Oannes vs. Koi Boy

     As part of my house god series I wanted to make a sculpture of Oannes – a Babylonian God that is depicted as half man half fish and believed to have taught the ancient Babylonians everything they knew about farming, writing and science. The Dogons have similar Gods they call the Nommo. I spent a frustrating day trying to sculpt a convincing fish head in clay, and after five attempts I gave up and instead of the majestic Oannes emerged….

Koi Boy!
 I am rather pleased with the koi. However, I have a cunning plan, and I now know how to make fish heads. 
This is a link to some more House Gods


About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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