Ceramic Tortoise Sculpture - Hand Built Turtle Figurine - Reptile Stoneware Pottery Statue - Tortoise Keeper Talisman Totem - "Tuppence"


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Height: 2.25 Inches; Width: 4.5 Inches; Depth: 5.5 Inches

Tuppence is a hand sculpted tortoise figurine that can live either inside or outside in your garden. I suggest cleaning him off after the leaves have fallen and bringing him inside for the winter months, but only because he might get lonely out there all by himself! He was thoughtfully created from buff stoneware clay with lots of grog and fired to a final cone 5.5 temperature in an electric kiln.

The first step was creating his textured shell— the top is the impression of a crocheted doily and the plastron portion is the impression of a chevron fabric stamp. Three coats of Oolong Shino Gloss glaze was applied to the topside of the shell, which breaks into the textured pattern leaving behind variations of green-blue and reddish brown. On the plastron portion (which is the underside), three coats of high gloss Iron Luster glaze was applied to the shell, which also has "breaking" tendencies that go from browns to frosty greens and blues with flecks of deep purple.

His head, legs and tail were pinched out individually of the stoneware clay, and intentionally left unglazed with a dull, black wash added to the recesses of their texture. Their texture was created from random impressions from an old plastic button. His golden eyes are a blend of red brown and bright yellow underglazes, coated with a clear glaze in order to give them a shiny spark.

Tuppence measures 2.25 inches high, 4.5 inches at his widest stance and 5.5 inches from head to tail. Add him to your garden, emerging from some dense shrubbery, for a sweet little surprise for someone to discover at your next outdoor gathering.

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