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Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising

 

Wall-Mounted Large Red Glazed Ceramic Rooster Designed by Amphora, Belgium

Wall-Mounted Large Red Glazed Ceramic Rooster Designed by Amphora, Belgium

 

 

Rooster resurrection

 

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

 

 

Phoenix-Rising-metal sculpture - John Hair

‘Phoenix Rising’ – John Hair

 

 

Gaston Lachaise-peacock sculptures in the garden

Gaston Lachaise peacock sculptures, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

1920, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

 

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Ceramic Peacock tiles, William De Morgan

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

 

 

carved-Natural-Shoushan-Red Stone-Phoenix----Teapot

Hand carved Natural Shoushan Red Stone Phoenix Teapot

 

Depero-Fortunato rooster painting

Depero Fortunato futurist rooster

 

 

 

Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay

Hungry

 

 

Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Rooster Strut – AilsaR-flickr

 

 

Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland

 

 

 

Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy

1959

 

 

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

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

 

 

Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China

 

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

 

Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu

 

 

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

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird

 

 

hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg

 

 

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

Jordiferrer Wikipedia

 

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

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

 

 

Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China

 

 

 

Rooster ceramic jug-Mitchell-Grafton

Folk Art pottery rooster jug – Mitchell Grafton

 

 

Constantin-Brancusi,-Cock,

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 ceramic rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic tile

 

 

 

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

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012

 

 

 

Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions

 

 

Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase

 

 

 

Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster

 

 

 

Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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

via Mutual Art

 

 

 

Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

Crowing Rooster – Delphin Massier

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.

 

 

 

 

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 – Trevor Askin

 

 

 

Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches

 

phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

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

 

 

Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD

 

 

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

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 / 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

 

 

 

Sally White porcelain rooster riding a horse

Sally Hook – ‘Year Of Rooster’

 

Edgy clay art

 

 

pirate jug Michael Grafton

” ‘av’ a swig me matey” – Michael Grafton

 

Contemporary grotesque wares, edgy ceramics, confrontational clays, provocative porcelains all conjuring up a mud mayhem designed to command your attention. Challenging times can trigger artistic impulses where more audacious, uninhibited creativity seeks an outlet and the market readily responds. Disturbware that can be unnerving, sometimes humorous, maybe illuminating, possibly ugly or even brilliantly conceived and 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 with 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

 

 

abstract alien creature sculpture - Michael Lucero

Michael Lucero, California

 

 

 

micheal_lucero-Museum-of-Fine-Arts,-Boston-She-Devil---Photo-by-Lee-Fatherree

Micheal Lucero – ‘She Devil’ 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Photo by Lee Fatherree

 

 

 

Inna-Olshansky wall art female head

Inna Olshansky, Israel

 

 

Sculpture bust -- the_message_orrery_D.L.-Marian

‘The Message Orrery’ – D.L. Marian

36″ tall free-standing life-size fiberglass prop with sculpted features. lacquer wood base. glass eyes. Planets have been added to head with copper wire, rusted metal sun crown. Alien writings adorn her body giving us that unknown message or warning.

Dark Creation

 

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

 

 

 

Carol Gentithes seated in chair photo portrait

Carol Gentithes

 

Fred Johnston

 

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

 

Fred-Johnston ovoid plate

‘Woman with pierced tongue’– Fred Johnston

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Suzy Birstein

 

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

 

‘Beauty Bountiful’ – Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Notorious-figure sculpture by Suzy-Birstein-

Suzy Birstein-~-‘Notorious’

 

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

‘Who are you really’ – Suzy Birstein

 

 

‘In Wonderland’–Suzy Birstein

Height 24″

 

Suzy-Birstein contemporary sculpture bust

‘Moon Lights up the Night’ – Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Suzy Birstein ceramic bust sculpture

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

 

 

 

Suzy-Birstein ceramic totem sculpture

‘Get The Sweet Beat’ – Suzy Birstein

 

 

 

Crete-Athens-workshop

Click image to expand

 

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

Robert-Bricker---This-vase-is-from-an-exhibition-called-“Deep-In-Shallow-Thoughts'’

Robert Bricker—This vase is from an exhibition called “Deep In Shallow Thoughts’’

 

 

 

Robert-Bicker-edgy abstract vase

Robert Bicker

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Jenny Orchard

A maker of beguiling clay mutation sculptures, Jenny Orchard is a contemporary artist, living and working in Sydney. She has travelled a unique path of making figurative hybrid ceramics called Zookiniis or Interbeings, totemic forms and vessels since the early 1980’s.

See more of Jenny’s fascinating art here

 

 

'Dandy Tiger Vase' by Jenny Orchard - 2013

‘Dandy Tiger Vase’ by Jenny Orchard – 2013

 

 

 

jenny-orchard-weeds-and-ghosts Sculpture in the garden

Jenny Orchard – ‘Weeds and ghosts’

 

 

Jenny Orchard ceramic ‘Zookini’s’

 

 

Kitty---ceramic-&-resin---Jenny-Orchard - mutation sculpture

‘Kitty’ – Jenny Orchard

 

 

Glass-Vase-by-Lea-Bartneck

Monumental hand painted glass vase by Lea Bartneck

 

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.

 

 

 

‘Ceramics Void Vase’ – Grayson Perry

 

 

‘Cries of London’  – Grayson Perry

 

 

Grayson-Perry,-The-Frivolous-baluster vase

 

‘The Frivolous 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

 

 

 

Sculpture of three naked females

Akio Takamori

 

 

Alfajar, Malaga

 

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.

 

 

Alfajar Botella tension

 

 

 

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

Alfajar

 

 

Marni-Gable

Marni Gable

 

 

Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal

 

 

Watching the Watcher

 

Liesbeth-Rutten-in-Vertrouwen Dutch public sculpture

Liesbeth Rutten

Vertrouwen, NL

 

A collection of innovative ceramics for aficionados of the audacious, quirky and original arts. On display are expressive figures indulging in varying degrees of scrutiny and perception, from the self absorbed to the inquisitive, contemplative and incisive, including forms that are hybrid, fractured, holistic and abstract. Fertile titillation to the imagination never goes astray and I applaud these artists for providing such amusing vehicles of flight into fantasy through courting the unpredictable, eccentric and surreal. Idiocentric visionaries providing escapism from the conventional and forever stretching the boundaries and teasing the parameters of reality. Conveying a captivating conclusion from following an adventurous spirit of creativity and independence, on occasions beyond the threshold of rationality, with touches of

humor, brilliance and the thought provoking.

 

 

 

 

Goldscheider-Vienna-Woman's-Head,-Rudolf-Knörlein-1930

Woman’s Head designed by Rudolf Knörlein for Goldscheider

Vienna, 1930

 

 

Charmaine-Haines--From-her-French-Experience-Collection-photo-Marie-Clair-DeBourg Abstract cubist vase

Cubist vase Charmaine Haines

French Experience Collection photo Marie Clair DeBourg

 

 

 

2a-hootkin-collection-ann-Agee

Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’

1994

 

 

odell---Di-Pasquale-Connecticut---Connecticut-overlooking-the-James-River-tidal-basin,-2010,-the-Historic-Lucky-Strike-building=-

Paul Di Pasquale Jimmy Dean sculpture

“Connecticut”— the historic Lucky Strike building overlooking the James River tidal  basin

2010

 

 

Large-Sitting-Fox---Gin-Durham ceramic artist

Large Sitting Fox – Gin Durham

photo Paul Wilkinson

 

 

Galina-Bulganin-ceramic-figurine

Galina Bulganin

 

 

 

Fons-Bemelmans--Art-Gallery-De-Twee-Pauwen-----The-Hague

‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans

 

 

1970s-Sculpture-by-Cantarel

The Inner Door –  Abstract sculpture in green and gilded patina bronze by Cantarel

1970’s

ABC Pascal, Paris

 

 

Anton-Smit monumental sculpture head

A sculpture at the entrance to Anton Smit’s Sculpture park located in Bronkhorstspruit, Sth. Africa

 

 

 

George-Lafayette-Spirit-Guide series - standing spirit figure

George Lafayette – Spirit Guide series

See more George Lafayette sculptures here

 

 

Arthur-Boyd - David and Saul sculpture

“David and Saul”Arthur Boyd

c. 1951 Murrumbeena, Melbourne

 

