Coral frags captivate our attention with their bright vivid colors, and flowing hairy polyps, but their inspiration doesn’t stop with aquarists. Intricate coral textures, shapes, and colors also catch the attention of artist like Lisa “SeaUrchin” Stevens from the UK.
We stumbled upon Lisa’s ‘Coral Island’ sculpture on her seaurchin Etsy page and needed to learn more! All of Lisa’s sculptures are handmade with delicate care and attention to detail.
Currently, there are around a dozen coral inspired sculpture on her Etsy page, however, with over 1600 past sales these one-of-a-kind items won’t last. A quick look through the customer review section reveals hundreds of happy customers all showing off their unique sculptures, from pendants to sea urchin bowls, even a coral textured skull!
No surprises the coral skull is currently on hold for the Etsy design award. So if you’re interested in this piece get in line and send in your reservation request.
Lisa writes, “Through many years of creating, I have experimented with many different media, both 2D and 3D. I was already used to working in three dimensions as I have had a long-standing career as one of the senior sculptors/model-makers at Aardman Animations.”
” The main body of my work, the sculptures, and sculptural jewelry are primarily influenced by the clay itself. I do not fight with the clay to make neat edges and smooth, even surfaces, preferring instead to leave the tool marks, the raw edges, and the natural texture of the clay.”
Lisa writes ” I also take reference form sea creatures, such as coral, jellyfish and of course, sea urchins. I love working with textures and a lot of my work is pierced. I do not smooth the piercing, but instead, choose to keep the barnacle effect as the clay splits as the tool moves through it.” [Seaurchin]