Christmas Relief Plaques

No Room at the Inn

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

No Room at the Inn

The relief sculpture “No Room at the Inn” helps to tie in the Christmas story by showing Mary and Joseph walking dejectedly past the entrance of an inn with the inn keeper looking on through the curtain that veils the entrance.  It was a challenge to get all the figures to work together, but I am happy with the way it turned out. Year completed: 2012 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, 1 inch deep Availability: Enquire...

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Papoose

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

Papoose

“Papoose” or The Baby Jesus, was the first in a series of Christmas plaques I created beginning in 2003 and creating one each year, releasing the new edition in November of each year. The sculpture of the baby has the most emotional attachment for me owing to how it came about.  All signs pointed to a meager Christmas for my family so I decided to create a Christmas relief sculpture to sell.  At the time I made it I remember my feelings were tender and I would often look out the window and cry while I was making it.  When it was finished I thought it was a jewel and could not...

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The Three Wisemen

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

The Three Wisemen

“The Three Wisemen” was created in 2009. In early November of that same year, we had three Japanese cyclists stay with us. We met them on the street. They had their bikes fully loaded and were travelling from Alaska to Argentina and happened to be passing through Orem, Utah when we saw them and invited them to come eat and stay the night with us. In broken English they graciously accepted. They slept in my studio. When I see this sculpture of “The Three Wisemen”, I think of those three Japanese cyclists who came from the East to visit us. Not many days after that my...

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Babe in the Manger

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

Babe in the Manger

  During 2011, when I released this edition, “Babe in the Manger”, I was on a farming kick and had rented some land. I bought two pigs, two goats, ducks and chickens. By the end of the year I realized that I could not spend so much time tending these animals and had to get back to more sculpting, although I did greatly enjoy tending my animals and feeling like a farmer. I sold them all except the chickens and ducks, which we still enjoy getting eggs from. In memory of my animal escapades, I made this sculpture of Baby Jesus with the animals. Year completed: 2011 Material:...

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Mary and Baby Jesus

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

Mary and Baby Jesus

  The 2006 edition, “Mary and Baby Jesus”, was an easy sculpture to do and although I had already sculpted Mary holding Jesus the previous year, I wanted to do a more intimate piece with just Mary and the Baby which was of the same size as the 2003 and 2005 versions. Year completed: 2006 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, 1 inch deep Availability: enquire...

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The Annunciation

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

The Annunciation

  An angel appears to Mary and points to a dove. “The Annunciation” was a challenging piece-to get the right relationship between Mary and the angel in such a tight space-but I was happy with the final version. I like the way the angel looks as if he is appearing from another world. The dove, which represents the Holy Ghost, adds to the atmosphere of the scene. Year completed: 2007 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, 1 inch deep Availability:...

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Mary and Joseph

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

Mary and Joseph

  Joseph with Mary on the donkey is one of those sculptures that gets better with age and I sometimes wonder how lucky I was to make it. I started out this piece not knowing what it would be other than a sculpture to do with Christmas. After pushing the clay around, I started seeing someone on something. As it became clearer I said, “That must be Mary on a donkey, and that other person over there must be Joseph!” Year completed: 2005 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, 1 inch deep Availability: enquire  ...

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The Nativity

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

The Nativity

The Nativity or “The Adoration of the Shepherds” was my second sculpture after The Baby Jesus. I had just finished a large relief commission for the LDS Newport Beach Temple and was in that frame of mind when I sculpted this piece. This is why it is larger and has more figures than the other years and acts as a center piece for the collection. Year completed: 2005 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 8.5 inches high, 6 inches wide, 1.5 inches deep Availability: enquire...

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Fear Not

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Christmas Relief Plaques | 0 comments

Fear Not

How can you have the Christmas story without showing the angel appearing to the shepherds? This piece was challenging because I had to include more than two people and show an outdoor scene of shepherds. I enjoyed doing the anatomy and showing the muscular bodies of the figures. Year completed: 2010 Material: bronze and hydrostone (a gypsum cement) Dimensions: 7 inches high, 5 inches wide, 1 inch deep Availability: enquire    ...

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