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Garden fountain sojourn


Street fountain in Provence

Saignon fountain in Provence, France


Fountains of fluid beauty   


Gravity and water are a marriage made in heaven, a source of eternal captivation in waterfalls and fountains, providing both a visual and sound ambiance of delight. The calm inducing qualities and natural serenity created by a water feature made fountains an essential decor addition at many great palaces, gardens and villas. The ancient Greeks were the first to use aqueducts and gravity-powered fountains to distribute water. Prior to this, large carved stone basins were employed to collect and act as a distribution point for their precious water along with the digging of deep wells. As the Egyptians had to draw their water up from the Nile river, they didn’t build any gravity fed fountains. Until the late 19th century when mechanical pumps were introduced, most fountains needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air.


Tritons and a dragon (emblem of Pope Gregory XIII. Boncompagni) Spruce fountain, Rome

HEN-Mainz Flickr

Pliny the Younger wrote about a banquet room in a Roman villa where a fountain began to jet water when visitors sat on a marble seat. Of course the display was more spectacular after the banquet had finished. Ancient Rome was a city of fountains and around 100 AD, it had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins. Roman engineers built aqueducts and fountains throughout the Roman Empire and there are still surviving examples of this. By the middle of the Renaissance, fountains had evolved to become a form of theater, with cascades and jets of water coming from marble statues on a grand scale. Unfortunately, after the aqueducts fell into ruin, some of the fountains ceased to function. It is always sad to see a dry fountain being a shadow of its former self. Still, many did survive by virtue of the accompanying statue decorations and the durable carved stone and marble that they were constructed from.
The graceful, shape shifting fluidity of water is wonderfully symbiotic with stone fountain statues and highlights the texture and lines of the form. It’s an added bonus that it has its own dynamic sculptural qualities. I’ve add an image below of the of the Fontaine des Innocents, the oldest fountain in Paris, created in 1547.



Fontaine-des-Mers,-Place-de-la-Concorde fountain in Paris with strong water jets

‘Fontaine des Mers’,– Place de la Concorde, Paris



Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain - water running from a classical head sculpture

Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain, Somerset , England; photo Doyle Herman




Fontaine-des-Innocents-Paris fountain

‘Fontaine des Innocents’ – 1547

Architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon



street Fountain-of-Neptune in Italy

‘The Fountain of Neptune’ (Italian Fontana di Nettuno)

Eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna



Garden Fish-fountain-at-Tybee-Island

Tybee Island fish sculpture fountain



Two Cherubs and a lion head wall fountain

Winged lion and cherubs fountain, France

Voyage Visuel


Stone carved angel fountain Sicily

Angel fountain as S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church , Palermo, Sicily.



San Paolo street fountain

San Paolo, Roma – LZ – Italia.

Photo William McClung




Figurative sculpture fountain. Regents Park, London.



Emile Bourdelle -‘Penelope’ (left)




mexican talavera jug an bowl in iron frame fountain

Mexican talavera ceramic jug and bowl fountain



Arles-Green Fountainhead,-France

Arles turquoise green fountainhead, France



The-Tiki-Pool-sculpture head in-Duinrell

The Tiki Pool, Duinrell

Wassenaar, The Netherlands




Santa-Cruz-fountain - kneeling female figure sculpture

Kneeling female figure sculpture fountain, Santa Cruz



Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos, ca. 480 BC. From South Italy.

Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos,

ca. 480 BC Southern Italy

Louvre Museum




‘Fontana del Tritone’ – 17th-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.



Aix-en-Provence courtyard fountain

Aix en Provence

Photo by cb de damiette, Flickr




Indoor koi pond and waterfall



"Fountain of the Four Rivers" is a fountain by BERNINI in Rome

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi  (“Fountain of the Four Rivers”) – Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Rome, Photo Pat Kofahl, 500px



Bethesda-Fountain with an angel sculpture on its top, NY

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NY



Blue-amphoras-vase located-at-Stadtpark

Blue amphora vase – Stadtpark, Vienna



Bartholdi Park fountain Washington DC

Bartholdi Park, Washington DC




Cobalt blue glaze birdbath



Cherub sculpture courtyard fountain

Courtyard fountain with cherub sculpture, Provence



A fountain by Utah artist Gary Prince

Harrison garden, Attica, Indiana



Gold Danaida_fountain_of_Peterhof---Yair-Haklai

Gold Danaida fountain of Peterhof

Photo Yair Haklai



terracotta angel statue

Terracotta English Tudor garden angel



‘Fontana del Pantheon’ fountain in front of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Inge Johnsson / Alamy



Garden of St. Eloi island whale sculpture

Fountain Blue Whale , 1982

Garden of St. Eloi island, Paris 12th district



Fontaine léanaise

Photo by Zagreusfm on Flickr



Fontaine Saint Michele Photo by Michele Campus

Fontaine Saint Michele

Photo by Michele Campus




Fountain Saint Michel

Tamar Marie on Flickr



Fountain.-Newport-RI---David Fuller Photo

Fountain Rhode Island—David Fuller



Art Deco fountain - Francois Sicard - 1932

Art Deco fountain – Francois Sicard – 1932

photo Jamie Williams

The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park North, Sydney




Friendship-of-Nations-fountain - Moscow

Friendship of Nations fountain, Moscow



Galatea-Fountain-(gilded-bronze) Goddess statue with flowing wavy hair

Galatea Fountain (gilded-bronze), Audrey Flack

South Pasadena, Florida




Ganesha statue fountain – Bali



Art Nouveau fountain

Art Nouveau maiden fountain




Havlystparken-Hvitsten,-Norway garden lake fountain

Havlystparken Hvitsten, Norway-©-Kari Meijers




green dragon fountain, Japan

Dragon fountain, Japan



Large elephant fountain sculpture

Elephant fountain sculpture (waiting for some water)

Home Magazine by STUDIO Gannett – – Issu



A female rufous hummingbird hovers above water droplets from a backyard fountain.

Photo by Alandra Palisser



Japanese garden with waterfall and pagoda

Tranquil Japanese garden, Portland, Oregon



Moroccan tiled geometric pool fountain

Moroccan geometric tiled pool



National-Orchid-Garden fountain

National Orchid Garden fountain, Singapore



Naum Gabo fountain London

Revolving Torsion’  by constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo, London

Photo by Pemberley Oak



turquoise fountain with cascading discs

Contemporary water fountain



” Moses”  by Michelangelo, 1515

church of San Pedro in Víncoli, in Rome



Concorde-Square-Fountain-Paris-merman holding a fish

Concorde Square Fountain, Paris




garden fountain by Kari-Meijers

Garden fountain

Photo by Kari Meijers



La Fontaine Bartholdi ~ sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in 1889 and erected in the Place des Terreaux in Lyon centre square in 1892.




Jade green heron fountain sculpture

Jade green heron fountain sculpture




Neptune fountain-Congress-Library-Washington

Neptune sculpture fountain – Library of Congress, USA



Stacy-Bass-photo of evening light in a garden

In The Garden – Stacy Bass



McNay-Art-Museum statue

McNay Art Museum




Water Goddess Victoria_Square_-_Birmingham

Floozie in the Jacuzzi – Dhruva Mistry

Victoria Square, Birmingham



Fontaine de Medicis by Auguste Ottin

The Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.



Todji Kurtzman




 ‘Moon Garden’  – Tom Stuart Smith

London’s Connaught hotel — Image MMGI Marianne Majerus



Lotus lily pond




Red rock Uluru-Waterfalls,

Uluru Waterfalls, Central Australia



Versailles fountain statue

Versailles fountain



Versailles gold fountain

Versailles — Bosquet de l’Arc de Triomphe




Atlas fountain Villa-Aldobrandini-

The Atlas Fountain, Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy

“Villas and Gardens” Flickr




Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s Moroccan oasis



Fish wall sculpture Lucy Smith

Fish sculpture wall fountain – Lucy Smith







African tribal pottery styles



Selection of African tribal pottery from differnet tribes, Burkina Faso




Pottery diversity of Africa


The vast African continent contains an extreme diversity of cultures, countries and terrains. This has had a critical influence on the styles and techniques that are employed to create their pottery wares. One of the constants in their traditional pottery production is that they are usually hand crafted without the use of a wheel, utilizing coiling and molding techniques and their methods have been passed down through generations. Terracotta clay is most commonly used, fired in the open, to produce pots of remarkable durability. Their pottery wares embody a refined understanding of material, process, and embellishment that conjures a deceptive simplicity.
Many superstitions and rituals are present in their pottery exploits, where in some tribes, only the woman are allowed to make the pottery, while in others it is only the men. In some cultures there had to be a cleansing ritual before any work on pottery can begin, and in others, a man wasn’t allowed to be with a woman the night before he intended to create pottery, or a menstruating woman wasn’t allowed near the pits.( this is due to it being detrimental to their health at this time). The Bamana perform an initiation for learning pottery skills that only accepts girls that are virgins and also they have to come from a pottery making lineage.


hand crafting a large clay pot - Mali

Mali female potter

Somer tribes divide their pots into masculine and feminine shapes. For example the taller, long necked Bamana pots are classified as masculine while the shorter, fuller pots are feminine. The ritual, ceremonial spirit pots usually feature magical, talismanic symbols and/or attached figures. Clay carving, incision and impression are popular decorative techniques and scarification may also be added to a pot, quite often similar to the markings that identify a particular tribe.


pottery market in Mali

Mali street pottery market


Clay selection


The Ovambo, Kavango and Caprivi tribes in Namibia, use the hardened clay from termite hills, as it contains a glue saliva from the termites. This termite clay make pots quite strong and helps with the binding of the clay in the formation of the pot. In the rain forest areas of West Africa, where streams and rivers are abundant, clay is usually mined close to existing watercourses and is dug from the banks of streams when the water is low. Enough clay is dug while the pits are accessible to keep the potters supplied throughout the rainy season, when the pits are full of water. In the more arid regions, the best time to dig is after the fall harvest and before the beginning of the dry season. The men and women can recognize where the best quality clay is found by the telltale cracks. The men use axes and hoes to dig, up to two meters down, for the purest deposits of clay. They then fill huge basins with clay which is passed to the women at the surface, who distribute the clay equally among themselves. The clay is spread in the sun to dry and stored in large ceramic vessels until the day before the potter intends to use the clay and it is then soaked overnight.



Ceramonial pot in NIgeria

Baatonu shrine pot, Nigeria

Image from the youtube video African Pottery Forming and Firing




Bamana fabric textured pot - Mali

Bamana fabric textural decorated pot, Segou, Mali



Pottery firing


To avoid the pottery cracking, tempers are used consisting of finely chopped straw, dried animal dung pounded into a powder, or the chaff left when rice or millet is winnowed. Also ground-up dried river mud or, most commonly, shards of old pottery are used, after being reduced to a fine powder by pounding in a wooden mortar. The fine grain grog is then added to the clay mixture to prevent excessive shrinkage during firing
After applying decorations, the pots are left in the sun to dry, or if in a place where it rains often, they are placed in a dry hut or room or near a fire to dry. If it is very wet, they are pre-fired, where individual pots are held for a short time over a fire to remove the moisture. Women of the same household often fire together with twenty-five to thirty-five pieces as average per firing. Bamana potters place their large pots upright on a bed of wood during firing and encircle the smaller pots around the larger. Branches are positioned on top of the pile to separate and secure the vessels. Within about an hour of lighting the fire, the women use long wooden poles fitted with iron hooks called wolosow to hook or maneuver the pots from the fire. The women begin with removing the smaller pots and immediately plunge the pots into a special bath that blackens the surface. The process of pulling the pots from the fire takes around one to two hours of intense activity.


Arranging large Bamana pots for firing - Mali

Mali women arranging large pots for firing


preparing a stack of pottery for firing in Mali

Mali pottery firing



Stylized figure decoration - Bamileke, Cameroon

Stylized repetitive figure decoration, Bamileke, Cameroon



Left to right – Jidaga (water jar). Sheminfaga (chicken watering pot). Bamadaga (“crocodile”/medicine pot; raised nodules warn people not to touch it). Nadaga (small sauce pot) – – Jula potter Awa Kouyatè


African potters create their pots differently depending on the origins of their respective traditions and associated dietary and religious customs and while aesthetically pleasing, they serve primarily as utilitarian.

The Somono Potters make the largest and most diverse selection of pottery consisting of common cooking, serving, and storage pots. They also have a large variety of architectural ceramics – rainspouts, window grills, roof vents and toilet shafts. The Soninke, Bamana and Manika Potters make water jars and pitchers, braziers, couscous steamers, and cooking pots and build large, unfired clay granaries (bono). The Jula have more in common with the Senufo when regarding styles and types. They create dolodagaba vessels, which are 4-5 feet tall and used to brew/store millet beer but are used more now for water and grain storage. They have a bowl Bamadaga “crocodile” pot for storing sacred medicines and a Biyèlè sauce bowl along with a Ngomifaga pancake griddle. The Dogon have a limited range of simple pottery.

Some pottery styles are unique to certain regions, for example the singon is found in Soninke, Bamana, Maninka, Somono, and Fula cultures across the north but it is raely seen in Jula and not at all in Senufo or other potteries to the south or east. Another example, would be the bamadaga, which is found in pottery all across the south from Guinea to Benin, but not seen in the pottery from the north.


