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Fortuny Palazzo Museum


‘Portrait of a muse’  painting by Mariano Fortuny, 1935

Portrait of Henriette Fortuny in Pompeian costume with a Delphos dress and Knossos scarf designed by Mariano Fortuny, printed with geometric, asymmetrical patterns and motifs inspired by Cycladic art


The artistic legacy of Mariano Fortuny


The Fortuny museum in San Marco, Venice, was instigated in 1956 by Henriette Fortuny, the Parisian wife and muse of Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) . He was born in Granada, Spain where both his father and mother were known painters and collectors of ancient oriental fabrics and objects. He became to be known as one of the great creative minds of the early 20th century due to his aesthetic refinement, prolific output and versatility. He was celebrated by his contemporaries as the last Renaissance man and was a conduit to Old World craft and design finesse adapted to modern methods.. He was a legendary textile and clothing designer working in Venice and Paris where he specialized in spectacular luxury fabrics based on Byzantine, Renaissance, Arabesque and Art Nouveau styles.Venice had a centuries old connection to the ancient silk road so it was fitting that Mariano Fortuny liked to use delicate silks in his fashion and fabric designs. Fortuny still makes the finest printed fabrics in the world, handmade in Venice since 1907 and continuing the legacy of unique innovation and timeless artistry.




Scudo Saraceno silk chandeliers and Islamic calligraphy motif doorway hanging designed by Mariano Fortuny- 1920


Mariano Fortuny possessed an artistic diversity that included painting, sculpture, engraving, set design, lamp designs, photography and being an Orientalist art collector. The creations of Fortuny displayed an exquisite sensitivity, modernity and originality. The Fortnuy Palazzo, being a classic example of Gothic Byzantine architecture was a very appropriate location for Fortuny to reside in and to become a museum for his art and to host other exhibitions. His fortuitous move to Venice from Paris came about due to being allergic to horses, a rare sight around the Venetian waterways.
The contemporary art featured here stands in poignant contrast to the Old World charm exuded by the lush Fortuny fabrics and decor on display at the Fortuny Museum.


Mariano Fortuny -oil painting Les coulisses de la Scala de MilanBackstage of La Scala Theater 1934 ·

Mariano Fortuny – ‘Les coulisses de la Scala de Milan’

Backstage of La Scala Theater 1934

Since 1891 Mariano Fortuny was completely captivated by the allure of the staging of Wagner’s theatre, however many years passed before he concretely measured himself against the theatre experimenting at length with both lighting and technology and the preparation of scenographic sketches.


Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas

After a trip to Bayreuth, to see a Wagner production, he expanded  his interests to include set design and stage lighting techniques

Mariano Fortuny exhibition “Fortuny and Wagner. The Wagnerism in the visual arts in Italy”



Bronze sculpture bust--Vincenzo-Gemito-Ritratto-del-pittore-Mariano-Fortuny

Bronze sculpture bust of Mariano Fortuny by Vincenzo Gemito – 1874




2015 Proportio exhibibition at Palazzo Fortuny

2015 Proportio exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice



mariano-fortuny-madrazo-The Merchants of Venice

‘Il mercante di Venezia’ – Mariano Fortuny Madrazo



Mariano-Fortuny,-red silk Dressing-Gown,

Red silk dressing gown, Delphos pleated dress – Mariano Fortuny




Anish Kapoor White Dark VIII,2000 ©JPGabriel

Current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’ – aims at investigating the mysteries of intuition and the forms of knowledge that cannot be explained in words.

To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale till November 26





Antony Gormley, ‘GUT X’, 2013, © JPGabriel, Palazzo Fortuny

Current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


Artempo - where-time-becomes-art - inverted black head sculpture

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’ exhibition curated by Axel Vervoordt

Palazzo Fortuny 2007



‘Artempo – where time becomes art’

Palazzo Fortuny 2007




La marchesa Luisa Casati  – Giovanni Boldini, 1908

The Divine Marchesa Art and life of Luisa Casati – Palazzo Fortuny 2014-15


Oil on Canvas of Mariano Fortuny, Parsifal, the ascent to the Grail

Mariano Fortuny, ‘Parsifal, the ascent to the Grail’

Oil on canvas



Tullio-Dainese-flickr--Bakongo-Fetish-wood-sculpture Fotruny Palazzo

Bakongo Fetish wood sculpture – Tullio Dainese flickr

Fortuny Palazzo



Model of Villa Pisani in Stra, Sante Benato and Giovanni Gloria from a drawing by Gerolamo Frigimelica, carved and painted wood, c. 1720.



De Kooning, Roberto Matta, Mark Tobey, Julien Beck ©JPGabriel

Fortuny Palazzo current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


Photo de Mariano Fortuny, les Maîtres Chanteurs de Wagner, Rome 1931

 Les Maîtres Chanteurs de Wagner, Rome 1931 – Photo de Mariano Fortuny



Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo

Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo



Classical Stone carved sculpture head

Stone carved sculpture head – Fortuny Palazzo


Contemporary sculpture Elogio-de-la-luz-XX,-1990.-Eduardo-CHILLIDA- Photo - Jean-Pierre Gabriel

‘Elogio de la luz XX’, 1990. Eduardo CHILLIDA

Photo – Jean-Pierre Gabriel – 2015

Proportio Exhibition – the exhibition explored the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture.


Femme-en-buste-aux-liserons Italian Liberation white marble female bust by Fortuny

‘Femme en buste aux liserons’ Italian Liberaty Style white marble female bust by Mariano Fortuny




Fiona-Kearney Quivering,-timeless-beauty-@PalazzoFortuny-Intuition-exhibition

Fiona Kearney ‘Quivering, timeless beauty’ @PalazzoFortuny

Intuition exhibition 2017



Fortuny-Bowl-(spun and hammered copper with electroformed design, light purple enamel interior, red and orange enamel exterior1981-June-Schwarcz

‘Fortuny Bowl’ — June Schwarcz

Spun and hammered copper with electroformed design, light purple enamel interior, red and orange enamel exterior




Fortuny-ceramic Carafe-L'object

Fortuny ceramic Carafe-  L’objet




Fortuny e Caramba – Medieval motif silk applique caftan dress – Mariano Fortuny



White and gold FORTUNY-Lamp-silk-Shade

Fortuny Lamp Shade



Fortuny--Scheherazade-Fortuny®---Seta silk lamp

Fortuny–Scheherazade–Seta – Persian pattern silk on metal frame

Venetia Studium


La-Divina-Marchesa-exhibition-at-Palazzo-Fortuny,-Venice---ceramic leopard and dressed mannequins

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice




John-Galliano-for-Christian-Dior-Tribute-to-Marchesa-Luisa-Casati - model in Dior outifit

John Galliano for Christian Dior – Tribute to Marchesa Luisa Casati


‘Gathering Clouds’ by Anish Kapoor (2014) and ‘The Cube’ by Alberto Giacometti (1934-1935)

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’ 2007


Guido-Cadorin -nude-female-sculpture relief

Guido Cadorin – nude female sculpture relief

Palazzo Fortuny



Isadora Duncan's daughters wearing Fortuny's Delphos dress.

Isadora Duncan’s daughters wearing Fortuny’s Delphos pleated silk dresses

 ‘Delphos’ gowns were dyed individually in a wide range of unusual colours. Delicate silk was processed on porcelain rollers to create fine, uneven pleats, one of Fortuny’s innovations.The technique used to process the silk is still shrouded in mystery. Designed in 1907, the loose flowing gown freed women from the constraints of the corset. Fortuny merged his love for medieval history and classical Greece with a fascination for technology and the skills of the craftsman.



Face relief sculpture

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny



Ancient artifact Lady-of-Saint-Sernin-–-Anthropomorphic-Figure-‘Statue-Menhir’-–-Sandstone-–-4th—3th-millennium

‘Lady of Saint Sernin’ –- Anthropomorphic Figure ‘Statue Menhir’-–-Sandstone

4th—3th millennium

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017


 Model of modernist building, Le Corbusier’s, ‘Poissy’

Proportio Exhibition 2015



handbag-cut-and-hand-crafted-from-exclusive-archival-Fortuny-velvet-brocades---Marin-HopperLimited-edition handbag cut and hand-crafted from exclusive archival Fortuny velvet brocades – Marin Hopper


Paul-Cèsar Helleu, Giovanni Boldini and Luisa Casati wearing an Indo-Persian costume in the garden of Palazzo de’ Leoni, house of Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. Photograph by Mariano Fortuny, 1913

Marchesa Luisa Casati was renowned for her unique and haunting image, one that she carefully cultivated in order to become a “living work of art.”



Mariano Fortuny, ‘Gypsy Dancing in the Garden of Granada’, 1872



Mariano Fortuny


Fortuny designed theatre costume

Mariano Fortuny designed theatre costume




Maurizio Donzelli proportio mirror

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Palazzo Fortuny -–- The Bottega Cadorin—A Dynasty of Venetian Artists exhibition



Pierre Alichinsky, ‘Cobra vivant’ 1975

photo ©JPGabriel

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017


Delicate printed silk velvet stage cortume 1920 Mariano Fortuny - Contessanally

Delicate printed silk velvet stage cortume 1920 – Mariano Fortuny




Three fortuny-bowls-L'objet

Fortuny bowls L’objet



Fortuny collaborated with L’Objet to produce these ceramic canape plates with old world Venetian textile patterns




Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Fortuny

Proportio Exhibition 2015




Hare Apparent’ installation of Izhkar Patkin

Photo Jean Pierre Gabriel

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Works by Victor Vasarelly and Tomas Saraceno-Photo Jean Pierre Gabriel

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Renato Bertelli, Marchesa Casati sculptur busst, 1920. Collezione Sgarbi Cavallini.

Renato Bertelli, Marchesa Casati sculpture bust, 1920.

Collezione Sgarbi Cavallini.


Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary-Intuition

Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary – Fortuny palazzo Intuition exhibition





 Luisa Casati portrait by John Augustus 

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition




 Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini 1914

Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini




The Divine Marchesa – sculpture by Paolo Troubetzkoy – Portrait of the Marchesa Casati with Greyhound – bronze – 1914

 Bronze sculpture by Paolo Troubetzkoy – Portrait of the Marchesa Casati with Greyhound, 1914

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition, Palazzo Fortuny



The-Rare-Vase-1870-Mariano-Fortuny A man admiring a vase on a pedestal

‘The Rare Vase’  —  Mariano-Fortuny




The Valkyrie- the embrace of Siegmund and Sieglinde, canvas Mariano Fortuny

The Valkyrie-  ‘The embrace of Siegmund and Sieglinde’, canvas – Mariano Fortuny



Alhembra Vaso_Fortuny3_Hermitage Museum

Vaso de Fortuny,  –  Hispano moresque ceramic Alhambra with metallic reflections from Málaga (Spain) dating from the fourteenth century preserved in the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)



Veiled-Lady-sculpture bust--Antonio-Corradini

‘Veiled Lady’ sculpture bust– Antonio Corradini




The-Mendicant-Mariano-Fortuny pAINTING

‘The Mendicant’ — Mariano Fortuny



L'OBJET-Fortuny-4 CERAMIC Cereal-Bowls

L’Obbjet – Fortuny bowls



Encantador_de_serps ‘Hindu Snake Charmers’ – Mariano Fortuny

On a number of occasions, Fortuny returned to North Africa, where the clarity of the atmosphere and the intensity of the sunlight profoundly influenced him. In this scene, set outdoors at twilight, a turbaned Indian mesmerizes a cobra with a reed. The artist, a collector of Islamic decorative arts, includes such accessories as a copper bowl, luster plate, and saddle.




The Alhambra Vase Early century Nasrid period Earthenware painted over glaze Spain Mariano Fortuny, the framed

The Alhambra Vase Early century Nasrid period Earthenware painted over glaze Spain. Mariano Fortuny designed frame




Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas painting - The-Stamp-Collector

Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas painting – ‘The Stamp Collector’

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Hispano-Moresque-ceramic lustre ware----

Hispano Moresque ceramic lustre ware plate


Artempo where time-becomes-art Buddah statue

Buddha statue – Artempo where time becomes art exhibition





La-Vague-–-Gustave-Courbet-(France) oil painting of the ocean waves

‘La Vague’ -–- Gustave Courbet (France)

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017



– designed to provoke the elusive intuitive faculties. Curated by Axel Vervoordt with the exhibition skills of Daniela Ferretti – running to Nov. 26 2017

Intuition’ starts with totems, shamanism and iconography from the early history, when men tried to understand the link between the sky and the earth. There will be modern works by Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hilma af Klint, Kazuo Shiraga, Pierre Alechinsky, Günther Uecker, Lucio Fontana, Mario Deluigi and Joseph Beuys. Surrealist works include André Breton, André Masson, Paul Eluard, Remedios Varo and Victor Brauner, but also Raoul Ubac, Man Ray, Henry Michaux, Oscar Dominguez or Joan Miró. Finally, contemporary artists are also featured, such as Robert Morris, William Anastasi, Isa Genzken, Renato Leotta, Susan Morris, Marina Abramovic, Chung Chang-Sup, Ann Veronica Janssens and Anish Kapoor.

The team has asked Kimsooja, Alberto Garutti, Kurt Ralske, Bruna Esposito and Nicola Martini to create site-specific installations. All art works will be spread over the beautiful rooms on the different floors of the Palazzo Fortuny.





Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black


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Ceramic landscape recreation


Recently I’ve been using the above English countryside image as a wallpaper on my computer. The charcoal grey road winding down into a light infused valley flooded with tonal contrasts, towards distant dark mountains, projects a visceral calm. An alluring dichotomy exists between the optimism of the white flowering trees and innocence of the grazing sheep against the foreboding dark mountains in the background. Overall the impression is of the sublime and I decided to recreate this mood in a post with ceramic pieces of black and white and an assortment of greens. I favored a faded pallete and unglazed porcelains with matt surfaces and gentle textures to capture a relaxed feeling. Uncomplicated pieces, predominantly handmade, were also featured to enhance an organic appearance with an air of simplicity. I mainly favored porcelains for their durability and  being symbiotic with the endurance of the natural world. Images edited with ethereal misty contrasts that imitate the light diffusion that saturate landscapes were also used.


Rimma-Tchilingarian-two white-porcelain-vessels

Rimmam Tchilingarian white porcelain vessels




Steve-Leaning-ceramic-jug for Newton Pottery

Steve Leaning ceramic jug for Newton Pottery



Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel Puls Ceramics

Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel

Puls Ceramics



Monika Debus; Glazed Ceramic Vessel, 2013.

Monika Debus; matt glaze ceramic sculpture, 2013.




Rina Menardi’s collection of hand-made stoneware pieces in black and white

Rina Menardi’s collection of hand-made stoneware pieces


Ryota-Aoki - three white pitchers

Ryota Aoki – Three white porcelain pitchers




Ryota Aoki hexagonal cups


handmade bone-china-by-Caroline Swift

Handmade bone china home wares by Caroline Swift


Aqua-by-serax- ceramic plates and bowls in green tones

Aqua series by Serax



Alied-Holman--Ah-Soulmates garden sculplture

Alied Holman — ‘Ah Soulmates’




Light Green Ceramic Creamer

via PotteryBySaleek on Etsy

Kahler-Mano- matt green ceramic Storage-Jar

Kahler Mano- matt pastel green ceramic Storage Jar




Ryota Aoki Pottery porcelain vessel

Ryota Aoki Porcelain vessel



Worn ceramic wares in a rustic setting

Rustic Ikebana – Beauty of Artifacts  — Author—Han



Belgian-designer-Quentin-de-Coster-porcelain sculptures-called-Indiscipline

Belgian designer Quentin de Coster porcelain vessels series called ‘Indiscipline’



Ceramic pourers – Yoko Terai




Black and white Chawan by Wakako Senda




Ceramic bottle-by-Taizo-Kuroda

Whhite ceramic bottle – Taizo Kuroda



Green carafe by Derek Wilson, Cafe Ceramics by Jack Doherty, photo by Peter Rowen

Carafe by Derek Wilson, Cafe Ceramics by Jack Doherty, photo by Peter Rowen



Elongated ovoid ceramic vessel-by-Taizo-Kuroda

White ceramic vessel by Taizo Kuroda



Daniel-Smith-green-ceramic canisters

Daniel Smith green ceramic canisters



Designer Martín Azúa has collaborated with Marc Vidal for the project “Vase With Stone inserts

Designer Martín Azúa has collaborated with Marc Vidal for the project “Vase With Stone”



Doodoriumi sky black Yukitsubo Ryota Aoki



White Dress-up-vases-by-Nendo

Dress up vases by Nendo



Elephant-Ceramics-white-ovoid plate

Elephant Ceramics white ovoid plate




Black and white ceramic cup – John Ward, UK



Emptiness-Plate in black and white-x-Paola-Navone-for-Merci

‘Emptiness Plate’ – Paola Navone for Merci, Milan


Three Eric-Bonnin-plates

Eric Bonnin plates




Etsy-Shop-Back-Bay-Pottery nimt green lidded canisters

 Mint green lidded canisters

Etsy Shop Back Bay Pottery





Fukami Sueharu--Seascape Porcelain with celadon glaze,-2004

Fukami Sueharu — ‘Seascape’ Porcelain with celadon glaze,-2004



Handmade-Clay-lidded Casserole-by-JohnMcCoyPottery-on-Etsy,

Handmade Clay Casserole by JohnMcCoyPottery on Etsy




Jeff Mincham – Tea bowl on beach mangrove base



hand-made tiny planters with succulents from the talented creative London based Stella Bagott

Hand-made tiny planters with succulents from London based Stella Bagott




hand-thrown porcelain vessel accented with a pebble inspired surface design in whiteSweet Pea in Bright Green Large by kimwestad on Etsy

 ‘Sweet Pea’ with Bright green interior by kimwestad on Etsy

Hand-thrown porcelain vessel accented with a pebble inspired surface design in white




Ineke-van-Poppel ceramic bowl

Ineke van Poppel



Ingrid-Bathe-white ceramic-cup

Ingrid Bathe ceramic cup and saucer


Janaki Larsen, a female potter from Vancouver I love the soil, everything about it, color, smell, feel, I just want to use the soil to create

Janaki Larsen, a female potter from Vancouver

‘I love the soil, everything about it, color, smell, feel, I just want to use the soil to create’.




Janaki Larsen – white ceramic ribbed vase




Jan-Lewin-Cadogan-elegant green-bowl

Jan Lewin Cadogan elegant green bowl

 Technical: white stoneware clay. Various barium glazes. Various lava/crater glazes. Glossy deep blue or turquoise stone ware glazes. Fired to 1260 Celsius.




Japanese Stoneware Cup and Saucer – Turquoise and Natural Specks by Mayumi Yamashita


Jarjour-Pottery-sgraffito-black and white planter

Jarjour Pottery sgraffito black and white planter and dish, Australia



-Thrown-and-Altered-jar in -Green by Se Kim

Thrown and Altered jar in green by Se Kim


John-Ward-green and brown ceramic-vase

John Ward




Jomon by Cook Play designed by the Frenchman Philippe Starck set of bowls and trays in porcelain

Jomon by Cook Play designed by the Frenchman Philippe Starck – set of bowls and trays in porcelain



Junyao deep bowl with blue glaze, 12th century, Song Dynasty (AD 960 – 1279)

Junyao deep bowl with aqua blue glaze, 12th century, Song Dynasty (AD 960 – 1279)



Kayoko-Hoshino-black ceramic sculptural-bowl

Kayoko Hoshino – black ceramic sculptural bowl



Kose Ceramics - Designer Rosaria RattinRattin

Kose Ceramics – Designer Rosaria Rattin, Milan

 The “KOSE” collection was created to rediscover ancient artisanal handcrafting in this new technological age that we live in.


