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Posted on September 26, 2013 in Featured Artists by Katie Oskin
I recently came across June’s fabulous work when she applied to join the PCETeam. With just one look at her shop, my jaw dropped. I was so impressed. June has an exquisite eye for detail which she captures in her work. Today, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce her to the world and show off some of her fabulous work!
Meet June Gallagher of OaknWichLaneDesigns http://t.co/hARwcmbwNV September’s Artist of the Month featuring this awesome Sculptor
— Kater’s Acres (@katersacres) September 26, 2013
When I was in kindergarten, I made a bird using different types of paper and a salt shaker top for the head. My teacher told my mother that I would become an artist one day. From Play-doh to polymer clay, finger paints to oils, I have been creating ever since. Polymer clay, with its low temperature baking , enables me to continue my love of combining different materials to create OOAK sculptures. Being able to incorporate paper, wood, feathers, jewelry findings, beads and even sequins, to name just a few of the items you can bake with the clay, has opened up endless possibilities. And of course, acorn tops!
For years, friends and relatives who have seen my work, have told me that I should sell it. This past July, I took the plunge and decided to open up a shop on Etsy. I really like Etsy’s community of artisans from around the world and I am honored to be a part of it. While owning a shop has sometimes been challenging, the joys are endless. People are seeing my work and I get a thrill every time someone “favorites” an item of mine.
Crossing the line between fantasy and reality is what I enjoy the most. By adding fine details and incorporating many different materials, I try to make my sculptures come alive! One of the best compliments I have received was from my sister. When she was staying over, in the room I keep my sculpture in, she seemed a little leery. She told me that she was afraid to wake up in the middle of the night and see all of my sculptures dancing around! I told her that since it was not a full moon she had nothing to worry about!
My mice, from their big shiny eyes to their little pink toes are fun to sculpt. They are simply adorable! Adding fairy lights to some of my sculptures has added a new dimension to my work. More original mice sculptures will be listed very soon. Plus I have inspirations for new and exciting designs that I cant wait to create!
Of all the sculptures I have listed, SHATTERED is the one most dear to my life. Five years ago, my husband passed away leaving my children and myself devastated. In the ongoing attempt to have a positive outlook and be grateful for the blessings I have, sculpting has become more important to me and my healing process. SHATTERED shows a women lying on the broken puzzle pieces of her life, staring pensively into a crack mirror. It is very autobiographical.
Customer satisfaction is very important to me, as is the honest friendly interaction between us. I work full time so I try to be very accurate with the time it will take to produce a sculpture. Since all of pieces are OOAK, I do not repeat a design but, if requested, try to sculpt something with the same essence. As with the recent order I had, once the time and price are agreed upon, I will email the customer with pictures of the finished sculpture for their consent to list it as a RESERVED item.
Are you are a polymer clay artist? Would you like to be the featured artist for the month? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, please go HERE and answer the questionnaire and email your responses to me. Artists are subject to approval and are featured on a first come, first serve basis.