I sculpted this bear family right around the time I made the fox. I guess you could say I was in my “glass flowers and leaves” period as I’ve used them on the bears as I did on the fox. The process was the same, and I find the results charming.
The mother bear is 6″ long and the standing cub is 3″ long – rather small, but a size typical of my work.
All three of these pieces are hollow. The way I do that is to sculpt the head, neck, and body from a solid piece of clay then attach the legs which are also solid. I then slice the bear in half, hollow it out, and stick it back together again by scoring the cut edges and painting generously with clay slip. I let it sit for a while and then smooth the seam. If I have to, I add a tiny “snake” of clay over the seam to smooth it better. This method works well for me.