Nicholas A. Poleschuk, Jr. - Artist
My work comes out of a love for sculpting, a passion for detail and a tool discovered at a woodworking show that allows me to combine the two, a high speed engraver. The speed of the engraver allows me tremendous control to create my sculptures. The dental burs used help me produce the unique textures seen in my work.
I do low relief sculpting on ostrich, emu and rhea eggshells along with nature and geometric shapes carved into goose and chicken eggshells. Emu eggshell sculpting, in particular, thrills me. The dark green, almost black outer layer, the turquoise middle layer and white inner layer provide a color palette not available with other shells. I work at using the colored layers to their best advantage in my designs. The emu egg shell is only 0.04” (1 mm) thick so the entire design has to be sculpted within this thickness along with the restrictions of the thickness of each of the colored layers. This is what makes sculpting emu eggshells challenging and so much fun.
My wood sculpting includes leaves carved in the round for pendants and scenes from nature sculpted in low relief. These small sculptures allow me to explore a material I am very familiar with, in a different way. Working with wood has been a part of life from the time my dad first allowed me in his shop. I started building veneered jewelry boxes, with an inlaid initial, in Junior High. Over time my projects got bigger as I started building clocks and furniture. Now my projects are on a miniature scale.
•Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA)
•International Egg Art Guild (IEAG)
•Red Wing Woodcarvers
•The I & E Network (Inspiration & Encouragement)