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The Japanese bonsai garden by Amaury Guichon. He is the head chef and owner of the Pastry academy.  The piece is made of chocolate and the flowers of Gum paste. I chose this piece because cherry blossoms are my favourite flower and because of my love for Japanese culture. The piece represents the nature and architectural history of Japan.

 

This piece done by Jurgen Baret is made with chocolate. He described this piece as a future in which sea levels have risen and has become humakind’s habitat of choice. This is represented by a massive mermaid swimming over futuristic-looking, spherical houses. I picked this piece because of the intricate details, it is very well and clearly sculpted.

This showpiece is by Stephane Glacier, they didn’t say the name or what it depicts. However the the piece speaks for itself with delicate details of flowers made of sugar. The work would have taken a great deal of time and precision with steady hands. I admire that because I struggle with shaky hands and patience so it’s encouraging to choose this piece as motivation.

A “Fire Phoenix” sugar sculpture made by a Taiwanese pulled sugar artist , Ni Yi-leng. I love this piece not just because of the power that the phoenix represents but also because of the story behind this piece. On the way to the venue the piece was mishandled by the airport staff causing damage. When it arrived the artist instead of giving up, found a way to fix the piece and ended up winning first place. It has a sound message that determination can open winning opportunities when you don’t give up.

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This piece caught my attention immediately! This  reminds me of some sort of circus or amusement park. The main orange piece reminds me of those fire circles and the yellow tinted string above helps make it look so real. This piece is made from sugar by Chef Peter Gyorgyicsek who is from Hungary. As I did more research, I had realized that this actually represents a timeline (I guess I should’ve thought deeper!) The bottom was is an hourglass, the middle part is a tree trunk that represents strength, the big flower is supposed to be futuristic, and the chef actually covered up sugar gears with the left size carnival mask which was made from actual gears of his car. Lastly, the pieces I thought looked like fire represent stages in a person’s life.

This piece was made by Chef Frederic Loraschi. This piece represents winter going away and spring coming in to bring some freshness and brightness. I especially like this piece because of how abstract it looks. This was made with sugar and I think the use of not too many colors were perfect, the pops of red make it stand out. Looking at this makes me feel as though the spring will come and it’ll be sunny and warm.

As a movie lover, this piece caught my attention. Made all of the chocolate with pops of color by Chef Jean-Michel Meyzer. I think the gold stars and reel add a nice elegant touch to the piece because it can become very tacky when you’re creating something for a movie. The pops of red, yellow, and green bring a special brightness which the chocolate can take away from because most of it is brown.

This piece is especially my favorite. I think it has a lot of special pieces made of chocolate. The fence in the back reminds me of a garden then comes the watering can and the flowers. All of these pieces have a different shade to them which adds character and brightness. I think the texture of the “wooden” fence was a great touch which helps it look so realistic. I adore the watering can and how it’s floating rather than just off to the side on the base. This was made by Chef Chris Zammit.

