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Philadelphia-area artist Judith Rosenthal creates small-scale porcelain paper clay sculptures inspired by forms found in nature. Her familiar naturalistic references are predominantly floral elements that she individually hand-builds and assembles into sculptural bouquets and arrangements. Rosenthal’s sculptures are a collage of 3-dimensional elements--flowers, leaves, stems, and twigs—that are composed and gracefully assembled to create beautifully crafted sculptural forms.  

A distinguishing characteristic of the work is that the sculptures remain mostly white—porcelain’s inherent achromatic color—with very subtle embellishments of glaze to accentuate specific elements. Her abundant use of white porcelain and minimalist palette emphasizes the variations in texture, intricate detailing, negative spaces, and the dynamic silhouettes that define her work. While in some sculptures, Rosenthal incorporates a contrasting earthenware clay body for darker, more porous, and opaque attributes.

Rosenthal purposefully uses paper clay—a mixture of porcelain and cellulose fiber—because the fiber provides structural support and enables makers to create thinner, more delicate forms. She says the medium “presents opportunities for creating pieces that are impossible in other clay bodies” and that it gives her work “an atmospheric effect of elegance and poetry.”

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Philadelphia-area artist Judith Rosenthal creates small-scale porcelain paper clay sculptures inspired by forms found in nature.