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Garden fountain sojourn

 

Street fountain in Provence

Saignon fountain in Provence, France

 

Fountains of fluid beauty   

 

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

 

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

HEN-Mainz Flickr

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Fontaine-des-Innocents-Paris fountain

‘Fontaine des Innocents’ – 1547

Architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon

 

 

street Fountain-of-Neptune in Italy

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

Eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna

 

 

Garden Fish-fountain-at-Tybee-Island

Tybee Island fish sculpture fountain

 

 

Two Cherubs and a lion head wall fountain

Winged lion and cherubs fountain, France

Voyage Visuel

 

Stone carved angel fountain Sicily

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

 

 

San Paolo street fountain

San Paolo, Roma – LZ – Italia.

Photo William McClung

 

 

 

Figurative sculpture fountain. Regents Park, London.

 

 

Emile Bourdelle -‘Penelope’ (left)

1912

 

 

mexican talavera jug an bowl in iron frame fountain

Mexican talavera ceramic jug and bowl fountain

 

 

Arles-Green Fountainhead,-France

Arles turquoise green fountainhead, France

 

 

The-Tiki-Pool-sculpture head in-Duinrell

The Tiki Pool, Duinrell

Wassenaar, The Netherlands

 

 

 

Santa-Cruz-fountain - kneeling female figure sculpture

Kneeling female figure sculpture fountain, Santa Cruz

 

 

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

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

ca. 480 BC Southern Italy

Louvre Museum

 

 

Rome_Fountain_del_Tritone

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

 

 

Aix-en-Provence courtyard fountain

Aix en Provence

Photo by cb de damiette, Flickr

 

 

 

Indoor koi pond and waterfall

 

 

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

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

Rome, Photo Pat Kofahl, 500px

 

 

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

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NY

 

 

Blue-amphoras-vase located-at-Stadtpark

Blue amphora vase – Stadtpark, Vienna

 

 

Bartholdi Park fountain Washington DC

Bartholdi Park, Washington DC

 

 

Cobalt-blue-birdbath

Cobalt blue glaze birdbath

Molotilo

 

Cherub sculpture courtyard fountain

Courtyard fountain with cherub sculpture, Provence

 

 

A fountain by Utah artist Gary Prince

Harrison garden, Attica, Indiana

 

 

Gold Danaida_fountain_of_Peterhof---Yair-Haklai

Gold Danaida fountain of Peterhof

Photo Yair Haklai

 

 

terracotta angel statue

Terracotta English Tudor garden angel

 

 

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

Inge Johnsson / Alamy

 

 

Garden of St. Eloi island whale sculpture

Fountain Blue Whale , 1982

Garden of St. Eloi island, Paris 12th district

 

 

Fontaine léanaise

Photo by Zagreusfm on Flickr

 

 

Fontaine Saint Michele Photo by Michele Campus

Fontaine Saint Michele

Photo by Michele Campus

 

 

Fountain-Saint-Michel

Fountain Saint Michel

Tamar Marie on Flickr

 

 

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

Fountain Rhode Island—David Fuller

 

 

Art Deco fountain - Francois Sicard - 1932

Art Deco fountain – Francois Sicard – 1932

photo Jamie Williams

The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park North, Sydney

 

 

 

Friendship-of-Nations-fountain - Moscow

Friendship of Nations fountain, Moscow

 

 

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

Galatea Fountain (gilded-bronze), Audrey Flack

South Pasadena, Florida

 

 

Ganesha,-sculpture-fountain

Ganesha statue fountain – Bali

 

 

Art Nouveau fountain

Art Nouveau maiden fountain

 

 

 

Havlystparken-Hvitsten,-Norway garden lake fountain

Havlystparken Hvitsten, Norway-©-Kari Meijers

 

 

 

green dragon fountain, Japan

Dragon fountain, Japan

 

 

Large elephant fountain sculpture

Elephant fountain sculpture (waiting for some water)

Home Magazine by STUDIO Gannett – – Issu

 

 

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

Photo by Alandra Palisser

 

 

Japanese garden with waterfall and pagoda

Tranquil Japanese garden, Portland, Oregon

 

 

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Moroccan tiled geometric pool fountain

Moroccan geometric tiled pool

 

 

National-Orchid-Garden fountain

National Orchid Garden fountain, Singapore

 

 

Naum Gabo fountain London

Revolving Torsion’  by constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo, London

Photo by Pemberley Oak

 

 

turquoise fountain with cascading discs

Contemporary water fountain

 

 

” Moses”  by Michelangelo, 1515

church of San Pedro in Víncoli, in Rome

 

 

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

Concorde Square Fountain, Paris

 

 

 

garden fountain by Kari-Meijers

Garden fountain

Photo by Kari Meijers

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jade green heron fountain sculpture

Jade green heron fountain sculpture

 

 

 

Neptune fountain-Congress-Library-Washington

Neptune sculpture fountain – Library of Congress, USA

 

 

Stacy-Bass-photo of evening light in a garden

In The Garden – Stacy Bass

 

 

McNay-Art-Museum statue

McNay Art Museum

 

 

 

Water Goddess Victoria_Square_-_Birmingham

Floozie in the Jacuzzi – Dhruva Mistry

Victoria Square, Birmingham

 

 

Fontaine de Medicis by Auguste Ottin

The Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.

 

 

Todji Kurtzman

 

 

Moon-Garden-at-London’s-Connaught-hotel

 ‘Moon Garden’  – Tom Stuart Smith

London’s Connaught hotel — Image MMGI Marianne Majerus

 

 

Lotus lily pond

Indulgy

 

 

Red rock Uluru-Waterfalls,

Uluru Waterfalls, Central Australia

 

 

Versailles fountain statue

Versailles fountain

 

 

Versailles gold fountain

Versailles — Bosquet de l’Arc de Triomphe

 

 

 

Atlas fountain Villa-Aldobrandini-

The Atlas Fountain, Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy

“Villas and Gardens” Flickr

 

 

Yves-Saint-Laurent-and-Pierre-Berge's-Moroccan-garden

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s Moroccan oasis

 

 

Fish wall sculpture Lucy Smith

Fish sculpture wall fountain – Lucy Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

African tribal pottery styles

 

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Selection of African tribal pottery from differnet tribes, Burkina Faso

 

 

 

Pottery diversity of Africa

 

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

 

hand crafting a large clay pot - Mali

Mali female potter

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

 

pottery market in Mali

Mali street pottery market

 

Clay selection

 

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

 

 

Ceramonial pot in NIgeria

Baatonu shrine pot, Nigeria

Image from the youtube video African Pottery Forming and Firing

 

 

 

Bamana fabric textured pot - Mali

Bamana fabric textural decorated pot, Segou, Mali

 

 

Pottery firing

 

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

 

Arranging large Bamana pots for firing - Mali

Mali women arranging large pots for firing

 

preparing a stack of pottery for firing in Mali

Mali pottery firing

 

 

Stylized figure decoration - Bamileke, Cameroon

Stylized repetitive figure decoration, Bamileke, Cameroon

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Female Bamana potter in Mali

Female Bamana potter

 

 

Baule pot with reptile motifs

Reptile motif pot from Baule, Ivory Coast

 

 

African-braided fibre decoration

Creating texture with braided fibre, Africa

 

 

Carved Dogon ceremonial vessel

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

 

 

 

Mother and child sculpture - Yombe peoples, Congo

Yombe peoples mother with child sculpture, Republic of Congo

 

 

 

Ritual pot with symbols from Ewe tribe in Togo

Ritual vessel, Ewe tribe, Togo

 

 

 

Felix-Idubor relief sculpture, Nigeria

Nigerian sculpture relief, Felix Idubor

 

 

Figural-Bottle-possibly-Zela-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo

Terracotta Figural Bottle possibly Zela

 Republic of Congo

 

 

Bana people spirit vessel

Ceremonial spirit vessel – Bana People

 

 

 

Anthropomorphic globular vessel – Zande Congo

 

 

 

Burkina-Faso-pottery

Gurunsi pottery, Burkina Faso

 

 

Mali woman forming a pot

 

 

 

Donkey carrying huge load of pots, Africa

A donkey carrying pottery – Batagarwa, Katsina, Nigeria

 

 

 

Nuna pottery vessel with twin handles

 

Nuna Peoples pottery vessel, Burkina Faso

 

 

Incised decoration pot by Igbo, Nigeria

Igbo pot, Nigeria

 

 

 

Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso

Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso

 

 

Makonde pot with geometric decoration, Tanzania

Makonde pot, Tanzania

 

 

terracotta Djenne style sculpture figure

 Djenne style sculpture figure, Mali

 

 

Mali-Segou pottery market

Mali Segou pottery market,

Vicente Méndez, Flickr

 

 

Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon

Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon

 

 

The innocent anthropologist Notes from a Mud Hut – Nigel Barley

 

 

Nigerian pottery

Collection of Nigerian pottery

 

 

Katiola potters at work outside in their village

Katiola female potters, Ivory Coast

 

 

Cameroon storage pots terracotta

Large terracotta storage pots, Cameroon

 

 

República-Democrática-del-Congo wood carving

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

 

 

African lady forming a large pot

Somono potter Niamoye Nientao finishing a Jidaga (water jar)

Photo Adria Laviolette 1983

 

 

Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration

Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration

 

 

Large water jar – Lady Kwali, Nigeria

1960

 

 

 

Charming elegant pottery by Tutsi

Elegant Tutsi pot with flared neck, Rwanda

 

 

Vessel-with-stopper-from-the-Runtu-Camp,-Okavango-Delta

Shabby chic terracotta pottery – Okavango Delta

 

 

Large pottery firing pit in Mali

Kalabougou firing pit in Mali

 

 

Selection of Yoruba pottery

Yoruba pottery selection, Nigeria

 

 

Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Conga

Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Congo

 

 

Zulu beer pot with wart decoration

Zulu beer pot

 

 

A group of granaries-georges courreges, flickr

A group of granaries – georges courreges, flickr

 

 

 

African water vessel - The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections

African water jug

The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections

 

 

 

African terracotta pot with incised decoration

Igala Peoples, Nigeria

 

 

Sources quoted –

Making African Clay Pots | Bush-crafts of Africa

How did African people make traditional pots using clay?

