Levi Fisher Ames was an American Civil War veteran from Wisconsin who carved an impressive collection of real and imaginary animal species out of wood. To the artist, sharing the stories of the animals (such as the mythical "Hodag" of the North Woods) was an essential component of experiencing his work. Presently, the collection is housed near our community at the wonderful John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.
Students spent time brainstorming different mixtures of animals, utilizing the wonder that is the Switcheroo Zoo (seriously, try it! Such fun!). After sketching their new mythical creature, naming it, and writing its story, we got out the clay.
Instead of glazing our sculptures, we painted a black acrylic base on the bisque-fired projects. When this dried, we designed the surface with metallic acrylics.