It is stunning to watch the long fur of the Faroes blow in the wind. This Faroes family of sheep have creamy wild long hair. The ram has light brown horns, and the ewe looks head on while her lamb is turned to the side, gazing. The fur on this trio is mohair.
All Colin's Creatures are handcrafted in the artist's Asheville, NC studio using porcelain, castable stone and imported woven fur from Steiff-Schulte in Germany.
The Iceland Sheep is a direct descendant of the sheep brought to the island by the early Viking settlers, in the ninth and tenth century and this is related to the Finnsheep and Shetland sheep. The natural colors vary from snow white through several shades of grey to pitch black as well as several shades of morrit to brownish black. Some individuals will also show mouflon, badgerface patterns with several combinations of color and patterns. Bi-colored individuals are also fairly common.
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.”