 

 

Bryan-Hiveley - Crimson Hoop abstract sculpture

‘Crimson Hoop’ – Bryan Hiveley 

‘My abstract sculptures present surface textures that are candy-like and color-saturated; they reverberate in the space between oppositional constructs such as artifice/natural, synthetic/organic’

 

 

City-Sport-smiling male-mannequin-head-1

Mannequin head

 

 

 

dr_strangelove_Peter-Sellers_1964_

“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove

 

 

Bouke-de-Vries-#ceramics-#porcelain-[war-&-pieces-(cloud),-18th,-19th,-20th-century-,-2012

Bouke de Vries – ‘War & pieces (cloud), 18th, 19th, 20th century’

2012

 

 

Comfort-Zone-by-Calvin-Ma

‘Comfort Zone’ by Calvin Ma

 

 

Cathy-Meincer--River-Gallery

Whimsical Bird and Rabbit Sculpture by Cathy Meincer

 

 

 

Chandra-DeBuse-Two-Tiered-Treat-Server-(Blue-and-Yellow) ceramic

Chandra DeBuse – ‘Two Tiered Treat Server’

 

 

 

Christine-Kaiser---Bird-Girl---christinekaiser-etsy

Christine Kaiser — ‘Bird Girl’

christinekaiser-etsy

 

 

 

Conversation-through-a-Wall----Ricardas-Lukosiunas Head sculpture with small figures

‘Conversation through a Wall’ —- Ricardas Lukosiunas

 

 

 

Dai-Li=ceramic figurine of a Chinese girl eating a strawberry

Dai Li

 

 

Dorota-Urbaniak-Pelka - ceramic figures in a bath

Dorota Urbaniak Pelka

 

 

 

TERESA-GIRONES ceraamic sculpture bust

Teresa Girones ceramic bust

 

 

 

 

Frances-Doherty-with-her-Blue-Bells.----Picture-by-Peter-Boam

Frances Doherty with her Blue Bells

Picture by Peter Boam

 

 

 

minoru-karamatsu-Mystery-Alley

‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr

Japan

 

 

Teapot,-2014,-by-Kevin-Snipes with black face motif

Teapot, 2014, by Kevin Snipes

 

 

Frances-Baruch - textured ceramic bust of a red haired woman with a cat on her shoulder

Frances Baruch

 

 

 

E.Krasnova-Dancing-figurines

Kicking up heels – E.Krasnova

 

 

Eduardo-Andaluz abstract sculpture

Eduardo Andaluz

 

 

 

Eoghan-Bridge sculpture of a woman sitting on a horse

UK sculptor Eoghan Bridge

 

 

 

eva-kwong Tri Leg blue and pink sculpture

Eva Kwong

 

 

 

Found-on-theodoros-papagiannis - large ceramic sculpture figure

Theodoros Papagiannis, Greece

 

 

 

Ceramic-whippet---Evelyn-Tannus--

Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet

 

 

 

 

lady-and-bird---tania-babb

‘Lady and Bird’ — Tania Babb

 

 

 

Installation-of-Flappers---by-Ruth-Aizuss-Migdal

‘Flappers’ —by Ruth Aizuss Migdal

 

 

Jason-Walker Gifts for the kids playing with fire

‘Gifts for the kids playing with fire’ – Jason Walker

 

 

 

Jo Ilona -Bordeaux Three ceramic figures

Jo Ilona

 

 

 

john-and-robin-gumaelius--

‘He thinks in his garden’ – John and Robin Gumaelius

Robin creates all the colorful ceramic surface imagery and complex decorative glazes, and then John takes over and adds the exquisite metal armatures that bring the sculptures to life.

 

 

 

Marie-Madeleine-Gautier female sculpture

Marie Madeleine Gautier

 

 

 

Alexander-Archipenko,-Floating-Torso-With-Head,-1935 Black reclining figure sculpture

‘Floating Torso With Head’  – Alexander Archipenko

1935

 

 

 

Joanne-Jaffe---First-Born Beatrice Wood Centre for the Arts

Joanne Jaffe — ‘First Born’

 

 

 

Joe-Lawrence male ceramic busts

Joe Lawrence   Two sailor/fishermen busts

 

 

Keti-Anastasaki-Toronto Male and female ceramic busts

Keti Anastasaki, Toronto

 

 

 

Mayan-Ruins-at-Chichen-Itza-Site,-Chichen-Itza,-Yucatan,-Mexico

Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

 

Mieke-van-den-Hoogen - tow female figurines

Mieke van den Hoogen

 

 

 

Mutsuo-Yanagihara porcelain sculpture

Mutsuo  Yanagihara

 

 

 

sandra-trujilloLiterary-Bust-Elvis-Figure,-Slip-Cast

Literary Bust Elvis Figure – Sandra Trujillo

 

 

 

Sigita-Lukosiunas-'Tea-Break' woman smoking a cigarette on her break figurine bust

Sigita Lukosiunas- ‘Tea Break’

 

 

 

Susie-McMahon----ceramic bust of a girl

Susie McMahon

 

 

 

Taumango luka-Woodrow-Nash

‘Taumango luka’ –  Woodrow-Nash

 

 

 

Third-zen-character;-tere-natori,-naked-raku

Raku Zen monk – Jo Ilona

 

 

 

Tiffany-Schmierer_Links_300 abstract sculpture polychrome

Tiffany Schmierer – ‘Links 300’

 

 

 

Troskulys-Ricardas-Lukosiunas-Thirst clay sculpture

‘Thirst’ – Troskulys Ricardas Lukosiunas

 

 

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Outdoor Pachamama Museum

The Amaicha Pachamama Museum is the work of Héctor Cruz, an artist of the valley which, after studying the pre-Inca cultures, decided to use them as inspiration for his work

 

 

 

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Outdoor sculpture – Hector Cruz

Pachamama Museum

 

 

Pygothia,-2010,-Cheryl-Tall,-ceramic head sculpture with highly textured clay of a man looking skywards and fearful

‘Pygothia’ – Cheryl Tall

2010

 

 

 

Ceramic glazed Unicorn-Clock--Studio-Cela-37-Dorota-Urbaniak-Pelka-and-Jerzy-Pelka

‘Unicorn Clock’  — Studio Cela 37  —  Dorota Urbaniak Pelka and Jerzy Pelka

 

 

Deborah-Halpern---Silk-Scarf,-Art-House-Gallery--Art-Network-Australia

 

Cubist mosaic bust – Deborah Halpern

 

 

 

Valentina-Kuznetsova sculpture of a lady sitting with flowers

Valentina Kuznetsova garden sculpture

 

 

Wool-relief-panels-'Squirrel'-Master-Adjika-,-Minsk

 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika

Minsk

 

 

 

one-end-of-the-Pickwick-Theater-lobby-a-statue-and-fountain-named-Cleo-is-attributed-to-Ruth-Blackwell-of-the-Iannelli-studio

Statue and fountain named Cleo –  attributed to Ruth Blackwell of the Iannelli studio

Pickwick Theater lobby

 

 

Oskar-Schlemmer,-Triadisches-Ballett-(Triadic-Ballet),-1922

‘Triadisches Ballett’ (Triadic Ballet) – Oskar Schlemmer

1922

 

Sheikh-Abu-Bakar-with-the-walls-of-the-old-fort-of-Purana-Kila-in-the-background

Watching pots dry – photo Walter Bossard

Sheikh Abu Bakarwith with the walls of the old fort of Purana Kila in the background, Delhi

 

 

 

virgil-ortiz hybrid fashion statement sculpture

Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

Patti-Warashina Figure A Red, 2009 red and white geometric decorative pattern sculpture figure

‘Figure A Red’  – Patti Warashina

2009

 

 

 

Yayoi-Kusama-Gallery-----red and white octopus tentacles surrounding Yayoi in a polka dot dress

Yayoi Kusama Gallery

 

 

 

Rastafarian-Octopus-Slatermodelmaker-etsy turquoise ceramic desk sculpture

‘Rastafarian Octopus’

Slatermodelmaker-etsy

 

 

 

Modern-sculpture-by-Jmenez-Deredia-outside-the-Coloseum-

Jimenez Deredia

 

 

 

Andrew-Costa- abstract clay figure

Untitled Assemblage – Andrew Casto

2011

 

 

 

a.blogui9-'Directions'-'THE-LOW'-Stoneware,-H-~-30cm

‘The Low’ – Jo Ilona

 

 

 

Angel-de-Ayrinhac-by-dario

‘The Angel’ –  Numa Ayrinhac

Cementerio de Pigue.

