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Baba Yaga’s Shackling

by Melissa Sue Stanley

Before the witch huts become homes, they spend a youthful year in the garden – at this age and small size we call them Shacklings. They are raised by the Gardener, and there is only one brood every seventeen years.
In the morning she puts on that old dusty coat and mud-caked boots, and stomps into the chilly yard where they greet her: chirping and chomping the tiny sharp teeth in their keyholes.

This life-size Shackling sculpture is apx 5.5″ x 3″ x 2.5″.

Polymer clay with wire and acrylic paint; eyeball is watercolor under glass.

It is made of a rubberized polymer clay (CosClay) so it is not brittle – however it’s still fragile and should be treated as an art object (not for children, not a toy). Keep away from moisture and direct sunlight.


$400 $400

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Lush green and blue landscapes of Midwestern summers are the heart of what inspires Melissa. Her work explores open fields and deep forests, finding small moments of magic and mystery hidden in the gardens and mossy environments. Her storytelling project, The Woolbeasts, discovers the denizens of these worlds.

The Woolbeasts are all hand-crafted in her “Treehouse Studio” in Chicago, Illinois. Melissa has been sewing, sculpting, and illustrating these creatures for fifteen years. They’ve been collected over the world and have been shown in galleries across the United States.