Cross And Crucifix
The cross is one of the most universally recognizable symbols in the Christian faith. It reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for mankind. “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten, because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received.” (Isaiah 53:3-5) The traditional cross, expressive in its simplicity, represents Christ’s sacrifice to all of humanity. However, there are also Crucifixes which incorporate the Corpus (or crucified body of Christ) to the cross, giving a visual representation of that sacrifice. Having a wall cross in your home is a wonderful way to not only pay homage to this sacrifice, but also to liven up a room in an inspirational way! Wall crosses make excellent gifts whether for a new home, marriage, baptism, confirmation, or memorial. No matter your occasion, we will have the right hanging decorative wall cross for you!
Sandi creates her clay crosses from start to finish at her studio home in northern New Mexico. She began making crosses in 1996. Sandi rolls her clay, cuts, sponges, and carefully dries it to what potters call “bone dry”. This process is done during spring and summer months. During fall and winter, Sandi brings the crosses inside her studio home for painting. The images are painted onto the bone dry cross with black underglaze. The crosses are then kiln-fired.
To care for your cross, remove from its place on your wall, rinse under cool running water, and allow the cross to dry completely before rehanging. You may oil (your choice of oil) the cross once it is dry, to begin a nice patina. The more you oil the cross, the stronger the patina becomes, and the cross will become darker. If you do not like the look, just stop oiling it, and it will return to its original terra cotta red.
Sandi Maestas has been a potter since 1986. In addition to clay crosses, she throws on a potter’s wheel creating utilitarian ware such as bowls, mugs, signs, and architectural embellishments.
In addition to traditional Italian crosses and crucifixes, we have authentic locally made unique crosses from artists such as Carlton Gallegos from Santa Ana Pueblo who makes beautiful straw inlay wooden decorative crosses, or Albuquerque artist Elena Center who’s clay creations add a touch of local flair to a universal symbol! Don’t just limit yourself to wood crosses either! We carry a large variety of metal crosses ranging from large wall crosses to smaller crucifixes, perfect for hanging over a door, and many pottery and ceramic crosses. Some popular Catholic crosses are the Tau cross beloved by St. Francis, the St. Benedict cross in brown or black, or the Shepherd’s cross treasured by Pope Francis. We supply many Our Lady of Guadalupe Crosses and San Damiano Crucifixes (with and without a relic) in addition to Celtic crosses, nail crosses, and cross holy water fonts. We have pretty crosses in many colors perfect for a bedroom and several cute crosses for children. Our cross selection includes crosses for men made of steel or wood and inspirational crosses perfect for gifting. The Prayer Before a Cross (also known as the Cowboy Cross) is a favorite as is our line of unique pottery crosses by Raku. Choose one of our many decorative wall religious crosses for sale!