The expressive gestures of Mary and Joseph reveal their humanity, and portray their overwhelming emotion of love and protection for their newborn child. The two-piece set of Mary holding baby Jesus, and Joseph are the centerpiece of The Christmas Story. The figures are 15” tall, and painted with richly layered colors. The elegant movement of Mary’s and Joseph’s garments, and their beautifully protective gestures bring this composition to the highest levels of sculptural art to adorn homes or churches
The design of the Sanctuary is based on historical architecture. Its gothic arches symbolize protective havens in which people throughout the ages have gathered to seek inspiration and hope. The two sides and center panel form a ‘triptych’ – traditionally, a work of art in three panels. The pieces are constructed of wood, hand-painted and sanded for a distinctive finish. Rusted nail holes provide a decorative linear element, and are a metaphor foretelling the crucifixion.
Gentle Animals of the Stable - these animals have a calming, yet very stoic, elegant presence – by their gestures, their stance, the turn of their heads. The color and texture give them a softness, indicating wooly or furry, or in the case of the donkey, the clothlike surface of a blanket.
This pierced-metal backdrop was created to complement The Holy Family, though it can be used as a beautiful backdrop for other angels or figures as well.
A child is born. In response to requests for a small-scale nativity, Susan created this intimate rendering, measuring 7.5" tall. This one-piece sculpture is ideal for those with limited display space, or who wish to display a nativity year-round.