Playing with Clay



When I was 15 years old, I made this for my Dad (my dad loves to sail and he had a small “optimist” dinghy). I used ordinary sun dried pottery clay.


During summer breaks from school, my Mom would gather us siblings and have us form clay figurines which we will turn into figurines for our gift shop. Here are some of what I created. I used red pottery clay. These were fired and so they are preserved very well.

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I admit I was “inspired” by figures I saw on magazines – in other words, I copied (SOMETIMES)! I don’t really see anything wrong with that. An artist has to start somewhere! Before you knew it, I would create original work.


This is my version of  a “turn of the century” couple. Let me show you what I have worked on very recently.

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I start with a round clay figure. There is a styrofoam ball inside this figure – which isn’t a good idea. My clay figure CRACKED as it dried.
The clay I used is pottery clay I purchased from Deovir (they have shops at Recto and some SM malls).


I place some “eyes”. Can you tell what I am forming?


Yup! I am creating an owl. I love owls – I am a birdwatcher and I’ve been very fortunate to see owls in the wild (NOT caged)! See my Bird watching organization here (Do join us bird watching)! I have added wings to my clay figure.

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I added some details around the eye area. I used an ordinary pair of scissors.


I placed a smile on my owl.


I’ve started to add little details like feathers on the wings.


More details on the breast of my owl.


I added little details on the body of my owl, starting with its’ forehead above the eyes.

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The little “hairy” details extend all over the owls body. I used a pointed tool I purchased at Deovir.


YAY! My clay owl is finished. I send it off to make a mold.

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A plaster copy of my owl is delivered to me and I start to paint it. The finished painted owl will be the “sample” which will be the basis for production.


I wanted to create two “samples” – two differently colored owls.

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I thought of different color combinations for these owls.

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I think the most important detail are the eyes. I could not wait to paint them. I used water based acrylic paints.


I also placed little white “dots” on the eyes – these are like reflections of light.

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I added white “details” on the wings – it’s a dry brush technique (not much water on the brush).

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I think my owls turned out real well and with a lot of personality! They are banks and available at papemelroti! Thanks for reading! :-)

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2013


    1. sheene dy
      Posted August 4, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

      I love these owls! I love seeing them on the Papemelroti page I made quite a few of them in crochet and felt and gifted them to a friend whoo just loves owls.. :D

    2. Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robert! Owlloveit! When we get a bigger place, i’ll get one of these.

    3. Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      You’re a great artist. That’s why I love following you on your social media accounts.

    4. elsa divinagracia
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      my only owl sculpture was from papelmeroti. my younger brother asked me what i wanted for my birthday, and i mentioned the papelmeroti owl. he got it from his salary. A year later, he was dead from dengue fever. The owl is still around, but I cannot bear to look at it. maybe this will be my second owl.

      • raadesign
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        I am VERY SORRY for your loss Elsa.

    5. elsa divinagracia
      Posted September 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Robert. We will always miss our brother but it’s some consolation that he doesn’t have to suffer global warming, aging, and fear of terrorism along with us. He would accompany us whenever we had to go to Papemelroti Ali Mall years ago to get our “self-rewards”. I am almost sure a lot of the stuff we have is designed by you —rubber stamps, wrappers, magnets, boxes, notecards, notepads, seals, stickers, the annual Christmas cards we send out, paper-making kit, albums…Well, maybe not the zip pulls and the binibini earrings!

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