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Archival photos from Life Magazine


Goblet with bacchanalia celebration relief of woman playing a drum

Bacchanalia celebration ceramic goblet



Journey of LIFE


Naturally my insatiable art curiosity was piqued when I noticed that the LIFE Magazine archives, pre. 1972, had been made available for viewing.  LIFE was a pioneer in publishing photographs of the documentary style and their collection is extensive. Life’s entire library consists of roughly 10 million photos, and was one of the premier platforms for photojournalists in the 20th century. Google began creating the online photo archive for Life magazine in 2008 and it had slowly gathered momentum. All of the photos of this era were taken with film cameras, most are monochrome and some of the images have been scanned directly off the proof sheet and have never been previously published.
The combination of art with good quality photography is always appealing and even though LIFE only occasionally did art pictorials, there was a trove of beautiful images in the vault. I came across some Picasso pieces I had never seen before and some interesting Roma Bacchanalia reliefs and pottery. There were also fascinating images from the 1939 World Fair and classic African tribal art and Peruvian artifacts. Photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gjon Mili, Margaret Bourke-White, Andreas Feininger, Gordon Parks and Dimitri Kessel are some of the wonderful LIFE photographers that I’ve presented here.
Online curation is not dissimilar to collecting in the real world where exploring archives and searching through a thrift shop has an aligned objective, to discover an object to admire, appreciate and prepare for presentation, whether it be restoration or editing. This foray into the LIFE archives definitely delivered.


Search tip – Add “source:life” to any Google image search and this will take you to only the LIFE photo archive. For example: 1957 source:life



Drummer Gene Kruper playing , photo by Gjon Mili

Gene Krupa , photo Gjon Mili



Jean Arp smoothing a abstract sculpture, photo Gjon Mili

Jean Arp polisihing a sculpture in his garden in Paris



The Spy In Black movie poster in Ismalia in Egypt and a man with a dinkey and cart - photo - Margaret-Bourke-White

‘The Spy In Black’ movie poster in Ismalia, Egypt and a man with a donkey and cart –

 Margaret Bourke-White



Henri Cartier-Bresson photo at a museum, in Naples LIFE

‘Museum’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Naples



Fashion model Donyale Luna wearing long leather boots on the runway in Sydney

Fashion model Donyale Luna on the runway in Sydney




Cynthia-the-mannequin 1937 by Alfred-Eisenstaedt-

Cynthia the mannequin

Photo Alfred Eisenstaedt



Aiye-African-song and dance-1950-Gjon-Mili

Aiye African dancer – Photo Gjon Mili



Aiye African dancer and drummers – Photo Gjon Mili




Alfred-Eisenstaed photo-of-fountain-sculpture 1939 World Fair

Fountain sculpture ( Waylande Gregory?) 1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed


henry-moore-with his sculpture - photo by Gjon Mili

Henry Moore – photo Gjon Mili



Pier-Angeli on a busy movie set photo by Allan Grant - 1954

Pier Angeli on a movie set

photo by Allan Grant – 1954



fountain wth a white sculpture of a naked woman on a horse - 1939 World Fair

1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed


An ancient sculpture from the collection of primitive art at Pennsylvania University Museum. – Eliot Elisofon



billboard-depicting-actress-Marlene-Dietrich in NY Photo by Andreas Feininger

Billboard depicting actress Marlene Dietrich in NY

Photo Andreas Feininger, 1944




‘Models of the sculpture Night’ by artist Paul Manship, created for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair.
Margaret Bourke-White





Andreas Feininger, LIFE

‘A technically perfect photo can be the most boring image in the whole world’ – Andreas Feininger



Andreas-Feininger-1954-Peruvian-Art-At-Museum-Of-Modern-Art Metal face madk

Peruvian face mask – Andreas Feininger 1954

Museum Of Modern Art, NY



Primitive African sculpture- photo by Andreas Feininger

Pennsylvania. University Museum.



Carved staue-primitive-African-sculptures-at-Penn.-Univ.-Museum

Primitive African sculpture- photo by Andreas Feininger

Pennsylvania. Univ. Museum.



Art Objects By Paul Feeley 1951 Photographer Bob Gomel

Art Objects By Paul Feeley Photographer Bob Gomel




Nude Descending by Gjon Mili, a photographic rendering of Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2

‘Nude Descending’ by Gjon Mili, a photographic rendering of Marcel Duchamp’s cubist painting – Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2




The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, based on various ecstatic elements of the Greek Dionysia




Goddess Ioniun who reared Dionysus, under a grape vine

Goddess Ioniun and young Dionysus, , god of wine. rock-cut image is still (Azov 1948) shown near the ancient pinnacle town of Tantalus




alfred-eisenstaedt-photo sculpture-by-joseph-reiner-

Art Deco sculpture by Joseph Reiner – photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

1939 World Fair NY



“American Girl in Italy” – front of Caffè Gilli, Florence, Italy by Ruth Orkin



“American Girl in Italy” – Model Jinx Allen – ‘Staring at Statue’ by Ruth Orkin

In 1951, Life sent her on assignment to Israel. From where she went to Italy, and it was in Florence that she met Jinx Allen (now known as Ninalee Craig), a painter and fellow American.



Photo-by-Gordon-Parks Harlem 1943

A Woman and her Dogs in Harlem – Gordon Parks



Venice-Biennale-Art-1949-Dmitri-Kessel a large mural of a rearing white stallion

XXV Venice Biennale  – Dimitri Kessel



XXV Venice Biennale  – photo Dimitri Kessel



XXV Venice Biennale exhibition – photo Dimitri Kessel



XXV Venice Biennale, 1950




Carved African tribal figurine—photo by Eliot Elisofon





Carving of African tribal king—Eliot Elisofon





‘Centaur’ Bronze sculpture by Pablo Picasso

 Photo Gjon Mili, 1948.


Aiye African percussionists - Photo Gjon Mili

Aiye African percussionists – Photo Gjon Mili





Cul Asia Mespot Sumerian Statue of seated man with stone carved script

Gudea, Prince of Lagash, statue dedicated to Ningizzada, Neo-Sumerian, from Telloh, ancient Girsu, c.2130 BC




Minoan pottery with twin handles

Minoan pot with unusual motif





Priest sculptor – photo Alfred Eisenstaedt




Dionysus-Satyr-Naples ceramic vessel

Dionysus and Satyr ceramic vessel, Naples



Dmitri-Kessel photo of outdoor gardens and statues

Photo by Dmitri-Kessel




Pablo Picasso Photo by Gjon Mili



Egyptian street cafe 1940's

Guests on the terrace of Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo, circa 1940. Photo by Hulton



Fashion model Donyale Luna arching back while modeling backless see-through crocheted floor-length dress

Fashion model Donyale Luna arching back while modeling backless see-through crocheted floor-length dress.