Bamana pottery

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Danielle Adjoubel

 

six-tulips hand painted plate by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Six Tulips’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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‘Persian Paradise Garden’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

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

 

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Doves and Peacocks’ ceramic tile – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

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

 

Danielle Adjoubel Website

 

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

Porcelain plaque with birds – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

 

 

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‘The Bohemian’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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Ceramic ashtray, floral motifs – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

‘Flowers Bottle’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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Bathroom traditional Iznik floral wall tile mural   – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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‘Tulipmania’ Art Deco style bowl by Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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‘Heron in Branches’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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Rubis Collection Pomegranates – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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‘Hunting In The Fields’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

 

persian-minuture-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile panel

Persian Miniature tile panel – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

 

little-imari-danielle-adjoubel ceramic square plate

‘Little Amari’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

couple-damoureux_lovers by Danielle Adjoubel - ceramic tile wall panel

‘Couple damoureux’ (lovers) by Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

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

 

 

 

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‘Peacock in Feathers’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

‘Peacock in Foilage’ by Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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 Danielle Adjoubel painting a tile

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

Ceramic plate with Don Quichotte Chagall interpretation by Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

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‘Faenza’ plate –  Danielle Adjoubel

Diameter 32 cm

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

‘Aquarium’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

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‘Arabesque’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

‘Blue Horseman’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

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

 

 

bowl-with-solomon-seal motif by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Bowl with Solomon Seal’ geometric motif – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

Antique majolica and lustreware

 

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Iznik mosque lamp signed by Musli

 

 

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Persian Qajar ceramic peacock vessel

19th Century

 

 

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

Workshop of Giorgio Andreoli, 1529

Photo by Graham S. Haber, The Morgan

 

 

 

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Tin enameled earthenware 16th century plate

Aragon, Spain

 

 

 

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Turquoise Alhambra vase

Barakat gallery store

 

 

boris-zworykin-vasilisa-the-beautiful-collectible-decorative-plate

‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ – Boris Zworykin

 

 

 

ceramic-tiles-persian-azulejos horseman on white horse

Persian tile – horseman riding white horse

 

 

dish-with-coat-of-arms-of-bishop-baglioni-deruta-italy-ca

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

 

 

double-shelled-ewer-persian-ceramics-of-the-saljuq-period

Double shelled ewer, Persian ceramics of the Saljuq period

 

 

fatimid-bowl-with-female-scarf-dancer-12th-century-fatimid-period-earthenware-painted-over-glaze-with-luster-egypt-figural-representations

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

Egypt, 12th century

 

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

Italian majolica plate

Ruby Lane

 

 

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

Giorgio Andreoli tondino (plate)

 MET, NY

 

 

food-lady-pulling-arc-about-a-young-man-whose-neck-is-crossed-by-an-arrow-around-1540-provenance-dominican-convent-of-villareal-near-valencia-moorish-ceramics

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

1540

 

 

maiolica-istoriato-dish-1570

‘Maiolica Istoriato Dish’ by Urbino

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

1stDibs Errol & Henriette Manners

 

 

 

magnificent-hispano-moresque-lustre-pottery-dish-featuring-a-spread-eagle-valencia-probably-manises-circa-1435-60-southbys

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

Southby’s

 

 

 

plato-de-talavera-de-la-reinasiglo-xviiiespana

Plato de Talavera de la Reina,siglo XVIII,España

 

 

 

mettlach-villeroy-boch-german-porcelain-russian-fairy-tales-plate

Mettlach Villeroy & Boch German porcelain Russian fairy tales plate.

 

 

 

Qajar-polychrome-tile-with-figures-persia-19th-century-sotheby's

Qajar polychrome tile with figures, Persia,

19th century, Sotheby’s

 

 

persian-plate

Tin-glazed earthenware charger, 18″ dia.

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

 

 

 

piatto-da-pompa Italy with gold lustre

Italian majolica plate

 

 

 

qajar-pottery-vase-probably-19th-century-the-high-shouldered-blue-ground-body-moulded-in-low-relief-and-decorated-with-five-figure

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

 

 

 

trophies-plate-trophy-plates-plates-plates-plates-earthenware-majolica-glazed-earthenware-1560-plate

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

 

 

 

urbino-venus-and-cupid-on-dolphins

‘Venus and Cupid on dolphins’ – Urbino , Italy

 

 

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

Vintage Romeo-Juliet Portrait Plates Hand painted Italian Majolica

Orvieto/Deruta

 

 

 

workshop-of-master-giorgio-italian-gubbio-1519-dish-with-musical-instruments

Musical instrument plate – Giorgio Andreoli

1519

 

 

 

 

 

Pottery destination Southern France – Le Don du Fel

 

Le-Don-Du-Fel-Gallery in France

Le Don Du Fel gallery/studio

 

 

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

Le Don du Fel Gallery

 

 

Le Don du Fel – French contemporary ceramics

 

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

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

 

Agnes His

 

Agnes-His-ceramic sculpture trees

Agnes His

 

 

Andreas Steinemann

 

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

Andreas Steinemann

 

 

andreas-steinemann-ceramic-conical bowl polychrome stripes

Andreas Steinemann

 

 

Ann Goodfellow

 

 

Ann Goodfellow ceramic female figure sculpture

Ann Goodfellow

 

 

ann-goodfellow posing with her sculptures

Ann Goodfellow

 

 

Ann Van Hoey

 

Ann Van Hoey burnt orange contemporary folded vessel

 

 

Arshaf Hannah

 

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

 

Arshaf Hannah contemporary ceramic sculpture

Arshaf Hannah

 

Two Arshaf Hannah sculptural ceramic vessels

Arshaf Hannah

 

 

Athena Jahantigh

 

Athena-Jahantigh-ceramic-anamorphic horse

Athena Jahantigh

 

 

Athena Jahantigh-ceramic-ram

Athena Jahantigh

 

 

Bodil Manz

 

Bodil Manz-ceramic-cylindrical vessel with geometrical pattern decoration

Bodil Manz

 

 

 

Zablocki Lopes

 

Zablocki-Lopes

Zablocki Lopes

 

 

Brigitte Iemfre

 

Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-lion figurine in red

Brigitte Iemfre

 

Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-red bull figurine

Brigitte Iemfre

 

Cormac Boydell

 

Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Stags and Cattle – Cormac Boydell

 

 

Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Leaving the Island – Cormac Boydell

 

 

 

Christian Pradier

 

-ceramic-bear figurine by christian-pradierChristian Pradier

 

 

Christian Pradier

 

 

Claude Champy

 

Claude-Champy--ceramic-abstract sculpture

Claude Champy

 

 

Claude Champy black glazed ceramic sculpture abstract form

Claude Champy

 

 

 

Claudi Casanovas

 

Claudi-Casanovas-ceramic-art biomorphic sculptur

Claudi Casanovas

 

 

 

-ceramic-art

Claudi Casanovas

 

 

Suzy Atkins

 

Suzy-Atkins ceramic soup tureen

Suzy Atkins

 

 

Double gourd vase with flared top - Suzy Atkins

Suzy Atkins

 

 

Suzy Atkins French pottery

Suzy Atkins

 

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

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

Florence Pauliac

 

 

Florence-Pauliac-symmetrical ceramic sculpture

Florence Pauliac

 

 

raku sculpture by Florence-Pauliac

Florence Pauliac

 

 

Florence-Pauliac portrait photo

Florence Pauliac

 

Duncan Ayscough

 

 

duncan-ayscough-ceramic-art

Duncan Ayscough ceramic vessel

 

 

 

 

Duncan Ayscough long neck vessel with flared mouth

Duncan Ayscough

 

 

Duncan Ayscough

 

 

Teresa Girones

 

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

 

Teresa-Girones ceramic bust of an african boy

Teresa Girones

 

 

Teresa-Girones ceramic tile with female face

Teresa Girones

 

 

 

Elaine Peto

 

elaine-Peto ceramic horse sculpture

Elaine Peto

 

Michel Blanc

 

Michel Blanc

 

