Steve and Heather Brice

closeup of a seahorse ice sculpture by Mark Daukas at the 2011 OC Fair Ice Museum
closeup of a seahorse ice sculpture by Mark Daukas
Naturally, Alaska has more than its share of fantastic ice sculptors. Fairbanks sculptors Steve and Heather Brice are among the very best in the world, winning multiple world championships both together and on their own teams. They are also responsible for the ice art at the Aurora Ice Museum, a unique ice structure at Chena Hot Springs that is open year-round, even through the hot Alaskan summer months. Most of the photos below were taken by Patrick Endres, who is an Alaska resident as well. You will also see another Brice credited in many of the photos below, Joan Brice, who is Steve’s aunt, and a world class ice sculptor in her own right. More of Steve and Heather’s work can be seen at www.stevebrice.net.
Heather Brice peers through "Saltwater Safari," their winning ice sculpture

"Saltwater Safari";  1st place Realistic Multi-block, 2010 World Ice Art Championships. By Steve Brice, Heather Brice, Aaron Costic, and Jeff Meyers

a twin sailfish ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

Detail of a fish from “Friend or Foe”, 1st place Realistic Multi-block 2003 World Ice Art Championships. By Steve Brice, Joan Brice, Heather Brice & Tajana Raukar

a "seahorse" ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

“Time for Tea”; 3rd place Realistic Multi-block; 2006 IceArt Championships. By Steve Brice, Aaron Costic, Heather Brice, & Joan Brice.

Heather Brice pictured in front of "Blue-ring Octopus," the winning ice sculpture at the world championships

Heather Brice in front of "Blue Ring Octopus";  1st place Realistic  single block, 2010 World Ice Art Championships. By Junichi Nakamura & Heather Brice




a closeup view of a hippocampus ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

“Last Minute Juggle” by Heather Brice, 1st place at Christmas in Ice 2008

scale details on the tail of a hippocampus ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

Steve and Heather Brice at the Aurora Ice Museum. Photo by Patrick Endres

seahorse ice sculptures by Mark Daukas

“Herald Angel” by Steve Brice, 2nd place at Christmas in Ice 2008

a delicate seahorse ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

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"The Joust";  2nd place Realistic Multi-block, 1996 IceArt Championships. By Kevin Roscoe, Steve Brice and C. Cheledina

Mark is also the owner of two World Championship titles, one in Fairbanks, Alaska and one from Asahikawa, Japan. Mark also headed a team at the 1994 Olympic event in Hamar, Norway. There, he and teammate Scott Rella created an amazing ice sculpture of the Norse god Thor, which earned them a special award for their technological achievements in ice sculpting.
Mark Daukas works on his twin sailfish ice sculpture

“Levitation,” at Ice Magic, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. By Steve and Heather Brice.

Jim Ottens and Roland Hernandez pose before Rodin

Steve operates his innovative ice lathe at the Aurora Ice Museum. Photo by Patrick Endres

an incomplete ice sculpture of King Neptune by Mark Daukas

Detail from the jousting knights at the Aurora Ice Museum

male torso ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

Detail from “Limelight” 1998 1st place multi-block event at the World Ice Art Championships. By Steve Brice, Aaron Costic, Carl Eady, & Joan Brice

Many carvers have adopted Mark's innovative sculpting techniques, especially after he conducted a series of "Icemaster" sculpting workshops around the country in the 1990's. Expert ice sculptors Steve Brice and Dean Carlson are just two of many that count Mark as an influence.
incomplete goldfish ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

“King of the Jungle”; 2nd place Realistic Multi-block; 2002 IceArt Championships. Junichi Nakamura, Shinichi Sawamura, Aaron Costic, & Steve Brice.

twin goldfish ice sculpture by Mark Daukas on display

Detail of "Time for Tea";  By Steve Brice, Aaron Costic, Heather Brice, & Joan Brice.

"Harmony" angel ice sculpture by Mark Daukas from 2010

“A Little Help”; 2nd place Realistic Single block; 2007 IceArt Championships. By Steve Brice & Heather Brice

an ice version of Atlas, ice sculpture by Mark Daukas

Detail of “A Little Help”;  2007 IceArt Championships; by Steve and Heather Brice

In recent years, Mark has kept a low ice sculpting profile, but he's sculpted exquisite pieces for the Orange County Fair Ice Museums created by Carving Ice for the last couple of years. Most of the photos in the gallery are from this venue and demonstrate that Mark has not lost his impressive ice sculpting talents. You can visit Mark's website at www.markdaukas.com.
winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993

The bar from the Aurora Ice Hotel back in 2004

backside view of ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993

“A Rabbit’s View”; 3rd place Realistic Multi-block; 2004 IceArt Championships. By Steve Brice, Heather Brice, Tajana Raukar, & Martin King. Photo by Patrick Endres

winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993 in Ohio

The Aurora Ice Hotel from 2004

winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993 in Ohio

An ice bust, by Steve Brice




winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993

“Allure,” by Heather Brice and Joan Brice. Photo by P. Endres

backside view of ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993

View of an arch at the Aurora Ice Museum. Photo by P. Endres

winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993 in Ohio

Going for a ride on a tiger! Photo by P. Endres

winning ice sculpture titled "Harmony" by Mark Daukas from 1993 in Ohio

“The Moment of Truth,” 1st place; 1997 IceArt Championships/Olympic Trials. By S. Brice & K. Roscoe

All of Patrick Endres’ photos are available for license or purchase as fine art prints in a variety of sizes at www.alaskaphotographics.com. All of his images on this site are used with permission and may not be reproduced without additional permission. Many of the photos above were taken at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. Additional information about the sculptures and the competition is available at www.icealaska.com. The blog entry that introduced this gallery is here.

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