How to Commission a Sculpture

Have you imagined commissioning a sculpture?

Let’s say your family, a church, or organization wants to commission of a work of sculpture, but you have no idea where to begin or how to proceed. Here I will describe the process that I use in my studio.

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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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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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The Story of Hempel Studios, Part IV

The following is a reprint of an article that I wrote for Lutheran Forum Magazine, Winter 2007. It has appeared here in several parts. Read PartI, Part II, and Part III first. This is the final installment. When I was a child, I thought that art was superfluous in the church: mere decoration, a distraction from worship.…

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The Story of Hempel Studios, Part III

The following is a reprint of an article that I wrote for Lutheran Forum Magazine, Winter 2007. It will appear here in several parts. Read Part I and Part II first. With the Virgin Mary out of the studio, I began work on St. Joseph. Initially, finding imagery for St. Joseph was difficult. He is mentioned a mere seven…

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The Armature

The arts committee and parish priest at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton have given me the green light to proceed with the enlargement of the four sculptures. The studio space conundrum has gotten in the way of my progress, but I have been encouraged by my ever-gracious and supportive husband to start anyway. Or in…

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