The making of sculptures goes back to my childhood when my family sat down to make small Christmas figurines from the local clay found in our village. My family did this every year at Christmas time. We all sat down to make the small figures to place around the manger. My father was not able to create whatsoever. He had two left hands; all he could make was clown faces which made us laugh a lot.
When I started taking art classes in Brussels at the age of seven, sculpture was also one of the subjects. I began taking daily sculpture classes after I moved to the United States at the age of 14 and eventually started tenth grade. The course included pottery making, which I continued for two years.
I did very well in that class and often got one hundred percent (A+). This increased my grade point average dramatically. I won the second prize for best sculpture in a local International Monetary Fund (IMF) sponsored art competition. I was only 17 at the time and competed with adult professionals.
Since I was already a visual artist, it was not very difficult to jump from two-dimensional paintings and drawings to three-dimensional art. The same basic measures apply. The difference is, however, that you can actually feel the form that you create .I do not make sculptures very regularly now. It depends on my mood, inspiration for sculpting comes in short spurts. Still, I would like to say that I like getting my hands dirty with clay and feel the earth moving under my fingers and palms.