A Clay World

Friday, July 16th, 2010
The first clay box I ever created - A scene from the Muppet Christmas CarolAbout a year and a half ago, I had really wanted to take up whittling as a hobby.  I had always loved looking at beautiful woodwork and wood carvings and I wanted to learn to make my own creations.  My parents, however, were opposed to this new hobby because they were afraid that it was too dangerous using the knives and that accidents might happen.  Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John flying over Big Ben in LondonMuch to my disappointment, they would not allow me to try whittling.

My mother knew that I wanted to try something new and decided to try to get me into the world of Scupley clay.  I was not impressed, but she insisted I give it a try. Woody, before I put him in his boxNow I can't get enough of clay sculpting, taking challenges to improve my work and create new and fun characters.  I have made many sculptures, including some of the Muppets, all of the Disney Princesses, Dumbo, Larry the Cucumber, holiday decorations, and much more.
A Toy Story Box I made for Emily's 13th Birthday

Recently, I have enjoyed making shadow box scenes from different movies.  So far I have made the Muppet Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Toy Story, and Tinkerbell.  Each character is unique and fun and I've been amazed at how the clay almost forms itself.
The Tinkerbell themed box I made for Kelly's 11th Birthday

While, someday, I would still love to learn wood carving, I am so glad that I have been able to experience working with clay.  It has become one of my favorite hobbies!

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