Paper Clay Sculpted Animal Dolls
A few years ago I was into sculpting with paper clay. I love the hands-on, work of getting dirty; I missed this type of art when I was only designing on the computer (now I do both). This mama rabbit is a bank; you can put money into her through a slot in the back of her neck.
One theme that I see in my work is that of utility; the sculpture is also a bank. It isn’t my style to sculpt a rabbit just for the beauty of a rabbit, so I make the art functional. As time has passed, I’ve started to make art for the sake of art (progress I think).
I put the three bunny babies into the mama’s apron, maybe I was sculpting myself with three little girls.
Each little bunny is sculpted from paper clay and painted with acrylics, like the mama. They sit in their mama’s apron, living the life of Riley!
Mama Bunny is decked out in a paper clay sculpted, carrot necklace and a handmade, cotton dress and apron with Portuguese lace. After I made the Mama Bunny and babies, I made more animal dolls. First I made Mr. Rabbit; his head is sculpted from paper clay, but his body is made from cotton and painted with acrylics.
Mr. Rabbit is wearing a wool jacket, plaid wool pants, a white cotton shirt with brown antique buttons; a brown velvet bow-tie finishes off his elegant ensemble. I’m sure Mr. Rabbit has a smoking jacket in his closet at home.
Because I have a fetish for ducks (I collect duck nick-nacks), I made Mrs. Duck.
Mrs. Duck has a paper clay sculpted head and a cloth body. Her head and body are both painted with acrylic paints. Mrs. Duck is wearing an antique doll dress and a handmade bonnet; she’s the picture of pretty for spring!
I think Mrs. Duck has the personality of Sandra Dee or Doris Day; she’s the duck next door with a sweet, chirpy personality!