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Rooster, peacock, phoenix – new dawn rising


Phoenix-Rising-metal sculpture - John Hair

‘Phoenix Rising’ – John Hair



Rooster resurrection


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



Gaston Lachaise-peacock sculptures in the garden

Gaston Lachaise peacock sculptures, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

1920, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

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


Depero-Fortunato rooster painting

Depero Fortunato futurist rooster




Brown ceramic Zsolnay-Figural-Rooster-Vase

Figural Rooster Vase – Zsolnay




Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Rooster Strut – AilsaR-flickr



Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland




Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy




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

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



Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China


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


Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu



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

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird



hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg



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

Jordiferrer Wikipedia


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

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



Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China




Rooster ceramic jug-Mitchell-Grafton

Folk Art pottery rooster jug – Mitchell Grafton




Constantin Brancusi, Cock,



Sargadelos stylized rooster jug/ewer

Sargadelos ceramic rooster jug/ewer




rene lalique cockerel tiara gold

Rene Lalique cockerel tiara




Aldo Londo Rimini Blue Bitossi Rooster



Marcello Fantoni mid century ceramic rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy




Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan.




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

George Sellers white bisque peacock – Areté Collection



Plumed tail cockerel statue by Roger Capron

Stylized plume tail cockerel – Roger Capron



Red twin rooster head vase - AV Smith

Twin rooster head vase – A.V.Smith Pottery




 Tatiana Ryaboushinskaya as Golden Cockerel  – projected shadows as set design

Ballet Russes -1938



Colorful Ceramic Rooster cookie Jar

Rooster Cookie Jar




Two glass roostersBilly-&-Katie-Bernstein

A pair of glass rooster figurines – Billy & Katie Bernstein

Bernstein Glass


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

Cockerel ceramic sculpture — Joe Lawrence




Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic tile




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

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012




Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions



Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase




Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster




Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron




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

via Mutual Art




Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

Crowing Rooster – Delphin Massier




two dancing-cockerels -by-Joe-lawrence

Dancing Cock by Joe Lawrence




david-galchutt His-morning-strut Rooster painting

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



Ceramic hen piggy bank

Ceramic hens piggy banks



Joan Miro coq disk

Coq Disque – Joan Miro



Edmond-Lachenal-ceramique cockerel

Crowing ceramic rooster — Edmond Lachenal



Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture




garden-cockerel-bronze-resin strutting cockerel

Strutting Rooster resin/bronze sculpture – Brian Hollingworth.




Red Shoushan-Stone-Phoenix-Teapot

Shoushan Stone Phoenix Teapot




Rooster vase by Nan Hamilton

Four Roosters vase – Nan Hamilton




Harriet-Barb-Keith-fine detail mosaic art rooster

Harriet Barb Keith



sascha-brastoff-green and gold rooster

Teal green and gold rooster – Sascha Brastoff

17 inches tall



Waylande Gregory Studios. USA




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

Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot




Portuguese rooster statue in Porto

Porto street rooster statue—Portugal

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




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

Meiji multi metal Okimono—Rooster



Jason-Walker, rooster sculpture

Jason Walker ‘Cage Free Capitalism’





Peacock mantle clock – Jay Strongwater



Ken Sedberry contemporary rooster sculpture

Contemporary ceramic rooster sculpture – Ken Sedberry, NC



Rooster lady by kristian-schuller

Photography by Kristian Schuller



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

Large Cockerel, Spain

Photo –  B. O’Casey



Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives




Large ceramic peacock – Minton

Walker gallery, Liverpool, UK



Red phoenix figurine - mkmack- etsy

Red and gold phoenix – Mkmack, etsy




ArtDecor24 peacock vase

Art Nouveau peacock vase

ArtDecor24. Poland



Peacock statue  – Phillip Jacksons garden, Sussex



Roger Capron sculpture - abstract lady bust with rooster hat

Roger Capron sculpture bust



Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

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



Trevor-Askin abstract phoenix

Abstract Phoenix bronze sculpture – Trevor Askin




Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches


phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

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



Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD



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





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

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin





Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle





Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART





Oxblood glaze rooster – Royal Haeger



Mid Century Rooster-by-Perignem

Mid Century Rooster by Perignem, Brussels, 1970

Wouter Harvey



Cristine-Boyd black and white roosters platter.

Cristine Boyd – black / white sgraffito roosters platter




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

Ceramic cockerel – Sarah Farrelly




Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA




Sally White porcelain rooster riding a horse

Sally Hook – ‘Year Of Rooster’


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.






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





Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’





Paul Di Pasquale Jimmy Dean sculpture

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




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

Large Sitting Fox – Gin Durham

photo Paul Wilkinson




Galina Bulganin





‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans




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


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





“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove




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





‘Comfort Zone’ by Calvin Ma




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’





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





‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr




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





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





Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet






‘Lady and Bird’ — Tania Babb





‘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





‘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





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 – Yucatan, Mexico




Mieke-van-den-Hoogen - tow female figurines

Mieke van den Hoogen




Mutsuo-Yanagihara porcelain sculpture

Mutsuo  Yanagihara





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





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




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





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





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

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





Cubist mosaic bust – Deborah Halpern




Valentina-Kuznetsova sculpture of a lady sitting with flowers

Valentina Kuznetsova garden sculpture




 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika






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

Pickwick Theater lobby




‘Triadisches Ballett’ (Triadic Ballet) – Oskar Schlemmer




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





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’






Jimenez Deredia




Andrew-Costa- abstract clay figure

Untitled Assemblage – Andrew Casto






‘The Low’ – Jo Ilona





‘The Angel’ –  Numa Ayrinhac

Cementerio de Pigue.




‘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





Spiritual motives with ceramic arts



‘Lakshmi open bowl’ by Susan Folwell (Santa-Clara) and Les Namingha (Hopi Tewa Zuni)


Art’s universal language of creativity and spirit.


In India, Tibet, Nepal and other Eastern countries they have rituals to enliven the spirit of a work of art after it has been created. To the Hindus this is known as Abhisheka, also called Abhishekam. This is conducted by Brahmins who pour libations on the image of the deity being worshiped, amidst the chanting of mantras. Usually, offerings such as milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sesame oil, rosewater, sandalwood paste and other perfume oils may be used, along with other offerings such as flowers, depending on the type of ceremony being performed. These rituals are routinely performed in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples. This is believed to create a purified ambience and transform the consciousness projected by the piece. Christianity also performs similar ceremonies with candles, incense and prayer to its saints and deities, to purify the atmosphere and objects of worship. Powerful religious imagery and symbols have been utilized over the ages with the intention of uplifting the atmosphere and spirit.
Artists, through their own intensity towards their objects of creation, can also project a degree of consciousness into their work, which can linger for a long time, sometimes indefinitely. This can also be influenced by the subject matter and the degree of personal emotional involvement. Long periods of concentration on a singular object are known to arouse meditative states that can lead to a blissful consciousness and even rapture. Prolonged devotion, an inspired focus on beauty and even fatigue can trigger a transcendence and elevated creativity. The reverence of Japanese and Korean artists towards established traditions and their recognition of cosmic factors, such as the interplay between Heaven and Earth, are a factor in the spiritual resonance of their art. Awareness of the alignment between form, perspective, colour and textures to the forces of yin and yang sometimes act as a guide to their creative decisions.
Some works of art can have a deeply spiritual impact on viewers even though the artist was completely oblivious to this quality during the process of creation. The merging of the metaphysical with the physical in art is unfathomable, where a single stroke or action can act as a catalyst.



‘Ariel 3’ – Ginger Gilmore


Artists draw on a myriad of influences in their creative expression. Innate inspiration can flow from endless sources :- childhood memories, nature, a random encounter with a person on the street, landscapes, spirituality, animals, music, to name a few. It is also possible to draw on an inner inspiration independent of any external stimuli. Artists, by virtue of their sensitivity and refined awareness can connect with their inner spirit and beauty and channel it into their art. Perception can be altered by awareness which can also influence the intensity of projection. The same can be said for belief and conviction.

Artistic instincts can be stifled and repressed by external factors, much to the detriment of a culture and an individual. Conversely they can be stimulated through interaction with other artists and mentors and also by powerful artistic statements from gifted artists filled with freedom of expression. Spiritual concepts and practices can also act as a stimulus towards creativity. Here, a selection of artists is considered from a spiritual perspective, including the diversity of influences that have provided the impetus to drive their creativity.



Joey Chiarello


Joey Chiarello (Mojomaker1)  – “growing up, I have always had a great appreciation of the many forms and capabilities of the entire animal kingdom. I am captivated by the stillness of the instinctual nature of each diverse creature. Through the Zen of simple being I find my answers. I can have a goal in mind however I must be open to the clay too guide me along to achieve my most accurate form of personal expression. When I give in, creatures seem to flow from my fingertips.

Currently I am working with narrative character creation and interaction. I love to see and study many old ancient designs and interpretations. The content includes a wide range of Native, Asian, folklore and spirituality as paintings drawings and tattoos. I use these age-old 2-D designs as inspiration to make 3-D interpretations.”



