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What is it made of? How long did it take for the
artist to create? Do you fire each piece? How are they painted? These are
some of the commonly asked questions I encounter at an artist appearance
or trade show. To begin with, any artwork is born in the artists' imagination,
and takes form with an idea or concept. Some artists will sit down and
sketch their ideas on paper to further formulate their concept. Others,
like myself, will begin by "sketching" their ideas three dimensionally
in clay. For myself, this is the most inspirational time. This is when
the composition is established and the mood, movement, and emotion are
created giving the sculpture "life". This is what is most important, not
all the detail that will come later. This is the time when the artist is
"interpreting" what he knows and feels about his subject, and "communicating"
that feeling to the eventual viewer. The entire creative process may take
a week or many months depending on the size of the work, its complexity,
the artists' familiarity with the subject, and obviously, the amount of
time dedicated to that project. Many artists, myself included, will work
on several projects simultaneously in order to maintain a fresh perspective
each time they touch a piece.
When the artwork is completed, our team of gifted
and knowledgeable mold makers take over to create a flexible rubber mold
of the original clay which will capture every detail with fingerprint accuracy.
During this process, the clay original is damaged and lost forever. The
initial and all important "master" mold of the original is then used to
create subsequent production molds for the edition castings. Now, at last!
What is it made of? Very simply, each piece is composed of a blend of fine
resins and pure white alabaster, or alabaster and porcelain powders. When
"catalyzed" and poured into a mold, this resin composition will go through
a chemical reaction creating intense heat and causing the mixture to harden
and expand into every crevasse and detail of the mold. When cooled and
removed from the mold, the result is an exact duplicate of the original
At this point each casting is examined, detailed,
and cleaned to prepare the sculpture to receive a natural palette of the
finest artist acrylics applied layer upon layer by skilled artisans. The
beautiful finish which results is designed to enhance and define all the
subtle detail of the artwork, as well as contribute to the life and realism
of the subject.
|Each sculpture will receive a natural platite
of the finest artist acrylics applied layer upon layer by skilled artisanes.
The beautiful finish which results is designed to enhance and define all
the subtle detail of the artwork, as well as contribute to the life and
realism of the subject.