 

 

'Black-Eye'-Paul-Pasquale-raku-on-canvas-with-raw-cotton

‘Black Eye’Paul Pasquale

 – raku on canvas with raw cotton

 

 

 

SUZIE---Jackie-ALONSO ceramic bust of a cute red haired girl

‘Suzie’ – Jackie Alonzo ceramic bust

 

 

 

Maidens-in-Contemplation,-signed-Green,-late-20th-century

‘Maidens in Contemplation’, signed Green

late 20th century

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Revival Art

 

The Egyptian Goddess Isis

The Egyptian Goddess Isis – 1st century AD

Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

 

 

Evolution of Egyptian Revival :

 

The Roman rule of Egypt from 30 BC to 395 AD led to Roman decorations incorporating Egyptian motifs and an increased interest in the Egyptian culture. During the Italian Renaissance “Egyptomania” resurfaced again when ancient Roman artifacts reflecting an interest in Egyptian culture along with actual Egyptian artifacts were discovered and exhibited and elements of Egyptian art were used by Italian artists. Travellers took theses Egyptian themed designs back to other parts of Europe in the 18th century.

Napoleon’s Egyptian occupation in 1798 lifted exposure of Egyptian art in the West after he assembled a contingent of over 500 scholars including biologists, archeologists, historians, artists and scientists, who were employed to catalogue their sights and new discoveries in Egypt. This was considered as an indication of Napoleon’s devotion to the principles of the Enlightenment. The results of their labours appeared in the monumental 20-volume Description del’ Égypt, completed in 1828, and in the course of their research Egyptology was born.
The British confiscated most of the French collection of Egyptian artifacts after the defeat of the French in Egypt in 1802 and most ended up in the British Museum. However the grandiose scale of Napoleons research project and their discoveries in Egypt gave rise to an increased fascination with the ancient Egyptian culture.

Egyptian statuette standing woman

Statuette of a standing woman with crossed arms Naqada III– early Dynasty 1 (ca. 3300– 3000 BC)

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford,

 

The mysteries of Egypt also captured the imagination of many artisans and designers and its influence filtered through to architecture, furniture, ceramics and  jewellery where Egyptian symbols like obelisks, hieroglyphs, scarabs, pyramids and the sphinx appeared in numerous designs. Organic and plant forms such as lotus flowers and papyrus reeds appeared in the geometric decorative patterns.
Monumental Egyptian-inspired sculptures were erected throughout Paris in the ten years after Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt..The literal translations of ancient Egyptian art eventually merged into other styles such as Art Deco, in the 1920‘s, and Egyptian motifs would become an integral part of the language of Art Deco, a style that dominated the decorative arts until the late 30‘s. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 also fed the public imagination and desire for Egyptian art.

Architecturally, the Egyptian Revival style attempted to recreate the appearance of Egyptian temples, especially with the use of massive columns and details referring to ancient Egyptian symbols—the phoenix, the sphinx, and the vulture and sun disk.

 

 

 

 

Charles Catteau Art Deco vase

Charles Catteau Art Deco vase

 

 

 

 

 20th c. Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Table

 20th c. Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Table

( 1st Dibs – Newel, NY )

 

 

Egyptian-revival-statue art nouveau - Hotel-bouctot-vagniez-amiens

 Art Nouveau Egyptian revival statue – Hôtel Bouctot-Vagniez, Amiens

 

 

 

Tomb of Nebamun Fragment

Wall  painting fragment from the Tomb of Nebamun

( British Museum )

 

 

 

 

 Egyptian Revival Scarab Buckle

Piel Freres  – Egyptian Revival Scarab Buckle

Belle Epoque Period

 

 

 

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Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. majolica Egyptian Revival garden seat.

 

 

 

Large 19th century Egyptian Charger

Large 19th century Egyptian Charger

 

 

 

 

Porcelain Egyptian revival plaque

Continental porcelain Egyptian revival plaque in a giltwood decorated frame – 1880

( 1stDibs )

 

 

 

 

FG-mark-Twin handled Egyptian Pottery

Twin handled Egyptian Pottery – marked FG

 

 

 

 

Longwy France

Longwy Vase

 

 

 

Egyptian revival---Wedgewood

Egyptian revival – Wedgwood Jasperware Egypt collection – canopic jar.

 

 

 

Egyptian Revival painted statue

Egyptian revival statue

 

 

 

Egyptian Revival Marble,clock

Egyptian Revival marble, slate, and bronze-mounted mantel Temple Clock

 

 

Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant

Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

 

 

 

Egyptian dancers Rene Lalique

 Perfume bottle with Egyptian dancers – Rene Lalique

 

 

 

EDGAR-BRANDT-AND-DAUM-421x1078

‘The Temptation’ table lamp – Edgart Brandt and Daum

( Southebys )

 

 

Large Carltonware Egyptian Fan Vase

 Carltonware Egyptian Revival Fan Vase

( reissantiques.co.uk )

 

 

 

Design Toscano Wings of Isis clock

Wings of Isis clock – Toscano

 

 

CZECH Amphora Egyptian Revival vase

Amphora Egyptian Revival vase

 

 

 

Chiparus Egyptian Dancer

Demetre Chiparus – Egyptian Dancer

 

 

 

 

Bastet, the Cat Goddess

Bastet, the Cat Goddess

 

 

 

Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase

Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase

 

 

 

 

Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus

Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus brooch

 

 

 

Art Deco Urn Vase Egyptian

Art Deco Egyptian Urn Vase

 

 

 

Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

( carltonwareworld.com )

 

 

 

Art Deco Egyptian Revival

French Art Deco Egyptian revival gem-set plaque brooch

( Skinner Auctions )

 

 

 

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Two kneeling Egyptian maidens holding chains attached to a flaring vase.- Dagoty, Paris

( Christies.com )

 

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Women at a Banquet, Tomb of Rekhmire – New Kingdom, Dynasty 18

( The Met, NY )

 

 

 

Antinea,-cold-painted-bronze-figure

Antinea by Demetre Chiparus, ca.1928.

 

 

 

Adelaide Alsop Robineau

The ” Scarab Vase ” by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

( Everson Museum )

 

 

 

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Carved Egytpian Revival armchair made in Egypt, circa 1925-30.

 

 

 

Art Deco Elevator entrance

Art Deco Egyptian Papyrus inspired elevator entrance

 

 

 

 

1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival

1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival style

 

 

 

 

1920s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry

1920’s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry

 

Valtines Ar tDeco Incense Burner

Vantines Art Deco Egyptian revival Incense Burner

 

 

 

Minton-Egyptian-Revival vase

Minton Egyptian Revival vase

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco- Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

VINTAGE-40'S-RED-EGYPTION jewellry

Vintage 40’s red pharaoh earings

 

 

 

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 Early 19th century Coalport Porcelain Classical Urn or Vase with Egyptian Hieroglyphics, 1810

( RubyLane )

 

 

 

Sarreguemines French vase

Sarreguemines French ceramic vase

 

 

 

French Porcelain Egyptian Revival box

 Late 19th c. French Porcelain Egyptian Revival Lidded Box

 

 

Nippon Egyptian revival dish

Nippon Egyptian revival dish

 

 

 

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An antique French Egyptian revival mantel clock set with Sphinx’s and Griffon’s.

