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November 8, 2008
Kodama by ~heisaspy. A ceramic work that won best of show in its class in a juried art exhibition and according to the suggester, "a very well-constructed and whimsical masterpiece. ~heisaspy knows how to manipulate stoneware and other mixed media to present viewers with a lifelike and personified tree. Also, his attention to history and detail is without fault. Kodama educates viewers about old Japanese tree spirits and shimenawa ropes while keeping their eyes busy with all of his included details (tire swing, nest, owl, grass, moss, etc)."
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Suggested by greenhour
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By heisaspy
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 details
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800x989px 309.96 KB
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Focal Length
38 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 6, 2008, 10:19:08 AM
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h2ohauck's avatar
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.
sami-san's avatar
Amazing. Your notice for detail is wonderful and I love the materials you used for a plant effect. The face is endearing, too. <3
Fungleberry's avatar
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!
OibyrdsDDs's avatar
I have featured your work in my Top 10 list for 2008 here:


thank you for sharing your artistic vision with us - and have a wonderful 2009! :heart:
Warm Regards.
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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This is amazing.
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Arica's avatar
your work is amazing <3
annaisjesus's avatar
NAWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 SO CUTE
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thank you!!!!! :)
Josh-S's avatar
Simply amazing.

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

~ Josh
Crook3d-Lenz's avatar
Oh! wow.
This amazing work!
I love the expression, and the detail.
The tire swing is a plus!
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hokuto's avatar
What a gorgeous creation! ;o; Beautiful work - I love it.
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bananako's avatar
super cute!! it's fantastic!
great job!! :]
KateRodrigues's avatar
gorgeous! congrats!
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JoanaRa's avatar
Beautiful piece! Love the expression!
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