 

Johanna Hair

 

Johanna Hair

 

Johanna-Hair raku penguins

Johanna Hair

 

 

Johanna Hair

 

 

Jin Eui Kim,  Sth, Korea

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

 

 

Jin-Eui-Kim horizontal striped ceramic sculpture

Jin Eui Kim

 

 

Jin Eui Kim

 

 

 

Jeff Shapiro

 

Jeff Shapiro sculptural ceramic vase

 

Jeff Shapiro

 

Jeff Shapiro

 

 

Jeanne Opgenhaffen

 

Jeanne-Opgenhaffen-textures ceramic wall sculpture

Jeanne Opgenhaffen

 

 

Jeanne-Opgenhaffen white ceramic art panel

Jeanne Opgenhaffen

 

Jean Francois Fouilhoux

 

Jean François Fouilhoux

 

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Jean Francois Fouilhoux

 

 

Joan Carrillo, Spain

 

 

Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic vessel

Joan Carrillo

 

 

 

Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic bottle

Joan Carrillo lustre ceramic bottle

 

 

Isabelle Leclerc

 

Isabelle-Leclerc brown swirl layered sculpture

 

Isabelle Leclerc

 

 

Isabelle Leclerc

 

 

Henk Wolvers

 

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

 

Henk-Wolvers black, white and blue ceramic sculpture

Henk Wolvers

 

 

Henk-Wolvers three sculptural vessels

Henk Wolvers

 

 

Enric Mestre

 

Enric-Mestre geometric sculpture ceramic

Enric Mestre

 

 

Enric Mestre

 

 

 

Emma Rodgers

 

Emma Rodgers abstract bull ceramic sculpture

 Emma Rodgers

 

Geoffroy Pascal 

 

Pascal-Geoffroy-

 

 

 

Elke Sada

 

Elke Sada

 

 

 

drip glaze footed vase in red, brown and white

Elke Sada

 

 

Jongjin Park

 

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

 

Blue-ceramic-sculpture by Jongjin-Park

Jongjin Park

 

 

Jongjin-Park-ceramic-abstract cubes

Jongjin Park

 

 

Lut Laleman

 

 

Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman

 

 

Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman

 

 

 

Maria Bosch

 

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

 

 

 

-ceramic-art

Maria Bosch

 

 

 

Martin McWilliam

 

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

 

Martin-McWilliam-ceramic-contemporary vessels with textured surface

Martin McWilliam

 

 

Martin McWilliam-curvy ceramic-sculptural vessel

Martin McWilliam

 

 

 

Martin McWilliam with one of his ceramic sculptures

Martin McWilliam

 

 

 

Merri Wells

 

Merri-Wells--ceramic-angel sculpture

Merri Wells

 

Michal Fargo

 

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

Michal Fargo

 

 

-ceramic-art

Michal Fargo

 

 

 

Michal Fargo

 

 

Nicholas Lees

 

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

 

Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees

 

 

Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees

 

 

 

Nicholas Lees

 

 

 

Paul Philp

 

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

Paul Philp

 

 

Chantal Cesure

 

Chantal-Cesure ceramic bowl

Chantal Cesure

 

 

 

Peter Beard

 

Peter-Beard-ceramic-winged sculpture

Peter Beard

 

 

 

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

Peter Beard

 

 

Peter Beard

 

 

Sangwoo Kim

 

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

Sangwoo Kim

 

Polymorphic -ceramic-art sculpture by Sangwoo Kim

Sangwoo Kim

 

 

 

Sangwoo Kim

 

 

Sara Moorhouse

 

Sara Moorhouse-ceramic-striped horizontally bowl

Sara Moorhouse

 

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

Sara Moorhouse

 

Sara Moorhouse

 

 

Simon Griffiths

 

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

 

ceramic-art owl sculpture Simon-Griffiths

Simon Griffiths

 

 

-ceramic-art

Simon Griffiths

 

 

Simon Griffiths

 

 

 

Simon Zsolt Jozsef, Hungry

 

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

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

Simon Zsolt Jozsef

 

 

Simon Zsolt Jozsef

 

 

Steen Kepp

 

Steen-Kepp--ceramic-raku vessels

Steen Kepp

 

 

-ceramic-art

Steen Kepp

 

 

-ceramic-art

Steen Kepp

 

Susan Obyrne

 

 

Susan-Obyrne-ceramic-bird figurine

Susan Obyrne

 

 

-ceramic-art

Susan Obyrne

 

 

 

Sylvian Meschia

 

Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia ceramic vessel – arabesque decoration

 

 

Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia

 

Sylvian Meschia

 

 

Wendy Lawrence

 

Wendy Lawrence-ceramic-art sculpture

Wendy Lawrence

 

 

Wendy-Lawrence

Wendy Lawrence

 

 

Wendy Lawrence

 

Wouter Dam

 

Wouter Dam

 

 

Wouter-Dam

Wouter Dam

 

 

 

Yoshimi Futamura

 

Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura

 

 

Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura

 

 

Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture with nature texture

Yoshimi Futamura

 

 

 

Yoshimi Futamura

 

 

 

Home – Le Don du Fel

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

 

 

 

 

Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising

 

Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Strutting Rooster – AilsaR flickr

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

 

 

Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay

Hungry

 

 

Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland

 

 

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

 

 

Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy

1959

 

Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China

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

 

Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu

 

 

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

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird

 

 

hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg

 

 

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

Jordiferrer Wikipedia

 

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

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

 

 

Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China

 

 

Constantin-Brancusi,-Cock,

Constantin Brancusi, Cock,

 

 

Sargadelos stylized rooster jug/ewer

Sargadelos ceramic rooster jug/ewer

 

 

 

rene lalique cockerel tiara gold

Rene Lalique cockerel tiara

 

 

Aldo-Londo-Rimini-Blue-Bitossi-Chicken-Rooster

Aldo Londo Rimini Blue Bitossi Rooster

 

 

 

Marcello Fantoni mid century rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy

 

 

 

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan.

 

 

 

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

George Sellers white bisque peacock – Areté Collection

 

 

Plumed tail cockerel statue by Roger Capron

Stylized plume tail cockerel – Roger Capron

 

 

Red twin rooster head vase - AV Smith

Twin rooster head vase – A.V.Smith Pottery

 

 

Ballet-Russes---Tatiana-Ryaboushinskaya-as-Golden-Cockerel-in-1938

 Tatiana Ryaboushinskaya as Golden Cockerel  – projected shadows as set design

Ballet Russes -1938

 

 

Colorful Ceramic Rooster cookie Jar

Rooster Cookie Jar

 

 

 

Two glass roostersBilly-&-Katie-Bernstein

A pair of glass rooster figurines – Billy & Katie Bernstein

Bernstein Glass

 

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

Cockerel ceramic sculpture —Joe Lawrence

 

 

 

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

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012

 

 

 

Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions

 

 

Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase

 

 

 

Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster

 

 

 

Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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

via Mutual Art

 

 

 

Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

Crowing Rooster – Delphin Massier

Vallauris

 

 

two dancing-cockerels -by-Joe-lawrence

Dancing Cock by Joe Lawrence

 

 

 

david-galchutt His-morning-strut Rooster painting

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

Art.com

 

 

Ceramic hen piggy bank

Ceramic hens piggy banks

 

 

Joan Miro coq disk

Coq Disque – Joan Miro

 

 

Edmond-Lachenal-ceramique cockerel

Crowing ceramic rooster — Edmond Lachenal

France

 

Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture

1952

 

 

garden-cockerel-bronze-resin strutting cockerel

Strutting Rooster resin/bronze sculpture – Brian Hollingworth.

 

 

 

Red Shoushan-Stone-Phoenix-Teapot

Shoushan Stone Phoenix Teapot

 

 

 

Rooster vase by Nan Hamilton

Four Roosters vase – Nan Hamilton

 

 

 

Harriet-Barb-Keith-fine detail mosaic art rooster

Harriet Barb Keith

 

 

sascha-brastoff-green and gold rooster

Teal green and gold rooster – Sascha Brastoff

17 inches tall

 

 

Waylande Gregory Studios. USA

 

 

 

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

Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot

 

 

 

Portuguese rooster statue in Porto

Porto street rooster statue—Portugal

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

 

 

 

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

Meiji multi metal Okimono—Rooster

 

 

Jason-Walker, rooster sculpture

Jason Walker ‘Cage Free Capitalism’

2014

 

 

Jay-Strongwater-13inch-Peacock-clock

Peacock mantle clock – Jay Strongwater

 

 

Ken Sedberry contemporary rooster sculpture

Contemporary ceramic rooster sculpture – Ken Sedberry, NC

 

 

Rooster lady by kristian-schuller

Photography by Kristian Schuller

 

 

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

Large Cockerel, Spain

Photo –  B. O’Casey

 

lisa_fonssagrives

Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives

 

 

Minton-ceramic-peacock

Large ceramic peacock – Minton

Walker gallery, Liverpool, UK

 

 

Red phoenix figurine - mkmack- etsy

Red and gold phoenix – Mkmack, etsy

 

 

 

ArtDecor24 peacock vase

Art Nouveau peacock vase

ArtDecor24. Poland

 

 

Peacock statue  – Phillip Jacksons garden, Sussex

 

 

Roger Capron sculpture - abstract lady bust with rooster hat

Roger Capron sculpture bust

 

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Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

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

speel.me.uk

 

 

Trevor-Askin abstract phoenix

Abstract Phoenix bronze sculpture by Trevor Askin

 

 

 

Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches

 

phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

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

 

 

Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD

 

 

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

Height 29 inches

ASHLEY JOHN GALLERY-Pam Beach Fl

 

 

 

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

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin

 

 

 

Qing-Dynasty-Green-Glaze-Peacock-bottle

Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle

 

 

 

Raku-Chicken

Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART

 

 

 

Royal-Haeger-American-Art-Pottery-Oxblood-Rooste

Oxblood glaze rooster – Royal Haeger

 

 

Mid Century Rooster-by-Perignem

Mid Century Rooster by Perignem, Brussels, 1970

Wouter Harvey

 

 

Cristine-Boyd black and white roosters platter.

