Spirit Vessel inspired by the Ga’anda peoples art

Made by Petra Harris

I saw a photo of a terracotta “spirit vessel” made by the Ga’anda people in Africa and fell in love with it. I wanted to make something like that, but I do not have the budget for terracotta clay crafting. So I viewed a lot of videos about paper clay and paper mache. I found Jonni Good’s ones to be the most helpful. Thank you so much for the tutorials and recipes, Jonni !

So here is my very first paper clay/paper mache piece. I used the clay only for the under structures of the head and the legs. The inside structure of the torso is just a ball of paper. I glued everything together and then applied the paper mache (cooked flour glue). It still needs a finishing varnish or wood glue layer to protect it from moisture once it is completely dry in I guess 2 weeks from now.

Size : 22 cm tall, 13 cm in diameter
Weight : 650 g

Link to the original terracotta vessel which inspired me.

Paper mache Spirit Vessel

Paper mache Spirit Vessel

2 thoughts on “Spirit Vessel inspired by the Ga’anda peoples art”

Leave a Comment

Heads up! You are attempting to upload an invalid image. If saved, this image will not display with your comment.

Heads up! You are attempting to upload a file that's too large. Please try a smaller file smaller than 250KB.

Note that images greater than 250KB will not be uploaded.