Nutcracker dolls, also known as Christmas nutcrackers, originated in 17th century Europe. A symbol of good luck and protection for the family, this little treasure became the focus of attention in The Nutcracker ballet.
The way we fill the space around us communicates who we are. At Barton Sculptures, we believe art is a language, capable of communicating thoughts and ideas that transcend mere words. We believe art is the embodiment of the tangible and visible form of an emotion or feeling. Through three-dimensional forms, we create beautiful art that will fill your space with personal meaning and passion.
We are artistic creatives, motivated by our own personal history. Art has often played the role of healer, inspirer, and motivator, illuminating our lives with beauty and purpose.
We believe every person should possess a work of art that inspires them. We want to hear your story, your inspiration, and capture it in a custom piece that inspires elegance, sophistication, and adds a classical touch to your contemporary space—whether that be home or professional.
Art and design are intrinsically related. As American architect and furniture designer, Charles Eames once said, “Design is a plan for arranging elements in a way that best accomplishes a particular purpose.” We create sculpture as a tangible expression of your story, to display in your space and communicate who you are. We also assist you in designing your space to best showcase your sculpture and your vision.
Our sculptures are designed to touch the deepest levels of emotion through beauty and form. Each piece is cast with optimal attention to detail, telling a story that captivates you.
One glance through Barton Sculptures website and you will instantly realize that fashion is a primary inspiration of ours. Like sculpture, fashion must mold and move with the human body. When a designer creates a dress, his or her purpose is to evoke a certain mood. Like fashion, sculpture communicates a particular mood to the viewer. We are thrilled to have been invited to participate in the convergence of these two worlds with Saks Fifth Avenue and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!
On September 27, fashion designer Zang Toi will be showcasing his Fall 2018 collection at Richmond’s Saks Fifth Avenue in a by invitation only fundraiser event sponsored by the VMFA. We were excited to be invited to sculpt on-sight during the event. We immediately fell in love with the vibrant hues and bold design of Toi’s work, particularly his attention to the smallest detail. One particular design, a floral bodice and skirt, caught our eye and we knew immediately this design would translate into sculpture. We chose it as the piece Laurie would sculpt on site.
We were not the only ones who found this piece to be inspirationally gorgeous. When we met with Saks they informed us that the piece we selected to sculpt was one of Toi’s favorites and was featured on the event invitation! We’ve heard it said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we believe that beauty often demands that everyone beholds!
Sculpture is three dimensional art expressed in its purest form. It captures a moment in time. Through the detailed expression of the face and the fluidity of movement, there is an illustrative power and connection that only sculpture can evoke. As embodied in the ruins of ancient Greece, Michelangelo’s Pieta or Felix de Weldon’s Marine Corps War Memorial, sculpture has a supernatural ability to keep alive the emotion and memory of the past. At Barton Sculptures our mission is to edify and elevate with every piece we create.
In order to design a truly custom piece, we like to meet with our clients to learn exactly what they want us to create for them. Our clients are just as much the artists as we are, eliciting the details we incorporate that will bring life to their piece. It is a collaborative endeavor and we want our clients to enjoy the experience. Discussing what they are hoping to capture is one of our favorite parts of the process. While our models often enjoy coming to the studio for a sitting, we are more than happy to work from photographs.
Recent clients brought a photograph of their grandson, desiring to create a bust in his
memory. We met with them, intent on learning exactly who he was and what was important to him. Among other things, we learned he was blessed with enviable hair, we incorporated this personal detail, adding light and dark to the patina to assist in capturing his personality. We involve the client along the way, inviting them to the studio to collaborate at different stages throughout the process. Our work is not a product, it is an experience. It is not a stagnant piece, it is an emotion, a story, a memory.