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wildlife sculptures by Gary Stevenson- Sdudio and Works in Progress
bird sculptureGary Stevenson, an artist and naturalist with over 30 years of experience, has skillfully mastered the art of wildlife sculpture utilizing clay and porcelain. As a child raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Gary developed a deep appreciation for the wildlife that inhabited the forest around his family home. Gary captured a variety of wildlife by combining his natural abilities in photography and sketching. When he attended high school, Gary began to experiment with ceramic, and he soon discovered his incredible ability to create exceptionally realistic wildlife sculptures.

To execute his work in realism, Gary studied and developed his own technique during college that eventually led him to Virginia Beach, Virginia. He currently resides in the area with his wife Kay Shoda, a massage therapist, and their two dogs. The marshlands and wildlife surrounding his home provide the same inspiration as his childhood home. Through tedious and time-consuming effort, Gary creates and shares with us sculptures that are truly unique and heartwarming.

I sculpt my original sculptures out of porcelain using dental tools and tools I have designed over the past 32 years. The sculpture is fired in the kiln, and then I make a rubber mold of my sculpture to replicate the design in wood resin. The sculpture is removed from the mold, refined, assembled and finally hand painted in details with acrylic polymers.

I make my replicas into limited editions to add value to my unique and lifelike sculptures. Each year, I produce new and innovative functional and decorative pieces.

wildlife sculptures by Gary Stevenson-Owl in progress
wildlife sculptures working progress-Owl Gary is working on the feathers of the owl at the porcelain stage of the sculpture using a paintbrush by referring to the owl pictures. Three to five pictures are used for reference during any sculpting process. This owl sculpture took over 95 hours, about 3 weeks, to complete. “Ruler of the Night” is now available as a table, wall or lamp sculpture.
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wildlife sculptures by Gary Stevenson-Eagle in progress
wildlife sculptures working progress-Eagle This is “Eagles Watch” that debuted in the fall of 2008. Here, you can see the progression of details added to the wings and body of the eagle. Gary uses personalized dental tools to sculpt the feathers and also a set of calipers to create accurate proportions. This sculpture took over 105 hours to complete.
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wildlife sculptures by Gary Stevenson-Hawk in progress
wildlife sculptures working progress-Hawk Gary is working on the base of “Red-tailed Visionary” by attaching custom talons. This base was created out of real driftwood by sculpting directly onto the wood. Like an architect, Gary made the base to evenly distribute the weight of a large bird. The hawk shown has already been fired and is used to test the balance of the base. The hawk and base were fired separately, reproduced in wood resin, assembled by sculpting the two pieces together and then painted in acrylics. Many of Gary’s bird sculptures are created this way which adds originality to each sculpture. The driftwood base is also used for the American kestrel and owl lamp.
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wildlife sculptures by Gary Stevenson-Baby Chikadee in progress
wildlife sculptures working progress-Hawk This life-size baby chickadee has been added to the chickadee wall sculpture to create “Full House.” Gary is sculpting the wing outline before detailing the whole body and wings. He wears magnifying glasses (pictured at the top of this page) to add each line and continues to work until the porcelain is almost dry. This technique of “carving” into the clay with dental and handmade tools took over 30 years to develop.
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