Jacksonville Woman Brings Santa Claus To Life - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

11/25/05-Jacksonville

Jacksonville Woman Brings Santa Claus To Life

With just some plain clay, a Jacksonville woman is making the holidays come to life. Suzanne Espenlaub turned a simple hobby into a tradition that is garnering a lot of attention.

"I've had people walk up to him and speak to him," said Espenlaub of the five-foot sculpture of Saint Nick. Espenlaub has showed off her creations at several places in East Texas.

So, how did she start her hobby? "Well, I saw a Santa magazine that had some women who did this so I thought, 'I really would like to try that,'" she said. Since she first tried it last year, Suzanne has made six Santa sculptures. Her first one was even featured in "Doll Crafter" magazine.

Espenlaub has a room set aside at her home just for her Santa creations. "It starts with the head," said Espenlaub. "It's kind of like painting a painting. You know when you're done. So, when I do, when I see the face finished, I know when it's done."

She makes the hands and ears and builds a "skeleton" made out of pipe for it. After stuffing Santa, she dresses him with the clothes she made for him, puts his hair, beard and eyebrows in place, then paints his face and hands. "I don't think I can make two that are exactly alike," said Espenlaub. Each sculpture, she says, takes on a life of its own.

Suzanne's Santa is on display at Austin Bank on Commerce Street in Jacksonville. Two others can be seen at Gerry's in Jacksonville.

Suzanne says the price of her creations runs anywhere from $750 to $3,500.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:13:30 GMT
    UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>
  • Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:08 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:08:51 GMT
    Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>
  • Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:02:09 GMT
    Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>
Powered by Frankly