( Antikolga.com )

 

 

 

Egyptian-revival-statue---art-deco-lady-holding-a-large-fan

Art deco statue, seated lady with fan

 

 

 

18ct-Gold-Rose-Cut-Diamonds-Enamel-Egyptian-Revival-Cleopatra-Pin-Jewels

Art Deco Egyptian Revival Cleopatra brooch

 

 

 

1920's-Bronze-Egyptian-Revival-Lamp-Figure-&-Casting-Pattern---

Bronze Egyptian Revival Lamp Figure

1920’s

 

 

 

red Egyptian-Revival-poster with image of Bastet

 Egyptian Revival Bastet poster

 

 

 

Egyptian-Revival-black-marble-and-bronze-case-clock-with-surrounding-Roman-relief-on-animal-paw-feet,-Egyptian-figure-of-nude-woman-leaning-on-Sphinx

Egyptian Revival black marble and bronze case clock with surrounding Roman relief on animal paw feet, Egyptian figure of nude woman leaning on Sphinx. Works signed Japy LeMaire, Paris

 

 

 

GEORGE-JONES-Majolica-compote-in-the-Egyptian-taste,-England,-c

George Jones Majolica compote

England, 1857

 

 

Green and gold art-deco-enamel-compact

 Art deco enamel compact

 

 

 

Art-Deco-Anniversary-Gift-Sphinx-Female-Egyptian-Lion-Candleholder-Bronze-Statue

Female Sphinx candle holder

 

 

 

 

Pair-of-Ronson-Egyptian-Revival-Bronze-Bookends-aspire-auctions

Pair of Ronson Egyptian Revival Bronze Bookends

Aspire auctions

 

 

Victorian-Egyptian-Revival-gold Locket---1890 with pharaoh face

Victorian Egyptian Revival gold Locket

1890

 

 

Pair-of-French-gilt-and-patinated-Egytpian-styled-candle stands

Pair of French gilt and-patinated Egytpian style candle holders

 

African Pottery Arts – traditional, contemporary

 

African Traditional Pottery

Algerian water vessel

 

African  Water vessel. A ceramic jar which is  worn by women on their backs to fetch water from wells and springs and then to store it in their homes.

Ouadhias culture. Great Kabylia, Algeria

 

 

Vessel Azande Africa, Angola

Azande Vessel –   Africa, Angola

 

 

 

 

Vessel Nupe, Africa,Nigeria

Nupe Vessel – Africa,Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

Water jug from the jerma tribe

Water jug from the Jerma tribe – Niger

 

 

 

 

 

Samburu-girls

Two Samburu girls dressed in her traditional beaded necklaces and headress at a dance. Ol Malo, Laikipia, Kenya

 

 

 

 

African-woman-carrying-pot

 African beer pot

 

 

 

Nigerian-pottery

Nigerian pottery vessel

 

 

 

 

Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park

 

 

 

 

chameleon-afrique-sud-3

Chameleon Lizard

 

African Contemporary Pottery

 

 

design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

 

 

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 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

 

 

Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

 

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Sango-Ceramics

( design-africa )

Louise Gelderblom vessel

Louise Gelderblom carved vessel

( South Africa )

 

 

 

 

photo by Eric Lafforgue - Erbore Girl

Eric Lafforgue –  Erbore Girl

 

 

 Imiso Ceramics :  

Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive design house that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions. The company was established in 2005 and is currently owned by Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane who collectively bring over 15 years  of experience in creative design and manufacturing. Their first studio and gallery space is currently located at The Old Biscuit Mill, which is situated at the Woodstock precinct of Cape Town. Imiso employs a team of highly skilled artists who contribute to their production of highly distinctive ceramics designs.

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics---ABOUT

 Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 Africasso Collection 

Picasso was inspired by Africa and Andile was inspired by Picasso and he has created a collection of ceramic bowls that reflect an abstract sympathy with this style. His pieces dispaly a myriad of visual African stories.

 

 

Africasso- Earthernware abstract pottery vase

 Imiso Ceramics   Africasso- Earthenware slip casted Vuyo vase

Africasso-Stoneware sculptural vessel

   Africasso Stoneware coiled vase ; self portrait

Africasso Stoneware vessel

  Africasso – Abstract Stoneware coiled vase; Majola

African abstract tall contemporary vase

Africasso tall vase

Africasso stoneware vessel

Africasso Stoneware vessel

Cubist Africasso showstopper vase

Africasso ‘showstopper’ vase

 

Hand Pinched Collection

Like a pianist that sorts to unleash magical creativity through her fingers, Zizipho Poswa has created a beautiful, eclectic mix of delicate hand pinched ceramic bowls and platter sets.

 

Hand-Pinched vessel

Imiso Ceramics   Hand Pinched-walford white clay-oblong bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 Zizipho Poswa Hand Pinched bowl

  Hand Pinched-walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

Hand-Pinched-set by Zizipho Poswa

    Hand Pinched-walford white hand pinched 3pc set – Zizipho Poswa

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa

Hand-Pinched-bowl

   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

Majolandile-Dyalvane-Imiso-ceramics-Pinch Bowl Set

Pinch Bowl Set – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

More African contemporary ceramics –

 

 

Earthenware slip cast vase

Earthenware slip cast vase –  Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

 

Stoneware-coiled-vase Andile Dyalvane

 

 Stoneware coiled vase; Red & gold scarified pattern; matrix bottom half-Udu-Vase

Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

 

Imiso Ceramics- Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape by Andile Dyalvane

 Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape

Andile Dyalvane

The Scarified Collection is inspired by the ancient African tradition of body scarification. Scarification is an ancient practice used to protect individuals  against various spiritual and physical manifestations. Designed by Andile Dyalvane, the scarified pottery pieces are intended to carry a spiritual message that will resonate with the ambience of the interiors they are destined for.

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics studio

 

 

 

 

Zizipho Poswa-Imiso-Ceramics

Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics---Africasso-platter

Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter

 

 

 

 

Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics-slip-casting

Imiso Ceramics slip casting

 

 

 

 

Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

Africasso Conical Vase Majolandile Dyalvane Imiso ceramics

Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Ceramic-Head-Rest - Majolandile Dyalvane

African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics--Earthenware vessel Majolandile Dyalvane

Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

 

 

Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Once-off-Vase-imiso - Majolandile Dyalvane

Once of vase  –  Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

Imiso Ceramics site here

 

 

 

 

 

 More African Traditional Pottery

 

Nigeria pottery William Itter collection

Nigerian pottery water jar – William Itter collection

 

 

 

 

Nigeria William Itter Collection

Nigerian Pottery Vessel – William Itter Collection

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Ladi Kwali sgraffito pot

Ladi Kwali – sgraffito vessel

Pottery vessel by Ladi-Kwali-(Nigerian)

African Water Pot with sgraffito detail. – Ladi Kwali-(Nigerian)

Ladi Kwali a large Water Jar

Ladi Kwali – large Water Jar

PUNU MASK,-Gabon, Africa

African Punu Mask , Gabon

Chidi Okoye-beauty mask

Beauty Mask – Chidi Okoye

African Global vessel

Carved global vessel with everted rim from the Igbo people of Nigeria

Carved Mother and Child Bowl - Africa

Mother and Child Bowl, late 1800s Yoruba Peoples, Nigeria.

Water-Jar-379x810

Water Jar. Kabyle peoples, Algeria –  19th century.  Ceramic with red and black pigments.  To this day, Kabyle women coil and decorate pottery with beautiful, geometric designs for their own household use and for sale

 

 

 

HAGENAUER-Karl-1898-1956 African girl sculpture

Karl  HAGENAUER (1898 – 1956)

“Africa in the jar”

( Million & Associes )

 

 

 

Mudsgum earth home

A Mudsgum earth home

 

 

 

 

 

Pokot girl with giant necklace - Kenya

Pokot girl with giant necklace – Kenya

( Eric Lafforgue – flickr )

 

 

 

 

 

Nigerian incised surface vessel

Nigerian vessel with incised surface

 

 

 

 

African pot - Bomboka-Henry,-2011

African pottery – Henry Bomboka

2011

 

 

 

Bomboka-Henry1,-2011

Henry Bomboka – 2011

 

 

 

Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits

 

 

 

Statue-Baoulé-Bloblo-Bian---Côte-d'Ivoire

Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian

 

 

 

MAGDALENE-ODUNDO-1985-Phillips

African vessel – Magdalene Odundo

 

 

 

Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya

2011

 

 

 

owl-awarded-third-prize-at-a-Biennale-in-Austria.-(c)-Alex-Kyakuwa,-Vision-for-Africa

Alex Kyakuwa

 

 

 

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Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece

 

 

 

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Raku pot from East Africa

 

See another post on African Art here – African Arts Odyssey

 

Art, paintings and pottery

Nearly all of the the great masters in art have used pottery images in their works, from Monet to Van Gough to Cezanne. Its been a consistent feature in their still life paintings, especially where flowers are involved. The innately beautiful colours of flowers and the rich colours in pottery glazes provide fascinating subject matter.