Cristine Boyd – black and white sgraffito roosters platter

 

 

 

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

Ceramic cockerel – Sarah Farrelly

 

 

Vtg-Red-Ceramic-Peacock

Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA

 

 

 

 

Edgy clay art

 

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

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

 

Sergei Isupov teapot

 

 

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

Viola Frey

 

 

 

Viola-Frey falling man in a suit ceramic sculpture

‘Falling Man In Suit’, Viola-Frey

-1991-

 

 

Carol Gentithes

 

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

 

 

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

‘Thirst of Venus’  – Carol Gentithes

 

 

 

Carol-Gentithes--Sea-Creature sculpture

Sea Creatures – Carol Gentithes

 

 

 

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

Carol Gentithes – ‘Marriage’

 

 

Poisdon sculpture by Carol-Gentithes

‘Poisdon’ sculpture by Carol Gentithes

 

 

Madagascar-Carol-Gentithes reptillian creature

‘Madagascar’  Carol Gentithes

 

 

 

Carol Gentithes seated in chair photo portrait

Carol Gentithes

 

Fred Johnston

 

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

 

Fred-Johnston ovoid plate

‘Woman with pierced tongue’– Fred Johnston

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Suzy Birstein

 

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

 

‘Beauty Bountiful’ – Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Notorious-figure sculpture by Suzy-Birstein-

Suzy Birstein-~-‘Notorious’

 

 

 

Suzy-Birstein-ceramic-female bust

Suzy Birstein – Female Bust ‘In Wonderland’

 

 

 

‘In Wonderland’–Suzy Birstein

Height 24″

 

 

Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

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

Height 25″  Duet Series

 

 

Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

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

 

 

 

Crete-Athens-workshop

Click image to expand

 

Mattie Leeds

 

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

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

 

Mattie-Leeds ceramic lidded jar abstract painted decoration

‘The Bomb’ – Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

Ceramic vase with illustration of 'the painter'

‘The Painter’ – Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

yellow. blue and red lidded jar - Mattie Leeds

‘Woman with Yellow Face’ — Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

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

Mattie Leeds  – ‘Hands’

2011

 

Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds

 

 

Hands series Vase  – Mattie Leeds

 

 

Mattie-Leeds-Space-Monster ceramic sculpture

‘Space Monster’ – Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

ceramic sculpture abstract wave - Mattie Leeds

‘Wave’ – Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

Heartmonster grotesque ceramic sculpture

‘Heartmonster’ –  Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

ceramic gourd vase by Mattie Leeds

‘Grand’ – Mattie Leeds

 

 

 

Mattie Leeds-portrait photo

Mattie Leeds

 

 

Janet-Smith--Mixed-media sculpyutr

‘Chip off the old block’ – Janet Smith

 

 

Michael-Corney cat head vase

Michael Corney

Schaller Gallery

 

 

Hinrich Kroger

 

Hinrich Kroger

 

Hinrich Kroger

 

 

Hinrich Kroger

 

 

Laura Jean McLaughlin

 

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

 

 

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

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Down to the River’

 

 

Ceramic plate -Laura-Jean-McLaughlin

Sgraffito dish — Laura Jean McLaughlin

 

 

 

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

‘Nest’ – Laura Jean McLaughlin

 

 

Laura-Jean-McLaughlin---Joy-Ride

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

 

 

Laura-Jean-McLaughlin--Entangled ceramic sculpture

Laura Jean McLaughlin — ‘Entangled’

 

 

sgraffito vase Laura-Jean-McLaughlin-

Laura Jean McLaughlin

 

 

 

sgraffito wall plate Laura Jean McLaughlin

Laura Jean McLaughlin

 

 

Laura Jean McLaughlin with her cat Mojo

 

 

Glass-Vase-by-Lea-Bartneck

Monumental hand painted glass vase by Lea Bartneck

 

 

Kurt-Anderson hand painted plate

Kurt Anderson

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Kevin Snipes

 

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

 

Kevin-Snipes ceramic plate with a boxer image

Kevin Snipes Boxer Plate

 

 

 

‘Kicking The Cat’  – Kevin Snipes

 

 

Keri Joy Colestock

 

Keri-Joy-Colestock multi media sculpture

Keri Joy Colestock – ‘Out Of This World’

 

 

Keri Joy Colestock – Multi Media sculpture

 

 

Grayson Perry

 

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

 

 

‘Cries of London’  – Grayson Perry

 

 

Grayson-Perry ceramic vase

Grayson Perry

 

 

 

Grayson-Perry ceramic vase

Grayson Perry

 

 

Gerardo Monterrubio

 

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

 

 

teardrop vessel named Sadgirl -Gerardo-Monterrubio

Teardrop ceramic vessel – ‘Sadgirl’ – Gerardo Monterrubio

 

 

 

Gerardo-Monterrubio-urban narrative vessel`

Urban narrative ceramic sculpture – Gerardo Monterrubio

 

 

George Lafayette

 

George Lafayette

 

 

 

George Lafayette – ‘Dream Catcher’

 

 

 

Elvira-Bach lady with an orange serpent

Elvira Bach –  Series: The Other Eva

 

 

hathor sculpture by the Popovy sisters

Hathor and Basnet – Popovy sisters

 

 

Kurt Weiser teapot with lizard and female face

Kurt Weiser teapot

 

 

 

Crane Rider-sculpture by Sun-Koo-Yuh

‘Crane Rider’ by Sun Koo Yuh

Mindy Solomon Gallery

 

 

Clemens-Briels cubist female figure sculpture

Clemens Briels

 

jonislittledolls-sculpture

jonislittledolls – etsy

 

 

 

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

‘Catch of the Day’ – Natasha Dikareva

SNAart Gallery

 

 

Akio Takamori

 

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

 

 

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

Akio Takamori – ‘Female Bather with Mirror’

 

 

Akio Takamori figure and head sculpture

Akio Takamori

 

Alfajar

 

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

 

Ceramic Alfajar-lenticular-vessel

Alfajar lenticular vessel

 

 

Alfajar Botella tension

 

 

 

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

Alfajar

 

Alfajar footed lenticular vessel, abstract face motif

Alfajar

 

 

 

 

Julian-Smith

Julian Smith

 

 

Marni-Gable

Marni Gable

 

 

Israeli potter sculpture

 

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

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh

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

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

 

972(0)545626626

gibshs@gmail.com

 

 

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

‘Looking Through #3’ – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

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

‘Mungyeong Teabowl’ by Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

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

Saggar fired Terra sigillata Box – Shamai Sam Gibsh

2013

 

 

Shamai-Sam-Gibsh-ceramic cup

 Soda Reduction Cup –  Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 Shamai San Gibsh - Soda---Reduction-Container

Footed and faceted soda reduction container – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 Shamai San Gibsh wood smoke fired urn

 Shamai Sam Gibsh – wood smoke fired urn

 

 

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

Tosic naked raku sculpture –  Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 Shamai Sam Gibsh -Smoke-firing-Tea-Bowl

 Smoke fired Tea Bowl – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

Footed ceramic bowl Shamai San Gibsh

Footed soda reduction bowl – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 

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

”Slices’  – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

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

Naked Raku vessel – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh -- Smoke-fired vessel with lid

Lidded raku vessel – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh ceramic urn - rust colour with gold lid

Ochre coloured urn, gold lid – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

Ceramic cone sculpture Shamai Sam Gibsh

Raku cone with geometrical patterns – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 

Shamai-Sam-Gibsh-sculpture of Floating Disk

‘Floating Disk’ – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

Round lidded vessel, landscape vista raku – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

lidded urn with abstract decoration - Shamai Sam Gibsh

Lidded Urn — Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

Looking-Through-#2-Terra-Sigillata-Iron-Chloride-Saggar

‘Looking Through #2’ sculpture –   Shamai Sam Gibsh

Terra Sigillata Iron Chloride Saggar

 

Raku baking reduction with Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh - wood fired ceramic box

Raku lidded box – Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh footed raku bowl

Shamai Sam Gibsh footed raku bowl

 

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh photo portrait

Shamai Sam Gibsh

 

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Inna Olshansky

 

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

 

