Each spring when I am planting annuals in my garden, I hate that moment when I must behead the new plantings. You know what I mean if you garden.
Deadheading of blossoms must be done to allow energy to be turned to root production and the development of a multi-branched plant. I know this, but plucking off the beautiful flower heads goes against all my instincts for instant gratification.
Did you know that in the production of a portrait bust in clay there is a similar painful moment?
When sculpting of the clay likeness is completed, it must be sliced in half, hollowed out, and seamlessly put back together. This hollowing out step is absolutely necessary or the piece would explode in the kiln while being fired. What a vulnerable moment though! Weeks or even months of work could be lost in this moment.
But it’s worth it. In the end the work will be finished as lovingly as a well tended flower bush.
(portrait photo courtesy: Statue.com)
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I live near
a beautiful cemetery that is edged on three sides by untamed woods. I decided since it was so lovely this afternoon I would take a walk and search the edges for wild berries. Along the way I found this striking portrait of Flossie on an oval, gravestone cameo.
Dear Flossie, her delicate face, made all the more touching by the damage to her porcelain cameo. What lovely memorials are these gravestone images.
Though Flossie has been buried now for almost 100 years, there is something about her spirit that continues to shine in this portrait.
As far back as 100 B.C. the Roman Egyptian culture at Fayum was painting grave portraits of distinctive individual persons. These are not just generic faces, but portraits like Flossie’s, which give us a glimpse into the life of one man, one woman, one child.
In this portrait of a young woman we see unique characterisitcs: the rather large ears, and a love for jewelry displayed. We can imagine that in death she has been painted wearing her very favorite earrings.
A portrait bust without a spark of life is not complete. This spark is the very essence of what I seek to find, to create, as a portrait sculptor working with their clay material. I will be happy to work with you to create a very special and spirited custom bust.
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Bases are an optional feature for a portrait bust. Some of the nicest pieces just sit solid on a surface whether a desk top, shelf or pedestal. If you would prefer a base we can make one for you. Here are a couple of ideas:
Plain Wood Base: small $25 large $45.
Detailed Wood Base: small $55 large $75.
Marble bases can be special ordered, but take time to be cut and polished. Prices vary according to exact sizes.
If you have your own base ideas, just inquire. We are flexible and can create for you any type of base you can imagine!
*(Sculptor: Lydia Shalanko, Photos: courtesy of Statue.com)