‘Acceptance’  – Joey Chiarello



The-Dawn-of-compassion-ceramic,-underglaze,-glazes,-boars-hair-and-steel---- Joey Chiarello

‘The Dawn of Compassion’  — Joey Chiarello



Eternal Inspiration-tortoise-figurine by Joey Chiarello

‘Eternal Inspiration’ – by Joey Chiarello




‘The Cleaner’ – Joey Chiarello



Joey-Chairello--with large spider

Joey Chiarello with his ‘Simran the Sacred Jumping Spider’ sculpture.



The-sound-of-compassion-Credit-Joey-Chiarello ceramic dragon

‘The sound of compassion’ – Joey Chiarello



Joey Chiarello ceramic sculpture of a female figure

Raku Geisha – Joey Chiarello





‘Live in the Now’ – Joey Chiarello



Good-fortune-Koi 2011 Joey Chiarello

‘Good fortune Koi’ – Joey Chiarello



Anita Feng


Poet, potter and a 30 year practitioner of Zen in the Korean tradition.

‘Creativity is, yes, the person, but as he/she intersects with all the other variables of present moment experience. Meeting at the cross-hairs of lived experience, the voice that emerges from the individual is the potential for creative force. In both of my mediums I rarely start with a topic or idea. I start with music — in poetry this would be the particular music of a word or phrase as it appears in my mind. In clay, it would be the physical music of clay’.

“I am interested in showing the flow of engagement, which may reflect vulnerability and fear, yet finds stillness within that. The only way the absolute can come through is through the subjective.” –Anita Feng


Compassion-in-the-Clouds- Anita Feng

Raku sculpture – ‘Compassion in the Clouds’ – Anita Feng





‘Buddha Seated in Meditation’ —  Anita Feng





Buddha Kwan Yin Goddess Statue With Chains – Anita Feng





Anita Feng – Standing Buddha Statue in Turquoise Red Copper Raku





‘Black Woman Buddha’ — Anita Feng

Also see the other veniceclayartists post on Anita Feng here


Anita’s poetry books are: Internal Strategies and Sadie and Mendel


William Morris


Morris gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures from around the world – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has become something all its own: culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world. “Art broadly speaking is that which invites us into contemplation.  Art arrests attention, it is an important service to the soul.”



‘Suspended Artifact’ – William Morris, USA





Morris-William-green rhyton-bull-sculpture

‘Rhyton Bull’ – William Morris



Alex Bernstein



window-15 Alex-Bernstein Glass ovoid blue sculpture

‘Window 15’ – Alex Bernstein

Artist Alex Bernstein presents a refreshing exploration of visual form and storytelling by combining metaphor with the power and sensuality of sculpted glass. His glass sculptures provide the viewer with intimate narrative landscapes, drawn from light, form and color. Alex explores ideas about the passage of time and the processes of creation and transformation.




‘Copper Window’, Cast & cut glass, fused steel – Alex Bernstein

2015, Habitat Galleries



Steel-26 Alex-Bernstein glass sculptural art

Alex Bernstein


Ancient-Consecration-Kat-McIver seated mystic sculpture - white raku clay

‘Ancient Consecration’ Kat McIver

“I experience my art as a radical response and prayer to life. Each piece develops as a deep, evolutionary process, expressing my personal spiritual journey and the emotional vicissitudes of beingness.”




Seed jar with four polished birds and geometric designs against a buff black ground by Andrew Octavio




Jonathan Middlemiss



Beech-path,-dancing-light painting by Jon Middlemiss

‘Beech path, dancing light’  –  Jonathan Middlemiss, UK


“Meditation on the ‘Tree of Life’ of the Western Mystery tradition underpinned my ceramics for most of my career. I spent several years absorbing the influences of other spiritual traditions, particularly Vajrayana Buddhism and shamanism. Painting and drawings in mixed media are a contemplation on these influences ” Jonathan Middlemiss

“I am inspired by experiences of immersion in landscape and the opportunity to go to places where the wild lands speak in a way I understood as a child in the Yorkshire Dales and later on the North Yorkshire Moors. The experience of re-tracing my father’s droving routes to market, listening to the sounds of the wooded ghylls and waterfalls or walking the upland peat bogs and watching the wildlife of these now precious habitats… all become starting points for new paintings. Here I sense the portals to a greater spiritual reality that we have become culturally alienated from and dismiss as irrational, and here are opportunities to remember to appreciate our experience of the world as magical.”



painting titled Pools-of-light by Jon Middlemiss

‘Pools of light’ – Jon Middlemiss



ceramic cup - Rippled-form-blue-and-gold-Jon Middlemiss

 ‘Rippled form blue and gold’ –    Jon Middlemiss



Anne Shulenberger


“Being creative has always been very important to me. I believe that being creative is what connects each of us with the highest power in the universe (God/Goddess/All That Is). When immersed in creating artwork I often feel a deep connection with all sentient beings and a strong conviction that what I am making is of utmost importance to the world. This feeling of being part of something much bigger than my own individual self is what I am always striving for. It gives my creative struggle and my work meaning and makes my life worth living. I hope to communicate this powerful feeling of connection to all who come into contact with what I have created.”


wood-fired-Kwan-Yin-sculptures---Anne-Shulenberger wall panel of Kwan Yin riding a dragon

Kwan Yin riding a dragon wall panel – Anne Shulenberger




Anne-Shulenberger slab built snake goddess vase

Snake Goddess raku vase- Anne Shulenberger





‘Venus’ raku ceramic panel – Anne Shulenberger



Indian deity riding a moose - Durga-In-Montana-Tricia-Cline ceramic sculpture

‘Durga In Montana’ – Tricia Cline




Paige Bradley 



Emerging- Sculpture of the cobra pose - Paige Bradley

Metamorphosis series – ‘Emerging’ – Paige Bradley

‘I want to advocate healing and empowerment for people around the world. I want my art to be a forceful voice to help those who suffer from illness, repression, or exploitation. My sculptures express a depth and variety of the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual that we search for as a human race. Simultaneously, I want to provoke us to feel painful truths we keep bottled up inside. I want us to remember we are all the same. And, it is this understanding that can heal us all.’



Expansion - seated female in full lotus with hand mudras sculpture by Paige Bradley

‘Expansion’ – Paige Bradley

‘From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically ‘un-contained’?




‘Breath’ – Paige Bradley



release-Paige Bradley female sculpture in bronze

‘Release’ – Paige Bradley



Illumination-Paige Bradley sculpture of a kneeling man with his arms outstretched

‘Illumination’ – Paige Bradley


Ilona Jo 



Ceramic-raku-horse by Ilona Jo

Raku Horse – Ilona Jo, Bordeaux




Zen, Dew, Earth – Ilona Jo




‘Happy Easter’ – Ilona Jo



Trio Meditation-monks Ilona-Jo

‘Meditation Trio’ – Ilona Jo

“All are naked raku. I took a lot of pleasure to shape…. they are serene, gentle, cheerful … except the last which resists a bit”




George Lafayette


“I spent a few years in animation and maquette-making, and then became a real estate agent. After further exploration of my artistic desires, I realized that my passion was sculpture.

Inspirations for my sculptures come from my inner feelings about life, rebirth, and spiritual mysticism. They are the reflections and interpretation of my life experiences.”


George-Lafayette-Dream-time female bust

George Lafayette – ‘Dream time’




George-Lafayette-sculpture of mytsical female

George Lafayette sculpture





‘Dream Catcher on a boat’ – George Lafayette


Hanoi-Fine-Arts-Museum Room-for-Meditation reief art

‘Room for Meditation’ – wall art – artist?

Hanoi Fine Arts Museum


Hoshino-Tomoyuki ceramic vessel

Hoshino Tomoyuki

When I work on the wheel I find myself harmonizing with the clay, and it’s then I can feel a sense as if my own genes somehow become synchronized with the clay drawing itself out in spirals; I find it a fascinating process.



Kaku Hayashi




‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi




Kaku-Hayashi Eastern-themes-–-ZERO-and-a-Sacred-waterfall - ceramic sculpture

‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi


Hayashi’s Zero Trajectory series was inspired by an  encounter with a calligraphy artist. Her creations begin with the idea of ZERO or ‘nothingness’ found in ZEN Buddhism. This Eastern philosophical concept has provided wide-ranging inspiration for Hayashi’s ceramic work. She exploits the malleability of clay to express her ideas through a dynamic series of folds, combined with undulations derived from calligraphy brushwork.




Kaku Hayashi – Kegon


The exhibit, ‘Kegon’, is inspired by the beautiful sacred waterfall in Tochigi prefecture, Kegon no Taki. This masterful work brilliantly evokes in pottery the dramatic cascade of water and its substance as droplets.The Kegon Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Japan and Hayashi lives close to this location. She draws upon the majestic beauty and power of the falls and incorporates those elements-emotions into her works.( see below)




Kegon Falls, Japan



Fujino Sachiko


“I create my pieces through a dialogue with the soft clay . Clay is a moist, flexible medium, whose plasticity suggests new ceramic forms. Conscious of  both the suppleness and the fragility of the clay, I attempt to create forms which possess an inner power of conviction. I would like to approach the clay in such a way that my pieces are expressions of profound thoughts and feelings”.  She enhances the depth of her surfaces by using an airbrush device that sprays slip and occasionally colored glazes.