1967, Sydney, Australia

 She is remembered for portraying the witch Oenothea in the 1969  film Fellini Satyricon and being the world’s first black supermodel, and the first to grace a Vogue cover in the mid 60’s



Sculpture Figure, 1935. Picasso Gjon Mili MOMA NY

Figure,  Picasso Photo by Gjon Mili

1935, MOMA NY



Figure of woman holding round object & vase, undated. Bronze sculpture by Pablo Picasso. Gjon Mili 1967

Bronze sculpture – Figure of woman holding round object & vase  by Pablo Picasso. photo Gjon Mili




George-Rodger-naked Sudanese-watering-crops-with-pots

Sudanese watering crops with spherical clay pots – photo George Rodger




Head of a Woman by Picasso - photo by Gjon Mili 1967 Mougins France

‘Head of a Woman’ by Picasso – photo by Gjon Mili

1967 Mougins, France




Henri Matisse sculpting nude female figure while sitting in bed in his apartment -Photographer-Dmitri Kessel

Henri Matisse sculpting nude female figure while sitting in bed in his apartment – Photographer-Dmitri Kessel

Nice, France 1951



Jacques Tati in New York by Joel Yale for LIFE, 1958

Jacques Tati in New York by Joel Yale for LIFE, 1958




Creating James Dean heads in Hollywood photo by Allan Grant

Creating James Dean heads in Hollywood – photo by Allan Grant




Jazz-trumpeter-Louis-Armstrong with a group of woman panting - photo Gordon Parks

Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong posing for art students – photo Gordon Parks




Louvre-Museum-1953-Paris- Dmitri Kessel Curators moving a Greek statue

Curators moving a Greek statue – – Dmitri Kessel

Louvre Museum 1953, Paris



Louvre Museum , Paris by Dmitri Kessel




Mary-Callery,-Sculpture of two abstract figures----Gordon-Parks-1952

Mary Callery, Sculptor —- Gordon Parks



Faces-of-Egypt,-life-magazine,-circa-1940's An Egyptian man standing under a large arch

Egyptian arch, 1940



Nina-Leen,photograph of model -Jean-Patchett,-Life,-1949

Nina Leen photograph of model  Jean Patchett for LIFE




Boardroom Photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1956.

Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1956.




Pablo Picasso-light-painting-at-Vallauris

Pablo Picasso light painting at Vallauris – Photo Gjon Mili




Pair of dancing figures, metal cutouts, folded & painted, by Pablo Picasso. Gjon Mili 1967

Pair of dancing figures, metal cutouts, folded & painted, by Pablo Picasso. Photo Gjon Mili




Yellow lazy boy convergence photo - Joao.Almeida.d.Eca

Yellow Lazy Boy convergence – photo – Joao Almeida d-Eca

Palm Springs, 1956




Paul Delvaux, ‘A Siren in Full Moonlight’ oil painting–Dmitri Kessel

XXV Venice Biennale, 1950




Peruvian Art At Museum Of Modern Art

Peruvian artifact – Andreas Feininger 1954




Chicago outdoor drive in theater Francis-Miller-1951

Chicago outdoor drive in theater – Francis Miller




Remugen Bridge Okinawa Casino & Anzio Battlefield Taejon Battle Ground

Photo Walter Sanders And Joe Scherschel And N R Farbman




Sam-Zemurray photo by Eliot Elisofon

Sam Zemurray photo by Eliot Elisofon




Reclining Sculpture-By-Dina-Melicov

Sculpture By Dina Melicov




Sculpture-By-Picasso -- Little-Girl-Skipping-Rope Gjon Mili photo

Sculpture By Picasso ‘Little Girl Skipping Rope’ – Photo  Gjon Mili




‘I am Cuba’     Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov and using Infra Red film stock




Starlets Jean Colleran, Peggy Lloyd & Betty Jane Hess imitating a statue at home of publisher William Randolph Hearst Sr.

1943 Photo by John Florea



Starving old blind Indian beggar with stooped old woman standing next to empty grain pots, during famine caused by a 2-yr. droughtin Mysore

Margaret Bourke-White 1946



The-Westinghouse-Exhibit with Elektro the robot

The-Westinghouse Exhibit with Elektro the robot. 1939 World Fair

Photo –  Alfred Eisenstaed



US gymnast Muriel Davis practicing at the National Gymnastic Clinic. Stan Wayman

US gymnast Muriel Davis practicing at the National Gymnastic Clinic. Photo Stan Wayman




Villa-Albani-wall-relief, Roma

Villa Albani wall relief, Roma




Venice Gondola & US DUKW amphibious trucks on the canal in Venice

Venice Gondolas & US DUKW amphibious trucks cruising the canals, WW2



Zulu chief drinking deeply from the beer gourd called 'inKezo

Zulu chief drinking from a beer gourd which is called ‘inKezo’



Life photo archive hosted by Google

Sculptural teapot tempests



ceramic-teapot-in-browns by Suze Lindsay

Suze Lindsay




Tempest in a teapot


Storm in a teacup, tempest in a teapot, exaggerated sculptural teapot forms brewing up intriguing shapes that seem to transcend any wholistic coherence. Most of us were exposed to the quirkiness of teapots at a young age when we were treated to renditions of “I’m A Little Teapot” at kindergarten. Maybe this  partially explains how a certain childlike freedom of expression seems to manifest when potters cross paths with teapots. As most are hand built and asymmetrical, there is possibly a release being experienced from the symmetrical constraints of wheel thrown forms. There certainly seems to be an enthusiastic amount of form manipulation, shape shifting and stretching of teapot boundaries occurring.
In Design Theory, form follows function, but the new paradigm of teapot construction is function might possibly follow exaggerated form and if it doesn’t, then you always have a teabag to fall back on. There are plenty of these tea brewing masterpieces that manage to be utilitarian but others are purely decorative. Teapots apparently bring luck, as tradition has it in Russia for giving a bridesmaid a teapot – as a gesture of better luck next time.


Michael Lucero ceramic teapot on stand

Michael Lucero

Some of the following teapots look like they are eagerly waiting to be part of a tea break conversation and quite capable of participating in an animated discussion. Being a 4-5 cup a day tea connoisseur myself, my teapot gets more than enough attention, but they do appear to suffer from a ‘look at me’ complex, relative to the other table wares. Being a favorite British preoccupation, I always associated their ritualistic tea habit with being a slightly eccentric pastime, this being reinforced by outlandish spectacles like Lewis Caroll’s Mad Hatter tea party. Not to mention the teapot’s Seer like attributes for being a source of tea leaves for predicting the future. The appearance of most of this collection of teapots here tends to support this notion. In times of chaos there is nothing more reassuring then an orderly cup of tea from a teapot of whimsy.  As they say, “this morning’s tea makes yesterday distant”


Tea here now – one pot, infinite flavors

Some ancient sayings reinforcing teas reputation for quirkiness and wisdom:


The sounds of the tea being made invites the peach blossoms to peep in through the window. ~Uson, quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Saijiki


Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
~Chiao Jen


If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who needs to have more things?
~Sen no Rikyū



Afternoon teap ritual

Afternoon tea




Glass French-Teapot with a gold filigree surround

Glass French teapot – 1840




The teapot song a man in a tuxedo holding illustrated teapots

This cheeky song was penned in 1939 by George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley with the intention of creating a tune that would support tap dancing at Kelley’s dance school. The staccato rhythm of “I’m a little teapot, short and stout” was ideal for the young toe tappers.




