me get this ready in time for Christmas 2018.
Wet clay model