Inna-Olshansky-modernist cat sculptures

Inna Olshansky ceramic cats

 

 

 

Bronze ram sculpture – Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna-Olshansky red ceramic bull

Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

Inna-Olshansky; ceramic animal sculpture

‘Creature #1’ — Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

Inna-Olshansky ceramic horse

Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna Olshansky Israeli ceramicist

Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna Olshansky abstract head sculpture

Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

Inna Olshansky cat sculpture abstract style

Inna Olshansky

 

 

Inna Olshansky smiling ceramic cow sculpture with orange and white stripes

Inna Olshansky smiling cow sculpture

 

 

Inna Olshansky smiling ceramic cow sculpture female bust in rainbow colours

Female ceramic bust – Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

Red and white jester – Inna Olshansky

 

 

Green and white Ceramic wall mask - Inna Olshansky

Ceramic face vase –  Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

Ceramic wall mask - Inna Olshansky

Ceramic wall mask –  Inna Olshansky

 

 

Ceramic animnal - Inna Olshansky

  Inna Olshansky

 

 

Ceramic horse –  Inna Olshansky

 

 

 Inna Olshansky ceramic bottle with floral decoration

Quad footed ceramic bottle – floral decoration –   Inna Olshansky

 

 

 

co-joined ceramic horses by Inna-Olshansky

Inna Olshansky

 

 

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

 

 

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Mother and child sculptures

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Cucuteni Inspired Mother Goddess figurine – Lindy Lawler

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

 

Quechua Pachamama Mother and Baby statue by Lindy-Lawler

‘Quechua Pachamama Mother and Baby’ statue –  Lindy Lawler

 

 

hawaiian figurines mother and child - ,Lindy Lawler

Tahitian mother and child statues – Lindy Lawler

 

 

 

Lindy Lawler ceramic Zulu Mamma figure sculpture

‘Zulu Mamma’Lindy Lawler

 

 

Green Kuan Yin goddess statue by Lindy Lawler

Kuan Yin – Lindy Lawler

 

 

 

Market day – Lindy Lawler

 

 

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

Virgen de Guadalupe Goddess – Lindy Lawler

 

 

reclining mother child sculpture - in green parklands

Bronze mother child abstract sculpture – DZ Sculptures

 

 

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

‘Emotion’ sculpture by artist Rosamond Lloyd

 

 

 

Corrado-Cagli and Mazzotti Italian plate

Mazzotti Italian plate painted by Corrado Cagli

1930’s

 

 

Michele-Ludwiczak African woman hoilding child sculpture

Michele Ludwiczak, France

 

 

 

Mother-&-Child-street sculpture by Alan Wilson

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

 

 

 

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

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

Artist –  Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana.

 

 

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

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

 

 

Giulia-Madonia---MADONNA-WITH-THE-CHILD

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

Made in 2010

 

 

Jean Louis Toutaine park sculpture, Toulouse, France

 

 

Roger Capron mother holding child sculpture

Roger Capron, France

 

 

Lillian-Bassman-mother-with-child

Photography by Lillian Bassman

 

 

 

Castel-Durante-prob-lustered-in-Gubbio-by-Giorgio-Andreoli

Giorgio Andreoli 1530 Dish – Madonna Child

MET

abstract sculpture women holding a child

Abstract Mother with child sculpture – artist?

Carburry Antiques

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

1905,-Gustav-Klimt painting

Gustav Klimt, 1905

 

 

 

Ben-Roth bronze mother child sculpture

Bronze Mother Child sculpture by Ben Roth

 

 

 

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

Woodcarved Congo maternity figure

 

 

Mother holding a child sculpture by Bonnie Friereich

Bonnie Freireich

 

 

cazaux-edouard vase with mother feeding child motif

Edourde Cazaux vase

 

 

MExican Mother Child figure 12 century

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

12th–9th century B.C.

 

 

 

Barbara-Hepworth,-Mother-and-Child,-1934

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Mother and Child, 1934

Cumberland alabaster on marble base

 

 

 

Donatello - Madonna and child sculpture

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

 

 

Female figure nursing an infant, terracotta clay figure sculpture

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

 

 

Greek-terracotta-statue from-Tanagra

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

Pella archaeological museum (Macedonia, Greece)

 

 

Hana-Orlova mother child sculpture 1925

Hana Orlova sculpture

1925

 

 

 

Maiolica di Castelli, ‘Lavoro dei Progenitori’

1700-50 ca

Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica—Palazzo Davanzati

 

 

 

henry_moore abstract mother and child sculpture

Mother and Child sculpture _ Henry Moore

1983

 

 

Egyptian ISis and Horus statue

Egyptian Isis nursing Horus sculpture

 

 

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

Jean Louis Toutain sculpture, Blagnac, Toulouse

 

 

Jean-Louis-Toutain public sculpture in Toulouse

Jean Louis Toutain sculpture, Blagnac, Toulouse

 

 

Mid-Century-Modern-Ceramic bust

Mid Century mother/child ceramic sculpture bust

 

 

Jean Louis Toutain, Artigues près Bordeaux, France

Panoramio © All Rights Reserved by YMV

 

 

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

Jean Pierre Augier — France

 

 

 

Public-Mother-&-Child-Beautiful-Sculpture

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

Mercuryrabbit

 

 

 

Josep-Sanchez-Carrasco black stone sculpture

Josep Sanchez Carrasco

 

 

 

Lorenzo-Ghiberti-Mary and Child sculpture detail

Lorenzo Ghiberti

 

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

Mother And Child  street sculpture

Olomouc, Czech Republic

 

 

Martha-Pettigrew mother holding child statue

“La Familia” by Martha Pettigrew

 

 

 

Statue of Virgin Mary by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

Statue of Virgin Mary by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

 Church of St Eustache, Paris

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Shimon Drory mother child sculpture

Simon Drory

 

 

Sam-Shendi contemporary sculpture

Sam Shendi abstract Mother Child sculpture

 

 

 

Northern India sandstone statue

Carved sandstone statue, North India

 

 

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

Han Meilin sculpture

 

Madonna and Child on wood

Madonna and Child on wood

 

 

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

Art Deco wall relief –  Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman

Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

The-child-is-there-,Le-Corbusier-1961

‘The child is there’, Le Corbusier

1961

 

 

Luca-della-Robbia sculpture of Madonna and Jesus

Luca della Robbia sculpture of Madonna and Jesus

Photo-  Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

 

 

Edouard Cazaux ovoid vase with Jesus nativity scene

The Annunciation and the Nativity ovoid earthenware vase – Edouard Cazaux

1960 – Camard Auctioneers

 

 

 

-Vanessa-Pooley Mother with child sculpture

Vanessa Pooley

 

 

 

hexagonal glass plaque

Hexagonal plaque – The Guild of Glass Engravers, 2012

 

 

 

wall-decoration-by-Oswald-Tieberghien

Wall decoration by Oswald Tieberghien. Mother with child

 

 

Walter-Kirtland-Hancock mother holding her child sculpture

Walter Kirtland Hancock

1938

 

 

Witte Museum, San Antonio - mother / child sculpture

Witte Museum, San Antonio,Texas

 

 

African mother holding baby by sculptor Nnamdi-Okonkwo

Nigerian sculptor Nnamdi Okonkwo

 

William-Ellisworth Artis sculpture of a mother holding a child

William Ellisworth Artis

 

 

 

 

Simoriro-Chikuruwo abstract mother with baby carved stone sculpture

‘Exercising Baby’ — Simoriro Chikuruwo

 

 

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

Raku sculpture – -‘Les Jumaux’ – Josette Boyer

 

 

 

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

Alexsander Danel madonna child sculpture for for Austin Productions

 

 

 

Perusing the poster arts

 

 

 

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

Italian Art Nouveau – Mario Borgoni, 1923

 

 

 

The defining art of posters  

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

Hughs rocket furue poster NY World Fair

1939 World Fair – Rocketman

 

 

 

1910-original-poster-by-carl-moos-swiss-1878-1959-pullman-gallery

Swiss poster by Carl Moos

1910

Pullman Gallery

 

 

vanity-fair-cover-october-1924-poster-print-by-william-bolin-at-the-conde-nast-collection

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

 

 

 

1922-bugatti-french-france-automobile-car-vintage-ad

Italian Bugatti sports car poster, 1910

 

 

 

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

‘Le Sourire’ magazine

1933

 

 

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

The Black Cat movie poster

1950

 

 

 

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Vogue magazine “Jazz Age” cover – William Bolin

 1900

perpetual purveyors of style

 

 

art-deco-bauhaus-poster-print-vintage-1930s-cat-by-redgatearts

Art Deco poster print

1930’s

 

 

art-poster-le-corbusier absract art

Abstract poster 1954 – Le Corbusier

 

 

bauhaus-poster by sharkaholic on Devient Art

‘Bauhaus Nude’ – Sharkaholic

Deviant Art

 

 

 

Jazz and Heritage Festival 2001 Louis Armstrong

New Orleans Jazz Festival – James Michalopoulos

Art4Now – 2001

 

 

 

Art Deco Telefunken poster

30’s Telefunken Art Deco

 

 

Anis Del Tigre, Spain

 

