This Rya sheep and lamb trio feature white soft fur and white bodies, with the detailing in the face, pink lips and a slight gray heathering on their noses. They have a sweet relationship and you can feel it as they gaze at each other.
All Colin's Creatures are handcrafted in artist's Asheville, NC studio using porcelain, castable stone and imported woven fur from Steiff-Schulte in Germany.
Rya, also known as Swedish Carpet Wool Sheep, is a breed of sheep that is native to Sweden. The double-coated breed originated from the Swedish and Norwegian landrace breeds. The purpose of the sheep was to use the long, wavy, and shiny wool to produce rya-wool, which is often used to make carpets. The rya sheep is medium-sized with relatively short legs, and has strong and shiny long wool fibers.
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.”