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Piece 1 Akihro Kakimoto 

This is by far my favorite piece. Chef Akihiro Kakimoto won in the 2018 Japanese Chocolate Master competition. Perhaps it’s because it’s because the woman in the center piece is holding a cacao bean and she too is made out of cocoa, but I’m getting the impression that this piece is supposed to signify genesis or a form of it. The flowers on the bottom of her body seem to spring up from her, and she herself is naked but it seems very primordial to me. There’s something sort of futuristic about her body, perhaps it’s the holes in her body or the fact that her body seems to be connected by something. It seems like Kakimoto was trying to depict a sort of robotic genesis out of chocolate. We didn’t necessarily discuss chocolate deeply but I can tell that the petals of the flowers were airbrushed. There is a seamless transition between the purple and green colors creating a hyper realistic look to the flower. The shine is incredible. The muscles seem to be shaved down while the hair area seems to be carved out. The use of height in this sculpture was well executed. The sides of the piece are tall which draws the eyes to the center of the piece where either a heart or another cocoa bean is placed. The right hand of the sculpture holds most of the bright colors of the piece which create an interesting transition from left to right. The left is dark and transitions to the right where the light green color catches the light. I think the colors work with the sculpture because they almost tell a story. The biggest obstacle I see is constructing the whole piece. It’s a large scale piece and the body which is also the base of the structure has holes in it. I wonder if Kakimoto made the structure in pieces and fused it together or if he made it all in one. The bands that seem to hold the woman together gives the impression that it was made in pieces and then placed together. However, it doesn’t look bad. Think the artist created support systems that would make sure the structure stays glued for example the hair, or the woman’s butt. I notice that the chef placed the woman’s butt on a platform that creates height and support for her arms and legs. By triangulating the arms  and legs it makes sure that the top parts have enough support at the bottom. If he hadn’t created bases in the legs, arms, and base, the weight would have not been equally distributed. This piece is an absolute masterpiece. The use of height and color, the attention to detail, the concept, it’s all incredible. The woman in the sculpture is shown surrounded by flowers holding a cocoa bean. I like the story the piece tells. I’m sure everyone would interpret it differently which is fascinating. It is truly a piece of art. I can look at it for hours and find something new. Kakimoto’s attention to detail is remarkable. The hair as well as the arm detailing blows me away. There is something so real about this chocolate structure yet out alien-like and robotic. This is part of the world chocolate masters competition. But honestly, put it in a museum please. 

Piece 2- Chef Stephane Glacier 

This sugar piece was created by chef Stephane Glacier. He is a french pastry chef who is in charge of a pastry school for beginner and professional chefs who want to get into the catering business. He also owns the establishment called Pâtisseries et Gourmandises in Colombes, France. Some of his achievements include obtaining the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pastry Chef in 2000 and publishing several books. I’m not exactly sure what the theme is but it seems to be related to spring or summer.This sugar sculpture shows a small bird of some kind perched on top of what seemed to be a bush of flowers or a blossoming tree. The main colors used are bright red, orange and gold. The red is a bright maraschino cherry color, but remains clear while the gold color is faint but opaque. The chef uses a good mixture between delicate transparency mixed with strong opacity. The use of the clear almost water-like pieces add dimension and fill up empty spaces without taking away from the attention of the bird or flowers. I think Glacier does a great job of contrasting the colors and the opacity of the sugar. The red base is strong in color but see through while the center pieces, aka the flowers and the birds are opaque. The use of the clear pieces is great in adding texture to the sculpture but i’m not exactly sure what it represents. Beautiful nonetheless. The shine throughout is remarkable. 

The base of the structure seems to be made of casting sugar and is basically what holds this piece together. It seems to be strong yet delicate. The biggest issue I see is the attachment of the flowers or the clear bubble wrap looking thing. I can definitely see how they could shatter when you are attaching it to the base and some of the flowers seem to be sitting on them which could pose a problem if they are too heavy. This piece is a true work of art. I like the height, your eye naturally gravitates towards the top because the base is larger at the bottom and ends in a peak. The flowers are formed beautifully. The leaves themselves seem to have been made using a stencil, the flowers are formed through sugar pulling. The bird seems to be made by blowing sugar. I like how delicate the bird looks but it for sure would be difficult to create. I’m not exactly sure what the clear things are but they do a great job in filling up space. This is for sure a show piece and can function as a piece of art in a wedding or a big event. It would probably also be found in a competition of some sort. 

Piece 3- by Stephane Treand

Stéphane owned the Pâtisserie Tréand located in, South of France. He was titled “Meilleur Apprenti de France” Best Apprentice in France, and then “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” Best Craftsman in France. He is currently the Executive Chef Consult For Occitanial in Tokyo Japan. The theme of this amenity seems to be a modern rendition of strawberry fields. I’m not sure what this truly represents but there are green circular structures and strawberries. This amenity is made out of blown and poured sugar. The green circular structures are layered on top of one another which would best be achieved by using casting sugar. The strawberries are most likely blown. The leaves in the strawberries were probably pulled sugar. 