 

Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl

Cafe Nitro by Michael L. Kungl

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

1st Dibs   Grapefruit Moon Gallery

 

 

 

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

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

1920’s

Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters

 

 

cotton-club-rhyth-maniap poster

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

 

 

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 Poster Print by Eduardo Garcia Benito

Vogue Cover  October 1931 – Condé Nast Collection

 

 

 

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“Treacherous Waters” by Victo Ngai

 

 

 

distillerie-italiane-1899 Art Nouveau poster

Distillerie Italiane Art Nouveau poster

1899

 

 

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

‘Egyptian Night’  – Maxfield Parish Egyptomania

 

 

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 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral

Mexico, 1920s

 

 

Erte - Romain de Tirtoff art deco illustration

 Ertre aka Romain de Tirtoff aka

 

 

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Erte – Romain de Tirtoff

1912

 

 

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

 

 

 

eugenie-les-baines

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

 1988

 

 

fiat-art-deco-poster, Italy Marcello Dudovich

Italian Art Deco Lithographic poster – Marcello Dudvich

1934

 

 

fortunato-depero-futurism-paintings Moon Dance

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

1946

 

 

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

2005 Art Deco style poster

 

 

1928-by-gerda-wegener-roaring-twenties

Roaring Twenties by Gerda Wegener ( watercolor)

1928

 

 

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 Revista De Revistas –  Ernesto (El Chango) Garcia Cabral

 

 

 

german-spas-poster

German Art Deco Spa poster

 

 

ichiro-tsuruta art deco head shot

Retro Art Deco – Ichiro Tsuruta

 

 

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Illustration by Cheri Herouard For La Vie Parisienne

January 1929

 

 

dorte-clara-wolff-dodo watercolor 'Descent'

‘Descent’ – Dorte Clara Wolff (dodo)

1929

 

 

mexican-travel-poster-Oaaca

Mexican Tourist Association poster

 

 

 

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Illustration by George Barbier For La Vie Parisienne 1918

 

 

 

kim-xu art That's Shanghai

‘That’s Shanghai’ – Kim Xu

 

 

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

Illustration by George Leonnec For La Vie Parisienne

November 1922

 

 

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

King Kong poster – La Boca, UK

 

 

le-paquebot-france-norway antique poster

French Art deco poster

 

 

 

lilian-bond-photo-by-elmer-fryer-1930s

Lilian Bond –  photo by Elmer Fryer

1930s

 

 

vogue-cover-november-1933-poster-print-by-pierre-mourgue-at-the-conde-nast-collection

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

  November 1933

 

 

 

nerma-french-cigarettes poster Egyptian Revival

Egyptian Revival ‘Nerma Cigarettes’ poster

 

 

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

‘Dallas Rising’ – Nick Gaetano

 

 

original-french-beer-scene-poster

La Meuse French beer

 

 

 

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French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau

 

 

original-vintage-poster-discover-australia-antikbar-1stdibscolletti-gallery

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

 

 

peugeot-poster

French Peugeot motorcycle poster

 

 

poster-art French fashion illustrator Rene Gruau

 Illustrator Rene Gruau

 

 

poster-bohemia africanism art deco

Africanism poster

 

 

ramon-casas-barcelona Art Nouveau poster art

Art Nouveau poster – Ramon Casas, Barcelona

 

 

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

1892

Colletti Gallery

 

 

retro-posters-robot-by-zoki-cardula

Soviet constructivist style poster with retro robot – Zoki Cardula

 

 

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

Cubano Del Turismo poster

 

 

rare-large-format-art-deco-poster-at-1stdibs

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

1930

Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters

 

 

 

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Art Nouveau – Alexandre Steinlen Motocycles Comiot

 

 

twa-las-vegas-poster

TWA travel poster

 

 

1964-soviet-space-propaganda-poster-ussr-is-birthplace-of-cosmonautics

1964 Soviet Space Propaganda Poster: USSR Birthplace Of Cosmonautics

1964

 

 

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

Vanity Fair cover – William Bolin

1927

 

 

vespa-vintage-poster

Italian Vespa poster

 

 

cuba-travel-poster

Havana Bistro Cuban poster

Artist Kyla Evans

 

 

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

Dodo Burgner ‘Frauchens Liebling’ (Favourite Mistress)

1929

 

 

william-bolin-april-1927 Vogue cover

Vogue cover by  William Bolin

 

 

italian-futurist-period-aviation-poster-by-luigi-martinati-1933-colletti-gallery

Italian Futurist  Aviation Poster by Luigi Martinati

-1933-

Colletti Gallery

 

 

jules_cheret-fete_des_fleursjules-cheret-fete-des-fleurs-in-bagneres-de-luchon

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

 

 

paul-colin-art-deco-peugeot-poster

Paul Colin art deco Peugeot poster

 

 

Science fiction travel poster

Science Fiction Neptune travel poster

 

 

 

black female silhouette guerlain poster

La Petite Robe Noire Couture Perfume

 

 

 

Fifties travel poster classic design

Retro 50’s poster Spanish designer, Fantastic Hysteria

 

Exploring light on the full moon

 

xiandong-fairy-cave- Neil Wade Photography

Buddha wall carving – Xiandong Fairy Cave, Keelung

Neil Wade Photography, 2011

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Fingerlings by Brian Matiash on 500px

 

 

mikhail-alisov painting of a sailing yatch

Mikhail Alisov

 

 

 

europe-lucerne101

Lucerne, Switzerland

 

 

 

aba-yohannis-monastery-74-years-old-i-came-from-my-village-from-the-countryside-to-learn-i-didnt-go-home-i-preferred-to-stay-here-ive-been-here-for-43-years

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

Photography – Joey L, NY

 

 

 

Cavern landscape-in-guangxi China

Magic Dalongdong (Guangxi Shanglin), China

 

 

 

antelope-canyon-arizona-watkins-glen-state-park-new-york

Antelope Canyon, Arizona Watkins Glen State Park, New York

 

 

 

apple-of-discord-aphrodite-model-olga-miranova-arianna-ceccarelli-photo

‘Apple of Discord’ – Arianna Coleccarelli

Aphrodite model Olga Miranova

 

 

heli-luaksonen-photo

Heli Luaksonen (click to expand)

 

 

 

birgitta-sjostedt-flickr full moon over a lake

Moon over bridge – Photo by Birgitta Sjostedt – flickr

 

 

 

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

Lost land of the Tiger, BBC

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

 

 

 

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

“Bosque,” by Javier Gutierrez, 2015

 

 

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

Bruges, Belgium – David Gilson-flickr

 

 

carlsbad-caverns-national-park-new-mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA

 

 

castel-gandolfo gardens

Castel Gandolfo gardens, Italy

 

 

 

Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains, Sydney

 

 

champion-catalpa-tree-which-measures-23-5-feet-around-at-the-home-of-connie-chantilis

Champion Catalpa tree which has a 23.5 feet circumference

 

 

 

chanty-red

‘Fall’ – Rosie Anne Prosser, Wales

500px

 

 

 

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

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

Developed by Antaognist

 

 

 

dog in forestScotland Outdoors-twitter

Scotland Outdoors-twitter

 

 

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

Fairy cave stalactite walls…Quang Binh province, China

 

 

 

dustin-schwartzmeyer photo of a ravine

Autumn Sunrise , Ilthaca – Dustin Schwartzmeyer photography

 

 

 

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

Emma Gorge El Questro wilderness park

Western Australia

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

Girl carrying a large bowl – Slums of Islamabad

 

 

 

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

John Spies, 500px

 

 

kashmir-flower-boat

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

photo – Steve Curry

 

 

litlanesfoss-iceland-photograph-by-wild-wonders-of-europe-at-litlanesfoss

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

 

 

 

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Lourdes – james65, flickr

 

 

 

man-standing-on-bridge in huge cavern

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

 

 

moon-man-in-forest

Moon man in Forest

 

 

mysterious-temple-deep-in-the-caves-of-borneo-indonesia

Hindu Temple deep in Borneo caves – Trey Ratcliff

 

 

 

nok-nang-ann-cave-lum-klong-ngu-np-kanchanaburi-thailand

Nok Nang Ann cave, Thailand

 

 

Rosie-Anne-Prosser-photography Wales

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

 

 

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The Nature Conservancy – photo Kevin Arnold

 

 

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Quang Binh cave, Vietnam

 

 

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

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

photo Ryan Deboodt, 500px

 

 

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Serene Morskie Oko, Poland

Photograph by Sara Delić

 

 

Chinese Shanglin-caves-Nanning

Shanglin caves – Nanning

 

 

stourhead-autumn-uk-toby-melville

Stourhead autumn photo – Toby Melville

 

 

synthgamer photo of two angel statues

Angel statues – Synthgamer

 

 

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

Tianmen Shan’s very long cable car

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

 

 

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

Toketee Falls – @chelseakaua, Instagram

Umpqua National Forest, South Oregon, US

 

 

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

 

 

 

vive-la-huasteca-conexion-mexico

Vive la huasteca – Conexión México

 

 

 

wajahat-mahmood Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

 Phang Nga Bay, Thailand – Wajahat Mahmood – flickr

 

