Karen Shapiro

Sculpture (96-works)

Karen  Shapiro M _ M Wall Sculpture
M & M Wall Sculpture
Raku ceramic
16 x 24 x 2 in
Karen  Shapiro 9 Lives Cat Food Tin
9 Lives Cat Food Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
5.25 x 10 x 10 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, 2016
Raku ceramic
5 x 7 x 19 in
Karen  Shapiro unreadable image
Best Foods Mayo Jar
Raku ceramic
12 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Blackbird Spice Tin
Blackbird Spice Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
13 x 8.25 x 5.75 in
Karen  Shapiro Blackjack Chewing Gum
Blackjack Chewing Gum, 2016
Raku ceramic
6.25 x 22.75 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Cat Flea Powder
Cat Flea Powder
Raku ceramic
17 x 6 x 6 in
Karen  Shapiro Chanel No 5
Chanel No. 5
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 10 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Chiclets
Chiclets, 2017
Raku ceramic
Karen  Shapiro Coca Cola Bottle Cap
Coca Cola Bottle Cap, 2016
Raku ceramic
2.5 x 11 x 11 in
Karen  Shapiro Evening in Paris
Evening in Paris
Raku ceramic
18.5 x 10 x 4 in
Karen  Shapiro Fresca
Fresca
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Good _ Plenty (with 7 candies)
Good & Plenty (with 7 candies)
Raku ceramic
10 x 39 x 3 in
Karen  Shapiro Harley Davidson Oil Can
Harley Davidson Oil Can, 2016
Raku ceramic
13 x 10 x 10 in
Karen  Shapiro Hartz Mountain Bird Food
Hartz Mountain Bird Food
Raku ceramic
14 x 11 x 6 in
Karen  Shapiro Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Raku ceramic
20 x 7 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Hellmanns Mayo
Hellmann's Mayo, 2017
Raku ceramic
12.5 x 7 x 7 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 Macadamia Nuts Tin
Macadamia Nuts Tin
Raku ceramic
13 x 9 x 9 in
Karen  Shapiro Marksalot Pen
Marks-a-lot Pen, 2016
Raku ceramic
25 x 5.5 x 5.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Mennen Talcum For Men
Mennen Talcum For Men, 2017
Raku ceramic
14 x 7 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Old Spice Bottle
Old Spice Bottle, 2016
Raku ceramic
14.5 x 6.25 x 6.25 in
Karen  Shapiro Pepsi Can
Pepsi Can, 2017
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 8 x 8 in
Karen  Shapiro Prozac
Prozac
Raku ceramic
4.5 x 15 x 4.5 in
Karen  Shapiro Shell Oil Bottle
Shell Oil Bottle, 2016
Raku ceramic
22 x 5 x 5 in
Karen  Shapiro Singer Sewing Machine Oil Tin
Singer Sewing Machine Oil Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
19.5 x 9 x 5 in
Karen  Shapiro Wolf_s Head Oil Tin
Wolf's Head Oil Tin
Raku ceramic
15 x 10 x 7 in
Karen  Shapiro Wrigley Spearmint Gum
Wrigley's Spearmint Gum
Raku ceramic
6.5 x 23 x 3.5 in
Karen  Shapiro 7up Can
7up Can, 2016
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Adderall
Adderall, 2016
Raku ceramic
4.5 x 15 x 4.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Band-Aid Tin
Band-Aid Tin
Raku ceramic
14 x 10 x 5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Bayer Aspirin Tin
Bayer Aspirin Tin
Raku ceramic
15 x 12 x 2.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Bicycle Playing Cup
Bicycle Playing Cup
Raku ceramic
18.5 x 13.5 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Budweiser
Budweiser
Raku ceramic
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Campbell_s Soup
Campbell's Soup
Raku ceramic
14 x 10 x 10 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Chanel No 5
Chanel No. 5
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 10 x 4 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Chapstick
Chapstick, 2016
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 4 x 4 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Charlie Nail Polish Bottle
Charlie Nail Polish Bottle, 2016
Raku ceramic
17.5 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Clinique Cream
Clinique Cream, 2016
Raku ceramic
16.5 x 4.25 x 7.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Clinique Lipstick
Clinique Lipstick, 2016
Raku ceramic
20 x 11 x 4 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro
Cloverdale Milk
Raku ceramic
17 x 5.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Coke Can
Coke Can, 2017
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Corn Flakes
Corn Flakes
Raku ceramic
15 x 10.5 x 5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Cracker Jack Box
Cracker Jack Box, 2016
Raku ceramic
19 x 8.5 x 4 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Cream of Wheat
Cream of Wheat, 2016
Raku ceramic
15 x 10.5 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Crest Toothpaste
Crest Toothpaste, 2016
Raku ceramic
5 x 24 x 7 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Dad_s Root Beer Bottle Cap
Dad's Root Beer Bottle Cap, 2016
Raku ceramic
2.5 x 11 x 11 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Dos Equis
Dos Equis
Raku ceramic
21.5 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Dots with 7 Candies
Dots with 7 Candies, 2017
Raku ceramic
11.5 x 25 x 4.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Doublemint Gum
Doublemint Gum
Raku ceramic
6.5 x 22.5 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro French_s Fish Food
French's Fish Food
Raku ceramic
15 x 10 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Frenchs Mustard Jar
French's Mustard Jar
Raku ceramic
11 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro French_s Paprika Tin
French's Paprika Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
9 x 9.25 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Fukidol
Fukidol, 2017
Raku ceramic
5.5 x 17 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Good _ Plenty (with 7 candies)
Good & Plenty (with 7 candies)
Raku ceramic
10 x 39 x 3 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Grey Poupon Jar
Grey Poupon Jar, 2017
Raku ceramic
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Grumbacher Paint Tube
Grumbacher Paint Tube, 2016
Raku ceramic
5.5 x 19 x 7.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Heineken Beer Bottle
Heineken Beer Bottle
Raku ceramic
23 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Heinz Ketchup Bottle
Raku ceramic
20 x 7 x 7 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Hot Tamales Box with 6 Candies
Hot Tamales Box with 6 Candies Wall Sculpture, 2016
Raku ceramic
11.5 x 28 x 3 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Ivory Soap
Ivory Soap, 2017
Raku ceramic
9.5 x 15 x 5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro J Champagne - Curvee 20
J Champagne - Curvee 20
Raku ceramic
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Juicyfruit Chewing Gum
Juicyfruit Chewing Gum, 2016
Raku ceramic
6.25 x 22.75 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Junior Mint box with 5 Candies
Junior Mint box with 5 Candies, 2016
Raku ceramic
30 x 11 x 3 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Ken-L Ration Dog Food Tin
Ken-L Ration Dog Food Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
12.5 x 9 x 9 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single Blue
M & M Single Blue
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 M _ M Single
M & M Single Purple
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Red
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro M _ M Single
M & M Single Yellow
Raku ceramic
5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Mallomars
Mallomars, 2017
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Maxwell Coffee
Maxwell Coffee, 2016
Raku ceramic
8 x 11 x 11 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Monopoly
Monopoly, 2016
Raku ceramic
26 x 13 x 1.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Pacifico Beer Bottle
Pacifico Beer Bottle
Ceramic
22.5 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro
Pencil and Tape Measurer
Raku ceramic
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Pond_s Cold Cream
Pond's Cold Cream, 2016
Raku ceramic
9 x 9.75 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Prozac
Prozac
Raku ceramic
4.5 x 15 x 4.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Quaker Oats
Quaker Oats, 2016
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Reese_s
Reese's Wall Sculpture
Raku ceramic
26 x 10 x 3 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Skippy Crunchy Peanut Butter
Skippy Crunchy Peanut Butter, 2017
Raku ceramic
10.5 x 8 x 8 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Smucker_s Strawberry Preserves
Smucker's Strawberry Preserves, 2017
Raku ceramic
13 x 7.5 x 7.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Spam Tin
Spam Tin, 2016
Raku ceramic
9.5 x 10 x 5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Spearmint Gum
Spearmint Gum
Raku ceramic
6.5 x 23 x 3.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Starbucks Coffee Cup
Starbucks Coffee Cup
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro TAB
TAB
Raku ceramic
13.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Tabasco Hot Sauce
Tabasco Sauce Bottle
Raku ceramic
21 x 5 x 5 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Tennis Ball Can
Tennis Ball Can, 2016
Raku ceramic
15 x 6 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Tide Soap
Tide Soap, 2016
Raku ceramic
11 x 7 x 4 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Tony the Tiger Cereal
Tony the Tiger Cereal
Raku ceramic
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Tuna for Cats
Tuna for Cats
Raku ceramic
5 x 11 x 11 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Velveeta Box
Velveeta Box, 2016
Raku ceramic
8.5 x 17 x 6 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro Viagra
Viagra
Raku ceramic
3 x 15 x 10 in
SOLD
Karen  Shapiro York Peppermint Pattie
York Peppermint Pattie, 2017
Raku ceramic
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 Description

