You know how you look at old school photos of yourself, and sometimes they make you cringe? This year I'm celebrating five years of creating little sculptures to send around the world, so I recently sat down to look through old photos of my work, from the early days of Small Company Artworks. And much like those old school photos, I definitely encountered moments of "What was I thinking?" Happily, I noticed several other details, too.
I was listening to an interview one day with the deeply talented Emily McDowell. She discussed the stellar success of her witty greeting cards and the challenges that went with growing her company. Then she explained why she was backing away.
hello. I saw some of your pieces at one of the shops in downtown [Los Angeles]. You do great work. are you open to making a custom sculpture? I'm interested in having a few copies of a piece of Sisyphus...
"I LOVE the [Wake-Up Call] cat sculpture. I see you do custom work and was wondering of you could do one similar. I want to give this special gift to my wife so that she will always have something that is exclusive to her as a memory of her and our cat."
Today I'm upping the ante with ideas for an entire, glorious afternoon to yourself. It may not happen often, so let's make the most of it, shall we? These ideas actually mix and match nicely both with each other, and with the half-hour ideas. And lots of them have a pseudo-productive vibe, so you can feel all proud of yourself for accomplishing something.
The unique qualities of cast stone make it ideal for tabletop sculpture, so I'm surprised it's not more widely known. Collectors quickly go from curious to delighted when they handle cast stone, though, and for good reason: there's nothing quite like the feel of stone in the hand.
If you're like many collectors, you're probably more familiar with cast stone than you realize.
"I'd like to commission a custom sculpture celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary to the best wife in the world. 9th is supposed to be pottery, and I know that can include things outside of dishware, but I have this vision of me given her a terracotta pot and, well, that vision doesn't end well for me. I just need to somehow link your work to the 9th anniversary gift tradition!"
Every now and then a collector shares the story of how they came to choose their sculpture. These stories never fail to delight me, and they've become my absolute favorite part of what I do (so keep them coming!). Lisa and her kitty, Sydney Crawford, gave me one such story after Book Rest went to live with Lisa.
I love romantic, sappy gifts, which probably doesn't surprise you, given what I do. So this year, I created a romantic, sappy "I love you" book for my wedding anniversary. And in the spirit of spreading romantic, sappy goodness all over the place, I'm sharing a DIY so you can make one, yourself.