Gail-Mackiewic creative ceramic teapots

Gail Mackiewic



A girl with a tiny play teaset

Coralie Beatrix dress




‘Dragonfly Teapot’ – Barbara Chadwick



Penguin ring teapot

Ray Bub – ‘King Penguins Upright Ring Teapot’




Egyptian revival teapot - Royal-Manufacture-of-Naples

Egyptian Revival teapot—1785.-Royal Manufacture of Naples

Florence Porcelain Museum



sea liner teapot

Ceramic sea liner teapot



Marlene Bowman elegant ceramic teapot

Marlene Bowman



Adrian-Sandstrom quaint ceramic teapot

Adrian Sandstrom



Adrian-Saxe gold swirl teapot with rock base

Golden glaze teapot with rock base – Adrian Saxe




Michael-Lucero,-Conquistador mas with a red teapot head

Michael Lucero,   ‘Conquistador’




Amy-Sanders-orange and brown deep textured teapot

Amy Sanders

Mud Fire Gallery



Chameleon pourer – Ardmore Ceramics




Long Neck Teapot – Carol Wedemeyer


The Art of Carol Wedemeyer

© 2017 The Art of Carol Wedemeyer All Rights Reserved.

Carol Wedemeyer constructing a ceramic teapot

Carol Wedemeyer



alexander-miroshnychenko ceramic teapot in turquoise and brown

Alexander Miroshnychenko



Leopard in a leopard skin boot teapot

‘Fit to a Tea’ is a teapot in the form of a leopard in a patterned boot – Meryl Ruth




Geoffrey-Swindell-teardrop teapot

Geoffrey Swindell




Joanne-Russo teapot with geometric pattern in relief texture

Joanne Russo



 Judy and Larry Cunningham of California handcrafted gourd teapot with glass handle

Gourd teapot with glass handle   Judy and Larry Cunningham





rebeccalowery-on-Etsy green teapot

rebeccalowery on Etsy



John-Kellum ceramic teapot

John Kellum


Josie-Jurczenia red ceramic teapot with white underglaze sgaffito

Josie Jurczenia red teapot with white underglaze and scratching



Jake-Johnson-Teapot - pastel turquoise matt green

Jake Johnson – 2010




Kurt-Weiser-Adam-and-Eve and large bird teapot

Kurt Weiser  –  ‘Adam and Eve’ 




Panda eating bamboo teapot

Giant Panda munching bamboo teapot



Jane-Shellenbarger oriental style teapot

Jane Shellenbarger orental style tea/coffee pot




Judy-Weeden black and white geometric sgraffito teapot

Judy Weeden, Canada – ‘Memimage’ teapot




Karen Portaleo – lady holding child and pig teapot




Charming octopus wood teapot

Hand carved bass wood and acrylic paint. Kamm Foundation



-Lydia-Buzio ceramic teapot

‘Roofscape Teapot’ – Lydia Buzio




Lana-Wilson blue with purple highlights teapot

Lana Wilson



Liz-Quackenbush teapot with blue spirals on white

Liz Quackenbush




Red Weldon Sandlin teapot with female figure lid

Red Weldon Sandlin




Tokumaru-Kyoko-white teapot

Tokumaru Kyoko




Meryl-Ruth..queen of hearts teapot

Meryl Ruth –  ‘The Queens Tea Yara’

photo Robert Diamonte


1785 teapot

Creamware taeapot – 1785



Gourd teapot with white rabbit motif on black and orange

Gourd teapot with glass handle –   Judy and Larry Cunningham



Michael-Lucero Head-with-Two-Curls-Teapot,

Michael Lucero – ‘Head with Two Curls Teapot’




Nicholas Joerling



Noel-Bailey white gourd like teaspot

Noel  Bailey





Noi Volkov – Dali Don Quixote teapot



Pamela-MacGregor orange and black detail teapot

‘Not A Rusty Bucket’ – Pamela MacGregor



julia-Galoway ceramic teapot - blue glaze with geometric detailed panels

Julia Galloway

Schaller Gallery



Ray-Bub ceramic tubular teapot

Ray Bub



Lomonosov porcelain teapot

Russian Lomonosov teapot



Richard-Notkin pyramid teapot

Richard Notkin




Vadim-Malkin-teapot-green and brown glaze

Vadim Malkin

In my work I attempt to investigate a transcendental facet of life, to find a soulful meaning to everyday living and combine it with style and whimsy. My work reflects growth, change, and adaptation. Stemming from an idealistic perspective of childhood memories, I have found a fondness for the ceremonial aspects of the tradition of tea. This nightly ritual brings families and friends together as they lounge, sip, and discuss the day’s events and adversities.





Sencha ewer or export teapot in the form of bamboo with painting of the three creeds Fengan with tiger, Confucius, and Laozi – 19th Century

© Los Angeles County Museum of Art




Steel-Plated-Teapot Scott Dooley

Steel Plated Teapot – porcelain sculpture by Scott Dooley





Helene Fielder Tea Pot Sculpture




Alice-DeLisle Tea Matron ceramic teapot

Alice DeLisle



German Meissen porcelain teapot

Meissan teapot in the shape of a peach, Germany 1725



Chandra-DeBuse lime green abstract pattern teapot

Chandra DeBuse




Tom Coleman

Tom and Elaine Coleman Gallery



Tom-Hubert-flamboyant teapot

Tom Hubert

Hubert Ceramics


Vorobiev teapot

Vorobiev teapot




Sgraffito female face motif teapot

 Fuller Craft Museum Image by Mryipyop, via flickr




Xenia-Mitrokhin-teapot with psychedelic decoration

Xenia Mitrokhin




Richard Godfrey polychrome futuristic ceramic teapot

Raygun atomic futuristic teapot – Richard Godfrey



Meissen-porcelain teapot with swimming fish and sea serpent

Meissen porcelain ocean theme teapot

circa 1729-31



David-Bennett wood carved teapot in a sea horse form

‘Tea Horse’David Bennett




Dwo-Wen-Chen whinsical teapot

Whimsical teapot with wizard hat lid – Dwo Wen Chen



Sausage dog teapot by Meryl Ruth

Sausage dog teapot – Meryl Ruth




The Art of ‘ism’s



Alfred barr cubism and abstract art timeline chart

Alfred Barr cubism and abstract art timeline chart (click to expand)


Early 20th century art movements


The timeline illustration above highlights a concentration of art movements and genres occurring over a few decades around the turn of the 20th century.  This chart was created by Alfred Barr, the first director from the Museum of Modern Art, NY for the 1936 exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art. Africanism, Orientalism and Aestheticism also fits into this period.
Artists during this remarkable era had an uncanny ability to conceive original designs and conceptualize movements that possessed radical innovations relative to the more staid and ornate excesses that had preceded them. Many of the artists encompassed numerous art mediums to define their styles and had a grandiose flair for expressing their art through various campaigns that included fashion, theater, advertising, interior decor and bold public promotion. From the outset they exuded a passionate belief in their artistic cause and an avid desire to share it. Manifestos, charters and collectives were formed to reinforce their beliefs.
The Italian futurists used public meetings to challenge and cajole fellow artists to abandon their attachment to classical styles and embrace new technology and avant-garde trends like cubism. The Russian constructivists shunned the easel arts as too bourgeois and promoted their movement with confrontational posters and radical set designs and costume in their theater and movies. The fauvists and the likes of Sonia Delaunay with her Orphism movement also adopted mediums that included ceramics, fashion, textile manufacturing and theater to define their style to great effect. The fauvists ignored ridicule from the critics and pushed forward with their agenda of vivid colours and lively brushstrokes.
As much as I would love to explore all the different genres for this post , I’m mainly concentrating on the ones that had a wide spread of mediums representing their unique styles.



