Ceramic Sculptures

Ceramic Sculptures
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  • "Come Play with Me" Small Sculpture

    This sculpture is of a small white dog ready to play. I based him on a dog I know who is a Havanese and Maltese mix. This little guy is a portrait of all these small white charmers. This sculpture is the first in a new series. It came to me to play with creating some small sculptures which are fun for me to make and hopefully will bring a smile to your face. Perhaps he reminds you of someone. He stands about 4-5" tall and is about 9" long. The sculpture is stoneware clay and glazes. The price for this one of a kind sculpture is $340. The price includes shipping within the U.S. If you need to ship it out of the states, please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com for the shipping costs.
    $340.00

    "Come Play with Me" Small Sculpture

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  • "Ready!" Small sculpture

    This small sculpture is part of a new series in which I am creating small dog sculptures with a humorous slant. This black dog is poised, always ready to chase her red ball as long as someone will throw it. Her red collar was especially chosen for how attractive it looks on her black coat. She portrays all dogs who are always ready to chase the ball! The sculpture stands about 5" tall and is about 8" in diameter. It is stoneware clay and glazes. The price for this one of a kind sculpture is $340. This price includes shipping within the U.S. If you need to ship outside of the states, please contact me for the information on international shipping.
    $340.00

    "Ready!" Small sculpture

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  • Ani Resting

    Ani Resting

    Ani was my Muse. I write of how she was my inspiration to start doing drawing and sculptural portraits. Here she was dozing in my studio, as I sculpted her in clay. This specific sculpture is not for sale. I include it as a good example of my work, and in case you would like to see Ani's portrait. I would be happy to create a similar scupture of your dog for you. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com and we can discuss your personal choices, as color, size, pose, expression. I can easily work from photographs, if it is not possible for me to meet you and your dog in person. A similar sculpture to this one of Ani would cost in the range of $850. The price includes free shipping in the U.S. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com for information about international shipping. Multi-media: Stoneware clay, acrylic paint. 12” wide x 12 “ deep x 3.5” tall.
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    Ani Resting

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  • Blue Sphere on Grapewood Base

    Blue Sphere on Grapewood Base

    I am intrigued by the primal quality of the sphere. I find the form beautiful in its simplicity, pleasing to hold and possessing a peaceful presence. The grapewood base lifts the sphere up and offers it to be touched and held. I have been exploring this series for a while now, and will continue to do so. The glazes on this sphere create waves of blues, reds and purples. Stoneware clay with glazes. Sphere 4” diameter. Grapewood base, carved wood, sealed. 13” long x 7” wide. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $160.00

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  • Bluebird on Green Stones

    Bluebird on Green Stones

    Walking on a beach in Pacific Grove, I watched a man building towers with the beautiful round stones lying about the beach. Then a small sparrow lightly landed on one of his stone towers. I held my breath. The small bird did not disturb the tower. The stones stayed balanced, supporting the small bird and allowing her to rest. In this series, I am playing with a moment in time of delicate balancing. In life we are often required to find our balance. In that balance, we can rest and prepare for our next step. These sculptures are one of a kind, so each piece will have its unique quality and colors. Stoneware clay with glazes. 8” tall x 4.5” diameter. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $100.00

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  • Chickadee on a Stone #2

    Chickadee on a Stone #2

    Walking on a beach in Pacific Grove, I watched a man building towers with the beautiful round stones lying about the beach. Then a small sparrow lightly landed on one of his stone towers. I held my breath. The small bird did not disturb the tower. The stones stayed balanced, supporting the small bird and allowing her to rest. In this series, I am playing with a moment in time of delicate balancing. In life we are often required to find our balance. In that balance, we can rest and prepare for our next step. The Chickadee is one of my favorite birds. This little bird is just about to take off again, having rested and found her balance. These sculptures are one of a kind, so each piece will have its unique quality and colors. They are stoneware and will do fine outside on a patio or in a garden niche. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Stoneware clay and glazes. 7” tall x 5.5” diameter.
    $130.00

    Chickadee on a Stone #2

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  • Chickadee on Stones #4

    Chickadee on Stones #4

    Walking on a beach in Pacific Grove, I watched a man building towers with the beautiful round stones lying about the beach. Then a small sparrow lightly landed on one of his stone towers. I held my breath. The small bird did not disturb the tower. The stones stayed balanced, supporting the small bird and allowing her to rest. In this series, I am playing with a moment in time of delicate balancing. In life we are often required to find our balance. In that balance, we can rest and prepare for our next step. The Chickadee is one of my favorite birds. This little bird is just about to take off again, having rested and found her balance. These sculptures are one of a kind, so each piece will have its unique quality and colors. They are stoneware and will do fine outside on a patio or in a garden niche. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. Stoneware clay and glazes. 7” tall x 5.5” diameter.
    $110.00

    Chickadee on Stones #4

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  • Dancing Bowls Bare Clay

    Dancing Bowls Bare Clay

    This series of sculptures were inspired by a dream. I took time away from my other work to create these while the image was fresh. I find them fun and enjoy their movement. I will continue to explore the form. With this piece, I left the clay bare of any glazes. It has the feeling of earthiness and the shadows are especially beautiful. They can be appreciated for their forms, shadows and movement, and they can serve as candleholders and/or planters. They make beautiful minature succulent gardens. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping. 8.5” diameter x 3.5” tall. Shown with votive candles.
    $140.00

    Dancing Bowls Bare Clay

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  • King Charles Spaniel with Ball