I like the use of color in this sculpture. They only used 3 different colors but the two different shades of green nicely compliment each other and create the illusion of shadow while the red brings contrast. Speaking from experience, making sure that the sculpture is structurally sound seems to be a big issue. I can imagine the chef had to make sure that the weight was equally distributed throughout the structure. There is one specific spot on the right hand where a smaller light green circle touches a larger light green circle and the transition is so seamless which is awesome. The colors were well executed in this structure. I liked the use of space, the little circles fill out the empty spaces without making it look cluttered. The structure also gives the illusion that some parts are floating which is super cool. The strawberries look like they are floating or falling gracefully as well. It’s a piece of art, would probably be in a showroom. 

Piece 4 Dean Gibson- 

Dean Gibson is an Australian pastry chef and has worked in the industry for almost 40 years. He has appeared on master chef australia, masters of chocolate, and pastry battlers. The piece is part of a larger scarecrow structure. This is a structure of a crow-like bird. It is completely matte black. Parts of the bird form spikes while other parts form feathers. I think Gibson carved out some of the chocolate like the head area while the tail area he attached and melted other parts onto the piece. The piece is one solid dull black color but I think it works well with the dark theme. There is some shine on some parts of the bird which creates dimension, however; i’m not sure that was intentional. This structure seems to have been put together so over time I imagine that the feathers might come apart. I noticed that the base of the bird’s body was sitting on top of a metal structure and if it got too warm it could potentially melt the chocolate. This piece gives me some serious emo vibes. It’s so dark and dreadful and I love that about it. It’s like looking at a modern depiction of a grim reaper or something. The piece transitions well from left to right. Like some of the other ones, it tells a story. The left of the structure starts off very abstractly then forms into a deteriorating crow form. The feathers are delicate and beautiful and the detailing around the head makes it look like it’s about to burst into ash. This is chocolate piece that would work well in a halloween party.

 

 

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This chocolate piece represents a pond. The chef that made this chocolate piece is Mathieu Davoine. Cattails and aquatic plants represent the plants that you would find at a pond. The cattails and aquatic plants most liked molded. First tempered white chocolate then added green food coloring. To make cattails they would have to first mold the stem then mold the cattails on top of  the stem so that they can stick together. To make the aquatic plants they would have used different sized molds to shape the plants. Egg Shape and root seem to represent the dirt that is in the pond. Before making the egg shape they would first temper the chocolate then put the chocolate in a mold. For the bottom part they probably scrapped and made it look like it is dirt. The base represents the water, it is probably made with tempered white chocolate and blue food coloring. To make the base they would use a square mold and let set. The colors are used to make each piece stay out on its own. The colors both work for the piece and against. It works with the piece because that’s how ponds usually look like. But they work against because the brown stands out more than the other colors. If there were more plants in the piece then it wouldn’t make the brown stand out as much. The technical problem is most likely trying to put the cattails, aquatic plants and the roots on the egg shaped piece. I like how everything is put together. When looking at the chocolate showpiece, it made me feel as if I was at a pond. I wish there were other plants that you can find at a pond in this showpiece.

This chocolate piece represents Alice in Wonderland. The chef that made this chocolate piece is Seung Yun Lee. The base represents a chess board and it is made by tempering dark chocolate that is placed in a square mold. Once set they painted some areas to make it look like a chess board. The two boys represent Tweedledee and Tweedledum. They are made with tempered dark chocolate that is placed in a mold and is painted on so they look like people. The tree, the barks, and tea pot are made from tempered dark chocolate that is placed in molds to get its shape. The mushroom, roses, tea cup, egg and cards are made from tempered white chocolate and put white food coloring so that the chocolate would be completely white. The egg, card, tea cup, and mushrooms were placed in molds then painted. The colors are used to separate all the pieces. The colors work with the pieces because even though the tree is dark brown because of the other pieces it doesn’t make the tree stand out as much. The technical problem I see if I had to construct this is the tree bark in the back. Especially the ones that are curved. Trying to make all the chocolate pieces stay in the places that they are standing in now. Also trying to make the circle ball stay in between each base piece. I like how creative this chocolate piece is how it looks crazy yet pretty. I wish there were more of Alice in Wonderland characters in the piece.

