Fireborn Dragons

Clay Beasts with a Touch of Whimsy ;)

One-of-a-kind Raku-fired Dragon Sculptures

Dragons — Born of fire and magically alive. They are the essence of all things we know aren’t real but seem so close to being truth.
They make us reach a little farther and keep us open to possibility.

Dragon Birth by Fire

I love the transformation of clay and glaze in the fire. In raku firing, it is a dramatic and unpredictable birth that makes each creation unique and magical.

Proud and Powerful

Every dragon has it own personality as it evolves. No two are alike. They can be incredible listeners or just a face to make you smile.  Adopt one and make him or her part of your family today.

Gallery of Past and Present Dragons

Check out BreakAway Arts in Hastings, MN, Orange Dragon Gallery in Prescott WI (April - December).
Currently available dragons have colored borders.
Prices run $70-$80 for large ones 12" (GOLD), $40-$50 for medium ones 10" (RED) and $25-$30 for small ones 6" (BLACK).

blue clay dragon sculpture

red clay dragon sculpture
blue rainbow clay dragon sculpture

green clay dragon sculpture

white clay dragon sculpture
gold clay dragon sculpture

unfired clay dragon sculptures

Sculpting Process

Using a raku clay body which is very tolerant of dramatic temperature change, I make a coil for the base and work my way up with more coils to form the body. I then sculpt the tail, arms, and legs and put detail in the head and face. The spines are added from tip of the tail to the head with each one ending up different. Head, hand and tail position are adjusted as the personality forms. Some lean forward, some sit back, eager or patient as they show their true selves. The form is hollow all the way up. Wings are created flat then folded and attatched at the shoulder. I can pick them up by their necks when they are done.
Dragon and fire in can

Raku Process

Raku is a process of putting bisque-fired (fired once slowly to about 1800°F in an electric kiln) thrown or sculpted glazed pieces into a gas kiln and heating it fairly quickly to about 1800°F until the glaze is melted. Then it is removed (glowing red) with gloves and tongs and placed in a reduction chamber. This can be any fire proof container that can be sealed so the glaze is starved of oxygen when the combustible materials placed inside starts on fire, pulling the metallic colors out and putting smoke into the unglazed areas of the clay. The piece is left to cool and the resulting color is a magical surprise.
Dragon in can

2017 October STUDIO ARTOUR

Saturday, October 21st • 10am - 6pm
Sunday, October 22nd • 10am - 5pm
Some studios: Friday, Oct 20th • 4 - 8pm

I am part of the Farmington, Northfield and Faribault Studio Artour every fall. I am a guest at Sunset Studios, 10754 Farrel Ave Northfield, MN 55057. Door number 7 on the website. Hope to see you there! I will have new dragons!

Contact Me for More Information

If you are interested in a particular dragon or want more information, give me your email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

WHO I AM

I am a part-time potter, full-time teacher who was throwing bowls and vases and firing them with raku glazes when I was inspired to try a sculpted dragon. It was the perfect blend of the firing technique, whimsical form and magic.

GET IN TOUCH

DeAnn Engvall
12302 131st St Cir S Hastings, MN 55033
Cell: (507) 254-1650

WHY CAN'T YOU BUY ONLINE?

I don't do enough volume to figure out how to ship them so I just sell them at Hasting's BreakAway Arts, Orange Dragon Art Gallery in Prescott, WI and on the Southern Minnesota Studio ArTour in October. I will deliver within about an hour's drive of Hastings.