Laura-Strasser-fabric texture ceramic-dish

Laura Strasser fabric texture ceramic dish





Lenneke Wispelwey design —  teal  green and white ceramic vessels



Lindsay Rogers Ceramics black and white Zen plate

Lindsay Rogers Ceramics



Lucie Rie ceramic bowl

Lucie Rie




Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set

Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set ( Eva Ziesel inspired)




Angela-Mellor-bone-china translucent vessel

Bone china bowl by Angela Mellor—2013




Mike Jabbur Mug

MudFire Gallery



Noriko Ushio- ceramic pitcher



Oomori-Kenji wavt y surface vase

Oomori Kenji




Lidded-ceramic-bowls and green chilis

Lidded ceramic bowls and green chillies



Beauty of Artifacts  — Author—Han


black ceramic globular vessel on white stool

Black ceramic globular vessel ikebana


Shio-Kusaka-white-ceramic-porcelain vessel

Shio Kusaka porcelain vessel





Clémentine Dupré ceramic vessels




 green milk pitcher - studio pottery danish handmade by northvintage

Danish green milk pitcher




Rimma-Tchilingarian-design-studio ceramic vessel

Rimma Tchilingarian design studio vase



puls-ceramics-Erna-Aaltonen-ceramic vessel

Erna Aaltonen ceramic ovoid vessel



Romy-Northover-ceramics white bowl-Moon-Tide-photographs-by-FINRAZ

Romy Northover ceramic white bowl – ‘Moon Tide’

photography by FINRAZ



Ryota-Aoki-white porcelain-vases

Ryota Aoki white porcelain vases



Ryota Aoki-Katakuchi-S,M,L-porcelain

Ryota Aoki Katakuchi porcelain bowls




Sara-Flynn-porcelain vessel

Sara Flynn



sarah-klassen-white porcelain-homewares

Sarah Klassen white porcelain homewares




White-Serax-stacked bowls

White-Serax bowls




Serax-green-ceramic homewares

Serax avocado green homewares



Big Sur Bowl #9 from Esther Studios



Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel

Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel



Angela Mellor, Spray Bowl,-Bone China, Green and Gold

Angela Mellor, Spray Bowl, Bone China, Green and Gold



Shiga-Shigeo-lidded-green-ceramic vessel

Shiga Shigeo




Stem-vase-Kose-Soffio-&-Goccia---Designer Rosaria Rattin

Kose Stem vase — Designer Rosaria Rattin



Thrown and altered porcelain bowl by Jack Doherty that he has soda fired in a gas kiln.

Thrown and altered porcelain bowl by Jack Doherty, soda fired in a gas kiln.




Tina-Vlassopulos-contemporary-ceramic vessel

Tina Vlassopulos contemporary ceramics



Toronto-based JessiMarie Lertvilai’s Love is Blind Vase is adorned with the braille-translated love letters of friends, family, and strangers

Toronto based JessiMarie Lertvilai’s Love is Blind Vase –  adorned with the braille-translated love letters of friends, family, and strangers





Tania Rolland



Yasha-Butler-ceramic bowl

Yasha Butler ceramics



Three-porcelain mint green -jugs--Emily-Myers

Three porcelain mint green jugs — Emily Myers




Yasha Butler bowl set





Yasha Butler—Off Circle Vessels





Yasha Butler—Plateau and Spoon





White ceramic jug – Dove Street Pottery




YuliaTsukerman-Vanitas-Collection - white ceramic vessel set

Yulia Tsukerman ‘Vanitas’ Collection






Los Angeles ceramic sculptor – Beverly Morrison


Beverly-Morrison ceramic -sculptures- California

Beverly Morrison ceramic sculptures

“Intentions are very important to me and I begin every sculpture with a very a concrete motive. I empty myself, infusing my ‘will’ upon each piece and the clay absorbs it. Working with the female form has proven to be a natural vehicle for expressing and displaying this type of ‘saturation’. I never grow tired of the unending possibilities it presents.”


Graceful and sensual figurative sculptures with a theme of elemental like forms merging with flowing abstract shapes and natural textures. Beverly Morrison sums up her sculptural journey when she says, ” along with the female form, I am constantly in awe of the natural world. I use different techniques of texturing and coloring, inspired by nature, to assist with my exploration of certain ‘conflicted states’ in my work. Figures may exude a sense of balance and harmony or a sort of sensual tranquility; while, superficially, textural surfaces influence them with a type of emotional conflict. ”
“The figure is a subject matter that embodies so many enticing and seductive qualities and being able to combine such differing characteristics is intoxicating: supple in body, graceful in line, elegant in form; and yet exuding a presence of strength and emotional intensity all at once. It’s this fusion of characteristics that radiates an unending supply of motivation for me as an artist.”




Celestial-Chaos-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison ceramic bust

‘Celestial Chaos’ by Beverly Morrison



Ceramic bottle sculptures - "Saisho" - With Inlay (left) & The "Seed" (right)  - Beverly Morrison

“Saisho” – With Inlay (left) & The “Seed” (right)  – Beverly Morrison

Meaning ‘The First’, the Saisho has been cast in glacier white porcelain, and enhanced with a colored slip inlay. The surface has been sealed and buffed to a slight sheen.The Brushwork Series makes a statement on mindfully living in the moment and capturing that instant through a ‘playful gesture’ of a brushstroke.



‘Earth Mother’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



The Gemini Sculpture by Beverly Morrison -- two females back to back

The ‘Gemini Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison portrait photo

Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison Morphic series abstract ceramic sculpture

‘Morphic Series Shape C’ – Beverly Morrison

Height 12 inches



Female bust sculpture by Beverly Morrison

‘Asana’ – Beverly Morrison


‘Amused’ – Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



Meridian-Series-abstract sculpture -- Beverly-Morrison

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison




Meridian-Series-Beverly-Morrison--abstract ceramic sculpture

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison


‘The Meridian Series is about the beautiful illusionary restraints we place on our natural selves throughout a lifetime.’



Lost-in-Translation-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison sculpture of a naked woman

‘Lost in Translation’ — Beverly Morrison




The-Seed---Black-Clay-vessel - Beverly-Morrison

‘The Seed ‘—Black Clay — Beverly Morrison

height 14.25 inches




Limbo Stoneware, reclining nude female sculpture - Cone 6, Slips and Acrylic Stains By Beverly Morrison

‘Limbo’ Stoneware, Cone 6, Slips and Acrylic Stains By Beverly Morrison



Ceramic Leaf-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Leaf Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



Growth'-female head bust ceramic Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Growth’  — Beverly Morrison

height 16.5 inches

This is one of my favorite pieces to date. I keep her in my home as a sort of spiritual guardian. She reminds me of where I was, what I have accomplished and where I am going.

“From beneath the darkened murky waters the Lotus grows.
Navigating her way towards the warmth of the sun.
The filth of circumstance falling away as she awakens to the new possibilities of life.”




Growing Pains By Beverly Morrison naked emental figure sculpture

‘Growing Pains’ By Beverly Morrison




‘Sway’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



Waizu'---In Cream Beverly Morrison - ceramic sculptural bottle

‘Waizu’ — In Cream–  Beverly Morrison



Yume'--In-Silver-Beverly Morrison Two female busts

‘Yume’ In Silver – Beverly Morrison

9.5 inches



‘The Seed’  — Mixed Clay — Beverly Morrison




Yellow Woman---Beverly Morrison---Ceramic-Sculptor

‘Yellow Woman’ — Beverly Morrison




‘Morphic Series Pair – In Black’ – Beverley Morrison

“The Morphic Series” is a Limited Edition Collection that explores movement and interaction.



Beverly-Morrison---Ceramic nude standing female with wild hair

Beverly Morrison—Ceramic female nude sculpture




The Dyad---Twin Souls-Beverly-Morrison cojoined female sculpture-

‘The Dyad –Twin Souls’ – Beverly Morrison




‘The Dream’ Stoneware sculpture, Cone 6, Slips and Patinas By Beverly Morrison



Morphic-Series the gathering---Shape-B-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

Morphic Series ‘The gathering’ by Beverly Morrison



'Moon'-small-wall-sculpture-Beverly-Morrison- naked female bust

‘Moon’ small wall sculpture  — Beverley Morrison



Release-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison Height 32"

‘Release’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison

Height 32 inches

‘It’s only until you fully Accept the circumstances that life has presented to you, can you then fully Surrender to it… By surrendering you can then finally release it and move on…’ – BM





‘Otōto’ ceramic sculpture bottle with Brushwork – Beverly Morrison

height 7 3/8 inches



‘Saisho – In Deconstruction’ – Beverly Morrison




‘Sadness’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



Saisho'---Mixed-Clay-Sculpture vessel-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Saisho’ —Mixed Clay Sculpture vessel – Beverly Morrison




‘The Bernini Sisters’ — Two figurative ceramic sculptures — Beverly Morrison



The-Bernini-Sisters---Ceramic---Sculpture by Beverly Norrison

‘The Bernini Sisters’  — Beverly Morrison



‘Mini Muses’ Series — Wall Sculpture – Beverly Morrison





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Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris


Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris ceramic exhibition

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Les Journées de la Céramique  – ‘the ceramics days’ – 20th anniversary


In 1995, a group of ceramists and experts founded the Paris-Potier Association with the intention of creating an important ceramic event in Paris in an easily accessible place, to become a showcase for ceramics. The aim was to manifest a friendly outdoor program to present ceramic sculpture in the same light as day-to-day utility objects. The Paris-Potier team has continued as an association consisting of a dozen professional ceramists, who every year invite ceramic exhibitors to present a coherent, lively and renewed pottery gathering for the Parisian public.


100 ceramists : French and foreign
Shaded restaurant and Café Céramique (see video below)
Childrens’ workshop : Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Entrance Free

Dates 2017
Thursday 29th June, 1pm – 10pm
Friday 30th June, 11am – 8pm
Saturday 1st July, 11am – 8pm
Sunday 2nd July, 11am – 8pm

Place St-Sulpice, Paris 6eM 4 : St-Sulpice / Bus 63, 96 : St-Sulpice




Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - A girl holding a ceramic sculpture

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Annual ceramique market in Paris





Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris 2016

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Some of the ceramic artists participating in the show.



Ceramic sculpture – Brigitte Long

‘I like to give substance to matter-earth; It is my favorite support. I lead her, she carries me away; It is a game or a melee with matter, with fire. Model, transform, assemble, deform, paint, engrave, inhabit a space, open it and make it vibrate. Inspired by nature, the mineral and conscious of this reality so fragile and complex, I seek simplicity and the essential in the forms and the materials.’



Agnès-Coupey-glazed ceramic-table

Agnès Coupey – glazed ceramic table with steel legs




Ainsley Muraour




Alain Gaudebert French ceramicist



Anne Krog functional pottery



Rachel-Wood pottery bowl

Rachel Wood footed bowl

‘ I am inspired by the world around me…the colours, shapes and the textures of the landscape.’
‘ I want each pot to convey its own spirit and character…to have a pulse and a heartbeat. I want the marks to reflect the journey of exploration and learning in each pot, just as a wrinkle or dimple depicts expression and character in a human face.’



Armel-Hédé-contemporary-ceramics - pastel glaze vessel

Armel Hédé jar with incised surface




Armel Hédé — raku ovoid vessel



Armel Hédé at his studio

Armel Hédé



Armel-Hédé-lidded-jar earth tones

Armel Hédé lidded jar





Fabienne Auzolle – ceramic figure sculptures




Beatriz-Trepat-ceramic-bottles orange and brown

Beatriz Trepat ceramic bottles



Belhaj-Myriam-potière-platter with fish motif

Belhaj Myriam potière platter



Belhaj-Myriam-potière plate

Belhaj Myriam ceramic decor plate



Benedicte-Vallet-cream color ceramic-sculpture

Benedicte Vallet



bertholon-stephanie-light blue-vases reptile patterns

 Stephanie Bertholon – light blue porcelain vases, reptile skin patterns




Corinne Betton--ceramic-bowls

Corinne Betton–ceramic-bowls




Betton-Corinne-French ceramicist

Corinne Betton



'Big-Tree-Cloud' ceramic sculpture -Marianne Abergel

‘Big Tree Cloud’ ceramic sculpture – Marianne Abergel



bleue-carte-vessel-Philippe Buraud

Philippe Buraud  —  Terra sigillata bleue carte


Terra sigillata: the technique
Clays found in the nature are thoroughly mixed in a large quantity of rain water. Addition of sodium silicate favors the dispersion and decantation of heavy clay particles. After a long time of decantation (up to a month), only the upper very liquid part, which contains the finest clay particles, is kept. This liquid is used in successive thin layers to cover the dry raw clay body and polished in between each layer:  a technique very similar to Japanese lacquer. The remarkable shine of the finished piece is due to the alignment of the fine clay particles which reflect the light. The piece is then bisqued and smoked fired with wood. Depending on the nature of both the clay body and the terra sigillata, tensions may appear and will be revealed by the smoke firing process. Warm and transparent colors range from white to black through all the color palette of natural ochre.


Françoise-Nugier ceramic lidded jar

Françoise Nugier ceramic lidded jar




Jean François Bourlard



Jean-François-Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel

Jean François Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel



Bouteilles-et-bol-Stéphanie Gamby

Bouteilles et bol – Stéphanie Gamby



Brigitte-Labb,-ceramic poly-chrome sculpture

Brigitte Labb, sculpture




Brigitte Penicaud



Britta-Mikasch-ceramic-jugs in black and white

Britta Mikasch ceramic jugs




Britta Mikasch-ceramic vase and bottles



bustier-pascal-jaouenPascal Jaouen, an embroiderer, for whom the earthenware company created in 2008 a faience bustier for his 2008 collection presented at the Festival de Cornouaille

Faience bustier by Pascal Jaouen, made by  the earthenware company Henriot, created in 2008 for the Festival de Cornouaille




Françoise Nugier cache pots




Cardona-Jacqueline-André rooster platter

Cardona Jacqueline André – three roosters motif platter




Christian-Bourceau tea bowl

Christian Bourceau tea bowl



ceramicist-Alex-Standen three cups

Alex Standen three cups




Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp

Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp



Dutch ceramicist Job Heykamp




Ceramist-Jane-Reumert sculpture vessel

Danish ceramist Jane Reumert



Christine-Fabre-crimson ceramic-sculpture

Christine Fabre




Christina Guwang ceramic cup




Christine Fabre



cirque-5---Marianne Abergel ceramique

‘Cirque 5’  — Marianne Abergel



coupe-bleue-2-Marianne Abergel French ceramics

Coupe Bleue 2 – Marianne Abergel



cruche_2-Beatriz-Trepat cerazmic jug

Beatriz Trepat ceramic jug



Delphine Dardare-ceramic-vessels

Delphine Dardare



Richard Dewar--ceramic-sculptures

Richard Dewar — ceramic sculptures



Dominique-Bajard-ceramic sculpture France

Dominique Bajard sculpture



Dupuy-Thierry pottery vase

Thierry Dupuy



Elvira-Keller-Altri-Mondi ceramic sculpture

Elvira Keller — Altri Mondi




Fanny Acquart Gensollen ceramic jewelry



Françoise-Chaussy-ceramic art vases

Françoise Chaussy ceramic art vases




Francoise Dufayard



Françoise-Nugier-ceramic-vase abstract glaze decoration

Françoise Nugier ceramic vase



Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - head sculptures

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures




Gaudebert-Alain--ceramic polychrome vase

Alain Gaudebert — ceramic sculpture vase



Guy-Honoré--contemporary sculpture

Guy Honoré — contemporary sculpture



Gaëlle-Guingant-Convert ceramic -ribbed-sculpture

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert



Héloïse-Bariol-ceramic art -plate

Bariol Héloïse




Hélène Loussier porcelain figurine





Hemery Gwenael – abstract ceramic vase



Heloise-Bariol-ceramic dish greens and peach colors

Heloise Bariol ceramic dish



ceramics on display-Myriam-Belhaj

Myriam Belhaj




Jean Francois Thierion




Jean Francois Thierion with paint gun



Jérôme-Galvin-ceramic-vase with fixes and birds

Jérôme Galvin – ceramic vase



Jérôme Galvin



Joly-Didier-pottery-free form vase

Didier Joly – free form ceramic vase




Kaori Kurihara ceramic sculpture



Michel Lanos abstract-ceramics

Michel Lanos ceramic abstractions



Large conical bowl---Rachel-Wood-Gallery

Large conical bowl — Rachel Wood




Pierre Dutertre and Stephanie Gamby



lLaure Giraudaud-biomorphic-sculptures

Laure Giraudaud biomorphic sculptures




Laurent Dufour




Les Journées de la Céramique workshop



Louise Gardelle-pottery-jug naked lady motif

Louise Gardelle ceramic jug with naked lady motif




Marc Michel Gabali---ceramic contemporary vase

Marc Michel Gabali



Marie Pierre Meheust_boat-sculpture

Marie Pierre Meheust



Marie Sophie André-ceramic-figure-sculpture


Marie Sophie André ceramic figure sculpture



Martine Le Fur-céramiste--ceramic-sculpture

Martine Le Fur



Maya Micenmacher-ceramic-plates

Maya Micenmacher



Marie-Sophie-André ceramic abstract sculpture

Marie Sophie André



Michel Le Gentil_ceramic sculpture vase

Michel Le Gentil




Michel Gardelle



Mireille Moser-pottery-vase

Mireille Moser



Mireille Moser green vase

Mireille Moser




Monika Debus céramique sculpture



Monika Debus céramique sculpture green and black

Monika Debus céramique sculpture



Myriam Chemla hand painted porcelain



Nani Champy Schott--cup

Nani Champy Schott




Nani Champy Schott





Francoise Nugier pottery vase



Marianne-Abergel ceramic sculpture

Marianne Abergel




Rozenn Bigot




Sarah Clotuche



Stéphanie Raymond-mother child -plate

Stéphanie Raymond – mother child ceramic plate




Ule Ewelt




Vase bleu – Aline Lafollie ceramique



café céramique from Luc Riolon on Vimeo.



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Venice contemporary and modern art



Giancarlo-Franco-Tramontin,-white marble contemporary sculpture

Giancarlo Franco Tramontin

Venice Biennial 2013


The Venice Biennial beginning


In 1895, Riccardo Selvatico, the mayor of Venice conceived the ambitious idea to have a permanent international contemporary art exhibition, where artists from primarily Europe, were invited to participate. As it gradually evolved in the early 20th century and was held on a biennial basis, influential countries at this time desired their own art pavilions, which was granted, and they flourished in the Giardini, the public gardens of Venice initiated by Napoleon.
The contemporary and visionary direction of the Biennial was reinforced in 1948, after a 6 year hiatus due to WW2. It restarted with an exhibition of Cubist and Surrealist trends including a retrospective of Picasso (his first appearance at the Biennale at age 67) and works by artists Ernst, Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Giacometti and Mondrian.  The Biennale has continued to exhibit avant-garde art, including the introduction of abstract expressionism in the 1950’s and recognizing PopArt in the 60‘s. In 1956 there was a significant Impressionist Exhibition which presented works by Monet, Sisley, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. The French Pavilion lined up personal collections of Maillol, Braque, and Chagall while the British Pavilion brought Turner and Henry Moore to Venice.



Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, 'Folly,' in the British Pavilion.Credit Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, ‘Folly,’ in the British Pavilion.

