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Bassett Hound Anthro Art Doll: Sylvia, the Beat Poet

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I love bassett hounds, and in my heart of hearts, I imagine good dead poet Sylvia Plath as a beatnik bongo drummer, rethinking Walt Whitman in a smoke filled cafe, sounding [her] barbaric yawp over the rooftops. The shadow was a complete surprise, rewarding my impulse.

Hand-built stoneware bust, hands, and shoes on jointed fabric and wire armature body on wooden base w/ mixed media accessories and vintage fabrics on costume. The final image shows a pencil sketch i did of her. Note that in final execution, her cigarette became a rawhide chewtoy!

She was made as a prototype for my commissioned pet portraits, but is available for sale. To see a slideshow of some of my previous commissions, please visit:


And if you're interested in commissioning a pet portrait or other collaborative project, please don't hesitate to Convo me to discuss the details!!


5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by J N
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 23, 2018
Very nicely written and illustrated, I have not tried making anything yet
PDF Pattern A and Instructions for Doters Style Jointed Cloth Doll Body

Reviewed by J N
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 23, 2018
Very nicely written and illustrated, I have not tried making anything yet
PDF Bodkin A Tutorial: Frog, Fish, Maus FULLY COSTUMED Version

Reviewed by SouthernDuo
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 24, 2017
I have collected a number of instruction books for sculpting with clay. I am sure that these tutorials rise above them all in scope, detailed information, visual interest, and inspiration for the reader. Great!
INSTANT DOWNLOAD: PDF Frog Tutorial Excerpt from Direct-Sculpting Master Class

Reviewed by SouthernDuo
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 24, 2017
All of these tutorials are a feast for the eyes and a bounty of information. Years of thoughtful and creative effort stand behind the beautiful photographs, exciting layouts, and concise directions included. What a rare treat!
INSTANT DOWNLOAD: PDF Maus Tutorial Excerpt from Direct-Sculpting Master Class


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Returns & exchanges

I will exchange for any item not to your satisfaction for any other item of equal value, except custom orders, which will be handled via email progress reports on commissions over $100. ALL SALES FINAL.

Shipping policies

All items are carefully packed and my fully-insured shipping profiles are pre-calculated based upon USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail with online tracking and my experience so far has been excellent. If you prefer UPS or FedEx, please convo me with your zip or postal code prior to purchase for a shipping quote.

International orders ship via USPS with their required Customs Form (which doubles as a tracking number according to my local postmaster). --And please: do not ask me to contact you outside of Etsy for 'your private carrier' arrangements. It won't happen.

I now ship in-stock items on Tuesdays and Fridays, unless working against a special deadline that has been prearranged via convo, and turnaround time on custom items is individually based on project complexity, which will be agreed upon by us via convo before i begin.

Bassett Hound Anthro Art Doll: Sylvia, the Beat Poet

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  • Materials: stoneware, highfire ceramic stains, beeswax, vintage fabric, wood, wire, fiberfill, mirror, glass, leather
  • Feedback: 126 reviews
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