Kelly Connole’s rabbits are one of my favorites. These pieces are often installed in very large groups across an open floorspace. They take on a very humanistic appearance in large groups, their tiny human hands instead of paws seperate them from the animal world.
John Byrds animal sculptures are usually small, however, they have a very strong presence. I especially enjoy his pieces that reflect animal anatomy and structure. Many of them create a contrast between stark white porcelain and vibrant colors.
Chinese pottery from the Song Dynasty often emphasizes aspects of nature. This plum blossom vase creates a flowing pattern of leaves that curve to emphasize the form. The black and white scraffito creates contrast and a sense of movement. I am interested in portraying classic, and oriental flower patterns in my own work. Oriental floral patterns are also very stylized and their linework is a good way to lead the viewer’s eye around a piece.