Sculpture (70-works)

Karen  Shapiro Clue Game  with Six Playing Pieces
Clue Game with Six Playing Pieces
Raku ceramic
17.5 x 10.5 x 2 in
Karen  Shapiro A-1 Sauce Bottle
A-1 Sauce Bottle
Raku ceramic
17 x 4 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Bain de Soleil Suntan Tube
Bain de Soleil Suntan Tube
Raku ceramic
5 x 7 x 19 in
Karen  Shapiro Baker_s Cocoa Tin
Baker's Cocoa Tin
Raku ceramic
15 x 9.5 x 5.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Band-Aid Tin
Band-Aid Tin
Raku ceramic
14 x 9.5 x 5 in
Karen  Shapiro Bayer Aspirin Tin
Bayer Aspirin Tin
Raku ceramic
15 x 12 x 2.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Bazooka Gum
Bazooka Gum
Raku ceramic
10 x 15.5 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Best Foods Mayo Jar
Best Foods Mayo Jar
Raku ceramic
12 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Bob_s Big Boy Blue Dressing
Bob's Big Boy Blue Dressing
Raku ceramic
16.25 x 7 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Brillo Pads Boxes
Brillo Pads Box
Raku ceramic
12 x 13 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Campbell_s Soup
Campbell's Soup
Raku ceramic
13 x 9.25 x 9.25 in
Karen  Shapiro Carnation Milk Carton
Carnation Milk Carton
Raku ceramic
18.25 x 6.5 x 8.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Caviar Tin
Caviar Tin
Raku ceramic
4 x 12 x 12 in
Karen  Shapiro Chanel No 5
Chanel No. 5
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 10 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Chiclets
Chiclets
Raku ceramic
11 x 27.00 x 2 in
Karen  Shapiro Clinique Lipstick
Clinique Lipstick
Raku ceramic
20 x 4 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Coca Cola Bottle Cap
Coca Cola Bottle Cap
Raku ceramic
11 x 11 x 2.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Coke Can
Coke Can
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Colman_s Mustard
Colman's Mustard
Raku ceramic
11.5 x 7.25 x 6.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Crayon Box with Four Crayons
Crayon Box with Four Crayons
Raku ceramic
20 x 13 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Dots with 7 Candies
Dots with 7 Candies
Raku ceramic
11.5 x 25 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Doublemint Gum
Doublemint Gum
Raku ceramic
6.5 x 22.5 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
Raku ceramic
12 x 11.5 x 11.5 in
Karen  Shapiro French_s Fish Food
French's Fish Food Tin
Raku ceramic
14.5 x 9 x 5.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Fukidol
Fukidol
Raku ceramic
5.5 x 18 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Good _ Plenty (with 7 candies)
Good & Plenty (with 7 candies)
Raku ceramic
10 x 39 x 3 in
Karen  Shapiro Grey Poupon Jar
Grey Poupon Jar
Raku ceramic
9 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Raku ceramic
20 x 7 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Jell-O Box
Jell-O Box
Raku ceramic
12.5 x 14.75 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Junior Mint box with 5 Candies
Junior Mint box with 5 Candies
Raku ceramic
30 x 11 x 3 in
Karen  Shapiro Corn Flakes
Kellogg's Corn Flakes
Raku ceramic
15 x 10.75 x 5 in
Karen  Shapiro Ken-L Ration Dog Food Tin
Ken-L Ration Dog Food Tin
Raku ceramic
12.5 x 9 x 9 in
Karen  Shapiro Keystone Cinnamon Tin
Keystone Cinnamon Tin
Raku ceramic
12.75 x 9.5 x 5.75 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Bag Wallpiece
M & M Bag Wallpiece
Raku ceramic
16 x 24 x 2 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Brown
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Green
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Orange
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Purple
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Red
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Yellow
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro McConnon_s Cinnamon Tin
McConnon's Cinnamon Tin
Raku ceramic
13 x 9.75 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Mennen Talcum For Men
Mennen Talcum For Men
Raku ceramic
14 x 7 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Monopoly
Monopoly
Raku ceramic
26 x 13 x 1.5 in
Karen  Shapiro NARS Lipstick
NARS Lipstick
Raku ceramic
21 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro OPI Nail Polish
OPI Nail Polish Bottle
Raku ceramic
18 x 6.5 x 6.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Old Dutch Cleanser Tin
Old Dutch Cleanser Tin
Raku ceramic
14 x 6.75 x 6.75 in
Karen  Shapiro Pacifico Beer Bottle
Pacifico Beer Bottle
Raku ceramic
22.5 x 6 x 6 in
Karen  Shapiro Pepsi Bottle
Pepsi Bottle
Raku ceramic
19.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Prozac
Prozac
Raku ceramic
4.5 x 15 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Quaalude Pill
Quaalude Pill
Raku ceramic
7 x 7 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Quaker Oats
Quaker Oats
Raku ceramic
14 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Reese_s
Reese's Wall Sculpture
Raku ceramic
26 x 10 x 3 in
Karen  Shapiro Schilling Food Coloring Box with Four Bottles
Schilling Food Coloring Box with Four Bottles
Raku ceramic
14 x 16.5 x 4.75 in
Karen  Shapiro Skippy Peanut Butter Jar
Skippy Peanut Butter Jar
Raku ceramic
10 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Sriracha Bottle
Sriracha Bottle
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Starbucks Coffee Cup
Starbucks Coffee Cup
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Tabasco Hot Sauce
Tabasco Sauce Bottle
Raku ceramic
16 x 4 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Ticonderoga Pencil
Ticonderoga Pencil
Raku ceramic
3.5 x 34 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Tide Soap
Tide Detergent Box
Raku ceramic
16 x 11.5 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Trade Winds Men_s Talc Tin
Trade Winds Men's Talc Tin
Raku ceramic
17 x 7 x 5.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Wrigley Spearmint Gum
Wrigley's Spearmint Gum
Raku ceramic
6.5 x 23 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Xanax Pill
Xanax Pill
Raku ceramic
18 x 5.5 x 3 in
Karen  Shapiro Adderall
Adderall
Raku ceramic
4.5 x 15 x 4.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Fukidol
Fukidol
Raku ceramic
5.5 x 18 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Fukidol
Fukidol
Raku ceramic
5.5 x 18 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Hot Tamales Box with 6 Candies
Hot Tamales Box with 6 Candies Wall Sculpture
Raku ceramic
11.5 x 28 x 3 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Green
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Orange
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Worcestershire Sauce Bottle
Worcestershire Sauce Bottle
Raku ceramic
19 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
SOLD

