After the longest winter in history, or at least in my history of being, I decided upon a new path for my creativity for this year. Creating clay gods and goddesses. It had been my intention for a while to replicate some of the wonderful statues and artefacts that I have seen in museums I have visited over the years, and also in the pages of the archaeology books that I have been buried in during the winter months.
This clay goddess is a representation of a carved goddess from the Neolithic times, she was hand carved in Ivory and found in a cave in france. While I was away in France last year I bought a book from the Museum Gift shop that had some beautiful representations of Goddess Statues from antiquity.
I particularly liked the style of his one, although the original had less definition on the eyes. She is called ‘La Fascination du Silence”.
I was asked by a friend to make a representation of “Gaia” so I set to work finding an image that I liked of her online, and set about making a representation of her as a clay goddess statue. Bearing in mind it is a long time since I was at college making clay figures, I was quite pleased with the results.
I bought air dry clay because I don’t have access to a kiln, and for ease of drying. It only takes about a week for the clay goddess to dry before the statues can be painted and sprayed with gloss.
After creating “Gaia” the floodgates opened and I was asked to make altar statues of a God and Goddess. I won’t show the full images of the God as he is a little risqué and may cause my page to be censored by the prude police. After making these two I was surprised to see the face of the God that I had just created on a documentary that I was watching about tan archaeological dig in France where a Cauldron had been dug at the site and one of the handles had the image of a river god who bore a striking resemblance to the God I had just created in Clay. Coincidence? The lady who I made these for just happens to live next to where the river Elen meets the sea so they will reside next to the river. 🙂
I am currently working on another version of “Gaia” and have just finished a smaller “Venus” Figurine. If you would like to commission a God / Goddess Clay Sculpture original please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with specifications.