 

american-museum-of-natural-history-egrets-nesting

‘Egrets Nesting’ – American Museum of Natural History

 

 

 

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‘Water Stone’ – Andrew Bi – Flickr

 

 

 

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Stone Creek, Coniston, England

Bardsea Photography

 

 

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Jinlongshan – Golden Dragon Mountain, Taiwan

Photo Mrs Lee

 

 

 

girl-in a blue gown by Bella Kotak

 

Photo by Bella Kotak

 

 

 

Steven Forbes deSoule – Raku with lush hues

 

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Ballard Vista – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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

 

 

Exotic raku master

 

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

 

 

Steven Forbes ovoid raku vessel

Steven Forbes-deSoule

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

 

Steven Forbes-deSoule Website

 

 

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Globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Removing the raku pottery from the hot kiln

 

 

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Cre Ur blue dolphin cremation urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Raku Urn – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Crimson ikebana vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Earth & Sky — Raku Pottery by Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Grande Pear’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

Height 24 inches

 

 

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‘Nebulae from Hubble’ -Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Winged Vessel  Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Log Ikebana 2 With Cup Kenzan (Frog)

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Raku globe – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Space Rock Monolith’ – Steven Forbes

 

 

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‘Winged Vessel 2’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Space Rock Globe 2’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Salmon pink raku globe –  Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Raku platter –  Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Space rock with ripples’ –  Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Cosmos’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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‘Landscape Platter’ – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Raku lamp base – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Jade globular vessel with narrow neck -Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Tiled raku wall art – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Lidded raku vessel – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

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Tea Bowl  – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

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Mountain sunset raku – Steven Forbes-deSoule

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity of clay designs – South Africa

 

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Yellow ceramic vase – Xhosa artists project

 

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

 

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‘Bride’ – Cecil Skotnes

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

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

 

 

Christine Gittins, ZA, Wales

 

 

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Narrow neck pot –  Christine Gittins, Wales

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

 

 

 

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Tall saggar fired vessels by Christine Gittins

 

Catherine Brennon

 

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Dream Box ‘spring celebration’ by Catherine Brennon

Permanent collection at the Pretoria Art Museum.

 

 

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‘Dream Box for Serahani’ by Catherine Brennon

 

 

 

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‘Heaven & Earth’ Dream Box by Catherine Brennon

 

 

 

Ardmore

 

 

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Zebra handled coffee cup – Ardmore

 

 

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

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series

 

 

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 Ceramic leopard tureen – Ardmore

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Ceramic box with zebra lid – Ardmore

 

 

 Catherina Pagani

 

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

 

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South African contemporary sculpture – Catherina Pagani

 

 

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Three piece sculpture set – Catherina Pagani

 

 

 

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Wood fired stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani, Cape Town

 

 

 

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Ceramic sculpture – Catherina Pagani

 

 

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Three piece stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani

 

 

Cecilia Robinson

 

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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson

 

 

 

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Two porcelain vessels – Cecelia Robinson

 

 

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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson

 

 

 

Cecil Skotnes

 

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 ‘Puppeteer’ panel – Cecil Skotnes, ZA

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

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

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

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

Cecil Skotnes

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

Charmaine Haines

 

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Charmaine Haines Cubist vase

photo  Marie-claire Dubourg

 

 

 

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Ceramic wall plaque – Charmaine Haines

 

 

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Charmaine Haines

 

See another Veniceclayartists article on  Charmaine Haines here

 

 

Potterseed, Capetown

 

 

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Native ZA flora bowls – Potterseed

 

 

 

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Leaf design cups & saucers – Potterseed

 

 

 

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Curvy bowl – Pottersee

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Christine Williams

 

 

 

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‘Blue Head’ – Gerard Sekoto

1961

 

 

 

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Three vases – Clementina van der Walt, Cape Town

 

 

 

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 South African ceramist Gerhard van den Heever

 

 

 

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Ceramic guinea fowl tea coffee set

Cultures International African Marketplace

 

 

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South African ceramicist Helen Vaughan

 

 

 

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Embroidered ceramic wall art – Hendrik Stroebel

 

 

 

Andile Dyalvane

 

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

 

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Large floor vase – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso Ceramics

 

 

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Ceramic cup and plates – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Andile Dyalvane in Cape Town studio

 

 

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Geometric and free form sculpture – Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

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Slimline Soma planters from Indigenus, ZA

 

 

 

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Lady Godiva – Tania Babb

 

 

Louise Gelderblom

 

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

 

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Louise Gelderblom contemporary pot with classical from

 

 

 

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Black and white striped jug – Louise Gelderblom

 

 

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Abstract motif vase in black and white – Louise Gelderblom

 

 

Michelle Legg

 

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

 

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Michelle Legg, Sth. Africa

 

 

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

 

 

 

Monica van den Berg

 

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

 

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Monica van den Berg ceramic head sculptures

 

 

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Monica van den Berg ceramic sculpture

 

 

South African Zulu artists:

 

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Nic Sithole

 

 

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Jabu Nala uphiso

 

 

 

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Jabu Nala burnished pot

 

 

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Jabu Nala

 

 

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Zanele Nala

 

 

 

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Clive Sithole

 

 

Cheryl Malone

 

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

 

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South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel

 

 

 

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South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel

 

 

 

Ruan Hoffman

 

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Ruan Hoffman – ceramic baluster vase with gold foil

 

 

 

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Ruan Hoffman asymmetrical vase

 

 

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Ruan Hoffman blue baluster vase

 

 

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Shelley Maisel

 

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South African clay pot –  Tsonga and Pedi people

height 15 inches

 

 

 

Magdalene Odundo, Kenya

 

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Magdalene Odundo black asymmetrical pot

 

 

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Magdalene Odundo black and tan burnished pot

 

 

 

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Magdalene Odundo orange pot with flared rim

 

 

 

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Magdalene Odundo

 

 

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Lidded ceramic vessel –  Muya, Ethiopia

 

 

African Allure

 

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Ukhamba African basket Zulu ilala palm

African Allure

 

 

 

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Shona carved stone sculpture hippo

 

 

 

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African mask Ashanti

21 inches tall

 

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Large Tikar coin mask

Height – 11 inches

 

 

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Large Zulu uphiso pot

African Allure

 

 

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Carved stone Shona sculpture, Zimbabwe

 

 

 

Fashion and Clay – Belgium, USA

 

 

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Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

Multi genre ceramicists

 

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

 

Harvey Bouterse and Wouter Hoste

 

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

 

 

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Vlisco Hero – designed by Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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Jade glaze footed bowl – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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Achiel Pauwels, Belgium, 50’s

Wouter Harvey

 

 

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse for Vlisco men

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse – Vlisco, HrVi

Belgium

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse

 

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HrVi Red Winter –  Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse ceramic mask pendant

 

 

 

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Black Winter 2012 – Harvey Bouterse

 

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‘HrVi’ Winter Collection 2012  – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Large ceramic bird pendant – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse ss13, Prints by Wouter Hoste

Model Delfine Bafort, Photo Zeb Daemen

 

 

 

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HrVi silver ceramic pendant

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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 Tri legged black ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse

2014

 

 

 

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Ceramic accessories –  Harvey Bouterse

2014

 

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Ceramic accessory – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Pin strip jacket, ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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Large ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse

HrVi for Vlisco , Summer 2014

 

 

 

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Spring/ Summer 2014 – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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HrVi for Vilsco – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Ceramic sculpture ”Les Fleurs’ – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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‘Les Fleurs’ series – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

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Harvey Bouterse – Spring/Summer 2014

 

 

 

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Ceramic lamp base surface reflet metallique – Wouter Hoste

 

 

 

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Trilobite series vases Black dore glaze – Wouter Hoste

 

 

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3 ceramic heads – Wouter Hoste

Produced at Perignaem Studios

 

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Wouter Hoste – Nostromo series

 

 

 

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Silver lunar lamp  – Wouter Hoste

 

 

 

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Ceramic pendant with platina lustre finish – Wouter Hoste

 

 

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Tall ceramic light – Wouter Hoste

 

 

 

 

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Ceramic head – Wouter Hoste,  Spears sculpture – Harvey Bouterse

 

 

 

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Ceramic vessels  ‘Snowfluff ‘ series – Wouter Hoste

 

 

 

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Perignem sculptuur vogel Created by Elisabeth Vandeweghe ca 1970-75

 

 

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2 green vase by Amphora

1960’s

 

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A section of a ceramic wall mural by Paul Vermeire

 

 

 

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Giant red ceramic drop vase by Amphora

 

 

 

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Wouter Hoste

 

 

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Incised vase Mid Century by Amphora

 

 

 

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Mid Century black glaze vases with white interiors – Amphora

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Large bottle by Vandeweghe  for Amphora

Mid Century era

 

 

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Large Mid Century floor vase – Perignem

 

 

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Lidded vessel by Rogier Vandeweghe

 

 

 

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Perignem vase, Belgium

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Decorative Ceramic Flower Wall Sculpture by Perignem and Paul Vermeire

circa 1965

Vintage Design Point, 1stDibs

 

 

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Perignem black white vase set designed by Vandeweghe

 

 

 

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Perignem cone vase with sgraffito technique on chrome red glaze

Height 73cm

 

 

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Tall pastel coloured ovoid floor vessels – Perignem

 

 

 

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Chrome red vases – Perignem

 

 

 

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Giant textured black Perignem floor vase designed by Elisabeth Vandeweghe.