Karen  Shapiro

Karen Shapiro

Karen Shapiro Biography

(American, b. 1947)

 

Karen Shapiro derives her art from what's already there. It doesn't have to be studied, interpreted or understood. Her ceramic sculpture is what it is. Shapiro's ceramics represent items that are used, and they look it. Each piece speaks to an era or a season, an event or a time when the item belonged in the life of the viewer. Karen takes “everyday” objects, frequently larger-than-life in our memories and presents them to the collector as precious and now larger-than-life in person.

 

Karen Shapiro Statement

I have been asked to write about my work. This will be short and devoid of “artspeak”.

My mission is to make work which adds a bit of whimsy and smiles to my customers’ lives while making a living for myself.

My work is pop art; ceramic sculptures of articles which apply to everyday life from the past to the present. The range is wide, from food products and beverages to cosmetics to automobilia just to name a few. The work speaks for itself. It is all larger than life in size and easily understandable.

My process involves hand-built pieces constructed from slabs. There are three firings: bisque fire and glaze fire in an electric kiln, then a final raku firing to yield the crackles and metallic finishes I use. I work with a LOT of color using commercial underglazes and glazes for the first glaze-firing. For the raku firing, I mix my own glazes for the “special effects” like bright silver metal and rusty metals. Everything is done by hand, I use no decals or other “shortcuts”, which makes the work very labor-intensive.

This pretty much explains it! Hope you enjoy my work.

 

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