Estella Fransbergen

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  • Estella Fransbergen - Clay Torso with Copper Top and Silver Patina
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    Clay Torso with Copper Top and Silver Patina

    $5,250
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku Fired Clay Torso

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    Raku Fired Clay Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - Clay Torso with Yellow Gold Overglaze

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    Clay Torso with Yellow Gold Overglaze

  • Estella Fransbergen - Cast Bronze Torso with Blown Glass

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    Cast Bronze Torso with Blown Glass

  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen - exquisite celebrations of nature and femininity.

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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Fool’s Gold

  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Torso with Feathers
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Feathers

    $3,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Yellow Gold Torso

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    Yellow Gold Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold Torso
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    White Gold Torso

    $7,200
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    Sawdust Fired Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold Torso
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    White Gold Torso

    $3,700
  • Estella Fransbergen - High Fired Clay Torso

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    High Fired Clay Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - Mother of Pearl Clay Torso

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    Mother of Pearl Clay Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - High Fired Clay Torso

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    High Fired Clay Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - 24 Karat White & Yellow Gold Clay Torso
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    24 Karat White & Yellow Gold Clay Torso

    $5,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - 24 Karat White & Yellow Gold Overglaze Clay Torso
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    24 Karat White & Yellow Gold Overglaze Clay Torso

    $17,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - Cast Bronze Torso

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    Cast Bronze Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - Clay Torso with Texture & 24ct White/Yellow Gold Torso
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    Clay Torso with Texture & 24ct White/Yellow Gold Torso

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Gold Torso Over Glaze with White Gold Petals

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    Gold Torso Over Glaze with White Gold Petals

  • Estella Fransbergen - High Fired Clay Torso on Silver Wire Ball
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    High Fired Clay Torso on Silver Wire Ball

    $9,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - High-Fired Clay Torso with Quartz Brooch
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    High-Fired Clay Torso with Quartz Brooch

    $7,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - High-Fired Male Torso

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    High-Fired Male Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - High-Fired Torso
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    High-Fired Torso

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Mother of Pearl over Clay Torso
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    Mother of Pearl over Clay Torso

    $4,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku Fired Torso
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    Raku Fired Torso

    $5,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Torso
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    Sawdust Fired Torso

    $3,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Torso with Leaf Impression
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Leaf Impression

    $4,750
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Torso with Moreno Glass
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Moreno Glass

    $2,450
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired with White Gold Fig Leaves and Silver-Plated real Leaves
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    Sawdust Fired with White Gold Fig Leaves and Silver-Plated real Leaves

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust-Fired Torso, Leaf Shoulder

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    Sawdust-Fired Torso, Leaf Shoulder

  • Estella Fransbergen - Stone Torso with Pearls/Quartz
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    Stone Torso with Pearls/Quartz

    $5,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Tiny High Fired Torso, Matte
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    Tiny High Fired Torso, Matte

    $2,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Tiny Torso, High-Fired Gloss
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    Tiny Torso, High-Fired Gloss

    $2,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen

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    Tiny Torso, White Gold with Pole

  • Estella Fransbergen - Wall Mount Feather Girlie
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    Wall Mount Feather Girlie

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold Clay Torso
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    White Gold Clay Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold Clay Torso
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    White Gold Clay Torso

    $5,300
  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold Torso with Yellow Gold Petals
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    White Gold Torso with Yellow Gold Petals

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen
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    Clay Rose Torso with 24K Gold Over Glaze

    $5,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Clay Torso
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    Clay Torso

    $5,300
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso High Fired

    $4,400
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso Sawdust Fired

    $3,400
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso Sawdust Fired

    $4,100
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso w/ Herkimer Broach

    $5,250
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso with 24ct Gold Fig Leaves

    $5,000
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Clay Torso with 24ct White Gold Fig Leaves

    $5,000
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Duet Tiny White Raku Torsos

    $3,100
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Duet Tiny White Raku Wispy Girls

    $3,100
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen Sculpture
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    High Fired Torso with Beetle Wings

    $3,500
  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen
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    High-Fired Clay Torso

    $5,300
  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen sculpture
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    High-Fired Torso with Flouride

    $6,100
  • Estella Fransbergen - Mother of Pearl with Hand Crochet Skirt
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    Mother of Pearl with Hand Crochet Skirt

    $3,500
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku Fired with Copper Glaze and Swarovski
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    Raku Fired with Copper Glaze and Swarovski

    $3,800
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku High Fired with Amethyst and Geode Base
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    Raku High Fired with Amethyst and Geode Base