Photo – Gianni Cipriano, Venice Biennale 2017


There are now over 90 international pavilions that feature contemporary art during the Venice Biennial art show along with numerous other gallery spaces that populate the labyrinth of Venice.The Biennale is open from May to November and is the oldest and largest biennale, making it one of the most prestigious international events in the contemporary art world today.
The main exhibit of the Biennale is located in the Giardini, a sprawling park that features a large Central Pavilion housing the works curated by the festival’s director. Every Biennale is curated by a different director, who chooses the theme along with the exhibits for the Central Pavilion (the original site of the Biennale) and in the Arsenale, the historic fortress-like shipyard and armory from the era when Venice was a major world power.

The grandeur of the centuries old architecture of Venice, featuring enchanting Gothic, Byzantine, and Moorish influenced palaces and mixed with buildings of charm and huge warehouse galleries, densely planted on its winding canals, provides an intriguing and striking contrariety for showcasing contemporary, cutting edge art and installations. The  Biennale remains a premier destination for art enthusiasts.




Palazzo delle Esposizioni Giardini, Venezia, 2009

Photo: Giorgio Zucchiatti




Nigeria-Peju-Alatise-Flying-Girls-2017 -- Photo-Courtesy-Peju-Alatise-noresize Nigerian-Pavilion-installation

Nigeria artist Peju Alatise – ‘Flying Girls’ at the Nigerian Pavilion

Venice Biennial 2017 — Photo Peju Alatise



Maiastra-bronze sculpture--Constantin-Brancusi

‘Maiastra’ — Constantin Brancusi

Peggy Guggenheim Collection



55th-venice-biennale-2013-Marc-Quinn sculptural head

Marc Quinn sculptural head

55th Venice Biennale. 2013



Shoja Azarii – Frame from video narrative ‘Banquette of Houries (King Of Black)’ retelling Iranian Nizami Ganjavi’s epic poem, Haft Pyykar (Seven Beauties)



Roberto Cuoghi - 'Il Palazzo Enciclopedico'

Roberto Cuoghi – ‘Belinda’

‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ 55th Venice biennale 2013




Benedictine Monks Contemplate Perspective—John Pawson




Tony Cragg – ‘Secretions’ 

Ca’ Pesaro – Gallery of Modern Art – 2005



Subodh Gupta,-'Hungry Gods' Palazzo Grassi

Subodh Gupta,-‘Hungry Gods’

Palazzo Grassi


Art Biennale exhibition, Venice 1964. Sculpture – Standing, Vertical, Voluptuous

Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche-Getty Images



A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finnish Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978Photo by Adriano AlecchiMondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finn, Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978

Photo by Adriano Alecchi Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)



Cindy-Sherman sculpture doll

Cindy Sherman



Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture Venice Biennial

Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture

Venice Biennial 2015





3d printed sculpture – Zaha Hadid



‘Guardians of Time’ – Manfred Kili Kielnhofer




At the Correr Museum in Venice, 'Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno'. This is a Roman replica from Hadrian's era of a 1st century Greek original.

 ‘Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno’  – Roman replica 0f 1st Century Greek original

At the Correr Museum in Venice,



Bill-Viola-Emergence -- Renaissance--Carpaccio

Bill Viola ‘Emergence’  — Renaissance–Carpaccio



Blue-Star-Linz---Otto-Piene monumental abstract sculpture

‘Blue Star Linz’ — Otto Piene


Tree sculpture - Celeste Boursier Mougenot--French-pavilion

Celeste Boursier Mougenot — French pavilion



Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang Iron Wolves. At the center of the copy of Michelangelo's Pietà. They symbolize the art and religious persecution insecurity.

Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang ‘Iron Wolves’ at the center of the copy of Michelangelo’s Pietà




Chris-Ofili-paintings Biennale-di-Venezia

Chris Ofili paintings

Biennale di Venezia



‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ — Damien Hirst – 2017 Venice Biennial – ‘Vive Arte Viva’

189 treasures retrieved from the ocean floor —  ‘Treasures tap into a desire for belief, for a connection with the past’,  – Damien Hirst

‘Somewhere between lies and truth lies the truth’



Damien-Hirst-The-warrior-and-the-Bear scuylpture

The warrior and the Bear’ – Damien Hirst



damien-Damien Hirst’s ‘Demon with Bowl’hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable-venice-art-biennale_Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana Photo Prudence Cuming

Damien Hirst’s ‘Diablo with Bowl’ — Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

Photo Prudence Cuming




Damien Hirst-Treasures-from-the-wreck-Unbelievable-venice-art-biennal-Headless Diablo with bowl

Headless Diablo with bowl – Damien Hirst




‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar ¥o-landi’ Mauro Eugenio Atzei - flickr

‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar Yo-landi’ – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr




‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



Damien Hirst-in Venice Save fantasy--Aten, Punta-della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save Fantasy 2017 — ‘Aten’

Punta-della Dogana



Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy Lion Women of Mayor Asit, Punta della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy ‘Lion Women of Asit Mayor ‘

Punta della Dogana



Damien-Hirst--'Sphinx'-white sculpture

Damien Hirst–‘Sphinx’


‘Taking the Mickey’ – Damien Hirst



'Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable' Barnacle Goofy sculpture

‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ Barnacle Goofy sculpture – Damien Hirst



'Hydra and Kali' - Damien Hirst - sculpture of Kali in battle with Hydra

‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable Blue male sculpture

Blue sculpture bust – Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi at entrance to the Grand Canal


Dea-Alata with jade insert wings - Damien Hirst -- Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei--f;ickr

‘Dea Alati’ gold bust – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr



Mayan aztec time disc - Damien Hirst

Mayan disk – Damien Hirst



Underwater ‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



Medusa-Verde--Damien Hirst-Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei-f;ickr

‘Medusa Verde’ –Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr




damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable - bronze head

Bronze head – Damien Hirst



Divers discover ancient solar art head

Solar head sculpture  ‘Sun Disc’  – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable



Damien-Hirst-gold-sun disc

Solar head sculpture ‘Sun Disc’ – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ – Damien Hirst





damien-hirst-underwater treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable

Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’



Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’



Elisabetta-di-Maggio-Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth MayVenezia Contemporanea

Elisabetta di Maggio – Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth

Venezia Contemporanea



Diego Perrone, ‘Vittoria (Adolfo Wildt)’

Venice Biennale—2013



Henry Moore bronze sculptures at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice

Henry Moore bronze sculptures

Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice



Hirst's 'Five Grecian Nudes', 'Five Antique Torsos', and 'Grecian Nude (three versions)'. (Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst’s ‘Five Grecian Nudes’, ‘Five Antique Torsos’, and ‘Grecian Nude (three versions)’

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates



Roberto Cuoghi Imitation-Of-Christ--57th-Venice-Biennial

 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017


 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017


Marc Quinn´s sculpture The Overwhelming World of Desire was part of the Statements 7 exhibition

Marc Quinn’s sculpture ‘The Overwhelming World of Desire’ was part of the Statements 7 exhibition




Max Klinger and Gustav Klimt

Max Klinger life size bronze sculpture of ‘Badende’  (Bather) Black and Gustav Klimt- ‘Juddith II’ –Salome



Mist, 2014 jaume-plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography by jonty wilde the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

‘Mist’  – Jaume Plensa – Venice Biennale

Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

photography by Jonty Wilde



Alberto Giacometti,-Place-(détail),-1947-1948

Alberto Giacometti, ‘Place’ – 1947-1948

Peggy Guggenheim Museum




Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo – ‘The Flower Maidens’

Palazzo Fortuny art museum, Venice




All the World’ Futures Occupations Discoveries,installation by Brazilian artist Antonio Manu

Gabriel Bouys – AFP Getty-Images

Venice Biennial 2015



Urs Fischer's facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s 'The rape of the sabine women', executed in candle wax with wicks, at Venice art Biennale, 2011.

Urs Fischer’s facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s ‘The rape of the sabine women’, executed as a self destructing wax candle sculpture

Venice art Biennale, 2011.




Mirko (bronze) ‘Leone urlante II’ 1956. Peggy Guggenheim Museum garden Venice

Venice Peggy Guggenheim Museum





Chariot’ — Fritz Koenig


Peggy Guggenheim Museum



Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection-Mimmo-Paladino-(b.-1948),-The Cloven Viscount, Bronze

Mimmo Paladino– ‘The Cloven Viscount’, Bronze

Peggy Guggenheim Collection




Alexander Calder

Peggy Guggenheim Collection


Photo-richard-ivey-courtesy michael-werner-new-york-london--venice-art-biennale_The Golden Tower by James Lee Byars

Venice art biennale — ‘The Golden Tower’ by James Lee Byars

Photo – Richard Ivey courtesy Michael Werner-NY, London




Female head painting Mountain Angel Sergey_Smirnov_Venice_2002

‘Mountain Angel’  – Sergey Smirnov

Venice 2002



Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Italian Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Venice Biennial 2015



the-dancing-satyrs---Lucio-Bubacco glass sculpture

Lucio Bubacco glass sculpture – ‘The Dancing Satyrs’



The End of Carrying All' by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu--Pavilion of the Nations venice-biennale-arte-2015 Andrea MerolaEPA)

‘The End of Carrying All’ by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu

Pavilion of the Nations Venice Biennale 2015

Photo Andrea Merola EPA



The inflatable sculpture 'Breath' (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn,

The inflatable sculpture ‘Breath’ (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn



The-multi-material-sculpture-The-Cave-Painter-by-Toronto-artist Shary-Boyle

 Multi material sculpture ‘The Cave Painter’ by Toronto artist Shary Boyle



The-Robing-of-the-Bride-Maz-Ernst-1940 Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection,-Venice

‘The Robing of the Bride’ -Max Ernst, 1940

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice




‘The Weatherman’— Max Ernst


Immagine di Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venezia



Together-Jaume Plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography-by-jonty-wilde

‘Together’ – Jaume Plensa- Venice biennale

photography by Jonty Wilde



Urs Fischer-at-the-Palazzo-Grassi-Spinoza Rhapsody

Urs Fischer  – ‘Spinoza Rhapsody’

Palazzo Grassi




 Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Key in the Hand’ the feature installation of the Japanese Pavillion. Thousands of donated keys are suspended over an interwoven length of string.

Venice Biennale 2015



Vetro-d’artista glass sculpture-Lucio-Bubacco

Vetro d’artista glass sculpture – Lucio Bubacco, Murano

Photo – Norbert Heyl




William Barton and Djakapurra Munyarryun at the Australian pavilion with art by Fiona Hall in the background.

Venice Biennale 2015




Zaha Hadid suspended sculptures




Zaha Hadid sculpture – Venice architecture biennale 2012 “Common ground”



'Tempera' - Francesco Hayez 1817 - Museo Correr, Venice

‘Tempera’ – Francesco Hayez

1817 – Museo Correr, Venice







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Indigenous ethnic potteries – Maghreb and Central America


A diverse collection of tribal ethnic pottery art from Central America (Costa Rica, Panamá, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) and the North African Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia).


Central America


Costa Rica

The remnant indigenous Chorotega potters of the Guanacaste/Nicoya region of northwest Costa Rica, since the pre-European contact era until present, continue creating their distinctive oven baked and painted (with natural slips) art pottery. Some of these Indian pottery pieces are re-creations of their ancestors’ archeological objects, while other objects are more contemporary, but always informed by their pre-Columbian aesthetic.


ceramic tripod 'chocolatera''pot Costa Rica

Ceramic tripod ‘chocolatera’ pot, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu


Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica

Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica




chorotega-handmade-pottery-vessel with bird relief figure

Chorotega Indian pottery vessel, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu



Mnkey motif ceramic pot PEFi ceramic

Monkey motif ceramic vase – PEFI Ceramics

Costa Rica



Carved mask with painting by two great artists of the Brunka Tribe don Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Carved mask with painting by two  artists of the Brunka Tribe-  Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu


Hand decorated, quality eco-tile. Made in Santa Barbara de Heredia,Costa Rica by Patricia Bedoya.

Galeria Namu


Beautiful-figurine-of-Ocelote-carved-in-Tagua nutOcelote figurine carved from Tagua nut



Brunka tribe-This spectacular Coatimundi figure made from balsa wood and the 'jícara' fruit shell. Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Brunka tribe-Carved wood Coatimundi figure with the ‘jícara’ fruit shell.

Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Galeria Namu



Boruca-pottery kiln,-indigenous-tribe of-Costa-Rica

Boruca tribe pottery kiln, Costa Rica




PEFI-Ceramics water jug with fruit decoration

PEFI Ceramics water jug, Costa Rica




Forest Cat mask- Brunka tribe - carved and painted by the artist Melvin Gonzalez.

Forest Cat mask- Brunka tribe – carved and painted by the artist Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu



Squat Ceramic-pot-with ancient motifs with contemporary design

Amerindian Pot with ancient motifs and contemporary design

Galeria Namu


Goblet Pair From the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres

Colourful Goblet Pair from the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres



model-of-a-ceremonial-grinding-stone - Chorotega-indigenous-art

Chorotega indigenous art collection –  A model of a jaguar ceremonial grinding stone

Galeria Namu




Costa Rica Pottery Vase w Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro

Costa Rica Pottery Vase with Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro



indigenous-Chorotega-pottery using-only-natural-mineral-slips

Indigenous Chorotega pottery figure using only natural mineral slips

Galeria Namu



Cherries cookie-jar-A-splash-of-tropical-colour-for-your-kitchen

Cherries cookie jar – PEFI ceramics




Female ceramic figure sculpture – Noble woman of Nicoya–Guanacaste




Colorful Sushi Plate from PEFI Ceramic collection. By Cecilia Facio





Costa Rican Cultural Mask–Hummingbird on flower




Chorotega indigenous art Jaguar Pot. Hand-made by talented artisans of this native group of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Galeria Namu


Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe - Costa Rica

Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe






carved-ivory-nut-hermit-crab hand painted

Wounaan carved ivory nut hermit crab, Panama

Galeria Namu



Hand carved owl sculpture

Hand carved owl



Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid

Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid



French-Angelfish-Figurine-tagua-sculpture Wounaan-tribe-of-Panama

French Angelfish Figurine tagua sculpture Wounaan tribe of Panama



Woven lidded pot with frog handle - Costa Rican Wounaan tribe

Handwoven lidded pot – Panama Wounaan tribe







Chimenea de barro - photo Rudy Giron

Chimenea de barro – Guatemalan Ceramic Garden/Patio Heater

Rudy Giron Photography



Flower motif coffee cup--Guatemala

Flower motif coffee cup–Guatemala



Carved jade sculptural head – Museos de Casa Santo Domingo



Mayan-ceramic-pot replicas-guatemala

Mayan ceramic replica -Guatemala



Pottery,-following-old-Mayan-traditions - in Guatemala

Mayan pottery traditions in Guatemala




Guatemalan basket weaver


Guatemalan ceramic platter

Guatemalan ceramic platter





Historically, the country’s most important handicrafts have been the production of pottery and objects made of twisted, knotted, spun and woven plant fibers, especially ropes, baskets, textiles, and mats. The Mesoamerican peoples that lived in the Honduran territory at the time of the Spanish conquest, the Chortis, Chorotegas and Lencas, developed a highly sophisticated level of pottery, ranging from the simplest products for daily use to the most intricate ceremonial objects.




Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras

Acta De Honduras



black and white Lenca pottery

Indigenous Lenca tribe pottery, Honduras

Galeria Namu



Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras



Lenca plate Honduras




lenca black and white vase

Lenca black and white vase



Lenca contemporary plate, Honduras



Lenca-ceramic-bottle in black and white

Lenca ceramic abstract striped bottle

Galeria Namu


lenca-vase black and white

Honduran Lenca lizard motif vase



Orange and black Lenca pottery vessel

Lenca pottery vessel




Honduras-Lenca-Pottery vase

Honduras Lenca Pottery vase




Indigenous Lenca pottery artist, Honduras





Handmade-Nicaragua Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Handmade in Nicaragua



Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero Nicaragua

Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero




Sgraffito turtle  motif pot by San Juan de Oriente





Costa Rican ceramic plate







In North Africa, wheel-thrown pottery made by men dates from the 7th century B.C. when the Phoenicians introduced the potter’s wheel to the Algerian coast. Handbuilt pottery made by women, including those from the Kabyle, an older, probably indigenous tradition, dates back 2000 years before the birth of Christ. Pottery and ceramics are handmade in simple kilns, and then painted using natural-made paints and dyes, applied manually by the fingers of the women who make them. This advanced and meticulous way of “finger-painting” pottery is a prized example of Algerian art made by indigenous artisans and fine craftsmen.


Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria19th_century

Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria

19th century

By cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons.



gargoulette poterie kabyle berbère ideqqi algérie kabylie algerian pottery

Kabylie Algerian pottery jug



Berber water vessel, with geometric motif - Kabylie, Algeria

Berber water vessel, Kabylie, Algeria



Kabyle peoples jar – Ceramic and pigment vessel with the head of an animal from Algeria

!9th Century

National Museum of African Art, Washington DC




Algerian Kabylia pottery vessel




Algerian Kabyle oil lamp




Handpainted Kabyle pot



Kabyle-(Berber)-Pottery-North eastern-Algeria

Kabyle (Berber) Pottery, Algeria



Algerian pottery - The-National-Excellence-Centre-for-Ceramics-in-Tipaza,-Algeria


The National Excellence Centre for Ceramics in Tipaza, Algeria





Women’s pottery from the Rif, a mountainous area of Morocco,  whose roots go back to the Neolithic, is considered part of the World Cultural Heritage, due to its great anthropological artistic value. In the Taounate province, due to the risk of this tradition disappearing, the organisation Innovarte initiated a project aimed at preserving the trading and revival of all the repertoires of their crafts. It also included improving the women’s working conditions and enhancement of production techniques. Also the design of new collections are encouraged along with support for commercialization.




pottery from the Rif, Taounate

Pottery from the Rif, Taounate





Terracotta pottery vessel from the Rif mountains, Al Hoceima




Women’s-pottery-from-the-Rif,-Taounate Morocco

Women’s pottery from the Rif, Taounate, Morocco




Rif pottery vessel

Rif pottery at Chefchaouen

Photo – David K. Edwards




Women’s pottery vessel  – Rif, Taounate



Women’s-pottery tea pot - Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan hand painted pottery vessels – Rif, Taounate



Female potter-from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan female potter from the Rif, Taounate




Chefchaouen,-Morocco's-Blue-Pearl - pottery vessel

Chefchaouen blue pottery vessel, Morocco




Lidded pottery jar from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Lidded pottery jar – Rif, Taounate



Rif,-Taounate female potters

Moroccan Rif  Taounate female potters



Moroccan Ceramics-of-the-Rif

Moroccan Ceramics of the Rif



Hand painted Pottery from the Rif in Morocco

Hand painted Moroccan Rif pottery



jade green Moroccan storage jars

Large jade green Moroccan storage jars



rif-alhoceima tea set

Moroccan Rif Al Hoceima tea set





The coastal town of Nabeul is an ancient pottery center in Tunisia.



