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Figurines by Tanya Davis

Updated on May 22, 2016


Tanya Davis is an independent artist who has gained popularity with her art figurines. Even though she is only able to create art part-time due to having a 'real' job, she is very prolific and makes sure to get her art noticed and interacts with the public. 2013 marked the beginnings of her public appearances when she had her first three local showcases and a gallery display of her figurine art in Austin, Texas. She has also participated in multiple events in Dallas called Vinyl Thoughts representing her signature style to the Urban Vinyl community.

At DesignerCon 2014 in Pasadena, California she featured four 7-inch Yo! figurines to which she had masterfully applied polymer clay and acrylic paint. Three of these Yo! figurines also were displayed at the WizardWorld Comicon 2014 in Austin, Texas. She has painted blocks in the Omni Art House Gallery exhibition in Maryland and has had local gallery and artist collective group shows. She participated in the Summer 2014 event, The Tesla Project at the Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, Texas. In 2015 she participated in the Staple! Independent Media Expo and that is now one of her recurring venues. Locally, you can find her work on display at Monkey See Monkey Do on South Congress and Jerry's Artarama in North Austin. Her work is also accessible on her site gallery and online store.

Most of Tanya Davis' pieces are in the Steampunk style. Sometimes old watch casing and gears she has found are implemented. Fashioned with a combination of gears, jewelry findings and polymer clay such as her series of little figurines that she calls her Steampunk Buddies. Each are hand-made by Davis, no molds, just old-fashioned shaping and detailing by hand.

Photo Source: Tanya Davis' image, photographer AudioBrad Media (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Beginings to Now

"I have always loved making art since I was old enough to hold a crayon and I never leave the house without a sketchbook in my bag."

Davis received a B.S. in Architecture from Prairie View A&M University, and although Architecture did not become her chosen profession, the lessons she learned continue to strongly influence her attention to detail and form.

Get to know quite a bit of the story of how Tanya Davis came to work with polymer clay and figurines in our collaborative review of the book Steampunkery, which Tanya credits as giving her "the first ideas for steampunk animal figurines"

Always a true natural born artist, she has developed multiple skill sets extending from basic visual arts into ceramic clay sculpture, jewelry making and digital photography.

Time-lapsed Video of Creating a Steampunk Whale

Tanya Davis also wants you to know...

"I accept commission work. If you would like a custom piece just ask. Most requested are clay figurines and Google Android robot custom toys. I also do drawings and paintings on special request. Fan art also welcome.

Use the handy contact form on my page here:

Poll: What is your favorite figurine by Tanya Davis? - click on the devil duckie to see more of her work online

Steampunk Devil Duckie
Steampunk Devil Duckie

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Tanya's figurines have a really excellent style, and are nicely executed. I love when industrial factors are added to otherwise natural things.

— Sam Hotch, screen printer and artist, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Prints also available

Prints of Tanya Davis' artwork and figurine photos.
Prints of Tanya Davis' artwork and figurine photos.

There are prints available - just to go to Tanya Davis' store where she sells her works printed by local print-master Skyline Art Prints in Austin, Texas.

I have seen your Gallery and think your work is really great. There is much imagination there. Congratulations, great work!

— Frank Joseph, pastel artist and art lover
Deco-steam Owl Framed Art
Deco-steam Owl Framed Art

Open-Edition Prints on Demand

There are numerous works and photography available. Just ask the artist for more info at:

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @Chica510: Thank you. She does make pain-staking effort on the detail of each piece. Her designs are indeed unique, no two are exactly the same. Thanks again for stopping by!

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      Marangeli Osoria 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Wow, how unique! The detail on the figurines is amazing!

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Thank you Julie, I wholeheartedly agree.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      What an amazing artist! Hadn't heard of Tanya Davis -- I love to see indie artists and their creations.

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @Meganhere: Thanks Megan. You are in good company. :-)

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I love Steampunk. I think I like the duck best.

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: Thanks for the compliment. She is currently working on a commission for a duck wearing a top-hat. Duckys are popular!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      These are such creative figurines. I really do like the unique characteristics of her artworks. My favorite is the duck.

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @Colin323: Thanks so much for your sincere words of encouragement. I am always thinking of ways to help promote the effort of creative people as I feel so much appreciation for their works. Authors certainly have a place in my heart among those; as a book-lover, I am certain you and I both share similar admiration in this way.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      I really like the fact you are promoting Tanya's work on a Squidoo lens; I wish more people would support artists they admire in this helpful way. Artists really struggle to survive today and need all the help and support their can get. Her work is innovative, interesting and original and she deserves to gain recognition for it.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Very interesting art. I've always wished I were more creative...

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @ghoststorylover: Thanks. That is awesome that you are inspired. Hope whatever you do is fun and rewarding. Maybe even be a Squidoo story! I appreciate you reading my lenses, I need to really make a lot more, I am writing all over the web and only just have begun on here.

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I love these! I love art too I took many classes, and makes me want to make something similar in my own way. :)

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @moralblogger lm: I am glad you enjoyed the lens. I am trying to rouse up more interest in Squidoo with my creative friends. Tanya appreciates the compliments as well (I always update her personally).

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      moralblogger lm 4 years ago

      These are so unique! The very intricate detail really brings out the character of each piece...I can see these becoming very collectable. A nicely detailed lens too...thanks!

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @electrolion: Drawing is just the beginning, so at least you have that. I admire Tanya's talent greatly also, thanks for commenting.

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      I can do pencil art, but couldn't begin to create figurines. Now that's talent!

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      RHKnight 4 years ago

      @tonyaalves3: Tanya says thank you, that is so awesome of you to leave a comment on her Squidoo.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      You are very talented. Love your collections


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