The ceramic totem pole – Maggot the Badger

A very fat and grubby little badger turned up in my garden a while back. I call her Maggot. She is quite scatty and distracted; she’ll quite happily bumble along doing her badger thing in my company for a while but then suddenly freak out and tear off into the nearest bush.

I have very mixed feelings about Maggot. First of all. I do not like to share my garden with badgers because they don’t believe in sharing; they’d dig up ALL my carrots, not just a few. And they seem to want to always place their latrines amongst my lettuce. But then again, she is very sweet.

So I decided to include her in my totem pole.

Here she is, bisque fired and painted with red iron and manganese oxide, ready for the smoke firing. I used white pigment for her stripes and claws. I feel her digging and tunneling capacity is a huge part of her essence so I emphasized the claws a bit.

And here she is, smoke fired and ready to be assembled into the totem pole… You’ll soon see the entire thing…it is almost finished.


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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1 Response to The ceramic totem pole – Maggot the Badger

  1. OH OhI Oh I LOVE it! Badgers 🙂


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