The turning point was when rats ate my sugar sculptures.
After years of working in metal, wood, ceramics, and found objects, I grew tired of making beautiful objects that either sat around in my studio, were sold to a select few, or in some cases, eaten by rodents. I decided it was better to celebrate the ephemeral nature of material rather than fight it.
Whether it be for birthdays, funerals, graduations, weddings, parades, or protests, piñatas are true social sculpture. Significant events come and go, and we mark them with impermanent objects of joy: candles, fireworks, cake, flowers. My piñatas simply are one manifestation of this centuries old tradition. Perhaps you will find you won't want to destroy your piñata though. Many people have found theirs to make worthy mascots for walks to the grocery story, meetings, and picnics.
Each work is sculpted with cardboard, surfaced with 3-4 paper mache layers, and hand painted with custom mixed colors.