Covid Creativity: 13May2021

by Bud Thompson

This is a clay sculpture. I use a a low-cure terracotta called Sculpey, cured at 275 deg, 15 minutes per ¼” in the household oven. Took me about four weeks to complete it.

I started by making the engine, then the frame, wheels, springer front end. Then the oil tank, fender, gas tank, seat and handle bars. 

Finally made the dude starting it. Bought a posable figure to scale and used it as a model “starting the bike” and then scaled the dude portion of sculpture based on that. As the clay was already cured for the motorcycle, I could not cure it again as it would become brittle. So I made frame of wood to hold the dude in the correct position for curing.

Each part was fired individually and then assembled.

She’s hard to get started, she’s always so cold (front view)
Bud Thompson
8 x 13 in.
She’s hard to get started, she’s always so cold (side view)
Bud Thompson
8 x 13 in.

Collectif members, folks want to see your work! Send images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words/image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid world & how/if creativity helps. Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. Thank you!


  1. Wow! The patience and skill you have is phenomenal!
    Well done.
    A wonderful work of art with amazing detail.


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