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.
In the story, Clara is enthralled with the gift of the nutcracker given to her by her Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, and she is crushed when her brother, Fritz, breaks him. Thankfully, the little guy is put back together and all is well with the world! Inspired by this timeless, enchanting story, I created a limited-edition bronze sculpture depicting Clara dancing with her beloved nutcracker. This is one of my favorite pieces because it captures a child’s joy when presented with a new toy!
This year, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. asked Teri to decorate a one of the city’s historic homes for the annual Holiday Candlelight Tour. She was honored to do so and set about customizing the holiday décor for the family. Because nutcrackers have special meaning for the family, Teri asked me to create something that could be a used as an ornament on the children’s tree and also stand alone as a place setting decoration. Clara’s nutcracker is the perfect complement to both.