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

 Whale Shark

 

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus), is the largest fish species and the largest non-mammalian vertebrate, reaching over 40 feet and weighing up to 47,000 pounds. This slow moving giant is found in warm seas all over the globe and feed on plankton and small fish. Whale sharks are estimated to live over 70 years, and are considered harmless to humans. The first whale shark kept in captivity was in 1980 at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, where I also coincidently saw them in person for the first time during the 2018 New Year's holidays. Seeing these gentle colossal living submarines swim over my head inspired me to sculpt one. As always, my thanks to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Whale Shark

 

Whale Shark

 

Whale Shark

 

Whale Shark

 

Whale Shark

 

Whale Shark

Wet clay model

 

Whale Shark

Wet clay model

 Siberian Tiger 

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

- William Blake

 

The Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) also called Amur tiger, is considered to be the largest tiger species, weighing up to 700 lbs in the wild and over 1,000 lbs in captivity. This magnificent beast once ranged throughout Korea, north-eastern China, Russian Far East, and eastern Mongolia, but are now limited to mostly Russia and some parts of China. As a subspecies, the Siberian tiger's skull is more massive and broader than Bengals, and their mane and fur thicker, and paws wider. In preparing for this piece, I studied a lot of videos of wild Siberian tigers. One wild Siberian was so large and burly that if not for the stripes could almost pass for a bear! I think my favorite animal of all time is the Siberian tiger for their power, beauty, and rarity. I will definitely be making more tigers as my clay sculpting skills improve. As always, my thanks to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Siberian Tiger

 

Siberian Tiger

 

Siberian Tiger

 

 

Siberian Tiger

Wet Clay Model