Chinstrap penguins

These Chinstrap penguins were made for SOTA Gallery in Witney  (www.sotagallery.co.uk).

chinstrap penguin heads

Variations in crackle on these penguins from the same firing.

It is always interesting approaching a new sculpture idea. Photographs are used for reference, but the main thing is to capture some character in the animal. As each one is completely uniquely made, it is great fun to play with the pose and expression as the sculpture progresses. They start on the wheel as an enclosed cylinder, After the clay has dried a little, they are shaped and the head, feet, and wings added. It is getting the head and beak right that gave these fellas their character.

penguin group 4

The one on the far right looks like it might be in charge of this lot!

Richard and I both made these. Can you tell who made which penguin?

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