The sugar piece represents love. The chef that made this sugar piece is Ewald Notter. The two bases on the bottom and the clear/red pieces are made from cast sugar. The hearts are blown sugars. The wishbone and rose are made of pulled sugar. The doves and the tail are either made with blown sugar or pulled sugar.The colors are used to show love. The colors work for the piece because even though the sugar piece is mostly white even with the little bit of red it made the sugar piece stand out. Trying to put everything together because it looks very fragile. What I like about this piece is how it looks simple yet complicated. When looking at the piece it looks easy to make. But when actually trying to make the sugar piece it’ll be very hard and difficult to make.

This sugar piece represents the Spring. The chef that made this sugar piece is Johnny Yan. The base, a couple of leaves, and butterfly are all made from casting sugar. The leaves and flowers are made from pulled sugar and are pressed to get its shape. The vase and the balls are blown sugar. The colors are used to balance each other out. The colors work with the piece because even though the bigger leaves then flowers the two colors make each other balance out.The technical problems that I would face when constructing this piece is trying to put all the flowers and leaves together. What I like about the piece is how it looks very beautiful and refreshing. I like this piece because when I look at the sugar piece it reminds me of the outside world. I love how the color flowers and butterfly are.

 

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This theme of this showpiece is called Cyber Woman and created by Peter Gyorgyicsek. The main component of this showpiece is chocolate; the creator used 54.5%, 67% and 72% chocolate to create this piece.  The techniques used were air brushing, cocoa butter spray, casting, molded, robot coupe and hand sculptured chocolate. The torso of the woman has been sculptured well and in detail. The Chocolate feelers from her back and hair are detailed and colored well to go with her figure. Her assembling of her insides as well as the outside has been done with care. She is well put together. The color of the chocolate and the colors used work well with the theme of the piece and complement each other. There is no sugar used I think as per what I can see in the picture. The surviving temperature of this showpiece is 68°F. If I was constructing this piece the intricate detailing of the work would take me very long to master as well as the correct airbrush colors. I loved the whole look of the piece the attention to detail of the woman as well as the gears and the feelers and the machine effect of the inside of her body. Pastry Chef Peter Gyorgyicsek is a Hungarian pastry chef and has his showpieces featured in various shows. He earned a gold medal at the IKA Culinary Olympics for a stunning sugar showpiece. The Chocolate Cyber Women piece took him 2 months to complete and another 4 hours constructing the showpiece, and earned him gold at the Culinaire Malaysia 2015.

The theme of this showpiece is a Koi Pond. The main component of this showpiece is made of sugar. The piece looks liked stained glass, it is amazing how the creator was able to make the background look like clear water; it was this particular feature that attracted me to this piece. The koi are sculpted wonderfully, on looking closely to the piece the fins of the white koi are beautifully shaded and detailed. The piece was made with isomalt sugar, poured and pulled sugar. The fish are made with blowing sugar and the piece sits on a thick cardboard base. The seaweed and plant is hand pulled sugar. The piece has a beautiful combination of colors, especially the green, brown, greenish gold; I think the base could have been a different color, but it is still eye catching. Constructing a piece like this, blowing sugar to make the fish could be a problem for me, but if I did I would consider trying to change the color of the base to a blue. There is not much mentioned on the chef who created this piece just his name The-Evil-Plankton.