Height 77 cm – ca 1969-70

 

 

 

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Tiled wall panel – Oswald Tieberghien

 

 

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Large Perignem modernist Mid Century vase

 

 

 

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Giant Perignem pot by Rhaye Vandeweghe early 60’s

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

 

 

 

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 Orange Perignem Vase 1960-70’s, Belgium

 

 

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Red footed drop vase by Amphora, Belgium

 

 

 

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

 

Virgil Ortiz

 

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

 

 

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Pottery 6  – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

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‘Blind Archers’ by Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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Model Leslie Elkins Marquez for Virgil Ortiz designer wear

 

 

 

 

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Character Jar – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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Round ceramic canteen vessel – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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‘Contortionista II ‘Series – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

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Black leather ‘Crowbag’ – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

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Ceramic canteen – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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Native American body paint – Michael Spears

Virgil Ortiz , Fall Winter 2013 , Contemporary Native

 

 

 

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Virgil Ortiz Native American ceramics

 

 

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‘Luminous’ ceramic bust – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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Virgil Ortiz in his studio

 

 

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Virgil Ortiz designer wear and accessories

 

 

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‘Claywork Revolt’ series – Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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Lizica Codreano models a Constanin Brancusi design

1924

 

Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics

 

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‘Hopping’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron

 

Capron:  exemplary Mid-Century modernist designer

 

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

 

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Athena statue – Roger Capron, Vallauris

 

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

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

 

 

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Whisky decanter – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Tall white pitcher – Roger Capron

 

 

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Roger Capron pitcher

 

 

 

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Red baluster vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Free form bowl – Roger Capron

Gallerie Riviera, Paris

 

 

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Baroness’ – Roger Capron

rogercapron.com

 

 

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White quad footed ceramic ovoid dish – Roger Capron

 

 

‘Vase Fleur Bleue’ – Roger Capron

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Ceramic lamp shade – Roger Capron

Sam Kaufman

 

 

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Folded rim ceramic pot – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Claudia’  ceramic bust – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Rouge Bottle Set’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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White ceramic jug with orange interior glaze – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Female bird totem’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Personnage animal fantastique – Roger Capron

 

 

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Large cornet vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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 ‘Femme au Fauteuil’  folding screen – Roger Capron

1960

 

 

 

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‘Grand Profil Raye’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Harlequin’ – Roger Capron

rogercapron.com

 

 

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‘Flat Warriors’ plate – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Horned Wildlife’ – Roger Capron

rogercapron.com

 

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Coffee table ‘Navette’  – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Bottle vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Large ceramic bird plate – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Loiseau in his nest’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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Roger Capron sculptures, Biot, France

 

 

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Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron plate

 

 

 

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Female zoomorphic raku sculpture Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Ceramic horse sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron – reclining female sculpture

 

 

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Roger Capron ceramic panel

 

 

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Bowl and vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Zoomorphic Rooster – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Mosaic mural – Roger Capron

 

 

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Raku female sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Femme Gravee Philippe – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Kneeling juggler sculpture by Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Abstract ceramic bust Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Vallauris studio – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Femme au lit’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Women wearing gown – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Yellow Bird Vase’ – Roger Capron

1958-

Galerie Sandy- Toupenet, Paris

 

 

 

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Zoomorphic fish sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Tripod red vase – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Double Dove’ sculpture bust – Roger Capron

 

Other Vallauris ceramic masters

 

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Ceramic sculpture – Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

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Painted wood ‘Centaur’ sculpture – Picasso

 

 

 

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Ceramic pitcher – Pablo Picasso

Hermatige, Saint Petersburg

 

 

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Pol Chombost figural vase

 

 

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‘Sylvette’ sculpture bust – Picasso

 

 

 

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Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1956

 

 

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Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1957

 

 

 

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Ceramic mask – Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

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Ceramic bottle with square modernist panel – Jean Derval

 

 

 

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‘God of Ceramics’ – Francois Raty

( I always wondered what he looked like)

 

 

 

 

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Abstract sculptural ceramic bottle – Jean Derval

 

 

 

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‘Les Femmes d’Alger’  – Picasso

Christies

 

 

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

 

 

 

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‘Pintade’  coupe – Jean Derval

Vallauris, 1961

 

 

 

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Gilbert Portanier

artentique.nl

 

 

 

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Gilbert Valentin pitcher

 

 

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Pitcher – Picasso

 

 

 

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Vallauris fish jug

Carvajal Auctions

 

 

 

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Jean River

 

 

 

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Twin figure modernist sculptural lamp base by Gilbert Valentin

 

 

Contemporary sculptural busts

 

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

Chryses praying to Apollo

Musée du Louvre

 

Bustie or Bust 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Christophe Charbonnel

 

 

 

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Christophe Betmalle from his Multiples series

Galerie accroTerre

–2014–

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

 

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Monica van den Berg, ZA

Photographer  Lisa Hnatowicz

 

 

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Medusa bust by Javier Marin, Mexico

 

 

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South African Anton Smit sculpture ‘Head With Triangles’

 

 

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Ceramic Rebirth Sculpture by jonislittledolls on Etsy

 

 

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Rob Van Bergen

 

 

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Dominique Allain Raku sculpture bust

France

 

 

 

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Philippe Faraut sculpture bust

 

 

 

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Ceramic bust of a lady holding a cat by Teresa Girones

 

 

 

Gerald-Lilliard bust of a girl in contemplation

Gerald Lilliard

 

 

 

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‘Inner Voice’ – Mary Ann prack

 

 

 

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‘Moon Figure Door’  –  Kenneth Armitage, 1948

 

 

 

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‘Buste de jeune fille’ – Ossip Zadkine

– 1914 –

Zadkine Research Center

 

 

 

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

Decollect

 

 

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Rogier Ruys – ‘Prima Donna’

 

 

 

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

Werner Foreman Archive

 

 

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Anna Plonka

 

 

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Amanda Shelsher – ‘Bloom’

2009

 

 

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Art Nouveau mantle clock  by Arthur Waagen

 

 

 

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Irina Zaytceva face motif vase

 

 

 

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Tribal African Female Sculpture by Artist Fred Press

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

 

 

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Melanie Bourget, via Flickr

2012

 

 

 

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

Leda Decors

 

 

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Mami Gable

 

 

 

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Charlene Doiron Reinhart

 

 

 

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China China Bust #81 – Ah Xian

 

 

 

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 ‘Queen Califia’ by Susan Shelton

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

 

 

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Chris Riccardo – ‘b & e’

2009

JF GALLERY, West Palm Beach Fl

 

 

 

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Debra Fritts

 

 

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‘E.V. Female bust 1’ by Mark Newman

 

 

 

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Austin Productions black ceramic torso, NY

 

 

 

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Art Deco sculpture bust – Chana Orloff

She was born in Russia and lived in Israel

 

 

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‘Mela’ by Melanie Bourget

 

 

 

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

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

 

 

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‘Mujer Feliz’, 2013 Willy Ramos

Odon Wagner Gallery

 

 

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Elizabeth Ostrander

 

 

 

 

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Mami Gable

 

 

 

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Dutch sculptor Fons Bemelman

 

 

 

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African Woman – Franz Hagenauer, Vienna

1930s, Patinated Bronze

Fuchs Interiors Berlin

 

 

 

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Gene Pearson. Jamaica

 

 

 

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Gil Bruvel – ‘Flowing, Unknown’

OCTAVIA ART GALLERY,  New Orleans

 

 

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Grey raku bust – Marika Baumler

 

 

 

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Harris Diamant – Head 07

2014 – Slete Gallery

 

 

 

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‘I become what I love’ – Dreama Kattenbraker

 

 

 

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Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj

Madrid

 

 

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Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj

Madrid

 

 

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Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj

Madrid

 

 

 

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Lady with an Ermine by Altaluna

 

 

 

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

1655

 

 

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Veronique Didier Laurenta

 

 

 

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Terracotta memorial head from the Akan people of Ghana

17th – 19th century

 

 

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‘Mourning Dove’ by Peter Harskamp

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Gretel Boose

 

 

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‘White Soul ‘- Livio Scarpella, Italy

 

 

 

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‘Pronte Tsarina Anahita’  bust – Nadjezjda van Ittersum

Open Garden, Estate Castle Heemstede ceramic

 

 

 

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‘Twin Spirits’ – Nagomi Mashaya

2008

 

 

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‘Slice of Life’ vase head – Patti Warashina

25 inches height

 

 

 

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‘Savannah’ – Wayne Salge, Colorado

 29 inches height

Denver Galleries

 

 

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‘Influence’ -Sergei Isupov

 

 

 

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Philippe Faraut

 

 

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Christy Keeney, Ireland

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Woodrow Nash

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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‘Yrneh’ –  sculpture by Chukes