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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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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Nine Tons of Marble

This weekend in 2004, I imported nine tons of marble from Carrara, Italy. It would become the Virgin Annunciate. Even eight years later, it’s still incredible. ——————- Sarah Hempel Irani, Sculptor www.HempelStudios.com info@hempelstudios.com

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Q & A Friday: Clay to Stone

One of the most frequently asked questions I get in the studio is “how do you get this from clay to stone?” It’s a long answer that usually involves me getting out a diagram, an Italian stone carver, and a math textbook to explain it all. So, I thought that I would try to explain it here…

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