It is traditional in the more “high end” establishments who serve beer to have specialty designed Tap Handles. Normally one sees the name of the beer in a plastic logo as a simple paddle to grasp hold of and let the brew flow, however as a friend of mine noticed I had expanded beyond jewelry and sculpture into the motorcycle mirrors and other parts, he asked if I would be able to create a tap handle for him.
The man smiled as he pointed out his “establishment” was in his home where he wanted to show his friends and potential clients that his beer is stylish by placing a small sculpture with which one may draw the sparkling beverage. “I want a beautiful woman proffering a stein of beer!” he told me. And so after a few quick sketches and their approval, I set to work.
I sculpted two separate pieces which in turn (after casting) were soldered together: the beer barrel and the Lady of Brew, a goddess like figure who stands atop the beer barrel offering an over flowing stein. Embossed on the flagon is a stag head, thus offering balance to the design. The small Goddess is topless wearing a long skirt, trimmed with flowers and her hair flows down around her feet and down the back of the barrel. The Barrel has a hole in the bottom, threaded to affix herself onto the Keg. The proud owner now takes delight in his functional sculpture, toasting the health and well being of all.
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