Most art classes usually fit in a session or two where you are confronted with flowers in a vase. It has also served as a great historical reference for the evolution of pottery through the ages. Throughout the history of art many painters have also discovered the pleasure of working with clay. These have included several eminent artists from the past including Picasso, Vlaminck, Gauguin, Matisse, Authur Boyd and Jackson Pollock. Here are some paintings featuring pottery.

 

lady in long gown painting a pot

Classical Artist Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema – 1871

( Manchester City Art Galleries )

 

 

young girl painting pottery

‘The Potter’s Daughter’ (19th century) – William Coleman

© Bridgeman Art Library  © Croydon Art Collection, Museum of Croydon, UK

 

 

Lady reading watched by an angel

Netherlands painter, Robert Campin –  Merode Altarpiece, oil on oak panel, 1425-28

( Met NY )

 

 

 

art nouveau postcard of a lady painting a pot

Art Nouveau Glamour Ladies Postcard – pottery painting – 1900

 

 

large poylchrome ceramic pots in a Mexican pottery works

Native potter of Tonala

Old Mexican Postcard  ( Photo )

 

 

Mural of a mayan woman lifting a large pot

This mural—discovered in 2004 at the Maya site of Calakmul—depicts ordinary

people in day to day life with a large pot. (  circa A.D. 620 to 700. )

 

 

seated native potters making large pots

A potter and his wife – 1830

( V & A )

 

 

 

Henry Balink-Pueblo Pottery native american potter with black pot

Henry Balink – Pueblo pottery

 

 

Irving Eanger painting of a Native American potter amking a pot

Eanger Irving  Couse   ” The Pottery Maker ” 1930  – Native Americana

 

 

Native American artists making pottery

Henry Francois Farny (French-born American, 1847-1916) ‘Painting Pots’

1880

 

 

Making Pottery At Jamestown

 

 

lady seated next to huge vase of Chrysanthemum flowers

‘Woman with Chrysanthemums’ by Edgar Degas

 

 

peasant women gathering cochineal in Oaxaca

Gatherers of cochineal in Oaxaca

Part of the mural by Arturo Garcia Bust , Palace Museum, Oaxaca

 

 

 

John William Waterhouse – The Toilet

 

 

lady seated with a quilt pattern dress

‘Quiet Night’  – Paine Proffitt

 

 

Native American women carrying a pot on her head

Robert G Stevens

 

 

A woodcut of a potter on his pottery wheel

‘The Potter’ – Jost Amman, 1574

Bridgeman Art Library

 

 

 

french illustration of a pottery on a pottery wheel

‘The Potter’

An  illustration from a book on the crafts

 

 

decorators painting pottery at the Baxter ceramic studio

The Baxter ceramic studio – Thomas Baxter

1810

     

Great Exhibition: French Room, 1851 by Joseph Nash

 

 

 

cezanne-still life painting fruit and pottery

Paul Cezanne

 

 

Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael cast out into the wilderness.

‘Compassion’

 Stained glass panel by Louis Comfort Tiffany, depicting the Old Testament story of Hagar and Ishmael cast out into the wilderness.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

 

 

impressionistic-painting by Van Gough flowers in a pot fruit coffee pot

Vase with flowers, coffee pot and fruit – Van Gough

 

 

white statue of a nymph in a pond‘Pond Nymph’ – Anne Manual

 

 

 

daffodils in a vase

‘Sea of Daffodils’ – Mary Jones

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Ceramic tile featuring Asian girl in a red dress touching a cat with her toe

Tang San Cai, also called Tricolor Glazed Pottery and a gem of ancient Chinese art, is a kind of handmade glazed ware of exquisite craftsmanship created in the Northern and Southern Dynasty (386-589) about 1,400 years ago

 

 

 

Big bunch of White Azaleas in a Pot

Claude Monet – White Azaleas in a Pot

 

 

 

Emma Meyer  – 1859-1921    Women decorating porcelain at Den Kgl. Porcelansfabrik Royal Copenhagen

 

 

Native American lady holding a pot

Holly Sierra

 

women seated at a table decorating pottery

Edwin Longsden Long     ( British  1829-1891 )  A Seville Pottery  1872

 

 

two native American girls holding pots above their heads

Holly Sierra

 

 

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  Still life with pitcher and apples  – Pablo Picasso

 

 

‘Isabella and the Pot of Basil’ – 1868 by William Holman Hunt

 

 

An ornamental urn, a jewellery box and jewels on a silk draped table

An ornamental urn, a jewellery box and jewels on a silk draped table – Ludwig Augustin.
1923

 

 

 

John-William-Waterhouse women adding water for bathing

John William Waterhouse – ‘The Danaides’

1906

 

 

 

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The princess, the dragon and the frog  – Fran Recacha

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‘UNstill Life’ – Joyce Lieberman

 

 

 

John-William-Waterhouse - a lady in white dress sitting outdoors

John William Waterhouse – Flora (white dress)

1890

 

 

 

art - Alex Khomsky Tulips in the City 2007 abstract painting of red tulips in a vase

 ‘Tulips in the City’ – Alex Khomsky

2007

 

 

 

Two Girls Arranging Flowers

‘Two Girls Arranging Flowers’ – Federico Zandomeneghi

 

 

 

Diego-Rivera,-Still-Life,-1913 ceramic jug and vessel and peaches in a bowl

‘Still Life’ – Diego Rivera

1913

 

 

 

Jean Dupas painting of Aquarius the water bearer

Jean Dupas – ‘Aquarius the water bearer’

 

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KPM-PORCELAIN-PLAQUE German artist Friedrich Thumann lady painting a pot

KPM Porcelain plaque – Friedrich Thumann

 

 

 

Leon-Wyczólkowski potted flowers

Leon Wyczólkowsk

 

 

 

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‘Jeremiah and the potter’ – William Brassey Hole

 

 

 

The Blue Beads

Richard Emil Miller – ‘The Blue Beads’

 

 

 

The Chinese Statuette American Impressionist seated lady studying figurine statue

‘The Chinese Statuette’ – American Impressionist Richard Emil Miller

 

 

 

 

The-Housmaid, - maid cleaning

William McGregor Paxton – ‘The Housemaid’

 

 

 

jean-discart---potter wearing a turban working in studio in Tangiers

‘The Pottery Studio, Tangiers’ – Jean Discart

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Vanessa by James Denmark

‘Vanessa’ by James Denmark

judy-drew painting of floral jug, bowl of orange fruit, fan and red flowers

Judy Drew

 Matisse - vase with iris

Henri Matisse – Vase with iris

Ferenc Tulok

Ferenc Tulok

 

 

Csaba--Perlrott-William-abstract painting

William Csaba-Perlrott – ‘There are Lions’

 

Carolyn-Harrington still life painting - blue iris

‘Iris’ – Carolyn Harrington

 

 

Diego-Rivera,-Still-Life painting

Diego Rivera, ‘Still Life’

1913

 

 

Odilon-Redon FLOWERS IN ORANGE VASE PAINTING

Odilon Redon

 

 

 

Abstract still life - Picasso

Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

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‘Wildflowers in a Long Neck Vase’ – Odilon Redon

 

 

 

 painting of a girl reading at a table , large vase of red flowers by Carl Larsson

Carl Larsson. ‘Interior’

 

 

Hans-Purrmann still life painting

Hans Purrmann

 

 

William Robinson Leigh painting of a Hopi woman carrying a pot

   ‘The Hopi Vase’ – William Robinson Leigh

 

 

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Vase with flowers, Pablo Picasso

1943

 

 

Bouquet-of-Wild-Flowers,Odilon-Redon

‘Bouquet of Wild Flowers’, Odilon Redon

1900

 

 

Francesco Ballesio - 'The Pottery Sellers' - pottery merchants on the street

Francesco Ballesio – ‘The Pottery Sellers’

 

 

Karin-Michele-Anderson woman in a blue and white dress holding a pot

Watercolor by Karin Michele Anderson -‘ She Who Collects Pots’

 

 

 

Peruvian Pottery

Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533.