Large baluster ceramic pots in Nabeul, Tunisia

Large baluster pottery in Nabeul




Dennis-Jarvis-flickr--Tunisian-pot with twin fishes motif

Tunisian pot with twin fishes and calligraphy motif

Dennis Jarvis – flickr



Vintage Jug-Vase-Nabeul-Tunisia

Vintage Jug-Vase from Nabeul, Tunisia



South-of-Tunisia-Village of Tataouine,-Tunisia

Village of Tataouine, Southern Tunisia



Duel fish motif platter Tunisia

Square twin fish motif platter, Tunisia



Amphora island of Djerba in TunisiaAmphora ovoid vessel, mosaic style twin fish motif

Island of Djerba in Tunisia




Vase-céramique.-Nabeul 1930's

Tunisian geometric design ceramic vase

Nabeul, Tunisia – 1930’s







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Africa Shona sculpture



Shona Sculptures - Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver photo Lorna flickr Abstract stone carved sculpture

Abstract Shona sculpture – Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver   photo Lorna flickr



The emergence of Shona sculpture:


Shona sculpture has been accepted as one of the most important art movements to emerge from Africa in the twentieth century, successfully combining traditional artistic beliefs with contemporary styles. The nascent “Shona sculpture movement”, which began in the fifties, has grown to be regarded as an art renaissance, as it had evolved, without hardly any sculptural heritage, into an art genre displaying vigor, spontaneity and originality in an area of Africa previously dismissed as artistically barren in the visual arts.
The Shona comprise over three quarters of the population of Zimbabwe, and smaller groups live in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique while Shona is the official language of Zimbabwe.

Shona sculpture essentially began in 1957 in the former Rhodesia when Frank McEwen, who had been appointed as the first curator of the new National Gallery in Harare, encouraged local artists to take up sculpting, by providing studio space, tools and materials. He had previously been curator at the Rodin Museum in Paris and had links with various artists of the time, including Picasso and Matisse, who ironically had both been influenced by African art. Frank McEwan recognized that the Shona peoples had a natural affinity with stone and an innate creativity, hence his desire to establish art workshops.


Chapungu-Sculpture-Park-shona sculpture

Shona sculpture – Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare

The Shona artist ‘works’ together with his stone and believes that ‘nothing which exists naturally is inanimate’- it has a spirit and life of its own. They didn’t receive any technical training and had very little knowledge of art from the outside world, so as McEwan described, their work revealed “the images they bore in their souls”.
Bernard Matemera, one of the early sculptors in this movement stated: “The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit – like an orange or a banana. You don’t eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside.” Frank McEwen encouraged a creative atmosphere of individual ‘drawing out’ rather than didactic art school process. In response, the artist’s’ instinct was to draw on their belief system and represent the spirit world through their art. Some of the artists believe they are possessed by a ‘shave’, a wandering spirit, who confers artistic ability, or by ancestor spirits with traditional talents such as carving. McEwen encouraged the artists to look inward, to find their so-called tribal subconsciousness and express it through their art.


Boniface Mushave-'The Thinker'-Serpentine,-2001

‘The Thinker’ – Serpentine sculpture by Boniface Mushave

Chapungu Sculpture Park, 2001


Another important development was in the 1960‘s when a sculpture community was established at Tengenenge by Tom Bloemfield on his farm in Northern Zimbabwe, near the Great Dyke, which is a rich source of good quality serpentine stone. This has now become one of the largest sculpture art communities in Zimbabwe.
In ancient Zimbabwe, between the the 11th and 15th centuries, stone was used extensively for building and for decorative purposes. Stone masons used hand hewn granite blocks to create precisely built ornate towers and enclosures without use of mortar. The Great Zimbabwe settlement, now a World Heritage Site, combined an aesthetic blend of carved natural rock formations and dry stone construction.


Female Shona sculptor Angasa-Amali----Tengenenge-Art-Community

Female sculptor Angasa Amali – Tengenenge Art Community


Thematic influences in Shona sculpture include the natural world and man’s relationship with nature, mythology, folklore, rituals and beliefs in ancestral spirits and other traditional esoteric ideals. The spirit world is often represented by a hole (‘negative space’) in the sculpture, forming a portal into another dimension. Spirits are usually conceived of as full of swirling motion, like a gentle whirlwind. Fundamental human experiences such as grief, elation, humour, anxiety and spiritual aspects are communicated in a profoundly simple and direct manner, quite often with an abstract form, to manifest a refreshing outcome.

Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word ‘dzimbadzamabwe’ which has the meaning ‘house of stone’ and is the only country on the African continent that has large deposits of stone suitable for sculpting.The shona sculptors are fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly coloured serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.



‘The First Born’ – Gedion Nyanhongo

Height 11.5 inches – 2005



Nicholas-Mukomberanwa-Sculpture-Wise-Spirit abstract sculpture

Nicholas Mukomberanwa sculpture – ‘Wise Spirit’




Woman-of-Wisdom_stone statue Nicholas-Mukomberanw---photo-Michael-Menefee

‘Woman of Wisdom’ – stone statue by Nicholas Mukomberanwa

photo Michael Menefee

Chapungu Sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, Zimbabwe, currently on exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens



Madora (Mupani-Worm) by Nicholas Mukomberanw

Madora (Mupani-Worm) by Nicholas Mukomberanw




Zimbabwe Shona figure sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr


Animal Spirit---Lovemore Bonjisi---Zimart Stone Shona sculpture

‘Animal Spirit’ —Lovemore Bonjisi




‘Love is in the Wind’  Shona stone sculpture

Chapungu Sculpture Park



Boy-Dreaming-by-Sylvester-Mubayi - Green stone sculpture

‘Boy Dreaming’ by Sylvester Mubayi


Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson



Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

Loveland, Colorado



Colleen Madamombe Zimbabwe Shona sculptor

Shona sculptor Colleen Madamombe




In Harmony With Nature by Simon Chidharara A girl holding a bird sculpture

‘In Harmony With Nature’ by Simon Chidharara


Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson



Colleen-Madamombe---Hello-h55cm A Zimbabwean woman waving hello

Colleen Madamombe – ‘Hello’

height 55cm – 21 inches



Ocean-Wave-by-Authur-Manyengedzo Black abstract Shona carved stone sculpture

‘Ocean Wave’ by Authur Manyengedzo


Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson


Derek Keats-photo-gazelle and lion-sculpture

Gazelle and lion sculpture, South Africa

Derek Keats photo


Shona sculpture Me And My Messenger---Stephen Murenza

Shona sculpture ‘Me And My Messenger’ — Stephen Murenza



Edmore-Sango---Endless-Journey - abstract shona sculpture carved from stone

Edmore Sango — ‘Endless Journey’


Itayi-Mupumha-'Ululation' absttact shona sculpture

Itayi Mupumha – ‘Ululation’ 



Edmore-Sango-My-Hair---springstone carved sculpture

Edmore Sango -‘My Hair’— carved from springstone




Shona sculpture with matt and polished surface



Eyewitness'-by James Mapayi flat round face sculpture

‘Eyewitness’ by James Mapayi



From the Well---Lameck Million Shona sculpture of a woman carrying a pot on her head

Women carrying pot Shona sculpture ‘From the Well’ — Lameck Million




Zimbabwe serpentine stone Shona sculpture – ‘Eyewitness’ –  Gift Rusere



Ishmael-Chitiyo Reflection 39cm height

 ‘Reflection’ – Ishmael Chitiyo

39cm – 15 inches height



Keeping-the-History---Agnes-Nyanhongo Sculpture of a Zimbabwean lady

‘Keeping the History’ — Agnes Nyanhongo



James-Mbanda-Split-Head - minimal head sculpture

James Mbanda – ‘Split Head’ 



Shona female sculpture – Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

  photo Lorna flickr



Knowledge-Chanetsa---Watching abstract cubist Shona sculpture

‘Watching’ – Knowledge Chanetsa



Lorna-flickr---Shona-sculpture of a kneeling naked woman

 Kneeling naked woman Shona sculpture

Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

  photo Lorna flickr




Lovemore Bonjisi — ‘Humble Man’

Carved from springstone -45 inches height



Lovers in Passion-Shona Sculpture-from-Zimbabwe by Rufaro Ngoma

‘Lovers in Passion’ – by Rufaro Ngoma

Springstone Shona Sculpture polished with beeswax from Zimbabwe


Marching to a Different Tune by Zimbabwean stone artist Taylor Nkomo

‘Marching to a Different Tune’  – Cubist sculpture by Zimbabwean stone artist Taylor Nkomo



Micheck-Makasa Foetus stone sculpture

Micheck Makasa – ‘Foetus’



Nicholas Mukomberanwa (Zimbabwean, b. 1940), 'The Law Givers' 1998-1999; Indianapolis Museum of Art

‘The Law Givers’ – Nicholas Mukomberanwa (Zimbabwean, b. 1940),

1998-1999; Indianapolis Museum of Art



Reflections - Ishmael Chitayo Abstract sculptural stone bust

‘Reflections’ – Ishmael Chitayo



Onward-Sango-Cobalt-Thinking-cubist sculpture

Onward Sango Cobalt – ‘Thinking’




Proud Virgin---Stephen Murenza outdoor Shona sculpture

‘Proud Virgin’ —Stephen Murenza



Passion by Sylvester Samanyanga - black stone carved sculpture

‘Passion’ by Sylvester Samanyanga




Mother and Child abstract Shona serpentine marble sculpture




Proud-Woman-Walter-Mariga shona serpentine stone sculpture

‘Proud Woman’ – Walter Mariga



shona-artist with his sculptor-in-Zimbabwe

Shona artist with his serpentine stone sculpture




Shona family sculpture-Zimbabwe

Family and Child – Shona sculpture



Three Women Shona-Sculptures---Van-Dusen-Gardens,-Vancouver--

Three Women Shona Sculpture — Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr



Twin Females bust Shona-Sculptures---Van-Dusen-Gardens,-Vancouver-Lorna-flickr

Twin Females bust Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr



Spirit-Owl-by-Nicholas-Mukomberanwa abstract stone sculpture

‘Spirit Owl’ by Nicholas Mukomberanwa




Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr



Stephen-Murenza, sculture-2012---Photo-credits-Paul-Hodgkinson

Stephen Murenza, sculpture-2012


Photo credit Paul Hodgkinson



Shona sculpture—Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver

Lorna flickr


African_Art_Shona_Sculpture_-_Samson_Kurehwatira - female figure stone

African Art Shona Sculpture – Samson Kurehwatira




‘Standing Bather’ –  Shona sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden



Tafunga-Bonjisi-Shona sculptor

Tafunga Bonjisi – Shona sculptor



Tender Love-by-Walter Mariga Sculpture of an embracing couple

‘Tender Love’ by Walter Mariga



Together We Stand by Authur Manyengedzo

‘Together We Stand’  by Authur Manyengedzo




Tonderai-Marezva-Abstract---opal-stone shona sculpture

Tonderai Marezva –  ‘Abstract’ — opal stone shona sculpture




Whale sculpture by Munyaradz Jeche - Marc Pether Longman-flickr

‘Whale’ sculpture by Munyaradz Jeche

Marc Pether Longman-flickr




Shona sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden Gray-Lensman-QX!--female bust

Shona female bust sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden, Italy

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr



Shona sculpture at Naples Botanical Garden

Gray Lensman QX! – flickr




Handpainted ceramic goblet from Zimbabwe



Sources quoted –

History of Zimbabwean Shona Sculpture

Canada’s Shona Sculpture Gallery

shona art history and zimbabwean sculpture | african art and culture | guruve

art history of the Shona sculpture movement| specialists and experts in unique stone Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe | ethical contemporary African art with finest collection of african art online





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Mid-century modern interior decor design



Bitossi bull sculpture - lime green glaze

Bitossi ceramic bull sculpture



Phenomenon of Mid Century design


The development of Mid Century design was the result of a convergence of numerous artistic influences that began at the turn of the 2oth century. The shifting visual narrative included Brancusi’s brilliant streamlined sculptures, Alexander Archipenko’s constructivist forms and abstract sculptures from Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, and Osip Zadkine. All of these influential artists, who were working from Paris at this time, fed the evolving perception of how artistic forms could be presented and how realism could be re-interpreted. Picasso’s work with Braque on omni perspective cubist abstractions also contributed greatly to this perceptual re-adaption. Add to this the original surrealist works from Max Ernst, Paul Klee and Jean Arp and the refined designs of Bauhaus and Le Corbusier and you had a creative landscape that presented a plethora of possibilities. This heady mix of adventurist artistic styles paved the way and forced the hand of designers to be more daring. The ornate opulence of neo-classicism, rococo and other remnants of the renaissance was replaced with a re-modelled, simplified artistic reality that conveniently blended with the development of the industrial processes that allowed the evolution of mass production that was essential for the post war consumerism.


Fantoni red abstract vase with figure motif

Marcello Fantoni

Shapiro Auctions


Isamu Noguchi, Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Guido Gambone and Carlo Mollino were some of the prominent designers that emerged from this era. Their designs featured clean lines that utilized the new production materials and were well conceived and highly innovative. The postwar gloom was lightened up with products featuring bold shapes and vivid colours to match the optimistic spirit of recovery and reconstruction. The modern look had a natural symbiosis with the contemporary architecture and decors that emerged in the 50’s and 60’s. Originally, the accepted design concept was for artistic products to be accessible to more people and to cater for smaller dwellings and to be lightweight and mobile, which translated well for the mobility of the emerging modern workforce. These timeless styles still look relevant today and is why the trend has endured. Many current contemporary designs can be associated with the innovations and aesthetics of this era. The inspiring bold designs of the Mid Century are a continual source of fascination and it’s easy to appreciate their desirability with collectors.




Brutalist ‘Argente’ wardrobe, 1968 – Paul Evans

Welded, painted, sculpted and polished aluminium, slate, painted wood, welded and patinated steel.





Italian vintage ceramic set – red sail yacht motif




Mid-Century-Portofino-Abstract-Fisherman-Vase by Santi

Mid Century Portofino Abstract Fisherman Vase Signed Santi, Italy




Mid century large vase with handle




Sakuhin A, Vintage Sculpture by Takiguchi Kazen

Sakuhin A, Ceramic Vintage Sculpture vessel by Takiguchi Kazen




Yellow, green and red vases - Porcelain Factory AS Ćmielów

Porcelain Factory AS Ćmielów




Bertil Vallien (Swedish, 1938), Glass Bowl with Sand Blasted Decoration

Bertil Vallien Glass Bowl with Sand Blasted Decoration

Swedish, 1938


Patchwork-sculpture-Paul-Evans metal abstract sculpture

Patchwork copper sculpture – Paul Evans






Harveys-on-Beverly-12.5inches-vintage-vase with face motif

Vintage 60’s vase

Harveys on Beverly -12.5 inches height




mid-century decor

Mid Century design



U-Keramik-vase,-1950s space age style

Sputnik space age U Keramik vase





Vintage 60-70's Titano San Marino Vase Pitcher Italian Pottery Art Fat Lava

 Vintage Italian Titano San Marino Vase Pitcher

10 inch height – 60-70’s





Bitossi for Raymor Bull's Eye Vase vintage

Bitossi for Raymor Bull’s Eye Vase


Elspeth Cohen hand Painted Ceramic Vase for Lapid,

Elspeth Cohen hand Painted Ceramic Vase for Lapid




Anna-Maria-Consadori ARTE Antiquaraito DESIGN-Vicchi-vase

Anna Maria Consadori Arte Antiquariato Design Vicchi vase




Ceramic crow produced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory, 1961, collections of the National Museum in Warsaw




Bertil Vallien (Swedish), Kosta Boda, Janus glass sculpture

Bertil Vallien (Swedish), Kosta Boda, Janus sand blast glass sculpture



Bitossi vase, 'Rocchetto' line by Ettore Sottsass

Bitossi vase, ‘Rocchetto’ line by Ettore Sottsass




Birthe Weggerby-abstract-plate turquoise and black

Birthe Weggerby



Lars Bergsten? – Mid Century Wall Plaque




Italy-San-Marino plate

Mid Century Italian San Marino plate



Bowl, designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden. with striped interior

Bowl, designed by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg





Bozo puppet marionet Fish



Mid Century Carstens-Tönnieshof waisted vase

Carstens Tönnieshof waisted vase



Roger-capron_ceramic-fish sculpture

Roger Capron




Retro-futurist Bug Chair By Isak




Carstens-West-German-Pottery vase

Carstens West German Pottery vase





Chalvignac Wall Panel

1960’s Canada



Coffee service 'Prometheus'-(mold design Danuta Duszniak-1959)

Coffee service ‘Prometheus’– (mold design Danuta Duszniak, 1959)




Chase Modern Lounge Chairs by Engelbrechts---Crimson Plateau chair

Crimson Plateau chair  by Engelbrechts, designed by Erik Magnussen




Danish Vase Zeuthen Keramik

Two Danish Vases by Zeuthen Keramik



Ceramic catproduced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory

Ceramic black cat produced by the Ćmielów Porcelain Tableware Factory




 Porcelain bird figurine – Fabryka Porcelany AS Ćmielów



Easy chair PK-20 designed by Poul Kjaerholm

Easy chair PK-20 designed by Poul Kjaerholm



Edvin Öhrström Ariel Glass Vase,-circa 1958-glass vase with blue nude lady

Edvin Öhrström Ariel Nude Figure Glass Vase

circa 1958




Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large footed vessel incised and relief decorated with figures in blue, copper, and brown glazed and textured surfaces

13.5 inches height ca. 1972, Skinner



Ettore-Sottsass-ceramic-vessels in black and white

Ettore Sottsass ceramic vessels




Carstens red luxus range handled vase reptile design by Dieter Peter ca 1970

Carstens luxus range handled vase  reptile design by Dieter Peter

 ca 1970




Exercice-de-Style-Han-Meilin bronze horse sculpture

Exercice de Style – Han Meilin



brutalist mid century bronze sculpture

Brutalist mid century bronze sculpture



Fratelli Fanciullacci---italian-vintage-pitcher

Italian Mid Century pitcher – Fratelli Fanciullacci



Fratelli Fanciullacci cylindrical horse motif vase

Fratelli Fanciullacci



Gilbert Valentin abstract motif black vase

Gilbert Valentin




Lidded jar – Fratelli Fanciullacci



German Ahr-Keramik Venedig Venice 50s art pottery vase WGP mid-century ceramicDesignclassics24

 Ahr Keramik Venedig Venice 50s art pottery vase WGP mid-century ceramic






Alexandre Kostanda Vallauris vintage vase

Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris





Guido-Gambone--ceramic bottle

Guido Gambone–bottle




Guido-Gambone-vintage-vase - tall

Tall, slender ceramic bottle – Guido Gambone




vintage ashtray Guido-Gambone-

Guido Gambone




Gunnar-Nylund,-Rörstrand black and white ceramic fish

Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand



mid century ikebana ceramic vessels

Small ceramic planters collection



Italian-mid-century-ceramic leaf motif bottle

Italian mid-century ceramic bottle




Georges Jouve red glaze bottle

Georges Jouve red glaze bottle




Georges Jouve ceramic female figure

Georges Jouve. France




ES-Keramik-70s-West-German-lava glaze vessel

ES Keramik 70’s West German lava glaze vessel





Krösselbach ovoid vase




Lady with Flowers-André Minaux-1970

‘Lady with Flowers’ – André Minaux





Large Ceramic Lamp 'Sirène' by-Signed-French-Ceramist-Dalo

Large Ceramic Lamp ‘Sirène’  by French Ceramist Dalo




Sixties Italian vase

Vintage Italian vase




Michel-Anase bronze abstract insect sculpture

Michel Anasse bronze abstract insect sculpture




Marcello-fantoni wall plaque with horse riding warriors

Marcello Fantoni wall plaque




'The Warriors' ( Os Guerreiros ), known as Os Candangos by Bruno Giorgi

‘The Warriors’ ( Os Guerreiros ), known as Os Candangos by Bruno Giorgi

1959 – Square of the Three Powers, Brasilia



Pablo Picasso twin handles baluster vase

Pablo Picasso vase – Madoura





Vintage 60-70' Scheurich-18 Lora Fat Lava Vase West German Pottery

Scheurich-18 Lora Fat Lava Vase West German Pottery

Vintage 60-70’s



Turquoise Peel chair from Varier Furniture

Scandinavian contemporary  ‘Peel’ chair and ottoman from Varier Furniture



Penguins,-project-porcelain--figurines in black and white

Penguins – Porcelany AS Ćmielów




Philippe-Laberterie-Abstrakte-Komposition painting

Philippe Laberterie



Pierre-Vandel,-1970 white leather contemporary chair

Pierre Vandel, 1970



Marcello-Fantoni ceramic vase

Marcello Fantoni




Pol Chambost




Ruscha-vintage-plate with abstract motif

Rusch vintage mottled texture plate




Poul Volther orange segmented seat and back take their inspiration from the phases of a solar eclipse.

