Sparta artist carries on family tradition
Posted By Sparta Live | December 23, 2013 12:00 am
April Price has been crafting her entire life. As a child, she was always looking for another way to craft; she was involved in drawing, needlework and ceramics. She later created faux stained glass, jewelry, and her current pastime, clay ornaments.
It began as something to sell in the shop. Her mother, Olivia Stone, was very skilled in the art form herself and helped April get started. April began to use colorful clay to sculpt unique jewelry. She discovered how much she enjoyed sculpting and began exploring other avenues.
April now has a great deal of her shop dedicated to her art. There are earrings, necklaces, coasters, hair bows, charms, ink pens, and countless one of a kind works of art. This season, she has specialized in Christmas ornaments. All of April’s pieces are hand made. She sculpts the clay, cuts the shapes, bakes, and adds any additional paint or decoration. The average ornament takes approximately one hour to make, but she has spent up to three hours on a single detailed ornament.
April is especially known for her eye for detail. She accepts orders for custom pieces, offering customers a personalized item. One ornament she made for a couple features the couple on their wedding day. The clay couple is identical to the couple in the picture, down to the draping of the wedding dress, the groom’s facial hair, and the bride’s wedding shoes. She has filled many personalized orders, ranging from the sweet newlyweds to a surfing Santa Claus. Not surprisingly, April’s impressive talent has her booked up for orders this Christmas.
Though April has had great success in her craft, she has never once taken a class. She has been sculpting for seven years, and continues to find joy in her art. She now continues the family tradition by making clay art with her grandchildren in her spare time.