During the reign of the Inca’s, the production of pottery in the Andes was an art that had already developed in the region for thousands of years. One characteristic of Inca pottery is that it did not portray the human form, unlike other cultures that thrived before them. They focused more on geometric patterns and shapes and heads of animals. The pottery of the Incas  lacked the drama and artistry of the ceramics of earlier civilizations of Peru like the Moche and Nazca.

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A Mochicas Terracotta Head

 

The best example of pottery produced before the days of the Inca Empire is found in the ceramics produced by the Moche or Mochica culture that thrived from 100 to 700 AD in the northern Peruvian coast. The Moche produced large amounts of pottery aided by the use of molds to create large quantities of specific shapes. Their color pallet was mostly limited to red, black and white. They used anthropomorphic figures and animal faces and bodies to shape their ceramic. They were the only pre-Inca culture to incorporate realistic facial expressions and emotions in their pottery work, a characteristic that the Inca pottery  did not employ.

Moche bottle depicting a hunting scene

Moche figural vessel

 

The production and the use of pottery during the Inca Civilization had two purposes, utilitarian and ceremonial. Ceremonial pottery also known as huaco was of the best quality material and the most elaborate, it was made specifically for ceremonial purposes or rituals only, such as in burial grounds containing drinks and food that the dead would need for its journey. The finest pottery and ceramic was produced for religious ceremonies, they would contain the food offered to the Inca gods such as Inti or Sun.

Utilitarian pottery was produced for everyday use and was usually thicker and less elaborate. The most common Inca vessel was the stirrup spout which is a bottle shaped vase intended for holding liquids with a long neck that forms the spout which usually serves as a handle. Inca effigy jars were also a popular utilitarian ceramic that was made in large quantities since they were casted from a mold, whereas the stirrup spouts were handmade and welded into the vessel.

 

 

globular-vessel

Sperical Pot

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Bird motif Cocle Bowl-1200AD

 

 

Ceremonial Inca vessel

Ceremonial Inca Vase with Jaguar handles

INCA (1438-1533) ceramics were painted using the polychrome technique portraying numerous motifs including animals, birds, waves, felines ( popular in the Chavin culture) and geometric patterns found in the Nazca  ceramics.

 

 

Moche sculptural stirrup spout bottle ;Peru with man on a fishes back

Moche sculptural stirrup spout bottle

Larco Museum –  Lima, Peru

 

 

Moche seated figure bottle from Peru

Seated figure bottle, 2nd–5th century
Peru; Moche Ceramic

( Met NY )

 

 

Arabalo-Incan-pot with twin lugs

The Arbalo is one of the most characteristic forms of Inca pottery. With its long-necked jar and conical base it was used to serve the beer on major holidays.

Inca Culture, AD 1430-1532

 

 

 

Peruvian storage vessels

Peruvian storage vessels

 

 

Green Jade mask - Mayan

Mayan jade mask

 

 

Peru Stirrup spout bottle with snake

Stirrup-spout bottle with snake, 2nd–3rd century
Peru; Moche Ceramic

 

 

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Huaco retrato

 

 

Moche Jar 4th Century - Peru - Shaman high relief

Moche Jar 4th Century

( Artsconnected )

 

 

Globular vase with high relief.Wari Culture. AD 500 to 1000

Globular vase with high relief.

Wari Culture. AD 500 to 1000

 

 

Moche Ceramic Portrait Head Bottle

Portrait Head Bottle, 5th–6th century
Peru; Moche Ceramic

( Met NY )

Peruvian-Colonial-Chalice with high relief jaguar

Peruvian Colonial Chalice

 

 

Blackware-drinking-vessel

Inca Colonial blackware vessel dating to the early Colonial period.

1550 AD – 1600 AD      ( Ancient Artifax )

 

 

 

Storage pot

Storage pot

 

 

 

Chimu-Canteen-with-image-of-Shaman

Chimu Canteen -with Shaman motif

 

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Cuspisnique Vessel

 

 

Inca-aribalo-vessel

Inca Aribalo

Peruvian ceramic vessel with carved decoartion

Peruvian ceramic vessel with carved decoration

 

 

Large oval jar, Nazcar, Peru

Large ceramic oval jar, Nazcar

300BC – 600AD

 

 

Twin spout ceramic bottle - Peru

Dual spout drinking vessel

 

 

Inca vase with jaguar handles Mexico

Inca Jaguar handled Vase

 

 

Twin handled Inca Aribalo

Twin handled Inca Aribalo The predominant decoration consisted of geometric, zoomorphic and sculptural designs.

 

 

Nazca drinking vessel from Peru

Nazca drinking vessel with warrior figures.

 

 

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This vessel portrays a pelican fishing and catching three mythical killer whales, showing the importance of coastal activities in Nazca culture.

Andean 900 BCE-1532 CE

Artsconnected,  Minneapolis Institute of Arts

 

 

 

Kero-face motif drinking cup

Inca Kero (  drinking vessel )

 

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This vessel features a dual-image of a jaguar and an eagle, two of the most important animals in ancient Andean beliefs.

 

Large ovoid jar

Large ovoid jar representing a crouching human figure

Nazca culture,Peru.

 

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Chimu culture, Northern Peru – Vessel in the shape of a man seated on a pumpkin.

ca. 1100–1470 AD.

 

 

 

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Ceramic Warrior – Culture Moche–Peru

 

 

 

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Ica effigy vessel, Nasca Region, Peru

AD 1400’s

 

 

Vessel-in-shape-of-a-musician

Moche ceramic pot vessel in the form of a recumbent anthropomorphic peasant playing the quena (an Andean flute). (Photo by Nathan Benn)

Wagner.edu

 

 

Mocha---shaman-in-prayer Mochica style, this modelled ceramic shows a priest or shaman engaged in a curing ritual or praying over a deceased person. The shaman wears a feline headdress and large disc earrings.

Mochica style, this modelled ceramic shows a priest or shaman engaged in a curing ritual or praying over a deceased person. The shaman wears a feline headdress and large disc earrings.

 

 

 

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Mochica stirrup spout bottle, Peru

Stirrup-spout bottles were the privileged ceramic medium used by Moche artists in the expression of complex ideological messages. This vessel has  human warriors wearing feathered adornments and bird-face masks. They carry shields, lances, and triangular war clubs.

 

 

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Owl Stirrup Spout Bottle, 2nd–3rd century Peru, Moche

In the Nazca religion, which highly valued plants, animals, and fertility, birds participate in the regeneration of life.

Met, NY

 

 

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Stirrup spouted Mochica portrait jar depicting a face of a nobleman

600AD

 

 

This-ceramic-vessel-of-a-supernatural-owl-warrior-illustrates-how-the-Moche-people-of-northern-Peru-associated-warriors-and-predators

This ceramic vessel of a supernatural owl warrior illustrates how the Moche people of northern Peru associated warriors and predators

 Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu towers over Peru’s Urubamba Valley at 7930 feet above sea level. Its exact purpose remains unknown although modern researchers believe it was a royal estate for Pachacuti, the ninth Sapa Inca, or king, of the Kingdom of Cusco.

Machu Picchu was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire and was abandoned  just over 100 years later in 1573.  Fortunately the Spanish conquistadors weren’t aware of the location and didn’t have the chance to plunder or deface any of the sacred rocks there, like they did at other Inca Temples. While the Inca pottery was fairly basic, their feats as architects, engineers and stonemasons were unrivalled when they were rulers in the early Fifteenth Century. Their construction of the palatial granite complex, Machu Picchuu, in the Sacred Valley, is an absolute marvel. It was built to withstand earthquakes, by being constructed without any mortar so the stones could absorb vibrations,  and it had a sophisticated filtration system to prevent landslides. The remote and unique location was chosen as it sat in the middle of the 4 main sacred mountains of Peru.

The location of Machu Picchu was determined by “sacred geography” because the site was built on and around mountains that held high religious importance in the Inca culture and in the previous cultures that occupied the region. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.

Explorer Hiram Bingham poses in front of a rock sculpture carved to resemble a Sacred mountain in Peru.