    King Charles Spaniel with Ball

    I was inspired to create this sculpture from doing the charcoal portrait of “Tia” a young King Charles Spaniel. Just like Tia, this dog is devoted to his ball. When I am walking my dog on the beach, I often see King Charles Spaniels. They are happy looking dogs. Here, this one is curled up on his bed after a good session of chasing and retrieving his ball. He rests and waits patiently for his owner to play with him again. Stoneware clay and glazes. 10” wide x 7” deep x 3” tall. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com for information about international shipping.
    $450.00

    King Charles Spaniel with Ball

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  • Landscape Point Lobos #2

    Landscape Point Lobos #2

    This is a piece in a new series focusing on the beauty of the California landscape. I am starting with Point Lobos, a place close to my heart. I want to capture how Point Lobos seems to float between the ocean and the sky. An orchid plant in this pot looks stunning. Stoneware clay and glazes. 5" tall x 6.5" diameter. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please inquire about international shipping.
    $100.00

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  • Landscape Pot with Blues

    Landscape Pot with Blues

    This Landscape Pot is more abstract. The torn black band is glazed with a matt black glaze to contrast with the colors and gloss of the body glazes. Stoneware clay and glazes. 5.5” diameter x 4.75” tall.
    $70.00

    Landscape Pot with Blues

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  • Painted Bird on Stone<br/>with Spiral Design

    Painted Bird on Stone
    with Spiral Design

    Walking on a beach in Pacific Grove, I watched a man building towers with the beautiful round stones lying about the beach. Then, a small sparrow lightly landed on one of his stone towers. We both held our breath. The small bird did not disturb the tower. The stones stayed balanced, supporting the small bird, allowing her to rest. In this series, I am playing with a moment in time of delicate balancing. In life, we are often required to find our balance. In that balance, we can rest and prepare for our next step. These sculptures are one of a kind, so each piece will have its unique quality and colors. They will do fine outside on a patio or in a garden niche. I let myself play when painting this piece. It is clearly influenced by designs I have studied from Spain and South America. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com for information on international shipping. Stoneware clay and glazes. 6” tall x 4.5” wide x 6.5” long.
    $125.00
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  • Rafs Flying

    Rafs Flying

    Rafael was a Springer Spaniel whose love was running and leaping for his ball. I called his ball “Thump” because of the thump it would make when Rafs dropped it, like he did from the top of the stairs. One of his favorite games. This relief sculpture depicts Rafs launching off into the sky, flying after Thump. I created this after he passed. I imagine this was his dream. This is a one-of-a-kind bas relief sculpture. If you would like, I would be happy to create one of your dog for you. In this format, I can do just about any pose or fantasy. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com and we can discuss your personal choices, as subject, theme, colors, size. A sculpture similar to this one would be in the range of $1000, this price includes the framing and free shipping within the U.S. Please contact me for information about international shipping. “Rafs Flying” Stoneware clay and glazes. Wall piece, wood and linen frame. 19” x 16” x 2" deep.
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  • Rusty

    Rusty

    Rusty was my father’s dog. He loved to do tricks for treats. This piece is a one-of-a-kind sculpture. If you like it, I can create a similar sculpture of your dog for you. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com, and we can discuss your personal choices, as color, size, pose. The cost for a similar sculpture would be in the $250 range, depending on the pose, and details. The price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please contact me about international shipping. Stoneware clay and glazes. 5” wide x 4” deep X 6” tall.
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    Rusty

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  • Shanti Playing on the Beach

    Shanti Playing on the Beach

    Shanti is my young dog, a shepherd mix. Her favorite place is the beach. With this sculpture, my goal was to capture her playfulness. Choosing this pose challenged my technical skills. The piece taught me a great deal. The base represents the beach with the lacy waves washing the sand. Stoneware clay and glazes. 14” wide x 11” deep x 7” tall. I find great pleasure in creating sculpture portraits of dogs. Please contact me if you would like to discuss my doing a sculpture of your best friend. I can work from photos if you are not local. The price of a commissioned portrait depends on the complexity and size of the sculpture. Price includes free shipping within the U.S. Please contact me at art@rhaeamaurel.com for information about international shipping.
    $700.00

    Shanti Playing on the Beach

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“There is a spirit of play in sculpting clay that infuses the finished piece.”

Ever since I first started working with clay so many years ago, I have been drawn to its sculptural possibilities.

While creating a sculpture, I find my hands work in partnership with the clay, forming, smoothing and adding finishing touches that bring the piece alive. This process is different from the experience of throwing clay on a wheel, centering and bringing it up into a form. Both start with a lump of unformed earth. In both, I must get out of the way and let my hands listen and respond to the clay, as the clay responds to my hands.

There is a spirit of play in sculpting clay that infuses the finished piece.

I like combining wood and clay in a sculpture. These two responsive media complement, and their textures contrast with the other.

“I want to capture the unique and loving relationship between my subjects.”

Because of my love of dogs, cats and all animals, I find great pleasure in creating portraits of pets, both drawings and sculptures. I enjoy interacting with people and the animals with whom they share their lives and love.

Ani, my Black lab/Akida mix was my first inspiration. One day as she lay napping in my studio, I modeled her in clay. Over time I did so many drawings and sculptures of her, that when I would start to work, she would sigh, get up and move to another spot. A reluctant model!

My customers tell me of the pleasure and comfort they get from having a portrait of their animal friend.

“When I am working on a sculpture in clay, my hands find the touches that bring the sculpture to life.”

I have worked out a method using sketches and photographs to begin to understand and capture the unique personality of your animal companion. I look for their special characteristics, poses, coloring and moods.
You can help me at this stage, because you know your friend so well. I can meet and interact with you and your pet in person, sketching and taking photos. Or, when that is not possible, I can work from your photos, and communicate with you via emails and phone. Of course, we will listen to any suggestions from the main subject!