‘The Muses’ – Maurice Denise

While attending the Academie Julian, Maurice Denise met fellow painters Pierre Bonnard and Paul Serusier. They, along with others like Paul Gaugin, established the avant-garde Nabi art form in 1890. Nabi in Hebrew means Prophet. These gentlemen found this to be the perfect description to what they knew would be the beginnings of a new expression. Though the men parted ways by 1900, the Nabi art form would remain and even influence future artists, which include the likes of Henri Matisse. Besides being a pioneer of the Les Nabi’s movement, his view of life helped lead to other art forms such as Abstract, Fauvism, and Cubism. He was also a member of the Symbolist Movement and Denis was among the first artists to insist on the flatness of the picture plane—one of the great starting points for modernism, as practiced in the visual arts. In 1898, he produced a theory of creation that found the source for art in the character of the painter: “That which creates a work of art is the power and the will of the artist.” Denis said that he was against academic art because it sacrificed emotion to convention and artifice, and was against realism because it was prose and he wanted music Above all he wanted beauty, which was an attribute of divinity.[7]




The seeds of Aestheticism had begun in the 1860’s when a group of artists which included William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti decided to reform the design standards of the age and shed the pompous opulence. They seeked a new expression of beauty to counteract the materialism and uninspiring art of the Victorian era. Aesthetic painters such as Whistler, Leighton, Watts, Albert Moore and Burne-Jones focused more on a pure beauty with enhanced mood, form and exquisite colour harmonies. This influenced the decorative arts and promoted a wider interest and market for the decoration of houses, with more integrated themes in interior design attracting attention.
The increasing popularity of Aesthetic taste included furniture design, ceramics, domestic metalwork and textiles with artists such as Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley and Christopher Dresser gaining prominence. Exotic Eastern influences, reflecting opening trade, included Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences and characterised the eclectic styles of the Aesthetic movement dedicated to heightened beauty. Art pieces were created simply for their inherent beauty and didn’t need to be justified with any functional need or message.

This “cult of beauty” led to the creation of ‘artistic’ furniture and more sophisticated decoration. During this era, artists’ houses and their extravagant lifestyles became the object of public fascination and provoked an upheaval in the architecture and interior decoration of houses to satisfy the desire for beauty in everyday life.



Theodore Deck, France




edward-lycett-vase-1886-90 footed vase with peacock motif and lion head handles

Peacock vase – Edward Lycett




Royal Worcester moon vase by Christopher Dresser




aesthetic_ambitions edward-lycett covered-vase-1889

Covered floral vase – Edward Lycett




Worcester ‘Aesthetic Movement’ Monumental Vase and Feathers decoration




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Two birds earthenware harger – John Bennett





Art Nouveau cyclamen vase – Oputa Millet

( France ) 1875 circa




The Cubists challenged conventional forms of artistic representation, such as perspective, which had been the rule since the Renaissance. Pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques at the beginning of the 20th century, it was a radical style that revolutionized modern art and introduced a new approach in perception that matched the rapidly emerging modern age. The abstract styles of Paul Cezanne and Africanist sculptures were also an initial influence.



Carlo-Carra cubist abstract of a women on a balcony

‘Woman on the Balcony’ – Carlo Carra






Alexander Archipenko ‘Medrano II’





archipenko-nature-morte cubist sculpture

Alexander Archipenko – ‘Nature Morte’ 




Antoine Pevsner –  ‘Torso’-  Plastic and copper

1924-26, France




‘Woman with Mandolin’  – Picasso




Art Deco style plate in cubist decoration Schaffhauser Keramik 1950's by Kaiser

Art Deco style plate with cubist decoration – Schaffhauser Keramik  by Kaiser





Alexander Acarchipenko – ‘Two Women’





‘Day and Night’ – Salvador Dali

Art Bronze, Inc, California




cubist-nude female -panel-strong-harris

Cubist nude female wall panel – Harris Strong




Constructivism  &  Suprematism


Constructivism originated in Russia at the beginning of 1919, and had an ongoing influence on art movements of the 20th century. A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko, rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. His wife Varvara Stepanova was also a major constructivist artist and designer in her own right who took to fashion to create simple and functional, yet aesthetically pleasing quotidian objects for the general public.

Driven by the ideal of new design, the Constructivists created cubist/abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions, favouring the colours of red and black for their radical art. Their prime objective was to bring “Art into Life” with the goal “to unite purely artistic forms with utilitarian intentions.”




Soviet constructivist poster

“The Machine tool depots of the factories and plants await you. Let’s get industry moving.”




vadim-meller-constructivist costume-designs

Vadim Mellor costume design





Russian fashion photographers Andrey Yakovlev and Lili Aleeva constructivist inspired fashion shoot





 Silhouette of Factory Chimneys plate, Nina Zander




alexandra-exter-french-born-russia costume-design-for-a-female-character-in-la-dama-duende-phantom-ladythe-mcnay

Alexandra Exter – costume design for female character in La Dama Duende phantom lady

The Mcnay



russian-constructivist teapot-clock

Suprematism clock teapot

Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg




Kazimir Malevich Suprematist tea set – painted by Nikolai Suetin




Alexandra-Exter costume design for Salome

Alexandra Exter costume design for Oscar Wilde’s Salome




russkii_avangard teaset with suprematist design

Russki teaset



Alexandra Exter or Aleksandra Ekster, costume design. Her work, at first, were influenced by the geometric style of Cezanne , then by the cubism .

1924. Collection Lobanov-Rostovsky.




Nikolai Suetin painted tea service





Alexander Rodchenko Costume Design for We

A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum



Aelita constructivist set design

Aelita constructivist set design, 1924




Alexander-Belcova.- ceramic plate

Alexander Belcova





Constructivist outfit – Varvara Stepanova



stepanova dancing-figures-on-a-white-background

 ‘Dancing Figures on a White Background’ – Varvara Stepanova






The 1910 “Manifesto of the Futurist Painters”, was created by—Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni and Luigi Russolo after they had aligned with original futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Not renown for mincing their words it stated –

We are tired of the laziness of artists, who, ever since the sixteenth century, have endlessly exploited the glories of the ancient Romans. In the land where traditional aesthetics reigned supreme, new flights of artistic inspiration will emerge and dazzle the world with their brilliance.
We will fight with all our might the fanatical, senseless and snobbish religion of the past, a religion encouraged by the vicious existence of museums. We rebel against that spineless worshiping of old canvases, old statues and old bric-a-brac, against everything which is filthy and worm-ridden and corroded by time. We consider the habitual contempt for everything which is young, new and burning with life to be unjust and even criminal….

Their reactionary position was born out of a desire to pursue their art without restriction and unjust criticism and was probably needed to embrace the innovations of the new century and break the artistic stupor from the past. It’s hard to gauge how much influence the futurist cause had on the postwar explosion of modernist art in Italy, but I feel their input was influential.



tea-set-by-nicola-diulgheroff Italy

Futurist tea service – Nicola Diulgheroff




Ceramic plate – Roman Suta




Giuseppe Mazzotti, Italy




Sigismunds Vidbergs, plate «Aviation», 1926

Riga’s Porcelain Art. 1925–1940 – Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga



Giulio-D'Anna futurist painting

‘Senza Titola’  – Giulio D’Anna





Nicola Diulgheroff  – ‘La Madre’  (The Mother)


Modern and Contemporary Art   Cambi Auction House





Tullio Crali –  ‘Airplanes on the metropolis’


Harmonic Inspirations




Fortunato Depero futurist Vogue cover


Cubo futurism – ‘Globe’ –   Krotkov Vassily






Bauhaus modernism


The Bauhaus school in Germany was the first institution in Europe dedicated to realizing the achievements of the new arts for the purposes of human existence. It promoted radically simplified forms using rationality and functionality, and the idea that mass-production was reconcilable with the individual artistic spirit. It was conceived with the aim to create a “total” work of art where all arts including architecture, crafts and fine arts were merged. The Bauhaus style went on to become one of the most influential currents in Modernist design and Architecture.

