ABOUT ESTHER

I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

My studio is dedicated to my parents and on the front door of the studio it reads:

 

                 “With thanks to my parents Dan and Edith Benedict

                   I dedicate this building to create art that brings joy,

                   happiness and beauty to this world in their honor.”

 

 Esther Benedict at Inspired Hands Sculpture is committed to making your experience in purchasing and having art in your home joyful , brings happiness and beauty. With this dedication, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals.

 

You as my client will get the best of me and my talents to bring joy, happiness and beauty to your world.

I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service possible.

                  I want you to LOVE the art piece you buy or commission from me!

 

All the Best,

Esther

25 Years Experience

Experience allows Esther Benedict to bring to you art that fits your needs, touches your heart, and possesses a quality that you can count on.

Custom Designed and Hand-Made

All of the artwork you see here, from sculptures to metal art, is hand-made. Some pieces are in stock, but most are made once your order has been placed. This allows for custom changes in colors or patinas, and any other modifications you would like.

State-of -the-Art Equipment

We have the latest in CNC cutting technology. The large cutting table allows for the creation of large or small projects.

Sculpture 30%
Metal Art 20%
Commissioned Sculpture 40%
Signs 10%
Gate Art 5%

Who is Esther?

Esther Benedict Biography

The youngest of eight, having to be quiet in church as her dad was the preacher, armed with paper and pencils, drawing was a past time and the art enthusiasm developed.

The end of high school came with a choice to be made: a career in art or one with horses.  Esther decided on a degree in horse management from the State University of New York at Delhi. Once her degree was completed the path led her to horseshoeing school in Oklahoma.  She was off on a 16 year career in horseshoeing in New York State. This, too, was shaping her future by learning the medium of metal and how to work hot iron and enjoy it.

Taking her shoeing ability to the highest level, AFA (American Farriers Association) Certified Journeyman, she reached a pinnacle in her career and started to look for the next career in art. The desire grew to a crescendo and she started sculpting. Esther first sculpted in a familiar and plentiful medium of horseshoes, making all kinds of characters from card-playing cowboys to horse and sleigh. After about three months she decided to move away from the crafty end of art and go for her own style of sculpture. The line-sculpture was born.

Taking the steel and heating it with a torch, bending and manipulating it by hand gave the sculpture a one-of-a-kind life-like feel. Horses were her first subject, as she was familiar with them. Her pieces came out with pure movement and life.

Next to be created were figurative and wildlife pieces. With time, the line-sculpture shared its place with the brazed and hand-cut feathered birds or coats of steel hair covering squirrels and bears. Each developed the eye and hand of this sculptor and her work ever evolved with enthusiasm.

Esther did many shows around the US from California to Massachusetts during the 90’s and until 2006. She has won many awards and has sold work internationally around the world.

Another love for Esther is cast bronze. During the early years Esther had a desire to take up her hand at modeling figures in clay and having them cast in bronze. All pieces cast had been table-top size works until 2004 when Esther was commissioned to create three life-size figures of Mississippi river boat era children for a fountain in Moline, IL. Esther fell in love with the life-size clay work and cast in bronze.

In 2016 Esther sculpted “In the Garden”, an interactive sculpture of Jesus sitting on a stump with His hands open and on His lap and an empty stump across from Him where anyone can sit and hold His hands. This was an INSPIRED piece and Esther tells the story in the video that can be seen on this site.

“Sculpture is exciting, it’s many-sided, it’s touchable, light plays off of it, it withstands the elements, and over the centuries it still stands. How exciting and what a thrill it is to be able to create a piece that outlives the sculptor and still gives each viewer a piece of the message or feeling that inspired the sculptor who created it.  I love to create sculpture that touches the onlooker and moves them to feel it the way music can touch our soul.”

 

Esther has been featured in many articles, such as:

Kerrville Daily Times

Bandera Courier

In The Garden
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Kingfisher
kingfisher
Gypsy Horse
gypsy horse
Won't Work Without 'Em
won't work without em
Silent Hunter
silent hunter
Egret
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