    $13,500
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku High Fired with Coral
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    Raku High Fired with Coral

    $4,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Raku High Fired with Quartz and Swarovski
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    Raku High Fired with Quartz and Swarovski

    $9,800
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Clay Torso with White Gold
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    Sawdust Fired Clay Torso with White Gold

    $9,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired Torso

    $4,700
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired Torso

  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust Fired Torso with Hematite
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Hematite

    $4,950
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Quartz and Silver Shoes

    $6,550
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired Torso with Wire Branches Organic

    $6,400
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired with Quartz Broach, Swarovski and Freshwater Baroque Pearls

    $7,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen
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    Sawdust Fired with Silver Dollar and Pheasant Feathers

    $4,700
  • Estella Fransbergen - estella fransbergen sculptures
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    Sawdust-Fired Clay Torso

    $7,600
  • Estella Fransbergen - Sawdust-Fired Torso with Opal Broach
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    Sawdust-Fired Torso with Opal Broach

  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Tiny Torso, Mother of Pearl

    $2,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    Tiny Torso, White Gold

    $2,200
  • Estella Fransbergen - Estella Fransbergen
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    White Gold Torso

    $3,850
  • Estella Fransbergen - White Gold with Amethyst & Swarovski
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    White Gold with Amethyst & Swarovski

    $4,950

Biography

Estella Fransbergen
Celebration of Human Form and Mother Nature

"In Celebration of the Human Form… I begin with simple clay and 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 sawdust and Raku, brings me back to my 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.

In Celebration of Mother Nature… I “dress” the naked form of the torso to represent nature using feathers, branches, leaves, and gemstones. I use semi-precious and rare stones, formed over millions of years. Ancient science tells us that each stone has a symbolic meaning and our eyes detect the unique beauty of what lies within each.

My sculptures reflect my total life experience. Born and raised in South Africa, studied art in the Netherlands, I now reside in the heartland of the United States. These experiences have exposed me to cultural diversity and the beauty of nature. My work is the expression of the human form… and the embodiment of beauty entwined with the powers of Nature." - Estella Fransbergen

 


 

Estella Fransbergen’s multimedia torsos emanate from the earliest traditions of Nature worship when Divine Woman/ Goddess/Mother/Daughter/Grandmother was extolled thorough art, altars, and song. From time immemorial, Her image has served to embody joy, to symbolize the essential role that pleasure must play in any pious life, and to catalyze a worshiper’s innate capacity to see and feel with compassion and intensity. Fransbergen adds to this lineage of devotion her personal expression of the Divine Female as the universal embodiment of beauty intrinsically incorporated with the power of Nature. Alive in her pieces are visions of an earth in which sacred and miraculous rivers flow, holy forests and groves flourish, reservoirs of life blossom, and gnarled trees brim with vitality, holding the power to heal and grow. Consider the power of the rubies, emeralds, quartz crystals, and amber used in the pieces: they have been forming within the earth for millions of years, compressing their energy, each at a different frequency, generating the force to purify, protect, strengthen, balance, and bless. It takes time to visually and spiritually absorb the many dimensions of these haute couture figures born out of earth and fire.

 

Fransbergen’s torsos are not simply tree-like, but trunks from which all aspects of life emanate -- feathers, branches, leaves, gemstones. Cast from molten bronze or glass and ornamented with delicate natural forms, the torsos also express Nature’s contrasts and capriciousness. For this reason, Fransbergen does not title her pieces, preferring to allow their owners, those attracted to a specific lure of vibration and luminosity, to attach names befitting their own experience. Her own experiences in creating the sculptures are equally distinct, even though she tends to work in series, five or seven pieces of different sizes at a time. In beginning a new series, Fransbergen prepares mentally the night before, sitting outside listening quietly to the wind and birds before determining how many raw pieces she’ll build.

 

She uses raku clay which is rich with grog, a substance that allows the clay to shrink and expand with temperature fluctuations in the kiln and fire. Like the Female form, it will assume, raku clay is malleable and forgiving. Once fired and glazed, the torso commands its subsequent treatment, i.e. if it is to be cast in bronze or printed three dimension-ally with powdered stainless steel or sand as well as what nature of materials will decorate it. The final piece is then assembled – a forceful, graceful, chaotic structure of limbs and leaves and precious stones, molten metal and molded earth. With its completion, Estella Fransbergen’s process of contemplation, ritual, and ceremony then begins again, as the beholder of her sculpture apprehends the frivolity and solemnity of the Divine Female.