Collapse/Rebirth – Fujino Sachiko

Interconnection ’15-3

Joan B Mirviss


Interconnection-’15-3;-standing-geometric-connected-sculpture-and-spray-glazed-in-matte-blackish-brown by Fujino Sachiko

‘Rensetsu’ – Fujino Sachiko

Stoneware with matte glaze




Stoneware ‘Bud Casing II’
Fujino Sachiko 2011

 Mary Ann and Stanley Snider Collection
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Jinnai Sakata


Hajomon or the Wave Motif itself expresses the five elements of the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang-wood, fire, earth, metal and water-of which all things, living and nonliving, in heaven and on earth are composed. Since ancient times the Chinese have viewed the world through the prism of the “yin and yang five elements”.




Jinnai Sakata




‘Jormon memory’ – Jinnai Sakata

Vessel of Black exterior with gilt pressed inside (Daihachi)

“What I am attempting is not to imitate the warmth and forcefulness found in Jomon vessels, nor to merely reproduce their shapes. But rather I wish to reconstruct in the present, through the means of my awareness, the spirituality imbued in Jomon pieces – each one a prayer of divine awe and reverence.”





‘Zanskar of Convergence’ – Jinnai Sakata




Sakata-Jinnai.--triangular dish with incised wavy patterns

‘Dish with incised waves’ – Jinnai Sakata





‘Bunhentsubo’ – Jinnai Sakata ikebana




Sakata-Jinnai.----- two double gourd shaped dishes in brown and gold

Jinnai Sakata



Jinnai Sakata - Very-large-deep-glass-dish-foil-paper-'Man-open-Sakurai'-----95cm diameter

Jinnai Sakata – Very large deep glass dish foil paper-‘Man open Sakurai’ series

‘Inhaling deeply, I feel myself become like a cherry tree drawing deep energy from the Earth. When I exhale, I expand ever outward, radiating from the top of my head, or crown chakra, all the way to the Polaris or Pole Star. If we say that each individual is a micro cosmos then isn’t the top of his head his own Pole Star. Thus the Earth is connected to the Pole Star by the vertical flow of energy, which simultaneously flows downward, piercing the Earth’s mantle to its very core. Heaven, Earth and Man all connected. This connecting energy is what I mean by the Eye of Polaris.’  – Jinnai Sakata (this is Iron Shirt Kung Fu philosophy)



Sakata-Jinnai.-Chain-Of-Life bonsai sculpture

‘Chain Of Life’ bonsai sculpture – Sakata Jinnai




Sakata-Jinnai for blue wavy ceramic bowls

Blue dishes – Jinnai Sakata




Jinnai Sakata

Large bowl with a rough textured facade that contrasts with the glittering gold kinpaku (gold foil) inside. width 45cm

Inscribed on the bottom is the statement – “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Ellen Kong


Madames+Day+Off-Ellen-Kong-ceramic art

‘Madams Day Off ‘ – Ellen Kong


Sweet-Fragrance-Of-Summer-Eve-by-Ellen-Kong--Raku-fired ceramic sculpture

‘Sweet Fragrance Of Summer Eve’ by Ellen Kong


“Like the horticulturist, I must devote time to nurture each individual work. Creating with clay is forever new to me. It is challenging, and intriguing. I like to construct cascading ceramic series, in which one work flows into the next. This sculptural stream of consciousness intrigues me as a vehicle to capture ideas and forms. The incessant pursuit of the ever-expanding boundaries of technique and images nourishes me. In my work, wind-borne seeds sown long ago germinate and bloom unexpectedly, defying time and space. In a unique fashion, they emerge and transform into design elements that reflect my own passage”. Ellen Kong




‘Pattern from Inner Image’ – Morihiro Wada




Mid Century Farsta Vase – Wilhelm Cage



Paul Katrich


‘The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.’

“I adopted this symbol as a signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East, whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian of arcane knowledge and many mysteries. By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight. She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token.”



March-Sunrise-lustra glaze vessel by Paul Katrich

‘Autumn Sunrise’Paul Katrich



Paul Katrich - Scarlet,-violet,-and-magenta-peer-through-a---combustive-atmosphere-of-eternal-iridescent-night-Dying-Sun

‘Dying Sun’  – Paul Katrich

Scarlet, violet, and magenta peer through a – combustive atmosphere of eternal iridescent night





‘Stars and Clouds’

Lustre glaze vessel – Paul Katrich



Virgil Ortiz


His clay figures and vessels tell a dramatic story that flows seamlessly from past to future.  Resilience, perseverance, honor and history are the themes which he continues to explore.  Ortiz has expanded from simply traditional clay, materials and firing to contemporary clay to tell his story on a larger and more complex scale than ever before. – King Gallery, Scottsdale




‘Translator Time Shift’ Virgil Ortiz

Modernly Ancestral Series

‘The masks and vessels.  The clay. The past. The future.  All are portents to the destruction and victories to come…’



‘Helix’ – Virgil Ortiz


Josh Herman


‘My ceramics studies in the U.S. led me to Midcentury Modernism, while my studies in Japan influenced my affinity for Eastern principles that shows up in my work today. I am deeply guided by Hakomi, which is an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy rooted in Taoism. Hakomi is a discipline of paying attention to what you’re experiencing in any given moment, and this allows me to stay focused on the clay as the form reveals itself.

I am fascinated by the inner and outer landscapes of the creative process. When I start a piece I don’t know where it’s going, I don’t have a preconceived shape or idea in mind. I just allow my senses to engage and feel my way to the final result. The clay has a language, a way of communicating its limitations and strengths, and I tap into that dialectic to bring the form to life.’


Pod---Turquoise-Volcanic-Glaze ceramic vessel by Josh Herman

‘Pod’ – turquoise volcanic glaze




‘Blue Lichen’ Tall Bottle- Josh Herman




‘Round Chalice—Chartreuse’ by Josh Herman




Avital Sheffer 


“I search for clues in the personal and intimate relics that history left behind, in marks of individuality within the collective, in the tension they hold: quintessential and idiosyncratic forms, manuscripts and letters, the Divine that can be hand held.  Working in clay, with its primacy, transformations and its place as a provider of human needs from food receptacles to effigies and Gods, keeps one in a close embrace with this kind of spirituality.”

“I perceive material and spirit as inseparable. Humanity of all persuasions, even the most agnostic, harbours a deep need for ritual and custom, for the embodiment of the spiritual… in objects of meaning and beauty; I am interested in the manifestations of that need and in the conflicts it engenders…my inquiry naturally takes me on the path of the language I love and the stories of my ancestry, yet I am acutely aware of it being the story of humanity. I am inspired by the artisan who sits on the shoulders of humble teachers; who draws on ancient knowledge and traditions; who finds fulfilment in acquiring and refining skills; who takes part in creating complex systems of beauty that resonate with the depth of the human spirit; who touches a place that is beyond time.”




‘Lekitos V’ — Avital Sheffer




Kesher-VI---2015-Avital-Sheffer ceramic vessel

‘Kesher VI’  by Avital Sheffer





‘Chalcos VI’  by Avital Sheffer

photo – David Young



Catherine White

Because pottery itself abstractly expresses—through clay, glaze and shape—nature’s landscape, it can be as spirited as a spring day or as barren as a raw and sullen winter afternoon, barely touched with color. I am aiming for distillations from nature, historically alive and poetically inspired.




Catherine White – Winter 2015



To the attentive eye,

each moment of the year

has its own beauty,

and in the same field,

it beholds,

every hour,

a picture which was never seen before,

and which shall never be seen again.

— Ralph Waldon Emerson ( via




Catherine White ikebana


“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
–Joan Miro




Catherine White ceramics



Nothing is more abstract than reality. – Giorgio Morandi





Aficionado coffee sets design



Gilt-decorated coffee pot and sugar bowl

Tophane, Turkey, 19th Century – Sotheby’s


Worthy coffee sets for connoisseurs


Coffee aficionados owe their gratitude to Kaldi, the Ethiopia goat herder, who by astute observation, noticed his goats became more spirited when they ate the coffee berries. Also to Pope Clement VIII, who in 1615, was asked to make a decision on the acceptance of coffee drinking, because the Clergy in Venice had condemned the drink as the “bitter invention of Satan”. Upon trying the beverage, he immediately liked it so much he extended his Papal approval.
The nature of tea leaves and coffee grounds influenced the difference in shapes for tea pots and coffee pots. As tea leaves float, it is more pragmatic to place the spout near the bottom of the tea pot to allow the brew to flow out from underneath them. Coffee grounds, on the other hand, sink, so the spout is typically mounted nearer to the top of the coffee pot, allowing the coffee to flow out from above the grounds.
Turkey was one of the early adopters of coffee consumption, and traditionally their coffee pot spouts were made longer, to facilitate cooling of the coffee during pouring, as it was usually consumed without any milk. There also was more added pouring control with the longer spouts and the tall, slender designs didn’t encourage too much agitation of the liquid, so as to assist with the settling of the grounds. Conversely, the more squat, rounded teapots helped the movement of the floating tea leaves, which trapped the heat in the pot, speeding up the drawing of the tea.

