Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sergey Karlov Siberian stone mosaics



 Relief stone mosaic panel for a background to interior pool – Sergey Karlov



Water bearer stone mosaic by Sergey Karlov

‘Living Water’Sergey Karlov


Sergey Karlov grew up in the village of Majna on the southern tip of the Republic of Khakassia in Russia. As a teen he began working at the stone-working plant of the Sayanmramor Combine, as a stone cutter and grinder, then spent 5 years studying at the Urals College of Applied Arts at the Faculty of Artistic Stone.. Here he developed an appreciation for the classical mosaic arts, especially Roman, Byzantine and Florentine styles and also studied the classical products of the old Russian masters of the Ekaterinburg and Peterhof lapidary factories, the Kolyvansky stone-carving plant and historical and cultural monuments represented in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.


Serjey Karlov mosaic wall art in stone

‘The Dingling’ — Sergey Karlov


From 2002 to 2007 Karlov lived and worked in Moscow, where he was engaged in the design of decorative environments for residential and administrative interiors, landscape design and monumental and easel mosaics of stone using mixed techniques. Currently Sergey Karlov is living and working in Sayanogorsk.  Alfonso Mucha, Antonio Gaudi and Gustav Klimt are some of the  artists that have influenced his mosaic designs along with the folk and mystical traditions in the region where he resides.  He favours the Florentine tradition using careful utilization of the natural color variations found in the stones. Sinuous botanical borders and motifs, typical of Art Nouveau, appear in some of his mosaic panels. Most of his mosaic pieces are made with stone sourced from the Eastern Siberian steppes. This includes stones from the Khakass steppes and some stones collected from the Salbyk steppes. This sacred territory is popular, not only among tourists but is also a place of interest for the local shamans.

He has refined the technique of reading the rhythm of the stones and combining the colours to compliment this. Sergey collects local steppe stones that have laid for millions of years on the ancient Khakass land. These type of stones, as a rule, do not lend themselves to polishing, and in this there was no special need, since he is interested in their external heterogeneous shape, colours and rough textures. He likes to work with the harmonics of the natural world and stated that “when you are one with nature and often communicate with her, you begin to imitate her and live and create according to her laws, and not by someone else’s thoughts.”


Bottle collection in stone mosaic - Serjey Karlov

 Mosaic bottles – Sergey Karlov



Evening Study on 'Forest mosaic'---relief-mosaic-Moscow 2005-Easel-mosaic---Sergey-Karlov

‘Dusk’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk




Sergey Karlov stone mosaic wall art panel

‘Sound Lark’ – Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk




Stone mosaic vessel - Sergey Karlov

Stone mosaic vessel — Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk




Sergey Karlov carved stone

Mosaic dish Sergey Karlov



Mosaic Landscape wall art -Sergey Karlov

‘Morning in the forest’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk



Seated solitary female stone mosaic - Sergey Karlov

‘Expectation’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk



Red Sai -Serjey Karlov-Monumental-mosaic

‘Scarlet Sail’   —  a panel in the technique of Florentine mosaic. 3000х2000 — S.Karlov, A.Klementyev, A.Lobanov —  Monumental mosaic mural



