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St. John Of The Cross Handmade StatueWHILE SUPPLIES LAST
WHILE THEY LAST!

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.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was one of the greatest mystics and religious poets in Christian history. One of his most famous works is The Dark Night of the Soul. The dark night refers both to a period of intense suffering and to a stage in a life devoted to contemplative discipline. John, like his close associate St. Teresa of vila, was a Carmelite who tried to reform the order. For his efforts, John was imprisoned for nine months by fellow Carmelites in horrendous conditions: he was beaten, nearly starved, and allowed to see light only a few moments a day. After living this dark night, he, near death, miraculously escaped. The dark night, then, refers to a period of suffering and alienation, at the end of which one gains enlightenment. This statue incorporates many of the symbols in John s poem The Dark Night of the Soul, a poem about the stages of mystical prayer, the final level being unification with the beloved (the divine), here depicted as a child. The poem, thus, is ultimately about rising from suffering to knowledge and peace.

Dimensions: 9 (h) x 4 (w) x 2 (d) inches

Item #15174
Price: $45.00