Gemma Taccogna ( 1923-2005) it is just wonderful, she was a fantastic artist, designer and crafts person.
These are her marvellous paper mache heads, made to display hats for Mr John a famous milliner on 5th Avenue. Mr John loved these heads and used them to display his hats.
Highly finished they look more like ceramics than paper mache and they have a wonderful presence and serenity.
"Like anything in life, whether you are making a cake... even in the crafts there has to be a great pleasure, an involvement. And a certain humility because its wonderful to surrender to your craft, not to be the impatient one who wants the immediate gratification." Gemma Taccogna