2014 American Championships
Master Sculptors – Doubles Division

This year Sculptors represent nine different countries and ten states. Collectively they hold over 300 competition medals and many of them are World Champions. There will be sixteen Solo Master Sculptors, ten Doubles Master Sculptors (five teams) and eleven Advanced Amateurs who will compete for the Florida State Championship. Overall there will be 40 sand sculptures for spectators to admire, not including the amateur contest.


Joris Kivits
Home: Portugal

Sculpting Since: 2006
Website: http://www.joriskivits.nl
 Photographer? Graphic designer? Art director? Illustrator?  Sculptor? Like most sand sculptors, Joris is…first and foremost…an artist. Whatever the medium, whatever the project, he believes that beauty should shine through. This mentality has guided his career in movies and television, in commercials and music videos, and has carried over into his work with sand. Although he has only been sculpting sand since 2006, he’s had several notable competition achievements throughout the world. Recently, Joris became involved in sculpting marble, which, he admits, is a very different medium: “This will be around for a while,” he says. “But sand is like live theater…you enjoy it while it’s happening and it only lives in your heart and mind.”

Bouke Atema
Home: Berlin, Germany
Sculpting Since:

Website: http://boukeatema.com/
Bouke Atema was born in Friesland, The Netherlands in 1981. Atema works predominantly in the medium of sand sculpting and nature photography. He lives in Berlin and works around the world.

John Gowdy
Home: Italy – New Jersey
Sculpting Since: 1989

aka The East Coast Cowboy has been carving professionally for 25 years. He served 27 years as a firefighter in Atlantic City, NJ retiring as captain in 2006. He then relocated to Castelfranco, Veneto, a little town in Italy. He and wife, Laura, carve together occasionally. They placed 1st on the Travel Channel’s “Sand Wars” in 2012. Gowdy plans to dedicate the rest of his life to the arts. He sculpts sand and marble, paints portraits and has a performance painting show called “Flying Colors”. He travels worldwide showcasing both his paintings and sculpting. He manages The World Cup of Sand Sculpting, an annual international sand sculpting competition, in his hometown of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Greg Grady Jr.
Home: New Hampshire
Sculpting Since: 2000
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…Greg is a self-taught artist, a 2nd generation sand sculptor and a veteran of the Marine Corp (Semper Fi). An ephemeral artist; he works with sand, snow, ice, wood and pumpkins. His love for sand sculpture began as a child creating sculptures and traveling to sand events with his father which provided an opportunity to play in some of the biggest and best sandboxes any kid could imagine. Today, Greg’s childhood dreams are a reality with a career creating sand sculptures around the globe. He has earned his share of awards/prizes entertaining the masses with his whimsical, playful style, conceptual designs, craftsmanship and attention to detail. He has a sand sculpture business which organizes contests, exhibitions, promotional events, and team building workshops. Greg and father Greg Sr., are currently the driving force behind The Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting competition in New Hampshire and the longest sand sculpture trail in the world on Cape Cod Massachusetts. Greg, striving for excellence, is always honing his techniques and skills to wow the crowds.

Home: Udine, Italy

Sculpting Since: 2001
Website: http://www.sandytales.it/
Francesca Cosmi is an Italian master sculptor. She has been working internationally with perishable materials like sand, snow and ice for 13 years. She is also a mechanical engineering designer, but when carving she likes to create figurative sculptures, human and animal parts. She often teams with husband Walter Fantino under the “Sandytales” name. She practices taijiquan and at times plays an ukulele.

Walter Fantino
Home: Udine, Italy

Sculpting Since: 2001
Website: http://www.sandytales.it/
Walter Fantino is an Italian architect and master sculptor in sand, snow and ice. Walter has been carving sand for national and international fairs, festivals, corporate customers and competitions since 2001. Often working in the double “Sandytales” team with wife Francesca Cosmi, he prefers to focus on architectures and geometrical elements. He plays center-forward in the over-40 soccer division.

Delayne Corbett
Home: Canada
Sculpting Since: 2006
Website: http://www.delayne.ca/
Born in Nelson, BC, Delayne Corbett grew up all across Canada where abundant natural landscape and readily available raw materials like wood, stone, ice, snow, and sand guided him onto a creative path early in life. Though he has explored these many mediums, his passion is working with stone to create sensual abstract forms. Delayne studies sculpture through in-depth self-guided research, superb mentorship, and by attending workshops, symposiums, and competitions. Delayne is an internationally recognized ice, snow, and sand artist, and often travels abroad to work on large projects. His home time in Vancouver is consumed by either working in his studio or teaching workshops and demonstrating sculpture at a wide variety of public events.

Melineige Beauregard
Home: Quebec, Canada

Sculpting Since: 2001
Website: http://www.sculpturebeauregard.com/

BIO: Some believe sand sculpting is art, some believe it’s a sport. While others, like Melineige, believe it’s a spiritual experience. “When my hands touch the material, when my heart opens to give life, when my head is illuminated by light, I become the co-creator of the universe,” she said. “An artist is one who spiritualizes matter.” She should know. Art is in her blood. Her father is internationally renowned sculptor Guy Beauregard, and like her father, she too has achieved international success. In fact, in 2004 the father-daughter duo teamed to win the World Championship in the doubles category. Since then she has won more than 30 individual awards.  In 2013 she was Grand Champion of the first All Woman World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Florida.  And she is, with Jonathan Bouchand « Jobi », the curent World Cup Champion 2014 in the doubles category. “For me, art is a means of communication, a way to transmit the energy of life, to affirm its vastness and its beauty,”.

Morgan Rudluff
Home: Santa Cruz, California

Sculpting Since: 2007

BIO: Morgan has been sculpting since 2007. Morgan considers herself to be an eclectically-educated science nerd who scrapped it all to live and work as an artist. In 2007, she began sewing, salvaging and re-purposing garments, beginning what was to become the seeds of her own “Sew Stoked!” creative collection of clothing, costumes and accessories. In that same year, Morgan decided to make a career in the arts. She discovered the key to life laced between the billions of grains of sand, and the sculpture that waits to emerge. For Morgan, sand sculpture is one of the pinnacle ways to honor her inner child and her inner artist simultaneously.

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Abe Waterman
Home: PEI, Canada
Sculpting Since:
Website: http://www.abewaterman.com/
Life has not always been easy for Abe, having been born to a simple, poor peasant family in an area known as Glenmartin on the Isle of Prince Edward. He spent his formative years scouring the fields and forests around his parents humble cabin, foraging for nuts, berries and the occasional squirrel, doing his best to stay out of the shooting range of Edward’s archers. Undoubtedly due to a clerical error, several years ago Abe was hired on as the token local when a travelling troupe of sand sculptors past through the nearby town of Charlotte. In a desperate attempt to fit in Abe honed his “leaning on a shovel” skills, and has become a master of “staring down a sand pile while simultaneously pacing back and forth, cocking his head this way and that, and gesturing wildly with his arms, trowel in hand.”

As a means to escape his life of toil and poverty, not to mention his mother’s horrendous gopher stew, Abe has continued to pursue the life of a travelling sand sculptor, now living an anxiety-ridden existence, fearing the day he is exposed as an impostor, and sent home to the jeering throngs of Glenmartin to hang.


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