 

 

Hiram Bingham wrote:

 ” In addition to agriculture and the breeding of useful plants and animals, the Incas carried to a remarkable extreme the manufacture of graceful,symmetrical pottery. They learned to recognize different kinds and qualities of potter’s clay. They selected localities marked by the finest type of clay for the worship of favorable divinities and the manufacture of the most delicate dishes. “

.“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it. Not only has it great snow peaks looming above the clouds more than two miles overhead, gigantic precipices of many-colored granite rising sheer for thousands of feet above the foaming, glistening, roaring rapids; it has also, in striking contrast, orchids and tree ferns, the delectable beauty of luxurious vegetation, and the mysterious witchery of the jungle.” ~ Hiram Bingham, 1922

 

 

Machu Picchu accurate stone walls

Machu Picchu precision stone architecture

 

 

Temple bathhouse at Machu Picchu - photo Andre GuntherTemple bathhouse

Photo – Andre Gunther

 

Photo – Andre Gunther

www.aguntherphotography.com

 

 

Machu-Picchu stone buliding

Fine stonework – Machu Picchu

 

 

 

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Mach Picchu precision stone walls

 

 

 

Machu Picchu panorama - photo by Andre Gunther

Photo – Andre Gunther

 

 

This rock platform at Machu Picchu is situated plum in the middle of four sacred mountains. It was the base for a gold sun disk that was later hidden after the Spanish invasion. The sacred ‘Intihuatana’ or ‘hitching post of the Sun’, was used in Inca religious festivals. It is unique as the Spanish destroyed all other such stone sculptures as evidence of idolatry.

 

 

 

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Intihuatana Hill and the terraces west of the Sacred Plaza

Photo – Hiram Bingham

 

 

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‘Intihuatana’

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the mosaic mystique

 

Mosaic garden planters Obbligato Decor

Mosaic garden pots – Obbligato Decor

Mosaic art could be regarded  as the original display of pixel like imagery and it was really prophetic for what was to come in the digital age of image creation. The innate texture in mosaic art added to its dimensionality and despite its painstaking application, it has been  favoured in the creation of some truly amazing works of art.

Evidence of the first glazed tiles date back to 1500 BC from excavations at Susa and Chogha Zanbil in Iran. Around 400BC the Greeks elevated Mosaic’s to an art form when they began using small manufactured pieces made from marble, glass, terracotta and stone (“tesserae” ) that could be manipulated into artworks. Many of the dwellings of the rich at this time displayed mosaic floors of elaborate designs. During the next century Greek mosaicists became more ambitious and used more colours and detail.

 

Roman Mosaic Floor Jewry Wall Museum

Roman Mosaic at the Jewry Wall Museum

The Romans carried mosaic  art further afield and soon, throughout the empire, rich villas with  impressive mosaic floors were created. Typically,  mosaic scenes depicted Roman subjects celebrating their gods along with  domestic themes, animals and geometric designs.  The expansion of the art-form occurred with  the use of it by Christians to decorate the walls of churches rather than the floor.

Fragment of a floor mosaic with a personification of Ktisis- ggnyc,flickr

From the 5th century onwards, with the rise of the Byzantine Empire , the art form took on new characteristics. These included the introduction of Eastern influences in style and the use of special glass tesserae called smalti, which were manufactured in northern Italy. These were made from thick sheets of coloured glass. Smalti have a rough surface and contain tiny air bubbles. They are sometimes backed with reflective silver or gold leaf.

This lead to further expansion into the Moorish art of  Spain  and into the Muslim world around the Eighth Century. From the Great Mosque at Cordoba to the Basilica of Saint Mark in  Venice to Westminster Cathedral,  mosaic art proliferated.

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The above two  mosaic’s are from St. Pauls Cathedral, London

 

 

Buddhist mosaic art Bangkok, Thailand

” ‘Wat Ratchabopit”’ Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Byzantine mosaic crown

Byzantine mosaic crown, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

 

Mosaic Mandala bowl

Mandala Mosaic Bowl – Bricolore

 

 

Contemporary Design-from-mosaicworks

Contemporary design from mosaicworks

 

 

Dragonfly Mosaic Bowl - cindylaneville.com

Mosaic Bowl – cindylaneville.com

 

 

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

 

 

mosaic Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

“Two Fish One Heart‘”  Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

 

 

Tiffany glass meramid mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel.

Mermaid Sirene – Tiffany glass mosaïc  by Anne Bedel.

2008

Kimberly Schonfeld mosaic sculpture

Kimberly Schonfeld sculptural mosaic

 

 

Mosaic Bowl - Cindy Laneville - Ontario, Canada

Mosaic Bowl – Cindy Laneville

Cindylaneville .com

 

 

Victor Nunnally mosaic eagle

‘Eagle in flight’Victor Nunnally

 

 

Mosaic Bowl – Haima Design

 

 

Large Mosaic Clad Planter - Obbligato Decor

Mosaic Clad Planter – Obbligato Decor

 

 

Victor Nunnally Mosaic

Victor Nunnally Mosaic-stained glass mosaic table top: ‘Table Of Prosperity’

 

 

Mosaic Bowl - thecuriousgecko

” Sunny Day ” Mosaic Bowl-thecuriousgecko

 

 

Mosaic adaption of  Gustav Klimt’s les amies

 

 

Nightwatch-MosaicEggshell Linda Biggers

‘Nightwatch’-Mosaic Eggshell mosaic art – Linda Biggers

Mosaic wall panel Serenade - Irinia Charny

‘Serenade’ – Irinia Charny

 

 

Moscow mayakovskaya station ceiling mosaic

Mayakovskaya Station, Moscow, Ceiling Mosaic – Deineka

 

 

St. Mark's Basilica Mosaic - Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Basilica Mosaic Facade

 

 

 

mosaic garden meditation bench

Garden Meditation Mosaic Bench

 

 

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

 

 

Abstract Mosaic Vase - Irinia Charny

Abstract Vase – Irinia Charny

 

 

mosaic stairway in San Francisco

This stairway of 163 steps is located in San Francisco, at Moraga St. and 16th Avenue. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher.

 

 

Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

Ceramic Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

 

 

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

See more at French Art Pottery

 

 

Moroccan mosaic table and lamp

Mosaic table and lamp, Marrakesh

 

 

Russian Tvoryuki Mosaic artBlus Bird – Tvoryuki Mosaic

 

 

mosaic mandala

Impressive mosaic mandala

 

 

Olicana Mosaics garden courtyard motif

Olicana Mosaics

 

 

Chelsea Flower Show Mosaic peacock path

Chelsea Flower Show  -Victorian Aviary Garden

Smalti-Landscape-Mosaic-by-George-Fishman

‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman

 

 

Modern-Mosaic-ArtJordi-Labanda-for-SICIS Italian

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS

 

 

 

Mosaic-art-by-Russian-artist-Irina-Charny--Female-Cellist

Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny

 

 

 

Mosaic-of-the-Battle-of-Issus-from-the-House-of-the-Faun-in-Pompeii-1st-century

Mosaic of the Battle of Issus from the House of the Faun in Pompeii 1st century

 

 

 

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‘Mother and Chid’ (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr

 

 

 

Carole-Choucair-Oueijan-Mosaics head mosaic

Carole Choucair Oueijan

 

 

 

Pictures of MosaicMosaic Burning Fall

Mosaic picture ‘Burning Autumn’

artmonument.ru

 

 

 

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Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio

 

 

cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier

 

 

 

Botanical-mosaics,-Dupont-Station,-Toronto,-Ontario,-Canada

Public botanical mosaic – Dupont Station, Toronto

 

 

Lubets-eggshell mosaic pink lotus

Pink lotus eggshell mosaic – Lubets

 

 

Under-water-mermaid-and-fish-panel, art nouveau style Sue Thompson

Under water mermaid and fish mosaic panel – Sue Thompson

 

 

Zentangle mosaic -By-Rikke-Poulsen

Zentangle  Rikke Poulson

 

 

universal-law-mosaic-art-mandala-Brett-Campbell

Universal Law mosaic – Brett Campbell

 

 

See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here 

 

 

Ceramic Animal Art

 

Here is a collection of a few of my favourite ceramic animal artists :

 

Lesley Anne Greene : 

I exhibit and sell throughout the UK and model imaginative figurative sculptures using hand building techniques. Inspiration is often drawn from an interest in the role of animals and ancient artefacts and sustained by visits to museums and sites of antiquity both at home and abroad. Other works are derived from encounters in daily life and embrace a playful humour in their expression and form. The individually made pieces vary in scale from palm size to approximately twenty seven inches tall. Fired in an electric kiln they are decorated with metallic oxides, coloured slips, underglazes gold and silver lustres.

