|Small, fragile parts of the sculpture, such as
dragon and unicorn horns, are cast in pewter and
gold plated. The glass eyes are taxidermy quality
and derive their colors from colored glass frit that
is fired (melted) onto the back of the clear glass
About Windstone Editions (from the company itself):
Windstone Editions was founded in 1985 as a means of populating the world with the
unique creatures created by M. Peña. Originally established in North Hollywood, California,
the factory quickly grew to over fifty skilled artisans, technicians, and office staff as the
demand for Melody’s sculpture expanded. Twenty-three years later, still a family-run
business with no offshore production, the factory relocated to its current home in Corvallis,
Oregon, where the family and company enjoy a smaller, more peaceful existence.
Our early innovations in flexible-mold gypsum casting led to production techniques that
produce extremely detailed and highly finished reproductions of Melody’s original
sculptures. Many of the materials we use are specially formulated to our specifications, and
all are selected for the ultimate in quality, regardless of cost.
The creation of new sculpture is an arduous process that begins in our factory studio with a
raw lump of clay. Melody forms this material into a rough version of the finished sculpture,
often referring to a crumpled foil maquette or sketch. Whether based on a model or sketch,
or conceived directly in clay, the work always originates in her head, and the resulting
sculpture is always uniquely M. Peña. From these rough clay pieces working molds are
made, and models are cast in soft plaster. These, in turn, are re-sculpted with most of the
detail of the finished work. Our artisans then produce a second mold, and hard gypsum is
cast to be as detailed as the finished sculpture. When this sculpture is re-cast in epoxy, we
have a durable master for production mold-making.
At this stage our skilled artisans take over to cast and finish the figurines. This phase is
another complicated process, using custom-designed equipment to finely tune the
chemistry of the gypsum stone, pour and hand-finish the castings, and perfectly paint the
pieces. Though they can’t quite jump out of the molds and board the UPS truck on their
own, the finished works are truly brought to life by the many hands at Windstone.
|We have been selling Windstones since 2005. Their
museum-quality and vibrant colors have won us over