Gerrie is making a clay nativity scene at the studio at her church. Yes! Her church has an art studio with a kiln! Talk about creative spirit.
This is a clay creche I made in 1996 -- before I discovered fiber. (We call them creches in my family and I'm sad to hear almost no one else call them that anymore.)
It's not a great picture. I'm sorry. I remember my ceramics teacher was so intrigued that I made Baby Jesus separate from his manger. Well, of course... we don't put Baby Jesus out until Christmas. He usually is hidden in some drawer until the big day. (I took him out for the photo.) Yes, that is a paper clip that the shepherd is holding. (I always intended to make a nicer wire crook, but then the paper clip became part of the tradition and it stays.)
We have lots creches, but not as many as my mom and dad. They have a wonderful amazing museum-worthy collection. I love getting them all out at Christmas time.