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This is one BIG cat. 28″ long, 22″ high and 16″ wide. I really enjoy making the large sculptures, especially now that I’m using the home-made paper mache clay recipe, but really – what was I thinking? The snow leopard needs to be transported to Bellingham in time for the after-Thanksgiving art show. I’d better go find myself a really big box.
If I was doing this cat over, I’d put the spots where they belong. Other than that, I think he came out rather well. I’ll title this one The Ghost Cat. Some of the people who live in the same rugged environment as the snow leopard call him that, and I think it’s wonderfully descriptive. He hunts at night, he would shine in the moonlight, and there are very few of them left. In just a few years, his ghost may be all that’s left.
After I finished this big cat I did an online search to see what other sculptors are doing with snow leopards. I found some truly inspiring work:
These life-sized cats are made from sisal fibers – it’s hard to believe they aren’t real cats. I would love to see these up close and personal.
I love the tail on this ceramic snow leopard, near the bottom of the gallery page. (And the water buffalo is great, too.)