Sergey Karlov--stone mosaic aart

‘Simple Secret’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk




Stone mosaic dome shape vase – Sergey Karlov



Two abstract naked people mosaic - Sergey Kaarlov

‘Morning of the new day’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk



'Small Hut' mosaic  --  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk

‘Small Hut’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk


'Verona - Midnight Hour' stone mosaic panel --  Sergey Karlov

‘Verona – Midnight Hour’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk



Path-of-the-Ancestors---relief-mosaic Sergey Karlov

‘Path of the ancestors’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk


Sergey Karlov-mosaic panel

‘Parting’  —  Sergey Karlov



Stone mosaic landscape - Sergey Karlov

‘Larch’  —  Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk


Girl on horse - Sergey Karlov

Sergey Karlov, Sayanogorsk



Sergey-Karloff-mosaic-art---prophet in stone

‘Prophet’  —   Sergey Karlov



'On the edge of the Steppes'  --  Sergey Karlov - two reclining women

‘On the edge of the Steppes’  —  Sergey Karlov



Sergey-Karlov dancing shaman

‘String’  —  Sergey Karlov




Two females nouveau - Sergey Karlov

‘A song for passing a summer’  —  Sergey Karlov



'Kegman Warrior' --  Sergey Karlov

‘Kegman Warrior’ —  Sergey Karlov



Three silhouette figures mosaic - Sergey Karlov

‘Bread’  —  Sergey Karlov



'Pasture 2'  -- Sergey Karlov

‘Pasture 2’  — Sergey Karlov



Angulation of the eel ' --  Sergey Karlov - two fishermen in a boat

‘Angulation of the eel ‘ —  Sergey Karlov



Art Nouveau fireplace - Sergey Karlov

Sergey Karlov stone mosaic fireplace



Sergey Karlov


Sergey-Karlov-mosaic-art-panel - Mandala

‘Mandala’  —  Sergey Karlov



Sergey-Karlov---Russian-stone-mosaic of Iris flowers

‘Irises’  —  Sergey Karlov


Klimt inspired wall mosaic panel by Sergey Karlov

Klimt inspired ‘The news of the past’  —  Sergey Karlov



stone mosaic phoenix - Sergey Karlov

‘Phoenix’  —  Sergey Karlov


Sergey-Karlov-art mosaics-of-stone

‘Mask’  —  Sergey Karlov


Stone mosaic table by Sergey Karlov

Sergey Karlov



'Warrior with sword'     --  Sergey Karlov

‘Warrior with sword’     —  Sergey Karlov




Momsaic ikebana vessel - Sergey Karlov

Stone mosaic vase – Sergey Karlov



'The whiff of autumn'  --  Sergey Karlov

‘The whiff of autumn’  —  Sergey Karlov





Still Life relief - Sergey Karlov

Still Life relief   —  Sergey Karlov



Mosaic floral motif table - Sergey Karlov

Mosaic floral motif table – Sergey Karlov



Moonglade Stone-mosaic of three women dancing by Sergey Karlov

‘Moonglade’  —  Sergey Kar;ov



seated nude woman mosaic - Sergey Karlov

Sergey Karlov stone mosaic



'Spring Water'   --  Sergey Karlov

‘Spring Water’   —  Sergey Karlov



'Thaw in the Mountains' mosaic --  Sergey Karlov

‘Thaw in the Mountains’ mosaic —  Sergey Karlov



Seated lady - Detachement - Sergey Karlov

‘Detachement’    —  Sergey Karlov




Bank Krasnoyarsk deep relief mural by Sergey Karlov

Bank Krasnoyarsk deep relief mural – Sergey Karlov




Sergey Karlov mosaic Nympth

‘Nymph’  —  Sergey Karlov



Sergey Karlov mosaic construction in studio

 Sergey Karlov mosaic construction in studio



Art Nouveau style mosaic art - Sergey Karlov

‘Passing Summer’  —  Sergey Karlov



Sergey Karlov mosaic panel-reclining-woman

‘Near the water’   —  Sergey Karlov



Nostalgia Stone mosaic by Sergey Karlov

‘Nostalgia’   —  Sergey Karlov








Chilean escultura ceramica – Pascale Lehmann


Pascale-Lehman-Chilean artist

Chilean artist Pascale Lehman




Pascale-Lehman--ceramic textures

Pascale Lehman ceramic texture


Pascale’s abstract sculptural ‘territorio’ pieces reveal a close dialogue with the complex textures of organic landscapes, capturing their gestural energies and providing an innate platform for infusing her personal character into her creations.  At the beginning of her career, after studying design, she  worked as a textile designer. She commenced working with clay in 2005  in Santiago. She sees her art as a mirror to the inner world, that has been decoded with conceptual clarity, flow and rhythm. She feels it is essential to believe in one’s own work and saviour the creative path without being overly fixated with the result. “My expression is clearly spontaneous and intuitive and wants to accept chance. The unsuspected and unpublished appear many times during the process of construction of my work; I am attracted to the mystery of creation. I like to enhance surfaces with evocative textures, that speak of earth, of life.”
“If the material is full of details and texture, that is, if it plays a leading role in a sculpture, I consider it better for the result if the work is accompanied by sobriety in the enameling, where a single color often suffices. When the form and texture is simpler, the color should be used with greater diversity and freedom. I love the simplicity of the docile clay, full of so many expressive possibilities”. Her rugged, yet graceful sculptures are baked in a gas fired kiln.


