bottlenose dolphin sculpture

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Happy Waves…la-la-la-la
Happy Waves…la-la-la-la

My newest ceramic sculpture – a bottlenose dolphin. And why not sculpt a dolphin? They’re beautiful. Most interesting facts? There are 40 species of dolphins – some with habitats that even include fresh water. Dolphin eyeballs can move independently of one another and dolphins have two stomachs – one for storing food and another stomach for digesting food. OK, I admit those facts aren’t really interesting – let me try again. In the wild dolphins will sleep with only one eye closed and just half their brain actually falls asleep at any one time. For them sexual activity can be a social event and is not just for procreation. No Catholic converts here.
All finished – and again, like my other recent sculptures this is an experiment in depicting flowing water and mud evolving into the bottlenose dolphin. When this sculpture is glazed it will be mostly shades-of-blue for the water and earth-tones for depicting the “mud” that forms the dolphin’s body.
In the “finished…a few more liberties taken…but, but…I’m an artist” category: the dolphin’s snout should have been a little bit more narrower. Check out these sites for interesting information about bottlenose dolphins; Wikipedia and Defenders of Wildlife.

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