Karen Shapiro Statement

My first recorded attempts at artistic expression were at the ripe age of 5 years or so when I painstakingly painted the adobe brick walls surrounding our house in Tucson. The records of these attempts are the scratchy old home movies taken years ago -- the painted images being executed in nothing but tap water and disappearing instantly in the Arizona sun. Years later I majored in art in high school where I began working in clay and continued in this medium as a design major in college. After college and continuing until a year or so ago, my medium changed drastically to a more edible art form in the shape of a long, hard career as a pastry chef.

 

I am now happily out of the kitchen and back into the ceramics studio where I am finding great joy in working in a sculpture style which is new for me. In earlier years, my emphasis was on abstract form. Upon reentering the ceramic studio at the College of Marin, under the tutelage of the ever-inspiring energy and talent of Anne Peet Carrington, I naturally tried to take up where I had left off many years ago. I was immediately frustrated and disappointed to see that those "perfect" forms would no longer come from my hands. Instead, I was drawn to the form of a milk carton, then to my espresso pot from Italy, next to an artichoke from the market -- in other words, I found an inexhaustible source of fascinating shapes and forms staring at me from all sides.

 

Now I find myself jumping around from vegetables to nail polish bottles and lipsticks, to crayons and on and on, and in addition to these wonderful objects I have also discovered the raku kiln. The excitement of reaching into a red-hot environment with tongs, of the flaming bucket, even the choking smoke, and finding results I never dreamt of -- always changing, always so much to learn -- has given me back an enormous energy, appetite and passion for my work. It's an adventure I've just begun, and I look forward to many fulfilling years and ever more exciting results which I hope to share with as many people as may also find them interesting and fun.

 

 

 

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