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 sawdust 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.

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clay high fired torso w 2 shoulder trimmed in preciosa crystals 29″ x 23″

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clay high fired torso w one shoulder and herkimer diamond brooch water melon fluorite and preciosa crystal 38″ x 16″

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Clay high fired, Amethyst & Quartz, black marble base 44″ x 15″

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Clay – White Raku, Pearls, Quartz, Crystal, white marble base 50″ x 19″

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Clay – Blue overglaze with treated glass & high quality European crystals, black granite base 24″ x 18″

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clay white and yellow gold crochet with gold trim & shoes 32″ x 19″

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Clay, White and Yellow Gold Torso with Amethyst & High Quality European Crystals 40″ x 16″

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

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Clay high fire with cast glass top, wisp design, cast glass shoes 32″ x 32″
Mary Ann Cohen & Estella Fransbergen

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Clay – white gold overglaze, crystal, quartz, pearls, pink pearls, carved pink shell roses 26″ x 24″ SOLD

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Clay – white & yellow gold overglaze, one sided torso, white shells, quartz, crystal, crystal base 36″ x 22″ SOLD

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Clay High fired Shorti with embroidered pearls on Torso & high Quality European Crystals 26″ x 20″ SOLD

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clay white gold torso fluorite and hematite stones 29″ x 24″ SOLD

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clay white gold overglaze torso w/ shoulders filled with precious crystals and preciosa crystals 29″ x 24″ SOLD

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Clay, naked raku with black onyx selenite 35″ x 22″ SOLD

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

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

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