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Maria Saracino

Maria Saracino

Maria Saracino is an award-winning figurative artist whose work has been featured in museums and galleries in Canada and the US. Her whimsical yet realistic characters capture playful candid moments in time. A full-time artist, Maria splits her time between gallery sculptures, commission work and teaching. She teaches privately but also does contract work with the school boards introducing polymer clay to a new generation of clayers. Five brick and mortar galleries represent her work as well as several online galleries. Her Cirque series includes acrobats, contortionists and other performers as well as the Ring Master. Her current Drag Queen series highlights some local celebrities as well as the classics like Dame Edna and Rupaul. Christmas is always a big deal and Santa and the Elves have always been a part of Maria’s repertoire. Each season brings a few new Father Christmas pieces and a very limited series of elves. As president of the National Capital Network of Sculptors she helps promote sculpture and polymer clay as a fine art medium.

  1. Creating Armature That Supports Your Sculpts

    In my last blog I gave you a method for creating a simple body armature for an art Doll. Today I want to talk about the armature that supports your sculpt. Let’s start with the obvious. Aluminum foil is without a doubt, indispensable as an armature for any polymer clay artist. It has an expansion rate of less than 2...

  2. Creating Doll Armatures

    Happy December! I’m proud to be a Design Squad member and your December blogger. I’m a figurative doll artist and this month I’m going to share a few of my tips and techniques for creating body armatures. Proportion and body armature are important in creating a balanced and realistic figure. There are several methods depending on whether you want to...

  3. It’s All About the Details

    There is a simple quote I like by Sanford Weill, an American Philanthropist, that pretty well sums up how I approach my work. “Details create the big picture.” In my last post as your July Design Squad blogger, I want to share some of the little things that I believe turns a good piece of art into an incredible piece...

  4. Costuming in Clay or Textiles

    I hope you are enjoying my blog posts on Figurative Sculpture. I love every aspect of creating my little people, from research and concept development to the actual sculpting, costuming and props.  Often, people who are  interested in learning what I do, have been put off by the prospect of sewing the outfits. Although it’s great if you have some sewing experience, there are many little tips, tricks and shortcuts I offer my students to make the process easier even if you have no experience what-so-ever. I’m going to share one of them with you in today’s blog that you can use with fabric or even with polymer clay to create interesting and even elaborate costumes. Continue reading →

  5. Sculpting a Figure - Body Proportions

    I hope I’ve peaked your interest in figurative sculpture, because today I want to talk about body proportions. As I mentioned last week, I like to sculpt the head first, then use the length of the head to determine the size of the hands and feet. After that I start mapping out the body. At this point I have a...

  6. Figurative Sculptures and Proportion

    As a new member of the Sculpey Design Squad I am very excited to be this month’s blogger and I hope I can bring something new to the community. My name is Maria Saracino and I am a figurative doll artist. My style of sculpting is realistic with an element of whimsy. My sculptures are often described as “Norman Rockwell-ish”...

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