Daga: generic term for all pottery, cooking pot
Nadaga: sauce pot
Tobidaga: larger than Nadaga, cooking pot
Nègèdaga: iron pot, metal cooking pot
Nyintin (Basidaga): steaming couscous, smoking pungent locust bean paste (sumbala)
Faga: low, wide, footed bowl, unrestricted rim. washbasin
Sèlidaga: prayer pot
Singon: brazier with 3 prongs extending from the inside of the bowl; it supports a cooking pot
Furuno (Furunè): copy of a metal brazier
Jifinye (Finye): largest vessel currently produced, storage container for water
Jidaga: water jars
Dunden: small, restricted water pot with a short flared neck
Garigulèti: rare, complex and unusual, enclosed water pitcher
Wusulanbèlè: used for incense burning



Female Bamana potter in Mali

Female Bamana potter



Baule pot with reptile motifs

Reptile motif pot from Baule, Ivory Coast



African-braided fibre decoration

Creating texture with braided fibre, Africa



Carved Dogon ceremonial vessel

Ceremonial vessel used by the Dogon people to serve food to a Hogon (priest)




Mother and child sculpture - Yombe peoples, Congo

Yombe peoples mother with child sculpture, Republic of Congo




Ritual pot with symbols from Ewe tribe in Togo

Ritual vessel, Ewe tribe, Togo




Felix-Idubor relief sculpture, Nigeria

Nigerian sculpture relief, Felix Idubor




Terracotta Figural Bottle possibly Zela

 Republic of Congo



Bana people spirit vessel

Ceremonial spirit vessel – Bana People




Anthropomorphic globular vessel – Zande Congo





Gurunsi pottery, Burkina Faso



Mali woman forming a pot




Donkey carrying huge load of pots, Africa

A donkey carrying pottery – Batagarwa, Katsina, Nigeria




Nuna pottery vessel with twin handles


Nuna Peoples pottery vessel, Burkina Faso



Incised decoration pot by Igbo, Nigeria

Igbo pot, Nigeria




Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso

Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso



Makonde pot with geometric decoration, Tanzania

Makonde pot, Tanzania



terracotta Djenne style sculpture figure

 Djenne style sculpture figure, Mali



Mali-Segou pottery market

Mali Segou pottery market,

Vicente Méndez, Flickr



Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon

Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon



The innocent anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut – Nigel Barley



Nigerian pottery

Collection of Nigerian pottery



Katiola potters at work outside in their village

Katiola female potters, Ivory Coast



Cameroon storage pots terracotta

Large terracotta storage pots, Cameroon



República-Democrática-del-Congo wood carving

Woman holding a child with a pot form – Republic of Congo



African lady forming a large pot

Somono potter Niamoye Nientao finishing a Jidaga (water jar)

Photo Adria Laviolette 1983



Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration

Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration



Large water jar – Lady Kwali, Nigeria





Charming elegant pottery by Tutsi

Elegant Tutsi pot with flared neck, Rwanda




Shabby chic terracotta pottery – Okavango Delta



Large pottery firing pit in Mali

Kalabougou firing pit in Mali



Selection of Yoruba pottery

Yoruba pottery selection, Nigeria



Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Conga

Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Congo



Zulu beer pot with wart decoration

Zulu beer pot



A group of granaries-georges courreges, flickr

A group of granaries – georges courreges, flickr




African water vessel - The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections

African water jug

The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections




African terracotta pot with incised decoration

Igala Peoples, Nigeria



Sources quoted –

Making African Clay Pots | Bush-crafts of Africa

How did African people make traditional pots using clay?

Bamana pottery

Hi there! Welcome to our website! We hope through navigating our website we can help educate you on the numumusow, otherwise known as “blacksmith women” of Bamana. The arrival of…

Danielle Adjoubel lustreware revival




Danielle Adjoubel


six-tulips hand painted plate by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Six Tulips’ – Danielle Adjoubel




persian-paradise-garden-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile wall art

‘Persian Paradise Garden’ – Danielle Adjoubel


Danielle Adjoubel has mastered the intricate skills required for the decoration of stoneware, earthenware and lava in figurative, modern and traditional styles (such as Delft, Moustiers and Vieux Rouen) and more particularly in the oriental style (Ottoman, Iznik and Persian) From her French workshop, full of ceramic samples, Danielle designs and creates a wide range of pieces, including mural tile panels for houses and swimming pools, custom ceramic tiles, large plates, bowls, vases and original tableware. She decorates each ceramic base personally using porcelain painting, under-glazed earthenware, cloisonné, glazing and majolica work.
She integrates contemporary design into the traditional decorations that demands both exquisite skills and dexterity, together with artistic flair, to produce new interpretations of the exotic orientalist arts. She also likes to produce accurate reproductions of famous Iznik pieces. The Iznik ceramic techniques and style evolved over several centuries where the glazing, colours, choice of clays and intricate firing processes underwent refinement and re-creating these achievements can be a challenge.


danielle-adjoubel-twin peacock tile

Doves and Peacocks’ ceramic tile – Danielle Adjoubel



Danielle produces most of her colours individually in her workshop using specific combinations of pigments, which have to be tested to the correct temperature before final application. Pieces are typically fired at 980° and at least three to four times, depending on the final finish required (gold or lustre). Each piece of clay reacts in its own way so the results are unpredictable.
Danielle Adjoubel studied at the acclaimed Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres workshop and The Greta School of Art in Paris, where she mastered the skills required to create stylish ceramic and porcelain pieces. Serves has a deep tradition in Middle Eastern lusters dating back to the research Theodore Deck undertook in the mid 1800‘s when he was a director there. Deck discovered that the brilliant color in Islamic ceramics was due to a base coating of white alkaline slip containing tin oxide. The decoration, done in enamel colors, is covered with a transparent glaze, and produces glowing, translucent effects. Other French ceramicist’s like Eugène-Victor Collinot and his collaborator Adalbert de Beaumont were also fascinated and inspired at this time by the depth, brilliance and luminosity of the Iznik glazes and colors. The arabesque patterns mixed with flattened leaves and floral motifs, combined with romantic gardens and lustrous surfaces were deeply admired.
Danielle’s mixed French and Turkish cultural heritage has stimulated her empathy and interest for the orientalist pottery arts and her ceramic outcomes in this genre are impressive. She believes ceramics is all about humility and patience; humility in the face of the great masters that have preceded you and the patience involved in mastering their techniques.


Danielle Adjoubel Website


porcelain-plaque-with-birds in blue and gold - Danielle Adjoubel

Porcelain plaque with birds – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Fantasy Of Flowers’ – Danielle Adjoubel, traditional iznik floral design with contemporary rim pattern.




‘The Bohemian’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Ceramic ashtray, floral motifs – Danielle Adjoubel




flowers-bottle-danielle-adjoubel - long neck globular bottle

‘Flowers Bottle’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Bathroom traditional Iznik floral wall tile mural   – Danielle Adjoubel




limoges-porcelain-20x25cm-an-indian-view-decorated-with-gold-and-lustres - Ceramic tile by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Indian Ladies’ – limoges porcelain tile, decorated with gold and lustres,  hand painted by Danielle Adjoubel





‘Tulipmania’ Art Deco style bowl by Danielle Adjoubel





‘Heron in Branches’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Rubis Collection Pomegranates – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Hunting In The Fields’ – Danielle Adjoubel





persian-minuture-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile panel

Persian Miniature tile panel – Danielle Adjoubel





little-imari-danielle-adjoubel ceramic square plate

‘Little Amari’ – Danielle Adjoubel




couple-damoureux_lovers by Danielle Adjoubel - ceramic tile wall panel

‘Couple damoureux’ (lovers) by Danielle Adjoubel



peacock-in-duo-danielle-adjoubel ceramic art

Ceramic lustre glaze tile ‘Peacock in Duo’ – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Peacock in Feathers’ – Danielle Adjoubel




peacock-in-foilage-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile panel

‘Peacock in Foilage’ by Danielle Adjoubel




danielle-adjoubel in her studio

 Danielle Adjoubel painting a tile





 Iznik Plate reproduction covered with rosettes;, saz leaves and a peacock – Danielle Adjoubel




ceramic plate with don-quichotte-chagall-interpretation by Danielle Adjoubel

Ceramic plate with Don Quichotte Chagall interpretation by Danielle Adjoubel



faenza-plate-danielle-adjoubel with byzantine arabesque geometric design

‘Faenza’ plate –  Danielle Adjoubel

Diameter 32 cm





Iznik style tile with naturalistic patterns ‘2 Doves’ – Danielle Adjoubel



aquarium-danielle-adjoubel ceramic plate with red and pink fishes

‘Aquarium’ – Danielle Adjoubel



arabesques-danielle-adjoubel ceramic plate

‘Arabesque’ – Danielle Adjoubel




blue-horseman-danielle-adjoubel - iznik style ceramic tile with man riding a white horse and a phoenix

‘Blue Horseman’ – Danielle Adjoubel




Pair of iznik lamp bases in blue cobalt pattern – Underglazed earthenware biscuit by Danielle Adjoubel



bowl-with-solomon-seal motif by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Bowl with Solomon Seal’ geometric motif – Danielle Adjoubel



Antique majolica and lustreware



Iznik mosque lamp signed by Musli




Persian Qajar ceramic peacock vessel

19th Century




Italian Majolica Plate depicting a woman in profile identified by the inscribed scroll simply as Giustina

Workshop of Giorgio Andreoli, 1529

Photo by Graham S. Haber, The Morgan





Tin enameled earthenware 16th century plate

Aragon, Spain




turquoise Alhambra vase barakat-gallery-store

Turquoise Alhambra vase

Barakat gallery store




‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ – Boris Zworykin




ceramic-tiles-persian-azulejos horseman on white horse

Persian tile – horseman riding white horse




Dish with gryphon Coat of Arms of Bishop Baglioni, Deruta, Italy, ca. 1500




Double shelled ewer, Persian ceramics of the Saljuq period




Fatimid bowl with female scarf dancer —  earthenware painted over glaze with luster

Egypt, 12th century


italian-urbino-style-tin-glazed-majolica-plate rubylane

Italian majolica plate

Ruby Lane



giorgio-andreoli-tondino-plate-met central female profile motif

Giorgio Andreoli tondino (plate)





Moorish ceramic dish of lady shooting an arrow into the neck of a young man. Provenance-Dominican convent of Villareal (near Valencia).





‘Maiolica Istoriato Dish’ by Urbino

After building the Minotaur’s labyrinth for King Minos of Crete, Daedalus and Icarus were locked in a tower so as to ensure its secret was kept. Daedalus joined feathers together with wax for him and his son to escape. On their escape Icarus is famously warned not to fly too close to the sun, but of course the father’s warning was ignored. This dish shows Icarus falling into the sea.

1stDibs Errol & Henriette Manners





Hispano-Moresque lustre pottery dish featuring a spread eagle, Valencia, probably Manises, circa 1435-60






Plato de Talavera de la Reina,siglo XVIII,España





Mettlach Villeroy & Boch German porcelain Russian fairy tales plate.





Qajar polychrome tile with figures, Persia,

19th century, Sotheby’s




Tin-glazed earthenware charger, 18″ dia.

late 15th–early 16th century, Manises, Valencia, Spain




piatto-da-pompa Italy with gold lustre

Italian majolica plate





Persian Qajar pottery vase, probably 19th Century, the high shouldered blue ground body moulded in low relief and decorated with five figures





Majolica Plate with Putto, Mask, and Trophies, c. 1440-1460 Italy, Castel-Durante





‘Venus and Cupid on dolphins’ – Urbino , Italy



vintage-romeo-juliet-portrait-plates-handpainted-italian-majolica-orvieto-deruta vintage-romeo-juliet-portrait-plates-handpainted-italian-majolica-orvieto-deruta

Vintage Romeo-Juliet Portrait Plates Hand painted Italian Majolica






Musical instrument plate – Giorgio Andreoli







Pottery destination Southern France – Le Don du Fel


Le-Don-Du-Fel-Gallery in France

Le Don Du Fel gallery/studio



Le-Don-Du-Fel-Gallery with pottery on display

Le Don du Fel Gallery



Le Don du Fel – French contemporary ceramics


The pottery centre Le Don du Fel is perched on a crest overlooking the Lot valley and commands sweeping views of the picturesque countryside of Aveyron. Architecturally, it’s an abstract array of five ochre coloured curvilinear cylinders that are juxtaposed against the gentle rolling green hills. Inside the complex, there is a contemporary ceramics gallery, facilities for lectures and workshops and a retail store for a diverse selection of quality ceramic arts. Located in close proximity to the village of Le Fel and about 11km from Entraygues Sur Truyere, the region features lush vineyards and scenery.
Up to 7 exhibitions are displayed each year featuring renown ceramicists such ae Claire Curneen, Emmanuel Peccatte, Peter Beard, Christiane Wilhelm and currently Cormac Boydell. Other high caliber artists like Spanish potter Teresa Girona, French potter Geoffroy Pascal, Geoff Shapiro and founder Suzy Atkins also have their designer ranges on display.
The Le Don du Fel centre has been evolving since the 70’s when Nigel and Suzy Atkin (UK & USA) put the project in motion, resurrecting the building from ruins.  The utilitarian salt glaze wares of ‘Poterie du Don’ kitchenware products are also produced and sold from the site. “The whole mission here is not just to sell our own work, although that’s very important; it’s part of our identity, but really to show the best of European ceramics in a French context, which means people are constantly discovering things when they come here,” says Nigel. “We have a selection of artists. We work a lot with English-speaking artists, and we work a lot with Spanish artists. We are very proud to be recognized because we work for every taste and every budget, combining art and utility. We work for open-mindedness

Situated in the central south of France, the nearest French city is Toulouse, approx a 2 hours drive. Below are some of the potters contributing to the extensive collection :-


Agnes His


Agnes-His-ceramic sculpture trees

Agnes His



Andreas Steinemann


andreas-steinemann-ceramic-conical bowl - black and white

Andreas Steinemann



andreas-steinemann-ceramic-conical bowl polychrome stripes

Andreas Steinemann



Ann Goodfellow



Ann Goodfellow ceramic female figure sculpture

Ann Goodfellow



ann-goodfellow posing with her sculptures

Ann Goodfellow



Ann Van Hoey


Ann Van Hoey burnt orange contemporary folded vessel



Arshaf Hannah


The vessels of Hannah are an intensely poetic fusion of sensual curves and delicately defined edges that confer on each piece a statuesque majesty that is particularly convincing.


Arshaf Hannah contemporary ceramic sculpture

Arshaf Hannah


Two Arshaf Hannah sculptural ceramic vessels

Arshaf Hannah



Athena Jahantigh


Athena-Jahantigh-ceramic-anamorphic horse

Athena Jahantigh



Athena Jahantigh-ceramic-ram

Athena Jahantigh



Bodil Manz


Bodil Manz-ceramic-cylindrical vessel with geometrical pattern decoration

Bodil Manz




Zablocki Lopes



Zablocki Lopes



Brigitte Iemfre


Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-lion figurine in red

Brigitte Iemfre


Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-red bull figurine

Brigitte Iemfre


Cormac Boydell


Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Stags and Cattle – Cormac Boydell



Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Leaving the Island – Cormac Boydell




Christian Pradier


-ceramic-bear figurine by christian-pradierChristian Pradier



Christian Pradier



Claude Champy


Claude-Champy--ceramic-abstract sculpture

Claude Champy



Claude Champy black glazed ceramic sculpture abstract form

Claude Champy




Claudi Casanovas


Claudi-Casanovas-ceramic-art biomorphic sculptur

Claudi Casanovas





Claudi Casanovas



Suzy Atkins


Suzy-Atkins ceramic soup tureen

Suzy Atkins



Double gourd vase with flared top - Suzy Atkins

Suzy Atkins



Suzy Atkins French pottery

Suzy Atkins


Oven to tableware – Le Don du Fel : Poterie, Céramique Contemporaine, Galerie d’Art

Au Don du Fel, pôle européen pour la céramique contemporaine, découvrez l’art de Suzy Atkins, le grès au sel de la Poterie du Don et l’internationale Galerie du Don, ensemble architectural étonnant.

