Posted on 2023-07-15
Dick Martin Dick Martin
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Ceramic Sculpture - Enceladus, Ancient Greek Giant

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  • £295.00

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Enceladus was one of the Ancient Greek Giants who fought the Olympian Gods in the epic battle for control of the cosmos. The battle between Athena and Enceladus was a popular theme in Greek vase paintings. He is said to be buried under Mount Etna in Sicily and to be the cause of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mount Etna's eruptions were said to be the breath of Enceladus and its tremors to be caused by him rolling over from side to side beneath the mountain. I have been there and heard him rumble so I can confirm it is true!

Classical Greek Art, Literature, History, Myths and Legends and the many traditions of Ancient Greece have always fascinated me. Ancient Greek vases and the wonderful collection in the British Museum in London give great enjoyment and suggest endless opportunities for creativity. They depict fabulous stories of Gods, heroes and many characters and the adventures they undergo exploring universal themes just as relevant today.

The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind.

The nature of the clay and the design means there are lumps and bumps and various marks. This rugged affect is all part of the charm of the work.

I use white stoneware clay and make using slab and coil building techniques. The work is then fired twice in an electric kiln, the second firing to over 1200c. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes.

Lovely to hold – they have a great “feel” about them.

Each piece is hand built and totally unique. Suitable for interior and exterior locations.

Signed underneath with my signature stamp. Certificate of Authenticity included.

Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.


  • Ceramic


22 x 47 x 13 cm


  • Expressionistic


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