The bulky coffee urns were not really built for mobility, so the more refined coffee pots came into favor, to transport the coffee to the customer at the flourishing coffee houses. The tall, slender, straight sided coffee pot could be considered as more masculine then the teapot with its rounded, curvaceous shape. It’s hard to imagine a knitted cosy on a coffee pot. In the past, cafes and coffee haunts were frequented more by men while women frequented the more formal tea establishments. In the Middle East, ground cardamom seed is commonly added to coffee to neutralize the stimulative effects of the beveridge, (2-3 shakes from the dispenser). Also spices such as Vanilla extract, cinnamon and saffron were added.

Handsome coffee sets deserve  fine supporting coffee tables, I’ve also added a selection below.




French-Porcelain---Blue and gold Coffee-Pot,-1777-1778-The-Hermitage-Museum

French Porcelain Coffee Pot


The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia





Vintage Australian Pottery ‘fishies in motion’ coffee Set





Art Deco electric coffee perculator – Royal Rochester

Circa 1925-1930

Art Deco





Art Deco silver plated coffee/tea set

Eliska, Ist Dibs




Grays-pottery-art-deco-ceramic coffee-pot in beige and burnt orange

Art Deco coffee pot – Grays Pottery, UK



The first coffeehouse in Constantinople was opened in 1475,  while the first cafe in Western Europe opened in Venice in 1645. Paris had its first coffeehouse, Café Procope, open in 1689 and it is still a going concern today.





Eight piece blue lustre coffee service – Carlton Ware, England



Brown Bauhaus-coffee-pot - Otto Lindig - auktionshaus-stahl Hamburg

Otto Lindig Bauhaus coffee pot, 1930

Auktionshaus Stahl, Hamburg




Celtic-Pottery---Medallion-coffee-set with tray

Medallion coffee set – Celtic Pottery




Art-deco-coffee-set in turquoise glaze with gold handles by Shelley Poteries

Art Deco coffee set with cups – Shelley Potteries



Olive green Coffee Pot-by-Gillian-Pemberton for Joseph Bourne & Son,

Gillian Pemberton designed coffee pot for Joseph Bourne & Son




Eva Zeisel coffee set in art deco style - beige, with orange and blue patterns

Eva Zeisel coffee set  – 1922-30  – Schramberg Majolica factory

Bröhan Museum, Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin



Bavarian jade green glazed Coffee-Pot, creamer and sugar bowl

Bavarian jade green coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl






An Early 19th Century French Paris Porcelain Coffee Set – 1820 to 1850

1stDibs – Martinoja Antiques Stamford CT




Art Deco Coimbra cafe service

Art Deco coffee service by Susie Cooper






Ettore Sottsass Tea Pot ‘Lapislazzuli’    circa 1987





 Mid-Century Modern Eight-Piece French Coffee Service by Lucchesi for Vallauris 1955




Friesland-White Porcelain-contemporary Coffee/Tea-Set---Gallery-L7

Friesland White Porcelain contemporary




Gorham Sterling Silver Athenic Coffee Set Hand Made

c 1910




tea-or-coffee-pot-purple__Ceramic Studio Prague

Cubist coffee pot – Ceramic Studio Prague





Herend Rare Coffee Set for Six Persons with Chinoiserie Flower Decor -1890’s

City Antik – Austria





Helena Johnová, ceramic coffee service



Carlton Ware coffee pot with storks

Botanical theme coffee pot with storks – CarltonWare





Marek-Cecula Minimalist-Tea-Set-ca'-1980-USA

Marek Cecula Minimalist beveridge service

USA 1980



magpies-black-&-white-striped coffee-set

Black and white striped coffee set

Changsha Harvit Ceramic Co




Monumental coffee/tea pot Meitan-Tea-Museum,-China

Monumental coffee/tea pot – Meitan, China



Contemporary memphis_tea_coffee set Porcelain-1980's-Germany by Lutz Rabold “City” Coffee Service for Arzberg

Lutz Rabold “City” Coffee decanter for Arzberg, Germany



MODERN-WARE-coffee-set - Carlton Ware World

Art Deco Modern Ware coffee set



Peter-Voulkos-Coffee-Pot-in brown and white glaze

Peter Voulkos



Porcelain coffee set-in orange and white glaze by-Lubomir-Tomaszewski,-1961-64

Mid-century porcelain coffee set by Lubomir Tomaszewski




Royal Winton Jazz Age coffee pot



Vallauris Vintage-French-Six-Piece-Faux-Bois-Coffee-Set--60s-Antiques-On-Old-Plank-Rd

Vallauris Vintage French Six-Piece Faux Bois (false wood) Ceramic Coffee Set -60’s

Antiques On Old Plank Rd, Chicago, USA




Modernist mosaic and brass coffee set – Salvador Teran

Lauren Stanley Silver 1stDibs



Schirnding-coffee-pot-1970s with pop art design in red and white

Schirnding coffee pot




6 piece Art Deco coffee set – Clarice Cliff






Tommi Parzinger coffee/tea-set–1940’s






Lidded Coffee-Pot  J.J Irminger, (model); Adam, Elias (setting). Germany, Meissen. Circa 1715-1735

Hermitage Museum – Porcelain and silver; underglaze painting and gilding.



White porcelain Sargadelos Cuncha Coffee Set--Arren Williams Design Lab

Sargadelos Cuncha Coffee Set–Arren Williams Design Lab




Wedgewood-Coffee-Set--floral motifs on red and white porcelain

Wedgewood Coffee Set



Chalice-coffee-set -

Chalice coffee set





Modernist Japanese stoneware teapot

Coach House




Art Nouveau coffee set (1910) painted by Adolph Richter of Chicago on Limoges porcelain blank

Lightner Museum. St Augustine, FL.



large coffee cup

”I used to drink 30 cups of coffee a day, now I’m down to just one.’





Memphis Period Tea Set by Punto Bacola for Montagnani – 1980’s

A LA Mod Inc





Persian garden border beads on melon shape coffee set



Red coffee/tea Service_1977-Danish--DANISH-TEAK-CLASSICS

Danish coffee service



Heikki-Seppa coffee set

Finnish metalsmith Heikki Seppa coffee service





‘The Mystic # V’  coffee pot— Sandy Terry





‘Victoria Arduino’ poster by Leonetto Cappiello.



Insulated French coffee pot coat

coffee-poster for cafe arabica featuring a Turkish man carrying cups of coffee Vintage ‘Cafe Arabica’ poster



Coffee Tables


Cattelan-Italia coffee table - glass top with wooden base

‘Helix’ walnut base coffee table – Cattelan Italia





Torch cut and patinated brass brutalist coffee table

USA 1970’s



Silas Seandel Volcano brass and glass Coffee Table- --Galere,

Silas Seandel ‘Volcano’  Coffee Table

Galere – West Palm Beach





Contemporary glass top table with mineral stone pedestal – Ophelia




French Vallauris LaGrange ceramic art tile coffee table

Satyricon, Brooklyn




Paul Evans Sculpted and welded bronze table





French Art Deco oak side table





Lava glazed table – Les 2 Potiers





Noguchi coffee table

Photo by Tara Bussema



Sofa-Table-by-Roger-Capron,-circa-1950 ARTOCARPUS---GALERIE-RIVIERA

Ceramic tile coffee table by Roger Capron,- circa 1950

Galerie Riviera, France



Viper contemporary coffee table---Cattlean-Italia

‘Viper’ contemporary coffee table—Cattelan Italia



serpent-coffee-table in glass and wood

Michael Coffey “Serpent” biomorphic coffee table






Coffee Table with Music Instruments Design, 1950s, by P. Fornasetti, Italy.





Hollywood Regency Style glass top coffee table with three brass swan base

Showplace – NY



Late-20th-Century-Pedestal-Glass-Coffee-Table jade colour-base--Talisman

Pedestal Base Green Glass Coffee Table

Late 20th Century





1960s Ceramic tiles and Oak Coffee Table by Tue Poulsen

Vintage Objects Netherlands





Bronze and Eglomise Glass Harp Coffee Table by Arturo Pani, Mexico, 1950’s

House Of Blu, San Diego





1970’s Cocktail Table by Roger Capron

Vintage Objects, NL




Coffee Table by Frederic DAD in Hammered Bronze, Model ‘Lily’





Maitland-Smith Cast Bronze and Brass Whippet Cocktail Table

Vintage LA Gallery – 1stDibs





Black Marble Coffee Table by Mangiarotti – the Eros Collection






Paul Evans Studio Coffee Table, USA, 1960’s






Yin Yang Table – California Artist Daniel Pollock

Bridges Over Time





Coffee Table by Frederic DAD in Black Lacquer and Agate Stone

Saint Ouen, FR –  1stDibs





 Design Institute of America Brass and Glass Swivel Coffee/Cocktail Table by Modern Metropolis


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





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





‘The Temptation’ table lamp – Edgart Brandt and Daum

( Southebys )



Large Carltonware Egyptian Fan Vase

 Carltonware Egyptian Revival Fan Vase

( )




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

( )




Art Deco Egyptian Revival

French Art Deco Egyptian revival gem-set plaque brooch

( Skinner Auctions )





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

( )



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

( The Met, NY )





Antinea by Demetre Chiparus, ca.1928.