Florence Pauliac



Florence-Pauliac-symmetrical ceramic sculpture

Florence Pauliac



raku sculpture by Florence-Pauliac

Florence Pauliac



Florence-Pauliac portrait photo

Florence Pauliac


Duncan Ayscough




Duncan Ayscough ceramic vessel





Duncan Ayscough long neck vessel with flared mouth

Duncan Ayscough



Duncan Ayscough



Teresa Girones


Depth of expression characterizes Teresa Girone’s figural sculptures and these two examples are no exception.


Teresa-Girones ceramic bust of an african boy

Teresa Girones



Teresa-Girones ceramic tile with female face

Teresa Girones




Elaine Peto


elaine-Peto ceramic horse sculpture

Elaine Peto


Michel Blanc


Michel Blanc



Johanna Hair


Johanna Hair


Johanna-Hair raku penguins

Johanna Hair



Johanna Hair



Jin Eui Kim,  Sth, Korea

Jin Eui Kim plays with illusion and space, through the arrangements at varying intervals of bands of contrasting color.



Jin-Eui-Kim horizontal striped ceramic sculpture

Jin Eui Kim



Jin Eui Kim




Jeff Shapiro


Jeff Shapiro sculptural ceramic vase


Jeff Shapiro


Jeff Shapiro



Jeanne Opgenhaffen


Jeanne-Opgenhaffen-textures ceramic wall sculpture

Jeanne Opgenhaffen



Jeanne-Opgenhaffen white ceramic art panel

Jeanne Opgenhaffen


Jean Francois Fouilhoux


Jean François Fouilhoux



Jean Francois Fouilhoux



Joan Carrillo, Spain



Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic vessel

Joan Carrillo




Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic bottle

Joan Carrillo lustre ceramic bottle



Isabelle Leclerc


Isabelle-Leclerc brown swirl layered sculpture


Isabelle Leclerc



Isabelle Leclerc



Henk Wolvers


By concentrating on the physical qualities of his chosen material and by using only the simplest techniques of fabrication, often pushed to their limits, he has composed, always with an immutable elegance, a highly personal hymn to lightness and translucency. Dutch artists Henk Wolvers elaborates a refreshing narrative for contemporary porcelain.


Henk-Wolvers black, white and blue ceramic sculpture

Henk Wolvers



Henk-Wolvers three sculptural vessels

Henk Wolvers



Enric Mestre


Enric-Mestre geometric sculpture ceramic

Enric Mestre



Enric Mestre




Emma Rodgers


Emma Rodgers abstract bull ceramic sculpture

 Emma Rodgers


Geoffroy Pascal 






Elke Sada


Elke Sada




drip glaze footed vase in red, brown and white

Elke Sada



Jongjin Park


His sculptures surprise us by the improbable nature of their construction which clearly and radically extends the expressive potentialities of clay.


Blue-ceramic-sculpture by Jongjin-Park

Jongjin Park



Jongjin-Park-ceramic-abstract cubes

Jongjin Park



Lut Laleman



Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman



Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman




Maria Bosch


Catalan artist Maria Bosch creates superb big stoneware pots, half-way between jars and steles, whose profoundly mineral surfaces carry large areas of muted colour circumscribed by a looping web of dark lines.





Maria Bosch




Martin McWilliam


McWilliam forges his investigations, to further push his diverted containers into a spatial ballet where the outside, the inside and the immediate environment enter into a strong and accomplished reaction.


Martin-McWilliam-ceramic-contemporary vessels with textured surface

Martin McWilliam



Martin McWilliam-curvy ceramic-sculptural vessel

Martin McWilliam




Martin McWilliam with one of his ceramic sculptures

Martin McWilliam




Merri Wells


Merri-Wells--ceramic-angel sculpture

Merri Wells


Michal Fargo


Michal-Fargo--ceramic-art Light blue rough texture vase

Michal Fargo




Michal Fargo




Michal Fargo



Nicholas Lees


British ceramicist Nicholas Lees, through his flawless technical perfection, communicates a sensation of dematerialized lightness, which calls to mind trompe l’œil effects which are both dynamic and bright. His shapes overcome the archetypal form of the vase and become motion, perception and intangible uncertainty.


Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees



Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees




Nicholas Lees




Paul Philp


Paul-Philp--ceramic-faceted vase with speckled glaze

Paul Philp



Chantal Cesure


Chantal-Cesure ceramic bowl

Chantal Cesure




Peter Beard


Peter-Beard-ceramic-winged sculpture

Peter Beard




Peter-Beard-ceramic-vertical striped bottle light blue and lavender

Peter Beard



Peter Beard



Sangwoo Kim


Sangwoo-kim-ceramic-art sculpture - pink and red vessel

Sangwoo Kim


Polymorphic -ceramic-art sculpture by Sangwoo Kim

Sangwoo Kim




Sangwoo Kim



Sara Moorhouse


Sara Moorhouse-ceramic-striped horizontally bowl

Sara Moorhouse


Sara-Moorhouse-ceramic-striped horizontally striped bowl in orange, black and white

Sara Moorhouse


Sara Moorhouse



Simon Griffiths


“My work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject I am portraying. The stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the subject as honestly as I can. This is not to say that I strive to make my work realistic in the literal sense, instead I seek to capture and portray that sense of awareness that is present in all living things. I like to think that every one of my sculptures has some of the soul of the animal within it.”


ceramic-art owl sculpture Simon-Griffiths

Simon Griffiths




Simon Griffiths



Simon Griffiths




Simon Zsolt Jozsef, Hungry


” I don’t want to catch the forms but the process of forming. Not the fruit or the flower, which are always changing and growing but the growth and change itself, which will form the material.” says Joszef.

Simon-Zsolt-Jozsef-ceramic sculpture bottle - light blue

Simon Zsolt Jozsef



Simon Zsolt Jozsef



Steen Kepp


Steen-Kepp--ceramic-raku vessels

Steen Kepp




Steen Kepp




Steen Kepp


Susan Obyrne



Susan-Obyrne-ceramic-bird figurine

Susan Obyrne




Susan Obyrne




Sylvian Meschia


Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia ceramic vessel – arabesque decoration



Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia


Sylvian Meschia



Wendy Lawrence


Wendy Lawrence-ceramic-art sculpture

Wendy Lawrence




Wendy Lawrence



Wendy Lawrence


Wouter Dam


Wouter Dam




Wouter Dam




Yoshimi Futamura


Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura



Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura



Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture with nature texture

Yoshimi Futamura




Yoshimi Futamura




Home – Le Don du Fel

Le Don du Fel : the European center for contemporary ceramics housing the art of Suzy Atkins, the stoneware of the Poterie du Don and the Galerie du Don.





Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising


Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Strutting Rooster – AilsaR flickr

The Year of the Rooster in 2017  has the potential to be an eventual one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. Being forthright, proactive and lucid will deliver results. Strutting your stuff in your finest threads won’t go astray either. It’s not really a year for procrastination or holding back. Concerning money, love, and business, there won’t be any need to indulge risks to get ahead, just being organised, methodical and persistent with clarity of intention will bring rewards. Shaking the tail feathers and being flamboyant will drive results in the year of the Red Fire Rooster.
It will be a good year for taking back control and bringing planned projects into fruition as well as launching new projects. Bold, striking creations will be popular in this Rooster Year. All of the Chinese animals can reap great rewards by tapping into the Rooster traits of loyalty, optimism, commitment, hard work and family.



Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay




Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland



The exotic and alluring peacock has been an inspiration for many artists, particularly its iridescent colours. Louis Comfort Tiffany, Aubrey Beardsley, Rene Lalique, Gaston Lachaise and Walter Crane all created stunning art at the turn of the 20th century that featured the peacock and its curves were easily adapted to the Art Nouveau  aesthetic. Arcanely, the peacock also was an  emblem of Resurrection—from the belief, perpetuated in medieval bestiaries, that its flesh did not decay. In Christianity it represented immortality, openness and acceptance.  In Mesopotamia the peacock featured in a symbolic representation of a tree flanked by two peacocks, which indicated the dualistic mind and Absolute unity. The peacock thrives on the essence of poisonous plants, and prefers jungles to gardens with fragrant flowers and plants. It stands for beauty being born from a hostile environment, similar to the sacred lotus growing from muddy waters.



Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy



Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China

Going back 8000 years to the Hongshan neolithic period, an ancient bird called the fenghuang appeared on jade and pottery motifs. Also known as the “August Rooster” it sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. It also was known as the Chinese Phoenix and appeared on coins and bronze figurines and was a symbol of renewal and rejuvenation. Some believe they may have been a good-luck totem among eastern tribes of ancient China .
Scholars have observed analogues to the phoenix in a variety of cultures. These include the Hindu garuda, the Russian firebird, the Persian Simorgh, Georgian Paskunji, the Arabian Anka, the Tibetan Me byi karmo, the Chinese fenghuang and zhu que, and the Japanese hō-ō. According to some texts, the phoenix could live for over 1,400 years. The ancient Egyptians worshiped the Bennu bird (phoenix) as a deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth.


Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu



Papyrus-Painting-of-a-Benu-Bird being worshiped in Egypt

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird



hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg



Interior of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Spain

Jordiferrer Wikipedia


There are numerous legends associated with the The Camino de Santiago, also known as the pilgrim’s “Way of Saint James”, involving the portents of rooster resurrection and crowing to prove a man’s innocence. One of the tales is of a young German pilgrim in the 14th Century, who was framed with the theft of a silver cup for shunning the advances of a Spanish girl. He met the gallows for his misfortune and only survived this ordeal with divine assistance and the timely arrival of his parents who saw he was still alive. On pleading with the magistrate while he was dining, who claimed he was no more alive than the roast bird on his table, as too much time had passed.  At this juncture. the rooster got up, fluffed its plume, which had miraculously returned, and began to dance and crow which led to the pilgrims rescue and freedom.

To this day they have kept live roosters at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada in honour of this legend.



Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China




Constantin Brancusi, Cock,



Sargadelos stylized rooster jug/ewer

Sargadelos ceramic rooster jug/ewer




rene lalique cockerel tiara gold

Rene Lalique cockerel tiara




Aldo Londo Rimini Blue Bitossi Rooster




Marcello Fantoni mid century rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy




Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan.




Areté-Collection---George-Sellers white bisque peacock

George Sellers white bisque peacock – Areté Collection



Plumed tail cockerel statue by Roger Capron

Stylized plume tail cockerel – Roger Capron



Red twin rooster head vase - AV Smith

Twin rooster head vase – A.V.Smith Pottery




 Tatiana Ryaboushinskaya as Golden Cockerel  – projected shadows as set design

Ballet Russes -1938



Colorful Ceramic Rooster cookie Jar

Rooster Cookie Jar




Two glass roostersBilly-&-Katie-Bernstein

A pair of glass rooster figurines – Billy & Katie Bernstein

Bernstein Glass


Red, brown-and-black-cockerel ceramic sculpture ---Joe-Lawrence

Cockerel ceramic sculpture —Joe Lawrence




Sculpture-by-the-Sea,-Bondi,-Australia-2012 Rooster sculpture

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012




Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions



Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase




Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster




Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron




‘Cockerel’ by British artist Breon O’Casey (1928-2011). Bronze with a black patina, 62 cm high.

via Mutual Art




Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

Crowing Rooster – Delphin Massier




two dancing-cockerels -by-Joe-lawrence

Dancing Cock by Joe Lawrence




david-galchutt His-morning-strut Rooster painting

‘His Morning Strut’ watercolor illustration by David Galchutt, California



Ceramic hen piggy bank

Ceramic hens piggy banks



Joan Miro coq disk

Coq Disque – Joan Miro



Edmond-Lachenal-ceramique cockerel

Crowing ceramic rooster — Edmond Lachenal



Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture




garden-cockerel-bronze-resin strutting cockerel

Strutting Rooster resin/bronze sculpture – Brian Hollingworth.




Red Shoushan-Stone-Phoenix-Teapot

Shoushan Stone Phoenix Teapot




Rooster vase by Nan Hamilton

Four Roosters vase – Nan Hamilton




Harriet-Barb-Keith-fine detail mosaic art rooster

Harriet Barb Keith



sascha-brastoff-green and gold rooster

Teal green and gold rooster – Sascha Brastoff

17 inches tall



Waylande Gregory Studios. USA




Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot with male and female figures riding roosters

Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot




Portuguese rooster statue in Porto

Porto street rooster statue—Portugal

The Rooster of Barcelos (Portuguese, “Galo de Barcelos“) is one of the most common emblems of Portugal also celebrating the story of the rooster resurrection.




Meiji-multi-metal-Okimono---Rooster,on red rock

Meiji multi metal Okimono—Rooster



Jason-Walker, rooster sculpture

Jason Walker ‘Cage Free Capitalism’





Peacock mantle clock – Jay Strongwater



Ken Sedberry contemporary rooster sculpture

Contemporary ceramic rooster sculpture – Ken Sedberry, NC



Rooster lady by kristian-schuller

Photography by Kristian Schuller



Large-black Cockerel sculpture by-B-O'Casey

Large Cockerel, Spain

Photo –  B. O’Casey



Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives




Large ceramic peacock – Minton

Walker gallery, Liverpool, UK



Red phoenix figurine - mkmack- etsy

Red and gold phoenix – Mkmack, etsy




ArtDecor24 peacock vase

Art Nouveau peacock vase

ArtDecor24. Poland



Peacock statue  – Phillip Jacksons garden, Sussex



Roger Capron sculpture - abstract lady bust with rooster hat

Roger Capron sculpture bust



Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

Phoenix at St Paul’s Cathedral – underneath it says ‘Resurgam’, latin for reborn



Trevor-Askin abstract phoenix

Abstract Phoenix bronze sculpture by Trevor Askin




Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches


phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

The sculpture was designed by James Siegler, of Houston, Texas, but it was both sculpted and fabricated in Italy, by Gamba Quirino, and Feruccia Vezzoni, respectively



Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD



‘Pioneer Woman With Rooster’,  – Carl Milles – 1946

Height 29 inches





Polia-Pillin--- blue Bottle-with-Three-Roosters

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin





Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle





Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART





Oxblood glaze rooster – Royal Haeger



Mid Century Rooster-by-Perignem

Mid Century Rooster by Perignem, Brussels, 1970

Wouter Harvey



Cristine-Boyd black and white roosters platter.

