No I’m not talking about my pre-pregnancy tummy, I don’t think I will ever be getting that back!
But I do have my pregnant belly back.
If you’re confused then I will explain!
I had a cast done of my tummy when I was heavily pregnant by a lovely lady called Caroline Harris, and she has spent the last few months turning it into a ceramic sculpture for me.
If you didn’t read my original post about having the cast done then you can do so here – Something To Remember.
And here is the finished piece….
I love it and already struggle to remember that I ever looked like that. The sculpture does shrink by 20% in the firing process too so I was actually even bigger!
Caroline has done an amazing job, when we spoke about how I wanted it to look she mentioned that she had never made one like it before (her sculptures usually have a lot more decoration and detail) but I wanted it to be all black as I just wanted the focus to be on the shape of my tummy. This is exactly how I imagined it. I think it is really striking.
It is made from stoneware which means it can actually be kept in the garden but I don’t know if I want it to get all wet and dirty so it’s staying inside for now!
I mentioned in my last post that Dad2BabyInsomniac didn’t really get it and thought it would be like him having a cast made of his testicles. Well I can’t say he has totally changed his mind but he appreciates what it means to me. Women’s bodies are amazing and Jobey might be our last baby *sob* so it is so nice to have this as a reminder of what my body went through to create him.
This is me now…
and this is what I looked like four months ago…
I am so glad I had it done and I think it will be an amazing thing to show Jobey when he is old enough to understand.
Caroline, the lady who made it is so talented and I am also getting some casts made of Jobey’s hands – it was supposed to be feet but he wasn’t playing along! You need to push them into this special seaweed mix which drys in a few seconds and picks up the detail of every little crease in the skin. It really is amazing.
If you would like to more about the process then you can read more on Caroline’s website - http://www.earth-rising.co.uk and if you live in the South-West and would be interested in having one done yourself then you can email her at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
She also has a Facebook page with lots of photos of her work – Earth Rising Ceramic Pregnant Belly Sculptures.
Some people get it, some people don’t!
What do you think, would you have one done?!
Disclaimer: Caroline made the sculpture free of charge but all the words are my own.