The architect Walter Gropius, founder and director of the Bauhaus, was among the pioneers in the fight against entrenched historical forms. “Today’s scientific and technological advances will not become assimilated into general culture as long as humankind still lives under medieval conditions. The machine is still a foreign object in the houses of today; the documents of technological culture are still relegated to books atop fancy carved desks, radio music by the fireplace. The age demands a style, a common denominator for its visible phenomena.”  It was in operation from 1919 to 1933.




Walter Gropius modernist chair



Bauhaus das-Triadische-Ballet

Oskar Schlemmer Bauhaus das Triadische Ballet, 1922

The Triadic Ballet was a widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus.





Bauhaus Schlemmer ballet figures




Oskar Schlemmer, Spiral costume





Wassily Kandinsky inspired costume – Julie Lavefve-ss-2012




Oskar Schlemmer–Triadic Ballet





The early innovators of the Fauvist movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain, whose works emphasized painterly, spontaneous brush strokes and strident colors, while their subject matter had a high degree of simplification and abstraction. Fertile, bold colors were favoured over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau’s broad-mindedness, originality and affirmation of the expressive potency of pure color was inspirational for his students who included Henri Matisse who claimed, “He did not set us on the right roads, but off the roads. He disturbed our complacency.”
After viewing the boldly colored canvases of Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Kees van Dongen, Charles Camoin, and Jean Puy at the Salon d’Automne of 1905, the critic Louis Vauxcelles disparaged the painters as “fauves” (wild beasts), which was the source of the movement name. The pictures gained considerable condemnation in the press—”A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public” wrote the critic Camille Mauclair. The fauvists weren’t deterred by the condemnation and continued with their mission.
Another aesthetic influence for the early Fauvists was African sculpture, of which Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse were early collectors. The ceramic artist André Metthey was one of the first at this time to create pottery with fauvist imagery.




‘The Moment Of Truth’ – Paul Gauguin





André-METTHEY-(1871-1921)-&Maurice-de-VLAMINCK Fauvist vase

André Metthey / Maurice de Vlaminck Fauves vase




André-Derain-1907 - fauves vase with naked female figure motif

André Derain, 1907



Maurice de Vlaminck fauves ceramic plate

Maurice de Vlaminck




derain-andre-lidded vessel ceramique

Andre Derrain – lidded vase with motif vegetal avec person





Andre Metthey vase

1907 – 1909, Paris




‘The Aloes in Bloom’, Cassis, Henri Charles Manguin (1874-1949), considered one of the founding fathers of Fauvism.



André-Derain-Danseuse baluster vase

André Derain – ‘Danseuse’





Portrait No.1 – Joan Miro




Joan Miro stoneware vase





Vase to baigneuses (bathers) by Raoul Dufy





Early 20th Century French Fauvist style vase, by possibly Edouard Cazaux




Woman with Flowered Hat– Kees Van Dogen





Edouard Cazaux




derain-andre baigneuses-dans-un-paysage christies new-york

Baigneuses dans un Paysage (Bathers in a Landscape) – Andre Derain




Fauvist Ceramic Exhibition

Shiodome Museum




Orphism or Orphic Cubism


Sonia Delaunay, who founded Orphism in 1911 with her husband Robert Delaunay, made costumes for ballet, theater, book illustrations, mosaics, stained glass, ceramics and textile design. The pair also devised another style known as simultaneism, which occurs when one design or element, when placed next to another, affects both pieces. Robert Delaunay’s background as a Fauvist artist was an obvious influence on their Orphism, which was characterized by the use of bright colors and geometric shapes.



sonia-delaunay-colors-abstraction-live-demais designed by lla Malomane

lla Malomane, one of Sonia Delaunay’s descendants, relaunched Sonia Delaunay’s fashion designs

Spring/Summer, 2014,



sonia-delaunay-limoges designed square ceramic bottle

Sonia Delaunay design for Limoges



delaunay and futurist style meets designer Salvatore Ferragamo

Designed by Salvatore Ferragamo, Italy





Robert Delaunay –  ‘Rythme N1′ – oil on canvas

In Homage to Bleriot, the artist celebrated the new dynamism of the new industrial age by painting vibrating discs of color that simulate plane propellers in motion.




‘Boule Colonials (French-Line)’ –  Stephane Gisclade





90 Days One Dream’ by Kristian Schuller




De Stijl, Mondrian-ism


Mondrian cylindrical vase

Mondrian vase


christipher_kane mondrian style dress

Christopher Kane design




West German Mid Century vase







Romans Suta



Moderne – ism




Carlton ware moderne trio







Doris-Vlasek-Hails,-Solitaire-surrealist-vase of a man playing cards

Doris Vlasek Hails, ‘Solitaire’




‘Moonmad’ – Max Ernst





French Lucien Lelong, 1935




Pottery Arts Feed – innovative simplicity



navajo-Native-American-women displaying their pottery

Navajo Native American Indian pottery wares




Loading the kiln with large garden pots on a trolly - Cretan-Terracotta Pottery

A busy morning on the wheel – Cretan Terracotta Pottery



Pottery simplicity manifested


The basic pottery form, created on a spinning wheel, is a statement of simplicity. The imminent curved lines, that take shape by the manipulation of a clay mass in motion, reacting to a centrifugal force, creates a graceful and balanced dynamic. The union of a malleable substance with a primary force of nature, being transmuted to a solid form with fire, is one of the purest primordial combinations, manifesting a subtle reassurance of the elements. Maybe that’s why simple pottery objects hold such an eternal appeal. Variations of the wheel thrown forms serve as a constant reminder of the survival and sustenance of mankind and the endurance and consistency of this ancient art.
Leonardo da Vinci claimed that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Christian Dior also recognized its value through the refinement of his designs and realizing that simplicity is from where true elegance must come. Computer science pioneer Edsger Wybe Dijkstra claimed ‘“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” The challenge is to maximize the style while keeping superfluous detail to a minimum. The Mingei potters of Japan were mindful of mastering an aesthetic of simplicity, utility and timeless beauty. This refined ideal is still evident today and has had a pervasive influence globally on many contemporary ceramics.
A potter generally begins with a form of simple elegance, which I believe contributes to the unfolding of its design, then adds more detail if needed, whether it be further glazing, hand painting, carving or incision. Furthermore, instinct, restraint and choice of materials all contribute to the captivating permutations that are possible.. The pottery pieces here all highlight the depth and breadth of design and innovative simplicity in the ongoing evolution of the clay arts.



