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Stuff we covet: dog sculptures

Updated: 2013-08-19T00:33:09Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

Local artist Cathy Broski has been working in clay doing primarily human figurative work for about 23 years.

That changed when her husband brought home Porter, a stray shepherd-Lab mix, from work on Valentine’s Day in 2005. Suddenly, Broski had an urge to expand into a new area of figurative sculpture: canines.

“It’s like when people start having babies, children start showing up in their work — their film, their music, their writing, whatever,” Broski says.

Her dog sculptures capture perfectly the whimsy, innocence and inexplicable poignancy of man’s best friend.

Many of them have birds perched on their backs, heads or noses that serve as metaphors for inner voices, Broski says.

Her dog sculptures, which range from 12 inches to 24 inches high and cost between $300 and $2,200, are sold at Stuff in Brookside, and art fairs around the nation. They would be beautiful and inspiring on the dining room sideboard or fireplace mantel of any dog lover.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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