In the 1980’s I sculpted in clay; also known as multi-glaze terracotta figures. When I visited the Rodin Museum in Paris it was fun to see the same techniques used by Auguste Rodin.
|My sculpture of my husband, Kevin Taylor, immortalized in clay.|
Through volunteering at the Art League Houston I met Toni Jones who asked me to place my sculpture in her gallery and gift shop.
|Self-portrait I sculpted in clay with gold glaze in the 1980's|
Toni Jones sold a few of my smaller pieces in her gift shop. And my sculpture was part of a group show.
A few River Oaks residents gave me commissions to sculpt them in clay. I worked mostly from photos; they wanted portraits from the time they were young and beautiful.
|Sculptural plaque I made from a photo of myself when I was 4 years old|
Toni Jones let me know that in order to sell more clay figures, I should make whimsical pieces, such as a toad playing a violin. I sculpted a penguin instead, not playing any instruments.
In 1986 the Houston public TV station, Channel 8 held an auction to celebrate Houston’s 150 years: the sesquicentennial. I sculpted and donated Sam Houston, appraised by the International Society of Appraisers for $500 and sold!
I loved sculpting! And I was a professional sculptor selling in an art gallery and three gift shops. It can be done - you can do it! Another phase of life because I love to make art. Although I did return to the corporate world for the money. Do you have any thoughts about making art & making money!?!
©Anne Rita Taylor 2016