Cristine Boyd – black and white sgraffito roosters platter




Sarah-Farrelly-»-»-Ceramics-Cockerel in red, black and white

Ceramic cockerel – Sarah Farrelly




Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA





Edgy clay art


Contemporary grotesque wares, edgy ceramics, confrontational clays, provocative porcelains all conjuring up a mud mayhem designed to demand your attention. Challenging times can trigger artistic impulses where more audacious creativity seeks an outlet and the market readily responds. Disturbware that can be unnerving, sometimes humorous, maybe illuminating, possibly ugly and even brilliantly conceived or just so original you are taken aback by the level of creativity and innovation. Art pieces of protest that are deliberately antagonistic to make a poignant statement so the message gets through. Ground breaking art whose time has arrived to announce a new direction or an artist indulging some fantasy or expressing a personal narrative and strong convictions. Edgy arts cover many possibilities.

I enjoy seeing the works of the following ceramic artists for their edgy narratives and styles expressed with originality, spontaneity and pure abandon.


Sergei Isupov teapot



colourful ceramic-sculpture of a seated woman holding a pot by Viola Frey

Viola Frey




Viola-Frey falling man in a suit ceramic sculpture

‘Falling Man In Suit’, Viola-Frey




Carol Gentithes


To me, art is a visual language. The origins of my artistic language emanate from life’s experiences, readings of literature and mythology, and visual interpretations of art history. Often this language focuses on the absurdity, the unpredictability and the unruliness of life. Like a classical language, the vocabulary that I create has many layers of meaning. I leave it with the viewers to derive their personal interpretations.



Carol-Gentithes-sculpture of a fish headed torso in a large sgell

‘Thirst of Venus’  – Carol Gentithes




Carol-Gentithes--Sea-Creature sculpture

Sea Creatures – Carol Gentithes




Carol-Gentithes---Flickr---Piedmont-Craftsmen-Marriage sculpture

Carol Gentithes – ‘Marriage’



Poisdon sculpture by Carol-Gentithes

‘Poisdon’ sculpture by Carol Gentithes



Madagascar-Carol-Gentithes reptillian creature

‘Madagascar’  Carol Gentithes




Carol Gentithes seated in chair photo portrait

Carol Gentithes


Fred Johnston


I question how I can extend the tradition of pottery. What can I contribute? I am not interested in pots that are mindless, shallow imitations and replications of the past. I believe in the idea of cross-fertilization and playfulness. The mixing and matching of different cultures, motifs and art styles are fertile ground, a place to cultivate.


Fred-Johnston ovoid plate

‘Woman with pierced tongue’– Fred Johnston




Ceramic til;e square Woman-dancing-with-Guinea-Hen by Fred-Johnston

‘Woman dancing with Guinea Hen’ — Fred Johnston ceramic tile



Suzy Birstein


 Suzy studied dance while absorbing Hollywood musicals, film noire and the mysteries of Rembrandt. As an adult, she’s been seduced by the sensuous spontaneity of working with Clay, Colour and the essence of Romance. Suzy’s imagery is a marriage of her childhood and adult influences. The figure dominates her work. She is compelled to create archetypal icons which embrace the power of Ancient and contemporary World cultures, overlaid with the spirit of song and dance.


‘Beauty Bountiful’ – Suzy Birstein




Notorious-figure sculpture by Suzy-Birstein-

Suzy Birstein-~-‘Notorious’




Suzy-Birstein-ceramic-female bust

Suzy Birstein – Female Bust ‘In Wonderland’




‘In Wonderland’–Suzy Birstein

Height 24″



Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

‘Harlequin’s Romance singin’ Melancholy Baby’ – Suzy Birstein

Height 25″  Duet Series



Suzy Birstein




Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

‘d Ivoire Duet singin’–til there was you..’  – Suzy Birstein





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Mattie Leeds


Mattie Leeds has been making pottery full time for 42 years. He studied classical Chinese painting with Y.C. Chaing, a master of Chinese arts, he studied pottery with Michael Frimkiss, a renowned potter and student of Peter Voulkos.

Mattie’s work is bold, colorful and expressive. The pieces are large- many over 5 feet tall, and the sheer volume of their surfaces gives him a freedom that the two dimensional surface of a canvas lacks. The bold figurative schemes dance around a surface that has no beginning and no end, but is a continuous statement as the viewer circles the object. Like free-standing sculpture, every side is luscious. Some of the pots speak of the 10 years he spent studying Chinese painting and calligraphy, while others are a montage of figures and design, merging colors and emotion.


Mattie-Leeds ceramic lidded jar abstract painted decoration

‘The Bomb’ – Mattie Leeds




Ceramic vase with illustration of 'the painter'

‘The Painter’ – Mattie Leeds




yellow. blue and red lidded jar - Mattie Leeds

‘Woman with Yellow Face’ — Mattie Leeds




Mattie-Leeds twin handled vase with a woman showing her hands

Mattie Leeds  – ‘Hands’



Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds



Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds



Mattie-Leeds-Space-Monster ceramic sculpture

‘Space Monster’ – Mattie Leeds




ceramic sculpture abstract wave - Mattie Leeds

‘Wave’ – Mattie Leeds




Heartmonster grotesque ceramic sculpture

‘Heartmonster’ –  Mattie Leeds




ceramic gourd vase by Mattie Leeds

‘Grand’ – Mattie Leeds




Mattie Leeds-portrait photo

Mattie Leeds



Janet-Smith--Mixed-media sculpyutr

‘Chip off the old block’ – Janet Smith



Michael-Corney cat head vase

Michael Corney

Schaller Gallery



Hinrich Kroger


Hinrich Kroger


Hinrich Kroger



Hinrich Kroger



Laura Jean McLaughlin


Full-time artist in Pittsburgh, PA who loves to work with ceramics, printmaking, mosaics, paintings and cast iron. I come from a family of 11 children and was always encouraged to play, which I still do quite a bit of. Laura Jean McLaughlin received an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University. Laura Jean’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred galleries and museums



Laura-Jean-McLaughlin---Down-to-the-River sculpture bust

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Down to the River’



Ceramic plate -Laura-Jean-McLaughlin

Sgraffito dish — Laura Jean McLaughlin




Red hair girl with duck nesting on her head sculpture --Laura-Jean-McLaughlin

‘Nest’ – Laura Jean McLaughlin




Decorative sgraffito wall plate – ‘Joy Ride’ — Laura Jean McLaughlin



Laura-Jean-McLaughlin--Entangled ceramic sculpture

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Entangled’



sgraffito vase Laura-Jean-McLaughlin-

Laura Jean McLaughlin




sgraffito wall plate Laura Jean McLaughlin

Laura Jean McLaughlin



Laura Jean McLaughlin with her cat Mojo




Monumental hand painted glass vase by Lea Bartneck



Kurt-Anderson hand painted plate

Kurt Anderson


Kevin Snipes


Kevin Snipes is interested in duality, vessels and containers with stories, his ceramics have multiple layers of meaning and provocative narratives.


Kevin-Snipes ceramic plate with a boxer image

Kevin Snipes Boxer Plate




‘Kicking The Cat’  – Kevin Snipes



Keri Joy Colestock


Keri-Joy-Colestock multi media sculpture

Keri Joy Colestock – ‘Out Of This World’



Keri Joy Colestock – Multi Media sculpture



Grayson Perry


“I’m not an innovator, ceramic-wise. I use very traditional forms, techniques and it’s merely the carrier of the message. That’s how I want to keep it. But I’m always aware that it’s a pot. It’s not like I take it for granted. I’m always aware that I’m working on a vase and what that means” A master of the incongruous juxtaposition, Grayson Perry scrawls savage satirical messages alongside sentiments of nostalgia for lost innocence.



‘Cries of London’  – Grayson Perry



Grayson-Perry ceramic vase

Grayson Perry




Grayson-Perry ceramic vase

Grayson Perry



Gerardo Monterrubio


For millennia, numerous cultures have used the ceramic medium to record their existence. From these artifacts, we can form an understanding and various interpretations of the cultural paradigms, sociopolitical practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds that created them. It is this anthropological aspect that propels my work in its creative endeavor, using the forms as vehicles to compose linear and fragmented narratives. Altered by the imagination, memory, and the like, my work engages the idea of recording selected aspects of contemporary society, composing moments and spaces for mystery, speculation, and wonder, in methods as old and universal as human creativity itself.



teardrop vessel named Sadgirl -Gerardo-Monterrubio

Teardrop ceramic vessel – ‘Sadgirl’ – Gerardo Monterrubio




Gerardo-Monterrubio-urban narrative vessel`

Urban narrative ceramic sculpture – Gerardo Monterrubio



George Lafayette


George Lafayette




George Lafayette – ‘Dream Catcher’




Elvira-Bach lady with an orange serpent

Elvira Bach –  Series: The Other Eva



hathor sculpture by the Popovy sisters

Hathor and Basnet – Popovy sisters



Kurt Weiser teapot with lizard and female face

Kurt Weiser teapot




Crane Rider-sculpture by Sun-Koo-Yuh

‘Crane Rider’ by Sun Koo Yuh

Mindy Solomon Gallery



Clemens-Briels cubist female figure sculpture

Clemens Briels



jonislittledolls – etsy




Catch-of-the-Day-ceramic teapot by-Natasha-Dikareva

‘Catch of the Day’ – Natasha Dikareva

SNAart Gallery



Akio Takamori


“Often when working I feel the need and seek out ways to counterbalance Western and Eastern civilisation. Visually the contrast can be quite harmonious or is intended to jar and create unease.”



Akio-Takamori-nude Japanese female bather looking in her mirror

Akio Takamori – ‘Female Bather with Mirror’



Akio Takamori figure and head sculpture

Akio Takamori




Since 1994, Alfajar has been making stoneware and other clay ceramics at high temperature, with the most refined craftsmanship. The surface is most carefully treated with metallic oxides applied with a fine brush and glazed at a very high temperature.


Ceramic Alfajar-lenticular-vessel

Alfajar lenticular vessel



Alfajar Botella tension




Alfajar-semi circular bottle with short spout and abstract female nude



Alfajar footed lenticular vessel, abstract face motif







Julian Smith




Marni Gable



Israeli potter sculpture


Two established Israeli ceramicists, both natives of Tel Aviv, who have similar styles, in that their art pieces exude much warmth and are highlighted with rich colours and an intrinsic creativity.  Inna Olshansky’s sculpture figures display character and humor, while the ceramic art of Shamai Sam Gibsh favors a grounded, earthy appearance. They both operate their own studio/galleries.


Shamai Sam Gibsh

“I get inspiration from my environment and surroundings. Jaffa, a 10,000 years old port city, a part of Tel-Aviv in Israel – is very old and full of history with its colors and textures, unique architecture and multinational populace that has a big influence on me. My sculptural work has been inspired by the life in Israel, the political situation in Israel, as well as my recent travels to China and Korea.

Typically I burnish and cover with terra sigilata, at times I use copper and soluble salts (Metal chlorides like silver, gold, cobalt), and saggar fired inside clay vessels with organic materials, typically pine needles.”





Terra-Sigillata-Iron-Chloride-Saggar sculpture by Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

‘Looking Through #3’ – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Saggar-firing-Terra-sigillata-Mungyeong-Teabowl by Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

‘Mungyeong Teabowl’ by Shamai Sam Gibsh



Shamai San Gibsh-Saggar-firing-Terra-sigillata-Box-2013

Saggar fired Terra sigillata Box – Shamai Sam Gibsh




Shamai-Sam-Gibsh-ceramic cup

 Soda Reduction Cup –  Shamai Sam Gibsh



 Shamai San Gibsh - Soda---Reduction-Container

Footed and faceted soda reduction container – Shamai Sam Gibsh



 Shamai San Gibsh wood smoke fired urn

 Shamai Sam Gibsh – wood smoke fired urn



Tosic-naked-raku sculpture - Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

Tosic naked raku sculpture –  Shamai Sam Gibsh



 Shamai Sam Gibsh -Smoke-firing-Tea-Bowl

 Smoke fired Tea Bowl – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Footed ceramic bowl Shamai San Gibsh

Footed soda reduction bowl – Shamai Sam Gibsh




Shamai-Sam-Gibsh-Ceramic-Smoke-firing sculpture

”Slices’  – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Smoke-firing-Naked-Raku vase - Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

Naked Raku vessel – Shamai Sam Gibsh




Smoke-firing-Bird-on-a-steep-slope by Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

Smoke fired ‘Bird on a steep slope’ – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Shamai Sam Gibsh -- Smoke-fired vessel with lid

Lidded raku vessel – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Shamai Sam Gibsh ceramic urn - rust colour with gold lid

Ochre coloured urn, gold lid – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Ceramic cone sculpture Shamai Sam Gibsh

Raku cone with geometrical patterns – Shamai Sam Gibsh




Shamai-Sam-Gibsh-sculpture of Floating Disk

‘Floating Disk’ – Shamai Sam Gibsh




Turquoise and crimson vessel with a lid -- Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

Lidded raku container – -Ceramic-raku-fired-box



Ceramic-raku-fired-box by -Shamai-Sam-Gibsh

Round lidded vessel, landscape vista raku – Shamai Sam Gibsh



lidded urn with abstract decoration - Shamai Sam Gibsh

Lidded Urn — Shamai Sam Gibsh




‘Looking Through #2’ sculpture –   Shamai Sam Gibsh

Terra Sigillata Iron Chloride Saggar


Raku baking reduction with Shamai Sam Gibsh




Shamai Sam Gibsh - wood fired ceramic box

Raku lidded box – Shamai Sam Gibsh



Shamai Sam Gibsh footed raku bowl

Shamai Sam Gibsh footed raku bowl




Shamai Sam Gibsh photo portrait

Shamai Sam Gibsh



Shamai Sam Gibsh,Cramics,Saggar firing,Terra sigillata,

Saggar firing, primitive ceramics firing,alternative firing,hand made ceramics,



Inna Olshansky


“I was born in Russia and explored many different mediums and techniques prior to deciding to specialize in clay and oil painting. After obtaining a degree at Tashkent , I developed my own way of expression , while at the same time , continuing to demonstrate a broad free style . In 1993 I moved to Israel and opened “Inna Ol’shansky Art” , a gallery-boutique in Tel Aviv .
I work very intuitively. Starting with a raw idea or concept, I usually have only a vague, nebulous collection of ideas before I begin. As I set up the structure of the sculpture, the vision becomes more real and solid in my mind… the elements I want to use, the overall look of the form… the attitude of the head, the expression and shape of the face all start to become more solid in my imagination. Once one part of the design is confirmed, this leads to the next element followed by the next. Until I get my hands on the clay, I am never sure exactly what the end result will be. My way of working is to be guided by my instincts and to let the flow of ideas take me where they will. The evolution of ideas, shapes, forms, technical challenges, and design elements constantly circulate through my mind until connections start to be made and the art comes through.”


