Hello, my name is Maury Cain. I am the ModelMaker in the Mountains. For many years I have enjoyed carving beautiful, unique wax models for customers in the jewelry, gift, and promotional industries. My clients know their product can never be more beautiful or more practical than the original model.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture, from the University of Hawaii. While working towards my degree, I helped support myself by making jewelry and started in the jewelry industry as a trainee at a very well known and still prominent jewelry manufacturer in Honolulu. I also helped start up a new jewelry manufacturing company as head of the casting and design department.
Upon graduating, I began carving wax models for a Seattle trade and manufacturing firm. designing and carving a large part of their line until I left to teach art, specializing in jewelry, at Ft. Wright College, in Spokane, Washington. Since that time, I’ve been an independent modelmaker, now working out of a small studio next door to my home. Over the course of time, I’ve carved quite a wide range of models. Most have been commissioned by manufacturers, but many have been commissioned by both individuals and retailers, large and small.
My pieces have been featured in the lines of some of the largest catalogue companies and retail chains. In the past, I’ve also done licensed work for the Olympics and an NBA team. My museum reproduction pieces can be found in the gift shops of several of the nation’s most important museums. My carvings have been owned and worn by celebrities, astronauts, and political figures. Several clients have featured my work in their advertisements in JCK and other trade magazines.
This kind of variety is what keeps my work interesting. AlthoughI still have clients from my earliest days as an independent modelmaker, others come and go, and I’m always interested to hear about new and challenging projects.