Steve and Heather Brice are a husband-and-wife team that creates amazingly detailed — and often award-winning — ice sculptures. Their work has been showcased in museums, the Word Ice Art Championships and in their own year-round gallery. The artists, both Alaska born and based in Fairbanks, met through an ice-carving project for a Catholic school. Heather, with a college degree in sculpture, wanted to try ice as a medium, and she offered her assistance to Steve — already a self-taught, award-winning ice sculptor.
“Steve let me carve the Madonna hands on a piece at the local Catholic school, and I was hooked,” Heather says on their company’s website. “I called Steve persistently to ask to be on his four-man team at the World Championships in Fairbanks that year.” Heather’s request was not denied, and she experienced her first taste of cold, sweet victory in 1999. “Our team won with ‘Feast of Plenty,’ and I was officially an ‘ice addict,’” she says.
Now, they run a business together and create pieces for gallery display, private commission, competitions, and occasional educational workshops. Their work often features animals and fanciful creatures in action.