tonala-mexican-folk-art legged bowl

Tonala Mexican folk art tri-legged bowl




Martin-Puryear simple abstract sculpture

‘Verge’ – Martin Puryear




Jacques  Innocenti ceramic pichet, Vallauris

Gallerie Riveria



Accolay ceramic planter with mid century face motif

Accolay tri legged ceramic planter, France



adero--willard_jar orange and brown-yellow floral

Adero Willard lidded jar



Jess Carter ceramic cups

Jess Carter



Akira-Satake footed sake cup

Akira Satake sake cup




pottery speckled vase Bob Deane

Bob Deane – spiral ribbed vase




Andre-Metthey ceramic vase with foliate bands

Andre Metthey




Alan-Foxley abstract sculptural vase

Alan Foxley




Boleslaw-Danikowski,-red Ceramic-Table-Lamp

Boleslaw Danikowski,  Red ceramic table lamp




Kay Stratford green ceramic shell vase

Ceramic Shell 1 vase – Kay Stratford



stone pool textured vase 1 by Anne Goldman

‘Stone Pool’  by Anne Goldman




Brenda-Holzke-porcelian flared cup

Flared porcelain  cup — Brenda Holzke



Caroline-Chevalier orange lidded jar

Caroline Chevalier



Penelope-Withers ribbed asymmetrical bottles

Penelope Withers ribbed asymmetrical ceramic bottles



Chantal-Césure--blue on white lidded jar

Chantal Césure – blue on white lidded jar



Baluster jar with flared rim by Chris Luther

Baluster vase – Chris Luther

Seagrove Potters of Historic Busbee Rd




Claude Conover-Tall-ceramic-bottle vessel,

”Toltec”  –  Claude Conover tall Mid Century ceramic vessel



Latex resist design bowl by Clyde Burt

Clyde Burt ceramic bowl with latex resist design




Morino-Taimei-rust-red glaze vase oval shape with flat sides

Morino Taimei, Japan



David Frith tall vase

Large bottle vase – David Frith, UK

13 inches height



Diny Timmers ceramic sculptural portal vessel

Diny Timmers ceramic sculptural vessel



Classic still life presented with ceramics by George Segal

‘Classic Still Life’ – George Segal


Museum of Arts and Design, NY



Eileen-Goldenberg Ceramic-Sgraffito vase with white figure on black

Eileen Goldenberg Ceramic Sgraffito vase, tumbler

San Francisco



Emile Jacques Ruhlmann elegant art deco vase with pink floral design

Emile Jacques Ruhlmann Art Deco  vase



Eric Astoul -ceramic sculptural form

Eric Astoul



Ernst-Wahliss,-Wien-&-Turn-Teplitz ceramic dancer

Ernst Wahliss, Wien & Turn Teplitz ceramic dancer figurine





‘Exposition 3’ sculpture by Nicholas Lees



Navajo pottery vase with figure motif

Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Vase  Ken and Irene White



FISCHER-Michèle carved pottery vase

Michèle Fischer footed sgraffito vase




Jasmina-Ajzenkol ceramic sculptural vessel - turquoise and ochre glaze

Jasmina Ajzenkol




black and white sgraffito platter by stoneware-GravesCo---etsy

‘Ladies Toasting’  – Large Serving Platter—Handmade sgraffito carved ceramic



Henri-Laurens,-Tete-de-Femme sculpture female bust

Henri Laurens, – ‘Tete de Femme’Z sculpture




Isles-of-Scilly-Studio crab plate

Isles of Scilly Studio Pottery Crab Bowl Glazed Earthenware



jaque_barely set of wall plates with matching lamp base

 Barely Bowl Set – Jan Jacque -ceramic wall art



Jean-Mayadon-baluster-vase with green figures

Art Nouveau vase – Jean Mayodon




Remi Bonhert ceramic bottle vessel

Remi Bonhert





Glpb-vessel with white horses decoraion-Psolo-Stacciou

Globular luster glaze vessel with white horse motifs -Psolo Stacciou



Massive-Rhoda-Hepner-female torso Ceramic-Vessel

Massive female torso ceramic vessel – Rhoda Hepner



Stoppered ceramic bottle by Fantoni

Mid Century ceramic decanter with stopper – Marcello Fantoni




Koroit opal from queensland

Koroit Opal – Queensland




Paul Louis Mergier ovoid vase – copper, silver and brass




Homer Brown Wassi Art African Lady vase

 African Lady vase – Homer Brown Wassi Art




Pre-Columbian-Colima-Seated-Terracotta Figure

Pre Columbian Colima seated terracotta figure




Gareth-Mason-porcelain-abstract vase

‘Pressure Ridge’ – Gareth Mason



Richard-Zane-Smith---‘Edge-and-Flow’ vessel with dynamic line decorations

‘Edge and Flow’  – Richard Zane Smith




Spherical-vase with abstract geometric pattern with frosted and clear glass

Boris Lacroix,  Spherical Art Deco vase with frosted and clear glass in an abstract cubist pattern



Richard Zane Smith—Blue Rain Gallery—Santa Fe




Ceramic Seaman’s Bank for Savings

1940s McCoy




Sander Wassink and Olivier Van Herpt adaptive manufacture vessel

Sander Wassink and Olivier Van Herpt – textured vessel created with adaptive manufacturing




William-Marshall ceramics

William Marshall -glazed  ceramic bottle



The-Guitar-Henri-Laurens cubist sculpture- blue, white and brown

‘The Guitar’ – Henri Laurens




Sharon Stelter abstract ceramic Zebra sculpture

Sharon Stelter  ‘Zebra’ 



Joan Miro ceramic vase

Joan Miro

Kirsten-Holm charcoal ceramic vessel

Kirsten Holm



melanie-ferguson ceramic sculpture vessel

Melanie Ferguson


Shamai Sam Gibsh Sttoneware Terra Sigillata

Shamai Sam Gibsh  – ‘Bodyblaze #22’

Stoneware Terra Sigillata and lustres



Designed-Tripod-Vase----Charles-Smith - sgraffito decoration

Tripod, sgraffito vase – Charles Smith




ceramic vessel Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols

This post is a continuation of  ‘Daily Pottery Art Feed extended‘, with regular updates




Art Deco in the movies



actress Ann Sothern with circus acrobat on horde statue

Ann Sothern and circus acrobat on horse statue – 1939



Art Deco,  Style Moderne meets Hollywood


The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, had a major impact on the launch of Art Deco, including its name, which was derived from Arts Décoratifs. Art Deco was aligned with both luxury and modernity; combining expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship adapted to modernistic forms. The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (1910-1913), by Auguste Perret was the first landmark Art Deco building completed in Paris. The Art Deco architectural style, although called Style Moderne in France, was not purely modernist but it had many features of modernism, including reinforced concrete, glass, steel, chrome, and like modernism, it rejected traditional historical models.



art deco design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann

1925 interior of the Grand Salon of the Arts Decoratifs Expo – design by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann


Le Corbusier, a student of Augeste Perret, exhibited his purely modernist Esprit Nouveau pavilion at the 1925 Paris Exposition and the USSR had a pavilion featuring the flamboyant futurist style of Konstantin Melnikov. Hollywood designer Cedric Gibbons was also in attendance, and the event provoked an upheaval in movie set design. He brought back with him many of the room designs he had seen there and incorporated them into the MGM films he worked on. Gibbons’s designs were idealized images of a life of luxury and style and the huge cinema audiences were mesmerized and ready to escape into this lavish reality of opulence, especially during WWII and the Depression. At the time this style was known as Art Moderne in the USA, but later became labelled as Art Deco. This radical style of future living was widely embraced and emulated in mainstream decor trends and interior designs.

