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The Bloat by Hippopottermiss The Bloat by Hippopottermiss
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 :dance:

:bulletpurple: More hippos can be seen in my website gallery [link] :bulletpurple:
:bulletblue: or you could see if I have any hippos for sale [link] :bulletblue:
:bulletred: Hippopottermiss is on facebook: [link] and Google+ [link] :bulletred:
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back2root Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Congratulations on a cracking piece & a wonderful gesture to help protect these wonderful creatures!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
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 :D
(and sorry this reply is so late! Life is crazy at times :D)
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wolbashi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not able to count them all :D
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are eleven hippos :)
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ZeMargouillat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Du grand art !!! :clap:
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Merci :D
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asw4303 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Wow! You are very, very talented! =)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliment and the watch :hug:

Ferrets are nice :)
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lifegreek Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
These are wonderful and made me:)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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wonenownlee Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent molding, and excellent cause :clap:
I wonder how big this is.
I collect miniatures of animals, but I sure don't have $600.00 :cry:
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much :)

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).
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y0urstalker Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
and I could only think

hungry hungry hippos! hungry hungry hippos!

what a sad life I live.
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The unstoppable power of advertising slogans.
They're stronger than our own words :(
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Grizzled-Dog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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! :giggle: They're just so laughably cute! Great job on this, its a fave. :judge: :#1:
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) :hug:

They are quite little really. The whole thing is only about 22cm wide because I had to carry it in my hand luggage on the plane (boxed & padded of course!).

They were fun to make :sun:
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Grizzled-Dog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. Teehee I would imagine they were, its adorable!:giggle:
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waiting4wings Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
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!
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot - that's a very nice compliment :hug:
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waiting4wings Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome!
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nottebella Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Aw this is so cute i love it :)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :hug:
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Felolira Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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