Inna-Olshansky-modernist cat sculptures

Inna Olshansky ceramic cats




Bronze ram sculpture – Inna Olshansky



Inna-Olshansky red ceramic bull

Inna Olshansky




Inna-Olshansky; ceramic animal sculpture

‘Creature #1’ — Inna Olshansky



Inna Olshansky




Inna-Olshansky ceramic horse

Inna Olshansky



Inna Olshansky Israeli ceramicist

Inna Olshansky



Inna Olshansky



Inna Olshansky abstract head sculpture

Inna Olshansky




Inna Olshansky cat sculpture abstract style

Inna Olshansky



Inna Olshansky smiling ceramic cow sculpture with orange and white stripes

Inna Olshansky smiling cow sculpture



Inna Olshansky smiling ceramic cow sculpture female bust in rainbow colours

Female ceramic bust – Inna Olshansky




Red and white jester – Inna Olshansky



Green and white Ceramic wall mask - Inna Olshansky

Ceramic face vase –  Inna Olshansky




Ceramic wall mask - Inna Olshansky

Ceramic wall mask –  Inna Olshansky



Ceramic animnal - Inna Olshansky

  Inna Olshansky



Ceramic horse –  Inna Olshansky



 Inna Olshansky ceramic bottle with floral decoration

Quad footed ceramic bottle – floral decoration –   Inna Olshansky




co-joined ceramic horses by Inna-Olshansky

Inna Olshansky



Abstract polychrome ‘Nude Female Torso #1’ – Inna Olshansky




Israeli ArtGallery , ceramic sculpture

animals, torsoes,sculptures, masks,dolls,



Mother and child sculptures




Egyptian-figure-vase New Kingdom, mid-Dynasty 18 1435–1380 B.C.


I am featuring Lindy Lawler first up in this article because the recent thrust of her ceramic art has been inclined toward a mother orientation and the act of honoring the feminine principal that pervades most ancient cultures.

Lindy Lawler uses the matriarchal dynamic, ancient teachings, traditions and philosophies to explore various artistic interpretations of the mother in her clay sculptures and imbibes them with her subtle understanding of this principal. Using the language of art she honours feminine wisdom and rites of passage while maintaining a connection to the universality of mother lore and intuitive wisdom. The subtle bonds of sisterhood are reinforced in her art, which embraces the pure simplicity of the ancient forms and the power of their associated symbols. Indigenous knowledge and cultural diversity might bring differences but they rarely stray from this ubiquitous theme of the mother.


Cucuteni-Inspired-Mother-Goddess cerramic figurine - Lindy Lawler

Cucuteni Inspired Mother Goddess figurine – Lindy Lawler

The deeper essence of this feminine instinct has remained intact, but requires continual reverence and celebration to nurture, reveal and protect it. Mother Earth, the Earth Mother, Pacha Mama (Mother ‘Universe’), Gaia, Mother Nature, the Mother Goddess have a common foundation in all ancient cultures. Archetypical mother figures like Curandera the Mexican Goddess, Hina – The Polynesian Moon Goddess, Kuan Yin, Cucuteni Inspired Mother Goddess, Oshun and numerous others represented fertility, healing, abundance, folklore, spirituality, sustenance, insight and wisdom. Aa a focal point of devotion and respect, they were a formidable source of unity and reassurance.
The image of a mother with a child touches the core of this tradition and has been explored by many artists. For some, their own mothers were the source of their inspiration while others expanded it to embrace a more universal presence. Sometimes this relationship was complex, but for most their early years were blessed with a mutual mother/child worship and this is the prevailing impression of a sacred bond that permeates most of the sculptures following this theme.
The male is separate from the female in most traditional images as this reinforces the independence of the male and recognizes the inner sanctum of the female, a temple of yin divinity, solace and mystery.


Quechua Pachamama Mother and Baby statue by Lindy-Lawler

‘Quechua Pachamama Mother and Baby’ statue –  Lindy Lawler



hawaiian figurines mother and child - ,Lindy Lawler

Tahitian mother and child statues – Lindy Lawler




Lindy Lawler ceramic Zulu Mamma figure sculpture

‘Zulu Mamma’Lindy Lawler



Green Kuan Yin goddess statue by Lindy Lawler

Kuan Yin – Lindy Lawler




Market day – Lindy Lawler



Virgen-de-Guadalupe-Goddess - Lindy Lawler turquoise ceramic goddess sculpture

Virgen de Guadalupe Goddess – Lindy Lawler



reclining mother child sculpture - in green parklands

Bronze mother child abstract sculpture – DZ Sculptures



Abstract bronze Emotion-sculpture-by-artist-Rosamond-Lloyd

‘Emotion’ sculpture by artist Rosamond Lloyd




Corrado-Cagli and Mazzotti Italian plate

Mazzotti Italian plate painted by Corrado Cagli




Michele-Ludwiczak African woman hoilding child sculpture

Michele Ludwiczak, France




Mother-&-Child-street sculpture by Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson sculpture – Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Ellesmere Port, England





A painting of the statue of Our Lady of Candelaria, venerated on the island of Tenerife as patroness of the Canary Islands.

Artist –  Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana.



Beatrice-Hoffman bust sculpture-titled-'Mother-and-Child

 ‘Mother and Child’ (VersionTwo)’ –  Beatrice Hoffman




Artist Giulia Madonia – ‘Madonna with the child’ – Original sculpture in painted clay.

Made in 2010



Jean Louis Toutaine park sculpture, Toulouse, France



Roger Capron mother holding child sculpture

Roger Capron, France




Photography by Lillian Bassman





Giorgio Andreoli 1530 Dish – Madonna Child


abstract sculpture women holding a child

Abstract Mother with child sculpture – artist?

Carburry Antiques




Hepworth's Mother and Child (1934), made of pink ancaster stone

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Mother and Child’ (1934), made of pink ancaster stone




Street sculpture - Mother and Child -by Maurice Lambert - Basildon

‘Mother and Child’ -by Maurice Lambert  – Basildon, Essex




Mother Child - Cris Pereby being inspired by the Egyptian sculpture and Camille Claudel.

 Cris Pereby is a Belgian sculptor inspired by the ancient Egyptian sculpture and Camille Claudel.



1905,-Gustav-Klimt painting

Gustav Klimt, 1905




Ben-Roth bronze mother child sculpture

Bronze Mother Child sculpture by Ben Roth




Wooden maternity-figure-from-the-Luluwa-people,

Woodcarved Congo maternity figure



Mother holding a child sculpture by Bonnie Friereich

Bonnie Freireich



cazaux-edouard vase with mother feeding child motif

Edourde Cazaux vase



MExican Mother Child figure 12 century

Mother /child figure – Mexico, Mesoamerica. Culture: Tlatilco

12th–9th century B.C.





Dame Barbara Hepworth, Mother and Child, 1934

Cumberland alabaster on marble base




Donatello - Madonna and child sculpture

Donatello—(Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) — Italian–15th century



Female figure nursing an infant, terracotta clay figure sculpture

Female figure nursing an infant, Central Highlands, Mexico, c. 350-550



Greek-terracotta-statue from-Tanagra

Terracotta figurines of women with their everyday attire and adornments, 2nd century BC,

Pella archaeological museum (Macedonia, Greece)



Hana-Orlova mother child sculpture 1925

Hana Orlova sculpture





Maiolica di Castelli, ‘Lavoro dei Progenitori’

1700-50 ca

Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica—Palazzo Davanzati




henry_moore abstract mother and child sculpture

Mother and Child sculpture _ Henry Moore




Egyptian ISis and Horus statue

Egyptian Isis nursing Horus sculpture



Jean Louis Toutain sculpture Mother and child sea5ted on a bench in Blagnac

Jean Louis Toutain sculpture, Blagnac, Toulouse



Jean-Louis-Toutain public sculpture in Toulouse

Jean Louis Toutain sculpture, Blagnac, Toulouse



Mid-Century-Modern-Ceramic bust

Mid Century mother/child ceramic sculpture bust



Jean Louis Toutain, Artigues près Bordeaux, France

Panoramio © All Rights Reserved by YMV



Jean-Pierre-Augier-french-sculptor - A hooded lady walking with two girls

Jean Pierre Augier — France





Mother & Child Sculpture on the Bullfinch Lawn, Massachusetts General Hospital





Josep-Sanchez-Carrasco black stone sculpture

Josep Sanchez Carrasco




Lorenzo-Ghiberti-Mary and Child sculpture detail

Lorenzo Ghiberti


Mother-And-Child-street sculpture,Olomouc,-Czech-Republic

Mother And Child  street sculpture

Olomouc, Czech Republic



Martha-Pettigrew mother holding child statue

“La Familia” by Martha Pettigrew




Statue of Virgin Mary by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

Statue of Virgin Mary by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

 Church of St Eustache, Paris




Mother-and-Child sculpture-12th--13th-century

Turquoise ceramic figure   Mother and Child 12th–13th-century, Iran




Shimon Drory mother child sculpture

Simon Drory



Sam-Shendi contemporary sculpture

Sam Shendi abstract Mother Child sculpture




Northern India sandstone statue

Carved sandstone statue, North India



Han-Meilin sculpture - mother lying on back holding up child

Han Meilin sculpture


Madonna and Child on wood

Madonna and Child on wood



Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman wall relief sculpture -- Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Deco wall relief –  Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman

Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art




‘The child is there’, Le Corbusier




Luca-della-Robbia sculpture of Madonna and Jesus

Luca della Robbia sculpture of Madonna and Jesus

Photo-  Tomasso Brothers Fine Art



Edouard Cazaux ovoid vase with Jesus nativity scene

The Annunciation and the Nativity ovoid earthenware vase – Edouard Cazaux

1960 – Camard Auctioneers




-Vanessa-Pooley Mother with child sculpture

Vanessa Pooley




hexagonal glass plaque

Hexagonal plaque – The Guild of Glass Engravers, 2012





Wall decoration by Oswald Tieberghien. Mother with child



Walter-Kirtland-Hancock mother holding her child sculpture

Walter Kirtland Hancock




Witte Museum, San Antonio - mother / child sculpture

Witte Museum, San Antonio,Texas



African mother holding baby by sculptor Nnamdi-Okonkwo

Nigerian sculptor Nnamdi Okonkwo


William-Ellisworth Artis sculpture of a mother holding a child

William Ellisworth Artis





Simoriro-Chikuruwo abstract mother with baby carved stone sculpture

‘Exercising Baby’ — Simoriro Chikuruwo



-Les-Jumaux-Josette Boyer, sculpture of a mother holding her twins

Raku sculpture – -‘Les Jumaux’ – Josette Boyer




Mid Century Madonna -child sculpture by Alexsander-Danel - Austin

Alexsander Danel madonna child sculpture for for Austin Productions




Perusing the poster arts




Art Nouveau poster of a woman in a white gown driving a vintage car

Italian Art Nouveau – Mario Borgoni, 1923




The defining art of posters  


Poster art has been a mainstay for defining cultural trends and styles, especially since the beginning of the 20th century. It was quickly recognized that minimal, striking designs with succinct messages and slogans, reinforced with a symbol, had the incisive power to penetrate the mass consciousness and market. Repetitive visual application went a long way to establishing a brand and building sales. The growing industrialization nourished increasing consumerism and advertising budgets which led to greater investment in the quality of artistic design and production of posters. Advertisers became highly motivated to research the foibles and attractions towards the purchasing habits of the public and learn how to capture their imagination.



‘Circuit de Milan, Monza’, 1922  Poster by Aldo Mazza


Prior to the emergence of the electronic media, posters had become one of the premium mediums in marketing and were one of the first forms of invasive mass advertising where the audience was confronted with the message irrespective of their interest. Posters became a powerful means for reinforcing design trends and even establishing them. The most poignant visual elements of a particular genre were extracted by advertising designers and utilized for marketing.

The contemporary poster had its genesis back in the 1840s and 1850s when the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production possible. Advertisers began to market mass-produced consumer goods to a growing populace in urban areas and by the 1890s, the technique had spread throughout Europe. A number of noted French artists created poster art in this period, foremost amongst them were Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Adolphe Willette, Pierre Bonnard, Louis Anguetin, Georges de Feure and Henri-Gabriel Ibels. Alfred Mucha helped launch the Art Nouveau movement with his Sarah Bernhardt Gismonda poster, which was an overnight success. Gradually more textural and graphic elements were introduced into poster art, along with bolder colour palettes. Tight deadlines and lower budget posters, restricted to one or two colours, led to a greater emphasis being placed on design and graphics, to maximize visual impact. This led to a new wave of artistic presentation with minimalized design, which had a natural symbiosis with simplified modernist trends that were evolving at the beginning of the century.
Politics also exploited the market penetration of posters and along with flyers became an effective means for revolutionaries to be heard, which was exemplified with their use in stirring up negative sentiment against the aristocracy during the French Revolution and was also widely used by the Bolshevics with their constuctivist posters. The growth of the movie industry at this time also led to the elaborate sized posters being developed for promotions.
As a means for discovering insights into the popular trends of the last 175 years, the poster has provided a vivid encapsulation and record of the potent visuals through different eras. The spread of new art movements were greatly enhanced by the adaption of artists to express themselves through this medium.



Hughs rocket furue poster NY World Fair

1939 World Fair – Rocketman





Swiss poster by Carl Moos


Pullman Gallery




Vanity Fair Cover October 1924 Poster Print by William Bolin at the Condé Nast Collection





Italian Bugatti sports car poster, 1910




1933-le-sourire-magazine - a lady at the seaside dressed in a black and white striped outfit

‘Le Sourire’ magazine




1950-the-black-cat-poulwebb-blogspot-co Universal movie poster

The Black Cat movie poster






Vogue magazine “Jazz Age” cover – William Bolin


perpetual purveyors of style




Art Deco poster print




art-poster-le-corbusier absract art

Abstract poster 1954 – Le Corbusier



bauhaus-poster by sharkaholic on Devient Art

‘Bauhaus Nude’ – Sharkaholic

Deviant Art




Jazz and Heritage Festival 2001 Louis Armstrong

New Orleans Jazz Festival – James Michalopoulos

Art4Now – 2001




Art Deco Telefunken poster

30’s Telefunken Art Deco



Anis Del Tigre, Spain



Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl

Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl




‘Models for the costumes of a ballet’  by Anatol Petrytzky

Avant Garde, Bauhaus inspired ballet costume designs by Anatol Petrytzky circa 1920s




cardwell-higgins-art-deco poster - "A Delightful Page In The Record of My Existence."

