Great White Shark

 

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), is one of the largest living predators, second only to killer whales to which they are on rare occasions prey. Great white females are larger than the males of the species and can grow in excess of 20 feet in length and over 4,000 lbs in weight. According to a recent study, Great white sharks have been discovered to live up 70 years or more. Also called "white death" in some cultures, they are responsible for the largest number of reported unprovoked fatal shark attacks on humans, giving them a deservedly terrifying reputation. I sculpted my great white based on an actual specimen on display at the Tustin, CA location of one of my favorite restaurants, the Crab Cooker (photo below). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Great White Shark

 

Great White Shark

 

Great White Shark

 

Great White Shark

 

Great White Shark

 

Great White Shark

Wet Clay Model

 

Great White Shark

Wet Clay Model

 

Great White Shark

Great White Shark specimen at the Crab Cooker in Tustin, CA

Polar Bear and Cub

 

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus), is a carnivorous bear whose native range is in the arctic circle. Polar bears are the largest living land carnivores, and adult males can weigh over 1,500 lbs with females typically at half the size. Polar bears spend much of their lives on ice sheets at sea hunting seals, their primary food source. Polar bear mothers are noted for their affection toward their offspring and their valor in defending them. I sculpted this polar bear mother and her cub based on a stock photo. The cub also helped to support the central mass of the mother bear, and I was pleased with the symbolism of that. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Polar Bear and Cub

 

Polar Bear and Cub

 

Polar Bear and Cub

 

Polar Bear and Cub

 

Polar Bear and Cub

Wet Clay Model

 

Polar Bear and Cub

Wet Clay Model

Panda

The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a true bear native to China. Unlike most bears (omnivores to fully carnivores), pandas are primarily herbivores with their diet consisting of 99% bamboo. Pandas weigh on average of 250 lbs and live between 20 to 30 years. A newborn panda bear is only 1/800 of the mother's weight, proportionately the smallest of any placental mammal. Pandas also have a unique adaptation in that their thumb is actually a modified wrist bone, resulting in five fingers and an opposable "thumb," great for gripping bamboo stalks like this junior panda is doing as he contently rests against a hollow tree trunk. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Panda

 

Panda

 

Panda

 

Panda

 

Panda

 

Panda

 

Panda

Wet Clay Model

T-Rex

Ask any child what their favorite dinosaur is, and odds are that it will be the Tyrannosaurus Rex, possibly the most popular dinosaur species of all time. The Tyrannosaur was one of the largest land carnivores in Earth's history, weighing around 10 tons and over 40 feet in length. Tyrannosaurs roamed what is now North America, and much has been studied, conjectured, and discovered about this storied beast. The current prevailing scientific theories indicate that Tyrannosaurs had a combination of feathers, scales, and skin like their modern relatives, birds. There are even some data that suggest the type of melanin that existed in some parts of the facial structure, possibly indicating the coloration around the eye ridges. For my version, I started with the head and overall proportions from the Jurassic Park animatronic model by Stan Winston Studios and added my interpretation based on the latest theories. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

T-Rex

 

T-Rex

 

T-Rex

 

T-Rex

 

T-Rex

 

 

T-Rex

 

T-Rex

Did T-Rex have feathers? Almost certainly according to recent fossil evidence.

 

T-Rex

Would like to have thinned the feet more, but pottery clay has its limitations.

 

T-Rex

Wet Clay Model in progress

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

According to Wikipedia, a mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, maṇḍala; literally "circle") is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. I took this definition literally and combined the knowledge of ancient and modern astronomers to depict the Cosmos in ceramic. The galactic spiral motif divides the tray into seven sections. The spiraling ribs end at smaller circular spirals, each adorned with a symbol for the seven Classical Planets. (Classical Planets were seven astronomical non-fixed bodies that could be observed with the naked eye during ancient times: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) Within each of the seven sections are patterns found in nature (blood cells, wood grain, water, eddies, leaves, scales, and molecular bonds). Under an emerald explosion at the center rests a single lotus flower, with its petals opening outwards towards the far reaches of the Universe. The flaws in this piece represent not only the chaos and uncertainty of the Cosmos, but also indicate my lack of experience with clay. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

  

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

 

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

 

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

 

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

 

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

Wet clay model

 

Classical Cosmos Mandala Plate

Concept sketch (The overall asymmetry is by design to reflect the elliptical and chaotic form of galaxies)