Steve Jones is an artist based out of St. Louis, and is best known for his handmade ceramic dog sculptures. Here at The Current, every single guest room has its own unique Jones sculpture. Most of the animals are dogs, but there are some other animals such as cats, camels, elephants, and even a lion! These sculptures each have their own personality and personify various human traits. While their base medium is clay, some animals have porcelain dentures, wooden peg-legs, glass eyes, and other unique objects incorporated within the sculpture. Jones believes the whimsical and comical nature of these animals harken back to childhood exaggerations and daydreams, imbuing a nostalgic air to their presence. To see Jones’ other works, or to purchase a pet of your own, follow the link below to his site!
Fun Fact: One way to support a ceramic model is called an armature. This is a framework for the basic shape of a model that the clay builds off of. In Jones’ works, he sometimes uses wooden sticks to help his figures have a sturdy base.