Pascale Lehman-abstract-ceramic

Pascale Lehman abstract ceramics



“As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors, walking in the Chilean forests, climbing trees, admiring the colorful deserts and the Southern glaciers. These experiences enhanced my love of nature and influenced me artistically. The continuous evolutionary metamorphosis in nature creates a huge array of textures and palettes and provides an inviting and tranquil vista for contemplation and expression. My sculptures are connected to nature, and its roots are connected to the extraordinary energy of the earth of my country, with its extremely intense, contrasting landscapes. ”



Pascale Lehman deep blue and white ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehman deep blue and white ceramic sculpture



Pascale Lehman - ceramic sculpture of combined individual pieces with earthy tones

Pascale Lehman – ceramic sculpture of combined individual pieces



Pascale Lehman Chilean ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehman



Pascale Lehman-abstract ovoid sculptural form

Pascale Lehman – abstract ovoid sculpture




Pascale-Lehmann Cilean ceramic artist

Pascale Lehmann





Black and white ceramic vases – Pascale Lehman





Pascale Lehmann ceramic plate



large ceramic sculpture - Pascale Lehmann

Pascale Lehmann





Pascale Lehmann ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehmann




Pascale Lehmann-with large ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehmann with large ceramic sculpture



Pascale Lehmann conical shaped bowl

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann abstract ceramic

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann Chilean ceramicist

Pascale Lehmann


Pascale Lehmann ceramic art

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann sculpture art

Pascale Lehmann



Large ceramic sculpture - Pascale Lehmann

Pascale Lehmann with her sculpture




Pascale Lehman ceramic bowl



Pascale-Lehmann-Chile-ceramic blue and purple

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann




Pascale Lehmann




Pascale Lehmann ceramic textures

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann raku sculpture

Pascale Lehmann





Pascale Lehmann ceramic textured art

Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann with ceramic sculpture plate

Pascale Lehmann


Ceramic sculpture by Chilean artist Pascale Lehmann

Pascale Lehmann – Territorio 3




Pascale Lehmann raku sculpture

Raku sculpture Pascale Lehmann



Pascale Lehmann abstract ceramic art

Pascale Lehmann abstract sculpture



Pascale-Lehmann blue ceramic sculpture

Pascale Lehmann




Pascale-Lehmann sculpture

Pascale Lehmann



Blue ceramic sculpture - Pascale Lehmann

Pascale Lehmann




Pascale-Lehmann ceramic portal

Pascale Lehmann










Shamanic sculpture vision



Dagur-female shaman-with-her-drum,-1931

Dagur shaman with her drum, 1931.


A collection of Shaman sculptures are on display here including some “dreamer dreaming’ pieces from Clayton Thiel, powerful shaman panel figures from Daniel Hawkins and unique shaman doll sculptures from the Russian Popovy sisters. The transformational shaman theme is explored with ancient and contemporary examples. Understanding the rareified realm of the Shaman is not easy to grasp for us mere mortals. Over the ages, from Siberia down to Tasmania and most countries in-between there have been isolated occurrences of practicing Shamans sharing their knowledge. Because the dominant cultural narrative dismisses most forms of “psychic” awareness, their path is rarely recognized or embraced. Some artists feel a connection to this mystical otherworldly phenomena and thankfully explore it through their art. Others traverse it without even knowing and act as conduits for others to have deeper experiences of consciousness through viewing art. The art presented here was sourced fairly easily without requiring much searching, it felt like it was pre-assembled, which was fitting considering the subject matter.
I once met a shaman in a dream. He approached me holding a white dove with a group of his followers. With a flick of his hand it darted towards me like a missile and became this swirling vortex of energy and light which entered me and went down into my chest. It then re-emerged from my heart and sat calmly in my hand. This was acknowledged as some sort of achievement. Apart from the obvious symbolism I understood this dream as a sign of potential and guidance for connecting with animals. I was also interested to see birds being a recurring theme in the images that manifested while I was researching this post along with other animal totems.




‘Snow Spirit’ sculpture – Yuki Onna



Zande-people-of-D.R.-Congo pottery vessel

Ritual figural vessel from the Zande people of D.R. Congo





Shaman’s Rattle, Northwest Coast, USA

19th Century



Atelier Stella. Chief Square Head Totem in Terracotta.

Atelier Stella. ‘Chief Square Head Totem’ in Terracotta.



Amanda-Shelsher-female bust with an occupied row boat on her head

‘Perfect Storm’Amanda Shelsher. 2015

Photo Bewley Shaylor





Mochica 4 Period  —  Shaman with an owl mask  The owl was regarded for giving assistance in the afterlife and the  Inuit saw the Owl as a source of guidance and help.

AD 400 – 600.




Erlenmeyer Painter Greek, Corinthian,-610---600-BC

Vessel decoration by Erlenmeyer Painter Greek, Corinthian, 610—600-BC



Becky-Gray-_guarded-female head sculpture

Becky Gray  – ‘Guarded’ female head sculpture

“The dichotomy within man mimics that of nature — full of beauty on one hand and destruction on the other,” notes Gray. “In my work, however, I endeavor to convey the inherent goodness within mankind, whether quietly masked or direct.”



