Cultural Objects, Folk Art
Cat with Ball Sculpture
PeopleMaker/Creator: Marie Boyd Goad
PlacesFloyd (Courthouse District)
- Length of base: 4 1/2 inches
- Width of base: 4 inches
- Height of cat: 1 1/2 inches
- Length of cat: 2 3/4 inches
- Width of cat: 1 3/8 inches
- Diameter of ball: 3/4 inch
Carved from a single slab of soapstone, this sculpture depicts a cat poised to play with a ball. Details are either painted or etched into the stone. The edge of the base has vertical grooves to add interest.
Marie Goad and her husband Clyde live outside the Town of Floyd. She comes from a long line of woodworkers including her father Turner Boyd who is remembered for making white oak chairs, as well as wooden farm implements and ax handles.
Marie Goad cuts soapstone into slabs with a circular saw, then finishes her sculptures with hand tools. She has demonstrated her work at the Ferrum Folklife Festival.