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I am a self-taught artist. When I see a Holiday antique that inspires me, I examine the piece carefully- without damaging the original- to see how it was constructed. I try to duplicate the old methods as closely as possible. My background in needle arts and other crafts has been very helpful in identifying the original materials used and methods of construction. I’m always looking for Holiday collectibles at antiques shops and fairs. When traveling, I search out Christmas Museums, and Antique Doll and Toy Museums. Those in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been a particular wealth of information and inspiration
My chalkware figurines are all individually hand-cast from my collection of antique chocolate molds. Often I refer to my antique Christmas postcards for inspiration on color and design. The process is very labor-intensive. Each piece is sanded and then hand-painted and detailed. Next the piece is gently “aged” to give it a vintage look, and finally sealed to protect the figurine. I also love to recreate old Christmas ornaments and other Holiday decorations based on vintage designs
I use Dresden trims, European tinsel, and Victorian colors to help to create a vintage appearance. My ambition is to create unique, one-of a kind decorations and ornaments which will become new keepsakes for years to come. I am honored to be selected by Early American Life Magazine as one of America's best traditional American craftsmen for the last four years
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320 Minortown Rd, Woodbury, Connecticut 06798, United States