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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

Hungry

 

 

Colorful rooster in the farmyard by AilsaR-flickr

Rooster Strut – AilsaR-flickr

 

 

Samuel-Schellink-Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar

Art Nouveau peacock porcelain jar – Samuel Schellink, Holland

 

 

 

Gambone-Guido mid-century ceramic red rooster sculpture

Gambone Guido, Italy

1959

 

 

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

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

 

 

Feng-Huang public statue Naning, China

Feng-Huang/phoenix  public statue Nanning, China

 

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

 

Egyptian gold Bennu pendant

Egyptian Bennu

 

 

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

Egyptian Bennu (phoenix) bird

 

 

hamburg germany rooster weathervane

Rooster weathervane, Hamburg

 

 

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

Jordiferrer Wikipedia

 

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

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

 

 

Chinese peacock plate

Peacock plate, China

 

 

 

Rooster ceramic jug-Mitchell-Grafton

Folk Art pottery rooster jug – Mitchell Grafton

 

 

Constantin-Brancusi,-Cock,

Constantin Brancusi, Cock,

 

 

Sargadelos stylized rooster jug/ewer

Sargadelos ceramic rooster jug/ewer

 

 

 

rene lalique cockerel tiara gold

Rene Lalique cockerel tiara

 

 

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

Aldo Londo Rimini Blue Bitossi Rooster

 

 

Marcello Fantoni mid century ceramic rooster

Marcello Fantoni, Italy

 

 

 

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan. with fish border

Peacock tiles, William De Morgan.

 

 

 

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

George Sellers white bisque peacock – Areté Collection

 

 

Plumed tail cockerel statue by Roger Capron

Stylized plume tail cockerel – Roger Capron

 

 

Red twin rooster head vase - AV Smith

Twin rooster head vase – A.V.Smith Pottery

 

 

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

 Tatiana Ryaboushinskaya as Golden Cockerel  – projected shadows as set design

Ballet Russes -1938

 

 

Colorful Ceramic Rooster cookie Jar

Rooster Cookie Jar

 

 

 

Two glass roostersBilly-&-Katie-Bernstein

A pair of glass rooster figurines – Billy & Katie Bernstein

Bernstein Glass

 

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

Cockerel ceramic sculpture — Joe Lawrence

 

 

 

Jean Lucrat stylized rooster ceramic tile

Jean Lucrat ceramic tile

 

 

 

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

Copper Rooster

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia 2012

 

 

 

Fontainebleau-ceramic rooster in red and white

Ceramic Rooster Fontainebleau

Osenat Auctions

 

 

Twin peacock bronze vase, China

Chinese twin peacock bronze  vase

 

 

 

Majestic cockerel ceramic figural sculpture

Majestic decorative ceramic rooster

 

 

 

Vase with large rooster motif  – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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

via Mutual Art

 

 

 

Delphin Massier ceramic Rooster

Crowing Rooster – Delphin Massier

Vallauris

 

 

two dancing-cockerels -by-Joe-lawrence

Dancing Cock by Joe Lawrence

 

 

 

david-galchutt His-morning-strut Rooster painting

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

Art.com

 

 

Ceramic hen piggy bank

Ceramic hens piggy banks

 

 

Joan Miro coq disk

Coq Disque – Joan Miro

 

 

Edmond-Lachenal-ceramique cockerel

Crowing ceramic rooster — Edmond Lachenal

France

 

Georges-Jouve-Sculpture,-1952 - abstract rooster

Black abstract rooster – Georges Jouve Sculpture

1952

 

 

garden-cockerel-bronze-resin strutting cockerel

Strutting Rooster resin/bronze sculpture – Brian Hollingworth.

