Roberta - Mother, Sculpture, Artist
(Picture taken on the Camino de Santiago in Spain just outside of O'Cibreiro as I walked from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compistella the summer of 2015)
I’ve been so blessed over the years to be “called to clay”. First a wife and mother and then the gift God has given me to create in polymer clay. I LOVE CLAY and the feel of it in my hands when I take a lump and create a keepsake for my loyal customers for over 35 (ahem) plus years. I have been working in this medium since 1985 participating in Northeastern Ohio's top juried shows. We live now in Phoenix, Arizona and I concentrate solely on custom sculptures, ornaments, figurines and cake toppers.
I am a licensed artist with Ornament Central. My line of Bert's Classics is available to wholesalers on their website where they are sold all over the world.
My little Virginia at Yankee Peddler Festival circa 1993
4 of our 6 children - Ryan, Erica, Virginia and "the boss" Dani!
I have had no formal art instruction, but have relied on my God-given talent and imagination, combined with observation and experimentation. Family life has had a profound influence and inspiration to my design work. Raising 6 children with my husband has given me many opportunities to experience all the ups and downs that life brings which reflects in my art. I look at clay as an opportunity to bring joy to others and bring a little sunshine into a creation that is all their own. People ask me how did you stay sane raising six children and I say I had clay!
"Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Virginia - Photographer, Graphic Designer, Administrative Assistant
It all started 5 years ago when my mom (Roberta) became overwhelmed with orders and asked for my help. [Reluctantly] I helped package, ship, and do small tasks around the studio that season. Slowly, each year my part in the workspace became more and more important. Through high school, I became engrossed in graphic design and began suggesting ways my mom could create ornaments with these special graphics included. Little did I know then that these graphics would become such an integral part of our ornament collections! I hope you enjoy the personal touch we strive to give each and every one of our ornaments, as they are 100% unique to you!