We didn't know what we wanted but we knew we would recognize it when we saw it. Our daughter and I were taking some trips around and about and we saw some beautiful work done by Grace Cathey from nearby Haywood County. We decided to visit her with photographs of the fireplace and get some ideas.
Our house is an eclectic grouping of things we like. Antiques sit right along contemporary or modern pieces. We have no "theme;" we collect what we love. The more we talked with Grace, the more convinced we became that a large brass sun would be the perfect art work for our fireplace. She made some drawings and we selected one we liked. There was only one stipulation...the eyes had to be just right.
[NOTE: This requirement comes from my hating a very large stain glass window in our church. Jesus is about fourteen feet high. He is lovely except for his eyes. HIS EYES ARE REALLY CREEPY! I call it "Creepy Jesus."]
Grace assured us the eyes would look upon us kindly or she would redo them as often as necessary.
My very clever and handy husband make a mock-up with cardboard and newspaper to determine the size of the sculpture.
We commissioned the sun in July and were assured we would have it by late autumn. Alas, our artist received a big request from the NC Arboretum so our sun took a backseat.
Finally, the sun was completed this spring and now hangs cheerfully looking down at us. We moved the mantle clock and decided to go with large pillar candles since they didn't detract from the sun.
We just love it. And the eyes are not creepy at all.
So now, even on the worst winter days, we will have sunshine in our home. Here is a link to Grace's Website.