 

 

 

Red Shoushan-Stone-Phoenix-Teapot

Shoushan Stone Phoenix Teapot

 

 

 

Rooster vase by Nan Hamilton

Four Roosters vase – Nan Hamilton

 

 

 

Harriet-Barb-Keith-fine detail mosaic art rooster

Harriet Barb Keith

 

 

sascha-brastoff-green and gold rooster

Teal green and gold rooster – Sascha Brastoff

17 inches tall

 

 

Waylande Gregory Studios. USA

 

 

 

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

Meissen Cruet and Mustard Pot

 

 

 

Portuguese rooster statue in Porto

Porto street rooster statue—Portugal

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

 

 

 

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

Meiji multi metal Okimono—Rooster

 

 

Jason-Walker, rooster sculpture

Jason Walker ‘Cage Free Capitalism’

2014

 

 

Jay-Strongwater-13inch-Peacock-clock

Peacock mantle clock – Jay Strongwater

 

 

Ken Sedberry contemporary rooster sculpture

Contemporary ceramic rooster sculpture – Ken Sedberry, NC

 

 

Rooster lady by kristian-schuller

Photography by Kristian Schuller

 

 

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

Large Cockerel, Spain

Photo –  B. O’Casey

 

lisa_fonssagrives

Irving Penn photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives

 

 

Minton-ceramic-peacock

Large ceramic peacock – Minton

Walker gallery, Liverpool, UK

 

 

Red phoenix figurine - mkmack- etsy

Red and gold phoenix – Mkmack, etsy

 

 

 

ArtDecor24 peacock vase

Art Nouveau peacock vase

ArtDecor24. Poland

 

 

Peacock statue  – Phillip Jacksons garden, Sussex

 

 

Roger Capron sculpture - abstract lady bust with rooster hat

Roger Capron sculpture bust

 

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Phoenix sculpture at Saint Pauls

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

speel.me.uk

 

 

Trevor-Askin abstract phoenix

Abstract Phoenix bronze sculpture – Trevor Askin

 

 

 

Dan-Pogue bronze phoenix sculpture

Bronze phoenix sculpture – Dan Pogue, Texas

height 22 inches

 

phoenix rising Atlanta park statue

Phoenix rising, ‘Atlanta from the Ashes’

Woodruff Park

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

 

 

Graham Radcliffe phoenix rising sculpture

Phoenix Sculpture Garden by Graham Radcliffe

Mount Glorious, QLD

 

 

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

ASHLEY JOHN GALLERY-Pam Beach Fl

 

 

 

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

Rooster bottle – Polia Pillin

 

 

 

Qing-Dynasty-Green-Glaze-Peacock-bottle

Qing Dynasty Green Glaze Peacock bottle

 

 

 

Raku-Chicken

Raku Chicken – -Hippopottermiss@deviantART

 

 

 

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

Oxblood glaze rooster – Royal Haeger

 

 

Mid Century Rooster-by-Perignem

Mid Century Rooster by Perignem, Brussels, 1970

Wouter Harvey

 

 

Cristine-Boyd black and white roosters platter.

Cristine Boyd – black / white sgraffito roosters platter

 

 

 

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

Ceramic cockerel – Sarah Farrelly

 

 

Vtg-Red-Ceramic-Peacock

Red Ceramic Peacock – Vintage, USA

 

 

 

Sally White porcelain rooster riding a horse

Sally Hook – ‘Year Of Rooster’

 

Clays enlightened – contemporary, quirky, surreal

 

 

Watching the Watcher

 

Liesbeth-Rutten-in-Vertrouwen Dutch public sculpture

Liesbeth Rutten

Vertrouwen, NL

 

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

humor, brilliance and the thought provoking.

