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The Simple Gifts Collection
Folk Art Figures
by Trish Randal
Influenced by artists such as Sharon Sahl, Diana Brian
and Jean Earnhart, Trish began creating whimsical
characters in salt dough or baker's clay. She remembers
that her first piece was an elf that took over two hours to
mold. But, she also remembers the surprise and pleasure
of friends and family at the image she had created.
Eventually she turned the making of these clay figures
into a business. Her wish to make more detailed and
intricate figures led her to bread dough clay, a mixture of
white bread, glue and glycerin. A medium traditionally
used for miniatures, Trish was one of the first to develop
techniques to make larger figures. Each piece is hand-made, air-dried and sealed with
an epoxy resin. Molds are never used.
|Demonstrating at the
Shaker Woods Festival,
|Figures are sculpted from ball, log,
and cone shapes.
Molds are never used.
|Trish with Gracie, her
|After drying for seven days the angels
get their wings!
|The final step - the figures are dipped
in a epoxy resin placed on a screen
until they become tacky and then hung
to cure for 24 hours.