The Jackalope: Creative Collaboration

July 1, 2016 , In: Ceramic Clay, Clay, Inspiration, Mixed Media

An idea shared: Different Artists, Different Mediums.

The plan was hatched after a festival, to create and collaborate all new work for an upcoming show. The players? Jane Star Weils – fantasy and mythic painter and Jenny Davies-Reazor – fantasy and mythic sculptor/jeweler. Two friends, two artists, two redheads. What could go wrong?

I suggested a jackalope. While most commonly associated with folklore of the Wild West, there are horned hares that appear in illuminated manuscripts as far back as Ancient Persia and Medieval Europe. (Further reading on the jackalope here)

Jane sent me this – and it is awesome:

original drawing by Jane Star Weils 

So I headed to the studio and started to sculpt… Originally I planned to do 2 one-of-a-kind tiles… but the Facebook response was so popular that I cast the tile. I can now press jackalope tiles to my heart’s content.

Sculpting from my reference photo
SO many glaze possibilities!

Jane and I decided to do this collaboration because we were sharing a space and vending together at the uniquely magical New York Faerie Festival in Ouaquagua, NY. We had special approval from the organizers as sharing usually is discouraged. Our themes of mythic inspiration, gods and goddesses, totem animals and symbolic icons are shared from paint to clay, from colored pencil to polymer. Here we are set up overlooking a babbling brook – I kid you not!

Our home away from home – Jane on the left and yours truly on the right.
Our side “yard” and natural installation/altar

While we did not sell out of jackalope items – it was great fun! I adore Jane’s work and was thrilled to have permission to do this – use her images, etc. I think she also enjoyed seeing her creation come to life in beads, and 3d.  I have to state here that I used her image with her express permission – and thats the only way I could have done this. Sure, there are other jackalope images I could have referenced… but that wasn’t the point here. It was a motivating, inspiring challenge, shared marketing and the like. (Other artists friends had their jackalopes represented as well – in leather masks… sorry no pictures though…)

Jackalope in situ

The photocopied images transferred to the polymer with a greenish cast that I thought was perfect. I did 2 pieces but tried to kept the colors a bit more neutral to appeal to a wider audience.

Image transfer on polymer with beaded bezel
I would love to hear what you think! What is your favorite mythical animal? Have you ever collaborated with another artist?
For me – home from FaerieLand- its back to the glaze cave…

Until next time!


Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist inspired by myth, folklore and the natural world. A proud Jack-of-all-trades, she concentrated in metals and painting in art school, turned to clay during her teaching career, and is truly happiest when mixing materials in unusual ways. From clay to resin, paper to polymer... Since leaving her ceramics classroom, Jenny is always in the studio: fabricating jewelry, creating ceramic shrines and decorative tiles, and teaching in a variety of mediums. " I love sharing my passion for art, and seeing sparks light up in student's eyes..."
  1. Reply

    Jenny, love the Jackalopes. What a wonderful idea. I'm afraid I don't have a mythical animal that I would call a favorite at this time. Maybe someday. Take care

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    Your bezel pendant is gorgeous! A bear might be my favorite mythical image. I love the strength projected by it.

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    Fantastic job Jenny!! I love the collaboration idea!!

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    Artistic Beauty I love it.

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    Great job Jenny. The pendant is fabulous.

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    Love the collaboration! Such gorgeous work from you both.

    My fav mythical creature would have to be the gargoyle. I have them all over my house.

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    Wow, Jenny the Jackalope drawing is beautiful Jane has serious skill and you really did a wondrous job making that tile, such beautiful colours and texture!

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