Entering the elegant world of Rene Lalique can be spellbinding and it’s easy to be off with the fairies, sirens and nymphs in a forest of serpents, dragonflies, ravens, swans, bats, gazelles, butterflies and other exotic creatures from the Nouveau repertoire.
Goyin Silveira — ‘Tarantula Olla’
Roberto Olivas Sgraffito Olla
‘The Goslar Warrior’ – Henry Moore
Unleashing the futurist dynamic:
‘Perspectives in Flight´– Futurist Fedele Azari
Jean Dunand—lacquered panel from ‘La Chasse’
The contemporary art of three Greek sculptors – Theodore Papayannis, Yiannis Nanouris and Yannis Koutsouradis.
Creating a new glaze has been a lifelong passion for Hideaki Miyamura, his newest glaze being a ‘crystalescent’ yohen.
‘Kokopelli’ – Tammy Garcia
‘Lifeline’ by Andy Scott
Qvevri wine pots from Georgia
Czechoslavakia is blessed with a fascinating history of ceramic design which developed rapidly after the introduction of porcelain in the 1790’s.
The originator of raku in Japan was Sasaki Chojiro, who first produced raku pieces for the Japanese tea ceremony in the 16th century. He learnt the technique from his father Ameya, who was trained in the Ming Dynasty Sencai pottery tradition and was brought to Kyoto, Japan from China.
Transfiguration Screw IX by Mitsuo Takeuchi
Art featured in the Milan Triennial during the 50’s & 60’s
The Roman rule of Egypt from 30 BC to 395 AD led to Roman decorations incorporating Egyptian motifs and an increased interest in Egyptian culture. During the Italian Renaissance “Egyptomania” resurfaced.. read more
Celebrating the potters and pottery companies that have been recognized for their contribution to the ceramic arts with their unique designs, innovations and classic creations and their influence in introducing new styles and movements in the field of ceramics.
Many Mid-Century collectors covet a Marcello Fantoni piece for their flair and originality. Fantoni’s ceramic designs came to embody the timeless appeal of classic and traditional Italian pottery merged with challenging modernist and progressive movements. Read More
Located in a region in south-eastern France, Vallauris is nestled among low coastal hills and with its rich supply of clay, has been a pottery-making centre since Roman times.
Koan : Once a division of the Japanese army was engaged in a sham battle, and some of the officers found it necessary to make their headquarters in Gasan’s temple. Gasan told his cook: “Let the officers have only the same simple fare we eat.” This made the army men angry, as they were used to very deferential treatment. One came to Gasan and said: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers, sacrificing our lives for our country. Why don’t you treat us accordingly?” Gasan answered sternly: “Who do you think we are? We are soldiers of humanity, aiming to save all sentient beings.”
Figurines Of Intrigue
The Okinawan’s believe they are teenagers up to the age of 50, which is probably the most distinctive quality in their mindset compared to the West.
Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontiev
The ritual of “ afternoon tea “ only became a widespread pastime after one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, promoted the habit of having tea and cakes in the late afternoon.
The vibrant ceramics of Ardmore, ranging from functional domestic ware to sculptural art in the highly decorative African tradition, offer a fine insight into the subtle influences of rural potters at work in the Champagne Valley of KwaZulu Natal. These artists combine the elements of their tribal tradition with the unique perspective of a new world. Although the nerve centre of Ardmore has moved to Lavendula in the Natal Midlands, the majority of the artists continue to work on the Ardmore farm near their family homes in the Champagne Valley.
The ancient Egyptians were gifted artisans and pottery was an art where they excelled. Egypt in the pre dynastic period produced pottery of very high quality From 3000BC on their pottery was decorated with depictions of animals, humans, boats and various other patterns and symbols. Two main veins of pottery existed during this period, pottery from Nile clay ( red/brown after firing ) and pottery from marl clay ( usually polished to give a lustrous look ).
The above top right bowl was created and photographed by ceramicist/photographer Philippe Buraud in the Provence of Ile de France, Paris region, Essonne at la porte du solei.