Vermillion County 4-Hers participated in the 17th Annual Breakfast of Champions that was held recently during the Vermillion County Fair.  The event is sponsored by the Clinton Breakfast Optimist Club, organized by Vermillion Co. 4-H Jr. Leaders, and hosted by Cayuga Christian Church.

The guest speaker was Bill Wolfe, originally from Clinton.  Wolfe is a sculptor and artist.  He shared some of his work and the process of creating the sculptures.

Bill explained that he had a lot of skeptics while he was in college and in the beginning of his career but through hard work and determination has proven that he is a sculptor and artist at heart.

“There will be plenty of people in your life who will tell you that you can’t do something.  Work hard, learn the skills, be respectful and you can do anything you put your mind to doing.” 

Wolfe has murals and sculptures all over the U.S. including right here in the Wabash Valley.  Among his more well-known recent sculptures is that of Larry Bird outside the Hulman Center in Terre Haute.

On the slide in the background Wolfe is pictured putting the touches of clay on what will be the mold that will go to the foundry for the final sculpture.

He explained that the clay mold will take him 3 or more months to make adding each detail.  The final sculpture will take another 3 months at the foundry using the mold created by Wolfe.