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Dimensional Ceramic Wall Sculptures
by New York artist Allen Littlefield


opened at Saper Galleries Sunday, June 3, 2012.

We continue to have a selection of Littlefields on display.

MLive article here.

Since 1986 -- for more than a quarter of a century -- Saper Galleries has enjoyed sharing the creative, imaginary, and compelling ceramic wall sculptures by artist Allen K. Littlefield.  His designs, as you see here, are truly unique and quite captivating. 

The dimensional images each seem to convey a personality, perhaps with a sociological, anthropological, or cultural reference, particularly when grouped with others which share some common and dissimilar attributes. 

Littlefield was born in Pennsylvania and lived most of his life in New York State.  His Master of Fine Arts degree was earned in 1973 at the State University of New York.

The artist builds each piece individually out of white stoneware clay and then bisque-fires them in an electric kiln. The final step in firing involves an ancient technique called pitfiring.  This is done outdoors and involves wrapping or positioning each piece with various materials including cardboard and newspaper.  After the pitfiring Littlefield washes each piece thoroughly and lets it dry before applying other colors or attaching them to backgrounds.

He says that his "work is to be viewed as 'future artifacts', objects that foreshadow what may be found in museums 3,000 years from now. The sculpture and fragments might reveal some of our alleged martyrs and saints or ritual and sacred objects." 

I bought one of Allen Littlefield's dimensional wall sculptures in the 1980s for a bathroom where it seems to come out from the wall to greet the viewer.  They are perfect for small walls, intimate spaces, or where they can be viewed relatively closely. 

Every Littlefield wall sculpture is unique and hand-made directly by the hands of the artist.  I and many others who have acquired them from Saper Galleries have enjoyed them for their own homes and as gifts for others. 

I hope that you, too, are taken by their captivating qualities, and that you enjoy imagining their "meaning" as they speak to you.
                                    ~ Roy Saper

Emergence
Emergence
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2"
Sold for $75


Dream
                Song
Dream Song
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
$60
(Please call to confirm availability)

City Escape
City Escape
10 1/2" diameter
$195
On display right now!

Cosmic
                Chorus
Cosmic Chorus
10 1/2" diameter
$195
Oh no!  It sold!
But the artist can make another for you.  Just ask us!

Luv Ya!
Luv Ya!
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2"
$65
On display right now!

Split-P
Split "P"
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2"
$75
On display right now!

Emergence II
Emergence II <New!
10 1/2" diameter
$195

Cosmic
                Chorus Detail
Cosmic Chorus (detail)





Fragment of a dream
Fragment of a Dream A < New!
Ceramic wall relief
1 x 11"
$86

Fragment of a dream
Fragment of a Dream B
Ceramic wall relief
1 x 11"
Sorry, sold for $86
Fragment of a dream
Fragment of a Dream C
 
Ceramic wall relief
1 x 11"
Sorry, sold for $86
Fragment of a Dream
Fragment of a Dream
 
Ceramic wall relief
1 x 11"
$65

Quattro
Quattro
12 x 12 x 2"
$300 framed

Group Therapy
Group Therapy
10 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 4"
Sold for $350 framed
but we can have the artist make a variation for you!

Choices
Choices
12 x 12 x 3 3/4"
$300 framed
(Please call to confirm availability)
Odd Man
                      Out
Odd Man Out
12 x 12 x 2"
Sold for $300 framed
but we can have the artist make one for you!

Odd Man Out (detail)
Odd Man Out (detail)
Quattro-C
Quattro of Colors
12 x 12 x 2"
$300 framed
Split Personality
Split Personality
12 x 12 x 2"
$300 framed

Homage to Nevelson (White)
Homage to Louise Nevelson (white)
12 x 12 x 3 3/4"
$300 framed
(Please call to confirm availability)

Homage to Nevelson (Black)
Homage to Louise Nevelson (black)
12 x 12 x 3 3/4"
$300 framed

Comp5
                      Column
Composition 5 Column
5 1/2 x 24 x 2"
$375 framed
(Please call to confirm availability)

Game
                      Boy Column
Game Boy Column
5 1/2 x 24 x 3 3/4"
$500 framed
(Please call to confirm availability)

Choices Column
Choices Column
6 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 4"
$395 framed
On display right now!

Phases
Phases Column
5 1/2 x 24 x 3 3/4"
$500 framed
(Please call to confirm availability)

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