Adelaide Alsop Robineau

The ” Scarab Vase ” by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

( Everson Museum )





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 pharaoh earings





 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





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

( )





Art deco statue, seated lady with fan





Art Deco Egyptian Revival Cleopatra brooch





Bronze Egyptian Revival Lamp Figure





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. Works signed Japy LeMaire, Paris





George Jones Majolica compote

England, 1857



Green and gold art-deco-enamel-compact

 Art deco enamel compact





Female Sphinx candle holder






Pair of Ronson Egyptian Revival Bronze Bookends

Aspire auctions



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

Victorian Egyptian Revival gold Locket




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







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






 African beer pot





Nigerian pottery vessel





Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park






Chameleon Lizard


African Contemporary Pottery



design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )






 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )





Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery




( 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.




 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-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 hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane






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. 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






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





African vessel – Magdalene Odundo




Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya






Alex Kyakuwa





Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece




Start-–-A-Journal of Arts and Culture in East Africa

Raku pot from East Africa


See another post on African Art here – African Arts Odyssey


Ceramics in black and white


Black on white or vice versa has been used effectively with Eastern calligraphy in art to draw more attention to the the form of the strokes. As the letters quite often consist of simple strokes, the combination is stark and appealing. Early Greek pottery also featured a strong emphasis on using black figures over a lighter background. giving a silhouette effect.

Monochromatic imagery commands a different perception, especially if you’re working without any shades in between. With black and white, the greater contrast makes a bolder statement, creates more depth and mystique, and makes the patterns and designs more dramatic. This can be compelling or conversely over-intensify the appearance. Black and white always produces textures that appear to have more depth and crisper lines by virtue of the wider dynamic range and greater contrast. The added resolution and detail that is possible adds a hyper-realism to the subject, this is evident in B & W photography.

Due to not having the option of using colour film in the beginning, both photography and movies progressed the genre of black and white to a captivating level. Since the late 1960’s, few mainstream films have been shot entirely in black-and-white. In photography it also is less favored then in earlier eras, even though colour digital files can be converted to black and white relatively easily. I think that black and white ceramic arts are being more explored now then in the past. Pottery has always had a range of several colours to work with and never really went through a stage where black and white was used exclusively. With decorative ceramics, it is harder to utilize the shades of grey as easily as in the photo medium, so monochromatic combinations are more common in purely black and white decorative styles.




Kathy Victorino - black and white geometric zig zag potKathy Victorino – black and white geometric ceramic vessel




Black and white modern bar stool

Black and white modernist bar stool



Sally Hook black and white vase with sun and male face motifs

Black and white vase – Sally Hook




Art Deco vase, decorated with spherical, geometric black graphics.

Molded earthenware Art Deco vase, decorated with spherical, geometrized black graphics.

Signed  Fructuoso –    1930’s




Vintage Arabia ceramic Zebra, 1963 Finland

Vintage Arabia Zebra, 1963 Finland Black and White Pottery – Domestikate




Populate or Perish - Ceramic sculpture by Pru Morrison white kangaroos on a black background

Populate or Perish – Pru Morrison




Square Tumbler with Buzzard - Adam Posnak

Square Tumbler with Buzzard – Adam Posnak



Handbuilt Tripod Ceramic Vessel by Carol Eddy

Handbuilt Tripod Ceramic Vessel with colored engobes and stains

Carol Eddy



Acoma Sgraffito Pottery Jar - R Garciawith deer and bird motifs with abstract patterns

Acoma Sgraffito Pottery Jar –  R Garcia



Junko Kitamura - Black and white ceramic bowl

Junko Kitamura – Black/white bowl



maria_acosta_black_creme pottery

Maria Acosta

Maria is known for her flawless painting and unique figures on the bottom of her pots. She is a fixture in the Central barrio of Mata Ortiz with her many varied designs .




Dorothy Torivio - Black on White geometric olla vessel

Dorothy Torivio  – Black-on-White




Sally Hook twin handled vase

Sally Hook twin handled black and white vase



Black and White decanters - Scheier

Black and White decanters  – Scheier



Laura Carrlin Ceramics - London, UK

Laura Carrlin Ceramics – London



Sew Zinski abstract contemporary ceramic bowl

Sew Zinski ceramic bowl



Sarvas black & white abstract black and white wavy design pottery vessel

Sarvas Pottery



Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen (Denmark) sgraffito jug / vase with deer motifs. Circa 1960

Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen (Denmark) sgraffito vase. Circa 1960



Nkhensani Nkosi - " Tea Time Moments " teapot with cup and saucer

Nkhensani Nkosi –  ” Tea Time Moments “


Rowena Gilbert bowls

Rowena Gilbert



Miry Clay stoneware pottery tray

Miry Clay Pottery



Hubert Ceramics cubist teapot

Hubert Ceramics cubist slab teapot



Chulucanas Pottery - three B and W vessels

Chulucanas Pottery



Jan Richardson square vase with four legs - Spring

Jan Richardson – ‘Spring’ –square vase



Black n white Raku geometric vase - Terry Ha

Black n white Raku vase – Terry Ha




PlaceTime-Staffordshire teapot

Staffordshire Tea Pot



Black and white ceramic vessels with incised surface

Mermaid Bowl Dark blue sgrafitto on white byTessa Morgan

Mermaid Bowl Dark blue sgrafitto on white – Tessa Morgan

Tessa’s signature work consists of a white clay body decorated in dark blue slip which is then dipped in a clear glaze.



Black and white surafce textured vessel

Black and white surafce textured vessel

Dries Holten mid century modernist vase

Dutch Vase – mid-century – Dries Holten



Julia Janeway sgraffito magpie plate, black and white bird on mustard yellow background

Julia Janeway magpie dish



Gordon-baldwin-bowl fine ceramic walls

Gordon Baldwin Bowl

( Andrew Muir )



Atomic 1950's Sgraffito patterned dish by Lord David Queensberry

Atomic 1950’s Sgraffito patterned dish by Lord David Queensberry for Crown Staffordshire China 1955



Acoma pottery canteen vessel with sgraffito decoration - R.Garcia

Acoma pottery canteen vessel with sgraffito decoration – R.Garcia



Seraphin Soudbiinine Stylized Fish In The Shape Of A LyreSeraphin Soudbiinine Stylized Fish In The Shape Of A Lyre

National Ceramics Museum Sevres – France



Mid Century Modernist Pitcher Carstens " Hawaii " - 1957

Mid Century Pitcher Carstens ” Hawaii “  – 1957



Japanese Contemporary Vase - Kondô YutakaJapanese Vase – Kondô Yutaka



Black and White paisley toilet bowl

Paisley Throne in black and white



Keith Campbell black and white lidded vessel

Keith Campbell

Black and white plate by Jjanna Rebecca Lucario Acoma

Jjanna  Rebecca Lucario Acoma – black and white plate



Contemporary Swirl Bowl - DiVanityDesigns

Swirl Bowl –  DiVanityDesigns

Update 10 june 2014

Wolfworks Studios abstract vase

Wolfworks Studios abstract vase, black and white

Wolfworks Studios black and white baluster vase with naked person motif

Wolfworks Studios abstract vase

Yoshiro Ikeda contemporary Japanese pottery lidded vessel

Yoshiro Ikeda contemporary Japanese pottery

Black and white face close up - Diane Huminic-pinterest

Black and white face close up  – Diane Huminic-pinterest

Black and White face paint - piccsy

Black and White face paint – via piccsy

Jun Kaneko Dango, 2001 Hand built glazed ceramic--83h-x-30w-x-16

Jun Kaneko Dango, 2001 Hand built glazed ceramic sculpture

83 inch height  x 30 x 16

magpie figurine by Anita Reay

Anita Reay magpie sculpture


moodie girl-print-motif cearmic vessel - Pauline- Doyle

Moody Girl ceramic bottle – Pauline Doyle

Using terra-cotta clay, I spray over the red clay with a white slip. After the slip drys a bit, I scratch back through the slip to see  the clay and produce a design on the form. Here you see two faces. Later, I shade with underglaze or coloured slip. This ancient process is known as sgraffito. – Pauline Doyle



PS Porcelain cup face motif female

PS Porcelain cup



Stig Lindberg dish for Gustavsberg with illustration in black on white of a girl hanging clothes

Stig Lindberg dish for Gustavsberg

Jun Kaneko,-Dango,

Jun Kaneko, Black and White Dango,



Black and white squiggle bowl by Mark Dally

Large black and white squiggle bowl by Mark Dally

Chris Theiss A Change Of Direction

Chris Theiss – ‘A Change Of  Direction’ –  a teapot of challenging perspectives.

