Ecclesiastical Arts Fair: October 20th

I would like to invite those of you who live local to, or near, Pittsburgh to an Ecclesiastical Arts Fair at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, interior http://massarocorporation.com 1:00 to 2:30  Open House Meet the artists and creative people who have been involved in the creation of the…

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Making Molds, Part I

I have a troublesome relationship to making molds. I’ve made a few, but I really, really, really don’t like doing it. It’s very technical,  stinky, and messy. It’s a skill that develops over time with much experience, so I feel like a total novice at this. When I lived in Maryland, I relied on the…

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Getting Back into the Rhythm

I just came back from a week-long trip to Michigan. For a mom, a week-long trip is really a three-week trip. It takes a week or so to plan, pack, and get everything ready. It takes another week to do all the laundry, dishes, meal planning, grocery run,  put everything away, and get everyone’s circadian rhythm reset.…

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Our Lady of Mercy and Sargent Shriver

I worked for Our Lady of Mercy Parish for nearly seven years, first on the Stations of the Cross, then on St. Joseph and the Virgin Annunciate. In some ways, that church feels like home to me. The folks on the liturgical arts committee were welcomed faces every time I brought in a design for…

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Stone and Letter Carver

I am very excited that Gary Churchman has stumbled upon my blog. He is a stone and letter carver, living in England.   (Check out his blog!) While I do most of my work in plastiline clay and make casts, I am particularly interested in stone carving and stone sculptures. I had the most exhilarating moment of…

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Q & A Fridays: Installing Heavy Sculptures

How on earth are you going to get that two-and-a-half ton marble sculpture into the church? Reprinted from October 25, 2006. Very carefully, my friends! First, you call on your pals at Canal Street Studios. How many people does it take to move a two-ton sculpture of the Blessed Virgin out of the studio, into…

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My Sweet Spot

I had a model out to the studio today for the first time in what feels like forever. It was, and usually is, challenging to position him in just the right way so that his figure had balance, tension, and was not too uncomfortable for. Once we identified the perfect pose, I moved the armature…

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Q & A Fridays: Commissions

What is a commissioned sculpture and how does the process work?  People are most familiar with art that hangs in galleries. The artists creates the work, brings it to the gallery, the gallery promotes it, and the art is sold in the gallery. The gallery takes a percentage of the sale and the rest is…

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