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Robin Young, of Catasauqua, works on her latest sculpture, a ballerina. The piece is nearing completion after years of work.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Robin Young, of Catasauqua, works on her latest sculpture, a ballerina. The piece is nearing completion after years of work.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL
Young’s plaster sculpture titled “Jesus with Children” sits next to the original Plasticine model. Young’s plaster sculpture titled “Jesus with Children” sits next to the original Plasticine model.
Robin Young’s custom light switch covers are popular among the followers of her artistic work.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL Robin Young’s custom light switch covers are popular among the followers of her artistic work.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL

Calling to art

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Catty native continues passion for sculpting

Robin Young always had a calling to art.

“I do paint, and it relaxes me, but I love sculpture. I’ve won a couple of awards for my pieces,” she said.

Young, of Catasauqua, works out of her studio in Allentown.

She took a practical approach after she graduated from the Catasauqua Area School District and attended nursing school.

“I was confident in my art, but you still need to live a normal life,” she said.

While her career in nursing flourished, she continued to work on her sculptures.

“I would take a few classes at Baum School of Art, and the professors there helped me improve my skills,” she said.

Young’s material of choice is Plasticine, an oil-based sculpting clay that does not harden. The medium works well because her nursing career did not allow her to spend days crafting sculptures.

As Young explained, the figures are crafted and then she creates a mold.

“The mold is the most difficult. I did use plaster at one time, but it is so heavy,” she said.

She has gone to alternate products that are lighter. There are various products for making the molds.

“For the longest time, the only alternative was latex. You had to build up the latex on the mold until it was thick enough to keep the impression and strong enough to allow a plaster-type shell,” she said.

The bigger pieces need custom-made molds. A local company, Smooth-On, makes a compound that allows the molds to be created by pouring on the compound. It is expensive, but it helps produce a better mold.

“I have one that I might bronze, but I need some help on that,” she said.

Young is trying to get space in a gallery so she can have her own show. She has quite an array of pieces.

A contingent of followers are interested in her custom light switch covers.

“They are elaborate and one-of-a-kind pieces, and they add an elegance to something as simple as a light switch. They are very delicate until they are on the wall,” she said.

With Old Home Week coming up and the big Catasauqua High School reunion scheduled for 2020, Young is looking for a memorabilia piece she can put together for the event.