Budai

In Chinese folklore, Budai is a deity whose name means "cloth sack" and is associated with contentment and abundance. Budai (Hotei in Japanese folklore) was based on an eccentric Chan monk who lived in the 10th century. It is believed that rubbing his belly brought wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In the west, Budai is mistaken for the Gautama Buddha and referred to as the "fat Buddha" or more popularly "laughing Buddha." My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Budai

 

Budai

 

Budai

 

Budai

 

Budai

 

Budai

 

Budai

Wet clay model

 Elephant

 

African elephants (genus Loxodonta) are the largest land animals, weighing over 13,000 lbs. An elephant's trunk contains up to 150,000 muscles and their sense of smell are four times as sensitive as that of a bloodhound. The tusks are actually incisor teeth and continue to grow throughout an elephant's lifetime. Elephants are highly intelligent and have the largest brains of all land animals (and by body mass ratio, larger than whales). The closest living relatives of elephants are dugongs and manatees. Incidentally, the Asian elephant is evolutionarily closer to the extinct mammoths than they are to African elephants. This was my first attempt at sculpting an elephant, and based on the results I will most likely be sculpting one again as my clay skills improve. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Elephant

The blue glass shards which were supposed to be water puddles didn't quite turn out the way I had expected, so this elephant is searching for salt instead.

 

Elephant

 

Elephant

 

Elephant

  Elephant

Wet Clay Model

 Siddhartha Gautama

 

"What you are is what you have been.

What you'll be is what you do now."

 

- Gautama Buddha

 

According to modern scholars, Siddhartha Gautama lived during the 4th century BCE, born to a chieftain of the Shakya state near the foot of the Himalayas (present day Nepal). Siddhartha's mother died shortly after he was born, and his father wanting his son to become a great king, shielded Siddhartha from religious teachings and surrounded him in luxuries. At the age of sixteen Siddhartha was married to his cousin Yasodhara, and they had a son, Rahula. Siddhartha lived in opulence as a royal prince until he reached 29, when for the first time he came face to face with various forms of human suffering. This led to an internal crisis, and he abruptly left everything behind to live life as a homeless ascetic under two yogic masters. Siddhartha practiced extreme asceticism for the next six years until he eventually realized that this did not provide the answers he was seeking. And then one day he ate a meal, took a bath, and meditated under a fig tree for 49 days until he attained Nirvana and became known as the Buddha, or "awakened one" at the age of 35. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Wet clay model

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Wet clay model

 

Siddhartha Gautama

Concept sketch - iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

 Sparrow Dish

 

Just a simple jewelry dish adorned with a sparrow and some oak leaves. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Sparrow Dish

 

Sparrow Dish

 

Sparrow Dish

 

Sparrow Dish

Wet clay model

 

Sparrow Dish

Wet clay model

 Orca

 

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the dolphin family. Killer whales reach between 20 to 26 feet in length and weigh over 13,000 pounds, and are found in all oceans. In the west coast of Canada and the United States, there are considered three types or subspecies of Orcas: Resident, Transient, and Offshore. The Resident types live in pods, and over 300 have been individually identified and named over the past 30 years. Killer whales have the second heaviest brains of ocean mammals and have demonstrated highly intelligent behaviors in the wild and in captivity. Orcas are apex predators of the ocean and hunt other whales, fish, seals, and even great white sharks using a sophisticated learned technique to immobilize them. Although they are called "killer" whales, there have been no reported lethal attacks on humans by orcas in the wild. I modeled this orca on a specific individual: "Comet" (K-38). Comet was born in 2004 and hangs out near San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest with his mother "Spock" (K-20). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Orca

 

 

Orca

 

Orca

Wet clay model

 

Orca

Concept sketch - iPad Pro and Apple Pencil