G. Willikers! Blog

Oct 02, 2015

Talk, Paper, Scissors

G.Willikers! Toy Shop is happy to host master silhouette artist Clay Rice this Sunday, October 4th.  A gifted storyteller (he has 3 children's books: The Lonely Shadow, The Stick & Mama Let's Make a Moon ) Clay will be reading during his visit as well as taking appointments for creating a beautiful silhouette of your child.  This is Clay's 6th visit to Portsmouth!

Clay Rice at workClay Rice at work

Here's an exerpt from a recent article in the Charleston City Paper...

"While most of his schoolmates were struggling to cut out circles with safety scissors, 6-year-old Clay Rice saw a blue heron and fashioned its silhouette from a blank piece of paper. That day, he began his apprenticeship in the family trade of paper-cut art.

“Silhouette artistry has been in my family for 85 years,” Rice says. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was dubbed “America’s Greatest Silhouette Artist.” The elder Rice traveled around the world, making profile portraits that became treasured keepsakes. He was also known for creating intricate paper-cut landscapes of his native South Carolina.

“Granddaddy made it look so easy,” Clay Rice says. “He started me out doing barnyard animals. Then he would say, ‘Cut out a cow, a pig, and a chicken all in a row.’” Soon a whole paper landscape unfolded.

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