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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.

Large Seal
Large Seal

L: 55cm £650

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Ram
Ram

£520 COLLECTION ONLY

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Large Sitting Fox
Large Sitting Fox

£690 COLLECTION ONLY

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Polar Bear
Polar Bear

£750 COLLECTION ONLY

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Sitting Hare
Sitting Hare

£195 COLLECTION ONLY

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Grey and White Lurcher
Grey and White Lurcher

£515 Length - 46cm Height - 18cm COLLECTION ONLY

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Black Bear
Black Bear

£750 Length - 52cm Height - 36cm COLLECTION ONLY

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A Small Hare
A Small Hare

£196 H: 36cm COLLECTION ONLY

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Otter
Otter

Height: 17cm Length: 35cm £450 COLLECTION ONLY

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Bird on Wood
Bird on Wood

Height: Approx. 20cm £260 each

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Hare Head
Hare Head

£190 Height: 22cm

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Donkey
Donkey

Height: 36cm Length: 37cm £400 COLLECTION ONLY

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Large Sow
Large Sow

Height: 17cm Length: 50cm £500 COLLECTION ONLY

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