Works in firing clay were made sporadically but never incidentally. Between 1966 and 1968 six, 1976 and 1982 two dogs each, all belonging to a "breed" (about 25x35cm). In the period from 1978 to 1990, each time at Christmas time, a nativity scene grew to over 100 pieces, the figures max. 20cm high. In the years 1981-83 Joachim Dunkel built ten so-called pocket parks, ruins similar to temples or castles, which he imagined covered with suitable plants, including two "Arcadia", which can also be used as aquariums.

In 1990 the artist realized five up to 100cm high fantasy animals for the playground of a small kindergarten. Another six pedestal animals, about 50cm high, date from 1990 and 1995. Dunkel supplemented his works on the Troy complex in 1999 in terracotta with two female figures, a singing horse and a falling rider. These sculptures are in extraordinarily extreme motion.

Parallel to the above-mentioned works, he created small-format female figures, standing, sitting, lying.                                                                                                          The terracotta is either reddish engobed, washed with inks or painted in color, only one of the large dogs carries a glaze.