Here is a full scale photo of my California Colors Totem. It is 4 feet tall. There are 16 separate pieces that can be moved and rearranged in various ways. Each piece stacks atop one another with a wooden dowel as support and a wooden cross base stand (hidden with white draping in this photo.) If displaying outside, I recommend using a 6 foot steel rebar pole in place of the wooden dowel, with 2 feet of the pole sunk into the ground.
Each piece is and hand sized work of art. In order from top to bottom: a purple flower, bougainvillea blossoms, flying seagulls, hummingbird, California poppies, branch with butterfly and snail, jacaranda blossoms, palm tree, monarch butterfly, branch with worm and ladybug, lemon/orange trees and the blue base of ocean waters with turtles swimming around it.
You can see close up photos of some of the pieces in the Teapot/Totem page.
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter