Sculpted Portrait


Portrait Busts

Do you need a lot of photos?

The more angles I have to refer to, the closer the likeness will be. I have done good work using just three photos, though I prefer to work with more.

What is the bust made out of?

It will be sculpted in high-fire stoneware clay which is very durable. If you need a piece for an outdoors public space, the clay prototype would have to be molded, and then recast in something ultra-durable like fiberglass or bronze. These would take longer, and the price would need to be negotiated.

How long will it take to be ready?

It typically takes 8 weeks to be completed. If you have a rush job, it could possibly be accommodated depending on my work load.

Is the bust guaranteed?

Yes. Before the piece is completed, I will send you photographs and make any changes until it meets your approval. When the piece is shipped to you it is insured against breakage, and I will always take care of the situation should a damage or loss occur.


How is the bust finished?

You can choose a finish of your choice. Here are some popular choices:

Aged Bronze
Museum White
Antique White

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Sculptor: Lydia Shalanko | Photos: coutesy of


Is it necessary to place my bust on a base?

Bases are an optional feature for a portrait bust. Some of the nicest pieces just sit solid on a surface whether a desk top, shelf or pedestal. If you would prefer a base we can make one for you.

How much does a base cost?

Small Plain Wood Base: $25
Large Plain Wood Base: $45
Plain Wood Base
Small Detailed Wood Base: $55
Large Detailed Wood Base: $75
Detailed Wood Base

Marble bases can be special ordered, but take time to be cut and polished. Prices vary according to exact sizes.


How do I pay?

You can pay by card using PayPal or if you prefer to pay by check, please contact me. 50% of the total cost is due down to put the piece into production, and the final 50% plus shipping is due prior to shipping when the piece is completed and meets your approval.

How much does shipping cost?

I will ship the portait bust to you via UPS. The cost of shipping is $18.85 for a small bust, and $25.95 for a life-sized bust to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. I will ship overseas but only via UPS which is very costly. The international customer and those from Hawaii or Alaska will need to pay the actual shipping charges.