So my mom is a truly talented ceramic artist and I’ve been told Bored Panda would love her stuff.

Is it a bit much to say she’s truly talented? Well, you are the judge. But I think she makes stuff, that not many on the planet can. On Mother’s Day, I thought it fitting to showcase to the Internet just how awesome she is.

She makes ceramic sculptures, and most of them are raku. Raku is an exciting and demanding technique, that can reward some amazing textures in the clay.

She makes hippos, zebras, elephants, anteaters, tapirs… Well, she makes all kinds of animals, and they are always curvy, whimsical, cute, fun and full of character.

I’ve uploaded quite a lot of pictures, in a mixture of finished sculptures and from the crafting process. Enjoy! And if you do enjoy, you’re very welcome to follow her work on Instagram – she’d be delighted.

All credit goes to the artist, Jeanette Alsing.

More info: Instagram | alsing.dk

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Chillin’ like a villain…

The sculpting process

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The blackbirds sit on twigs hanging from a wire. Contrary to how it may seem, even they are all hand made and unique.

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This is an early stage hippo. Still lots of work to be done. All of the sculptures are hollowed out before the firing. Otherwise, they will crack in the oven.

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Miniature zebra in the making.

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Gas torch in a raku kiln. The temperature reaches 1000 degrees Celsius or more!

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Spontaneous reduction in sawdust after the raku firing changes the colors immediately – very satisfying… well, if the piece survives!

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Pre-fire, after glaze. The Zebra is painted with latex and then glazed. The latex covers the zebra and makes sure it’s not glazed, the stripes turn black when the sculpture is reduced in sawdust.

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Cool(ing) pic!

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Just after the raku firing, the sculptures outer glaze flakes off, revealing the almost soft looking naked raku texture underneath.

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Silky anteaters cooling down, and getting color.

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Here’s a trash panda before the firing.

Few of the finished works

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This zebra is her signature sculpture. The naked-raku is what gives the black and white patterns.

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The elephants are easily some of my favorites. The texture is made with lots of pointy tools in the wet clay, and lots of patience. After the first of two firings, the sculpture is painted with dark oxides, like ink that fills the cracks.

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Sit! Turquoise crackle glaze hippo. These hippos are probably her most popular sculptures.

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Scratching an itch. Elephantastic stuff!

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Polar bears are just lovely.

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This one differs a bit from the others, it is painted after it’s been fired. I’m so happy, cause I own this piece – and she custom made this one for me!

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Tapirs are truly some of the weirdest and cutest creatures on earth. Massively underappreciated!

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Here are some of her smallest things. Ceramic medallions or brooches, in all sorts of different animals. Order of the rhino, order of the duck. Animals have so many meanings to different people.

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Silky ant-eaters.

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Floating, swimming, flying. Slightly rose glow.

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These roosters and hens are some of her smallest figures. They sit on a twig, 1, 2 or 3 together. All are raku.

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You can practically hear them talking.

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The line between clumsy and graceful can be a fine one.

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He is enjoying the sun, and so many children stop to pet him. If you stayed through it all – THANK YOU! And much love from Copenhagen, Denmark.