Posts Tagged ‘halloween sculpture’

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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“Batty” Collectible Sculptures from Folk Artist & Designer Lori Mitchell

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Each season, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop adds more collectible figurines from folk artist and designer Lori C. Mitchell to our wide assortment of holiday decoratives. We know that our customers enjoy seeing what she will come up with next and look forward to growing their own personal collection. Whether it’s bunnies in the spring or festive patriotic friends in the summer, Lori’s designs are whimsical, and are completed with the utmost attention to detail and color. Fall however, is an opportunity to really have some fun with silly costumes for Halloween.

Pictured here to the left is our new Bat Boy Ben Halloween Sculpture. This little trick-or-treater is perhaps squeezing into last year’s costume, as noted by his exposed belly and shorts that seem just a little to short. Nevertheless, it must be his favorite and is finished with his large bat wings, bat ears and bat wand. Black and orange striped socks and a jack-o-lantern candy bucket, and Ben is ready to go. As with all Lori Mitchell sculptures at SYW, they are originally handcrafted and hand painted, then are reproduced in resin. Not to worry though, these reproductions are just as detailed and colorful as the artist intended. Another new trick-or-treater this season is the cute, soon to be favorite, Punkin Pie Halloween Sculpture.

If you liked Bat Boy Ben and continuing on with our Batty theme, consider the Batty Betty Halloween Sculpture, shown here to the left. Lori Mitchell is known for her little witches, and this season she does not disappoint. Batty Betty is a quirky witch with a love for bats. She’s ready for a night of trick-or-treating with her jack-o-lantern candy bucket and bat adorned wand. Appropriately dressed in black, orange and white, the real details are seen on her bat wings and curly blond pigtails with orange string ties. All of the Halloween sculptures mentioned here have a felted bottom to protect your tabletop or mantle surfaces.

**More Halloween Sculptures by Lori Mitchell**

About the Artist

Lori Mitchell was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Lori has always been inspired by children’s themes, literature, old illustrations and toys. In 1999 she began making her first paper-mache pieces for the folk art world and has never looked back. Full of imagination and charm, her characters have won a place in the hearts and collections of folk art enthusiasts worldwide. We are proud to represent Lori Mitchell’s wonderful designs and offer a range of collectibles for your home.

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