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Last updated on Dec 13, 2016

Items on our Etsy store are all listed with a charitable donation included.
If you would like to place a custom order or would like to schedule a makers party, (kids, adults, family reunions, bridal) please contact us at wachshausvonschneider [at] gmail.com or through our website at www.wachshausvonschneider.com

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  • fury716 on Jul 19, 2016

    5 out of 5 stars

    I like encaustic paintings because they have a luminosity to them that just isn't attainable by pigment paints alone. The idea of what is basically a sculptural encaustic painting was really intriguing. What I received is a beeswax vessel both beautiful and unique. Excellent response and communication from artists, who made me a custom piece. Gorgeously and carefully packaged both inside and out. Glad to own a handmade piece of art that is both a pleasure both as a visual piece and as a tactile one, as well as olfactory, because the beeswax has a lovely, light fragrance.

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Dott and Helen von Schneider channel their background in fine arts into creating wax vessels used as decor such as succulent pots.

Story by NikkiDelamonte at Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Dott and Helen von Schneider remember traveling the craft show circuit with their mother, Maryanne Pauline Schneider, who used her artistic talent to supplement the family income. When she worked part-time as the church custodian, she collected used wax off the candelabras with the intent to craft new candles.

Last year, the sisters unearthed a few unused boxes of candle stubs, and began taking a page from their mother's book when they started Wachshaus von Schneider. They channeled their background in fine arts into creating wax vessels used as decor such as succulent pots.

"There's that nostalgia of melting something down and creating something new," says Dott. "It's almost like a rebirth. For me, the smell of the wax, the melting and recreating brings back a flood of memory."

Dott and Helen had always used each other as a sounding board when it came to art, but they were often never in the same city to collaborate. When Helen returned to Cleveland from Germany in 2014, they began experimenting with crafts again like they did when they were growing up.

They again tap into their youth for one of their major inspirations, nature. To tune into earthy elements, they recall going on nature hikes through Brecksville Reservation and biking the Towpath Trail. They've used materials like leaves and herbs to create texture.

"The smoothness of shale and the roughness of tree bark, pebbles, rock salt," lists Helen. "Our love of landscape and the environment has had a direct influence on the vessels."

To cast each piece, they dip balloons into crock pots of beeswax until the vessel takes a basic shape. Then they pop the balloons and finish every vessel by hand, using encaustics for color variation.

Much the shape-shifting nature of wax, the pieces take just as varied forms post-production. Some go on to hold small plants and cacti. Others are inserted with LED lights for a soft glow. Recently, Helen stuffed a sock and placed it inside to create an elegant pincushion for her sewing. They've seen some pieces filled with buckwheat, so incense sticks could stand.

"The possibilities are only limited by the person holding the object," says Helen.

Though they've build an entire business around their mother's inspiration, their most elaborate homage came this summer. They participated in Rooms to Let, the Slavic Village event that enlists artists to transform houses into installations.

The house they were stationed at happened to be on the same street that their mother grew up on, so they covered the walls with the patterns she used to make their clothes, and displayed photos from her childhood on the block. Throughout the weekend, they led guests in wax crafts just like their mother did with them.

"We were able to share that with the neighborhood kids who came in," says Dott. "You could see the joy in their eyes of making something really fun."

As their collaboration grows, they hope to create more sculptural work. For now, they're enjoying being together in the right place at the right time - finally - and growing organically.

"No matter where either of us are," says Helen, "I think all roads lead to home."

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