Jan Verhees – ‘Moongoddess’


“I feel my sculpture evokes ancient cultures with vestal virgins and priestesses predicting the future by the flight of birds , or the position of the moon. I think this seer is in trance looking at Selene , the moon goddess showing the characteristics of: slim, elegant, elongated, chaste, introverted” — Jan Verhees




Anne-Meyer---Mishima-Lady - sculpture of a kneeling naked woman

Anne Meyer— ‘Mishima Lady’

“I am an artist who has worked in several mediums and has been focused on art-making since I could talk. Recently I have enjoyed making figurative ceramic sculpture as it combines my training in clay with an older love of drawing. It is intuitive to me to build hollow figures from slabs and coils of clay.”




The tree of knowledge - Ivan K Ivanov Blue and white ceramic tree

‘The tree of knowledge’ – Ivan K Ivanov



Clayton Thiel


Clayton Thiel has been sculpting clay and stone for more then 40 years. After gaining his BA in sculpture from Maryville University in 1979, he studied with Peter Voulkos, Manuel Neri and Joan Brown in the the San Francisco Bay area. Like the body of Shaman pieces he has created, he explores sunconscious themes, tapping into dream visages of a surreal quality and also draws inspiration from elemental nature forces and the tranformative.
The dynamic which emerges from juxtapositions between smooth and rough surface textures and light and dark colors has an omnipotent presence in his works along with the mystical symbolism. Thiel states – “These designs are in nature and nature is my inspiration. There is a meditative process that happens when I am building these pieces. Once I have made a big head or a shaman they take a life of their own – demanding I make some choices about the story wanting to be told. I don’t plan these things – rather there is an intuitive decision making process that I have come to surrender to.”
Clayton Thiel’s Shaman series, shown below, also calls upon the dreamer archetype, as a shaman represents one who can hold and move the visions of the world and be a guide through the dream world. Another source of inspiration for many of his pieces comes from his own personal work with the ceremonies and practices of the ancient Inca medicine wheel that has taught him how reclaim the childlike dreamer in his own life, which he likes to depict in his artwork. He also admires the surrealist artists of the 20th century and their abilty to merge improbable combinations of dreams, memories and reflections, and make them appear possible.


Clayton Thiel- Dreamer Dreaming in Eight Parts -- large head sculpture

Clayton Thiel – ‘Dreamer Dreaming in Eight Parts’ 




Clayton Thiel_Stone_Sculptures Truth Sayer Shaman in spiral cape and blue clouds

Clayton Thiel –  ‘Truth Sayer’ ceramic sculpture



standing spiral figure sculpture Clayton Thiel_Stone_Sculptures

Standing spiral figure sculpture – Clayton Thiel




Clayton Thiel – ‘Hummingbird’



Clayton_Thiel_Spirit_Tree - ceramic sculpture of a green head with a tree on top

 ‘Spirit Tree’  – Clayton Thiel



Clayton_Thiel_ShamanicFigures_Raven-Magic black raven saculpture

Clayton Thiel Shamanic Figures ‘Raven Magic’ 



Clayton Thiel spiral vase

Ovoid spiral vase – Clayton Thiel


Clayton_Thiel_Shamanic Figures_Quetzalcoatl-sculpture

Clayton Thiel – ‘Quetzalcoatl’


clayton_thiel_bigHeads_Memory Sculpture of a head with arched buildings on top

Clayton Thiel – ‘Memory’

Big Heads series –



Clayton Thiel – ‘My Familiar’



Clayton_Thiel_ShamanicFigures_Raven-House - Black Raven ond small house

‘Raven House’ – Clayton Thiel

Shamanic Figures series


Clayton_Thiel_eagle sculpture

Clayton Thiel –  ‘Eagle’




clayton_thiel_bigheads_Visitation Green head with shaman above

Clayton Thiel – ‘Visitation’




Clayton Thiel – ‘Moonrise Sunset’




King Head Clayton Thiel head sculpture

‘King Head’  – Clayton Thiel




Clayton-Thiel-ceramic-head sculpture

‘Tree House I Never Got to Build’  – Clayton Thiel


Clayton Thiel website




Fox Warrior ceramic Bottle, c. 4th – 6th century C.E., Moche, Peru MET

Fox Warrior ceramic bottle, c. 4th – 6th century C.E., Moche, Peru




‘Shaman Gold Mask’ – Daniel Hawkins



‘Shaman’ – Daniel  Hawkins





The-Shaman Popovy-Sisters female figure sculpture

‘The Shaman’ –  Popovy Sisters, Russia



Popov Sisters doll figure

Popovy Sisters



Lena and Katya Popovy-afrodita African female doll

Lena and Katya Popovy  – ‘Afrodita’




