Visiting Phil is always a joy, and never without surprises. His latest project of casting a model’s body and applying his fabulous glazes didn’t sell as he’d hoped at local art venues. During our visit, he requested that we photograph him in his studio environment, and Sooney saw his casted busts in a different light—as mannequins for displaying fine jewelry. Displayed in cases with just the right item, it stands to reason his art will convey a richness to the jewelry with just the right contrast to set both apart without being busy. Time will tell.