In Celebration of the Human Form… Estella Fransbergen begins with a simple clay and then sculpt the torso using the coil building technique. The simplicity of the torso captures the essence of the soul. That, together with the primitive firing techniques of awdust and Raku, brings her back to her South African roots. The beauty of the colors in the clay is created by the intensity of the fire. Each torso comes from the fire with a uniqueness all its own. This element of surprise and individuality celebrates the human form. Her work is born from the earth, the wood and the fire. She truncates at the shoulders of her sculptures because it confuses everybody … the torso is the soul. She incorporate natural elements like precious/semi-precious stones and fossils to complete the sculpture.