Natalie's mythical beasts!
Dragons and Mythical Beasts
These are just a few of my sculptures of mythical beasties. One day, a few years ago in the pottery, Cathy asked me if I would try something new rather than work on the main projects. She knew I liked dragons and other such creatures and wanted to know if I would attempt a sculpture or two. In a couple of hours, I had made a small, waving dragon. Things took off from there. At first, I did three or four sculptures every winter (I alternated between the pottery and the basketry every year). But for the last couple of years, I have been in the pottery year round. In all this time, I have created large and small sculptures of many different creatures.
Most have been dragons of one sort or another. But there have been exceptions: griffins and phoenixes; dodos and dinosaurs; the half-fish, half-horse hippocampus; the nine-tailed Kitsune fox from Japan.
Perhaps my favourite sculpture still for sale is Ammit the devourer – part hippo, part lion and part crocodile. I take a lot of inspiration from the books I read, which include the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. These are filled with gods and demons from Ancient Egypt, all living in the modern world.
Ammit is supposed to eat the hearts of the wicked when they are judged at the end of their lives by the god Osiris. But, as Rick points out, you don’t have to be very big or fierce to do this. So Ammit is the size of a puppy, and just as lovable! In my sculpture, he’s striking a playful pose, begging to play fetch!