Whiteware, vitreous slip, sgraffito – Height 16 inches




Harris-Deller--geometrically spiral decorated vessel

Harris Deller

Cinema Gallery




Laurie-Goldstein-~-Teapot in black and white stripes

Laurie Goldstein





‘Patchwork Bottle Form’ by Ryan Thomas




Pierre-Boncampain--vase-vénus-fond-bleu - Squatting nude female motif

Pierre Boncampain — vase vénus fond bleu





Sarah-Farrelly-wildboar scuplpture in black and white

‘Wildboar’ Sarah Farrelly


Ursula-Commandeur abstract ceramic art

Ursula Commandeur


Gordon-Baldwin-abstract-black and white ceramic cup

Gordon Baldwin-1996



black and whit lidded vessel  Alistair Danhieux






Corrine-Chino fine detail hand painted Acoma Pueblo pottery

 Fine line hand painted Acoma Pueblo pottery – Corrine Chino


Collecting Cookie and Biscuit jars


McCoy-chef cookie jar

Vintage McCoy Cookie Jar


Raiding the cookie jar


McCoy, American Bisque, Brush, Abingdon, Regal China, Roseville and Shawnee — all the grand old pottery companies in the USA, made cookie jars of some type or another and they are all highly collectible brands. Likewise in Europe, some of the famous brands like Royal Dalton, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Royal Staffordshire and Clarice Cliff all produced cookie jars or biscuit jars, as they preferred to call them.  Cookie/biscuit barrels or jars, have been used in England since the latter part of the 18th century. This coincided with the rise in popularity of the ritual of afternoon tea drinking. In the USA, cookie jars started to appear around 1929 and went into wider production during the ’30s, the  Brush Pottery Company in Zanesville being recognized as the first. The golden age  for American cookie jar production covers the years from 1940 until 1970, with several manufacturers rising to prominence.

Monroe cookie jar porcelain

Marilyn Monroe ” Teal Dress ” Limited Edition cookie jar ( from Happy Memories ) 1995


In 1988, Sotheby`s auctioned off Andy Warhol’s belongings, including 175 cookie jars. The New York auction house estimated they would fetch $7,000. After the spirited bidding had reached its final conclusion, the collection had gone for $247,830. Most of the  of the interest was generated by the Warhol name but it also put cookie jars into a different dimension of respectability in the collecting sphere. A discernible lift in the interest in cookie jar collecting followed. Over the decades Cookie Jars have represented various pop culture trends and have quite often featured outlandish designs.

Even newer cookie jars are in demand. Collectors are purchasing  jars made in the `70s, `80s and ’90s  if they are Limited Editions or in mint condition.



Roseville cookie jar with flower decorative motif

Roseville Art Pottery Jar


Indian-cookie-jar by McCoy

McCoy Indian cookie jar




Playful kittens cookie jar

Kittens with ball of yarn cookie jar



Ceramic cookie jar yellow bird sitting on white cat

White cat with yellow bird Cookie Jar




honey-beehive Cookie Jar

Bees and beehive cookie jar



Dice-cookie jar with pink panther lid

Cookie Jar Memorabilia – Pink Panther



Tuscan-Style-Pottery-biscuit jar

Aqua Blue Tuscan Styled Jar



 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris motif Biscuit Jar

 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris Biscuit Jar –  FRANCE 1883-1919

( Megan’s antiques – Etsy )



Moorcroft ceramic biscuit jar with brass metal lid and handle

Antique Macintyre Moorcroft Cookie Jar.

Sold on Ebay for $1,455.




Glazed mixed with unglazed deep brown earthenware jar




Lidded Jar – Steve Rolf



cavanbluebunnyHenry Cavanaugh Ceramicar Photo Bab Crews

Cavanaugh Ceramicar Blue Bunny cookie jar

Photo-  Bab Crews



Ceramic Red Orange Bird Jar - raku fired by Davis Vachon

Ceramic Red Orange Bird Jar – raku fired

( Davis Vachon )



Chinese cloisonné ginger jar with floral decoration

Chinese cloisonné ginger jar – they usually end up being used for cookies



Vintage McCoy Pottery,hat wearing W.C.Fields cookie Jar

Vintage McCoy Pottery,W.C.Fields Jar.

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar with hand painted botanical decoration

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar

( TwinSpruceAntiques )

Soul-Tones-jar for cookies - Three soul brothers singing

Soul Tones by Clay Art (California)



Sarah-Walton-Ceramic lidded cookie jar/cannister

Sarah Walton Ceramic Jar



Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar with flat lid

Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar



Perched parrot cookie jar - red, gold, black and green

Parrot in Tropical Jungle Jar



Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965 relief daisy decoration

Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965



Green Ceramic Smiling Hippo cookie jar - California USA Pottery.

Ceramic Hippo cookie jar –  California USA Pottery.



howdy doody cookie jar - smiling red head boys face

Howdy Doody cookie jar

( Purinton  )

1930 Betty Boop cookie jar

1930 Art Deco Betty Boop cookie jar

( Vandor )



Glenn Appleman Ceramic Black Corvette Cookie Jar

Glenn Appleman Black Corvette Cookie Jar




Tessa-Morgan black sunflower on mustard yellow background cookie jar with green lid

Tessa Morgan Sunflowers Cookie Jar



Natural Elements Pottery cookie jar green and brown glaze

Covered Jar

Natural Elements Pottery

Lidded cookie jar by Jim Fineman

Jim Fineman

Chinese good luck ginger jar with dragon motif

Chinese Enamel Jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar



" Helen's Tat - L - Tale " - mid 1930's, designed and made by Helen Hutula

” Helen’s Tat – L – Tale ” – mid 1930’s, designed and made by Helen Hutula, Los Angeles

 Her pointed finger and judgment-filled expression makes you think twice about indulging… and  if you give in to temptation, when you lift the top off the cookie jar her automated voice box “reminds” you about the consequences of your snacking! ( Valued at around $4000 )



Ceramic Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar with brass lid

Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar 1800’s

( Rubylane)



Vintage Mushroom Cookie Jar



Loetz biscuit barrel with secessionist copper overlay, lid & handle

Country of Manufacture Austria c.1902



McCoy Cookie Jar – Red Aunt Jemima




phoenix-cookie-jar in yellow and red

Ceramic Phoenix cookie jar



Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot

Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot cookie jar



lion-cookie-jar-Swedish style

King of the Jungle Lion Cookie Jar

( OhDeeDoh )


Royal Doulton Burslem biscuit jar

Vintage Royal Doulton Burslem biscuit jar

Cobalt-lid Hand-Painted-Biscuit-jar with floral decoration

Vintage Cobalt Hand Painted Biscuit jar



McCoy Cow Jumped Over Moon yellow Cookie Jar

McCoy ‘Cow Jumped Over Moon’ Cookie Jar

This is a reproduction of a classic cookie jar.


Andy-Warhol-cookie jar collection

Andy Warhol cookie jar collection.





Alien incubate your cookies jar





Bass  Jazzman cookie jar





Catwoman Cookie Jar





Clarice Cliff Secrets  – bomb shape biscuit barrel




doctor-who-tardis-ceramic cookie jar

Dr. Who Tardis cookie jar





Donald Duck cookie jar




Scarlett & Rhett Ceramic Cookie Jar





Elvis in Turquoise Cadillac cookie jar




Antique Stove Cookie Jar – McCoy




Josephine Baker cookie jar





Red Poppy Biscuit Jar – Royal Bayreuth




TRGT Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar with fruit hat

Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar





Popeye Cookie Jar




adrina-richards-cookie jar/cannister

Two handles Lidded vessel  – Adrina Richards




warner Bros foghorn Leghorn cookie jar

Foghorn Leghorn Cookie Jar


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’




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



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.


 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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  Charlotte Posner  Oil  Painting  ” Pots “

( Saatchi Online Artist )




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




  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.




John-William-Waterhouse women adding water for bathing

John William Waterhouse – ‘The Danaides’






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)





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

 ‘Tulips in the City’ – Alex Khomsky





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





Jean Dupas painting of Aquarius the water bearer

Jean Dupas – ‘Aquarius the water bearer’




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

KPM Porcelain plaque – Friedrich Thumann




Leon-Wyczólkowski potted flowers

Leon Wyczólkowsk





‘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





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’





Odilon Redon




Abstract still life - Picasso

Pablo Picasso





‘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




Vase with flowers, Pablo Picasso





‘Bouquet of Wild Flowers’, Odilon Redon




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’




Jugs, pitchers and 2 coffee pots

The oldest example of functional pottery would have to be the water vessel, due to it being essential to primitive survival, and from this you could claim that the “jug” is probably the original  fuctional ware.  The word jug was first recorded in the late 15th century as jugge or jubbe. It is of unknown origin, but perhaps comes from jug, a familiar name used to describe  a maidservant at this time.The jug as a musical instrument reached its height of popularity in the 1920s, when jug bands, were popular. It could also be considered as the original wind bass instrument.



Red/brown glaze Denbac Pitcher Liqueur Flask

Denbac Pitcher Liqueur Flask




Two Purple/Blue floral wrapped jugs - Jane Bygrave

Blue floral wrapped jugs – Jane Bygrave



Charan Sachar turquoise and black ceramic pitcher - Creative With Clay

Charan Sachar



Green Denbac Curved Pitcher - French art pottery Denbac curved pitcher with ribbed design. - Terra Mare Antiques

Denbac Curved Pitcher

Terra Mare Antiques




Large handpainted Ruscha jug by Kurt Tschörner and Cilli Wörsdörfer, Germany




Daniel Slack - tall green pitcher - carved stoneware decorated with metallic oxide stains

Ceramic pitcher Wheel-thrown and carved stoneware decorated with metallic oxide stains brushed over a base glaze – Daniel Slack





Daum Pate De Verre Frosted Glass Mythologie Pitcher




Red VALLAURIS-ceramic-jug--free-form--pitcher--design

Rich red glaze Vallauris ceramic jug





French pitcher – Edmond  Lachenal



Burnt orange Jug with a dancing Aboriginal motif - Florenz pottery, Australia 1970

Florenz pottery, NSW,  Australia

circa 1970



Forest-L.-Middleton jug

Coffee Pot  – Forest L. Middleton

Pattern created with silkscreen and embossment transfers



Butter-Bell-Green Antique-Pitcher

Butter Bell Antique Pitcher




BlackTree Studio Pottery Sculpted Functional Stoneware Jug

BlackTree Studio Pottery Sculpted Functional Stoneware Jug



Jug Rock is a natural geological formation located outside of Shoals, Indiana, in the valley of the East Fork of the White River.