The theme of this showpiece is a scene from the movie Avatar. The Blue Navi figure I think would be made of molding chocolate or cast sugar holding a bow and arrow which looks like pulled sugar on top of beautifully bluish green round shape made from isomalt which is placed on top of a figure representing the tree of souls made with pulled sugar the colors used have a soothing, purple-hued glow. The bright yellowish orange red flower brings a bust of extra bright glow color to the pieces. The technical problems I would come across I think would be the shape of the bow and arrow and pulling the perfect shape for the torso of the navi. I find the pieces beautiful. It’s like a journey through the world of Pandora.

The showpiece is a chocolate dragon made by Chef Amaury Guichon. The piece is completely made by milk and dark chocolate and the chef uses various techniques, textures, molds, tools and tricks to make the showpieces. The video I saw shows how he builds the piece from the base up to the dragon. The chef used air brush colors to distinguish the various pieces on the structure. He has used limited colors like red for the dragon, black and gold for the main structure and black and white nibs mixed with silver color to make a marble base. I would love to construct a piece like this and with practice I am sure would one day be able to do so. Chef Amaury is a world-renowned pastry chef. He reached executive chef level at the age of 21 at Hugo and Victor in Paris, France. He has constructed various beautiful and detailed structures. He opened a Pastry Academy in Las Vegas, NV.

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This beautiful center piece is made out of pure chocolate, I chose this piece because I really loved how it had a large flower in the center painted with a lot of detail in gold. The way that it is designed really brings you eyes to the flower so you could get a good look at its intricate design. The center piece also consists of chocolate that is in many shapes and sizes, and the petals at the edge of the flower have a nice curve, along with other parts of the center piece. This was made by a chocolate artist named Robin Robins

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I think that this one maybe my favorite, it was designed by Peter Gyorgyicsek and it has a nice theme and idea that really help it. First it has a very intricate design that consist of many colors and shapes, giving it a really intricate design. The theme is time line and it shows the life of a plant. It shoes the theme of time well by creating gears on the middle to the left to illustrate a clock.The bottom is a tree trunk then further up a flower and up on top a pulled sugar tree. I love the design and the thought and story that goes behind it.

Vine Structured Isomalt Centerpiece - Yeners Way

This is a center piece of isomalt this one stands out to me because of how it has these long jagged spikes coming out of the flower, and how the flower is placed stands out to me too, with it on the edge with very detailed petals that seem very fragile and with a nice crumpled effect . The butterfly also looks great with the bright blue color and long antennas on it giving it a elegant design. At the bottom you see the fruit made of pulled sugar, I personally like the bright saturated colors of the fruit and its simple design.

Sugar Showpiece, finished product

I know that this is simple but the symmetry was really appealing to me. I thought that by having the 3 long pieces of casting sugar holding up the circle in the air was creative and the colors complemented each other nicely. I appreciate the 3D effect and the long base and how it transitions to a long slim design then splits apart and expands.

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The chef behind this piece is Chef Michael Kwan. He is the executive pastry chef at Hotel Café Royal. The theme of this piece is bird and nature. It looks a though the chef used sculpted and carved tempered chocolate to bake the body. And used the maybe curved guitar or acetate sheets punched with an oval cookie cutter to shape the wings. This was finalized with a white coco butter spray to give it the white color. There also seems to be a small mirror glazed dessert on the plate next to the bird. The small amount of red and pink really bring the piece to life the black and white in the piece create a nice base to bounce off of in a color perspective. The problems I could see is that if the legs are of the bird aren’t strong enough to hold the weight of the body the sculpture could collapse. White I really love about the piece is how natural it looks and flows. What I don’t think works is the plate in which the dessert is on I feel like there could be a better shape or something. I don’t believe it has a function other than being a showpiece in the lobby of the hotel. This chef definitely had years of practice to