 

 

 

 

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

Woman’s Head designed by Rudolf Knörlein for Goldscheider

Vienna, 1930

 

 

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

Cubist vase Charmaine Haines

French Experience Collection photo Marie Clair DeBourg

 

 

 

2a-hootkin-collection-ann-Agee

Ann Agee, porcelain ‘Tulip Vase’

1994

 

 

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

Paul Di Pasquale Jimmy Dean sculpture

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

2010

 

 

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

Large Sitting Fox – Gin Durham

photo Paul Wilkinson

 

 

Galina-Bulganin-ceramic-figurine

Galina Bulganin

 

 

 

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

‘Horta’ – Fons Bemelmans

 

 

1970s-Sculpture-by-Cantarel

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

1970’s

ABC Pascal, Paris

 

 

Anton-Smit monumental sculpture head

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

 

 

 

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

George Lafayette – Spirit Guide series

See more George Lafayette sculptures here

 

 

Arthur-Boyd - David and Saul sculpture

“David and Saul”Arthur Boyd

c. 1951 Murrumbeena, Melbourne

 

 

 

Bryan-Hiveley - Crimson Hoop abstract sculpture

‘Crimson Hoop’ – Bryan Hiveley 

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

 

 

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

Mannequin head

 

 

 

dr_strangelove_Peter-Sellers_1964_

“It’s a masterpiece”

Peter Sellers in Dr.Strangelove

 

 

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

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

2012

 

 

Comfort-Zone-by-Calvin-Ma

‘Comfort Zone’ by Calvin Ma

 

 

Cathy-Meincer--River-Gallery

Whimsical Bird and Rabbit Sculpture by Cathy Meincer

 

 

 

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

Chandra DeBuse – ‘Two Tiered Treat Server’

 

 

 

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

Christine Kaiser — ‘Bird Girl’

christinekaiser-etsy

 

 

 

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

‘Conversation through a Wall’ —- Ricardas Lukosiunas

 

 

 

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

Dai Li

 

 

Dorota-Urbaniak-Pelka - ceramic figures in a bath

Dorota Urbaniak Pelka

 

 

 

TERESA-GIRONES ceraamic sculpture bust

Teresa Girones ceramic bust

 

 

 

 

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

Frances Doherty with her Blue Bells

Picture by Peter Boam

 

 

 

minoru-karamatsu-Mystery-Alley

‘Mystery Alley’ – Minoru Karamatsu – flickr

Japan

 

 

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

Teapot, 2014, by Kevin Snipes

 

 

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

Frances Baruch

 

 

 

E.Krasnova-Dancing-figurines

Kicking up heels – E.Krasnova

 

 

Eduardo-Andaluz abstract sculpture

Eduardo Andaluz

 

 

 

Eoghan-Bridge sculpture of a woman sitting on a horse

UK sculptor Eoghan Bridge

 

 

 

eva-kwong Tri Leg blue and pink sculpture

Eva Kwong

 

 

 

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

Theodoros Papagiannis, Greece

 

 

 

Ceramic-whippet---Evelyn-Tannus--

Evelyn Tannus ceramic whippet

 

 

 

 

lady-and-bird---tania-babb

‘Lady and Bird’ — Tania Babb

 

 

 

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

‘Flappers’ —by Ruth Aizuss Migdal

 

 

Jason-Walker Gifts for the kids playing with fire

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

 

 

 

Jo Ilona -Bordeaux Three ceramic figures

Jo Ilona

 

 

 

john-and-robin-gumaelius--

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

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

 

 

 

Marie-Madeleine-Gautier female sculpture

Marie Madeleine Gautier

 

 

 

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

‘Floating Torso With Head’  – Alexander Archipenko

1935

 

 

 

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

Joanne Jaffe — ‘First Born’

 

 

 

Joe-Lawrence male ceramic busts

Joe Lawrence   Two sailor/fishermen busts

 

 

Keti-Anastasaki-Toronto Male and female ceramic busts

Keti Anastasaki, Toronto

 

 

 

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

Mayan Ruins at Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

 

Mieke-van-den-Hoogen - tow female figurines

Mieke van den Hoogen

 

 

 

Mutsuo-Yanagihara porcelain sculpture

Mutsuo  Yanagihara

 

 

 

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

Literary Bust Elvis Figure – Sandra Trujillo

 