“A Delightful Page In The Record of My Existence.” – Cardwell Higgins

Aubrey Beardsley / Harry Clarke inspired fantasy scene from c.1928

1st Dibs   Grapefruit Moon Gallery




Art Deco Chassaing-poster-1930-sarah-stocking-fine-antique-posters

Poster by Jean Chassaing, advertising ‘La Ligne Aurore’, a line of women’s shoes


Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters



cotton-club-rhyth-maniap poster

Jazz Age Cotton Club poster for revue ‘Rhyth Mania’ – 1931




 Poster Print by Eduardo Garcia Benito

Vogue Cover  October 1931 – Condé Nast Collection





“Treacherous Waters” by Victo Ngai




distillerie-italiane-1899 Art Nouveau poster

Distillerie Italiane Art Nouveau poster




edison-mazda-2-egyptian-night art print by Maxfield Parish

‘Egyptian Night’  – Maxfield Parish Egyptomania




 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral

Mexico, 1920s



Erte - Romain de Tirtoff art deco illustration

 Ertre aka Romain de Tirtoff aka




Erte – Romain de Tirtoff




ernesto-garcia-cabral el-chango-www-kaifineart

Mexican Illustrator  Ernesto Garcia Cabral (el-chango) for Revista De Revistas magazine





French Spa of Eugénie les Bains in the French Pyrénées – Bernard Villemot




fiat-art-deco-poster, Italy Marcello Dudovich

Italian Art Deco Lithographic poster – Marcello Dudvich




fortunato-depero-futurism-paintings Moon Dance

‘Danzatrici lunari’ (Moon Dance) – Fortunato Depero – Italian Futurism




found-on-aisledash-com Art Deco style poster 2005

2005 Art Deco style poster




Roaring Twenties by Gerda Wegener ( watercolor)





 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral





German Art Deco Spa poster



ichiro-tsuruta art deco head shot

Retro Art Deco – Ichiro Tsuruta




Illustration by Cheri Herouard For La Vie Parisienne

January 1929



dorte-clara-wolff-dodo watercolor 'Descent'

‘Descent’ – Dorte Clara Wolff (dodo)





Mexican Tourist Association poster





Illustration by George Barbier For La Vie Parisienne 1918




kim-xu art That's Shanghai

‘That’s Shanghai’ – Kim Xu



illustration-by-george-leonnec-for-la-vie-parisienne november-1922

Illustration by George Leonnec For La Vie Parisienne

November 1922



king-kong-by-la-boca Art Deco style poster art

King Kong poster – La Boca, UK



le-paquebot-france-norway antique poster

French Art deco poster





Lilian Bond –  photo by Elmer Fryer





Vogue Cover Poster Print by Pierre Mourgue at the Condé Nast Collection

  November 1933




nerma-french-cigarettes poster Egyptian Revival

Egyptian Revival ‘Nerma Cigarettes’ poster



nick-gaetano-dallas-rising - Pegasus and female water bearer

‘Dallas Rising’ – Nick Gaetano




La Meuse French beer




rene-gruau-French fashion-illustrator

French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau




Image by Eileen Mayo (1906-1994) featuring traditional artwork and symbols from the Dreamtime stories of an emu and an Indigenous Aboriginal Australian wearing corroboree head-dress




French Peugeot motorcycle poster



poster-art French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau

 Illustrator Rene Gruau



poster-bohemia africanism art deco

Africanism poster



ramon-casas-barcelona Art Nouveau poster art

Art Nouveau poster – Ramon Casas, Barcelona




‘Reine De Joie,’ (queen of joy) – French Belle Époque Period Poster by Toulouse-Lautrec


Colletti Gallery




Soviet constructivist style poster with retro robot – Zoki Cardula



cuba-travel-poster male and female Cubans dancing on a congo drum

Cubano Del Turismo poster




Jean Carlu Art Deco poster of comedienne, Pepa Bonafe, using the image of the two theater masks (comedy and tragedy) and the performer’s profile.


Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters





Art Nouveau – Alexandre Steinlen Motocycles Comiot




TWA travel poster




1964 Soviet Space Propaganda Poster: USSR Birthplace Of Cosmonautics




vanity-fair-cover-july-1927 by William Bolin

Vanity Fair cover – William Bolin





Italian Vespa poster




Havana Bistro Cuban poster

Artist Kyla Evans



issuu-art-deco- favourite-mistress-dodo-burgner

Dodo Burgner ‘Frauchens Liebling’ (Favourite Mistress)




william-bolin-april-1927 Vogue cover

Vogue cover by  William Bolin




Italian Futurist  Aviation Poster by Luigi Martinati


Colletti Gallery




Fine art giclee print of a vintage French travel poster featuring travel to Bagneres de Luchon by Jules Cheret. Celebrated for its total of forty eight thermal springs.




Paul Colin art deco Peugeot poster



Science fiction travel poster

Science Fiction Neptune travel poster




black female silhouette guerlain poster

La Petite Robe Noire Couture Perfume




Fifties travel poster classic design

Retro 50’s poster Spanish designer, Fantastic Hysteria


Exploring light on the full moon


xiandong-fairy-cave- Neil Wade Photography

Buddha wall carving – Xiandong Fairy Cave, Keelung

Neil Wade Photography, 2011



While updating my front page with a recent post on the ‘Art of the Buddha’, an image really caught my attention when I was searching for a feature image. This was a picture of a green Kuan Yin wall carving, which I recalled to be similar to a dream I had recently on the New Moon of the 3rd of November, which had made a distinct impression on me. This dream had a more lucid appearance than the usual nebulous haze. I had descended carved steps at some coastal location into a subterranean chamber and waded waist high into a golden, turquoise water which was semi luminous. While admiring the vibrancy of the water, I looked to the side and was startled to see a beautiful wall carving that looked like some sort of Buddha figure relief, my sense being it was of Kuan Yin. This heightened the sensation that I was already feeling of being in a blessed environment. After I had absorbed the surroundings I woke up. This dream had a resonance that lasted for days.
My curiosity was aroused by this recollection, so I dropped this image into Google Image search to look at it source and see what I could find about its location. It turned out to be the Fairy Caves in Taiwan, which were also subterranean and been a water channel. Another image of a Buddha at this location (see above) also caught my attention which I searched for and was intrigued to see many other interesting images that stood out, particularly because of the appearance of a diffused light, which seemed to be sublimely balanced. I loaded one of the images into Photoshop and noticed its light Levels layer was a smooth concave curve, not a formation that you usually see for most images.

On further inspection, most of the other images approximated this concave light curve too. It reminded me of a section of a large spherical object, which I thought was intriguing because this was during the time of the perigee Full Moon. Like the moon, the concave shape is regarded as being feminine yin in nature. I was impressed by the synchronicity and the ability of the algorithm to detect this nuance. Themes that appeared to me from the images were: moving from darkness to light, unfolding of a new direction symbolized by pathways and motion of water, solitary quests and enchantment from nature, especially large caves, all bathed in subtle light. It turned out to be an inspired manifestation of images all presented in the one place. Being able to source all the images from the one location made the curation easy.





Fingerlings by Brian Matiash on 500px



mikhail-alisov painting of a sailing yatch

Mikhail Alisov





Lucerne, Switzerland





Aba Yohannis monastery –Seeker at 74 years old  “I came from my village, from the countryside to learn. I didn’t go home. I preferred to stay here. I’ve been here for 43 years.”

Photography – Joey L, NY




Cavern landscape-in-guangxi China

Magic Dalongdong (Guangxi Shanglin), China





Antelope Canyon, Arizona Watkins Glen State Park, New York





‘Apple of Discord’ – Arianna Coleccarelli

Aphrodite model Olga Miranova




Heli Luaksonen (click to expand)




birgitta-sjostedt-flickr full moon over a lake

Moon over bridge – Photo by Birgitta Sjostedt – flickr




bengal-tiger-in-jungle - Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

 A documentary following a team searching for tigers in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.




“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015



bruges-bruges-along-with-a-few-other-canal-based-northern-by David Gilson-flickr

Bruges, Belgium – David Gilson-flickr




Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA



castel-gandolfo gardens

Castel Gandolfo gardens, Italy




Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains, Sydney




Champion Catalpa tree which has a 23.5 feet circumference





‘Fall’ – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales





Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Through the Woods is a third-person Norse horror adventure set in a forest on the western shores of Norway

Developed by Antaognist




dog in forestScotland Outdoors-twitter

Scotland Outdoors-twitter



fairy-cave-stalactite-walls quang-binh-province

Fairy cave stalactite walls…Quang Binh province, China




dustin-schwartzmeyer photo of a ravine

Autumn Sunrise , Ilthaca – Dustin Schwartzmeyer photography




girl-sitting-in-rockpool -emma-gorge-el-questro-wilderness-park

Emma Gorge El Questro wilderness park

Western Australia




fotografia nocturna1

Fotografia Nocturna1, Ortigueira. Matadero. Porto deportivo. Jesús Manuel Giz Novo




a girl carrying a bowl on her head in-the-slums-of-islamabad

Girl carrying a large bowl – Slums of Islamabad




large cave - photo by john-spies-on-500px

John Spies, 500px




 A flower seller paddles past a small shop on Dal Lake’s quiet waters in Kashmir

photo – Steve Curry




Litlanesfoss waterfalls are surrounded by basalt columns located in Upphéraðsvegur, Iceland.





Lourdes – james65, flickr




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‘Hang Son Doong’ – Nha Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province, Central Vietnam.




Moon man in Forest




Hindu Temple deep in Borneo caves – Trey Ratcliff





Nok Nang Ann cave, Thailand



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‘Onwards under Stormy Skies’  – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales




The Nature Conservancy – photo Kevin Arnold




Quang Binh cave, Vietnam



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Spiral path at Hang Son Doong in Vietnam in the world’s largest cave

photo Ryan Deboodt, 500px




Serene Morskie Oko, Poland

Photograph by Sara Delić



Chinese Shanglin-caves-Nanning

Shanglin caves – Nanning




Stourhead autumn photo – Toby Melville



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Angel statues – Synthgamer



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Tianmen Shan’s very long cable car

Zhangjiajie, a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan province, is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m



toketee-falls-oregon Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US

Toketee Falls – @chelseakaua, Instagram

Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US




Buky Canyon is a canyon near the Buky village, on the Hirs’kyi Tikych river in the Cherkasy Oblast of Ukraine. It is approximately 5 km long, 20 m deep and anywhere from 20 to 40 m wide. Wikipedia





Vive la huasteca – Conexión México




wajahat-mahmood Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

 Phang Nga Bay, Thailand – Wajahat Mahmood – flickr




‘Egrets Nesting’ – American Museum of Natural History





‘Water Stone’ – Andrew Bi – Flickr





Stone Creek, Coniston, England

Bardsea Photography




Jinlongshan – Golden Dragon Mountain, Taiwan

Photo Mrs Lee




girl-in a blue gown by Bella Kotak


Photo by Bella Kotak




Steven Forbes deSoule – Raku with lush hues


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Ballard Vista – Steven Forbes-deSoule




‘Blue Salmon Space Rock’ globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule



Exotic raku master


Gazing at the free form patterns and natural colours of a raku pottery finish is like looking at the colourful atmosphere of a mysterious world. Steven Forbes deSoule raku pieces are no exception and present exotic vistas that invite wonderful intrigue. He introduces more green and blue hues, in addition to the typical earthy reds and orange raku colours, in the reduction process to enhance the colour diversity. He uses the raku standard of a steel rubbish bin for a reduction chamber, which I always view as a fantastic irony, relative to the glorious outcomes from raku firing.
Steven Forbes deSoule has been a successful raku pottery artist for over 37 years, creating unique, hand made vessels and sculptures, while finding endless ways to manipulate the oxygen, gases and glazes during the raku reduction technique, to achieve a myriad of attractive outcomes. His intricate firing process and use of his own glazes and underglazes, with multiple firings, leads to ‘one of a kind pieces’ displaying beautiful enriched colours and textures. “The one constant with my work throughout the years has been transformation. I find it fun and challenging to try new things, and I especially enjoy developing new glazes. I started firing exclusively using the raku process in 1982 and found the element of serendipity and surprise to be invigorating.”



Steven Forbes ovoid raku vessel

Steven Forbes-deSoule

After resigning from his corporate position in 1975 and returning to study at the Georgia State University, on a whim he took a pottery class, which blossomed into a Masters of Visual Art and Ceramics.
He set up a home studio at Atlanta in the 80‘s and has been creating pots and sculptures ever since. In 1992, Steven and his wife Lynn, built a new home and studio outside of Weaverville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The entire ground floor of their home is a studio. “ I am truly blessed to awaken every morning surrounded by Natures’ beauty and feeling excited about going to work! (downstairs)


Steven Forbes-deSoule Website




Globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule



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Steven Forbes-deSoule




Removing the raku pottery from the hot kiln



creurblue-dolphin-cremation-urn by Steven Forbes-deSoule

Cre Ur blue dolphin cremation urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Raku Urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule




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Crimson ikebana vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Earth & Sky — Raku Pottery by Steven Forbes-deSoule




Steven Forbes-deSoule




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‘Grande Pear’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

Height 24 inches



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‘Nebulae from Hubble’ -Steven Forbes-deSoule





Winged Vessel  Steven Forbes-deSoule




Steven Forbes-deSoule



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Log Ikebana 2 With Cup Kenzan (Frog)




raku-ceramics-by-steven-forbes-desoule Wavy bowl with torn rim

‘Wavy bowl with torn rim’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule




Raku globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Space Rock Monolith’ – Steven Forbes



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‘Winged Vessel 2’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Space Rock Globe 2’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule




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Salmon pink raku globe –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




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Raku platter –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




Green space-rock-with-ripples - Steven Forbes-deSoule

‘Space rock with ripples’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule




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‘Cosmos’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule





‘Landscape Platter’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Raku lamp base – Steven Forbes-deSoule




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Jade globular vessel with narrow neck -Steven Forbes-deSoule




Tiled raku wall art and globe vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule




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Steven Forbes-deSoule





Tiled raku wall art – Steven Forbes-deSoule



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Lidded raku vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule



teabowl- Steven Forbes-deSoule

Tea Bowl  – Steven Forbes-deSoule





Mountain sunset raku – Steven Forbes-deSoule






Diversity of clay designs – South Africa



Yellow ceramic vase – Xhosa artists project


Traditional craft arts continues to thrive in South Africa in the fields of beadwork, pottery, basketry, jewelry and wood carving. There has been a gradual shift in the ‘folk arts’ for several decades where the status of the artists no longer remain anonymous and many have established a name for themselves through gallery promotions and the internet. However there are still a lot of unsigned products turning up in the market place with the importance of building a name going unappreciated.
Black and white artists in South Africa alike have always interacted with the rich visual stimuli of their environment, resulting in a plethora of different interpretations combining traditional patterns and geometries with expressionist, abstract, surreal and conceptual arts into a unique tapestry of styles. Apartheid provoked artistic movements such as “resistance” art and other protest statements that filtered through to the street and poster arts and paintings. The influence of their religious and spiritual worlds also maintained a presence in ceramics, sculpture and paintings and other folk arts. Increasingly, and inevitably, black artists began to give voice to a political sensibility that led to realist depictions of township life and their struggle along with the exploration of other issues like identity and marginality. Artists like Gerard Sekoto reacted to the harsh surroundings with forceful expressionist paintings. Other arts like video, music, performance and installations also became an important means of expression that were used effectively to spread their message globally.


