Tender keepsakes for tender hearts

Buffalo, New York · 14707 Sales


Tender keepsakes for tender hearts

Buffalo, New York 14707 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
Dana Pecoraro

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Dana Pecoraro

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K on Apr 20, 2018

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Denee Kitzler

Denee Kitzler on Apr 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this store suck great quality and customer service and shipping rate 100%!!!!

Austin Fay

Austin Fay on Apr 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This figure is so beautiful and touching. It getting here on time for the anniversary of his loss was unexpected and a Testament to the love put into the process. Thank you so much. It means so much to her. It means so much to me, too. Thank you.

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I’m heading into my busy season earlier this year than usual so this is a gentle reminder that it is time to start placing any Mother’s Day orders you may have in mind.
My weekly shipment went out today. heart️ I’m in a peak busy season and my Christmas cutoffs are fast approaching, please be sure to get those orders in if you’d like me to help with a gift for someone special this season.
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Grief Care

When I founded The Midnight Orange, I never imagined myself working in grief care. Once I started sculpting families, a client asked me to make an inclusive sculpture showing her entire family portrait including her young daughter that couldn't be earthside with them. With extreme reverence I took on the custom project, and once their sculpture was received it was shared with other bereft families and online communities.

My inbox became a treasure chest unpryable to the faint of heart. The messages I received were heavier than gold, private as pearls. What families shared with me about their loved and little ones who touched the stars too soon could have easily intimidated me or been a responsibility I was not mentally or emotionally prepared for, were it not for Christopher.

Christopher. His name is still the "golden bell hung in my heart". On the first day of summer in 1990, the world suddenly lost a very cherished eight year old and I lost my bursting childhood friend. As a child I did not know how to process this loss and for years I just carried him with me. Every milestone I had I wished for him. In college I became desperate, not for closure but closeness to him and I wrote a letter to his family about 10 years after his passing. My message was strong and clear. I missed Christopher, I loved him still, and I REMEMBERED. Always I remembered him.

The letter I received back I held with trembling hands. His mother wrote that my letter was a true miracle and went on to explain that after his passing, his loss was so painful that he became rarely spoken of outside of family. I felt such newfound sorrow when I read that. In retrospect I now am keenly aware of (and hope to help break) the deep taboo that has surrounded child loss and I understand how easily a well-intending heart can be lost for words when confronted with the unthinkable. At the time that I read it, however, it became a new burden on my heart and this unknowingly bookmarked what would later become my life calling.

One of the things that stood out profoundly to me was need. The need for loved ones to be acknowledged, celebrated, spoken about. The need to know others remember. The need for a LEGACY. Years later when my artistry unexpectedly intertwined paths with grieving families, I knew such deep love for them and that I was tasked with the tremendous privilege and responsibility to help others nurture these love legacies.

Sculpting these tender memorials isn't something I ever set out to do. The shift in my artistic responsibility came to me first in whispered urgency and then in amplified echos. Family after family came to me, entrusting their hearts to the interpretation of my hands. Friends of grieving families came to me, seeking a way to express comfort while sensitively nurturing grief in the absence of knowing what to say. I continue to be so deeply honored, so indelibly touched with every sculpture I make. Sculpting on your behalf isn't my job, it's my life calling. Watching a family's love and unity form in my hands is unforgettably personal and the highest honor my artistry could ever be called to do.

My work isn't about loss. It's about life and love and loss co-exists among both. You'll find in my available collections and past work that I sculpt for all of life's occasions. Through clay I aim to capture the spectrum of human emotion, from very bright to very raw. I choose to create with bravery and want my work to serve as a story telling outlet that marks personal milestones among the human experience. I am very humbled to share that my sculptures are used worldwide by therapists who most often incorporate them into sand tray therapy to aid in the path of healing.

I live in the United States and my business is fully run right out of my home studio in a quiet little town in New York, right between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. We are an "art family" and fully immersed in creativity here. My husband is also a full time artist and we have two young daughters who are 11 and 9. I promise to not expect them to travel my own path, but on that same token I have to say proudly that their art souls are fully in bloom over here! Our family loves animals and is home to 4 beloved rescue pets. I'm also an avid hobbyist when it comes to fish-keeping and I maintain two aquariums and a backyard pond with full admiration for the ecosystems and balance within. Life, in all its intricacies, fully enraptures me. I try to endeavor each day with newfound joy and interest amid the reality of life's varying circumstances.

