Molly Sanger Carpenter

Molly Sanger Carpenter




Phone: 609-202-3973


Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, Molly’s early interests in art included painting, pottery, and sculpture. In high school she interned with sculptor Charles Parks, where she gained experience in sculpture enlargement, reduction, mold making and casting. Upon graduation Molly attended The Frudakis Academy of Fine Art (training with sculptor Evangelos Frudakis in figurative and portrait sculpture) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, while continuing to work with Charles Parks. Later, after establishing her studio, she continued her education, studying glass art and getting her certificate in welding. Most recently Molly has studied the mosaic techniques of Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar and attended the Philadelphia Mural Arts Training Program.

Early on Molly received a major commission from the Delaware Heritage Commission for the 12’ bronze “Constitutional Compass Rose” on Legislative Mall, in Dover. Other private and public commissions followed. Most recently, in 2016 she installed an 8’ relief sculpture at Gilpin Hall in Wilmington Delaware.

Her work has been widely exhibited and is in private and public art collections worldwide It has been on view at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and at venues including the Coliseum, Rockefeller Center, The Goodwill Games, The National Arts Club with the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Society, the Hudson Valley Artists Association, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club in Philadelphia and at the headquarters of the National Sculpture Society, NYC. Currently I am represented by Hardcastle Gallery of Delaware, Galerie Marie in Collingswood NJ, The Noyes Museum Shopi n Atlantic City and The Riverfront Renaissance Art Center in Millville NJ. In 2017 she showed at Cerulean Gallery in Philadelphia in a two person show, and at Blue Streak Gallery in Wilmington DE in addition to a variety of group shows.

Molly’s most recent work is of ornamented icons that pay homage to nature and the spirit, combining elements of sculpture, mosaic and painting. She builds each piece with clay, then cast into a permanent material that she hand finishes with paint and gold leaf and mosaics of glass and semi-precious stones. These works reference revered objects from a forgotten past, perhaps if only from a dream.


I often feel like Alice as she descended down the rabbit hole. My world becomes “Curiouser and curiouser”, as I try new materials and new combinations in an artist’s alchemic version of creating gold. As a child I hunted for treasure in the woods and beyond; today I seek treasure from within to make manifest in the objects I create. My art is of artifact, myth and fairytale dreams made tangible as treasure found.

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