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Content › Featured Sculptor Site of the Month - October 2006
Featured Sculptor Site of the Month - October 2006
Mary Gordon is the sculptor that we are most pleased to present to our visitors for FeyRealm's Featured Site of the Month!
These wonderful works of art are SO filled with expression and imagination - each has it's own personality and character that just spills forth from every one of them. Colorful and joyful, they will bring a smile to anyone that sees them.
Please read below to learn more about this great sculptor!
Name: Mary Gordon|
ebay ID: thefairydell
Favorite Music: Mozart, Muse, Madonna, Gwyen Stephani
Favorite Color: Lilac
Favorite Artistic Resource: Patricia Rose Hints
Favorite Medium(s): Polymer clay
Favorite Art Tool: My favourite sculpting tool is my hands.
Favorite Book: Good Faeries/Bad Faeries by Brian Froud
Favorite Site: Ebay
How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be an artist?
I was 30 when I realised I had a talent for sculpting. It started as I hobby, I would make fairies for my friends and they said I should sell them, I never thought about selling them at the time but when my mum's health started going downhill, I had to quit work to look after her, I am still her full-time carer today. As finances were really tight and I couldn't fit in a job around my mums needs, that's when I decided to make dolls and sell them. It was only when I started making dolls and selling each one that I realized that this is what I want to do with my life. Sculpting fills my life, it's my escape from my day to day reality. I lose myself in my work, I would do it all day and night if I could.
Have you had any formal training, or are you entirely self-taught?
I am mostly self taught, when I first started I found the Patricia Rose website, which had loads of hints and tips. So as soon I a discovered how to make an armature, I was off, sculpting away and loving it! Each time I created a fairy, it was better then the last, and my passion for sculpting grew and grew.
What was the most important lesson that you have learned so far in regard to your art or developing as an artist?
Take your time, don't rush your art. Your sculptures should never be rushed, you will only be disappointed in the end result. Just before you fire a piece you should leave it for at least a couple of hours. When you go back to it, you will have a new perspective and notice parts that need rectifying before baking.
Do you have any favorite artist(s)? Who and why?
My favourite fairy artist is Patricia Rose. She is a first class sculptress. She puts so much thought into each piece she creates, she never fails to bring the piece to life.
What is your primary medium that you work in? Why do you find you enjoy that medium the most? What others do you like to use besides that?
I only sculpt in polymer clay. Anything you can imagine can be sculpted in polymer clay. It is easy to work with and the amount of detail you can achieve is incredible. You are only limited by the steadiness if your hand!!
What and who were or are your major influences as an artist?
I love the art of Brian Froud, his fairies are so ethereal and graceful.
How do you get ready to create? Do you have any specific things you MUST do before you can sit down and be creative? Rituals, time of day, location, etc.
When not looking after mum, I sculpt whenever I can. I sit at my desk and always layout my clay and sculpture, clean my tools then scrub my hands. I always start by checking that there is no little specs of dust landed on the sculpt ( I cover them when not working on them but find it's best always to check) then start working.
What is your favorite piece you've created?
My favourite piece so far is the fairies I am working on at the moment. It is a fairy couple. I feel I have managed to capture a moment of tenderness between these two young lovers but I guess that will be up to the ebay doll lovers to decide.
Where do you live? Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere at all?
I live in Scotland, where I am lucky to live beside a country park, where I walk my dog and think of ideas for my fairies. The braes are so beautiful to walk through it's a perfect place for inspiration. I love nature!
What do you hope people come away with after seeing your artwork?
When I create my dolls, I'm trying to capture the soul of the fairy in turn giving it life. I want to show people how much love has gone into making them, by making them as realistic as I can. They are my little babies! I try to be realistic to the human/fairy form and hope that when people look at my photos they see a snapshot of fairy life. After all, if they don't look real, how are they going to come to life when you're not looking!!
What moves you as an artist?
The human form, I find my self examining people and muscle tone. The human body is such a beautiful thing, it's art in itself and with each pose you can convey the emotion of the piece, this is something I am still discovering and will hopefully capture in my work.
What is your biggest joy and your biggest rant as an artist?
My biggest joy is when my fairy arrives and my collectors tell me how happy they are, it makes me happy as an artist when I feel my work has touched them enough for them to want to convey there feelings about my work. It makes me feel very proud that my fairies are loved around the world. My biggest rant would be ebay. When listing dolls on ebay, UK artists cannot go in the same category as American artists. Our fairies are in the artist offerings/ooak/reborn main category (which includes all the baby dolls) and no other. I wrote to ebay but they say it cannot be changed!! They say people will have to use a keyword in the main category like ooak fairy. So I just find it baffling why we can't all be in the same category!
What is your favorite way to wind down?
I find sculpting is the best way to relax. I find it so calming to sit and sculpt, you forget about the world around you and just lose yourself in your imagination.
Have you ever had a creative block? How long did it last? What did you do to break away from it?
I wouldn't really say I've had creative block but there have been a few occasions where my mum had to go into hospital that were a bit traumatic for me. I didn't sculpt then, my heart wasn't in it. I also think (people will probably think I'm mad now) that what you feel when you sculpt goes into the sculpture. So I only sculpt when I'm happy, so there's no nasty negative energy going into my work! But thankfully I'm happy most of the time, he he!
Why do you like creating artwork that celebrates the fey? Do you have a favourite type of fey being that you are drawn to?
I love fairies, have done since I was a child. It gives you the chance to create something totally from your imagination for other peoples pleasure. I get a warm glow inside when absolute strangers on ebay contact me just to say how lovely my fairies are, it just makes it all worthwhile knowing that I've brought a smile to someone's face.
What are your plans for 2006?
Sculpt, sculpt, sculpt!!
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 5 years? The next 10 years?
I will still be sculpting fairies, with a few more unicorns and fairy friends along the way. My head is filled with so many ideas of what I want to do, just got to find the time. Sculpting is a passion for me so I will sculpt for a long as I am able to.
How do you promote yourself as an artist? What worked and what didn't work?
I haven't really thought about promotion, been too busy sculpting. I was lucky enough to have International Doll Magazine contact me to do an article on my work and now yourselves. I just feel so honoured that people want to know a little more about my work, I just hope I have managed to inspire people to be creative, try sculpting, even if it's just a hobby. Once you've made something, you'll want to do more and more, it's great!!
What artistic advice would you give to a budding artist?
If your first creation looks nothing like what you thought it would look like, don't be disheartened the next one will be better. Each time you make something it will be better than the last. So it's my advice when you first start sculpting, make some fairies for your friends and family first then if they give you good feedback go ahead and sell them. By the time you have made a few for friends you will have gained enough experience to enable you to create something good enough to sell.
When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, Take a cherry
Mine are sounder, Mine are rounder
Mine are sweeter, For the eater
When the dews fall. And you'll be fairies all.
-- Robert Graves, Cherry-Time, 1918
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