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Kodama

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Published: October 6, 2008
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My finished Kodama sculpture (almost two feet tall)
Here is my first sculpture for this semester's ceramic class.

Prompt: Using four wheel-thrown cylinders, create a sculpture. (I used six so the roots would be easier to make).

In Japanese folklore, a kodama is a spirit that is believed to live in trees (just like the Greek Dryad). It is bad luck to cut down trees with a Kodama and these trees are marked with a shimenawa rope (and in this case the rope is being used by a tire swing).

I'm happy with the outcome. Enjoy.

Stoneware, cone 6 matt beige glaze, cone 05 matt glaze ("elephant hide"), paperclay, dental stone, acrylic paints, matte acrylic sealer, three types of tumbleweed, two types of ground cover, three types of moss, fake ivy leaves, and a nest.

*Aztec High Fire Mender, Paperclay, and Slip

Details here: [link]
Image size
800x989px 309.96 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D40X
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
38 mm
ISO Speed
560
Date Taken
Oct 6, 2008, 10:19:08 AM
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h2ohauckHobbyist General Artist
its beautiful xD i knew about the rope thing from the wii and playstation game okami, all the sacred trees have it, and i found it adorable how the rope grew with the tree ahah. love the sculpture.
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sami-sanHobbyist
Amazing. Your notice for detail is wonderful and I love the materials you used for a plant effect. The face is endearing, too. <3
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FungleberryProfessional Traditional Artist
this is the best ive seen in the entire best of 2008 list. most of the things on there don't hold a candle to anything of the quality of this ceramic work! the word is: amazing!
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I have featured your work in my Top 10 list for 2008 here:

[link]

thank you for sharing your artistic vision with us - and have a wonderful 2009! :heart:
Warm Regards.
Sandi
aka `oibyrd
PS - I apologize for the cut-and-paste - all a part of time management ;)
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thank you so much!!
i feel honored to be featured!
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AricaHobbyist Artist
+Feature
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AricaHobbyist Artist
This is amazing.
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AricaHobbyist Artist
your work is amazing <3
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NAWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 SO CUTE
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Simply amazing.

~ Josh
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thank you so much!
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You're welcome.

~ Josh
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Crook3d-LenzHobbyist General Artist
Oh! wow.
This amazing work!
I love the expression, and the detail.
The tire swing is a plus!
Again..AMAZING WORK!
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What a gorgeous creation! ;o; Beautiful work - I love it.
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super cute!! it's fantastic!
great job!! :]
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JoanaRaHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece! Love the expression!
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