CastShadows

Gargoyles, Green Man, Sculpture by artist R. Chalifour

Niantic, Connecticut On Etsy since 2011

7,058 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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CastShadows

Gargoyles, Green Man, Sculpture by artist R. Chalifour

Niantic, Connecticut | 7,058 Sales

Announcement    Welcome to my studio... I sculpt Gargoyles, Green Men and other unique works of art and make them available to you!
From my original sculpted creations, I make molds and then produce a copy in resin or cast stone. A great deal of work goes into each and everyone...attention is given to the smallest details to make each sculpture a work of art. They are finished by hand to give each it's own personality, then finally professionally packed for shipping to you!

Inspiration for my work comes from many places, including antiques, architecture, ancient myths, my own imagination...and you! I invite you to come see what I'm working on next:
www.instagram.com/castshadowsstudio/
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If you love what your seeing, be sure to favorite and follow my shop so you won't miss what's next!

Absolutely beautiful detail and so much fun. Every gargoyle lover needs one of these! Thanks so much Richard!★★★★★
Absolutely amazing! Thank you so very much! I love him! ★★★★★
Return buyer and so pleased! Will be back again! Thank you!★★★★★


♥ A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to my customers! ♥

New pieces always in the works...getting ready to show everyone! I'll also be posting these fabulous creations to Instagram & pinterest soon!

Come follow my work here to see what's new:

https://instagram.com/castshadowsstudio/

http://www.pinterest.com/CastShadows

http://castshadowsstudio.deviantart.com/

https://castshadows.see.me/

https://plus.google.com/117265515553620806591/posts

https://www.facebook.com/CastShadowsStudio

I'm working hard to get the studio promoted, and list some of the great new pieces in the shop, so please check back to see what I've been doing!

Announcement

Last updated on May 28, 2020

Welcome to my studio... I sculpt Gargoyles, Green Men and other unique works of art and make them available to you!
From my original sculpted creations, I make molds and then produce a copy in resin or cast stone. A great deal of work goes into each and everyone...attention is given to the smallest details to make each sculpture a work of art. They are finished by hand to give each it's own personality, then finally professionally packed for shipping to you!

Inspiration for my work comes from many places, including antiques, architecture, ancient myths, my own imagination...and you! I invite you to come see what I'm working on next:
www.instagram.com/castshadowsstudio/
********************************************************************************************
If you love what your seeing, be sure to favorite and follow my shop so you won't miss what's next!

Absolutely beautiful detail and so much fun. Every gargoyle lover needs one of these! Thanks so much Richard!★★★★★
Absolutely amazing! Thank you so very much! I love him! ★★★★★
Return buyer and so pleased! Will be back again! Thank you!★★★★★


♥ A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to my customers! ♥

New pieces always in the works...getting ready to show everyone! I'll also be posting these fabulous creations to Instagram & pinterest soon!

Come follow my work here to see what's new:

https://instagram.com/castshadowsstudio/

http://www.pinterest.com/CastShadows

http://castshadowsstudio.deviantart.com/

https://castshadows.see.me/

https://plus.google.com/117265515553620806591/posts

https://www.facebook.com/CastShadowsStudio

I'm working hard to get the studio promoted, and list some of the great new pieces in the shop, so please check back to see what I've been doing!

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About CastShadows

Sales 7,058
On Etsy since 2011

Cast Stone sculpture inspired by historic architectural details

It was during the summer of 1992, I had gone to Boston with my girlfriend to see the sites and shop on Newbury Street.

One of the shops we walked into was rather strange and unusual.
The shop was dimly lit and full of architectural salvaged pieces like beautiful old stained glass and old church parts. Dried leaves on the dusty floor crushed under foot, soft melancholy piano music, it was amazing!
There were also sculptures created by local artists, castings in plaster of green men and gargoyles. I had never seen a shop like this before, or since. It felt like something out of a movie.

It was also a bit busy, so after a few minutes of browsing I went outside and while I waited for my girlfriend, I sat on a bench where I watched and listened. Lots of people walked by and I overheard many talking about this strange shop. A few were frightened by the gargoyles they were selling, but most were saying things about how “this was their favorite shop” or “what a cool place!”

That was the beginning, the start of making plaster casts of my sculpture from molds.
I had gone to school for architectural drafting, worked as a freelance illustrator and had even experimented with making plaster sculptures and molds. I had noticed stone carvings that decorated buildings before but until that moment that walking into the shop on Newbury Street, it never occurred to me that an artist had to create these and that many symbolic elements were at play.

Now It seemed to me that many carvings on buildings were 3-dimensional illustrations, telling little stories. Some sculptures had meanings that could be discerned or read, others might be just decorative, but even pieces that were just decorative began to have stories, the salvaged piece, that some one cared enough for to risk their own safety to save. As an artist, I was attracted to the idea that people could be interested in these architecturally based pieces as art.

These historical sculptures, beautiful and imaginative, inspired my own creations.
In 1993 I started Cast Shadows Studio while living in Meriden, CT.
Making molds and casts of my sculptures and selling them to that very same shop in Boston.