Fanny Le Duff is a French pastry chef who was on Team France for the Junior World Cup in 2017. The theme of this piece is geometric meets deer. It is a juxtaposition between natural and unnatural. This piece has a lot of techniques; there is some pulled sugar ribbons and flowers, with poured sugar sections, some blown sugar bells with small amounts of chocolate work within the sculpture. This piece has a range of blue with yellow and yellow ochres along with gold and white. Because yellow and blue are primary all their variations really make the others pop to create visual balance. The problems I can see from this is that the deer was shaped with white chocolate and painted with the geometric design. When I zoomed in on the image, I saw a lot of the mistakes with the brush strokes. What I love about this is the play with shapes natural and geometric. This chef clearly is skilled in these sugar and chocolate techniques and is not afraid to try something new and different

This piece of work is done by Amaury Guichon. He is the head chef and owner of the Pastry academy under his name. This is not only an amenity, but it is also a dessert. The theme of this piece is royal crown. The techniques used for this is first by making a molded mouse for the body of the crown. Then it is sprayed with red coco butter along with molded and curved chocolate crown attachments sprayed in gold. To make the furry rim a white mousse of white chocolate log is made and then rolled in coconut and sprayed with black spots. This piece is incredibly beautiful I really don’t see any flaws. What I love about this is the textures he used to create such a realistic look and the fact that it is functional makes it even more incredible. This chef is definitely excelling in his field of practice he is a true artist.

The chef behind this piece is right here in New York. He is Chef Matthew Lambie. He is the executive pastry chef at the Plaza Hotel. The theme of this piece is Valentines Day. This looks as though the chef used tempered colored chocolate in a hart mold. Then it was finished by being sprayed with red coco butter spray. The box was than filled with dipped strawberries garnished with pomegranate seeds. There is also a Plaza chocolate plaque and a small chocolate bonbon. This piece is simply just red and brown the colors of traditional valentines’ day. The problems I can see from this is that although beautiful it lacks a little more creativity. This definitely is a piece that serves the function of being probably a dessert for 2 or maybe an engagement set up for a customer. This chef is definitely talented especially since it looks as though it’s a special plated dessert for valentine’s day.

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This showpiece is made of all chocolate with some parts being spray painted to add more color. I chose this piece because when scrolling through google images it was of the first ones that caught my eye. It is an abstract piece and has a lot of movement which I think is very important when creating a centerpiece for an event. The smooth flow of the shape doesn’t bring your eye away from the bottom of the piece but it helps bring it towards it. Having the brightest color flower dead in the middle of the piece also helps keep your focus on the main part of the piece. There aren’t a lot of colors in it to begin with but they all relate because the yellow, brown, and green on the flowers moving up the piece are somewhere in the biggest flower. This piece looks like it would be displayed at a fancy or elegant event because of how sleek and simple it is. I could not find the artist of this piece.

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This piece is made from casting sugar and has an ocean life theme. I like how they used minimal colors so it doesn’t look too busy and the color they used for the sea animals is very vibrant. The way the green-clear color moves tells a story to me. At the top, you have the swordfish swimming with the motion of the waves, it doesn’t look like something that can’t move but at any moment will swim away. The seashell is resting on the ocean floor being moved by the water. And finally, the seahorse, which is not standing straight and tall but is at a slight angle. The darker colored bubbles are different sizes which give the illusion of the air bubbles you see in the ocean on every tv show and cartoon, which also helps with the movement of the piece. This piece is made at The Pastry School by Stephane Treand. This is my favorite piece.

 

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This amenity is made of pulled sugar, I like it because it is very bright and eye-catching. The first part of this piece I noticed was the three flowers in the middle because of the negative space behind them created by the circle. After that, I start to get a little lost because the piece is kind of busy. Each element of the piece separately is beautiful but I think being assembled the way it was is a little too much for the eye to process. I understand the top part of the piece, which looks like a small bouquet of flowers and the clear parts are the leaves with some ribbon. The bottom confuses me a little though because it looks like an envelope with hearts and some stones. I can’t tell what the light pink-white colored part is. I feel like this may have been a  Valentine’s Day piece because it’s pink and looks to be about love but I’m not too sure. I couldn’t find the artist. This is probably my least favorite out of the four I chose.