Named as such for obvious reasons.



Martina Lantin jug with botanical decoartion

Martina Lantin jug


Claire Prenton-ceramic-pitcher with branch handle and botanical decoration

Claire Prenton Céramiques



Harvest-jug, Barnstaple with incised decoration of a unicorn

Harvest-jug, Barnstaple  ( The Chipstone Collection )

This jug has the following rhyme placed beneath the handle :

Now I am come for to supply
Your workmen when in harvest dry
When they do labour hard and sweat
Good drink is better fare then meat
Also in winter when tis cold
I like wise then good drink can hold
Both Seasons do the same require
Also most men do good drink desire
John Hockin

Bruce Johnson brown glazed jug

Bruce Johnson



Masons-green-glazed jug

Masons green glazed jug with Hydra Chartreuse pattern





Dorothy Hafner Rosenthal Studio Line ‘Flash’ Juice Jug-Pitcher




Kaj Franck Sunflower Enamel Pitcher – Arabia Finland.


Gold eosin Zsolnay jug

Zsolnay Jug ( The Zsolnay Store )



Hoffmans Pottery jug with wavey top edge

Hoffmans Pottery



French Art Nouveau pitcher - Lucien Gaillard

Art Nouveau pitcher with silver filigree decoration – Lucien Gaillard

Glatigny 19o5



60s Arthur Wood orange ceramic Art Deco jug with geometric handle

Vintage British 60s Arthur Wood ceramic Art Deco jug

( The Art Deco Store )



Masons Old Fenton octagonal jug with floral patterns

Masons Old Fenton octagonal jug




Masons Hydra Chinoiserie jug

Masons Hydra Chinoiserie



Posey Bacopoulos, NY

Posey Bacopoulos, NY



Sue Tirrell jug with large red hare motif

Sue Tirrell jug



Sylvac-style-brown-glazed mottled texture jug

Sylvac style brown glazed floral jug


Art Deco jug in green, black and white

Art Deco Jug –  ( the art deco store )



Amber antique ceramic puzzle jug

Puzzle Jug – only by closing a certain combination of holes can the contents be extracted.

Popular in homes and taverns, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries.



Wade Heath lidded Coffee Pot in blue and white

Vintage Wade Heath Coffee Pot


” Jug with attitude ” – Lilach Lotan pottery


Ceres Goddess jug from 1797, Bideford in red and yellow

A Ceres Goddess jug from 1797, Bideford, UK



Julia Galloway elegant ceramic Jug

Julia Galloway



Wade Sylvac Carltonware Art Deco jug

Wade Sylvac Carltonware



Tall and slender Del-Genio crackle pitcher

A Del-Genio crackle pitcher



Antique French jug in pale green glass

Antique French jug



Corinthian Jug - “animal frieze” style, ca. 580 BC.

Corinthian Jug – “animal frieze” style, ca. 580 BC.



Sarah Dunstan Pitcher with swallow motifs

Sarah Dunstan





Jug in “Inglaze Blue Cat” design by Heron Cross Pottery.



Ceramic-Ewer-Pitcher-by-Fantoni-for-Raymor,-1961 with man riding a horse

Ceramic Ewer Pitcher by Fantoni for Raymor








Large Scale Earthenware Pitcher by Marcello Fantoni – Donzella, NY

1956  Height – 25inches




David-Allnatt blue pitcher

David Allnatt

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.

terracotta head drinking vessel Mochias culture

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.




Sperical Pot

Cocle-Bowl-1200AD ith bird motifs

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




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




Inca Colonial blackware vessel dating to the early Colonial period.

1550 AD – 1600 AD      ( Ancient Artifax )




Storage pot

Storage pot





Chimu Canteen -with Shaman motif



Cuspisnique 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.




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 )


Double spout vessel-477x435

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.





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

ca. 1100–1470 AD.




Culture-Moche---Crouching Warrior-Peru

Ceramic Warrior – Culture Moche–Peru





Ica effigy vessel, Nasca Region, Peru

AD 1400’s




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



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.




Moche-culture,-Peru stirrup vessel with warrior decorations

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.




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




Stirrup spouted Mochica portrait jar depicting a face of a nobleman





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



Machu-Picchu stone buliding

Fine stonework – Machu Picchu





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.




Rediscovering-Machu-Picchu---Pictures--More-From-National-Geographic-Magazine Intihuatana-Hill-and-the-terraces-west-of-the-Sacred-Plaza

Intihuatana Hill and the terraces west of the Sacred Plaza

Photo – Hiram Bingham





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.

St. Pauls Cathedral mosaicSt. Pauls Cathedral mosaic art

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 -

Mosaic Bowl –



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.


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


‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman



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

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS





Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny





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





‘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’





Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio



cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier





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 – Brett Campbell



See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here 



Pottery of Morocco


 The rich pottery tradition of Moroccan Pottery :

Moroccan bowl with arabesque motif

Large Moroccan antique polychrome decorated bowl with arabesque motif.

Morocco Kingdom

City of Morocco


Moroccan geometric patterned pottery vesselThe Kingdom of Morocco is renown for its pottery, covered with complex geometric, arabesque and beautiful, rich patterns. Moroccan art has been influenced by a diversity of cultures due to being occupied by Romans,Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantine Greeks ( 278AD to 429AD ) and the conquering Arabs who introduced their Islamic civilization in the late 7th century. The indigenous Berber tribes were generally converted to Islam around this time.The intricate hand-painted ceramics of Morocco usually reveal designs that have been influenced by Islamic culture. Some tribes in Morocco have been painting the same design for over 200 years.

Their pottery tended to be hand painted with fine details, deep colors, and a variety of hand spun designs. The Muslim Arab invasion and settlement of Morocco and Spain in the 7th–9th century led to an upheaval in the ceramic production of utilitarian & decorative vessels and architectural features. Over 8,000 artisans from Andalusia in Spain were brought into Fez and spread their techniques and styles of Islamic designs using tin oxide, lead fritted, opaque low fire glazes. The infusion of Islamic thought into every aspect of daily life became a prominent influence, where even common utilitarian vessels became the carrier of either a pattern that could be related back to the Infinity of God, or to the Word of God. Islamic patterns based on Muslim principles of a balance between the male (geometric or containing design) and female principle (arabesque, vegetal or foliage decoration) were used. The other common style of Moroccan pottery was of Berber orientation which featured hand built, clay slip decorated tribal pottery, characteristically using signs and symbols to repel evil spirits and insure protection for the owner and potter. The Berbers considerd their work more “masculine” than the other more decorative, colorful and “feminine” urban Moroccan pottery.

As the “wild west” of the Islamic world, Morocco quickly became a haven for many dissidents, rebels and refugees from the eastern caliphate. Among these was Idris ibn Abdallah, who with the help of the local Awraba Berbers, founded the Idrisid Dynasty in 788. His son Idris II erected a splendid new capital at Fez and launched Morocco as a centre of learning and a major power. The Imperial city of Fez is one of the kingdom’s most beautiful places. It offers uniquely designed and colored Moroccan ceramics with an Islamic influence viewed in the intricate pattern, colors, design and production. For over six centuries Fez has proudly created the finest Moroccan pottery. Its beauty comes from the complex knowledge of geometry passed on from father to son. Fez is renowned for the choice of cobalt oxide that permits to obtain every shade of blue. Polychrome enameled ware is more respected in Morocco.

In 1660, Morocco came under the control of the Alawite dynasty. It is a sherif dynasty—descended from the prophet Muhammad—and rules Morocco to this day. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Morocco was one of the Barbary States, the headquarters of pirates who pillaged Mediterranean traders. Morocco was colonized by both the French and the Spanish.

The floral and geometric Moroccan designs are available in cobalt blue and multicolour. This  highly decorative ceramic style was greatly influenced by the Moorish and Spanish culture. The main centers for ceramics are Safi, which produces pottery inlaid with metal , and Fez, which produces the very distinctive blue and white fassi pottery.

Antique Moroccan Pot

Antique Moroccan covered soup tureen.

