Clay Creations

One of my favorite Christmas presents were two kinds of clay that Mom bought for me. One is pure white and stays soft until baked in the oven. After it is baked it is ready to be painted. The other is already colored and can be used over and over. Jonathan and I have had a great time molding clay creations.

After I made the bear head I realized that the directions said it was too thick to be baked. This is why it is not painted. The second one was the dolphin. I made sure to make it the right thickness but while in the oven it broke. The same thing happened with Jonathan’s snake. By this time I was quite discouraged, but with patience and a little work we put them back together and they turned out just fine. Jonathan is not completely  finished painting his snake, but his flag and Psalms 81 plaque turned out extremely well.

I made the monkey with the colored clay. It was a lot of fun to create the surroundings and the fallen log he is perched on. I did the same with the dinosaur except I used the white clay.

The constellation Dolphinus tells the resurrection story. I made it the week of Easter.

It is difficult not to mix the colors of the colored clay

A monkey crawling across a fallen log.

It was fun to get the detail of hair on this one.

A mother robin feeding her chick.

In God we trust.

My first clay creation. How do you like his bow tie? :)

Half way painted.


I got the idea from a book a friend gave me.


  1. James April 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Attractive, beautiful, creative, detailed, exquisit, fantastic, gorgeous … I could go on and on! You guys amaze me with your ingenious and meticulous forms of art. Keep it up guys! Can’t wait to see them when I get home.

  2. Allen P. April 26, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    Wow – that’s really amazing! Keep using your talent to serve God!

  3. Dad and Mom April 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Just think of all the attention to detail you gave to each piece you made, then realize how much attention to detail God gives to each of us.
    “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” (Isa 64:8).

  4. Robert April 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    Incredible, David! 🙂

    Isn’t it neat how clay is so moldable? If it wasn’t, think how difficult it would be to make anything beautiful. (See Isaiah 64:8.)

  5. Donald April 30, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    It was so good to see and hear about the work you did David. I was looking at the dolphin and noticing the “scars” on it’s back, which many whales and dolphins have. Keep it up!
    By the way, I’ve marveled at how professional the Taiwanese clay-molding is here–It really does take skill!

  6. Jenny Wilkes May 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    David these are so neat!!!
    They all were so well done!
    Keep up the creativity and awesome work!

  7. Courtney July 21, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Hi David,
    I am so glad that you enjoy working with clay and you did a great job! I may know why your sculptures broke when it was fired in the oven. The most common reason for something made of clay to break in the oven is because of little air bubbles in it. The heat makes the air in the bubbles expand and the clay breaks. When you mold your clay, make sure to knead it well and press it solid so that there are NO air bubbles at all! Not even a tiny one! Good luck and hope to see more photos of your work.

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