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Halloween Soft Sculptures by Artist Joe Spencer at SYW

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Artist and designer Joe Spencer has shared many of his collectible soft sculptures with us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop over the years. His amazing collection from Gathered Traditions is one that is recognized by his fans and collectors as a true work of art. Joe Spencer’s talent ranges from everyday to holiday specific characters, all with their own quirky individuality. Here we’ll introduce to you some of the new Halloween themed sculptures. Perhaps you’ll consider one or all for your Halloween decorating this year.

Pictured here to the left is our new fall 2012, Clarice the Witch Soft Sculpture. Clarice the Witch ponders over which spell to cast on the orange pumpkin head she carries. This soft Halloween sculpture is designed by the well-known artist Joe Spencer; featuring the same attention detail we have come to expect from his designs. Details of note include her bulging, green painted eyes, her black nails, and her realistic, white yarn hair. Dressed in black with orange accents, she is weighted like all of our soft sculptures, to sit up right on a bench or chair in your home.

The hand painted details are what give these sculptures their true character. With out a doubt, the expression on Norbert the Vampire’s face is from the creative mind of Joe Spencer. Norbert, shown here to the left, has large green eyes and pressed together, tiny red lips which offer a slight charm to his demeanor. His black suit is adorned with bead button accents on his shirt and his black shiny cape boasts a shiny red on the reverse. Norbert’s fancy white gloves and black shoes complete the look.

Pair this soft sculpture with his companion, Xanzabelle the Witch, the lovely witch seen here to the right. Xanzabelle is a festive little witch, who although is much smaller than Clarice, stands tall with her own unique appeal. This couple shares the same whimsical green eyes, for a spooky addition to your Halloween decor. Collect all of the soft sculptures by designer Joe Spencer at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop and consider displaying them on your staircase for a frightful sight this season. The authentic designs produced by Mr. Spencer are ones that we have come to appreciate year after year, and as with other Joe Spencer enthusiasts, are always excited to see what he’ll come up with next.

~ Browse other soft sculptures at SYW by this designer HERE.


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New from Williraye Studio: Collectible Halloween Sculptures

Friday, September 7th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we continue to add to our collectible sculptures so that you too, can add to yours at home each season. We have shared many artists and designers of these whimsical characters with you over the years, but one collection that remains a customer favorite, is that of Williraye Studio. Today, we feature two new additions that are perfect for the Halloween holiday.


Pictured here to the left is our Witchy Wonderland Halloween Sculpture, just in time for the festivities this fall. Dressed for a night of trick-or-treating, this sculpture adds quirk in true Halloween style to a mantle or side table in your home. This witch holds a large black cat with matching purple and black striped hat. And her bat companion doesn’t leave her side on this Halloween night, on top of her pumpkin-head broom. This resin reproduction was originally hand painted and handcrafted by Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and Jeff Schuknecht, the talented designers of Williraye Studio.

The creative process of such sculptures as Witchy Wonderland, begins with the imagination of Bobbe and is then partnered with the accomplished carving talents of her husband Jeff. Their art studio sits nestled in the rolling hills of rural Wisconsin, where life on the farm is expressed in their art. **An interesting fact: the name Williraye is a combination of their middle names. Willi short for Jeff’s middle name William, and Raye for Bobbe’s middle name.

Next up is our Devil-iciously Good Halloween Sculpture, seen here on the left. Also ready for a spooky night of trick-or-treating, this sculpture complements other Halloween decorative displays very well. The large black cat’s hair stands straight up on his back, as both the cat and the boy appear to be frightened by something near by. Dressed in a red devil costume with every detail in place, this sculpture is packed with Halloween fun. If you look closely, you will even find a spider along for the ride.

The joint effort shared in creating each of these comical characters, is one that Williraye Studio is very proud of. Bobbe feels as though she is telling a story through her work, and the detailed carving and painting bring them to life. In their spare time, Bobbe and Jeff enjoy life on the farm and collect various antiques together. They are both very pleased that through their work, they are touching the lives of folk art lovers everywhere. As always, either of these collectible figurines would make a great gift idea too.


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