Bear Pride is a ceramic tile piece attached to a painted backing representing The International Bear Brotherhood Flag.
The body of the bear was made from one large ¼” slab of earthenware 60 clay. Using a projector, the body of the bear was shaped and textured. Cutting the large shape into unique tiles allows for separation so the colors of the flag to be seen. After bisque firing the tiles at cone 08 (1728F) a bronze glaze was applied. To reduce the amount of glossy surface caused by the silica in the glaze a small amount of black iron oxide was applied over some area of the glaze. After firing the tile at cone 6 (2232F) the two surface treatments joined forming what is seen in the sculpture.
The backer board was painted with satin acrylic paint allowing it to contrast with the tile design. The paint theme was is based on the Bear subculture flag created by Craig Byrnes in 1995. Intentional brush strokes blending each flag stipe color was used to prevent hard lines of color distracting the viewers eye from the bear.