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.
Of all the garden saints,
Dorothy makes the most explicit link between gardens and paradise (the
root of the word paradise means a walled garden ), a theme that runs
throughout virtually all religions and literatures, from the ancient
world to the present. St. Dorothy (d. ca. 304) was, according to legend,
martyred in Cappadocia, in modern-day Turkey, under the Diocletian
persecution. Her story is this: after her arrest for being a Christian,
the Roman magistrate said he would spare her if she worshiped the Roman
gods; Dorothy refused; the magistrate gave her a second chance: if she
would marry a pagan, she would be freed. Dorothy defiantly replied that
her only bridegroom would be Jesus. As she was being led to her
execution, a lawyer named Theophilus taunted her from the crowd: Bride
of Christ, he yelled, send me some fruit and flowers from your
bridegroom s garden. As Dorothy knelt before her executioner, a young
boy miraculously appeared with a basket of three roses and three apples.
Dorothy took the fruit and flowers, wrapped them in her cloak, and told
the boy to take them to Theophilus. When the lawyer saw the fruit and
flowers, he converted and proclaimed that he wished to join Dorothy in
her bridegroom s garden-paradise. This depiction of Dorothy, with apples
and roses, was hand carved in clay and then cast in a resilient
architectural material that can go outside.
Dimensions: 6 (h) x 4 (w) x 1.75 (d) inches