Produced by Erik Jorgenen in Denmark





Sascha Brastoff Abstract Series tri  legged bowl,




Rare Swedish Mid Century Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby Pottery Plaque

Swedish Mid Century Pottery Plaque by Mari Simmulson for Upsala-Ekeby





Mid-century modern ceramic vase – design Ferdinand Langenbacher





Stig Lindberg -Swedish Stoneware horse





Schiavon – Italian vintage sculpture




Stig-Lindberg incised vase

Stig Lindberg



Thierry Martenon-modernist-sculptures

Thierry Martenon





Mid century Accolay vase



Vintage AK Alfred Klein Ceramic Vase German Pottery

Vintage AK (Alfred Klein) Ceramic Vase






Vintage Bitossi Italian Carved pottery Vase




vintage-Ikebana-planters collection

Vintage Ikebana planters



Vintage Mid Century Danish Modern Abstract Bronze Bird Duck Sculpture

Mid Century Danish Modern Abstract Bronze Bird Sculpture



Vintage studio Fischer biomorphic vase - with white spiral motifs on brown matt glaze

Vintage Studio Fischer biomorphic vase




Carstens-Tönnieshof-Fat-Lava-Vase red glaze

Carstens Tönnieshof Fat Lava Vase






Heinz Siery—1965







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Indigenous Australian arts compilation



Jean Baptiste Apuatimi Tiwi Islands Art

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Tiwi Islands


The exposure of Aboriginal art to the West had its inception at the aboriginal community of Papunya in the Western Desert of Central Australia. Just like the vivid wildflowers that fill the local ochre terrain in the middle of winter, their art was a rare juxtaposition adapted from the Australian landscape. Although the indigenous art was originally developed for body painting, bark & cave art and ceremonial ground paintings, once the Papunya artists were introduced to canvas and tube paints in the 60’s, they quickly adapted to the new medium. Many of the key artists from this era were highly respected senior men with full ritual and ceremonial knowledge. The paintings were steeped in ancient mystical knowledge and had an intimate connection to the mythological beings of the Tjukurrpa or Dreamtime. They were eager to teach, and to maintain a record of their dreaming country, as well as paint for profit.


 Chern'ee Sutton - Jurutu - Painting of a Goanna Lizard

Chern’ee Sutton – Jurutu


The diversity and quality of Australian Indigenous art reflects the richness and deep heritage of Indigenous culture and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects and geographic landscapes. Art has always been an integral component of Aboriginal life, connecting past and present, the people with their land, and the supernatural and reality.
Many paintings by Aboriginal artists, such as those that represent a “dreamtime story”, are shown from an aerial perspective. The narrative follows the lie of the land, as created by ancestral beings in their journeys or during creation. Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world dating back more than 30,000 years. Details gleaned from these drawings are the merest fragments of a rich and extensive mythology that exists around the natural features of the country.



Cultural-Artefact,-Jimmy-K.= - two ceramic figures

Cultural artifact ceramic figures – Jimmy Thaiday



Honey Ant Dreaming ground painting

‘Honey Ant Dreaming’ ground painting


Robert Edwards (past Curator of Anthropology at the South Australian Museum, stated  –
“Each line and design has symbolic importance and has its complement in the dance and song performed at its making and its ceremonial display. Preservation of the ritual, unaltered down the ages, demands strict adherence to traditional form and design but natural desire for aesthetic expression promotes the development of elegance, technique and delicacy of touch.”
The artists of Papunya and those at other indigenous art centres have followed a collaborative path of preserving and sharing the knowledge of their ancient stories and symbols with their fellow artists. Their arts have been an excellent vehicle for unity and continuation of their traditions and providing an opportunity to share it internationally.


Star-Ark---Arone-Meeks indigenous Australian art painting

‘Star Ark’ – Arone Meeks

The Art Vault



Sunken-History-Arone-Meeks aboriginal art painting

‘Sunken History’ – Arone Meeks

The Art Vault



Aaron-Meeks-Irukandji II - black and white figure painting

Aaron-Meeks  –  ‘Irukandji II’

The Art Vault



Torres Strait-Islander-artists-Ellarose-Savage-and-Jimmy-Thaiday,

Torres Strait Islander artists — Ceramic sculptures by Ellarose Savage and Jimmy Thaiday



figure lid vessel by Irene-Entata

Irene Entata



Alison-Milyka-Carroll aboriginal ceramic artist

Alison Milyka Carroll




Ngayuku-Walka-VII,-2015,-ceramic pot

Incised ovoid pot  Anne Thompson

Ernabella Ceramics, Ngayuku Walka VII, 2015





 Melanie Hava — ‘Brolga Greetings’



Anne-Thompson ceramic cylindrical vessel tapered

Anne Thompson




At-Play--Artwork-by-Paul-Roget 3 aborigiinal children

‘At Play’ – Paul Roget



David Corby Tiapaltiarri - painting Women's Dreaming,-1972

 ‘Women’s Dreaming’ – David Corby Tiapaltiarri – painting





Part of the game-(Chris Lewis),-covered vase Anita Mbitjana Ratara

‘Part of the game (Chris Lewis)’, covered vase by Anita Mbitjana Ratara

2015 Hermannsburg Potters, Northern Territory




Anne-Thompson,-Ernabella-Ceramics,sgrafifito vase

Sgraffito vase – Anne Thompson

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




painting of the Rainbow Serpent with aboriginals of Australia

‘Birth of Rainbow Serpent’Paul Roget

Salt of the Earth series

‘Salt of the Earth’ is an illustrative journey into the traditions and magic of indigenous Australian’s seen through a western surrealistic eye. A pictorial witness of an indigenous cultures beauty, dignity, and deep partnership with their land.




‘Birth Of The Moons’ – Ainslie Roberts




Christina Gollan The-leafy-sea-dragon-relief vase

The leafy sea dragon relief vase – Christina Gollan




Clifford-Possum-Tjapaltjarri - Pupanya dot art painting

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri – Papunya dot art Corroboree painting




-Ainslie-Roberts painting - Creation-of-the-Coorong-Birds

‘Creation of the Coorong Birds’  – Ainslie Roberts




Derek-Jungarrayi-Thompson, vase Ernabella-Ceramics,

Australian indigenous vase ‘Kungkarangkalpa II’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

52 cm height, Ernabella ceramics,



Derek Jungarrayi Thompson,-Ernabella Ceramics

‘Kungkarangkalpa–Seven Sisters’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

2015, Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery



Derek Jungarrayi Thompson,-Ernabella Ceramics - Watersnake Story

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Ernabella Ceramics – ‘Watersnake Story’




Earthbow---Paul-Roget - painting of 3 aboriginal men dancing on a rock

‘Earthbow’ — Paul Roget

Salt of the Earth series



Ellarose-Savage ceramic sculpture ochre colour

Ellarose Savage




Ernabella Ceramics, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson - SOLD Liru Kutjara II, 2013,

‘Liru Kutjara II’, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson  stoneware vessel with sgrafitto decoration

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




‘Wanampi I’ – Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, 2014

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery


‘Waubin and Epili,’ Gordon Hammond 2014

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Photos: George Serras, National Museum of Australia



Derek-Jungarrayi-Thompson---SOLD-Wanampi-II,-2014 sgrafitto vase

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson — ‘Wanampi II’, 2014

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery



Ernabella Ceramics ,Ernabella Womens Grouping,-2016

Ernabella Ceramics , Ernabella Womens Grouping of ceramic vessels

Sabbia Gallery, 2016




Derek Jungarrayi Thompson—‘Wanampi Muni Ngintaka’,

Ernabella Ceramics 2013

Sabbia Gallery




Ernabella Ceramics, Janelle Muwitja Nakamarra Thompson – ‘Ngayuku Walka II,’

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 48.5cm




Ernabella Ceramics, potters Ngunytjima Carroll & Derek Thompson, 2014





Ernabella Ceramics, Pepai Carroll – ‘Walungurru II’

2015, stoneware with sgraffito, H 45.5




Ernabella Ceramics, Pepai Jangala Carroll ~ ‘Tali’, 2012, stoneware,

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery  Height 30 cm




Doris Bush Nungarrayi painting~ Tjurrpinyi (Swimming at Haasts Bluff), 2013

Doris Bush Nungarrayi painting ~ ‘Tjurrpinyi (Swimming at Haasts Bluff)’




Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel - Kapi Wankanya, 2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 46

Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel ~ Kapi Wankanya

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 46cm


Ernabella Ceramics, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel ~ ‘Ngayuku Walka XX’,

2015, stoneware, H 29 cm




Ernabella Ceramics, Rhoda Tjitayi – Anumara Tjukurpa ~ ‘Caterpillar Dreaming’

2015, stoneware, H 31 cm




Dreamtime-Sisters--Colleen-Wallace-Nungari aboriginal dot painting

‘Dreamtime Sisters’ ~ Colleen Wallace Nungari




 Yaritji Jack - Ngayuku Walka III, 2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 49

  Yaritji Jack ~ ‘Ngayuku Walka III’

2016, stoneware with sgraffito, H 49 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Three amorphic dishes with aboriginal art decoration

Gorrogarrah Binjdil — Three amorphic dishes




Derek Jungarrayi Thompson---Ngintaka, 2017,-stoneware with sgraffito ceramic vessel

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson — ‘Ngintaka’ stoneware with sgraffito vase






Ainslie-Roberts,-Sound-of-Wind painting of a leaping frog in the reeds

Ainslie Roberts, ‘Sound of Wind’



Jack-Dale-~-Wandjina,-2007 dreamtime spirit

Jack Dale ~ ‘Wandjina’ 2007




Lavinia Ketchell (Erub Arts), necklace




Lawrence Omeenyo Umpila Missus and Mister Croc 2013 earthenware

Lawrence Omeenyo Umpila ‘Missus and Mister Croc’

2013 earthenware



Leah-Jackson twin handled vase with pink flowers

Leah Jackson




Linga-of-Ayers-Rock-Ainslie-Roberts Painting of Uluru

‘Linga of Ayers Rock’ – Ainslie Roberts



Lyerrtjina (budgerigar) 2016 by hermannsburgpottery -Judith Pungkarta Inkamala

‘Lyerrtjina (budgerigar) ‘ – Judith Pungkarta Inkamala

2016 by Hermannsburg pottery




Nellie-Marks-Nakamarra-aboriginal dot painting

Nellie Marks Nakamarra



Pepai Jangala Carroll, Walungurru, 2015, Stoneware, H 20

Pepai Jangala Carroll, ‘Walungurru’,

2015, Stoneware, H 20 cm



Paul-Roget---Tribal-Clensing Painting of an aboriginal girl bathing in a rock pool

Paul Roget — ‘Tribal Cleansing’ 



Rainmakers-At-Dawn'-by-Ainslie-Roberts. Two Kookaburrahs in a tree painting

‘Rainmakers At Dawn’ by Ainslie Roberts.





Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Ernabella Ceramics, ‘Ngayuku Ngura VIII’

2015, stoneware with sgraffito, H 53 x D 15.5cm



Creation of the Southern Cross aboriginal theme painting - Ainslie Roberts

‘Creation of the Southern Cross’  –  Ainslie Roberts



Roberts,-Ainslie,-Death-of-the-Moon-Woman landscape with reclining woman

Ainslie Roberts,  ‘Death of the Moon Woman’




Ainslie Roberts,-,-The-Dancing-Echidna--painting of an airborn Echinda

Ainslie Roberts, ‘The Dancing Echidna’



Robyne-LathamRobyne-Latham-ceramic Pod

Robyne Latham ceramic ‘Pod’



Robyn-Latham 3 terracotta pods Shepparton Arts Museum

Three ‘Pods’ – Robyn Latham



Rupert-Jack,-Maku,-2014 Indigenous Australian art painting

Rupert Jack, ‘Maku’




Salt-of-the-Earth Paul Roget

‘Salt Of The Earth’ – Paul Roget





Suspended shells with aboriginal children as pods by Paul Roget

‘Seed Pods’ – Paul Roget



Paul-Roget painting of an Aboriginal woman rock painting and the male artist

‘The Birthing’ by Paul Roget




Ainslie Roberts – ‘The Desert Ice-Men

From central Australia comes the myth of the Ninya, or desert ice-men, whose hair is made of icicles. In the summer, the Ninya hide away in their caves, but they emerge on winter evenings and cause cold and frost to fall upon the land. As sunrise approaches, they rush back to their caves before they melt and this rapid movement creates the icy winds of desert mornings. painting-by-Ousha-Jenamoia-in-2011

‘The Happy Goana Mama’ dot painting by Ousha Jenamoia




The-Origin-of-the-Playtpus - Ainslie Roberts

‘The Origin of the Playtpus’ – Ainslie Roberts



The Patient Fisherman---Paul Roget - painting of a man standing in a boat waiting for rain

‘The Patient Fisherman’ — Paul Roget



The-Sound-of-Lightning-Ainslie-Roberts -- thunder man Mamaragan, roaring with laughter, beats the great stones of the sky together.

‘The Sound of Lightning’ – Ainslie Roberts

In the wet season, the thunder man Mamaragan, roaring with laughter, beats the great stones of the sky together.




Aboriginal art by Walter Tjampitjinpa ~ ‘Water Dreaming’



Tjimpuna Williams, --Piltati Tjukurpa - A Story from Piltati I, 2015, Stoneware, H 80

Tjimpuna Williams, ‘Piltati Tjukurpa – A Story from Piltati I’,

2015, Stoneware, H 80 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Tjimpuna Williams, Ernabella Ceramics, SOLD Tali - Sand Dunes, 2015, Stoneware, H 47

Tjimpuna Williams,  ‘Tali – Sand Dunes’

2015, Stoneware jar, H 47 cm

Ernabella Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery




Turning-Fire -Paul-Roget Aboriginal man in a fire pit

‘Turning Fire’ -Paul Roget



aboriginal dot art painting Univers Mininga

Univers Mininga



Alison Milyika Carroll, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Alison Milyika Carroll @pukatjapottery @sabbiagallery

Alison Milyika Carroll, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Alison Milyika Carroll @pukatjapottery @sabbiagallery





Tjunkaya Tapaya with works by fellow Ernabella women - Alison Milyika Carroll and Carlene Thompson.

Tjunkaya Tapaya with works by fellow Ernabella women – Alison Milyika Carroll and Carlene Thompson.










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Japanese tea cups, yunomi and guinomi




Aki Takahashi



Japanese tea and sake cup terminology


Trying to navigate the complex naming of the Japanese ceramic tea wares is a challenge but I will add a few terms here to help identify some of the pieces below.
A chawan is simply a teacup without a handle primarily used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony for preparing and drinking Matcha (powdered green tea), but is also used for other types of tea as well. It can also refer to a bowl for rice where it is called a “gohan chawan”. The word “yunomi chawan” is sometimes used to clarify its purpose as a teacup. For more formal settings, a wide-mouthed cup called kumidashi chawan is used to serve ocha (green tea).




Masato Yamaguchi, Mori Yamaguchi chawan

The yunomi is a form of teacup, typically made from a ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. Unlike the more formal chawan tea bowl, the yunomi is made for daily (or informal) tea drinking. The favoured shape is the “tsusugata” (a simple cylindrical form) Recommended stoneware styles for yunomi are Hagi, Shino, Karatsu and Mashiko. The Hagi yunomi is known for going through seven stages of change and deepening in aji (flavour) as more green tea is poured into it. The white Shino yunomi, with its thickly applied glaze, almost never feels hot to the touch and the splendid ocha color is clearly visible. In contrast, a Bizen yunomi is unglazed and quite hot to the touch. There are numerous names for the different shapes in the chawan and yunomi. For example the Hatazori-gata is the Curving Lip type 0f tea bowl while the Momo-gata has a  peach form.



Komosaki-Ryuichi-oribe-yunomi-tea vessel

Komosaki Ryuichi oribe yunomi

Oribe yaki (yaki=fired) is one of the many wares produced in the prolific pottery producing areas around Seto, Aichi prefecture and Tajimi, and the Mino area of the Gifu prefecture. Easily recognisable by its distinctive green glaze, Oribe yaki has four main types; E-Oribe (patterns done with iron underglaze), Kuro-Oribe (an almost black, dark green glaze),Ao-oribe ( light green glaze) and Aka-Oribe (incised patterns covered with various glazes). A favourite with the tea masters of the Momoyama period (in the late 16th century), the potter Furuta Oribe, is said to have lent his name to the pottery.


Mutsu-Takayanagi porcelain tea cup -Kyoto

Mutsu Takayanagi porcelain tea cup


Kyuusu is the generic name for any ceramic or pottery teapot. Kyuusu is often used to describe the side handled (yokode) teapot. Celadon porcelain with its distinctive pale blue-green color is called Seiji. “Kama” read as “gama” in Japanese means “kiln”. The term Gosu refers to the cobalt oxide glaze used to produce the blue designs on sometsuke porcelain. Jiki is the Japanese word for Porcelain. Hakuji, traditionally speaking, is the white porcelain made with the superior kaolin clay from Izumiyama, usually very thin in structure.

Shino yaki is characterised by it’s thick milky-white glaze over an orange or pinkish clay base, pockmarked with tiny holes. It is said to be the first ware to decorate its pieces with brush-drawn designs. These were sometimes created with iron oxide, which changed the glaze to a rusty color after firing. The soft rugged shapes with their squat forms give the pieces a rustic appeal and the thick glaze with its nubbly texture imbues each piece with a sense of warmth. Other Shino ware styles were a grey glaze called “Nezumi shino”and pieces made with reddish or yellow clay named “Beni shino”.
Guinomi, choko, and sakazuki are three words that mean the same thing — sake cup. Among collectors, the Karatsu guinomi reigns supreme.

The images I’m using here are from the excellent blog called ‘Shelves of Sweet Beans’, which features a remarkable and large collection of Japanese tea wares and sake cups from a collector in Osaka.



