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Religious Temple Sculpture

“Paula, the Sculpture looks great and everyone loves it! It looks so great we can’t wait to see it cast into bronze.”
~ Dr. Cheuyengther Xiong
“The chair looks so beautiful in the polished bronze. I'm sure it will looks amazing after the patina. Thanks Paula"
~ Dr. Cheuyengther Xiong
Location: Presently at the Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, California
Size: 8-1/2’ High, 1.5 Times Life Size
Year Completed: 2017

Slater’s latest Monumental Bronze Sculpture is currently being finished by the bronze foundry. The ornately costumed Hmong Priestess is seated in an elaborately designed thrown (constructed by Slater’s husband, master woodworker and mold maker Chris Slater). The Priestess will be seated with her feet in a large bronze bowl partially filled with water, a tradition in keeping with the Laotian high mountain religion. The completed sculpture will be given a lustrous golden patina and installed in a temple to be built in Yuba County, California.

The portrait sculpture was commissioned by a Hmong Church.This religion honors the Mother and Mother Earth. Their spirituality is to love one another and love our Mother Earth. “Our Mother places her right hand over her left hand on her chest to symbolize her love for nature, all living things, and human beings.”  The molds have been made, all the many bronze pieces have been cast and are now being assembled and welded together. Next, the bronze chair and portrait figure will both be finely finished in preparation for a lustrous golden patina.