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Ceramic Decorative Butterfly Vase in Black from Costa Rica, 'Flying Beauty'

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Ceramic Decorative Butterfly Vase in Black from Costa Rica, 'Flying Beauty'

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To produce this marvelous ceramic decorative vase, Luis Alberto Gutiérrez follows the same procedures his ancestors did, including the use of pulverized stone mixed with clay and water to produce all natural colors. Raised in a town on the Nicoya Peninsula where pottery has been made in much the same way for hundreds of years, the Costa Rican artisan says that when learning his craft he, "had the help of many of my relatives who would give me their advice." The petite globe vase is black and is painstakingly decorated by hand with a design featuring a butterfly surrounded by rows of abstract and geometric shapes.

Made in Costa Rica

  • Ceramic
  • Not watertight
  • For decorative use only
  • Signed by the artist
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  • 0.59 kgs
  • 1.3 lbs
  • 12 cm H x 12 cm Diam.
  • 4.7" H x 4.7" Diam.
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Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Luis Alberto Gutierrez from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Luis Alberto Gutierrez

Luis Alberto Gutierrez

"I've always loved the pre-Hispanic ceramics of the Nicoya peninsula… I found it fascinating! By the time I was ten, I knew I wanted to be a part of this world."

"I was born in 1978 in a small Costa Rican community and grew up in a lovely family although we didn't have the income... we needed. Even so, thanks to the efforts of my parents, we always had the basic necessities.

"As a boy, I had a lot of fun. Life was happy. We always went out to play soccer and every afternoon was a moment to remember. We loved to watch the sunsets.

"I've always loved the pre-Hispanic ceramics of the Nicoya peninsula — its different shapes and the diversity of colors obtained from natural materials. I found it fascinating! By the time I was ten, I knew I wanted to be a part of this world.

"Even though I was still in school, I divided my time so that I could work in ceramic after I'd finished my homework. I couldn't spend a lot of time on my pottery, but I gave it my best effort and this was a very valuable experience.

"Little by little, I was able to start working on my own and I thank God for this. I began crafting very small pieces, as I lacked the confidence to try something big. However, this uncertainty forced me to keep trying harder and overcome any obstacle.

"To improve my technique, I had the help of many people in my own family who gave me advice and coached me to achieve better finishes. Painting the motifs was quite a challenge. I wasn't good at it and my patterns weren't pretty. It took a lot of patience and practice but I finally mastered this art.

"I am completely sure that with time and dedication, a person can achieve success and this is what I advise others.

"Thanks to many people, I am who you see today. I have many dreams and goals yet to reach but, with God's help, I will. Thank you for the opportunity to show you my work. This will help me continue growing and working even harder."

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BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
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HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
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CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

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