Tsukamoto Haruhiko ceramic sake flask and guinomi

Tsukamoto Haruhiko ceramic sake flask and guinomi





Fukimi Fumi Oribe footed cup



Aki-Takahashi---Kanai-Cup-Hokusai - Mount Fuji image

Aki Takahashi— ‘Kanai Cup Hokusai’




Atsushi-Nakada yunomi cup red glaze

Atsushi Nakada yunomi cup



Ceramic bizen sake bowl-Ishii Takahiro - white with rusty strip

Bizen sake bowl – Ishii Takahiro



Carved gold brush footed cup - Tsuyoshi Shimizu

Elegant carved gold brush footed cup – Tsuyoshi Shimizu



Glazed white glaze sake machine - Kato Yoshiyasu

Glazed white glaze sake machine – Kato Yoshiyasu




Fukuno Michita tea bowl -- black and white geometric pattern

Fukuno Michita geometric pattern tea bowl




Tsuyoshi Shimizu incised texture bottle

Tsuyoshi Shimizu incised texture bottle




Golden-color-'Suzaku'-Teru-(extra-large-) Ichikawa Toru

 Ichikawa Toru – Golden color ‘Suzaku’ Teru (extra large)




Kazu-Yamada-abstract-yunomi tea-cup

Kazu Yamada – tri footed yunomi tea cup



Hiroaki-Toyohaku-yunomi tea cup

Hiroaki Toyohaku yunomi



Hiroyuki Tomita sake cup with gold drip glaze

Hiroyuki Tomita – sake cup with drip glaze



Hitoshi Hiraoka footed tea cup

Hitoshi Hiraoka footed tea cup



Ichikawa-Translucent-Sake-Bowl with white drip glaze on terracotta

Ichikawa Translucent Sake Bowl



Ito-Hokuto tea bowl japanese

Ito Hokuto



Kanesu Iron painting Persian Shizza cup -- Masutaka

Kanesu Iron painting Persian Shizza cup — Masutaka



Miho ceramic Sake Bowl

Miho Sake Bowl



Kaori-Takao -- Black-green, gold, black and white-sweet-peony-cup

Kaori Takao –sweet peony tea cup



Kato Kiyoyuki shino - pink and white glaze cup

Kato Kiyoyuki shino cup





Masato Yamaguchi tea bowl




Masutaka-ceramic-yunomi tea cup

Masutaka – yunomi tea cup




Moonlit tea cup-Yoshimura Mariko

Moonlit tea cup – Yoshimura Mariko




Masato Yamaguchi & Mori Yamaguchi—tea bowl




Mori Hinzai tea bowl red highlights

Mori Hinzai tea bowl




Nakagawa-Kyohei-tea-bowl with crackled surface in black and white

Nakagawa Kyohei tea bowl




Nagakino-No-Yoshiko ceramic vessel

Nagakino No Yoshiko





Nakaoka Nobuhito tea bowl



Naoko-Kusuda-sleek porcelain tea-bowl

Naoko Kusuda



Nishida-Shinya-incised-tea-bowl geometric patterns

Nishida Shinya – incised tea bowl



Nomura-Austrian-ceramic-tea-cup carbonized surface

Nomura Austrian ceramic tea cup




Oishi-Shiori---ceramic dog and cup

Oishi Shiori



Pottery bowl cup ancient vermillion - Nakahara Koji

Ancient vermillion pottery bowl –   Nakahara Koji



Ratsu-Shika red and white tea bowl with crackle glaze

Ratsu Shika  tea bowl



Reiji Omori footed tea cup

Reiji Omori



Sachiko Shimizu - white abstract design on black yunomi

Sachiko Shimizu yunomi


Satoshi-Watanabe-ceramic-tea-bowl with carved texture

Satoshi Watanabe hand carved ceramic tea bowl



Sancha-Oribe-Ho-Hakugaku - green and white glaze

Sancha Oribe — Ho Hakugaku



Sato Tsutsumi Sato Satoshi tea cup fine detail

Sato Tsutsumi Sato Satoshi  fine detail tea bowl



Sawada-Hayato-tea-bowl with modernist style

Sawada Hayato – tri footed yunomi




Seto-Junji-black-tea-cup with red single stroke motif

Seto Junji – red motif on black tea cup



Keisuke Shimatani-tea bowl mottled surface pattern

Keisuke Shimatani – tea bowl, mottled and crackled surface patterns




Shibuya-Toshiaki-ceramic tea-bowl

Shibuya Toshiaki




Shinji Suzuki, Tajmi City tea cup

Shinji Suzuki, Tajmi City – tea cup


Sawada Hayato---ceramic yunomi

Sawada Hayato – tri foot yunomi




Shino Shika Goto tea bowl

Shino Shika Goto tea bowl



Shinya Tagami- white drip glaze tea cup

Shinya Tagami- white drip glaze tea cup




Shogo-Ikeda-tea-bowl with internal geisha illustration

Shogo Ikeda geisha tea bowl



Shinya-Tagami-Kyoto-tea-bowl with turquoise interior

Shinya Tagami, Kyoto — tea bowl with incised surface, turquoise glaze interior




Shogo Ikeda tea cup

Shogo Ikeda



Shogo Ikeda ceramic bottle black on white motif

Shogo Ikeda ceramic bottle




Shuhei Fujioka-green celadon cup

Shuhei Fujioka celadon cup




Maeda Maeda-ceramic-cup inner gold glaze

Maeda Maeda




Masaki-Tomabechi-elegant tea-bowl in black, gold and white

Masaki Tomabechi elegant tea bowl – gold rim and black on white crackle glaze



Takadai-tea-bowl in earthy tones of brown and yelllow

Takadai tea bowl




Takako Hotaka



Takuma-Murakosh Japanese pottery

Takuma Murakosh



Grey and black Tamba cup - Masahiko Ichino

Tamba cup – Masahiko Ichino



Tamba Oni sake cup

Tamba Oni sake cup



Takuma Murakoshi ceramic tea cup

Takuma Murakoshi



Tanaka Takashi-Japanese ceramics

Tanaka Takashi



Tetsuya Ishiyama Shigaraki footed cup

Tetsuya Ishiyama Shigaraki wood fired cup



 Hideatake ceramic-cup

 Hideatake tea cup



Tomo Hayashi tea cup

Tomo Hayashi tea cup



Tomoko Takahashi ceramic yunomi with geometric patterns

Tomoko Takahashi



Tonomo Misao carved ceramic cup with animal reliefs

Tonomo Misao carved ceramic cup



Toshitaro Ogunsa---tea-cup-japan

Toshitaro Ogunsa



Tsujimura Lump japanese cup

Tsujimura Lump japanese cup



Tsuyoshi Shimizu blue sculptural cup

Tsuyoshi Shimizu




Wadayama Mao, Osaka



Wakao-japanese-ceramic cup

Wakao – hexagonal tea bowl



Yamashita tea cup




Yasunori-Nakao pink blossom tea cup

Pink blossom yunomi – Yasunori Nakao



Yasushi Sakurai tea cup

Yasushi Sakurai tea cup



Yoshimura-Mariko-tea-cup with naked girls

Yoshimura Mariko naked girls tea cup




Yoko Komae unglazed ceramic bottle

Yoko Komae ikebana vase



Yotaro-Takemura-striped-tea-cup in pink, grey and white speckled stripes

Yotaro Takemura striped tea cup



Yuki-Ohashi---city-scape ceramic cup

Yuki Ohashi—cityscape motif tea cup




Kim Hono



Aya Aki Takahashi



Yuri-Takemura celadon-tea-bowl

Yuri Takemura celadon tea bowl




Yusuke Makagawa tea cup





NEXT POST  —  Indigenous Australian arts compilation


International Contemporary Furniture Fair



Caracole-armchair-and-side board

Caracole furniture



Fractal-Rose-LED-lighting wallpaper-from-Meystyle

Fractal Rose LED wallpaper from Meystyle




ICFF global design showcase


All aficionados of interior design will be attracted to the ICFF global design showcase. Over four days more than 33.000 interior designers, architects, and professionals of interior fitting will meet the 750 exhibitors displaying the most updated innovations in the sector. ICFF provides the opportunity for anyone who is looking for the latest, most creative and fascinating trends in the world of decoration and interior design. On display will be interior furniture, seating, flooring, carpet and rugs, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, kitchen & bathroom designs and fabricators. ICFF features what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture.


ICFF website




Innovative array of designs on offer



VITA Copenhagen ‘Silvia Create’ light tree

VITA Silvia Create is made of individual “leaves” that are assembled into a beautiful glare-free light. The VITA Silvia Create’s special watercolor paper leaves let anyone express their artistic side and paint, draw, or print their favorite pattern on each leaf.


Lunada BayTile_Contourz_Zen Break_White

Lunada Bay Tile – ‘Contourz’ Zen Break White



Atelier-Vierkant-robbed planters

Atelier Vierkant ribbed planters



Atelier Vierkant deep textural brutalist planter.





Atelier Vierkant  “CK” (smooth texture) and the “CKB” (rough texture) in white and black




Caroline-Peltier-ceramics-three-free form porcelain plates

Three porcelain plates – Caroline Peltier, France

“I have always been captivated by light through matter (as with stained-glass windows or lithophany). This is why I choose to work with porcelain, a translucent form of clay that enables my illuminated creations to reveal the décor around.”




Caroline Peltier




Abstract Fractal-LED-wallpaper-by-Meystyle

Fractal LED wallpaper by Meystyle




Golden-Resistance-from-Meystyle-Led-lighting wallpaper-and-fabric

Meystyle ‘Golden Resistance’ Led wallpaper and fabric

The Golden Resistance is a conceptual design visually translating the inexplicable phenomenon of flowing electricity into an astonishing cascade of light particles. The use of LEDs echoes the interaction of electrons at subatomic level, taking advantage of the way electricity varies in intensity to create the  illusion of energy moving, when in fact it is always still.



Psychedelic Ohm-LED-wallpaper-by-Meystyle

‘Ohm’ LED psychedelica wallpaper by Meystyle



Plasma-LED-wallpaper-from-Meystyle abstract wall art

Plasma LED wallpaper from Meystyle

The Plasma design is a brave rhapsody of contrasting hues. The careful combination of warm and cool tones creates a rhythmical movement recalling the mysterious night glow of neon city lights.





Casamood by Florim porcelain floor tiles




Casamood Vetro Decoro Stripes wall tiles and lemon yellow bed

Casamood ‘Vetro Decoro Stripes’ wall tiles –  black and white




Casa-Mood-geometric-wall-tiles in black

Casamood ‘Materia Project 4’ wall tiles



Casa-mood--slate-blue-wall-panels and wicker chair

Casamood Neutra 6.0 porcelain wall panels



CasaMood-Decor-Vintage wall panels in grey, white and black

Casa Ceramica Casamood Wall Texture Vintage


Casamood Neutra 6.0 Shades Decor wall tiles bold geometric pattern

Casamood Neutra 6.0 Shades Decor wall tiles



Casa-mood-porcelain-panels in a bathroom setting

Casamood Neutra Avio and Vetro Lux




Casamood--textured-floor-tiles and black modern biomorphic chair

Casamood textured floor tiles




Pascale-Girardin ceramic stools in dark blue and white

Pascale Girardin ceramic stools



Contemporary form Pascale Girardin ceramic vase

Pascale Girardin ceramic vase



'Muchas Lilla' - Recycled Lilac roses chair

‘Muchas Lilla’ – Since 2007, 13 Ricrea has been reclaiming materials from industrial production



Contemporary coupe-portoro-marble-bowl-michael-verheyden

‘Coupe Portoro’ marble bowl – Michael Verheyden



Credenza-sideboard-contemporary - bold art deco style front

Credenza contemporary sideboard




Custom Lighting Canvas with the ‘Nanoleaf Aurora’

Nanoleaf, creators of the first ever-modular smart light for personal design, is now announcing two new accessories for an even more customized smart home. A fixtureless, intelligent, color changing light that fits each unique minute of the day, the Aurora can now paint mesmerizing sound visualizations and can be controlled with a wireless remote. Combined with the The Aurora Rhythm it syncs your lights with audio and using 16 million brilliant colors, the Aurora Rhythm beautifully brings together your audio and visual senses for a whole new immersive experience




Studio-Nottene-Colony-Wallpaper-Collection -- Clouds

Clouds by Studio Nottene –  hand drawn and screen printed wallpaper.




Cynthia-Rowley-Collection-from-Tempaper - oriental style with bamboo and blossom

Cynthia Rowley Collection from Tempaper wallpaper



Cynthia-Rowley-Collection-from-Tempaper large colorful flowers on black

Cynthia Rowley Collection from Tempaper





DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



DCW Éditions contemporary and innovative lighting



gyrofocus_contemporary-suspended heating

‘Gyrofocus’ by Focus – contemporary suspended heating



FilioFocus by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace

‘FilioFocus’ by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace




GyroFocus by Focus – Japanese style free-standing fireplace

‘GyroFocus’ by Focus




Hastings Tile & Bath Introduces Collections From Ceramica Bardelli




Kenneth-Torrance,-founder-of-Barter wood working

Barter wood by Kenneth Torrance




‘Les Couleurs Le Corbusier’ by Leicht




Lunada Bay Tile Contourz Concrete Fanfare Hex_Grey, Latte, Pearl

Lunada Bay Tile – ‘Contourz’ Concrete Fanfare Hex — Grey, Latte, Pearl



LVX-chest of drawers-Ming Moissonier--130-Years-of-Creation

LVX chest of drawers – Ming Moissonnier — 130 Years of Creation




Materia-Project-Casamood large glass tile mural

Casamood Materia Project is a coordinated porcelain and glass tile project




Matthew John Bacher won the 2017 competition with his design A Piece of Tlaltecuhtli.

Matthew John Bacher won the 2017 chair design competition with his ‘A Piece of Tlaltecuhtli’






Liquid Metal Resin Surfaces, ‘Branches 1′ – Georges Muquet



Naive Slimtech

Naive is inspired by avant-garde technology. It is the meeting point between design and technology, between craftsmanship and industry, between porcelain stoneware and glaze. The patterns, reminiscent of carefully drawn pencil lines, create an interweaving floating graphic effect. The lightness and the sizes of the slabs accentuate the delicacy of these lines, which intersect unpredictably. A playful interaction between marks and rhythm that creates vibrant and mysterious surfaces available in various colors. Naive is created with modules of ultra-thin laminated porcelain, 5.5mm thick.



nerosicilia-is-natural-lava-stone-wall panels

Nerosicilia is natural lava stone quarried from the slopes of Mt. Etna and kiln fired using a new concept of superior technical and aesthetic characteristics.

Nerosicilia creates tile sheets as large as 80x300x2cm especially for professional designers and architects to give them the utmost in design freedom. The ceramic sheets are unglazed and are free of chemicals applied at any point in the production process. The transformation process – designed and perfected by nerosicilia – subjects the untreated tile to the same heat conditions as natural lava. The surfaces feature different tones and patterns, achieved using varied temperatures and firing times. The colours and patterns by nerosicilia are obtained by recycling glass reclaimed from old cathode ray tube screens from discarded televisions and computer monitors. Using an exclusive process of crushing and milling the glass into a fine powder, nerosicilia introduces the raw material in every piece, including full-body colour tiles.



Nerosicilia tile sheet



NorthernLighting_ Say My Name lamp by Morten & Jonas

Northern Lighting presents the ‘Say My Name’ lamp by Morten & Jonas designed by Patrick Norguet

The expressive shape of Say My Name voices a lively dialogue between the material and the act of making. Both come together in a multi-functional design that can be hung from the ceiling as a pendant light or placed in an upright position like a table lamp. Each light is mouth-blown in Italy and made entirely from Venetian glass. Although the skill required to transform such a large mass of molten glass into a hollow sphere could only be found among the master glassblowers of Venice, the design is distinctively Nordic. Say My Name is a  streamlined shape with an unembellished surface; the hallmarks of contemporary Scandinavian style. The subtle colours in the glass reflect the hues of the Nordic night sky, the light of the fjords and the smooth surface of calm water.





‘Ooumm’, Lyra marble candle holders and fragrance

Ooumm is a French brand at the crossroads of design pieces and fragrance. Ooumm aspires to reinvent the art of perfumes by uniting the most excellent artisans and artists. For its first collection, shows bespoke perfumes by Barnabé Fillion and photophores as well as accessories designed by Dan Yeffet. Barnabé Fillion, the French nose, “Talent of the year” at the Maison & Objet trade show in 2013 has invented for Ooumm four unexpected scents. By combining innovation and tradition he has created rare and unique scents of the highest quality. The designer Dan Yeffet collaborated with « Collection Particulière » by Jérôme Aumont, to create exclusively for Ooumm, candle holders in smoked glass and stunning marble variations.




Ooumm, black marble candle holders and fragrance

Ooumm, marble candle holders and fragrance – Marquina, Orion, Octans and Lyra




Stone Forest — Papillon Tub – ‘Cumulo Granite’

The Papillon tub is a statement-making piece whose unique shape enables the bather to slip into a calming inner sanctum. Inspired by classic Italian design, the striking, tapered barrel-shaped vessel is carved from a single block of Cumulo Granite; a beautiful smoky gray stone rich with intricate natural veining.




‘Ciclotte’ exercise bike



Sabine Marcelis_VoieLights contemporary lighting

Sabine Marcelis – contemporary ‘Voie Lights’



Samurai Potter-red bathroom basin

Samurai Potter ceramic bathroom basin

Samurai Potter is located at Yamazato, Koga city, Shiga Prefecture, one of six old kilns in Japan.



Samurai Potter ceramic bathroom basin




Sifas ‘Kalife’ outdoor seating



Sifas seating Oskar---laquered aluminium

Sifas ‘Oskar’ – lacquered aluminium seating




The Cabin Pendant takes its name from the cabin of a space shuttle, offers two different qualities of light.

The ‘Cabin Pendant’ lamp takes its name from the cabin of a space shuttle and offers two different qualities of light.



Sun-valley bronze Otto floor lamp

Sun Valley bronze ‘Otto’ floor lamp




Arid Umbrella Stand

The Arid Umbrella Stand takes advantage of the inherent properties of terracotta clay. The material is naturally absorbent, wicking moisture away from umbrellas inside the container.



Caramood-Vetro-decoro-brocades wall tiles

Caramood ‘Vetro Decoro Brocades’ wall tiles




Caramood ‘Vetro Decoro Brocades’ wall tiles



Caramood Vetro-decoro-pattern-05

Caramood Vetro Decoro Pattern-05




Caramood-Vetro-decoro-pattern wall tiles

Caramood Vetro decoro pattern bathroom tiles




Lovi Tree by Anne Paso




Odyssey Collection decorative rug by Woven Concepts

The Odyssey Collection by Woven Concepts

A breakthrough, three dimensional and multi textural rug collection, inspired by NASA imagery. Distressed wool and natural silk are hand knotted to create three levels of visual and tactile finery. A unique vintage texture is created to compliment the contemporary sensibility of Odyssey’s designs and colors. The Odyssey Collection displays an industrial modern aesthetic with an accent of cutting edge splendor. Through innovative design, Woven Concepts honors the pioneers of space aviation.




Woven-Concepts--Odyssey-Collection floor rug

The Odyssey Collection –  Woven Concepts




Terreform ONE unveils biodegradable furniture to the world of interior design

Terreform ONE, the visionary architecture and design group, showcased for the first time its design for the “Mushroom Chaise”, a futuristic lounge chair made from biodegradable mushrooms at the ICFF in 2016. The statement piece displayed that biodesign can offer a beautiful alternative to mass furniture production that does not deplete natural resources, but can actually contribute to the environment.

WHY GROW A CHAIR? Terreform ONE has created a waste-free, pollution-free mushroom chair, the first of its kind. The chair was grown in seven days from strains of fungi into the multi-curved chaise piece. At the end of its useful product life cycle, the chair can be composted and safely reintroduced back into the environment, where it can be naturally biodegraded.




Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Horizon Midnight’



moorea-grey-amb1Edition-Bougainville 'Haute Couture' Carpets

Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Moorea Grey’



Edition Bougainville 'Haute Couture' Carpets - Pompadour Circle Shadow Lime

Edition Bougainville ‘Haute Couture’ Carpets – ‘Pompadour Circle Shadow Lime’







NEXT POST  —  Japanese tea cups, yunomi and guinomi


Teapots! 11 invitational


A geisha girl serving tea by Kitagawa Utamaro

‘Southern Teahouse’ – Kitagawa Utamaro


Annual teapots exhibition


Including the exotic and the refined with glimpses of the simply zany, a collection of teapot interpretations by over 60 artists is now showing at the 11th annual Teapot Invitational at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh. This annual show is running till June 10th. Some of the teapots are utilitarian, others purely decorative, while some are so cleverly conceived that if you are currently a ‘teatotaller’, you might be compelled to take up the tea drinking habit just to relish the pleasure of using such innovative tea ware.

