Philippe Faraut, sculptor from the United States. Photo © Courtesy of the artist

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I am a sculptor originally born in France but living in New York for the last 30 years. My wife Charisse and I are running PCF Studios, a company specializing in creating sculptures, in addition to reference materials, tools, books, videos and online programs for other sculptors. We started in the early nineties, with the creation of porcelain dolls and figurines for the collectible industry.

I was in charge of the sculpting, mold making and the porcelain production and Charisse was the designer, and in charge of painting and assembling. At the time, porcelain work was considered as a craft rather than an art. It was a labor intensive business that required precision and a tremendous amount of sculpting hours, which provided me a training for modeling faces, hands and feet that I could not have received in any art school.