Popovy-Sisters nephritis figure sculpture

Katya and Lena Popov



Pende Giwoyo Mask, from the-DR Congo, with its comically solemn expression

Pende Giwoyo Mask, from the DR Congo, with a comically solemn expression



Nouveau Art Nouveau vase by Stephanie-Young with a spider motif

Art Nouveau revival vase with spider motif – Calmwater Designs –Stephanie Young



Ceramic sculpture male figure with outstretched arms - Carol-Holtzman-Fregoso

‘Reaching’ – Carol Holtzman Fregoso




Peter-Hayes ceramic sculpture

Peter Hayes raku sculpture



Fire-spirit---plate - female face - Jenny Orchard

‘Fire Spirit’ – Jenny Orchard



Choco shaman staff carved

Finial embracing couple on Choco shaman staff, Africa




metallic-rainbow--shine plate Tom Coleman

Tom Coleman



Stephen Parry-atmospheric glazed ceramic vessel

Stephen Parry – atmospheric glazed ceramic vessel



Ceramic Colima_seated_shaman=200BC---200AD

Ceramic Colima seated shaman




Crystal-Morey animal spirit figures

Ceramic animal totems – Crystal Morey



 Forest Woman & Fox, Nature Is Kin, Driftwood Sculpture by Debra Bernier-UK

 ‘Forest Woman & Fox, Nature Is Kin’, Driftwood Sculpture by Debra Bernier




Crystal Shaman by Katherine Mathison - ceramic figure sculpture of a shaman holding a crystal ball

‘Crystal Shaman’ by Katherine Mathison



Etienne bronze sculpture - Esperance -- seated figure abstract

Etienne bronze sculpture – ‘Esperance’



Flight into Egypt---Elya Valonetski a girl playing a mandolin with a crescent moon hat

‘Flight into Egypt’ —Elya Valonetski



Kemileva_Esen ceramic tile of a bird and female head

Kemileva Esen



Starting a New Journey---Blue Fire Studio - hand built from clay, coil built, terra sigillata, fired ceramic under glazes and ceramic glaze pencils, stains.

‘Starting a New Journey’ — Blue Fire Studio

…. hand built from clay, coil built, terra sigillata, fired ceramic under glazes and ceramic glaze pencils, stains.


“This is a self portrait. I am holding open the door to the mystery. This is where the energy comes from for the creation of my life and my art works. I do this by journeying into my energy, my power animal the horse accompanies me. The new moon represents the beginning of a new journey. I feel the stirring of a new direction in my life. I am a teacher. On the back is the representation of my assimilation point in motion creating new vistas, new life”. – artist Blue Fire




Pre-Columbian Inca Black-Glazed Jar

Pre-Columbian Inca Black Glazed Jar



Eric-Stearns,-Raku-lidded vessel with geometric pattern

Eric Stearns Raku vessel




Greek amphora, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, showing the goddess Athena

Greek amphora showing the goddess Athena with birds

National Archaeological Museum of Athens



Irina-Zaytceva-porcelain-art vase on small feet

Irina Zaytceva porcelain art vase



Jamacoaque ceramic Shaman Vessel-—-Ecuador 300BC 400AD

Jamacoaque ceramic Shaman Vessel

Ecuador 300BC – 400AD



Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pottery Olla, Bird to Man Transformation Design circa 1890

Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pottery Olla, Bird to Man Transformation Design circa 1890



Black with gold Kintsugi-vessel-Lakeside-Pottery

Black with gold Kintsugi vessel by Lakeside Pottery



Les Manning, “Touch the Sky,” stoneware clay, porcelain, celadon glaze.

An abstract, sculptural form evoking Alberta landscapes



Marika-Baumler-ceramic female bust

Marika Baumler



Lorraine-Guddemi ceramic sculpture figure

Lorraine Guddemi



Melanie Ferguson--ceramic Urchin @Cavin Morris gallery NYC.

Melanie Ferguson–ceramic Urchin Vessel

@Cavin Morris gallery NYC.




ceramic shaman figure praying

Mocha vessel — shaman healing prayer



Monumental Standing Figure, Possibly a Shaman. Quimbaya, Urabá Area---Colombia. A.D.-500---1000.-Gold

Monumental Standing Gold Figure, Possibly a Shaman. Quimbaya, Urabá Area

Colombia. A.D. 500—1000.



