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This is the process the artist and his wife use to make the pieces: He carves the original of each image in clay, using dental tools. Before making each piece he reads extensively about the saint, but once he begins carving he doesn't look at any other depictions. As to the statues, when the original carving seems to be finished, he makes a latex mold. Once the mold has cured, he begins to cast the pieces himself. He uses cast stone (gypsum with some metal powders and other materials), painstakingly working a slurry of the substance into each mold by hand in order to get all the details. Once the piece sets, he demolds it, trims it, and hands it over to his wife, who paints and glazes each piece by hand. All the statues can go outside. The process for the medals is roughly the same, though they are cast in lead-free pewter. Nicely gift packaged.

Julian, born in 1342, was an anchoress in Norwich, England. A medieval anchoress like Julian spent her life in a cell attached to the wall of a church. Julian's function was to pray and to give counsel. Many medieval anchoresses kept cats as mousers, and a longstanding legend holds that Julian had a cat in her cell. Julian was also a mystic and the first woman to write a book in English. Her book, Showings of Divine Love, is a description and analysis of her visions. In one passage she writes: �He [God] also showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand. I looked at it with the eyes of my understanding and thought, `What can this be?� My question was answered in this fashion: `It is everything that is made.� I marveled at how this could be, for it seemed to me that it might suddenly fall into nothingness, it was so small. An answer for this was given to my understanding: �It lasts, and ever shall last, because God loves it.�� Julian had seen in the hazelnut what mystics in all faiths (and many scientists) have stated: if one can view any one thing�no matter how lowly or despicable�with absolute clarity, then all things and the basis of reality are revealed and one can be at peace. Another well-known passage from Julian summarizes the peace that resulted from her revelations: �All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.� In this statue, Julian holds the revelatory hazelnut in her right hand and a contemplative cat in her left arm. 

Dimensions: 9.5 (h) x 4 (w) x 2 (d) inches

Item #15111
Price: $45.00