The littlest babies and how they interact with their "big" mommies is such an endearing image. This ewe and lamb are sharing a tender moment.
The head and legs are porcelain on the ewe and the lamb is all porcelain. The ewe is covered with woven mohair and the lamb's fur is wool.
All Colin's Creatures are handcrafted in the artist's Asheville, NC studio using porcelain, castable stone and imported woven fur from the Steiff company in Germany.
The Cotswold is raised in the south midlands region of England and predates the Romans. It derives its name from the fact that is was originally housed in shelters known as "cots" and was pastured in wild, treeless hill areas called "wolds". While it is a somewhat rare breed, it is one of my most popular offerings. I love how little lambs think of their mothers as a jungle gym and baaing always puts a smile on my face so when I saw a photo of these two, The lamb is securely attached to her mom. I knew that I had to make it.
From the artist...
"My handcrafted creatures are made from a unique combination of materials including porcelain, castable stone and imported woven fur, all chosen for their quality and ability to imitate the characteristics of each animal. From developing and making my own porcelain to hand-forming every mold, all of Colin's Creatures are labor intensive – but it's a true labor of love.
Each figure begins with thorough research of the breed. I often travel across the globe to visit heritage farms, attend agricultural shows, and meet with breeders dedicated to the stewardship and conservation of ancient breeds of livestock.
Once I feel that I have an understanding of an animal and its specific traits and personality, the first step of the artistic process is to carve the heads, legs, horns and other parts that will eventually be cast in porcelain. I use porcelain for its ability to capture the expressive nature of my wooly creatures.
The next step is to create the body out of hydrostone, which I use for its stability and great weight in the hand (a 6" sheep weighs one pound). When the creature is formed, I finish it with high-quality imported fur – and the result is a life-like creature with personality and charm."