MyungJin-Kim,-Artist,-Cloud-Jar-(front),-2009 with bird on blue cloud motif

Kim Myung Jin -‘ Cloud Jar’




Gold statue - Ancient Hittite sun goddess, more commonly referred to simply as the sun goddess of Arinna.

Ancient gold Hittite sun goddess, more commonly referred to simply as the sun goddess of Arinna.




Black Olmec Shaman Jaguar Transformation sculpture figure

Olmec Shaman Jaguar Transformation sculpture figure~ The Olmec (ca.1200 BCE-ca.400 BCE) were the first major civilization in Mexico following a progressive development in Soconusco. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present day states of Veracruz and Tabasco ~ considered the forerunner of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya and Aztecs.


Botella Feline Head  vessel —  Perú, Tembladera



Olmec-Shaman's-green sculpture animal-spirit-companion

Olmec Shaman’s animal spirit companion



Mambila peoples ceramic ritual vessel, spaceman like motif -~-Nigeria,-Cameroon

Mambila peoples ceramic ritual vessel,~-Nigeria, Cameroon



Abstract dove sculpture-dynamische-vorm.-Vogel-abstrater

Michiel Linders



Amazon. The Shaman and the Thought of the Forest

Museum of Ethnography of Geneva



Sculpture from the workshop of a Yoruba sculpture master, Olowe von Ise, Nigeria



Jennifer-Falter-sgraffito Owl-Ceramic-Vase in black on white

Jennifer Falter sgraffito Owl Vase



 Olumeye Bird Altar Bowl, Olowe of Ise, Nigeria, C. 1925





Susan Seddon Boulet



Terracotta jug Cypro Archaic -- Date 750–600-B.C

Terracotta bird motif jug Cypro Archaic — Date 750–600 B.C



Yoruba Opon Igede Ifa-(Divination-Bowl), Nigeria

Yoruba Opon Igede Ifa (Divination Bowl), Nigeria



Rozenburg, Den Haag, crane motif vase W.P. Hartgring, 1899

W.P. Hartgring crane motif vase for  Rozenburg, Den Haag





Nigerian ritual ceramic vessel

Nigerian ritual terracotta vessel



Shamanic-Dream-Stones sculpture

‘Shamanic Dream Stone’ sculpture – Mamzelle Rivalekja ( ‘With my Germanic and Scandinavian pagan heritage going as far back as the 8th and 9th century, ; I’m a spiritual practitioner of the Pagan Arts’)

Dream stones are dynamic, potent and effective allies for gazing, meditation and journeying. They are a portal; they support and enhance connecting to inner worlds.




Shaman Effigy Vessel; Guanacaste-Nicoya, earthenware, white slip overall, slip paint,

circa AD 1000-1350 – The Walters Art Museum



Georges-Saulterre clay sculpture

Georges Saulterre



Shaman's Talisman (Bear Tooth with Red-tailed Hawk design). Blown and Sand carved glass, by Joe David.

‘Shaman’s Talisman’ (Bear Tooth with Red-tailed Hawk design). Blown and Sand carved glass, by Joe David.



Moorcroft-pottery-'Peacock-feather' vase

‘Peacock feather’ vase – Moorcroft



Porcelain Temple Jar with Iron Brown Long Life crane emblem

Baluster Porcelain Temple Jar with iron brown Long Life crane emblem



Rometti_2017 vaso tartaruga bianco( White Turtle Vase)Presenza sciamana -- Shaman Presence)Jean Christoph Clair

Vaso tartaruga bianco (White Turtle Vase) — Presenza sciamana — (Shaman Presence) — Jean Christoph Clair

Rometti 2017







Gusto mache mucho papier figures



Girl riding penny farthing bike - Natalia Mendoza

Girl riding penny farthing bike – Natalia Mendoza


Papier Mache arts


It’s not surprising that papier mache originated in China, being the original inventors of paper. It is recorded that during the Han Dynasty (BC 202 – AD 220), lacquer reinforced papier mache was used to create helmets followed by other 3 dimensional objects in the decorative arts. Its use spread to Japan and Persia followed by Europe. The use of papyrus scrolls predates this in Egypt and the Mediterraneum but it wasn’t as suitable for creating paper mache due to having a less fibrous structure that could be broken down. Between the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, England and France developed industries where furniture and architectural ornamentation was made from papier mache along with decorative objects.
Rice flour, rye meal, mashed potato, tobacco leaves, plaster, resin and clay were some of the other traditional ingredients added with the paper in the production of papier mache. It was also reinforced with linens and muslin. The addition of the oil of cloves or other additives such as salt was included in the mixture as an antiseptic along with using potash to act as a deterrent against insects. Newspaper is still a convenient and popular choice for production using the pulp method of soaking overnight or boiling to obtain a malleable consitency. The application of soaked paper strips is sometimes favoured for building forms of a large size.
Animated puppets, dolls, figurines, lidded boxes, lightweight props for theatre and stage productions and sculptures are some of the applications still using papier mache in the arts. The focus here is on five current papier mache artists: Natalia Mendoza from Barcelona, Brazilian artists  Fábio de Souza Pinheiro and Ubiratã Trindade, Colombian Mauricio Perez and Chicagoan Tato Correa.