Morgans Gallery

5833 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 441-5200



A-Bear-in-the-Hand---Krista-Grecco teapot

‘ A Bear in the Hand’ teapot  —Krista Grecco



A drop of tea---silver pendant--Keith Belles

‘A drop of tea’ — hand carved silver pendant — Keith Belles




Amy Short---Tea Beast ceramic octopus teapot

Amy Short— ‘Tea Beast’ 



Andrew-Richmond,-Bath-Time - tirger in bath teapot

Andrew Richmond, ‘Bath Time’ 



Anthony Scheffler - Black Heart Teapot

Anthony Scheffler – ‘Black Heart Teapot’

Ebonized Purple Heart, bleached Maple




Art-Nonuveau-sterling-silver-tea-pot. on a branches stand

Art Nouveau sterling silver tea pot



Charissa Brock---Tea With Edna bamboo, fused glass, paper, waxed linen thread

‘Tea With Edna’  – Charissa Brock

Bamboo, fused glass, paper, waxed linen thread



Ceramic Chicken-Head-Teapot-Sara-Swink

‘Chicken Head Teapot’ – Sara Swink



Kong-Fu-tea-master pouring a cuppa Carlton Ritz

Kong Fu tea master pouring a cuppa at the Carlton Ritz



Derek-Decker_Teapot trench style

Derek Decker Teapot



Natasha Dikareva - Call For Adventure

Natasha Dikareva – ‘Call For Adventure’




Eben Horton,-Tempest in a Teapot teal colour blown glass

Eben Horton, – ‘Tempest in a Teapot’  blown glass




Tea time charm – Vintage postcard



Eileen Doughty— ‘Mountain Tea’

  • Machine & hand stitched cotton fabrics, thread sculpture trees


Ellen Silberlicht - Ooolong Enchantment-Raku, felted fber, glass beads

Ellen Silberlicht – ‘Ooolong Enchantment’

Raku, felted fiber, glass beads




Julia Feld_Flower Basket ceramic teapot

Julia Feld – ‘Flower Basket’  teapot



Julia-Feld_Last-Defense teapot

 ‘Last Defense’ teapot – Julia Feld




‘Felted Delft Teapot’ — Meryl Ruth



Forever---Kelly O’Dell - blown glass teapot

‘Forever’ — Kelly O’Dell – blown glass teapot




Hotel-Oakland tea urn

Central restaurant tea urn – Hotel Oakland, California




Four Cat Teapot- Andree Richmond 4 cats riding an elephant

‘Four Cat Teapot’ – Andree Richmond




Contemporary tea room, wabi sabied table – Design by Lai Weicheng

Photo: Jiang Guozeng




Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch_INV_ Octahemioctahedron Teapot

Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch – ‘Octahemioctahedron Teapot’

Radiator cover folded with modular origami techniques



Jeffrey-Lloyd-Dever---Morning-Jester---Polymer-clay,-wire-17.25-inches tall flower lidded teapot

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever— ‘Morning Jester’

Polymer clay, wire 17.25-inches



Jennifer-Caldwell---Love me - -Cast and flameworked glass

Jennifer Caldwell – ‘Love me’

Cast and flameworked glass




Gerit-Grimm---Tea-Guy-12inch-height ceramic teapot

Gerit Grimm — ‘Tea Guy’

12inch height



Jennifer-Umphress_glass Octopus Teapot

Jennifer Umphress – glass Octopus Teapot



Jennifer Umphress_Uniteapot with blue spikes

Jennifer Umphress – Uni teapot with blue spikes




Joey Chiarello---Generosity-slab built by hand, stoneware fred cone 6 electric,

Joey Chiarello – ‘Generosity’

slab built by hand, stoneware fred cone 6 electric,





Chinese street vendor Tea Maestro




Julia-Feld---The-Bird-teapot --clay,-hand-built,-carved,-hand-painted-with-underglazes,-low-fre

Julia Feld – ‘The Bird’  teapot

Clay, hand built, carved, hand painted with underglazes, low fire



Kay Khan,-Chrysanthemum Teapot rich colours Quilted, stitched, embroidered, & constructed silk

Kay Khan, – Chrysanthemum Teapot

Quilted, stitched, embroidered, & constructed silk



Kirsten-Stingle_Procession-of-Muse_lngtalllady teapot

Kirsten Stingle – ‘Procession of the Muse’



Kirsten Stingle_Steeped in Revolution ceramic teapot

Kirsten Stingle –  ‘Steeped in Revolution’ ceramic teapot



Lindsay Grigsby_Spheres Teapot wood turned

Lindsay Grigsby – ‘Spheres Teapot’


Lucidtea---Mark-Leputa-glass teapot

‘Lucidtea’ — Mark Leputa



Madeline-Kaczmarczyk beaded teapots

Madeline Kaczmarczyk beaded teapots



Madeline Kaczmarczyk-Lotus directions-Hand built slab formed clay, glazed and fred with gold lusters. Post fring encrusting with glass beads

Madeline Kaczmarczyk – ‘Lotus directions’

Hand built slab formed clay, glazed and fred with gold lusters. Post fring encrusting with glass beads



Marilyn-Andrews_PassionnDoubt_figural teapot n cup

Marilyn Andrews – ‘Passion n Doubt’ – figural teapot n cup



Matthew Naftzger-Need a lift---Titanium, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel,

‘ Need a lift’ – Matthew Naftzger

Titanium, copper, sterling silver, vitreous enamel,



Natasha Dikareva---Swan Teapot stoneware, stains, glazes, china paint, hand built

Natasha Dikareva – ‘Swan Teapot’

stoneware, stains, glazes, china paint, hand built



Pamela MacGregor Carnival Tea

‘Carnival Tea’ – Pamela MacGregor





Natasha Dikareva – ‘On The Waves Of Her Memory’



Pamela MacGregor Kenya Revisited

Pamela MacGregor – ‘Kenya Revisited’



Robert Mickelsen, I've Got My Eye On You. Flame worked borosilicate glass.

Robert Mickelsen –  ‘I’ve Got My Eye On You’

Flame worked borosilicate glass.




Samovar-in-Soviet-Uzbekistan-tea-party-photo by maxine pen

‘Tea Party’ – Samovar in Soviet Uzbekistan

(—you have to admire the elevated status given to the teapot)

photo by Maxine Penson





‘Mad Hatter teapot’ – Mickelsen Studios

Lampworked borosilicate glass, blown, sculpted, graal technique, sandblasted, assembled.




Sheryl Zacharia_Big Head in the Clouds ceramic teapot

Sheryl Zacharia – ‘Big Head in the Clouds’ 




Sheryl-Zacharia_GreenTea ceramic teapot

Sheryl Zacharia – ‘Green Tea’ 



Susan Parrish_Sarah Jane Serves Afternoon Tea

Susan Parrish – ‘Sarah Jane Serves Afternoon Tea’




Susan-Parrish Hot Tea mixed media

Susan Parrish – ‘Hot Tea’




Sara Swink_My DonkeyTeapot

Sara Swink – ‘My Donkey Teapot’




Green Tall Fish Teapot---Tom Hubert---22inches

 ‘Tall Fish Teapot’ — Tom Hubert

22 inches height



Tea-service-Morroccan baazar

Tea service Moroccan



Tom-Hubert_Carved Figure Teapot

Tom Hubert -arabesque  ‘Carved Figure Teapot’




Tom-Hubert_Black and white Carved Teapot-porcelain-wood base

Tom Hubert – Tall black and white ‘Carved Teapot’ – porcelain with wood base




Tom-Hubert_Orange Shape teapot

Tom Hubert – ‘Orange Shape’ teapot




Tom Hubert Curly Handle Teapot

Tom Hubert ‘Curly Handle Teapot’




Tom Hubert Mahogany Leg Teapot

‘Tom Hubert – ‘Mahogany Leg Teapot’



Vittorio-Reggianini-three-ladies-having-tea in satin gowns

‘Teatime Tales’ and silk – Charles Joseph Frédéric Soulacroix




Gail-Markiewicz-ceramic teapot with complex textures

Multi textural teapot – Gail Markiewicz (non exhibtion)



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Rometti ceramica maison


Rometti black and white vase with abstract motifs

Tesoro pedestal vase – Rometti


Rometti black and white geometric logo


The Ceramiche Rometti maison (house) has been active in Umbertide, Italy since 1927. Rometti was one of the first in Italy, in the early thirties, to move away from the traditional figurative neo-Renaissance and late Italian Liberty style to pursue the innovative ideas of avant-garde art and international design. Founders Settimio and Aspromonte Rometti guided the venture to successfully implement some of the finest components of contemporary design, creating products that combined research and creativity.


Plate with conentric circles and silohette of a man sowing seedThe-Sower---Corrado-Cagli

‘The Sower’ — Corrado Cagli


Today, constant experimentation is a hallmark of the Rometti workshops, in which complex and sophisticated production techniques are adapted to the specific characteristics of their earthenware, stoneware or porcelain products. As regards to majolica, for example, Rometti has always used an age old method: objects shaped by hand on the wheel are painted and “frescoed” before being baked ; a special plaster bringing out the colours and giving depth to the decorations. A mixture of the purest raw materials is used to create extremely fine porcelain. Natural clay is taken from a local quarry, whose origins date back to Roman times. The various production phases in the workshops require highly specialized manual operations such as moulding, shaping, casting, enamelling by immersion or spray, and painting. These high quality products are exclusively hand-made and are never exactly alike.


Dante-Baldelli-Ceramic-inverted cone Vase

Dante Baldelli Vase for Rometti

Umbertide, circa 1930


During its early conception Rometti attracted the talents of futurist artists such as Fortunato Depero, and Giacomo Balla. Also works of stylized figuration, sometimes visionary, playful and bizarre were created by artists of the caliber of Corrado Cagli and Dante Baldelli. Other prestigious collaborators that contributed to Rometti were painter and sculptor Giovanni Ciangottini and Leoncillo Leonardi in the forties. Today , Rometti has a team of contemporary designers that collaborate with the company including Monica Poggia, Liliane Lijn, Ambrogio Pozzi, Chantel Thomas and Jean Christoph Clair.
Rometti has been in continual production now for 90 years and has imbibed a diversity of ceramic influences including the genres of Art Deco, Futurism, Bauhaus and Modernist, all infused with the unique and distinctive Rometti interpretation. Its contemporary creations continue their rich tradition of innovation and visionary flair.





Rometti dish with triangular base

Bowl Doppiapresenza trigono – Rometti



Rometti vases 2017

Rometti ceramic vases




Rometti Collection

Rometti Display




Ceramic bottles with horizontal stripes - Jean-Christoph-Clair

Jean Christoph Clair — ‘Eau De Terre’ – Rometti




Four kings Ceramic liqueur-Set-Rometti

Ceramic liqueur set – Rometti



tesoro_Rometti white sgraffito on black footed vase

‘Tesoro’ sgraffito vase – Rometti



Ceramic Cilindro-Lamp-Monica-Poggia

‘Cilindro Lampada’ – Monica Poggia





Rometti  teapot



omeetti vase chess board decoration

‘Scacchi’ – Dante Baldelli , Rometti chess vase





Rometti factory Umbertide, Italy



Huntsmen vase Rometti-Corrado-Cagli Slightly flattened oval-shaped vase, with low funnel mouth, decorated with black hunting scene with green, yellow and brown horizontal bands on white background, majolica-glazed terracotta, Rometti manufacture, Umbertide, Italy, 20th century

Horse riding hunters vase – Corrado Cagli, Rometti




Rometti_2017_vaso_tartaruga_nero turtle shell pattern in black and white

Rometti – ‘Tartaruga Nero Vase’ – Jean Christoph Clair

Presenza Sciamana  (Shaman Presence) series



Corrado Cagli-Dante Baldelli The March on Rome ceramic ovoid vase

Corrado Cagli- ‘The March on Rome’ ceramic vase





Rometti-Tangerine ceramic Liqueur-set

Rometti – Tangerine ceramic Liqueur set




Rometti-ceramiche-vase-antilopi ovoid vase with orange, white, green, yellow bands with blacl antelope motifs

Antelopi ovoid vase – Rometti



Rometti ceramic artist in studio

Rometti ceramic artist



ceramic sculpture art deco bust - female with extended straight neck

‘Sfere Cosmos’– Jean Christoph Clair



Rometti-Umbertide-red vase with gold bands

Red vase with gold bands – Rometti



Rometti_2017_vaso_tartaruga_bianco( White Turtle Vase)

Rometti ‘Vaso Tartaruga Bianco’ (White Turtle Vase) ) – Jean Christoph Clair




retia_vase black with white chequered pattern Rometti

Rometti Retia vase



Primitivo-Rometti-black and white abstract pattern plate and ffooted tumbler

‘Primitivo’ set -Rometti



Abstract head vase - Rometti

‘Presenza’ head vase – Rometti



Black ceramic accordion player

Desktop accordion player pen stand – Rometti



Ceramic vase with fishermen motifs

Pescatori ‘Fishermen’ – Corrado Cagli – Rometti




‘Medusa’ – Dante Baldelli



Corrado Cagli, Dante Baldelli, Ceramic plate - March on Rome , 1929-1930,


Corrado Cagli, Dante Baldelli, Ceramic plate – ‘March on Rome’ 




Hunters vase by Rometti

Ovoid s ‘Hunters’ vase – Rometti




Dante Baldelli Futurist Vase – Rometti, 30’s



Ceramic female head busts and high heel boots - Jean Christoph Clair

Jean Christoph Clair – ‘Sfere Kosmos’ – Rometti



Black and White labirinto-vase-Rometti

 ‘Labirinto’ vase – Rometti




Le Arti' ceramic vase - Rometti - naked femal motif

‘Le Arti’ vase – Rometti



Ceramiche-Rometti-liqueur vessel

Ceramic liqueur pourer – Rometti



Black and White futuro_vase-Rometti

Black and white Futuro Vase



Foret-2---Cedric-Ragot lime green and white vases

‘Foret 2 ‘  – Cedric Ragot




Rometti-Pucci-Umbertide-ceramic-carafe bottle-with-stopper

Rometti ceramic carafe bottle with stopper




Black vase with orange bands and sliver female motif - Rometti

Rometti vase




Dante Baldelli Ceramic Vase



Damier contemporary vase by Rometti

‘Damier’ – Rometti




corrado-cagli-'Umbrian-Landscape',-1930 Green on yellow and white bands

Corrado Cagli – ‘Umbrian Landscape’





Corrado Cagli plate, 1930’s



Corrado-Cagli-mermaids-and-fish-plate in blue and black

Corrado Cagli mermaids and fish plate



Rometti-factory ceramic jewellry box




Carlos ceramic table in black and white

‘Carlos’ ceramic table – Rometti



Umbria landscape cache pot - Rometti Blue black and white bands with silhouette landscape

Umbria landscape cache pot – Corrado Cagli, Rometti




Ecaille---Jean-Christoph-Clair Incised blue plate and matching bottle

‘Ecaille’ —Jean Christoph Clair



Il Calciatore  Cache Pot – Rometti



Diabolo--vase -Jean-Christoph-Clair--

‘Diabolo’ – Jean Christoph Clair




‘Konas’ – Liliale Lijn




Rometti-liqueur-set green and black gazing

Rometti liqueur set




Vaso-Marin---Rometti red vase with white bands

Vaso ‘Marin’ — Rometti


Sergio Fiorentino— ‘Tuffatore’ footed floral motif campote -Rometti



Rose Vase Volupté-lacets-noires-pour-Chantal-Thomass-Rometti

‘Rose Vase Volupté’ – Chantal Thomass for Rometti



Sergio-Fiorentino---Tuffatore-footed vase with floral motif-Rometti

Sergio Fiorentino— ‘Tuffatore’ footed floral motif vase -Rometti



‘Totem’ – Jean Christoph Clair




Rometti-twin-handled-vase-Greek classical motif in black on white




Jean-Christoph-Clair ceramic arts for Rometti

‘Cocteau’ series for Rometti – Jean Christoph Clair




Il lavoro dei campi



Rometti ceramicists



Vase with stylized-horses,-majolica-glazed-terracotta,-Rometti

‘Cavalli’ vase decorated with stylized horses by Dante Balldeli for Rometti

Majolica glazed terracotta, 1938





Fisherman-ceramic plate Corrado-Cagli


‘Fisherman’ ceramic plate – Corrado Cagli



Allegoria footed vase with standing naked female from, the back

Allegoria – Rometti



Corrado-Cagli-abstract art

‘Arancia E Vasellame’ by Corrado Cagli




rometti-footed vase with man working in the fields motif in black

Rometti footed vase –  ‘Working in the fields’


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Figurative dance sculptures and art



Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers

Royal Dux Art Deco Porcelain dancers



Won-Lee dance sculpture - two slender figures

‘Caesura #4’   Won Lee




 Dance rhythms of life       


The body is blessed with agility, dexterity and above all rhythm. Only humans have the ability to be engaged (entrained) in rhythmically coordinated movement to an advanced degree. The desire to dance is universal and cross cultural and has permeated all world societies. Ancient tribes used dancing rituals for many important occasions, ceremonies and healing and attained bonding through their creative expression of movement. By integrating storytelling into these public displays of dancing, their history was reinforced and sustained into future generations. Most ancient tribes had specific and important dances for various coming of age ceremonies, weddings and funerals. Dance was performed as a form of ritual to call the spirits of their ancestors in order to establish a line of communication with them. They believed that dancing helped them to feel their ancestral spirits and enable direct invocation for the blessings and approval they were seeking.
The process of performing in rhythmic sync for a celebration and the use of costume and body decoration helped to unify the collective tribal spirit The rhythms, chants, drumming, and dancing all combined to create an uplifting, spiritual state for everyone involved. Sometimes, this led to elevated states of ecstatic trance which has been witnessed with whirling dervishes from Turkey, Moroccan hadra dancing, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria & Brazil and Shaman healers from the Kalahari. In the Middle East they believed that their dancing rituals served to reintegrate and balance the main powers of the human body with the same energy that supports the divine creative energy.


Xu Fei Hong dancing couple sculpture

Bronze dancing couple – Xu Fei Hong


According to Joseph Jordania, the development of the sense of rhythm was central for the achievement of the specific neurological state of the battle trance, crucial for the development of the effective defense system of early hominids.The elevated consciousness attained through their dance gave them more power and spirit to transcend fatigue and conquer their enemy. Some of its many manifestations through the ages has been the rhythmic war cry, rhythmic drumming by shamans, rhythmic tribal dancing before a battle, rhythmic drilling of the soldiers and even contemporary professional combat forces listening to the rhythmic rock music all using the ability of rhythm to unite human individuals into a shared collective force.
It was not uncommon for ancient tribal dancing to imitate the movements of their totem animals and birds, while wearing furs and feathers from these creatures. As birds and animals had characteristic movements, especially with their mating rituals, they had a wealth of material to draw upon. Prehistoric hunters performed dancing to honor their prey before killing them to receive maximum advantage from the flesh.