This is a lot about me and there's irony in that. My bespoke handmade sculptures are about you and your experiences. To learn more about the process and how to start or grow a collection of sculptures from The Midnight Orange, I warmly invite you into my shop.

Shop members

  • Dana Pecoraro

    Owner, Artist

    Through clay my aim is to touch all of life's journeys, from very bright to very raw.

  • Thomas

    Helping Hands

    Meet my beautiful husband, Thomas. Tom helps me at home with parts of my process that don't require sculpting. At times he prepares my clay for me, cuts out wings, and helps me with packaging every now and then.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 25, 2018
Welcome to The Midnight Orange, where you will find warmth along your journey. I am a full time Etsy artist who has had the honor of sculpting for collectors all over the world since 2008. It is the most humbling privilege to be able to work for you and help you capture your life moments in clay, or help you give a beautiful gift to someone who needs comfort along their path. Every single sculpture in my shop is handmade by me. I love my job and put all my care into sculpting for my customers and collectors.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I will refund an item so long as it is returned within 14 business days in its original form. The refund will be sent after the item is received here. I do not have refunds available on custom orders, thank you for understanding.

Should an item ever arrive damaged, please contact me and I will help you and ensure that your experience brings you both satisfaction and a beautiful, in tact product. Shipping maladies are few and far between but if the issue should present itself, you know where to find me. :)
I accept Paypal and credit card payments (you can make a credit card payment through paypal without having a paypal account and will find it is user friendly) or use your credit card and check out via Direct Check Out.
***INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: Customs forms will be completed with the purchase price. Buyers are responsible for any Customs import taxes, duties, tariffs, or other charges assessed by their countries, and should check into those charges before making a purchase.***

My current creation period varies based on the item and is viewable in the Shipping Tab of each listing. I work in volume and make every sculpture by hand with tender care. Prior to placing an order, please review the item's creation period and consider my handmade capacity and ensure that my timeline works for you. If you are giving a gift, you might consider giving your recipient a "Gift to Come" and printing out a picture of the sculpture to give inside of a card. You can let your recipient know that you've commissioned an artist to sculpt on their behalf and that as soon as their handmade gift is ready it will be on its way. Please do refrain from placing an order with instructions to rush the creation period in your order notes. I always work as quickly and efficiently as possible and treat all of my orders as urgent and time sensitive and will make sure to get your order out in the mail by the timeline I've committed to in my quoted creation period.

Thank you so much and sending lots of warmth,


★ Do you offer engraving services?
- I do not offer engraving services

★Do you do custom orders?
- I take on custom orders that are within my style and abilities and within my available capacity to do so. I am not able to take on a custom piece that would violate another person or party's intellectual property (aka, no requests for copyrighted or trademarked characters please or requests to copy another artist's design or work).

★How long will my order take to make and receive?
- Since I work in volume, I have a creation period that allows me to work through my pending sales in the order they are received. My creation period is viewable on the Shipping Tab in every one of my item listings. When I package an order I send an email to you notifying your order is on the way, and including tracking in most countries. Shipping time will vary based on what country you live in.

★I already placed an order, when will I receive it?
- You can view your shipping date listed on your invoice. To access your invoice, go to the top right of your screen under Your Account, and then choose Purchases. You will see your order there and you can click on it to open up your invoice and review details.

★I am giving this as a gift, can you ship to my recipient?
- I do this all the time and am touched to do so on your behalf. If I am shipping to your recipient please enter **their** address in the Ship To during check out. Not to worry, your receipt is not included in the package. Please indicate in your order notes whom I should say the gift is from.
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More information

Last updated on Mar 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Do you offer engraving services?

I do not offer engraving services at this time.

How long does it take to receive an order?

My turn around times change depending on how many orders I have in queue. To see an item’s expected turn around time, please refer to the listing details as I update these frequently as my capacity changes.

Can you do different colors?

The only clay color I now work with is the silver pearl colored clay featured throughout my shop. Color can be incorporated via the wings and any add on jewels.