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."
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.
My sculpture is starting out 2017 with a bang, with new designs now available exclusively on UncommonGoods. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of their wonderful catalog (yes, the print catalog!). And that's not all.
At last I'm ending my long intermission. When I began transitioning to cast-stone sculpture (from polymer clay), I didn't realize all the layers of work I was setting myself up for. But boy, do I love the results.
You know how when you take time away from a habit, it can be tough to get back in the groove? You sit down after a long break to, say, write or sculpt or something that used to be utterly routine, and... nothing. Nada. Zip. Wait, was that the fridge calling? I think I need to walk the cat. Did I remember to pick up dental floss at the store?
[Update: This post describes my sculpting process in polymer clay, which the attentive reader will remember is my former medium. My new, cast-stone sculpture has another approach, but you still might enjoy seeing the polymer come together.]
Today I'm sharing the tools I use most. Artists and dabblers alike may find inspiration here, and I hope you'll share your favorites for the studio or office in the comments. Give me a reason to wander that aisle, won't you?
When guests visit my art studio, or when I first tell people that I sculpt, the same seven questions seem to come up. As a socially-awkward introvert who composes lists of questions to ask strangers before networking events, I find myself wondering if they're collaborating on their lists to ask me the same seven questions. While this seems unlikely, who knows what extraverts get up to in their free time?