You know how a single detail can totally transform a look? Well, when I was working on Pearson’s room, the chandelier was one of those details I wanted to be perfect. It wasn’t just the light fixture, the shades, or the cord cover, but the addition of the ceiling medallion that raised the bar to the next level. Oh, if I had only known Marie Ricci at the time!
Talk about attention to detail, Marie’s hand-made children’s ceiling medallions are the perfect touch to finish any child’s room. I asked Marie a few questions so our House of Wentworth readers could get to know the artist and the passion behind her beautiful work.
HoW: Marie, your ceiling medallions are stunning! Tell us about your creative process to make these gorgeous pieces.
MR: What makes my art unique, is that I am the curator from start to finish. Most customers don’t realize how much time is involved in creating my art. For each piece in my collection, I start with a line drawing, transfer it to the foam, use a hand-held router and route away the background, then carve the remaining shape with chisels. There is a lot of sanding involved to achieve the final smoothness. Several coats of primer and finish coats, then a mold has to be made before any casting can begin, I make this as well. Once the lightweight resin is cast from the mold, the process begins all over again. Several coats of primer and finish coats, then the final color the customer chooses. I do all of this, which surprises most people. I have invested so much time in each piece, that my customers are truly buying a piece of me when they buy my art.
HoW: That is quite a process! What are some of your favorite tips or tricks to display your art?
MR: You can also use a ceiling medallion as wall art. By framing around it and painting the inside section to offset the ceiling medallion, it looks like a piece of art.
HoW: I also noticed on your website how you transform them into clocks as well as mount them on the wall behind sconces. I always love it when you can use a detail in multiple ways and get different looks for different projects.
HoW: I’m so excited to be one of the first to showcase your new monogrammed medallions! I can only imagine how much time went into creating the entire alphabet!
HoW: Other than your beautiful talent, what are a few things you would like people to know about you?
MR: I have a great sense of humor, I LOVE to laugh and I love talking with my customers. They offer suggestions for new designs and they inspire me. I also love walking at night through the village where I live, in Essex, CT around 10 o’clock at night, when the streets are quiet. We walk with our dog down to the river and back, it’s a great way to clear the head. But most importantly, I love what I do for a living. I couldn’t think of doing anything else. I am truly fortunate to be able to say that.
MR: They can purchase from the Marie Ricci website, and for your readers, here is a 10% coupon code to be used at checkout: friend
HoW: Thank you so much, Marie, for offering the special discount to our readers! I know I will be using your products in my future projects!