- Sculptor and founder of 'On A Whim'
Hi, I'd like to introduce to you my collection of pewter
figurines, ornaments, and other Whims... ...but first I'd
like to take a few steps back.
I was graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
with a bachelors degree in fine arts. After graduation I headed
for Williamsburg, VA where I spent several years honing my
skills in different media including designing and carving
jewelry and Christmas ornaments. But sculpting gave me my
So upon advice from a friend, I headed for New England where
the hub of the pewter and jewelry industry is located. My
in-house experience with New England Companies gave me a chance
to work on projects for Companies such as Disney, Hudson Pewter,
and General Motors.
In 1992 I founded On A Whim. Drawing upon my experiences
in the industry and my past, I began designing, sculpting
and producing my own lines.
I gather inspiration from everywhere; from observing life
around me, family and friends, and of course a couple of terrific
cats. Once a design is solidified in my head I carve the original
in wax; often using several different types of wax to create
the effect I want.
I then have various molds made of the original from which
castings of fine lead-free pewter are made. Finally each piece
is hand finished to bring out all of the intricate detail.
Each creation becomes a part of me.
I strive to express a sense of movement and interaction between
the characters or with the viewer, and I'm not satisfied with
a piece until I can feel the life in it emerge. That's the
true challenge; bringing them to life. Being able to share
these intimate WHIMS with all of you gives me great pleasure.
It's great fun, and I hope that you enjoy my 'On A Whim' characters
as much as I enjoy creating them.
So as promised..INTRODUCING 'On A Whim'
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My approach to developing pieces for my 'On A Whim' collection
begins with an idea. I try to create pieces that are both
whimsical and utilitarian at the same time; trinket box figurines,
tooth fairy boxes, etc..
Every design is my own original concept. Once I've solidified
the idea for a new piece in my head, I begin to carve using
a variety of sculptable waxes. I form the waxes into exactly
the design I want including every detail and technical aspect
(i.e.: the way the piece will open as with the tooth boxes
and trinket figurines. And any hanging methods necessary;
Once I've completed the waxes to my satisfaction, they are
ready to be transformed into pewter. Molds are made of my
originals and castings are then created from those molds.
Each piece is then hand finished to my specifications, and
the finishing touches are ready to be added. Under my supervision,
sewn pouches are made for the tooth boxes, ribbons and beads
are added to the ornaments, and finally each is carefully
The entire process is fascinating, and truly a labor of love
(and many late nights!)
My Tooth Fairy - Tooth Fairy Boxes
Slater Mill Foundry - New England Pewter
New England Companies
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