When I was a child my greatest excitement lay in the natural world around me. On the ranch where we lived in Northwestern Wyoming, there was a spring that contained a marvelous natural clay. From its icy cold depths, I gathered handfuls in a tin bucket, took it home and began my first small sculptures in clay. In those days my mother cooked on a wood fired stove that had a large baking oven in which I fired my first small figures. I recall the excitement of seeing the color of the clay when it came out of the oven...the sculptures looked very old, like ancient artifacts. Art now held another dimension: time. I was hooked and couldn’t get enough...the future held many things.
All sculpture made from clay or wax, inevitably leads to a permanent medium. In my case I have cast all my large works in bronze and many small works in sterling silver or gold.
“The Fog Woman and the Raven” was cast in silver or bronze and fashioned into a two-sided pendant. They can be made with paua shell background or yew wood and suspended from a Navajo pearl necklace or bolo tie.
Followers of this site will note that the Indian's Pony has become the subject of a book by the same title: From Bones to Bronze "The Indian's Pony" the epic journey of a sculpture in clay with notes along the way by Gerald Anthony Shippen and forward by Peter H. Hassrick. Copyright 2020.
Cover Image “Spirit of the Crazy Dance” July 2006
Artist Profile Story page 189.
Join us later this fall at the Brinton Museum, in Sheridan, Wyoming for the "101 Show".
Completed in 2015, "Birds of a Feather" was designed to reside atop the antique marble birdbath located in the foyer of the new Brinton Museum.
Embellish your cathedral. Create an ornamental landscape or simply adorn your flower garden with great art. We create custom designs for new homes, city landscapes and remote getaways.
We create unique, one-of-a-kind custom gifts for any occasion.
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