 

 

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

Sigita Lukosiunas- ‘Tea Break’

 

 

 

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

Susie McMahon

 

 

 

Taumango luka-Woodrow-Nash

‘Taumango luka’ –  Woodrow-Nash

 

 

 

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

Raku Zen monk – Jo Ilona

 

 

 

Tiffany-Schmierer_Links_300 abstract sculpture polychrome

Tiffany Schmierer – ‘Links 300’

 

 

 

Troskulys-Ricardas-Lukosiunas-Thirst clay sculpture

‘Thirst’ – Troskulys Ricardas Lukosiunas

 

 

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Outdoor Pachamama Museum

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

 

 

 

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Outdoor sculpture – Hector Cruz

Pachamama Museum

 

 

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

‘Pygothia’ – Cheryl Tall

2010

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

Cubist mosaic bust – Deborah Halpern

 

 

 

Valentina-Kuznetsova sculpture of a lady sitting with flowers

Valentina Kuznetsova garden sculpture

 

 

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

 ‘Squirrel’  wool relief panel by Master Adjika

Minsk

 

 

 

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

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

Pickwick Theater lobby

 

 

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

‘Triadisches Ballett’ (Triadic Ballet) – Oskar Schlemmer

1922

 

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

Watching pots dry – photo Walter Bossard

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

 

 

 

virgil-ortiz hybrid fashion statement sculpture

Virgil Ortiz

 

 

 

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

‘Figure A Red’  – Patti Warashina

2009

 

 

 

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

Yayoi Kusama Gallery

 

 

 

Rastafarian-Octopus-Slatermodelmaker-etsy turquoise ceramic desk sculpture

‘Rastafarian Octopus’

Slatermodelmaker-etsy

 

 

 

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

Jimenez Deredia

 

 

 

Andrew-Costa- abstract clay figure

Untitled Assemblage – Andrew Casto

2011

 

 

 

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

‘The Low’ – Jo Ilona

 

 

 

Angel-de-Ayrinhac-by-dario

‘The Angel’ –  Numa Ayrinhac

Cementerio de Pigue.

 

 

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

‘Black Eye’Paul Pasquale

 – raku on canvas with raw cotton

 

 

 

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

‘Suzie’ – Jackie Alonzo ceramic bust

 

 

 

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

‘Maidens in Contemplation’, signed Green

late 20th century

 

 

 

 

Spiritual motives with ceramic arts

 

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

‘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.

 

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‘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

Hawaii

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.”

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘The Cleaner’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

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

 

 

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‘The sound of compassion’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

Joey Chiarello ceramic sculpture of a female figure

Raku Geisha – Joey Chiarello

 

 

 

Live-in-the-Now--ceramic-maneki-neko-sculpture-by-Joey-Chiarello

‘Live in the Now’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

Good-fortune-Koi 2011 Joey Chiarello

‘Good fortune Koi’ – Joey Chiarello

 

 

Anita Feng

USA

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

 

 

 

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‘Buddha Seated in Meditation’ —  Anita Feng

 

 

 

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Buddha Kwan Yin Goddess Statue With Chains – Anita Feng

 

 

 

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Anita Feng – Standing Buddha Statue in Turquoise Red Copper Raku

 

 

 

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‘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

USA

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.”

 

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‘Suspended Artifact’ – William Morris, USA

1991

Wolfs

 

 

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‘Rhyton Bull’ – William Morris

 

 

Alex Bernstein

USA

 

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‘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.

 

 

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‘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.”

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jonathan Middlemiss

Britain

 

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.”

 

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Kwan Yin riding a dragon wall panel – Anne Shulenberger

 

 

 

Anne-Shulenberger slab built snake goddess vase

Snake Goddess raku vase- Anne Shulenberger

 

 

 

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‘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 

California

 

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’?