 

Olivier Saintemarie’s chocolate showpiece

This piece is made of chocolate and although it is a little busy, it is clear what it is. This piece is inspired by time and has a few representations of that, the clock, and the hourglass. In my opinion the clock and flowers look like the artist spent a lot of time and concentration on but the hourglass isn’t as refined. I know they dipped balloons in chocolate to get that shape but it looks like it could have been done a little neater. If you look closely, you can see there are small chunks of chocolate so the finished piece is not 100% smooth. I think this piece would have looked fine without the hourglass because the complexity of the two is different. The artist is Olivier Saintemarie.

 

 

Silicone Mold Showstopper Violin - Chicago School Of Mold Making

This piece was also made by Stephane Treand. I like how the color is ombre and its not one solid color. I feel like if it was just one color it wouldn’t be as eye-catching as it is now. At the very top there is one darker piece of sugar which helps bring the whole piece back together since that is the same color as the bottom half of this. I think it also helps with the contrast and to keep your eye from getting lost. If it was only a bright and transparent color it could get lost if it was sitting next to a white wall. I also like how the bottom of the violin was pieced together like a puzzle instead of just one piece. That makes people look at it more because you try and find that perfect angle that makes it look like it is one full piece opposed to it just being plain and simple. It is not too complicated but not too simple either. Finally the base, I’m sure this was intentional but having the base be the same color as the piece itself makes it look like its getting lost towards the bottom. It doesn’t take away from the piece that much and it was the last thing I noticed so I wouldn’t say it’s a big negative.

 

Ewald Notter | Chocolate sculptures

This is created by Ewald Notter. I believe the corn and pumpkin are made out of modeling chocolate. I think the yellow is very bright which helps people notice it and the ring of chocolate helps keep your eye on the piece. When sculptures have lines that move around your eye will continue to subconsciously follow that line even if it is going away from the piece. So having this circle keeps your eye in the piece. The direction of the corn brings your eye to the circle, going around to the top pumpkin, continuing on the circle, and bringing it back to the corn. I think it is very simple in the components of the piece but the detail of each is very nice.

 

This piece is made of chocolate and I think the colors really help it stand out. That white at the top is so clean and pure that it makes the other colors that much better. I like the geometric shapes of the base on the very bottom and what looks like bonbons to me on the “shelves” of this piece. The flower has a lot of detail in each petal and the spikes coming out serve as its own personal background. I like how this artist also incorporated the color of the flowers in the bonbons. The fact that this piece is not straight and dead-on also helps with the nice look. Not everything is going in the same direction so it doesn’t look stiff, even though most of the lines are straight. Overall I think this piece was very well put together.

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Here are a few sugar and chocolate show and center pieces that stood up to me

Christmas

This amenity a piece work with chocolate only, inspired by a winter wonderland and Christmas, even though is a extremely simple piece, is really effective in terms of design and theme, the tree up top doesn’t have much 3d dimension, as for the flowers/ribbons. are really good in the layering, and the angels between the train and the sleigh

swamp

I decided to include this piece because of the many techniques shown in it, blow the blownm sugar bubbles, to the cast sugar for the based, the pull sugar flowers, the frog itself is a beautiful piece seems to be made out of sugar as well as the bee, the detail in the bee’s wings is stunning and the ribbons in different sizes just give another layer of technique and color

tree

this piece was one of the first ones i found when i was researching at amenities, even though is a quite simple piece i like the nest/ flowers beacause they look really intricate, even the center bud which seems to be only one piece, and the difference in shades of browns give a contrast in the color palete which stands out, i also appriciate the large wavy dark pieces because they are clearly fragile gives it more height and delicacy.

