One of my favourite creations during late 2012, these two, three feet tall male angels designed and made for Dave and Andy’s wedding in an American themed diner in Kent. Loved the fellas, meeting their guests, the whole day, location and making this.
This may have been my most challenging sugar sculpture to date because of the pose of the figures.
The wicked angel (representing Dave!) holds the good angel (Andy) in his arms and gazes at him adoringly. The huge wacky sugar sculptures that I love making are extremely difficult to make technically. When making such a large size its surprising how much weight each sugar limb and head has. If off balance or unsecured correctly cracks can appear and disaster follows! (Scream in frustration, get the dustpan and brush!)
The fellas sent photographs to give an idea of how they look (I make representations not portraits/caricatures), they also sent a picture of their angel tattoo for me to work from.
When a new commission comes my way I love to do lots of research into the subject requested. My pieces are not intended to be anatomically perfect but I wanted to be sure the muscles were in the correct place and that the positions of the bodies looked correct So I Googled ‘naked gay men embracing’.
I have to admit, after spending a couple of days looking at muscely blokes, this job’s has definitely got its perks!
I worked on Dave and Andy’s sculpture, a few hours each day over a month. As always I was so excited when the hand made, blown glass eyes arrived from my supplier.
They are hand painted by some genius or other! So fabulous. Often thought about making sugar eyes but these can not be beaten, and I just love the eyes to look perfect. I push them into the sugar heads/eye sockets, and then drape a layer of sugar skin over them to make their eyelids.
Andy's hair and Dave’s whiskers were made by adding real feathers, tattoos were hand painted onto the sugar skin and then came the making of the wings.
I cut, shaped, glued and tied on each feather individually and yes, it took ages to finish. The outer edge of each wing is highlighted with shades of silver. As a small extra surprise I made a sugar skull encrusted with tiny Swarovski crystals to sit on the wicked angels back between the base of his wings.
I love adding mixed media so the figures had metal nails, glass eyes and feather hair.
A vital consideration is will this fit in our car… or any car?! I get carried away and my sculptures are getting bigger every year.
It just about squeezed into my partners car and we drove to the venue in the lovely Kent countryside. People can not believe how strong this sugar is. I make it from my own recipe, if you tried to eat it your teeth would probably break! My sculptures are for display only.
We arrived all in tact, the couple and guests were thrilled and now have the sculpture on display in a case.
Dave said "Has anyone seen anything like this? Fantastic is the only word to explain it! How fantastic is this work of art and we also made another nice friend with Heather. What a nice person x"
At their insistence we stayed a while, met some really nice folks, I enjoyed a few yummy cocktails then we were off back to Worcester. A very enjoyable day.
After hand building various huge ceramic and sugar sculptures for eighteen years now, I have just about weighed up how to cope with most shapes, sizes and poses and it’s been hard going and always extremely satisfying. In my perfect world I’d do noting but sculpt, in a room by myself, like an obsessed recluse all day, every day loving my art.