Ceramic Headcrab

Valve’s adorable little headhumper (a.k.a the headcrab from Half Life 2) starts life as an untextured clay piece with no cover.

Headcrab has been given the insane texture treatment from yours truly. God what a pain.

Bisque fired, first time. I think you get the idea.

Headcrab after the glaze treatment. I was so unbelievably happy how he came out.  Anyone who’s worked with ceramics knows that glaze can be unpredictable  but when it works it’s a dream come true. This was constructed using the Coil method, sort of like making a pot, then building up and I eventually added little bits like the teeth and legs. His “head” comes off, though the interior is not food-safe, so he’s probably hold odds and ends, which I have plenty of.

Medium: Clay bisque fired into ceramic and glazed

Important disclaimer: I do not own the design or rights to the “headcrab” character, Valve Corporation does. This was not made for profit.

This work is NOT FOR SALE. Thank you.


6 Responses to “Ceramic Headcrab”

  1. I really like the textures you made because it looks alive in the end! The shiny arms are a really nice contrast to the body/ground as well.

    • Thanks! I was really pleased with how this came out from the kiln, the TA’s for this semester did a stellar job 🙂 Unfortunately, this guy is not food-safe, as I was going to use him as a cookie jar, but I’ll find some other use for him.

      • cookie jar is what I saw. Line the interior with waxed paper.

  2. It’s possible, but first I need to patch up the big cracks that are inside, and even then I’m not sure wax paper will be enough, I might end up lining it anyway, but keep it for trinkets.

  3. I couldn’t have asked for an even better blog. You happen to be ever present to present excellent advice, going right to the point for straightforward understanding of your target audience. You’re surely a terrific professional in this matter. Many thanks for being there for human beings like me.

    • Thank you for such kind words 🙂 And you’re very welcome, I’m glad you enjoy my work.

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