The Bloat is a pod of eleven hippos that I made to raise money for the protection of wild hippos on the congolese side of Lake Edward in Africa. I took it with me to Chicago, carefully packed in my hand baggage, where I was invited to attend the annual Hippolotofus reunion. Hippolotofus is an international group of hippo lovers and hippo collectors.
I did a demonstration of hippo modelling for the reunion attendees and a very enthusiastic audience watched me making “Wrigley and The Bean” [link] The Bloat was destined for the charity raffle which also included hippos made by other members of the group. Wrigley and The Bean was auctioned on the evening it was made and was bought for 600$. Between the auction and the raffle we raised 1800$ for wild hippo protection
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Thanks so much They need all the help they can get. I did a bit more selling for them last year too. No doubt another bit will go their way this year as well. I don't have money but I can give them a piece of my art (and sorry this reply is so late! Life is crazy at times )
I think it's about 20cm high but I'm not sure. I didn't measure it before handing it over to the person doing the firing for me.
I don't normally sell my hippos for that much but this one was a very exclusive one. Some of my hippos are smaller too and prices normally vary between about 75$ and 450$ depending on the size and complexity of the hippo(s).
Ohhh! They're just sooo cute! Look at all of them little hippos. Well...not little. They're in a mass and its just adorable. You did a wonderful job on this. Its amazing. All the little ones are on the top! They're just so laughably cute! Great job on this, its a fave.
These guys are adorable! I could spend an hour just looking at their intricate design and those details - but my mom would make me go to bed. Suffice to say that you've made those hippos really realistic, but also your own style - it's amazing!