The evolution of Art Deco was closely connected with the rise in status of decorative artists. This was also reinforced by the Paris department stores who recruited artists like Louis Vuitton, René Lalique, and Louis Cartier to design products in a modern style to compliment their fashion ranges.This was a major influence on the costume designs and chic aura created in Hollywood in the 20’s and 30’s. The screen sirens responded to their elegant and serene surroundings with smoldering, sultry, seductive personas filled with elusive mystique which further enhanced the desirability.


Cedric Gibbons art deco movie set

‘The Wonder of Women’ (1929) Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons. Demetre Chiparus figurine on the coffee table


The convergence of the many influences within Art Deco were on display. Futuristic, streamlined forms, angular geometric Cubist shapes and bold Fauvist colours combined with exotic designs that included Persian, Japanese, Egyptian, Mayan and African. The clean stylized lines and geometric details translated seamlessly into the black and white medium of the movies.
Cedric Gibbons had replaced the Russian designer Erte at MGM, who had struggled with translating his creative vision into practical set designs. Gibbon’s architectural finesse and design innovation was tastefully complimented by amazing decorative objects and contributed to defining the visual aesthetic of this era, which is my main interest in this article. Glamorous elegance abounded with polished floors, mirrored surfaces, walnut panels, chrome highlights and art deco sculptures and light fixtures.
The studios employed some of the finest photographers at the time, who created images that did true justice to the stunning sets and actors, which is featured here. They vividly captured the essence of this charismatic era with a timeless beauty.



Rene Lalique etched glass sculpture

‘Oiseau de_Feu’ –  René Lalique

Dayton Art Institute



Una-Merkel-in the movie Private-Lives

Una Merkel in the movie Private Lives – ScreenDeco

Orientalist statue by ?




Angelo Basso Art Deco La Luna Sculpture Bronze female nude sculpture

 Art Deco ‘La Luna’ Sculpture – Angelo Basso




Alice-Faye-1935 with black cat sculpture on a pedestal

Alice Faye with black cat sculpture




Robert-Montgomery-with Art Deco scotty dog

Robert Montgomery




Ann Harding




Dolores-Del-Rio-face of Art Deco

Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio who was married to Cedric Gibbons. She was known as the face of Art Deco.


Dolore’s beauty wisdom:

“Take care of your inner beauty, your spiritual beauty, and that will reflect in your face. We have the face we created over the years. Every bad deed, every bad fault will show on your face. God can give us beauty and genes can give us our features, but whether that beauty remains or changes is determined by our thoughts and deeds.” ~ Dolores del Rio

“Exercise, diet, beauty treatments– these things are all a complete waste of time because everyone must get older. If women were more sensible they would cease going to beauty parlors for facials and would instead lie down quietly in the peace of their bedrooms for the same length of time and arise more beautiful in face and more peaceful in spirit. The fact that I’m aging makes me a part of life, a part of the bigger scheme of existence… It is my mind, not my body, that I am trying to preserve, because it is through the mind that I can stay young.” ~ Dolores del Rio, 1964


“The two most beautiful things in the world are the Taj Mahal and Dolores del Río.” –George Bernard Shaw



delores del rio in long floral gown

Dolores del Rio in ‘I Live For Love’



Ann-Sothern and white female figurine statue

Ann Sothern




The art deco interior of a house which served as the set for the film ‘Our Modern Maidens’, with a sweeping staircase leading from the lounge area. Art direction Cedric Gibbons, MGM




art deco future movie

Futuristic ‘Things To Come’ – 1936




Art-deco-tablelamp-by-Pierre-le-Faguay, Kneeling female sculpture figure

Art deco tablelamp – Pierre le Faguays, signed Guerbe ( pseudonym)




paramouont theatre Oakland

Art Deco Paramount theater. Oakland




Egyptian Art Deco in Hollywood



Demetre-Chiparus-art-deco-female figure sculpture

Art Deco dancer –  Demetre Chiparus



Frankenstein-holding maiden

‘The Bride Of Frankenstein’, 1935




Carole lombard with winking greek bust sculpture

Carole Lombard publicity still for ‘Rhumba’, 1935





Spirit of the Centennial statue at Fair Park in Dallas, 1936.

Designed by Raoul Josett and Jose Martin. Carlo Ciampaglia designed the mural behind the statue.




-Josef-Lorenzl.--stylish-lady-sculpture in gold gown

‘Chryselephantine Lady’ –  Josef Lorenzl.





Carole-Lombard with nude figure sculpture

Carole Lombard




Carole Lombard




art deco lobby for GrandHotel

Grand Hotel, 1932

In the book Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies, author Donald Albrecht writes, “Circles are prominent in every aspect of the Grand Hotel’s design– an appropriate image for the spinning-wheel-of-fortune scenario. The circular motif appears in the hotel’s round, multilevel atrium with open balconies, in the continually revolving doors, and in ornaments on balcony railings. It also appears in the round reception desk, which acts as a pivot for the curving shots that follow the movement of the film’s characters, who travel across the black-and-white floor like pawns in a chess game. Movie plot and architecture have seldom been so closely harmonized.”



Art Deco fire screen

Art deco fire screen with Art Nouveau floral motif -Rose Iron Works of Cleveland





Claudette-Colbert in harlequin costume

Claudette Colbert




Claudette-Colbert on a throne as Celopatra

Cleopatra – Claudette Colbert




Claudette Colbert in ‘The Sign of the Cross’

Directed by Cecil B Demille  1932



Corinne Griffith. Lilies of the Field (1924)

Corinne Griffith. ‘Lilies of the Field’ (1924)




Bronze sculpture figure – Erte




Elissa-Landi at huge white fire place

Elissa Landi and monumental sculptured fireplace




Fay-Wray posing with white art deco sculpture

Fay Wray

Photo Ray Jones



Flying Down To Rio dance scene

‘Flying Down To Rio’ dance scene, 1933




French-Art-Deco-reclining females with large fans Bookends

French Art Deco fan dancer bookends




Genevieve-Tobin posing with white art deco bust

Genevieve Tobin and a white art deco bust



Eleanor-Powell dancing with sailors


Eleanor Powell in ‘Born to Dance’

1936, directed by Roy Del Ruth




Genevieve-Tobin-in art deco set

Genevieve Tobin




Giant-piano-set-from-King-of-Jazz movie

Giant piano set with 4 piano players and orchestra from the movie ‘King of Jazz’





Czech-Deco geometric-cut-glass-design-and-ruby-overlay-trim

Art Deco spherical vase with geometric cut glass design and ruby overlay trim – Continental (Czechoslovakia)




GRreta Garbo hollywood mystique

Greta Garbo – ‘Mata Hari’



Grace-Bradley-chatting on the phone

Grace Bradley under a cubist Xmas tree



Helen-Twelvetrees posing with to art deco figure sculptures

Helen Twelvetrees



Jean-Harlow-Waylande Gregory art deco statue

Jean Harlow – Theo Vos art deco statue ( see below)