 

 

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‘Breath’ – Paige Bradley

 

 

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‘Release’ – Paige Bradley

 

 

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

‘Illumination’ – Paige Bradley

 

Ilona Jo 

 France

 

Ceramic-raku-horse by Ilona Jo

Raku Horse – Ilona Jo, Bordeaux

 

 

Jo-Ilona---Zen-Monk

Zen, Dew, Earth – Ilona Jo

 

 

Happy-Easter

‘Happy Easter’ – Ilona Jo

 

 

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‘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

USA

“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.”

 

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George Lafayette – ‘Dream time’

 

 

 

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George Lafayette sculpture

 

 

 

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‘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

Japan

 

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‘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.

 

 

Keku-Hayasi--Robert-Yellin-Yakimono-Gallery

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)

 

 

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Kegon Falls, Japan

 

 

Fujino Sachiko

Japan

“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.

 

 

Interconnection-’15-4;-Flower-inspired-sculpture-with-curling-petal-like-folds-and-spray-glazed-in-matte-black-and-gray--

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

 

 

BULBOUS-STONEWARE-PIECE,-“BUD-CASING-II”-BY-FUJINO-SACHIKO

Stoneware ‘Bud Casing II’
Fujino Sachiko 2011

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

 

 

 

Jinnai Sakata

Japan

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”.

 

 

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Jinnai Sakata

 

 

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‘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.”

 

 

 

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‘Zanskar of Convergence’ – Jinnai Sakata

1994

 

 

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‘Dish with incised waves’ – Jinnai Sakata

 

 

 

Black-pottery-kiln-strange-wavy-Bunhentsubo-1992

‘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

 

 

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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

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘Pattern from Inner Image’ – Morihiro Wada

1985

 

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Mid Century Farsta Vase – Wilhelm Cage

Gustavsberg

 

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

 

 

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‘Dying Sun’  – Paul Katrich

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

 

 

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘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…’

 

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‘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

 

 

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‘Blue Lichen’ Tall Bottle- Josh Herman

 

 

Round-Chalice---Chartreuse-Volcanic-Glaze

‘Round Chalice—Chartreuse’ by Josh Herman

 

 

 

Avital Sheffer 

Australia

“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

‘Lekitos V’ — Avital Sheffer

2015

 

 

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

‘Kesher VI’  by Avital Sheffer

2015

 

 

Chalcos-VI---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.

 

 

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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 catherinewhite.com)

 

 

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Catherine White ikebana

 

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

 

 

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Catherine White ceramics

 

 

Nothing is more abstract than reality. – Giorgio Morandi

 

 

 

 

Aficionado coffee sets design

 

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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

1777-1778

The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

 

 

 

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Vintage Australian Pottery ‘fishies in motion’ coffee Set

 

 

 

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Art Deco electric coffee perculator – Royal Rochester

Circa 1925-1930

Art Deco Collection.com

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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

1stDibs – Martinoja Antiques Stamford CT

 

 

Coimbra-ServicoCafe-(2)Style-coffee-service-Porto---Coimbra-Porcelain

Art Deco Coimbra cafe service

 

 

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Art Deco coffee service by Susie Cooper

 

 

 

 

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Ettore Sottsass Tea Pot ‘Lapislazzuli’    circa 1987

J LOHMANN GALLERY, 1st Dibs

 

 

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

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

Decollect

 

 

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

Friesland White Porcelain contemporary

 

 

Gorham-Sterling-Silver-Athenic-Coffee-Set-Hand-Made-c1910

Gorham Sterling Silver Athenic Coffee Set Hand Made

c 1910

 

 

 

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Cubist coffee pot – Ceramic Studio Prague

 

 

 

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

City Antik – Austria

 

 

 

Helena-Johnová,-ceramic-coffee-service,-1928

Helena Johnová, ceramic coffee service

1928

 

Carlton Ware coffee pot with storks

Botanical theme coffee pot with storks – CarltonWare

CarltonWareWorld

 

 

 