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‘Bride’ – Cecil Skotnes

The Drakensberg range of mountains, being home to a large collection of ancient cave art, has also has been a source of influence with the local artists, appearing in ceramics, sculpture, painting and textile designs. The channeling of African art by Picasso, Karl Hagenauer and other European artists along with the Africanism movement raised awareness of the African arts and has stimulated demand and activity to this day. South African artists like Cecil Skotnes delivered a cubist influence in his woodcut and panel art and other contemporary artists like Charmaine Haines and Andile Dyalvane also created Picasso inspired ceramics.

Traditional non glazed pottery, with a highly burnished finish is still popular with the ceramic artists in South Africa and exquisite shape and rhythm is a striking feature in the forms of their work. Amazing contemporary designs have also been added to the already rich heritage of art expression in South Africa, to further expand its evolution and reputation of diversity.



Christine Gittins, ZA, Wales



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Narrow neck pot –  Christine Gittins, Wales

Saggar fired in a kiln using a combination of smoke, salt, copper and sawdust to achieve a contemporary looking finish. After the firing she also uses a layer of wax which is burnished to achieve a soft shine finish. In an interview with Cymru Culture she states that the rock art of the San people in Sth Africa, where she was born and raised had an influence on her pottery.





Tall saggar fired vessels by Christine Gittins


Catherine Brennon



Dream Box ‘spring celebration’ by Catherine Brennon

Permanent collection at the Pretoria Art Museum.




‘Dream Box for Serahani’ by Catherine Brennon





‘Heaven & Earth’ Dream Box by Catherine Brennon








Zebra handled coffee cup – Ardmore




 Ardmore Ceramic Art – Feathered Armour SOLD  – Sculptor  Somandla Aaron Ntshalintshali and painter Jabu Nene

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series



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 Ceramic leopard tureen – Ardmore





Carmine Bee-Eater Teapot made by Ardmore bird-lady, Betty Ntshingila, and painted by Wiseman Ndlovu





   Ardmore Ceramic Art  Zambezi Crocodile Queen Vessel – Sculptor Sondelani Ntshalintshali & Painter Zinhle Nene

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series



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Ardmore ceramic dish with pink flower motifs and winged zebra, tiger and leopard relief figures





Ceramic box with zebra lid – Ardmore



 Catherina Pagani


Resident in Cape Town since 1981, Catherina Pagani is a practicing ceramist and sculptor who creates stoneware works of a distinct nature.


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South African contemporary sculpture – Catherina Pagani



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Three piece sculpture set – Catherina Pagani




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Wood fired stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani, Cape Town




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Ceramic sculpture – Catherina Pagani



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Three piece stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani



Cecilia Robinson


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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson





Two porcelain vessels – Cecelia Robinson



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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson




Cecil Skotnes



 ‘Puppeteer’ panel – Cecil Skotnes, ZA

Cecil’s early use of the medium of woodcutting soon translated into a focus on the block itself. Instead of cutting the block and then using it as a means to an end – the print – he began to colour and shape the blocks, using them as a surface for paint and dry pigment. He also began to work in mural, using a technique of coloured cement laid into lime plaster which he would then engrave away exposing layers of colour and incised lines.

For Cecil, his lifelong mission has been to nurture talent and encourage creativity, particularly in places where the apartheid government had deliberately excluded this possibility. The effect of this has been a major contribution to the diversity of South African art. He set up the first art school for black African artists in South Africa.

On travelling to Europe, Skotnes was inspired by the rich heritage of the Renaissance, Greek mythology and Greek and Roman architecture and art. Later in Africa he would be nourished by the space, its harshness and its sense of wild mystery.


“Whatever achievements have been registered by black artists are monuments to their natural ability and their desire to create in the face of the most astonishing difficulties.” – Cecil Skotnes

Cecil Skotnes

Cecil Skotnes: Life and Work Cecil Skotnes was born in 1926, the son of missionaries. Edwin Eilertson and Florence Kendall had married and taken the name the name Skotnes from Edwin’s home farm in Norway. As officers in the Salvation Army they travelled to Canada and then to Africa where they worked in Mozambique, eventually finding their way to East London where Cecil was born.

Charmaine Haines



Charmaine Haines Cubist vase

photo  Marie-claire Dubourg





Ceramic wall plaque – Charmaine Haines



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Charmaine Haines


See another Veniceclayartists article on  Charmaine Haines here



Potterseed, Capetown




Native ZA flora bowls – Potterseed




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Leaf design cups & saucers – Potterseed




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Curvy bowl – Pottersee




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Christine Williams




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‘Blue Head’ – Gerard Sekoto





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Three vases – Clementina van der Walt, Cape Town




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 South African ceramist Gerhard van den Heever





Ceramic guinea fowl tea coffee set

Cultures International African Marketplace




South African ceramicist Helen Vaughan





Embroidered ceramic wall art – Hendrik Stroebel




Andile Dyalvane


As a well traveled designer, Andile prides himself as being South African and presents it through his work at every opportunity. Clay gives him the ability to create something beautiful, valuable, and usable with four elements of life: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. 


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Large floor vase – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso Ceramics



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Ceramic cup and plates – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso




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Imiso ceramics ‘Africasso’  coiled vase –  ‘Self Portrait’ by Andile Dyalvane





   ‘Nkwakhwa I’  –Small (Clan Totem Animal), 2016 –  Andile Dyalvane





 Imiso stoneware press moulded ‘Africasso ‘vase ‘Ubuhle bentombi’ ( beauty of a virgin)



andile-dyalvane in his Cape Town studio

Andile Dyalvane in Cape Town studio




Geometric and free form sculpture – Andile Dyalvane





Slimline Soma planters from Indigenus, ZA





Lady Godiva – Tania Babb



Louise Gelderblom


“I make large-scale one-off original sculptural vessels, which retain a strong element of traditional African craft production methods while embracing a modern global urban aesthetic. My working methods are firmly rooted in the vibrant African clay tradition.”


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Louise Gelderblom contemporary pot with classical from





Black and white striped jug – Louise Gelderblom




Abstract motif vase in black and white – Louise Gelderblom



Michelle Legg


I make one off pieces inspired by the strong forms of South African Traditional Ceramics. I am passionate about age old coiling techniques using terracotta clay. I don’t let the technique of production dictate the end result and sometimes use alternative methods of production such as throwing and casting based on the African forms.



Michelle Legg, Sth. Africa



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Michelle Legg, Sth. Africa – long neck globular base sgraffito vase




Monica van den Berg


“Central to my work is humanity, and most notably, the human head, the center of thought, reason, and creativity. My sculptures reflect an intense relationship between myself and the clay with which I am working.”



Monica van den Berg ceramic head sculptures




Monica van den Berg ceramic sculpture



South African Zulu artists:



Nic Sithole




Jabu Nala uphiso




jabu-nala Zulu pottery vessel

Jabu Nala burnished pot



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Jabu Nala




Zanele Nala




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Clive Sithole



Cheryl Malone


“The analogies found between the coil-forming process and growth patterns of plants continue to be the most important source of inspiration, with Fibonacci rhythms, phyllotaxis and logarithmic spirals all informing the work.”



South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel





South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel




Ruan Hoffman



Ruan Hoffman – ceramic baluster vase with gold foil





Ruan Hoffman asymmetrical vase




Ruan Hoffman blue baluster vase



shelley-maisel carved ceramic cup

Shelley Maisel



South African clay pot –  Tsonga and Pedi people

height 15 inches




Magdalene Odundo, Kenya



Magdalene Odundo black asymmetrical pot




Magdalene Odundo black and tan burnished pot





Magdalene Odundo orange pot with flared rim




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Magdalene Odundo




Lidded ceramic vessel –  Muya, Ethiopia



African Allure


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Ukhamba African basket Zulu ilala palm

African Allure




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Shona carved stone sculpture hippo





African mask Ashanti

21 inches tall


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Large Tikar coin mask

Height – 11 inches




Large Zulu uphiso pot

African Allure




Carved stone Shona sculpture, Zimbabwe




Fashion and Clay – Belgium, USA



Belgian Harvey Bouterse ceramic sculpture with internal green glaze

Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse




Multi genre ceramicists


Numerous artists have applied themselves to multi artistic genres, and most have done it successfully. Some ceramicists that pursued several creative mediums include: Gio Ponti, who also made modernist furniture and did architecture and interior design and Christopher Dresser & Russell Wright, who were both innovators in ceramics and homeware designs. Edmond Lachanel made a radical shift from ceramics to stage acting, lacquer Jean Dunand created Art Deco furniture while the painters Picasso and Paul Gauguin also created ceramic art. Isamu Nnoguchi was also a sculptor that was influential in home design and even Constantin Brancusi dabbled in fashion.
Countless fashion designers have drawn inspiration from art and this article focuses on three artists that combine the ceramic arts and fashion – Belgians Wouter Hoste and Harvey Bouterse and Native American, Virgil Ortiz.


Harvey Bouterse and Wouter Hoste


The 23 yo Harvey Bouterse was born in Rotterdam and has South American roots and a partly German mother. He began working as a cutter with the pattern-company Troi Quarts and then branched out to working with fashion designers such as Wim Neels and Veronique Branquinho. He established his first womens collection HrVi in 2005 then added a menswear collection. His background as a dancer and his keen interest in Flemish Mid century ceramics, sculpture and interior design acted as a source of inspiration with his fashion designs. He has also done seasonal collections for Vlisco and womens wear pre-collections for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris. Bouterse now creates his own ceramic sculptures and jewellry to compliment his fashion collections and also collaborates with Wouter Hoste, who is also an avid collecter of Flemsih potteries and a designer for menswear, along with being an innovative ceramicist and graphic print designer.



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Vlisco Hero – designed by Harvey Bouterse



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Jade glaze footed bowl – Harvey Bouterse



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Achiel Pauwels, Belgium, 50’s

Wouter Harvey





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Harvey Bouterse for Vlisco men



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Harvey Bouterse – Vlisco, HrVi





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HrVi Ceramic pendant ‘ Venus ‘ With Silk dress & trench coat.




Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse


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HrVi Red Winter –  Harvey Bouterse




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Harvey Bouterse ceramic mask pendant





Black Winter 2012 – Harvey Bouterse



‘HrVi’ Winter Collection 2012  – Harvey Bouterse




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Large ceramic bird pendant – Harvey Bouterse




Harvey Bouterse ss13, Prints by Wouter Hoste

Model Delfine Bafort, Photo Zeb Daemen




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HrVi silver ceramic pendant





Eastpak Inspired by the World of Vlisco. Green African print backpack designed by Harvey Bouterse




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 Tri legged black ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse







Ceramic accessories –  Harvey Bouterse





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Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic accessory – Harvey Bouterse





Harvey Bouterse





Pin strip jacket, ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse




Large ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse

HrVi for Vlisco , Summer 2014





Spring/ Summer 2014 – Harvey Bouterse



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HrVi for Vilsco – Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic sculpture ”Les Fleurs’ – Harvey Bouterse





‘Les Fleurs’ series – Harvey Bouterse



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Harvey Bouterse – Spring/Summer 2014





Ceramic lamp base surface reflet metallique – Wouter Hoste





Trilobite series vases Black dore glaze – Wouter Hoste




3 ceramic heads – Wouter Hoste

Produced at Perignaem Studios


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Wouter Hoste – Nostromo series





Silver lunar lamp  – Wouter Hoste




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Ceramic pendant with platina lustre finish – Wouter Hoste



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Tall ceramic light – Wouter Hoste






Ceramic head – Wouter Hoste,  Spears sculpture – Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic vessels  ‘Snowfluff ‘ series – Wouter Hoste





Perignem sculptuur vogel Created by Elisabeth Vandeweghe ca 1970-75




2 green vase by Amphora




A section of a ceramic wall mural by Paul Vermeire





Giant red ceramic drop vase by Amphora




Wouter-Hoste Belgium ceramic artist and collector

Wouter Hoste




Incised vase Mid Century by Amphora




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Mid Century black glaze vases with white interiors – Amphora




Red glaze Amphora vase by Rogier Vandeweghe. Sculpture by Elie van Damme




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Large bottle by Vandeweghe  for Amphora

Mid Century era



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Large Mid Century floor vase – Perignem




Lidded vessel by Rogier Vandeweghe





Perignem vase, Belgium




Perignem striped luster glaze vase decorated by Johan Nyssen around 1965.





Decorative Ceramic Flower Wall Sculpture by Perignem and Paul Vermeire

circa 1965

Vintage Design Point, 1stDibs




Perignem black white vase set designed by Vandeweghe





Perignem cone vase with sgraffito technique on chrome red glaze

Height 73cm



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Tall pastel coloured ovoid floor vessels – Perignem





Chrome red vases – Perignem




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Giant textured black Perignem floor vase designed by Elisabeth Vandeweghe.