Our first work space had lots of character and space. It was in an old brick factory building, built in the 1860’s, with lots of large windows and a wide open floor plan.
The interior was so spacious that you could ride a bicycle around inside the studio.
High ceilings and wood floors, it was perfect.
Our current workshop is in the seaside village of Niantic, CT.
My home studio is an 1890’s Victorian farm house with a carriage house and huge yard. It’s smaller but has great character and we love it. We’re located midway between New York & Boston.

I have found that I’m attracted to spaces with a certain charm, or ambiance, especially Victorian architecture that has a been carved and embellished with all sorts of details these bits and pieces of the building seem to let my imagination go wild.
These architectural elements are the focus of Cast Shadows Studios’ production. Ornamental Pieces that were cast or carved to be placed on a structure for the enjoyment of the viewer, and occupant and maybe a glimpse into the reason for its existence.

More recently here at Cast Shadows Studio, I have been making pieces in a “cast stone,” a material that is used largely for decorative architectural components and is intended for use OUTDOORS. These pieces retain both the look and feel of carved stone.

I’d like to extend a special Thank You to, Louis, Bill & Cristy Gordon and their shop in Boston, "Gargoyles,Grotesques & Chimeras" for the influence it had on my artistic direction, with out their help, this sculpture wouldn't be available today.

This site has a great write up on the Newbury Street shop--http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/2012/12/31/gargoyles-grotesques-chimeras-listening-to-the-anatomy-of-melancholy/

I would also like to THANK YOU! art collectors and fans of architectural carvings.

Richard

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  • Richard Chalifour

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been a professional sculptor for more than 25 years. My designs are mostly inspired by historic architectural carvings and I love creating designs that look like antique pieces. I work from my home studio in various types of clay.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 7, 2015
Cast Shadows Studio is where you will find my sculpture inspired by historic stone carvings, architectural ornaments and gothic romanticism. Handmade and created with attention to fine details they are perfect for your home or garden, and will last for many years even outside.

My Bio will tell you more about who I am and how I do what I do. You can also find out more about my process at my blog: http://www.CastShadowStudio.com

By purchasing from Cast Shadows Studio you are accepting full responsibility for any possible injury, damage, or loss that may occur from the wearing or use of any item from the Cast Shadows Studio Etsy shop.

You further attest and agree that you will in no way copy, duplicate or forge any of items listed in this shop. By purchasing an item, you agree that it is solely for your person use only. Any attempt to copy, fake or forge a Cast ShadowsStudio product will result in an immediate forfeiture of any monies made from the sale of said copy, fake or forgery, and you further agree that you will be held liable in addition for civil and criminal penalties, plus attorneys fees, up to the maximum as allowed by law.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I do my very best to insure that each piece will arrive to you in excellent condition. If it does not- please let me know. Your satisfaction my goal, however, if you are worried about loss or damage, please consider insurance and/or delivery confirmation.
Payment
PayPal, Credit cards & gift cards

I also accept money orders- all money orders must be received within 5 days of order.
Order that are not paid within 7 days, without correspondence, will be canceled.
I accept Paypal to r.a.chalifour [!at] gmail.com

I do accept layaway for large orders and will send you a Paypal invoice for the amount and dates that fit your budget. Those items purchased on layaway will be marked as reserved once the first payment clears and left in the shop until paid in full. Your sold item will be shipped to you upon final payment clearance. This can be a single item or multiple items combined into one layaway.

Customers are responsible for any and all import/VAT fees. Please check your Countries import fees if any, prior to purchase.

All payments must be received before any item is shipped. My cancellation policy for forfeit on custom items is time plus materials which is 50% of the selling price.
Shipping
~I normally ship within 4-12 business days after receipt of payment. If there is any delay- I will contact you immediately.
~All items ship via USPS first class or priority mail unless otherwise stated
To reduce the impact my business has on the earth and to keep operating cost low- I recycle packing materials- If you prefer packaging other than recycled materials- let me know-
Most shipments include Delivery confirmation and insurance is at no additional cost!

I am happy to quote shipping for unusually large multi-purchases. I am here to help. How may I assist you?
Please convo me for international shipping costs.

Shippments are made on Monday and Friday of each week.

Shipping quotes for USA are for continental U.S. only. Alaska, Hawaii, and Military Addresses will be quoted on a case by case basis. I do ship internationally to many locations (UK, Australia, Canada, etc) using USPS First Class Mail International. Buyers are fully responsible, and will not hold Cast Shadows Studio liable, for any issues with customs fees or postal delays due to customs. I do not ship to China, North Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Mexico, the Middle East and a few more International locations.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love hearing from you!
I except custom orders when time permits- please convo me with your request. Custom orders can take from 1 single day to 6 weeks for completion.
Larger elements and displays for themed events availabe, Steampunk, to Carnival, to Gothic...I can create what you need for your dream wedding, birthday, anniversary or charity themed event.