Moroccan arabic caligraphy vase with white characters on olive green

Moroccan Arabic Calligraphy Vase

Blue and white Fez tagine Morocco

Fez Tagine

Safi, lidded jar

Safi lidded Jar

Moroccan Ceramic Artist painting a large charger

Moroccan Ceramic Artist, Tamegroute

Moroccan Lidded Pottery Jars

Moroccan pottery jars

Ceramic Safi Plate with brass inlays

Safi Antique Plate

Blue and white Ceramic Basin from Fez

Fez Ceramic Basin

Monumental amphora vases

Two gigantic amphoras as emblems of the city of Safi, Morocco ( L.Mahin )

Alhambra Vase from Marrakesh - Morocco

Alhambra Vase from Marrakesh painted with Moorish motifs

Moroccan vase in pink and orange

Vase Morocco

Moroccan Plate with geometric patterns

Moroccan Safi Plate

Marrakech Pottery bazzar

Marrakech Pottery Shop

Moroccan Charger in blue and white

Moroccan charger

Large Moroccan Platter with Islamic motif

Moroccan Platter

Safi Moroccan Vase with a mustard glaze and engraved metal detailing

Moroccan Safi Vase – mustard glaze with engraved metal detail

Lidded Moroccan vessel

Moroccan lidded vessel

moroccan dish - geometric patterns

Moroccan bowl

Safi Moroccan tea Set deep pink glaze with silver engraved metalwork

Moroccan tea set

( Mosak Store )

Mosquée de Tinmel. Maroc arched corridor

Mosquée de Tinmel. Maroc
by courregesg
Moroccan plate display
Plates at one of Morocco’s renowned bazaars
Painted Camel
Camel Art
by osaprio
Moroccan olive jarLarge Exotic Pottery Olive Jar
Antique Spice Jar and Pitcher - Morocco

Moroccan Antique Spice Jar and Pitcher

Orange glaze ceramic plate with metalwork detail

Antique handmade Safi ceramic plate with engraved silver detailing

( Casbah Decor )

Morocco Pottery Bazzar

Moroccan Pottery Shop

( Peregrin@ Flickr )

Antique Moroccan baluster Vase

Antique Moroccan vase

Marrakesh Moroccan Vase with engraved metal motifs

Marrakesh Moroccan Vase

( Berber Trading )

Lidded Jar Morocco with silver inlays

Moroccan Lidded Jar

A traditional Ginger Jar from Fez. Hardened in the sun, then fired three times in the process of creating a piece with depth, colour and shine. The final application of a silver alloy traces the designs on the vase, a time-consuming process that requires a great eye for detail and skill. This vase took over a month to make by hand.

Ceramic Engraved Chili-Vase-(Morocco)

Chili Vase Engraved–(Morocco)


21-inch-Engraved ceramic jar Morocco


Moroccan ewer



Moroccan-Style-Decorative-Wall-Hanging-Pottery with metal filigree overlay

Moroccan dish with filigree decoration





Bottle/vase Morocco




Moroccan-hebrew-vase lidded with twin handles

Hebrew vessel, Morocco





Moroccan Berber pottery




Safi-vase green with black detail arabesque style

Safi  vase – Morocco




Matching set of tagine, plate and bowl in red glaze and metal detailing from Morocco - Medina Interior

Moroccan matching tagine, plate and bowl in crimson red glaze




Late 19th Early 20th Islamic Moroccan Safi Glazed Pottery Vase with twin handles




Moroccan-chicken-tagine black and white geometrical patterns, red base

Moroccan tagine, black and white glaze




Moroccan ornate wall fountain

Islamic style water fountain – Morocco





Antique geometric vase

Morocco 1926

source quoted – Nano Nore

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 : )




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

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Frog - Artful Ceramics

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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 –

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 – )

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 – )

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

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 – )

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 – )

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 – )

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 – )

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


 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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Zsolnay Pottery


The iconic Hungarian art pottery of Zsolnay :

Zsolnay Vase and EwerFor 158 years, the iconic Hungarian company of Zsolnay has been producing innovative  and high quality ceramic wares. What started as a small family ceramics workshop in Pécs in 1853  had grown into a modern factory by the 1880’s, thanks to Vilmos Zsolnay’s long decades of painstaking and dedicated experimentation. Founding father  Miklós Zsolnay originally established the first manufacturing shop of ceramics for his son Ignác. In 1863 the younger son Vilmos took control and expanded into a factory production.


The Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory


The factory’s first major success was reached at the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna. On the basis of its product displays, the factory received a great number of orders from England, France, Russia, and even from America. By the 1870’s the  the Zsolnay family rapidly became well-known and highly appreciated in Europe, and the business employed 20 workers.

The family were perceptive and their experimental nature in historical and Art Nouveau styles made the Zsolnay ceramics successful at many fairs and exhibitions (Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, Torino, California US). The success achieved during the 1878 World Exhibition in Paris was tremendous. The jury praised the Zsolnay collection as being unique and gave it the gold medal, the so-called Grand Prix. Numerous buildings belonging to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy were also decorated with Zsolnay tiles. Prior to the 1890s, the company produced ornate pieces inspired by Islamic pierced wares and traditional Hungarian wares. It was not until 1893, when Vilmós appointed the chemist Vincse Wartha as artistic director, that Zsolnay began to specialize in Art Nouveau-inspired ceramics with crystalline metallic glazes.

Zsolnay fountain in Pecs with sculptured heads

Zsolnay fountain in Pecs


The most famous invention of the factory was the creation of ‘eosin”, a metallic shiny glaze on ceramics. . Their technique of firing glazes at high temperatures remains unique even today.

The Zsolnay production suffered many hardships during the 2 World Wars from problems sourcing materials to having to abandon artistic production for the creation of electrical insulators and the like. Along with  being bombed in the WW2. The incoming Communist Regime , although recognizing it as a National  Treasure , were very restrictive to overseas markets.

After Vilmos Zsolnay’s death, in 1900, his son Miklós took over the management and at the end of 1991 the  factory was upgraded . In 1995 the business was privatised  and the main owner was the Hungarian Investment and Development Bank (MBFB) . The new owner  set a goal of  preserving  the historically significant, long tradition of  Zsolnay and making a profitable plant without changing the product structure.

Zsonlay pottery showroomZsolnay Showroom

The Zsolnay factory today still pursues innovative design and permits designers to conceive beautiful pieces that explore modern expression and utilize their earlier technical and stylistic achievements with organic shapes and metallic glazes. It  has also revitalized  the company’s tradition of creating  architectural ceramics with the production of vividly colored weather-resistant tiles and ornamentation, from statues to decorative clocks , examples of which can still been seen on buildings throughout Hungary.




Zsolnay vase with red tree motifZsolnay Vase



Zsolnay ceramic vase with botanical motifs and ed butterfly motif on a black background

Hand painted Zsolnay vase with botanical decoration



Rich red glaze vase by Zsolnay

Vase Zsolnay Museum



Art Nouveau Figural Compote ZsolnayClassic Zsolnay Art Nouveau Figural Compote.

( John & Rico’s Zsolnay Store )



Zsolnay Orchid Tea Set

 The Viennese Rothschilds  commissioned the company to make a tea  service and  sent an illustrated book on orchids  for the design, which featured a different orchid for every piece in the 24 set.



Zsolnay Vase with eosin metalliic glaze

Zsolnay vase with eosin iridescent glaze



Zsolnay Pottery vase and pitcherZsolnay ( Dr. Gyugyi Collection )



Zsolnay Ceramic Table with geometric botanical patternZsolnay Ceramic Round Table



Mid Century Zsolnay vase

Zsolnay 60’s inspired Vase



Red glaze vessel by Zsolnay

Red Zsolnay Planter



Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase

Art Nouveau vase with pewter



Zsolnay eosin glazed jug

Zsolnay Pitcher 1918 ( John And Rico’s )



Art Nouveau Red Ceramic FireplaceZsolnay Art Nouveau Fireplace



Zsolnay eramic Art Nouveau vase wtih gold snake handleZsolnay Eosin glazed snake vase



Zsolnay Art Nouveau ceramic vase with abstract wrap around handles

Zsolnay multiple handle vase



Zsolnay blue and green Art Nouveau vase with botanical relief decoration

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase



Zsolnay Antique Art Nouveau ewer

Zsolnay metallic glaze ewer



Zsolnay pottery vessel with butterfly motif

Zsolnay butterfly vessel




Zsolnay tulip sculpture with red flower

Zsolnay red tulip



Art Nouveau red glaze vessel with female figure by Zsolnay

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vessel




Zsolnay cache pot with iridescent glaze

 Zsolnay Art Nouveau cachepot.

John & Rico’s Zsolnay Store



Zsolnay vase with mother and child motif

Zsolnay iridescent glaze vase


Red contemporary abstract sculpture by Zsolnay

‘Thinking’  – Zsolnay contemporary sculpture



Zsolnay red modernist pitcher

Mid Century Zsolnay Pitcher


Zsolnay ceramics vases hunting scenes

Zsolnay ceramics vase with  hunting scenes of Diana the Huntress




Zsolnay Manufactory gardens




Zsolnay Fruit Bowl



GYUGYI-ZSOLNAY- python snake ceramic Zsolnaay sculpture

Zsolnay coiled python sculpture





Zsolnay Table Lamp with Green Taurus Figurine





Zsolnay centrepiece with four female figurine supports





Zsolnay Art Nouveau iridescent glaze vase





Unusual Zsolnay eosin glaze figure sculpture




Art Nouveau mermaid and lover vase – Zsolnay





Turquoise mottled surface vase – Zsolnay





Zsolnay Esoin Three Graces figure vessel

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