De Rosa Collection / Artesania Rinconada Animal Figurines

The De Rosa family has been intimately involved with ceramics since 1945 when the founder, Jorge De Rosa attended the Argentinian National School of Ceramic Design.  The South American ceramic works of art seen below are created with honor and adoration for the animals that inspired each.


Made from fine ceramic, each piece blends the attitude and whimsy of surrealist art and South American artists like Dali, Picasso, and Miro with natural inspiration and careful handiwork.

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Each figurine is first hand carved, then colored with enamel by hand. Every piece gets fired individually for each new shade applied.  The figurines are then finished with 24k gold or platinum trim. Check out how the process works in the video below.




No comments, Elise Anderson, March 26, 2015

A.S. Batle’s Graphite Sculptures

Artist and sculptor Angelio S. Batle makes art out of everyday objects. His graphite sculptures are both inspirational tools for creating art (they can be used like pencils) and detailed works of art in themselves. Check out the below video that explores the artist’s intentions, his remarkable work, and his unique creative process.




See more A.S. Batle graphite sculptures by clicking the image below!


No comments, Elise Anderson, March 20, 2015

The Popular Platypus


A well-loved, and truly unique animal, the platypus is a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal. One of the only mammals that lays eggs, the platypus is duck-billed, beaver-tailed, and otter-footed… making its body appear almost as an amalgam of other animals’ best features.


The platypus is the symbol of the state of New South Wales. Until the 20th century, this little guy was hunted for his pelt, but now the platypus is protected.

One of the most unique features of the platypus is its ability to find prey using a complex system called electroreception. Using special receptors in the bill, a platypus can determine the location of another animal by detecting electric fields generated by that animal’s muscular contractions.


No comments, Elise Anderson, March 20, 2015

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