Mythological Giant, Great Benandonner - Legendary Scottish Giant - Ceramic Sculpture
Ancient mythology is fascinating with its wonderful stories of deities, beings, and heroes. It is a wonderful source for creativity. This folklore has tales that come from many sources both before and after pagan times and through the Christian period. We know about them through archaeology, medieval manuscripts and folk traditions. The many stories and adventures explore universal themes just as relevant today.
Benandonner was the most powerful giant in Scotland. His colossal size made all other giants afraid to tackle him. He challenged the Irish Giant Finn McCool to fight. Finn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across to Scotland. Benandonner is tricked into thinking Finn McCool was much bigger than him so he destroys the Giant’s Causeway to stop Finn McCool from coming to Scotland. The sculpture is an imposing figure with a powerful presence and strength. He has a protective and watchful influence with a keen sense of confidence - go for it - you can do it.
The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind.
The nature of the clay and the design means there are lumps and bumps and various marks. This rugged affect is all part of the charm of the work.
I use white stoneware clay and make using slab and coil building techniques. The work is then fired twice in an electric kiln, the second firing to over 1200c. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes.
Lovely to hold – they have a great “feel” about them.
Each piece is hand built and totally unique. Suitable for interior and exterior locations.
Signed underneath with my signature stamp. Certificate of Authenticity included.
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About the Artist
Sometimes I am not sure if I am a sculptor who craves to paint, or a painter who craves to sculpt. Basically I think I have the creative spirit within and I need to be in my studio working on imaginative projects. My Muse and I have a great time. Basically all my work is sculptural including ...