La Regressa

Medium: Painted ceramic clay on a ceramic base

Inspiration: After taking a few years off Catrina Briscoe returns to sculpting with Ella Regresa. Wanting to add a homage to the beauty of nature to the piece, Catrina cut and textured each leaf of the dress and hat by hand.

Dimensions: 6" diameter base, 8.5" tall

Jardin de las Mariposas

 

Medium: Painted ceramic clay on a wooden base

Inspiration: The Tucson Botanical Gardens and their commitment to the beauty of nature.

Dimensions: 6 x 10" base, 20" tall

Jardin de las Mariposas is on permanent display at

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Strike a Pose
(Madonna's Vogue)


Medium: Polymer clay on ceramic bases

Inspiration: Madonna's Vogue

Dimensions: 4" diameter base, 6" tall

Swarovski Sisters

 

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, Swarovski crystals

Inspiration: The elegant beauty of Swarovski crystals

Dimensions: 10" tall

La Catrina or La Calavera Catrina was created circa 1910 by José Guadalupe Posada. The original creation was meant to be satirical, poking fun at the native Mexican people who were beginning to emulate European customs.

 

La Catrina rose to stardom with Diego Rivera’s Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central)  in 1946. Both Diego and Frida Kahlo appear in the mural. This phenomenal piece also illustrates La Catrina and her aristocratic appearance, standing next to her creator José Guadalupe Posada.

 

Learn more about José Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, and Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central at Wikipedia.

 

La Catrina has become the much revered figure of el Dia de los Muertos. She appears in both two dimensional and three dimensional artworks. Many transform themselves into La Catrina to participate in the traditional processions of el Dia de los Muertos.

 

While traveling in Mexico Catrina became intrigued with this wonderful character that had her name. Each La Catrina by Catrina has a story to tell.

 

She is a reminder to us all… no matter how snobish or bourgeois you are, we all become skeletons in the end!

Don't Feed the Animals

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, feathers, and snail shells on a  tile base

Inspiration: Not all pets are furry!

Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75" base, approximately 10" tall

 

 

Rain Flowers

Medium: Ceramic clay painted with glass beads, and a feathered umbrella on a ceramic base

Inspiration: Have you ever wanted to kick off your shoes and pick flowers in the rain? A very feminine la Catrina dons an umbrella and pink evening gown to pick flowers in the rain.

Dimensions: 4" x 4" base, 7.5" tall

 

 

Headhunter

Medium: Painted ceramic clay and a ceramic la Catrina head (Mexico), on a wooden base

Inspiration: While visiting tourist shops Catrina noticed the broken pieces of a Mexican la Catrina. ‘The head seemed to have a life of its own, I had to have it.’ Perhaps a trophy, perhaps a pet, this large la Catrina seems to have captured the head of one of her sisters.

Dimensions: 11.5" x 8.5" base, 21" tall

 

 

Gathering

Medium: Painted stone clay over a plastic model, feathers , and toy heads on a chain, on a wooden base.

Inspiration: This one recently completed La Catrina is unique! She began as a holiday prop but has become a La Catrina by Catrina like no other. She's been gathering the heads of others, perhaps even their souls. Is she gathering them to take them back to the World beyond or is she helping them find peace? The chain and heads can be positioned however you like.

Dimensions: 7.5" x 5.5" oval base, 6.5" tall

Enchanted Cholla Forest...

Hide & Seek, Tree Climb, and Swingin'

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, cholla branches, feathered hats and a wooden bases

Inspiration: The cholla of the Desert Southwest. Catrina is surrounded by cholla cactus, another fascinating desert plant. The structure of the plant is such that long after it dies the branches remain.

Dimensions: Hide & Seek: 8" diameter base, 9" tall, 11" wide

Swingin': 9.5" x 6.5" base, 7" tall

Tree Climb: 8" diameter base, 12" tall, 16" wide

Shark Bite

Medium: Painted stone clay, shark teeth, barrel cactus spines, and pewter charms on a ceramic base

Inspiration: Beautiful yet rugged, this piece demonstrates Catrina’s ability to incorporate elements from the natural world where you would not expect them. From the front, this la Catrina looks demure, but the sharks teeth and spines emerging from her spine tell a different story.

Dimensions: 6" diameter base, 9" tall

Metamorphosis

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, artificial butterfly wings, feathers, a feathered hat and a tile base

Inspiration: As an avid science fiction reader, Catrina can’t help but wonder about the possibility of unique species. This one is stunning with wings of multiple materials. Why fly with just two wings?

Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75" base, 10" tall, 12" wide

The Party Girls...

Bubbles, Confetti, and Flor

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, glass marbles, beads, streamers, and paper flowers, in margarita glasses

Inspiration: Simple fun! Catrina has incorporated the traditional Mexican margarita glass into this trio. One bathes in glass marbles, one in paper flowers, and one in party streamers. Each margarita glass has a slightly different design.

Dimensions: 6" diameter margarita glass, approximately 10" tall

 

 

The Music of Maud

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, a feathered hat, and a miniature violin on a  tile base

Inspiration: Maud Powell was the first American violinist to achieve international recognition circa 1885. My tribute to an incredible musical artist

Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75" base, approximately 10" tall

 

 

Ode to O'Keeffe

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, a feathered hat, and a canvas and easel on a  tile base

Inspiration: Georgia O'Keeffe was an exceptional painter. No one captured the beauty of flowers like she did. My tribute to this exceptional artist.

Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75", approximately 10" tall

 

 

The Bee's Knees

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, artificial butterflies, a feathered hat, and a wooden base

Inspiration: The companion to la Mariposa, inspired by the bumble bees in Catrina’s courtyard garden.

Dimensions: 4.75" x 4.75" base, 12.5" tall

 

 

 

 

La Mariposa

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, artificial butterflies, a feathered hat, and a wooden base

Inspiration: The companion to The Bees Knees, inspired by the beauty and grace of the butterflies in Catrina’s courtyard gardens.

Dimensions: 4.75" x 4.75", 11.5" tall

 

 

 

 

The Saguaro Sisters...

Blossom and Spine

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, saguaro ribs, saguaro spines, and miniature birds, on slate bases

Inspiration: The saguaros of Arizona. One sister is made from the mold of an actual saguaro bloom. From afar saguaros appear to be drab cactus but upon closer inspection you can see they are fascinating and complex. The other is built around the ribs of a centenarian saguaro that was living on Catrina’s property.

Dimensions: 3.75" x 3.75" base, 8" tall (Spine), 6" tall (Blossom)

Calgon Take Me Away!

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, dollhouse miniatures, and a tile base

Inspiration: A bubble bath and a glass of red wine, a perfect end to the day.

Dimensions: 5.75" x 5.75" base, 4" tall, 7" wide

T-Rex Tango

 

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, paper mache, a feathered hat and a mirror base

Inspiration: T-Rex may not be able to do push ups but he can tango!

Dimensions: 12" diameter base, 9" tall (with hat)

 

 

 

 

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Caged Canary

Medium: Painted ceramic clay, artificial flowers, Swarovski crystals, and in a miniature (metal) bird cage

Inspiration: Feeling caged and on display for the amusement of others.

Dimensions: 4.75" diameter base, 12.5" tall

 

 

 

 

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