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Elaine Peto

Elaine Peto graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985, where she studied animals via livestock markets and the abattoir, using the media of photography and drawing to record the structure of the carcass.


In 1986, she set up a studio and continued the study of agricultural animals. Each animal is individually made by the process of slab building in clay, i.e. rolling out a sheet of clay and forming the body, then gradually adding slab by slab to form the whole animal. The details are then remodeled until the animal is complete. It is then biscuit fired, glazed and refired to stoneware.

Elaine says:

"I love to work with different pieces of fabric, shells, netting and brushes, which are impressed into the clay, forming a reference to animal hide and brand marks."

The result is a selection of very tactile and dynamic animal sculptures.

Elaine's focus has often been on agricultural or domestic animals, but she has also sculpted more exotic reatures such as okapis or mythical beasts such as minotaurs.  She also experiments with incorporating other materials such as metals with ceramics.

Fox
Fox

£380 Height - 31cm

Sitting Brindle Whippet
Sitting Brindle Whippet

£339 Height - 35cm

Grey and White Lurcher
Grey and White Lurcher

£515 Length - 46cm Height - 18cm

Lying Brown / Brindle Whippet
Lying Brown / Brindle Whippet

£310 Length - 38cm Height - 17cm

Black Bear
Black Bear

£750 Length - 52cm Height - 36cm

A Small Hare
A Small Hare

£196 H: 36cm

Small Brown Pig
Small Brown Pig

£98 H: 12cm

Small Barking Dog
Small Barking Dog

Height: 13cm Length: 26cm £220

Otter
Otter

Height: 17cm Length: 35cm £450

Bird on Wood
Bird on Wood

Height: Approx. 20cm £260 each

Hare Head
Hare Head

£190 Height: 22cm

Donkey
Donkey

Height: 36cm Length: 37cm £400

Large Sow
Large Sow

Height: 17cm Length: 50cm £500