George Carruth on The Carruth Collection
I'm amused at the word "collection". It sounds as if I'm no longer sculpting. Actually, I'm in the middle of creating a collection. Who knows how many more pieces will be added and what they will look like. I guess a collection is usually broken into categories, so let's look at different designs and discover how they came about and how they are often displayed.
The Veggie Group is pure fun! The original idea was to display them in the garden, but most end up in kitchens, sunrooms or hanging on fences. Great gifts for gardeners and people who love to cook. They also make a whimsical addition to a child's bedroom. Who knew that vegetables could be so much fun? The Nature Faces have always been one of my favorite categories. It started with the Garden Smile plaque (#111). I was trying to blend warm and gentle human expressions into a botanical format. My other favorites include TOO MUCH FUN (#195) and KEEP OUT (#197).
The most unexpected group is the Holiday Collection. I never expected to make a transition from garden stones to indoor holiday images. But once I realized that some of my favorite sculptures were ancient stone or ceramic nativity scenes, everything fell into place. One of our most popular nativities was commissioned by the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It is a small version of a popular stone boss, mounted high in the ceiling of the main cathedral. The rest of our nativity scenes are original Carruth designs. I even did a small stone Christmas ornament for the Clinton's White House Christmas tree. Now we have sculptures for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, and Halloween. I look forward to creating something new for Halloween this year.
Angels and Fairies are a natural for any setting. Again, I try to incorporate a botanical background whenever possible. Every scene tells a story with its gestures and detail. My hope is that people see these little scenes as starting points, and use their imaginations to fill in the rest of the story. They are often given as gifts to individuals or families that may be going through a rough period in their lives. I hope the light-hearted images brighten up their day.
I could go on and on since my "COLLECTION" contains over 250 sculptures. I invite you to take your time and take an unusually close look at the detail and gestures that make up these delightful little sculptures. Nature, animals, fantasy, and history are the key elements in every piece. And remember, each piece is hand cast, hand finished, hand painted, and packaged in biodegradable materials. Because we use the highest quality natural casting materials available, the sculptures are not only weather resistant, they actually look better as they acquire their own patina with age.