Edgar Allan Poe is arguably one of the most influential American writers, best known for his mysterious tales of the macabre. As I’ve started to work on a new collection of miniatures for Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create what I imagined Poe’s writing desk might look like!
The distressed black wooden desk is accompanied by a leather upholstered chair. On the desktop, you’ll find the beginnings of Poe’s “The Raven,” complete with ink stains from the feather quill pen. There’s also a book, an actual raven, and a candlestick to illuminate his work while he toiled late into the night.
Inspired by “The Tell-Tale Heart,” I sculpted an anatomical heart and attached it to a display stand.
And of course, any writer of stories of murder and mayhem could find inspiration in a human skull!
In Poe’s desk drawer, you’ll find two more pages from “The Raven” – the final stanzas, in fact, along with a pipe.
Under the desk, there are a few discarded pages of prose, and a book open to memorable passages from “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
I hope you enjoy this little relic of the past! I’ll be adding this one-of-a-kind collectible to my store soon, so stay tuned.
In addition to Poe’s writing desk, I found this portrait of the master himself hidden away in a dark corner of an attic! The photo of Mr. Poe is caked in years of dust and cobwebs, and there’s even a tiny handmade spider!
I am beyond thrilled and honored to be featured in the October 2017 issue of American Miniaturist magazine! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see my work featured in its glossy pages!
Don’t miss my full interview and creations, as well as all the other beautiful creations in this issue!
I didn’t really intend to start working on another character so soon, but that’s what my creative muse wanted me to do! Meet Lady Esmeralda, the fortune teller! This sweet gypsy lady is my second (ever) polymer clay sculpted character, and I think she’s a lot of fun. She’s got everything from tarot cards to a palm reading chart to a crystal ball, so step on up and find out your future!
One of my favorite things about being an artist is that you never stop learning. There are always new techniques to learn, materials to try and creative boundaries to push. This week, I really pushed myself and attempted to sculpt something I’ve never done before – a person! Meet Serena, my witch!
Serena is entirely sculpted from polymer clay. She is created on a wire armature, so she is somewhat posable. Her hair is made from natural Border Leicester locks, and her outfit is a fiber art bundle for the skirt (she has gray bloomers and polymer clay boots underneath), and her top is a wrap made of black cheesecloth. She also has silver hoop earrings and a moon pendant necklace. Even her broom is handmade!
Considering she is my first attempt at this type of project, I’m beyond thrilled with how she turned out! I hope you like her!