Height 77 cm – ca 1969-70





Tiled wall panel – Oswald Tieberghien



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Large Perignem modernist Mid Century vase





Giant Perignem pot by Rhaye Vandeweghe early 60’s

The raw incised decor with use of different ‘doré black glazes





 Orange Perignem Vase 1960-70’s, Belgium



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Red footed drop vase by Amphora, Belgium





Maiyet Pre-Fall ’13 – Inspired by the rich culture of Mongolia and bold work of Constantin Brancusi


Virgil Ortiz


A native artisan from the New Mexico Cochiti pueblo, Virgil Ortiz ceramics art is a bold fusion of traditional designs and black on white decorations merged with contemporary graphics, culminating into an edgy, provocative statement.
Ortiz delves deep into his ancestral roots and New Mexico’s pueblo culture, presenting it with a new modern context covering historical storytelling and esoteric elements. He has been making pottery since 1975, and the sinuous and geometric motifs of the tradtitional pueblo pottery is a recurring feature in his pottery and figurative sculptures.
He has done designs for Donna Karan and expanded his art empire to include home decor, high indigenous fashion, visual imagery and apparel accessories. His designer fashion pieces cover everything from leather wares and jewellry to female gowns and casual wear. His desire to ignite contemporary interest in the background of his Pueblo culture is poignantly expressed.



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Pottery 6  – Virgil Ortiz




‘Blind Archers’ by Virgil Ortiz




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Model Leslie Elkins Marquez for Virgil Ortiz designer wear






Character Jar – Virgil Ortiz





Round ceramic canteen vessel – Virgil Ortiz





‘Contortionista II ‘Series – Virgil Ortiz



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Black leather ‘Crowbag’ – Virgil Ortiz




Ceramic canteen – Virgil Ortiz




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Native American body paint – Michael Spears

Virgil Ortiz , Fall Winter 2013 , Contemporary Native




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Virgil Ortiz Native American ceramics




‘Luminous’ ceramic bust – Virgil Ortiz





Virgil Ortiz in his studio




Virgil Ortiz designer wear and accessories




‘Claywork Revolt’ series – Virgil Ortiz




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Lizica Codreano models a Constanin Brancusi design



Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics


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‘Hopping’ – Roger Capron




Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron


Capron:  exemplary Mid-Century modernist designer


The Mid Century ceramic art of Roger Capron embodied the vibrant spirit and verve of Vallauris and the Cote d’ Azur. He took over an abandoned pottery studio at the age of 24 in Vallauris, France, where he worked with Robert Picault and then Jean Derval. Capron’s ceramic workshop, known as ‘l`Atelier Callis’, contributed to the renaissance of ceramics in Vallauris and at its peak employed over 120 ceramicists. He eventually expanded his production of vases, pitchers and other functional wares to include coffee tables with hand glazed tiles , lamp bases, wall plaques and other interior decor objects along with sculptural statues for public installations. Roger Capron’s pottery venture thrived and experienced considerable benefit from the post war reconstruction period and the explosion of consumerism that followed.



Athena statue – Roger Capron, Vallauris


In 1948, two years after Capron had arrived, Picasso at the age of 65, turned his prodigious creative talents towards making pottery at the Madoura ceramic atelier with Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris. His reputation and poster designs in the early fifties for the annual exhibitions of the Association des Potiers de Vallauris, helped bring attention to the emerging pottery mecca of Vallauris and drew more visitors and artists to the region while also lifting the profile of the modernist ceramic arts.

Capron’s colourful, vivid and spontanoeus ceramic art clearly displayed a Picasso influence, while maintaining a distinctive Capron visage. He was dedicated to the ethos of the ceramic master René Gabriel, which was to “make beauty accessible to everyone.” Capron was one of the first to apply his knowledge of ceramics in the context of semi-industrial production and his ceramic oeuvre included much artistic research and innovation.
Before moving to Vallauris in 1946, he had studied Applied Arts in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and worked as an art teacher in 1945.
His contribution to the promotion of the appeal and beauty of abstract forms and illustration, expressed through the ceramic medium, is undeniable and it’s extremely pleasing to see his ceramic works getting wide recognition now and becoming eminently collectible.





Whisky decanter – Roger Capron





 Tiled dance floor mural at Byblos in Saint Tropez, 1968 by Roger Capron and Jean Derval.



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Tall white pitcher – Roger Capron




Roger Capron pitcher




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Red baluster vase – Roger Capron





Free form bowl – Roger Capron

Gallerie Riviera, Paris



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Baroness’ – Roger Capron




White quad footed ceramic ovoid dish – Roger Capron



‘Vase Fleur Bleue’ – Roger Capron





Ceramic lamp shade – Roger Capron

Sam Kaufman




Folded rim ceramic pot – Roger Capron



claudia abstract bust by Roer Capron

‘Claudia’  ceramic bust – Roger Capron




‘Rouge Bottle Set’ – Roger Capron





White ceramic jug with orange interior glaze – Roger Capron



female-bird-totem-white-earth-vallauris by Roger Capron

‘Female bird totem’ – Roger Capron





Personnage animal fantastique – Roger Capron



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Large cornet vase – Roger Capron





 ‘Femme au Fauteuil’  folding screen – Roger Capron





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‘Grand Profil Raye’ – Roger Capron



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‘Harlequin’ – Roger Capron



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‘Flat Warriors’ plate – Roger Capron




horned-wildlife-roger-capron ceramic abstract bust

‘Horned Wildlife’ – Roger Capron



Coffee table ‘Navette’  – Roger Capron




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Bottle vase – Roger Capron





Large ceramic bird plate – Roger Capron





‘Loiseau in his nest’ – Roger Capron



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Roger Capron sculptures, Biot, France




Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron





Roger Capron plate




zoomorphic seated figure sculpture

Female zoomorphic raku sculpture Roger Capron





Roger Capron






Ceramic horse sculpture – Roger Capron




recling female sculpture by Roger Capron

Roger Capron – reclining female sculpture




Roger Capron ceramic panel




Bowl and vase – Roger Capron





Zoomorphic Rooster – Roger Capron





Mosaic mural – Roger Capron



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Raku female sculpture – Roger Capron





Femme Gravee Philippe – Roger Capron





Kneeling juggler sculpture by Roger Capron





Abstract ceramic bust Roger Capron





Vallauris studio – Roger Capron





Roger Capron





‘Femme au lit’ – Roger Capron





Women wearing gown – Roger Capron





‘Yellow Bird Vase’ – Roger Capron


Galerie Sandy- Toupenet, Paris




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Zoomorphic fish sculpture – Roger Capron





Tripod red vase – Roger Capron



woman-recto-collombe sculpture by Roger Capron

‘Double Dove’ sculpture bust – Roger Capron


Other Vallauris ceramic masters


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Ceramic sculpture – Pablo Picasso





Painted wood ‘Centaur’ sculpture – Picasso




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Ceramic pitcher – Pablo Picasso

Hermatige, Saint Petersburg



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Pol Chombost figural vase



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‘Sylvette’ sculpture bust – Picasso





Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1956




Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1957




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Ceramic mask – Pablo Picasso





Ceramic bottle with square modernist panel – Jean Derval




god-of-ceramics-francois-raty Ceramic sculptural figure holding a large pot

‘God of Ceramics’ – Francois Raty

( I always wondered what he looked like)





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Abstract sculptural ceramic bottle – Jean Derval





‘Les Femmes d’Alger’  – Picasso





Picasso’s War & Peace mural in the chapel at Vallauris





‘Pintade’  coupe – Jean Derval

Vallauris, 1961





Gilbert Portanier




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Gilbert Valentin pitcher



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Pitcher – Picasso





Vallauris fish jug

Carvajal Auctions




jean-river-tall ceramic-vase

Jean River





Twin figure modernist sculptural lamp base by Gilbert Valentin



Contemporary sculptural busts


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René Michel Slodtz (Michel-Ange Slodtz) – Chrysès  – Manufacture de Sèvres

Chryses praying to Apollo

Musée du Louvre


Bustie or Bust 


Greek sculpture reached its peak for quality and quantity around the mid 5th century BC. This was the era when the Athenians were completing the Parthenon, which featured a lot of elaborately carved sculptures as temple decorations and Myron was also completing his famous sculpture, ‘The Discus Thrower’. The essential characteristic of classical Greek art and its sculptures were mostly of a heroic realism. They always attempted to reveal the human body, in movement or repose, exactly as it appeared to the eye. From this time on there were many experienced sculptors available for public and private works. The use of sculpture to adorn a community’s central building went on to become a powerful European tradition – seen particularly in the church sculpture of the Middle Ages.

The classical Greek sculpture had a strong influence on the Roman empire. From the first century AD, the Romans created more stylized busts and depicted their emperors with an emphasis on certain aspects to legitimize their authority or align themselves with revered predecessors. Mythology, military prowess, youth and beauty were still common themes and public officials also began to commission portrait busts of themselves. They went on to become popular with the wealthy classes as a decorative option and for the smaller villas they were a more pragmatic choice due to their compact size.



Terracotta Head, ancient Ife, Nigeria Photo © Herbert List – Magnum Photos


Up to around one hundred years ago, portrait busts were not at all uncommon. Although sculptors were not represented among artists by anywhere near the same ratio as today, portrait busts were, in fact, the most common stock in trade of any working sculptor. There was less demand for carved marble or cast bronze statues compared to head and shoulder busts and the style was predominantly realist.
During the first half of the twentieth century, realist portrait busts began to decline in popularity as their style was aligned with the classical busts, which had fallen out of favor during the emergence of Art Deco, Futurism and other modernist trends. Also some of the sculptors themselves chose to abandon its demanding exactitude in favour of simpler, much more expressive forms of three-dimensional work in line with what their counterparts were doing in painting and other areas of art.
The most recent developments has seen an interface connected to a 3d printer for creating 3d busts from selfies, which I think  should be called ‘Busties’. A logical development for the Age of Vanity. Most of the contemporary busts presented here are non realist, non portrait creations.


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Christophe Charbonnel





Christophe Betmalle from his Multiples series

Galerie accroTerre


Everything in his work revolves around the larger question: who am I? Who is the other? And it raises the question, endlessly, thus achieving a kind of diary reflecting his various emotions, questions, doubts, evoking love, abandonment, chills, memories. With maturity and experience, the faces are multiplying and widening the surface of paper, revealing the richness of his personality.


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Monica van den Berg, ZA

Photographer  Lisa Hnatowicz




Medusa bust by Javier Marin, Mexico




South African Anton Smit sculpture ‘Head With Triangles’




Ceramic Rebirth Sculpture by jonislittledolls on Etsy



ceramic-rob-van-bergen female ceramic bust

Rob Van Bergen



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Dominique Allain Raku sculpture bust





Philippe-Faraut sculpture bust of a girl

Philippe Faraut sculpture bust




ceramic bust of a lady holding a cat by Teresa-Girones

Ceramic bust of a lady holding a cat by Teresa Girones




Gerald-Lilliard bust of a girl in contemplation

Gerald Lilliard





‘Inner Voice’ – Mary Ann prack





‘Moon Figure Door’  –  Kenneth Armitage, 1948





‘Buste de jeune fille’ – Ossip Zadkine

– 1914 –

Zadkine Research Center





Pair of American Hollywood Regency Metallic Finished Plaster Male & Female Busts





Rogier Ruys – ‘Prima Donna’





Youthful figure of Lady Precious Green, Chalchihuitlicue, who was a fertility goddess and consort to Tlaloc, the rain god.Mexico

Werner Foreman Archive



anna-plonka two ceramic female busts

Anna Plonka



amanda-shelsher-bloom-2009 Quirky bust of a female

Amanda Shelsher – ‘Bloom’




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Art Nouveau mantle clock  by Arthur Waagen




art-of-irina-zaytceva face motif vase

Irina Zaytceva face motif vase





Tribal African Female Sculpture by Artist Fred Press

Kent Home Decorative Objects – Chappaqua, NY 10514 – 1stdibs




Melanie Bourget, via Flickr






Bust in brown patina bronze, représenting a queen ‘ Renaissance ‘ by Vincent Désiré Fauré de Broussé

Leda Decors




Mami Gable




charlene-doiron-reinhart ceramic bust

Charlene Doiron Reinhart





China China Bust #81 – Ah Xian





 ‘Queen Califia’ by Susan Shelton

The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia.




Chris Riccardo – ‘b & e’


JF GALLERY, West Palm Beach Fl




debra-fritts ceramic surreal bust

Debra Fritts



E.V. Female bust 1 by Mark Newman female African bust

‘E.V. Female bust 1’ by Mark Newman




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Austin Productions black ceramic torso, NY




Chana-orlova art deco sculpture bust

Art Deco sculpture bust – Chana Orloff

She was born in Russia and lived in Israel




‘Mela’ by Melanie Bourget





Ife Terracotta Head, Nigeria, 12th–15th century

Minneapolis Institute of Arts




‘Mujer Feliz’, 2013 Willy Ramos

Odon Wagner Gallery



elizabeth-ostrander sculpture bust

Elizabeth Ostrander






Mami Gable





Dutch sculptor Fons Bemelman





African Woman – Franz Hagenauer, Vienna

1930s, Patinated Bronze

Fuchs Interiors Berlin





Gene Pearson. Jamaica





Gil Bruvel – ‘Flowing, Unknown’





Grey raku bust – Marika Baumler





Harris Diamant – Head 07

2014 – Slete Gallery




i-become-what-i-love Dreama Kattenbraker sculpture bust mixed media

‘I become what I love’ – Dreama Kattenbraker




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Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj




igor_mitoraj_ street sculpture of a large face

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj




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Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj






Lady with an Ermine by Altaluna




King louis xiv-Bernini sculpture bust

Bust of Louis XIV is a marble portrait by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini




veronique-didier-laurenta raku bust of a woman

Veronique Didier Laurenta





Terracotta memorial head from the Akan people of Ghana

17th – 19th century



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‘Mourning Dove’ by Peter Harskamp





‘Pronte Tsarina Xaviera’, Museum Geelvinck Amsterdam (photo Roland Bacon)





Gretel Boose



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‘White Soul ‘- Livio Scarpella, Italy





‘Pronte Tsarina Anahita’  bust – Nadjezjda van Ittersum

Open Garden, Estate Castle Heemstede ceramic





‘Twin Spirits’ – Nagomi Mashaya




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‘Slice of Life’ vase head – Patti Warashina

25 inches height





‘Savannah’ – Wayne Salge, Colorado

 29 inches height

Denver Galleries



sergei-isupov_influence sculptur bust

‘Influence’ -Sergei Isupov





Philippe Faraut



christy-keeney ceramic bust of a girl with golden hair

Christy Keeney, Ireland





Teotihuacan, Mexico – Mask from an Incense Burner Portraying the Old Deity of Fire




woodrow-nash-tribal African sculpture bust

Woodrow Nash





‘Yemanya, Star of the Sea’. Ceramic figure sculpture. M.A.Bach Art





‘Yrneh’ –  sculpture by Chukes