Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mannequins and Skeletons

       Well, this is my first post on my new blog!   A little about my background.  I’ve always loved to draw and paint and I first became interested in sculpting when my husband and I bought a mannequin refinishing business in the 80’s.  We repaired, painted and modified mannequins while we owned the business for several years until we both went to work for a large mannequin manufacturer in East Los Angeles, Greneker Mannequin Co.  I headed the make up department and eventually switched over to sculpting for the company

Refinished mannequins

I then worked as a free lance commercial sculptor for years for various display companies in L.A.  I sculpted everything from 7 foot tall Bugs Bunny and other Warner Bros. and Disney characters to mannequins and even a killer whale! 
        I loved this job, working on the BIG stuff, but I moved to Austin, Texas where the opportunities for commercial sculpting were slim to none, and I decided to go small.  I have been working with polymer clay on a small scale since then and I love the SMALL stuff even more!  The skeleton figures that I sculpt for my Day of the Dead wedding cake toppers and dioramas are usually around 5 ½ inches tall.

Some Samples of my Commercial Sculpting Work:

Remember the Anamaniacs?  This was for the Warner Bros. Stores

Me and my killer whale

Some painted whales

Some jugglers for a Casino


Smaller Pieces in Plastilina


  1. Congratulations on your new blog, Tamra.
    I look forward to your posts and photos! I am fascinated by your work and now, by your process.
    See you on flickr.
    tothepublic Pat

  2. Hi Pat, Thanks for your comments and encouragement, that means a lot!