A Palekh jewellery box depicting a scene from the fairy tale Tsarevitch Ivan,-the-Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf

A Palekh jewellery box depicting a scene from the fairy tale ‘Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf’

Palekh Russian lacquer art on papier-mâché first appeared in 1923 in the village of Palekh


Natalia Mendoza




Natalia Mendoza was born in Barcelona, then ​​lived in Uruguay while she studied and after graduating in architecture, returned to Barcelona, where she continued her passion for creating dolls. This had been with her since her childhood and was inspired by the colourful characters in the book ‘Alice in Wonderland’.


Natalia Mendoza papier mache girl figure

Natalia Mendoza  – papier mache girl figure with paper plane



Natalia Mendoza papier mache artist

Natalia Mendoz, Barcelona



Natalia-Mendoza - paper mache siamese twins

Natalia Mendoza – paper mache Siamese twins



Natalia Mendoza girl in green dress hopscotch figure

Natalia Mendoza hopscotch girl figure


Papier Mache Skipping Girl----Natalia Mendoza

‘Skipping Girl’   —-  Natalia Mendoza



Volarina---Natalia Mendoza sculpture of dancing couple

‘Volarina’ — Natalia Mendoza – paper mache and clay sculpture



Papel pra toda Obra  –  Fábio de Souza Pinheiro & Ubiratã Trindade


Sao Paulo resident Fabio de Souza Pinheiro has  participated in several courses related to art and specifically to working with mask, puppet and animation theater, with exhibitions in Belém, Brasilia and Salvador. He was a member of the ‘A Roda’ group of puppet theater (with performances staged in Salvador and other states of Brazil.

He belongs to Papel pra toda Obra (‘Paper for every Work’) which is a papier mache collective of artists that has explored, for over 12 years, the techniques and possibilities for manipulating paper into abstract forms, utilitarian objects, masks, articulated dolls, caricatures, furniture, toys, allegories and various scenarios. He has a particular interest in the universe of the circus, through figurative forms representing the playfulness of clowns, balancers, acrobats and trapeze artists, all modeled and carved in paper. Another member, Ubiratã Trindade, is inspired by popular dance and the culture closely related to Candomblé.


Ball-bearer-Fábio-de-Souza-Pinheiro - balancing clown on a ball

‘Ball bearer’ – Fábio de Souza Pinheiro

Papel pra toda Obra, Brasil




escultura Orixás-Ubiratã-Trindade papier mache sculpture

Escultura Orixás – Ubiratã Trindade

Papel pra toda Obra


Clown balancing act --- Papel pra toda Obra

Clown balancing act — Fábio de Souza Pinheiro

Papel pra toda Obra



Fábio de Souza Pinheiro Clown with dog

Fábio de Souza Pinheiro  – Clown with performing dog

Papel pra toda Obra


Papel pra toda Obra - clown riding bike

Papel pra toda Obra – clown riding bike



Papel pra toda Obra -- paper mache clown balancing on a red ball

Papel pra toda Obra — paper mache clown balancing on a red ball




escultura-The sculptures of Bahia in Samba de Roda are made by Ubiratã Trindade,-inspired by popular dance closely related to Candomblé.

Escultura – The sculptures of Bahia in Samba de Roda are made by Ubiratã Trindade, inspired by popular dance closely related to Candomblé.