Lesley-Anne-Greene-elephant sculpture

Lesley Anne Greene

Ceramic Elephants Lesley-Anne-Greene

 ( website : http://www.lagreeneceramics.co.uk/ )

 

 

 

Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics  :

Ceramic turtle- by Artful CeramicsTurtle – Artful Ceramics

Michael is primarily self taught and has worked in a variety of study programs with other established artists in clay including Don Reitz, Toshiko Takaezu, Paulus Berensohn. At present much of his inpiration comes from oriental influences. He brings the inner qualities of silence and peace from his meditation practice to his Asian figurative work. He has traveled widely and gathered much inspiration from around the world, especially Africa and Southeast Asia. From 1975 through 1982 Michael lived in Ibiza, Spain, where, he became fascinated by the desert people of North Africa and the animals of that continent. While in Ibiza, he solidified his construction techniques of hand building and pinch and began his exploration of using clay like fabric. Sumati Colpitts is a ceramic sculptor, licensed massage therapist, and culinary gourmet cook. All her professions rely on her tactile wisdom and creativity through her hands. She has studied at the Chicago Art Institute and the Kansas City Art Institute exploring a wide range of media, but has always been drawn to the use of textures an d color. She has first worked in clay with Michael in India in 1989 and they have been working and living together in Sedona since 1997. Their interest is to capture the essence of the animal or the figure and give them an expression that makes you feel good when you look at them.

Beaver- Artful Ceramics

Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics

Pelican-Artful Ceramics Michael and Sumati Colepitts

Artful Ceramics

Frog - Artful Ceramics

Artful Ceramics

Hippo - Artful Ceramics

 Their Technique:

We do not use molds or forms. Subtle variations within the piece are generated by using different natural colors. Various textures are also added for accent and to give a sense of fun and elegance.

The finished pieces are air dried for 1-2 weeks, then fired in a kiln that reaches temperatures of up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The initial firing removes the water and makes the pieces strong. At this point, colored washes such as iron oxide and manganese dioxide are added to create more color and gives the pieces their final sheen and tones. The pieces are then fired a second time to 2300 degrees Farenheit, which melts the glazes and creates the beautiful patinas. The finishing process after the firing includes adding the glass eyes or wire whiskers, attaching bases and adding final touches of color to enhance each individual piece.

Snow Monkeys Artful CeramicsGarden Crane - Artful Ceramics

Artful Ceramics website – http://www.artfulceramics.com

Joanne Cooke :

From the minute I was born I have had a dog in my life (my mum’s dog was under the bed!). I love the way canines can communicate without the use of words – just the raising of an eyebrow can say so much. As I begin each sculpture, I try to imagine the dog’s emotional state and character and aim to capture that by the time it is finished. I occasionally add a clay collar or neck scarf for the more jaunty or cool characters! I create each dog individually using either earthstone crank or white hand building clay which I fire to 1230°c.  ( website – http://www.sculpturelounge.com/ )

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke

 

Lisa Larson :

Lisa Larson yellow ceramic cow

Designer –  Lisa Larson, Maker –  Gustavberg, Sweden

see the veniceclayartists post on Lisa Larson here

Sue Jenkins :

At the moment I work with a coarse textured clay fired to stoneware temperatures, suitable for use inside and out. It is decorated with slips, metal oxides and sometimes a little glaze. Having lived in the Pennines for many years I started making sheep. These were joined by more animals and birds, each one with its own quirky character. I now also make figures to complement the menagerie! Gardening being a passion, I also make planters and more one off work, based on patterns and organic shapes from nature. ( website – http://www.hand-built-pottery.co.uk/ )

Ceramic Rabbits - Sue Jenkins

Sue Jenkins

Three Ceramic Cats - Sue JenkinsPetra LLoyd :

Petra Lloyd was born in London and studied scientific illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic. After her move to the North-East, she rediscovered her love of ceramics and started to create sculptural work and other ornamental items reflecting her love of nature, especially of birds, fish and animals. She works mostly in stoneware using a mixture of oxides and glazes which enhance the unique character of each piece of work. See more Petra LLoyd at http://www.northern-potters.co.uk

Petra LLoyd ceramic sculpture

Graham Glynn :

Graham Glynn cat family

Graham Glynn

 

Jenny Mendes :

Jenny Mendes Weiner Dog ith abstract patttern

Weiner Dog – Jenny Mendes

 

 

Anita Reay :

Sculpting clay is my passion which allows me to tap into my imagination. I am a self taught artist and have been into many forms of art since childhood and have always had the ability to draw animals and birds well. My pieces are sold in a local gallery, antique & collectable shops around Australia and worldwide via the internet. I am currently sculpting in porcelain and ceramic clay however for years I sculpted birds and animals from many mediums including air dry clay, fabric, soap and wax.

I first started using ceramic clay in 2005 and after creating a menagerie of birds and animals including owls, kookaburras, dogs and ponies I purchased my first kiln and then when I discovered my art was appealing to others I began sculpting full time.

The nature of my work lies with the whimsical and the figurative. I create original sculptures so that each collector has the only ‘one of its kind’. My sculptures may follow a theme but no two are ever identical. ( website –   http://www.anitareay.com )

Koala and Kookaburra Vase by Anita ReayKoala Vase

 

 

Kookaburra Jug Anita Reay - Australian potteryKookaburra Jug

 

Brendan Hesmondhalgh :

Brendan works primarily in ceramic and creates bold animal designs that are often mounted on ceramic plinths. He uses a hand building technique that deliberately cracks the surface of the clay. By pushing out a sheet from the inside , the surface breaks as it stretches. ( website – http://www.sculpturelounge.com/ )

Two Pelicans sculpture by Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen ceramic sculpture

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen

Ardmore :- see more here

Ardmore Ceramic Art zebras

Veronica Ballan :

I have been designing and creating ceramic figures and latterly, animals for over 30 years. My inspiration is drawn from nature, using my own observations and research. In my studio at the rear of my Georgian town house I sculpt every piece individually, and after bisque firing, hand paint each sculpture with earthy natural glazes, returning them to the kiln for a second firing. I specialize in a shredded clay effect that gives the hairy animals their unique look, the most popular being the highland cattle, hares, donkeys and the dogs, which I make to commission.  ( website – http://www.studio2-ceramics.co.uk/ )

Veronica Ballan scotty dof

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan

 

Victoria Leeks :

Having lived in the Far East for many years my pieces are influenced by the Asian culture. I am looking for visual harmony using simple, pure, strong forms with added surface decoration, employing symbolism, themes, motifs and narrative. Using slip cast moulds and slab building and the use of porcelain paper clay, copper wire, glass and specialist glazes I express my ideas, resulting in decorative pieces that reflect my artistic interpretation.

( website – http://www.northern-potters.co.uk )

Pottery birds Victoria Leeks

Victoria Leeks

Ceramic Dove Victoria LeeksCatherine Boyne :

Ceramic Pig

Sylvan Studios – Christy Crews Dunne :

As with nearly everyone else, the first thirteen years of my life made a formative impact on how I think, feel, and communicate. In my case these years were spent on a farm in rural Virginia that gave me a closeness to nature and animals that has never diminished. There were no children ‘next door’, or anywhere near, to play with so my playmates and friends were the animals that I formed a bond with and the land itself. The faces of nature were an endless fascination for me and my maternal grandmother encouraged me through her efforts to express this in an artistic fashion. I diligently applied myself to paper and modeling clay.

Christy Crews Dunne giraffe teapot

Christy Crews Dunne

Camel Teapot Sylvan Studios

 

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev  :- see more here

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev

 

 Monika Leone, Canberra

” Zoya “ – Monika Leone

” Zana ”  – Monika Leone

 

Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter

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 Walter Bosse for Karlsruhe Ceramic (Austria) elephant (1956-1962). Turquoise blue majolica glaze over red brick clay.

( Mod Cats )

1950’s ceramic black cat vase

( Le Greiner )

Perky turquoise ceramic French Poodle  –  Doilet, France

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