Rosenthal, white porcelain -Dancer-1923

Rosenthal Dancer, 1923


In some of the more esoteric dance performances, complex rituals are integrated into the dancing as evidenced in the use of distinctive hand movements and vivd facial expressions in the South Indian Bharatnatyam. Complete mythological epic tales are enacted, highlighted by the percussive stamping of feet in sync to the Tabla and Mridang drumming rhythm patterns. Lord Nataraja, one of the Hindu gods, is considered to be the master of this dance form. The Moroccan Gnawa music and accompanying dance also has detailed structure. ( see below)

The natural balance and grace of a dancer combined with the accompanying spirit, joy and emotion, provides a rich tapestry of subject matter for a visual artist. The capturing of dance performance is covered here with a focus on three artistic mediums – sculpture, photography and paintings.


Pearl-Primus dancing with two drummers Photo by Gjon Mili

Pearl Primus  – photo by Gjon Mili

“I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere”.  – Pearl Primus




Marc-Bellaire ceramic drop vessel with tribal dancer

Mid Century tribal dancer vessel – Marc Bellaire



AncientBoeotian Terracotta statue .. dancer

Boeotian Terracotta statue of a dancer




'Dancer'-by-Gerda-Gerdago sculpture figurine bronze

Constructivist Art Deco ‘Dancer’  by Gerda Gerdago

Iconic Snob Galeries




Edourad Cazaux Baluster-vase

Baluster vase with dancing carnival characters – Edouard Cazaux



Giovanni-Ronzan belly dancer figurine

Giovanni Ronzan belly dancer figurine, Torino, Italy



Josef-Lorenzl-Gold Art Deco sculpture dance figure

Josef Lorenzl Gold Art Deco dance figure




Jitka-Palmer-ceramic cup with dancing

Jitka Palmer



MichaelGustavson-Autumn Dancer abstract sculpture ceramic vessel

Michael Gustavson – ‘Autumn Dancer’



Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase

Janos Torok Mid Century dancers vase for Zsolnay




‘Afro Cuban Dancers’ – Miguel Covarrubias




D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine--Thai costume

D.H.Chiparus Art Deco Dancer Bronze Sculpture Statue Figurine




‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’ 1939

Meet Me At The Savoy! Photo Series




Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series. February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dustin Yellin. New York City Ballet-Art Series.

February, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)




A-Girl-from-Mexico female dancer

Movie – ‘A girl from Mexico’, 2012




Harem-Dancer-Sculpture-by-Van-de-Voorde in bronze

Harem Dancer Sculpture by Van de Voorde



Gustavo Pujalte, Esquina Tango A couple dancing the tango on the street


Gustavo Pujalte, ‘Esquina Tango’




Dance of Beauty – Parian – Gaylord Ho

Fascination Fine Art




Dominique Alonzo –  ‘Danseuse Egyptienne’



Edouard Cazaux daceing female figurine

Edouard Cazaux




Guy Portelli_small_tango_sculpture of a dancing couple

Guy Portelli – ‘Small Tango’



Tongues (Holy Rollers) –  Archibald Motley – 1929

Chicago History Museum




Gnawa musicians and leaping dancer

Gnawa dance

The mluk are evoked by the seven musical patterns, seven melodic and rhythmic cells (Um) which are repeated and varied, set up the seven suites that form the repertoire of dance and music of the Gnawa ritual. During these seven suites are burned seven different incense and veils or shawls of seven different colors are used to cover the dancers. Each of the seven mluk is accompanied by many characters (mluk or Djins) recognized by the music and by the footsteps of the dance. These entities are treated like “presence” (Hadra) that the consciousness meets in the altered state of consciousness (Hal), are related with mental complexes, human characters or behaviors. Some of the most known spirits amongst the Gnawa group are: Lalla Mira, Lalla Aicha, and Sidi Mimoun are usually related to places like rivers or seas.


Copyright 1998-to current date by Gilded Serpent, LLC


Eva-Antonia Ballerina sculpture in bronze

‘Ballerina’ – Eva Antonini



Vase with dancers-in-bluish-white-tones-bubbled-with-fountains-gushing-dark-blue.Edourad-Cazaux

Jazz Age ovoid vase with a hemmed collar and dancers in bluish-white tones bubbled with fountains gushing dark blue – Edouard Cazaux

Circa 1935-1940




(B) Ballet on the Beach (c)NYC64813 – Philippe Halsman



Blue_Dancer_2-Alexander-Archipenko - sculpture of a female dancer

‘Blue Dancer 2’ –  Alexander Archipenko



‘Hot Rhythm’ – Archibald Motley – Jazz Age modernist



bronzestatue of a male and female calypso dancers

Bronze statue of Caribbean dancers




Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost

Jazz Age plate by Viktor Schreckengost



Dakkar street dancing by Frank-Horvat

Frank Horvat – Dakkar street dancing





Ballroom Dancers Mixed Media Hand Painted Iron Wall Sculpture by Primo




Aaron-Douglas drawing of black dancers

Aaron Douglas




Dancer-and-the-dance-by-John-Safer-Stylized stainless steel sculpture

‘Dancer and the dance’ by John Safer




Dany-Jumg wood sculpture

Dany Jumg



Demêtre Chiparus, “Les Girls” c.1930



Eds-Dance_Hans-van-de-Bovenkamp - abstract metal sculpture

‘Ed’s Dance’ – Hans van de Bovenkamp



Ernie-Barnes painting of a dancing couple

Ernie Barnes – ‘The Dancing Couple’




Gerdago---Silver Dancer----1920

Gerda Gerdago—‘Silver Dancer’— Austria 1920





Porcelain dancing couple – designed by Lorenzl for  Goldscheider




Dance of Life sculpture - Dancing circle of women arm in arm

‘Dance of Life’ sculpture – Bradanovic Agid Lucy




Rene Lalique-Crystal-Two-Nude-Dancers

Rene Lalique frosted glass ‘Two Nude Dancers’



Granada-Gypsies dancing Granada gypsy with guitar players

Granada Gypsies playing guitars for a Gypsy dancer

Photograph by Dmitri Kessel





Silver bronze Art Deco dancer with drape




Kolaramma-Temple carved stone dancing lady

Kolaramma Temple at Kolar, relief of dancing women at the mahadwara (main entrance)




Gyuri Hollosy




passionate tango dancing couple

Tango dancers




Joy Of The Dance - D.E. McDermott Lady dancing sculpture in black

‘Joy Of The Dance’ – D.E. McDermott

Sioux Falls



Marie-Madeleine-Gautier-French-sculptor LES DANSEUSES BALINAISES

‘Les Danseuses Balinaises’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier




Maurice-Guiraud-Riviere-art deco figure sculpture - naked green man with a gold turban

Maurice Guiraud Riviere – art deco figure sculpture



Nathan-Brutsky cubist abstract man and woman dancing

Nathan Brutsky



Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Les_Trois_Graces Three buxom women dancing

Niki de Saint Phalle – ‘Les Trois Graces’


Paige Bradley - 'Summer' =nude female sculpture

Paige Bradley – ‘Summer’ 


Georgy-Kurasov painting of female dancer with tamborine


Georgy Kurasov




Erte Firedancer art deco figure sulpture

Erte – ‘Firedancer’

Patinated and cold painted Art Deco sculpture




Pawaya temple relief of female musicians and a dancer

Relief of court dancer from Gupta era, Pewaya, Madhya Pradesh



leaping Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus

“The dance is strong magic. It transforms the body into liquid steel. It makes it vibrate like a guitar. The body can fly without wings. It can sing without voice. The dance is strong magic. The dance is life:”. – Pearl Primus


sculpture of a female dancing by Dorothy Brook

‘Rain Dance’ by Dorothy Brook




Richard-MacDonald-sculpture of two dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald sculpture – Sisters Quarter Life from the Joie de Vivre Suite



Keith Calder--layback_male_dancer

Lay Back Male Dancer – Keith Calder




Richard-MacDonald blaaet dancing sisters

Richard MacDonald



 Gypsy dancing -by Kurt Hielscher

 Gypsy dancing by Kurt Hielscher

Spain 1914-1919



mark_yale_harris_dance_me_to_the_end_of_love_l dancing couple sculpture

‘Dance me to the end of love !’  – Mark Yale Harris




Rogier-Ruys two female abstract damcers

Rogier Ruys two female abstract dancers desktop sculptures



Şatrova Natalia





The Lindy Hop1936 by Miguel Covarrubias

‘The Lindy Hop’ by Miguel Covarrubias



Outdoor sculpture of a dancing cople -- Tango by Larry Young

 ‘Tango’ by Larry Young





Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor.

Egyptian Dancer in a Tent, by Willem de Famars Testas, 1863, Dutch Painting, watercolor




Svetlana Belyaeva photo of a dancer in the forest

Svetlana Belyaeva photography





Violetta---Nathalie-SEGUIN-female sculpture

‘Violetta’  —   Nathalie Seguin



House Music with dance sculptures – Tikyo feat. Barbara Tucker The B Crew _Back 2 Love Richard Earnshaw Remix









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Masks – the art of concealment


African painted clay mask, Luluwa – Royal Museum for Central Africa

Photo – Haguard Du Nord


Menagerie of mask mystique


During the first decades of the 20th century, a shift occurred from purely perceptual art to a more conceptual style fueled by a growing interest in the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania and North America. The ‘Primitivism’ and ‘Africanist’ arts explored by Paul Gauguin just before the beginning of the century was also embraced by artists such as Modigliani, Matisse, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Brancusi, Giacometti and Picasso. It gifted them with a visual narrative that propelled the movement away from naturalism and contributed to a pivotal thrust towards modern and contemporary work. The spread of Colonialism and exploration allowed the artists to become acquainted with exotic masks and sculptures that influenced their change in perception, especially with the evolution of Cubism.

The art of masks has been expressed for many different reasons. Masks have existed as a potent symbol for mystique, communication and power ranging from pure flights of fantasy in a masquerade ball or carnivale festival, depictions of particular characters in opera and theatre, Japanese Kabuki Kumadori masks, revelations of ancestral spirits in tribal ceremonies and use by  Shamans for conveying a deity spirit force.
Primitive tribal artists, through less cultivation of their intellect, perceived reality more directly through their subconscious and intuition. This was one of the reasons why their art was more schematic and minimilized as intuitive awareness needed less detail to understand an object. Their primitive imagery in some ways was actually sophisticated in its own right because it created the desired impact without a need for as much visual realism and complexity. This was used to great effect in the mask arts.



Aegean-Goddess mask TheArtOfTheMask-on-Etsy

Aegean Goddess mask


The mask artists in most ancient cultures earned a respected status, not only because of their artisan skills but because of their ability to infuse “spirit” into the art piece. Masks were judged not only by their artistic appearance but for the power they projected. In Cameroon, mask carvers were held in high esteem and worked mostly for forts (local kings). The late fon (chief) of Babungo was himself a talented carver, who descended from a royal line of carvers.
Generally in Africa, the masks are held to be of great spiritual power, and it’s considered taboo for anyone other than specially trained persons or chosen ones to wear or possess certain masks. These ceremonial masks are each thought to have a soul, or life force, and wearing these masks is thought to transform the wearer into the entity the mask represents.


African Mask from the Tikar tribe of Cameroon-17inches-high-Genuineafrica-com

African Mask from the Tikar tribe of Cameroon

17inches high-


The Baoulé, the Senoufo and the Dan tribes of Africa all believe their world is split into two domains: the human domain which is represented by the village and its people, and the spiritual domain, which is represented by the forest and its spirits and their art. When a dancer wears a mask he becomes the spirit of that mask depending on his skill as a ‘medium’. A masked dancer will speak in the language of the spirits and his words are interpreted by a wise man. There are many different masks, each of which has a distinct use during rituals or festivals. Some masks play an important part in tribal rites while others are simply for entertainment at social gatherings. This is typical for many African tribes and other ancient cultures that used masks in their ceremonies.

In Mozambique the most powerful and important Chokwe mask is known as ‘Chikunga’. It is only worn by chiefs and is used during investiture ceremonies of a chief and for performing sacrifices to the ancestors. During their Mukunda initiation, the youth spend several months in a special lodge where they are instructed in their anticipated roles as men. As part of their instruction, the boys are taught the history and traditions of the group and the secrets associated with the wearing and making of masks.




Chokwe-red-and-white braided hair

Incised African mask – Chokwe red and white


Masks were popular in early Greek theatre and preceded the introduction of acting with spoken lines. Like the African masks, they were also larger in scale and favoured a startling appearance and heightened expression running the full gamut of emotions, whether it be sadness, joy, pain or delight. They were also used as a vehicle to tap the hidden psyche and show larger than life abstract imagery from the subconscious. Just as meditation provides the ability to transcend the notion of limited self, the donning of a ceremonial mask also served as a vehicle for shifting self perception and embracing a higher spirit.
Picasso recognized the transformative power of art when he first witnessed Dan masks at a Paris ethnographic museum exhibition. He realized that the Dan artists were using the masks as a means to express their confrontation and conquering of their own inner fears. And in the process they opened up visionary channels of communication and revealed the hidden inner layers for others to witness. Masks weren’t only a means to conceal the physical appearance but became a metaphor for the presence of a hidden consciousness.

Brancusi said, “what is real is not the external form but the essence of things. It is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its external surface”. The tribal artists intrinsically grasped this concept.



Ghanaian craved wood mask

African Wood Mask Hand Carved ‘Dan Beauty’  Ghana




mosaic mask flickr

Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Herz Stucke, Flickr



angoram-mask,-sepik-carving, Papua, New Guinea

Sepik mask carving, Papua, New Guinea




kimmy-cantrell abstract cubist mask

Kimmy Cantrell abstract mask




Carved Dan mask - Camaroon

Dan Mask, Ivory Coast




Black Bamana mask, Mali

Bamana mask, Ivory Coast




Mosaic Mask from Malinaltepec. Teotihuacan Exhibition

Turquoise, Amazonite, Obsidian mask from Malinaltepec, Mexico

300-550 AD

Teotihuacan Exhibition





Bambara Mask  — Mali, Africa




Sky Blue with gold highlights 'Small wind' mask by Nives Cicin Sain

 ‘Small wind’ mask by Nives Cicin Sain




Carved wooden Baule Mask - Africa

Carved wooden Baule Mask – Ivory Coast




Tribal mask Billy-Kiten-mask,-Sepik-River

Sepik River mask by Billy Kiten , Papua New Guinea




Wood carved wall sculpture - Congo-Chokwe-mask

Congo Chokwe mask



Art Deco Ceramic-Wall-Mask-'TRAGEDY'-By-Goldscheider-Wien

‘Tragedy’  ceramic wall mask By Goldscheider Wien, Austria




Ivory-Coast-red-mask carved from wood

Ivory Coast red mask




full faced Japanese wooden mask

Carved wood Japanese smiling mask




Daniel hawkins wall mask

‘White Crawl’ mask – Daniel Hawkins






Art Nouveau Egyptian Revival Bronze and Terracotta Burial Mask

NYC Modern



Art Deco Inspired Tamara de Lempicka Wall Mask from Echo Of Deco

Art Deco Inspired ‘Tamara de Lempicka’ Wall Mask from Echo Of Deco




Eharo masks, Elema people, Orokolo Bay, Gulf province New Guinea

Eharo masks, Elema people, Orokolo Bay, Gulf province New Guinea





Water Spirit Mama Wati Face mask. Guro people. Ivory Coast

Mid-20th century



-Elema Mask,-Orokolo-village of New Guinea

Elema Mask, Papua New Guinea




Elemental power mask – Laura Demm



'Epa' mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria

‘Epa’ mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria



Fig Leafman ceramic Mask

Fig Leafman ceramic Mask




Gabon long Fang mask

 Long Fang mask, Gabon



Higinio Hernandez Carrillo. Beaded mask,-'Green Jicuri Flower'

Higinio Hernandez Carrillo. Beaded mask, – ‘Green Jicuri Flower’




Isis, Osiris and Nephtys.-Scene from woman's mummy mask

Isis, Osiris and Nephthys. Scene from woman’s mummy mask

Roman Period



Keramik Wandmaske Afrikanerin-1950's

Ceramik Wandmaske Afrikanerin




Kifwebe Songye mask carved wood

Kifwebe Songye mask



Mexican Folk Art Sun Moon mask by Felipe Perez Aygn

20 inches height

Great Green Apple




Japanese-Folk-Art-Opera-Mask in red, grey, black and white

Japanese Folk Art Opera Mask



‘Oracle Mask’  – Daniel Hawkins



Scott Jensen carved mask

Speaking Cedar





Lulula ceremonial mask

African Congo Circa: 20 th Century AD




Stone-mask-'Na`vi Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Mosaic on stone mask ‘Na`vi  – Herzstücke Mosaics Mask

Herz Stücke Flickr



‘Lustre Masks’ – Beatrice-Wood


Donna Schneier Fine Arts



LydiaMini Raku Ceramic Mask

‘Lydia Mini’ Raku Ceramic Mask – Epsilon Series – 



Ceramic mosaic Mask Lungo by Irina Charny

Ceramic mosaic ‘Mask Lungo’ by Irina Charny




Black sculpture Magic Mask by Elizabeth Catlett

‘Magic Mask’ by Elizabeth Catlett

Photo – Crispin Vasquez



tall mask Boris-Indrikov


Elongated mask – Boris Indrikov




Gold and red Mahakala-Buddha-Wall-Mask

Tibetan Mahakala Buddha Wall Mask with octopus crown




NZ Maori mask by Bob Christopher

Hand carved NZ Maori mask by Bob Christopher



Mask-by Boris Indrikov

Part abstract mask – Boris Indrikov



Maske 'kpelié' from the Senufo people

 ‘Kpelié Makse’ from the Senufo people, Ivory Coast




beaded Ganesha mask, India

Beaded Ganesh mask, India




Bearde man mask

Mask of bearded man, 2nd century B.C



Mask of the 'mblo'-group from the Baule people

Mask from ‘mblo’ group of the Baule people



Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali - wood and metal

Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali



Colourful Mayan mask in green, orange and white

Mayan mask




African Mask by Roger Capron




Mini Dan African_artifact_wood_black_face_mask_cote_i__voire_liberia

Mini Dan African mask_Cote D’IVoire,  Liberia




Steel Mask-by-Hagenauer

Momdernist Mask by Franz Hagenauer

Sheryl’s Art Deco



Sepik River mask - Papua New Guinea

Sepik River mask – Papua New Guinea



Neo-Olmec-mask - Daniel Hawkins

Neo Olmec mask – Daniel Hawkins




‘Off-on-a-Tangent’ — wall mask – Laurie Shaman



New-Guinea-Native-Wood-Mask with shells and string

New Guinea Native Wood Mask




-Likishi-Masquerade-Kaoma-Zambia -photo by Phyllis-Galembo

Likishi Mask, Kaoma, Zambia

 Photo by Phyllis Galembo





‘Frog Mask’ – Preston Singletary, Ed Archie and NoiseCat



lisa Larson ceramic mask

Gustavsberg, Lisa Larson



Raku-fired-with-crawling-glaze Chihula octopus mask

Cthulhu raku fired mask




Senufo Kpeliye'e Double Mask

Senufo Kpeliye’e Double Mask





‘Frog Moon’ by artist Randy Stiglitz




River-Spirit-wall mask--Courtney and Scott-Jensen carved wood and beads

‘River Spirit’ wall mask–Scott and Courtney Jensen




7 cobras mask - Sri laanka

Coiled Cobra mask – Sri Lanka



Teke enameled mask

Teke Mask



Teotihuacan greenstone mask

Teotihuacan greenstone mask




Chalk Ware Sarem Italy Lenci Lady




and carved and painted mask

Vintage African carved mask





Sascha Brastoff mask








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