Santa and his friends live at my house all year long !  

 

​I am an Artist who went from collecting  Santas to making Old German Santas, Jolly and Primitive Santas and Belsnickles.

 A piece of clay comes alive in my hands and the face that emerges tells me the story of who he  wants to be.  


​I collect fabrics such as Vintage and Antique quilts, velvets, fur, wool, trims and buttons.  I then turn around and dress my Santas in these magnificent finds. I use vintage mercury glass beads on top a vintage bottle brush tree or on a handmade goose feather tree.  I make toys for Santa to carry.  I refashion old Christmas items to be used as embellishments in different and surprising ways.  

Some Santas are holding Antique Candle Clips from Germany.  The remnants of the original candle, still in the clip.  I have a collection of Frozen Charlottes, Biedermeier Heads, Hummel Heads, and Snow Babies, that are over 160 years old.  They were dug up in Germany, next to the factory that produced them. They are not perfect but I try to use a piece of the past with each of my Santas.

 I love the element of surprise.  Something that will make you smile.

 

You may see layers of wool sleeves and shirts peeking out from under Santas coat sleeves.

Details are the best items that I can use in my Art Santa creations.  At the very end, I place a piece of West Virginia coal by Santa's feet.  He gives it to someone who has no fire in his hearth on Christmas Eve.  It is always Christmas at my house. 


My Art Santas are made with wire and wood armatures.  I sculpt the faces and then sometimes make a latex mold.  I then cast a new face in paper clay.  Paper clay gives me the range of painting I like to do on Santas face. Santas are re-sculpted by me each time, to give them their individual  look.


Merry Christmas,   Dolores Koper

DK Vintage Holiday

                          Santa and his friends live at my house all year long !  

 

​I am an Artist who went from collecting  Santas to making Old German Santas, Jolly and Primitive Santas and Belsnickles.

 A piece of clay comes alive in my hands and the face that emerges tells me the story of who he  wants to be.  


​I collect fabrics such as Vintage and Antique quilts, velvets, fur, wool, trims and buttons.  I then turn around and dress my Santas in these magnificent finds. I use vintage mercury glass beads on top a vintage bottle brush tree or on a handmade goose feather tree.  I make toys for Santa to carry.  I refashion old Christmas items to be used as embellishments in different and surprising ways.  

Some Santas are holding Antique Candle Clips from Germany.  The remnants of the original candle, still in the clip.  I have a collection of Frozen Charlottes, Biedermeier Heads, Hummel Heads, and Snow Babies, that are over 160 years old.  They were dug up in Germany, next to the factory that produced them. They are not perfect but I try to use a piece of the past with each of my Santas.

 I love the element of surprise.  Something that will make you smile.

 

You may see layers of wool sleeves and shirts peeking out from under Santas coat sleeves.

Details are the best items that I use in my Art Santa creations.  At the very end, I place a piece of West Virginia coal by Santa's feet.  He gives it to someone who has no fire in his hearth on Christmas Eve.  It is always Christmas at my house. 


My Art Santas are made with wire and wood armatures.  I sculpt the faces and then sometimes make a latex mold.  I then cast a new face in paper clay.  Paper clay gives me the range of painting I like to do on Santas face.


Merry Christmas,   Dolores Koper

DK Vintage Holiday



I have been chosen by Early American Life  magazine as one of the best at what I Do......

                                             .....Make Santas   

 The Summit Art Gallery Show


Dolores Koper

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