Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: The Buddha Builder



The Buddha Builder is the Etsy shop of sculptor Anita Feng. In addition to her sculpting, Anita is also an accomplished writer and teaches creative writing. Her first interest in sculpture came when she was a fish a friend had made from clay. "I admired it so much that I signed up for a six-week intro to pottery class, then promptly spent all of my savings to set up a studio." She has been selling her sculptures for more than 30 years, and has been a part of Etsy for about 5 months.



Anita creates free-style, raku-fired sculptures of Buddhas, many of which are depicted as women. She also has a second Etsy shop, Anita's Ocarinas, which features her handmade ocarinas--musical instruments that are crafted so as to play a specific key. (If you're interested in hearing an ocarina played, check out www.anitasocarinas.com.) Although she notes that raku glaze effects can be a bit unpredictable, she is happy to work with customers on custom Buddhas, whether her customers are looking for a certain size, design, or glaze look.

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