Mansbendel was known to create clay models for portrait carvings and then would cast them in plaster of Paris. He would do this primarily for speed purposes and it would enable the client to accept or reject the design before it was carved in stone or wood.Peter studied clay modeling (~1903-07) while in art school in Paris at the Coquier-Roland school of Art. This practice of clay models for sculpture both in-the-round and relief is still widely used in European art and woodcarving schools and programs.Peter was so adept at modeling that when he immigrated to the US in 1907, he was hired to teach clay modeling at the famous “Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art”school at night. He was awarded a trophy cup for his service there and the trophy is still in his family’s possession.
Clay Modeling & Plaster Casts
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