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"Creativity takes Courage" - Henri Matisse

My goal as an Sculptor is to interpret biological forms;
from realism to fantasy

I work primarily in natural earth clay (Terracotta, Stoneware), and try not to obscure the
form with complex coloring or glazes. From 2007 to 2012, I sculpted at Portland Pottery Co.,
taking workshops and learning the basic techniques necessary for working, firing, and finishing
ceramic clay. Since then, I have gone off on my own, completing
many works, several of which
were sold through galleries or art fairs.

Here then, in no particular order, are some of my sculptures.
Please
email me for more information on commissions, availability, and prices.

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A Diversion - Barn Walls and Outhouse Doors:

As a diversion, I created a series of wall plaques representing segments of old wood with attached hardware. They are made
entirely from clay, even the "metal" parts. They are stained and painted with acrylics to add age and weathering effects.
They are all about one foot square, and made in 2013-14r ALL SOLD

barn1    barn2    barn3

barn4    barn5

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Procession to Llasa

A group of seven Tibetan Buddhists take part in a procession, walking to the holy city of Llasa.
Periodically, they assume prayerful poses, saluting the sky, the heart, the earth, and finally the Dali Lama. As they walk,
they work to attain a higher level of spirituality, indicated by their color changing from dark to light.

The sculpture is made up of hi-fired clay figures, accented with variations of iron oxide, and mounted on a
rough wood slab, with stones.      43" long X 10" deep X 17" high, completed  2010       FOR SALE

llasa

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"Homer, the Aging Acrobat"

Sculpted from Lo-Fired Terracotta Clay, with Dark Iron Oxide stain, 10" tall.
completed 2010   
r SOLD

homer

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"Seated Woman"

Sculpted from a live model in Hi-Fired Terracotta Clay, with Dark Iron Oxide stain, 10" tall.
completed 2009   
r   SOLD

seated woman1seated woman2

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The Happy Buddha
This is my impression of what a Buddha should look like. I don't know how he
maintains this physique begging for food with a tiny bowl. I guess it all depends on your good attitude, compassion,
and
loving kindness. High-Fired Porcelain clay, with acrylic highlights on the robe. He sits about a foot tall.  completed 2010 

   r  SOLD

budda1    budda2
    

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Working Hands
A series of life-size "self portraits", done in a variety of poses. Each pose has an
Italian name
(from L to R), "Il Cielo" (Heaven), "Tre" (Three), "Veni Qui" (Come here), "Bellisima" (Beautiful),
"Potere" (Power), and "La Terra" (The Earth)  all completed 2011

  A FEW ARE STILL FOR SALE


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Broken
Terracotta clay, wire and raffia, accented with
iron-oxide stains. 10" tall, completed June, 2008 
  r   SOLD

broke1 broke2
broke3

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Abandoned
Reclining Woman on bed, made from terracotta clay, accented with stains,
holding cast bronze rose. 14" long X 8" deep X 6" high, completed 2008

  r   SOLD

bed1

bed3

bed4

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Another Diversion - Porcelain "Birds"

I wanted to try porcelain clay, and I started making these little white "bird" things. One thin led to another, and soon
I was addicted. I made dozens, and many were sold at the "Maine Center for Crafts" in Gardiner. Here are a few samples
from that series. Porcelain clay with white glaze, 3" to 8" tall.

b1  b2  b3
 b4  b5  
b6  b8

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The Mermaid

My own idea of what a mermaid should look like, in repose, on the shore. She's an evolutionarily advanced
mermaid, with separated legs, which makes reproduction a whole lot easier (and more fun). She's made from

Terracotta Clay, is about a foot long, fired to a bisque stage, then stained, and re-fired. completed 2008

  r   SOLD

mermaid2mermaid1

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The Magus

An ancient Indo-European Shaman/Mystic. He's about a foot tall (1/4 scale),
He's made from fired Terracotta Clay, accented with an iron oxide stain. completed 2007

  r   SOLD

magus1 magus2

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The Earth Goddess Series

I was working on sculpting female faces, and exploring the myth
of "Gaia", the Earth Mother, when these gals just showed up. They are made
from Terracotta with accents of Iron Oxide stain, 6" - 10" tall. created 2
008-10

r  ALL SOLD

goddess1 goddess2 goddess3
                                #1   (6" tall)    
                 #2   (10" tall)                   #3   (8" tall)                               

goddess4amadonnavsinger

          #4    (6" tall)                           #5    (8" tall)                           #6    (7" tall) 

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Alone in a Crowd
A crowd of faces, all anonymous, all different. One face stands out,
the man who is all alone. This work is about 12" square. The heads are porcelain clay,
and most are stained with iron oxides. One head is painted with acrylics.
The heads are mounted on a wooden board. completed 2009
r SOLD, July 2010

crowd 

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Manatees
A pair of Manatees (parent and juvenile). The work is about 24" X 10" X 12". Made
from terra-cotta clay, colored with a gray slip, and textured with sand. I want to thank Dr. Butch
Rommel for sharing his photos and drawings, and Paul Spirito for making the steel base. March, 2009
r SOLD, December 2009
mana1

mana3

mana2

mana4


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Grief
Terracotta clay, accented with iron-oxide stains. 10" tall.
Completed June, 2008
    r SOLD, December 2008

grief1     grief2

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The Shaman's Apprentice

12" tall, in terracotta clay, accented with stains. created 2008 r SOLD June 2011

appr1appr2

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Singin' the Blues

She's belting out a Blues tune, with attitude!   10" tall, made from Terracotta Clay,
she was fired to a bisque stage, then stained, a
nd re-fired. created 2008
r SOLD 2010

blues1 blues2

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Woman with Attitude

Made with terracotta clay, partially covered with clear glaze, 9" tall, created 2008

r SOLD 2009

attitude

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The Shaman

Natural high-fired clay, treated with iron oxide stain. Holding a natural "ghost amethist" crystal.
12" tall, created 2007       
r SOLD June 2011

shaman1shaman2

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Pan

Natural finish on High-temperature fired clay, treated with iron oxide stain.
10" tall, created 2007
  r SOLD September 2009

pan1pan2

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Defiance (David)

Iron Oxide stain on High-temperature-fired clay, 10" tall, created 2007 r SOLD  February 2010

david1    david2 

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TO OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION, OR TO PURCHASE ANY OF THE
SCULPTURE ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT ME...
phone: (207) - 602-6364       email: cspirito41@gmail.com

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