Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Little Dancer of Five Years

Not to be confused with Degas Little Dancer of Fourteen Years but easily confused by the quality of sculpting. This here little ballerina is by far my favorite thing in my house!




How about these two beautiful gals! Back Story; in the South there is always back story.....  Above the gorgeous blonde is Kaye Pass Lambert the sculptress who molded & sculpted this amazing terracotta sculpture of my namesake niece; Junior. Kaye won the lottery when she became my roommate in college ~ HA! Actually, I was the lucky one! We met back before the war through our sisters who had met in college & we became fast friends. Lawsey does she know some back story.... I have a few things on her so her lips are sealed..... And as it goes in the South the namesake niece & Kaye's son became friends in college & even went on to law school at the same school. I know, right??? Hard to keep up....

Anywho, I wanted a sculpture of my niece; the ballerina in her tutu. Commissioned Kaye Lambert Sculptress & we went through old photographs. Kaye picked this adorable pose.




How about we go behind the scenes of the artist studio where the real magic happens! Kaye is skilled at her craft & so precise. All things I am not... for sure opposites attract.


This is where it all began, that hunk of clay reminds me of that song He Took a 100 pounds of Clay.... Check out those tools, this is a serious process.


How talented is she??? I mean it, Kaye has got the gift. And check out the profile on that child, the girl can sculpt!


Look at the details. The tutu is so stinking cute & those ballerina slippers are precious!


The neck ruffle & tutu are a beautiful bisque porcelain with an overall terracotta glaze. To die for!


Here are the girls showing off! The Ballerina is strutting her stuff atop a beautiful piece of shell pink marble


that was rescued from the center of the top of my hall bath vanity.




Here they are perched in the resting spot of the sculpture. Don't you love how Kaye's dress goes with all the pink. Totally unplanned, really.



Kaye does custom work & is delightful to work with. Visit her site & you can see for yourself she is one talented lady that I am lucky to call friend & blessed to have in my life. As for the ballerina, she is still obsessed with tutus as seen here on her way to court in her adopted hometown of NOLA.....


Original art sets your house apart like no other element of design. It truly lets the uniqueness of your personality shine through. Find artist that you connect with & have some fun with it.


16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful sculpture. I like the idea of drinking in the court house.

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  2. Beautiful post. Love the artist, the art, and the back story!
    Sharon
    @novaraway

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    1. Thx Sharon! Such fun to post about folks we love!

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  3. I am blessed to be able to call this talented & beautiful gal my close friend of over 40 years.

    You too Paige! :)

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    1. Ms. Happy Hound, you are no slouch! Shout out to you soon!

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  4. Beautiful. I feel art should be invested in, with heart and soul and afford whatever you can get your hands on. This is so personal and so lovely.
    xo Nancy

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  5. Absolutely lovely piece and lovely story. Kaye is such a talented lady!

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  6. I am fortunate enough to have two of her beautiful busts of my sons. What an extraordinary talent and what a lifelong gift to have these pieces!

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    1. How great for you! She is so talented! THX

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  7. This is such a sweet story, and the artist is so talented!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  8. I've never seen a sculpture in the process of being made before! WOW!!! I would love it too even without the story or sentimentality behind it!!! Just discovered your awesome blog Junell, new follower here. :-) Happy Weekend!

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  9. Amazing right??? Thx Vel for stopping by.

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  10. that was interesting to see the photo, then the chunk of clay...what an amazing process. She is very talented!

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    1. THX! It is amazing. I loved watch it all unfold. Obviously I am thrilled with the results!

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