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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.

Ram
Ram

£520

Large Sitting Hare
Large Sitting Hare

£940

Large Sitting Fox
Large Sitting Fox

£690

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

£750

Reclining Hare
Reclining Hare

£720

Reclining Seal
Reclining Seal

£590

Puffin
Puffin

£390

Sitting Hare
Sitting Hare

£195

Small Hare
Small Hare

£195

Small Seal
Small Seal

£290

Sitting Whippet
Sitting Whippet

£330

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