ESTELLA FRANSBERGEN

Celebration of Human Form and Mother Nature

In Celebration of the Human Form… I begin with simple clay and sculpt the torso using the coil building technique. The simplicity of the torso captures the essence of the soul. That, together with the primitive firing techniques of awdust and Raku, brings me back to my South African roots. The beauty of the colors in the clay is created by the intensity of the fire. Each torso comes from the fire with a uniqueness all its own. This element of surprise and individuality celebrates the human form.

In Celebration of Mother Nature… I “dress” the naked form of the torso to represent nature using feathers, branches, leaves, and gemstones. I use semi-precious and rare stones, formed over millions of years. Ancient science tells us that each stone has a symbolic meaning and our eyes detect the unique beauty of what lies within each.

My sculptures reflect my total life experience. Born and raised in South Africa, studied art in the Netherlands, I now reside in the heartland of the USA. These experiences have exposed me to cultural diversity and the beauty of nature.

My work is the expression of the human form… and the embodiment of beauty entwined with the powers of Nature.

Untitled I

White, Yellow Gold torso, Crochet Torso Crochet with gold trim Black Marble 32″ x 19″

Untitled II

White, Yellow Gold Torso Ruby, Quartz, Swarovski Crystal Crystal Base 29″ x 13″ SOLD

Untitled III

White Raku Torso Baltic Yellow Amber, Buffalo Horn, Swarovski White Marble Base 32″ x 14″

Untitled IV

Black Raku Torso Lumination Cast Glass Crochet Wire Crystal Base 28.5″ x 14″ SOLD

Untitled V

White, Yellow Gold Torso Amethyst, Quartz, Swarovski Crystal Black Base 40″ x 16″

Untitled VI

White Gold Torso Swarovski Crystal, Wispy Uneven Crystal Base 27″ x 12″ SOLD
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