"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a sculpture must add 500 more." ~ Some Old Guy
The first models I sculpted were oven-sized, because the clay I used had to be baked in an oven.
Later, I discovered other materials and other techniques that allowed my models to be larger in scale... even up to life-sized.
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As a part of a rotating exhibit plan, the members of the Instructional Media Department get to design and build small displays throughout the exhibit hall at Fernbank Science Center. I decided to do a display on prehistoric ammonites which would feature real ammonite fossils and a life-sized restoration model of the Cretaceous ammonite Placenticeras. The hard-shell part was fairly easy to research, because it's the shells that fossilize. The soft-bodied part was more difficult, as it does not fossilize well, or at all. I found out that ammonites were closely related to squids and octopi, so I based the tentacled body on a blend of the two.