Estella Fransbergen spent her childhood in rural South Africa. From the age of eight, she has been digging into clay, plying the earth between her hands, collecting wood and building fires. Estella presently lives in rural Indiana, where she conceives, fires and adorns her pieces, in great solitude. Her work has been exhibited and acquired in Europe, Canada and the U.S. and is in numerous museums and private collections.
In Celebration of the Human Form… I begin with simple clay and sculpt the torso using the coil building technique. The simplicity of the torso captures the essence of the soul. That, together with the primitive firing techniques of awdust and Raku, brings me back to my South African roots. The beauty of the colors in the clay is created by the intensity of the fire. Each torso comes from the fire with a uniqueness all its own. This element of surprise and individuality celebrates the human form.
In Celebration of Mother Nature… I “dress” the naked form of the torso to represent nature using feathers, branches, leaves, and gemstones. I use semi-precious and rare stones, formed over millions of years. Ancient science tells us that each stone has a symbolic meaning and our eyes detect the unique beauty of what lies within each.
My sculptures reflect my total life experience. Born and raised in South Africa, studied art in the Netherlands, I now reside in the heartland of the USA. These experiences have exposed me to cultural diversity and the beauty of nature.
My work is the expression of the human form…
and the embodiment of beauty entwined with the powers of Nature.