“Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee” Twins-what a terrific subject to translate in ceramic!
I decided to give this sculpture a realistic feel, a pair of identical twins what a challenge!
The build was anything but easy, to say the least,
I had quite a few fights with the clay, over a long period to get the result you see on the finished article.
The most significant task in this theme was matching faces with different expressions!
I can on request personalise a sculpture using photos of yourself, loved ones, animals etcetera.
You will see samples of my commissions on the main ceramics page.
Brothers in look and dress.
clothed in black and white striped tops with a red tie and beige trousers ;
not forgetting matching black and white school caps.
In my translation caught posing on a good day showing brotherly love and NOT quarrelling!
Impish cheeky faces, these boys can’t help but charm you.
This, like all my sculptures, is a hand made the piece not cast, never reproduced.
In the 1951 version of Alice in Wonderland,
Tweedle Dum and Tweedledee represent the sun and moon.
They tell Alice the story of The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Although we are led to believe the names were invented by Lewis Carroll.
Actually created by John Byrom.
Byrom took his cue from the world of music.
In particular, Byrom invented Tweedledum and Tweedledee in a poem.
that satirised and mocked two rivalling schools of music at the time.
(‘Tweedle’ from twiddle, as in to tweak an instrument.)
Byrom’s poem runs:
Some say compar’d to Bononcini
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny
Others aver, that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle
Strange all this Difference should be
‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!