Fábio de Souza Pinheiro unicyclist clown

Fábio de Souza Pinheiro – unicyclist clown

Papel pra toda Obra


Papel pra toda Obra -- girl balancing on ball

Fábio de Souza Pinheiro — girl balancing on ball

Papel pra toda Obra



Papel pra toda Obra-female paper mache wall figure

Papel pra toda Obra – female paper mache wall figure



Papel-pra-toda-Obra-clown-on-box in yellow top hat

Fábio de Souza Pinheiro  – clown on box

Papel pra toda Obra



Papel-pra-toda-Obra-paper-mache clown

Papel pra toda Obra  — paper mache clown



Papel-pra-toda-Obra - reclining female papier mache

Papel pra toda Obra – reclining female in black hat papier mache sculpture




Papel pra toda Obra wall relief with crowned female

Papel pra toda Obra papier mache wall relief art



Papel pra toda Obra - circular mermaid wall art

Papel pra toda Obra – circular blue mermaid wall art




Papel pra toda-Obra-papier mache clown acrobats

Papel pra toda Obra – papier mache clown acrobats



Papel-pra-toda-Obra paper mache girl with air balloon

Papel pra toda Obra paper mache girl with air balloon



Papier mache artist Ubiratã Trindade

Ubiratã Trindade papier mache artist



Papel-pra-toda-Obra-chef carrying a cake

Papel pra toda Obra – chef carrying a cake



Trapeze artist-papier mache

Trapeze artist papier mache – Fábio de Souza Pinheiro




Mauricio Perez


Colombian native Mauricio Perez is a ‘plastico artista’ who covers a diverse range of subject matter for the many papier mache characters he creates ranging from celebrities, fairytales, fantasy worlds and other imaginative flights of fancy.


Papier Mache Whirling Dervish----Mauricio Perez

Papier Mache Whirling Dervish —- Mauricio Perez




Red and gold Elizabeth paper mache sculpture -Mauricio Perez

‘Elizabeth’ paper mache figure – Mauricio Perez



Mauricio Perez--girl sitting with cat

Mauricio Perez — girl sitting with cat



Van Gogh sunflowers - Mauricio Perez

Van Gogh sunflowers – Mauricio Perez




Mauricio Perez chef



Mauricio Perez pierrot heads

Mauricio Perez pierrot heads



Guardian angel - Mauricio Perez

Guardian angel – Mauricio Perez



Mauricio Perez -- 2015-black-cat with lady in a pink dress

Mauricio Perez — 2015


Blue striped cat - Mauricio Perez

Blue striped cat – Mauricio Perez



Mauricio Perez - 3 paper mache fashion models

Mauricio Perez – 3 paper mache fashion models




Mauricio Perez--Frida Kahlo

Mauricio Perez–Frida Kahlo



Mauricio Perez-female-jester in red,gold,black and white

Mauricio Perez – female jester



Mauricio Perez-three clowns

Mauricio Perez – three clowns



Mauricio Perez


Mauricio Perez--head in clouds paper mache figure

Mauricio Perez — head in clouds



Mauricio Perez - king with no clothes

Mauricio Perez – king with no clothes


Mauricio Perez- the kiss

Mauricio Perez- Kissing couple



Mauricio Perez Klimt in gold

Mauricio Perez Klimt in gold



Mauricio-Perez-paper-mache female figure

Mauricio Perez



Mauricio-Perez---paper-mache Saint Francis

Mauricio Perez, 2016



Mauricio-Perez-paper-mache-girl with tree hat

Mauricio Perez paper mache girl with tree hat



Mauricio Perez paper mache figures models

Mauricio Perez paper mache figures models



Mauricio Perez rainbow wolf paper mache figurine

Mauricio Perez rainbow wolf



Mauricio-Perez---strongman weight lifter

Mauricio Perez — strongman



Mauricio Perez---Yellow Submarine---Beatles

Yellow Submarine—Beatles  —  Mauricio Perez



Picasso figures---Mauricio-Perez paper mache

Mauricio Perez paper mache




Tato Correa

Coco and Pepe


Tato Correa mainly does papier mache figure sculptures of iconic fashion.


Breakfast at Tiffany's---Audrey Hepburn-Coco-and-Pepe---Tato-Correa

Breakfast at Tiffany’s—Audrey Hepburn – — Tato Correa

Coco and Pepe



Channel---Jacqueline Kennedy - Tato Correa,----Coco and Pepe

Channel—Jacqueline Kennedy – Tato Correa

Coco and Pepe



Catherine Deneuve---Belle Du Jour---Tato Correa, Chicago

Catherine Deneuve — Belle Du Jour — Tato Correa, Chicago

Coco and Pepe


Twiggy -- Tato Correa, Chicago

Twiggy — Tato Correa, Chicago


Cindy Lauper---Album Cover 1983---Tato Correa,

Cindy Lauper—Album Cover 1983 — Tato Correa,



Dita Von Tease---Day Dress---Tato Correa,-Chicago

Dita Von Tease — Day Dress — Tato Correa, Chicago


Lucille Ball---White Apron -- Tato Correa

Lucille Ball — Tato Correa