In keeping with our commitment to condition, craftsmanship, rarity, and provenance, we are pleased to offer the limited edition ornaments of
Sculpture Workshop Designs, a partnership of sculptor Fred Kreitchet and writer/video producer William Graham, has been issuing sterling silver Christmas ornaments since 1985.
Designs for the large silver medallion ornaments, which are titled, dated, and issued in limited edition, is a collaborative process. Once research has been performed, sketches considered, and a design determined, Kreitchet, who holds a master's in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania, begins in his studio in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
To create the Christmas ornament design, the artist first works a large model in clay to shape his figures and then in plaster to carve, cut, scrape, and sand his final image. The elaborate imagery and fine detail, be it the feather of an American bald eagle or Santa Claus bowing his beloved violin, are identifying characteristics of Kreitchet's bas-relief creations.
Once the plaster model is completed, the image is reduced and a set of dies is made for the obverse and reverse of the final ornament. Sheet silver is pressed between these dies and the ornament is born.
The patinated and polished ornaments originally came with a loop ring and red satin ribbon, along with a story card that included the edition number. In 1987 the company began adding hand-engraved edition numbers on the back of each ornament making them even more appealing to limited edition collectors, who represent a substantial percentage of the Sculpture Workshop audience.
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