Happy new year, everyone! Eclectic Clay is kicking off 2016 with a new blog! I’ll be using this space to keep you all up to date on projects and events, and am excited to give you a closer look at my business.
With the holidays come and gone, I can at last post up this year’s commissions without spoiling the surprise for anyone! I had a lot of requests for custom work this year, which is without a doubt one of my favorite things to do. It’s a lot of fun to craft something that has a deep personal attachment for the person receiving it, though the challenge of duplicating a pet, wedding dress, or any other object can be as frustrating as it is enjoyable.
Let’s start off with the pets, one of my most requested commissions:
Gimli, a pit bull, has parents who are alumni of Union College and avid hockey fans. They requested he wear a little sweater to demonstrate their collegiate loyalty.
King, a much-adored pit bull, passed away recently. This ornament was requested by the daughter of his owner.
Gimli’s golden retriever “uncle”, Monkey, does in fact own a toy shaped like a banana.
With an underbite and fluffy hair, Olivia, a terrier mix, was perhaps the hardest to render. Clay is not a particularly fluffy medium!
Olivia was easy, however, compared to my final pet ornament…
As far as I can tell, making so many dogs temporarily rendered me unable to also construct cats. It took me an embarassingly long time to get Amelia and Hunter in to their cat tree, but the results were ultimately good.
That’s all for the pets; in my next post I’ll cover my other holiday commissions, as well as some gift projects I snuck in around my holiday work.