Theo-Vos---Ballerina---c.-1927---white porcelain statue

Art Deco white porcelain ‘Ballerina’ statue by Theo Vos for the German ‘Hutschenreuther Porcelain’

height 37cm  c.1927

Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Salamanca




ODYV-French-Art-Deco mantle clock with black panther figures

ODYV French Art Deco mantle clock with gold panthers

Chateau Antiques



Joan-Bennett-movie actress

Joan Bennett, ‘She Couldn’t Take It’





Joan Marsh posing in a bathing suit

Joan Marsh



Art Deco panel

French Art Deco screen – A Soleau

Table—Jules Leleu   Chairs—Andre Arbus




Joan Marsh posing with beach ball

Joan Marsh



Josephine Baker sitting on tiger skin rug

Josephine Baker

Also see Josephine Captivates The Jazz Age



Juliette-Compton with art deco panel

Juliette Compton



masked Kay-Johnson-in-Madam-Satan

Kay Johnson in ‘Madam Satan’



Aelita: ‘Queen of Mars’

Russia 1924





Art Deco bronze and ivory figure – J Ulrich





Lois Moran

Photo George Hurrell, 1931



Carole-Lombard pouring a cocktail

Carole Lombard




Loretta-Young in long black evening gown

Loretta Young




Marguerite-Chapman with black sculpture head bust

Marguerite Chapman




Mark Stevens and Cathy Downs in ‘The Dark Corner’, 1946





Raymond Léon Rivoire – ‘Women with Hound’

France, 1920



Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles: ‘La Quadriga’, 1929,



Merna-Kennedy with tall black cubist statue

Merna Kennedy with tall Cubist Deco statue



Monkey-Business---Marx-Brothers playing saxaphones

Marx Brothers saxophone quartet in ‘Monkey Business’



Myrna-Loy with a black cat sculpture

Myrna Loy




Myrna-Loy with mirror refkection

Myrna Loy





‘Night Owls’ – Laurel & Hardy






Norma Shearer in ‘The Divorcèe’ directed by Robert Z.Leonard




Rene Buthaud-ovoid vase with art deco motif of a naked Europa riding a bull

Rene Buthaud – ovoid vase with a naked Europa riding a bull




Our-Dancing-Daughters vintage movie

Art Deco Jazz Age movie, ‘Our Dancing Daughters’, 1928



Our Modern Maidens

Our Modern Maidens, 1929



Rita-Flynn in Art Deco movie set

Rita Flynn




Ruth-Taylor in-Gentlemen-Prefer-Blondes

Ruth Taylor  in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’




Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine

Pâte de Verre, Figure designed by Marcel Bouraine for Gabriel Argy Rousseau






Classic Art Deco fireplace – Jean Harlow in ‘Platinum Blonde’



Speed_-_Harriet_Frishmuth art deco figure sculpture

‘Speed’ – Harriet Frishmuth




art deco movie The Hatchet Man

‘The Hatchet Man’




‘The Sign of Cross’ – Cecil B DeMille





Max-Le-Verrier-art deco-bookends

Max Le Verrier Art Deco bookends



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



Fountain,-Paris-France,-by-Jim-Rappaport with nude female water bearers

‘Fountain’,by Jim Rappaport

Paris France


street Fountain-of-Neptune in Italy

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

Eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna



‘Juturna, Roman Water Goddess’ of Fountains, Wells and Springs

Design Toscana



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 garden



Fish wall sculpture Lucy Smith

Bronze fish sculpture wall fountain by 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 makes 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



South African zulu clay pot

Zulu pot




terracotta Djenne style sculpture figure

 Djenne style sculpture figure, Mali



Mali-Segou pottery market

Mali Segou pottery market,

Vicente Méndez, Flickr


Terracotta-and-pigment--20th-century Mambila bottle


Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon



Africa Gourd (calabash) container from the Ronga people of Mozambique

First half of the 20th century Gourd, pigment and white glass beads.




‘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




Carved clay Storage-Vessel.-Kurumba-people

Legged storage Vessel.- Kurumba people



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




single handle Berber water pot

Berber water jar




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

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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


Phoenix-Rising-metal sculpture - John Hair

‘Phoenix Rising’ – John Hair



Rooster resurrection


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.



Gaston Lachaise-peacock sculptures in the garden

Gaston Lachaise peacock sculptures, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

1920, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

The exotic and alluring peacock has been an inspiration for many artists, particularly because of its iridescent colors and large plume. 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.


Depero-Fortunato rooster painting

Depero Fortunato futurist rooster




Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay




Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Rooster Strut – AilsaR-flickr



Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland




Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy




Yang Liping (L) performs in her dance drama 'The Peacock' during the first Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming, ...

Chinese dancing master Yang Liping (L) performs in her dance drama ‘The Peacock’ during the first Yang Liping International Dance Festival in Kunming



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




Rooster ceramic jug-Mitchell-Grafton

Folk Art pottery rooster jug – Mitchell Grafton




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 ceramic 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




Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic tile




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’ –  British artist Breon O’Casey (1928-2011). Bronze/ 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 – 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

This 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





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 / white sgraffito roosters platter




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

Ceramic cockerel – Sarah Farrelly




Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA




Sally White porcelain rooster riding a horse

Sally Hook – ‘Year Of Rooster’


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’


Who-are-you-really..Suzy-Birstein - painting of lady holding a bird with a rabbit in her hair

Who are you really – Suzy Birstein



‘In Wonderland’–Suzy Birstein

Height 24″


Suzy-Birstein contemporary sculpture bust

‘Moon Lights up the Night’ – Suzy Birstein




Suzy Birstein




Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

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


Suzy-Birstein ceramic totem sculpture

‘Get The Sweet Beat’ – Suzy Birstein





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“I cannot speak too highly of my experience with Suzy’s ceramics course on Skopelos Island.  Working with clay in that magical setting overlooking the turquoise  Aegean Sea was one of the highlights of my artistic life. The people of Skopelos are welcoming and hospitable.
Your  MUSE AWAITS YOU on the green island. “
      Jackie Conradi-Robertson (Painter)




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


‘Bodyblaze’ – Shamai Gibsh solo exhibition at Periscope Gallery in Tel Aviv April 6th 2017

Ben Yehuda St 174, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel



Shamai-Sam-Gibsh - abstract ceramic art

Shamai Sam Gibsh – ‘Bodyblaze #10′




Shama Sam Gibsh – ‘Bodyblaze #10′




Shamai Sam Gibsh Ceramics

Shamai Sam Gibsh Ceramics website,saggar firing,terra sigilata,smoke firing, soda ceramics,raku,primitive firing, 8 in jaffa ceramic gallery,,שמאי גיבש,



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.


Woodruff Nash mother holding child bust - Women with green headscarf holding a baby

Woodruff Nash mother holding child bust



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 link to 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 been invigorated from the environment, 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 fascinating images that held my captivation, 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 on Nov. 14th. 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




The 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




Recently Discovered World’s Largest Cave, 9km in length, Son Doong, Vietnam. The size of the cave can be gauged by the size of the man standing on the bridge




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

Subterranean cave. 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




man-standing-on-bridge in huge cavern

‘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



Rosie-Anne-Prosser-photography Wales

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




The Nature Conservancy – photo Kevin Arnold




Quang Binh cave, Vietnam



ryan-deboodt-on-500px Hang Son Doong in Vietnam

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



synthgamer photo of two angel statues

Angel statues – Synthgamer



tianmen-shan-cable-car-is-one-of-the-longest-cable rides

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