The artist behind these cats-sitting-like-chickens is Ginny Diezel, a sculptor who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her work obviously springs from a love for the whimsical. She had already taught French, studied and taught ballet when her son was born and she turned to scupture and painting to allow her to stay home with him. Beginning with painting rocks, then designing needlepoint canvases, she then moved to illustration and sculpture. If her work looks familiar it could be because she currently licenses her designs to several companies.
These cats are made from a form of papier mache called paperclay, an eco-friendly water based substance that requires no curing other than drying naturally. When dried, painted, and glazed the end result is nearly indistinguishable from pottery.
Aren't they too adorable? Many artists today (including me) have fallen in love with paperclay. Strong enough that it becomes it's own armature, it has gained a following among today's working sculptors.
You can see the advantage of sculpting in paperclay with this wonderful little cat-clown figure. Traditional pottery would be extremely fragile. And one of my favorite pieces from Ginny is this bird:
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