R & J Gumaelius

 R & J Gumaelius - Family Portrait R & J Gumaelius - A Slight Breeze R & J Gumaelius - Bird Head R & J Gumaelius - A Small Stool and Floating Hat R & J Gumaelius - A  Journal of Travels R & J Gumaelius - Creature Comforts  R & J Gumaelius - Not Much Without You Here, Just a Kangaroo Balanci R & J Gumaelius - He Holds the Dishes Stacked for Her R & J Gumaelius - A Small House and Wheels R & J Gumaelius - Puppeteer in Homemade Hat R & J Gumaelius - A Silent Conversation R & J Gumaelius - Still on a Moving Platform R & J Gumaelius - Vested Owl  R & J Gumaelius - No Rocking the Boat R & J Gumaelius - Winged Hat R & J Gumaelius - Birds Tell Him Where to Go
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Family Portrait
 R & J Gumaelius - Family Portrait

27" x 10" x 6" ceramic, wood and steel 

A Slight Breeze
 R & J Gumaelius - A Slight Breeze

32" x 17 1/2" x 9" ceramic, wood and Steel  

Bird Head
 R & J Gumaelius - Bird Head

24" x 9" x 10" ceramic and steel

A Small Stool and Floating Hat
 R & J Gumaelius - A Small Stool and Floating Hat

SOLD  12" x 9" x 9" ceramic, wood and steel 

A Journal of Travels
 R & J Gumaelius - A  Journal of Travels

SOLD  17" x 9" x 6" ceramic, wood and steel 

Creature Comforts
 R & J Gumaelius - Creature Comforts

21" x 8" x 5" ceramic, wood and steel 

Not Much Without You Here, Just a Kangaroo Balanci
 R & J Gumaelius - Not Much Without You Here, Just a Kangaroo Balanci

13" x 11" x 6" ceramic, wood and steel 

He Holds the Dishes Stacked for Her
 R & J Gumaelius - He Holds the Dishes Stacked for Her

20" x 8" x 4 1/2"  ceramic, wood and steel  

A Small House and Wheels
 R & J Gumaelius - A Small House and Wheels

11" x 10" x 5 1/2" ceramic, wood and steel  

Puppeteer in Homemade Hat
 R & J Gumaelius - Puppeteer in Homemade Hat

12" x 6" x 4 1/2" ceramic, wood and steel 

A Silent Conversation
 R & J Gumaelius - A Silent Conversation

17" x 9" x 5" ceramic, wood and steel 

Still on a Moving Platform
 R & J Gumaelius - Still on a Moving Platform

14" x 6" x 7" ceramic, wood and steel  

Vested Owl
 R & J Gumaelius - Vested Owl

16 1/2" x 8" x 8" ceramic, wood and steel  

No Rocking the Boat
 R & J Gumaelius - No Rocking the Boat

11.5" x 10" x 6" ceramic, wood and steel 

Winged Hat
 R & J Gumaelius - Winged Hat

13" x 9" x 5"  ceramic, wood and steel 

Birds Tell Him Where to Go
 R & J Gumaelius - Birds Tell Him Where to Go

10" x 6" x 5"  ceramic, wood and steel 

 

 

 

Robin and John Gumaelius incorporate steel, ceramic and wood to create animated human and birdlike sculptures. Robin creates all the colorful ceramic surface imagery and complex decorative glazes, and then John takes over and adds the exquisite metal armatures that bring the sculptures to life. In a highly unusual working relationship, Robin and John combine their skills and imaginations together as an artistic team to build a singularly unusual world out of clay and metal.

John says that "we begin by pressing clay into a crow-shaped mold, then cut, bend and build to alter that shape. We paint the entire figure with under-glazes then carve back through to the white clay. Watching clay peel away and images appear satisfies us; it gives immediate pleasure."

Robin continues: "Radio stories, history books, biking adventures, gardening notes, neighbors spied, strangers watched in stores and parks and cars jangle together in our heads and come so freely to our fingers that when we see the pieces finished we are often delighted – as if we are not their creators; they just come to talk with us for a while and then leave again".
John and Robin Gumaelius live in a tree house John recently built for the couple and their four children. In this wooded environment, the couple works in a slow ongoing conversation with each other. Each piece records a bit of their story.

 

Paul Scott Gallery  -  7103 East Main Street  -  Scottsdale, AZ 85251  -  480-596-9533  -  Tue-Sat 10-5:30