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)

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