Even though this piece is not signed, it is from the estate of regionally well-known artist, Asako Fukumori Kreidler, who lived in the North Texas area many years after her early years in her native Japan. At the age of 8, she began studying sumi ink calligraphy; in Japan, penmanship is considered art. Because of her great skill, Kreidler was an honorary member of the Sanseisha Calligraphy School in Oita, Japan. She also studied oil painting and traditional Japanese Nikawa Glue Painting. She, her husband and two sons moved to North Texas in 1952, where she settled into domestic life and operated a tailor shop until her sons left home in 1973. She then enrolled in art classes at nearby Midwestern State University and took private lessons from several notable artists. But, her real artistic awakening was when she was accepted into Ted Scott Jacobs’ art school L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France, where she studied for two summers. Her art spans many subject matters from Western, landscape, still life, modern, and traditional Japanese. She also was equally talented in various media: oil, clay, pastel, and ink.
This endearing clay sculpture depicts a woman lovingly quieting her child or grandchild. From one angle of her face, her mouth actually appears to be saying “shhh”, as if t0 put the baby to sleep. On close examination of the sculpture, you can see where clay was molded, pieced, and scraped, which gives it a wonderful texture and primitive feel. The piece is 8 ¾” tall and 6 ½” wide and deep. It is quite substantial at 5 lbs. It is in excellent condition with only a few lighter clay powder smudges on it in a few places.
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Endearing Mother and Child Terra Cotta Clay Sculpture