amenity

This amenity is supposed to represent easte, i like the attention to detail in the small parts of the piece, as well as the sculpting on the tree, this amenity is a chocolate piece, the bird remind a little bit of a pheonix because of the colors, is a warm piece the shades of browns, yellows and orange complement each other beautiful, the one detail that this piece looked intersting to me, and i wonder if the used a mold or hand sculpt it is the big structure egg shape, surrounding the egg. This piece actually won the 2nd place a couple years ago in the Callibut competition

spring

I decided to focus on this pull and pour sugar piece since remind me of spring, after working with hot sugar this semester i have an admiration for sugar work, the different shapes and techniques in this piece bring an astonishing vibrancy, and the ladybug which seems to be made from sugar as well is beautiful, and it seems to be done piece by piece before putting together, the bottom piece however seems to be cake or chocolate since it doesn’t have the shine that sugar does, the flower it self seems to pull sugar one by one which makes it more impressive at least to me

Chocolate and Sugar Centerpieces

 

This piece is all about a celebration. Since my birthday is coming up when I saw this piece it got my attention. The white parts look like they represent the champagne coming out when you pop the bottle. The chocolate balls inside each glass represent the champagne that was poured along with the white marshmallows representing the foam. The bottle seemed to be made from a model then edible labels were made to put on the outside.

This piece is all about music. The representation with the music notes and the guitar fit perfectly together. This piece looks to be constructed all with casting sugar put into molds to make all the shapes for each part. Then it was glued together piece by piece to make the final product. I think the artist was smart to stick to using blues so the viewers’ focus would be solely on the theme of music. If it was colorful, I think people would more so focus on how many colors there were then noticing that it was really a guitar. From looking at it, I do not think there would be a problem assembling this. The only thing to worry about would be to be very gentle when handling the piece to lessen the change of it breaking. Again, the piece involves something I love hence the reason I decided to use it.

This piece looks to be focused on the sights of Winter. When I saw this piece it reminded me of something you see off of the television shows when they are competing for a big prize. It is simple while being different. The dark, warm colors all being tied together help it stay simple. While the shapes and structure make it different. The golden balls throughout the piece look like blown sugar but it also looks like chocolate that was put into a sphere mold then glued together to make it a complete ball. The structure looks like melted sugar poured into molds as well. They all look put together with melted chocolate and held together until cooled then in place. The realistic pine cones also add a nice texture to the entire piece. My favorite part is the snow globe-like sphere in the center. It gives a clear window to portray a Christmas like scene. The background with the fake snow on the bottom pulls it all together.

I wanted to find something fun involving chocolate. While researching pieces, I saw this piece. It looks to be pirate-themed with different creatures. The two on the right are parrots. The top left one looks to be a monkey but it also looks a little different than a monkey. The last one looks like Mr. Potatoe Head from Pixar’s Toy Story. I love the tropical feel and colors. Even though the majority of the piece is brown, there are hints of other colors. All the colors add blend well with the shades of brown as well. This piece looks to be done with modeling chocolate that was shaped then cut or textured to make the shapes. The leaves and feathers look like tempered chocolate that was cut into shapes. It does not look difficult to put together as in structure.

The piece is focused on the colors white and different shades of purple. The curl to the left of the piece looked as it was pulled sugar with two shades of purple then flattened to make the curl. The white parts look like chocolate that was poured into molds to make the shape but it can also be cast sugar tinted white. The ribbon-like decoration was made from pulled sugar that was shaped and then glued together with more sugar. The sphere at the top was most likely blown sugar. The colors used work very well together. It makes the piece simple and not all over the place. If I was assembling this piece I may have had a problem making sure that all the pieces were glued together in order for the structure to not collapse. All together I love the piece and it caught my eye because of the color. Purple is one of my favorite colors so it was nice to see it paired with one color in a simple but unique piece. The only problem is the cloth in the background should have been placed better. They should have straightened it out to make it neater.