BENNY THE RAINBOW FISH SCULPTURE

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About this Product

A fun and funky fish.  Benny is 100% handmade by me in my Florida studio using resilient Cosclay polymer.  Benny is not based on a real fish, and is 100% whimsical. 

Now, for the name Benny - As I was working on the very first version of this piece I had no TV or music going, just the fish and me.  As I was working more and more I had the Elton John song, Benny and the Jets, playing over and over in my head to the point where I felt that the fish needed a pair of glasses.  The glasses are also made from Cosclay, and I also applied some glittery liquid Cosclay to achieve the extra bling.  The fish also has eyelashes!  I glue wires into the eyelids. So there's a lot going on in this piece.

About Cosclay - it's a relatively new sculpting material that's a plastic and rubber hybrid.  It is flexible and very durable.  When thick it is more like polymer clay and when thin it is flexible like rubber. 

A special piece for all lovers of whimsy. 

Made to order, one at a time by me. Turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks. I keep you posted with routine updates with progress photos so you know exactly what's going on.

*Not recommended for small children.  

*Even with the lightfast paints and clear varnish, this piece should be displayed and enjoyed indoors, protected from the elements.

3d" x 13h" x 9l"

Judy B Freeman

Land O Lakes, FL

Meet the Maker

Like a lot of artists and crafters, I've been making things from a young age.  My family moved around a lot because my dad was in the service, so I was the "new kid" more than just once.  I discovered that art and craft projects helped to keep me busy if we moved to a new town during the Summer months. During college I discovered 3-D art and got hooked first on sculpting and then on ceramic art.  I graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and, as many can relate, I got a regular job or 3 or 5 and my art projects were relegated to hobby status.  After a life of not making art my first priority, I was able to switch gears.  First I concentrated on being a ceramic artist and potter, creating functional ware as well as whimsical sculptural pieces.  Then as the 50 pound boxes of clay got heavier and heavier, I decided that I needed a plan to help save my back.  So I started doing research and started working with polymer clay.  I retired my potters wheel and traded 50 pound boxes of clay for 8 pound boxes of clay.  I made the total migration several years ago. Then in 2020 a new product in the polymer category was released, called Cosclay.  It's a hybrid plastic - rubber clay and like polymer bakes in the oven, but Cosclay is quite resilient.  Cosclay can stand up to the rigors of shipping across country and I've even dropped pieces without any breakage.  I continue my artistic journey and have had fun selling on other marketplaces like Etsy and wholesale to galleries and shops across the country through the IndieMe website.  Now the Goimagine website calls to my desire to help make a difference with my art.  To be part of a truly handmade marketplace and reconnect with humans across the country.  

I have a couple of "claims to fame".  In 2007 a filming crew came to my home studio and filmed a 7 minute segment for an HGTV show called That's Clever!  I demonstrated from start to finish how I made a ceramic cat bank. It took 2 years for the show to finally air and what an experience that was.  My next claim to fame was also when I was still working in ceramic clay. I loved to make fish teapots.  Three of my fish teapots were purchased by the Kamm Foundation Teapot Collection, the world's largest collection of teapots.  I've had pieces, both ceramic as well as polymer in a variety of group exhibitions and have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of really great people in the process. My motto: keep learning, keep making.

Thanks for visiting - any questions, please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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Inside the studio

How it’s Made

I hand sculpt Benny using a new resilient product called Cosclay. Then I stamp it using several different handmade flower stamps, then Benny pops into the oven for a first session curing and then a few more to be sure that Benny is completely cured. Then I paint Benny using acrylics, then 3 coats of polyurethane clear varnish. The beads are also Cosclay and made by me.  Same paint colors and finished off with twirly wires.  

Shop Policies

REFUNDS/EXCHANGES: It's important to me that you are 100% pleased with your purchase. If after receipt and inspection, for any reason, you are not happy with your order, please contact me within 14 days. We can make arrangements to either exchange or refund. Return shipment costs will be paid by the customer. And the amount refunded will be the total cost of goods purchased, not to include the initial shipping charges. CANCELLATIONS: Orders may be cancelled at any time prior to the order being shipped, and full refund will be processed. Exception to this policy would be if the items are customized especially for the customer, and work has begun.

GIFTS:  Special conditions regarding items purchased as a gift.  If the giftee (person receiving the gift) requests to return the item(s) I will direct the giftee to contact the giftor.  I will await instructions from the customer that purchased the gift.  Same Conditions apply as shown above in Refunds/Exchanges Section.  

DAMAGED IN TRANSIT: NOTIFY ME WITHIN 3 DAYS OF YOUR RECEIPT OF THE PURCHASE OF ANY DAMAGE. KEEP ALL BOXES AND PACKING MATERIALS SO THAT A CLAIM CAN BE FILED

*At this time I only ship within the United States

**All images are the property of Judith B. Freeman, LLC and may not be copied without written permission.


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