Surreal Ceramic Animals Add Humor to an Old Craft

If you ever bought Red Rose tea before, you’ll know the box comes with a miniature ceramic figure inside. The style and form of these figures have stayed the same for generations, and hold a certain nostalgia factor. Artist Debra Broz takes this style and turns it on it’s head, combining animals to create surreal, comical figures. The result is still cute, though somewhat disturbing, in a very tongue-in-cheek fashion. Via Colossal:


I play on the idea of the “mad scientist”, cutting things apart and forming them into something else, like Dr. Moreau or Dr. Frankenstein, but I often find my initial inspiration in the biological world. Some pretty amazing mutations, anomalies and unusual traits have been found in animals over history. “Freaks” have always amazed, but also amused and often frightened people – they are a source of mythology and folklore that is pervasive.