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

Marek Cecula Minimalist beveridge service

USA 1980

 

 

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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

1961-64

 

ROYAL-WINTON-JAZZ-ART-DECO-COFFEE-POT-c1930

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

 

 

Salvador-Teran-Modernist-Tea-Service---Lauren-Stanley-Silver

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

 

 

STUNNING-ART-DECO-CERAMICS--CLARICE-CLIFF-BON-JOUR-SHAPE-TARGET-PATTERN-COFFEE-SET-SIX-PIECES-C

6 piece Art Deco coffee set – Clarice Cliff

 

 

 

 

Tommi-Parzinger-tea-set--1940's-CENTURY-DESIGN-LTD.ST

Tommi Parzinger coffee/tea-set–1940’s

CENTURY DESIGN LTD. St.Louis

 

 

 

Coffee-Pot-with-Lid-Irminger,-J.J.-(model);-Adam,-Elias-(setting).-Germany,-Meissen.-Circa-1715-1735-Hermitage-Museum---Porcelain-and-silver;-underglaze-painting-and-gilding

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 - modish.net

Chalice coffee set

modish.net

 

 

 

Modernist-Japanese-Flared-Coupe-Ceramic-Stoneware-Teapot-1960's---COACH-HOUSE

Modernist Japanese stoneware teapot

Coach House

 

 

Art-Nouveau-coffee-set-(1910)-painted-by-Adolph-Richter-of-Chicago-on-Limoges-porcelain-blank-at-Lightner-Museum.-St-Augustine,-FL

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-Coffee-Set-by-Punto-Bacola-for-Montagnani---1980's-A-LA-Mod-Inc

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

A LA Mod Inc

 

 

 

PERSIAN-GARDEN-BORDER-BEAD-2922-MELON-shape-part-coffee-set

Persian garden border beads on melon shape coffee set

carltonwareworld,com

 

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---Sandy-Terry

‘The Mystic # V’  coffee pot— Sandy Terry

 

 

 

cappiello-victoria-arduino-poster-482x600

‘Victoria Arduino’ poster by Leonetto Cappiello.

1922

french-press-coffee-coat

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

 

 

 

Coffee-table,-USA,-1970s;-Torch-cut-and-patinated-brass;-brutalist

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

 

 

 

Ophelia-contemporary-glass-top--table-with--pedestal-mineral-stone

Contemporary glass top table with mineral stone pedestal – Ophelia

 

 

French-Ceramic-Art-Tile-and-Chrome-Table-Satyricon

French Vallauris LaGrange ceramic art tile coffee table

Satyricon, Brooklyn

 

 

Dining-table,-1970s---Paul-Evans-Sculpted-and-welded-bronze,-sculpted,-welded-and-patinated-steel,-glass

Paul Evans Sculpted and welded bronze table

Phillips.com

 

 

 

FRENCH-WORK-1930---Oak-coffee-table-with-two-circular-plates

French Art Deco oak side table

1930

 

 

Glazed-Lava-Coffee-Table-by-Les-2-Potiers

Lava glazed table – Les 2 Potiers

 

 

 

Photo-by-Tara-Bussema-©-2013-Houzz-Chair-Modernica--rug--Dubai-Vanilla,-Mat-sofa--Custom-design-by-David-Galindo-table--Noguchi-coffee-table,-Design-Within-Reach

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

1989

 

 

 

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

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

GALERIE JEAN-LOUIS DANANT   1st Dibs

 

 

Hollywood-Regency-Style-Glass-Top-Coffee-Table-with-Brass-Swan-Trio-Base-Showplace---NY

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

Talisman

 

 

1960s-Ceramic-and-Oak-Coffee-Table-by-Tue-Poulsen-Vintage-Objects-Netherlands

1960s Ceramic tiles and Oak Coffee Table by Tue Poulsen

Vintage Objects Netherlands

 

 

 

Bronze-and-Eglomise-Glass-Harp-Coffee-Table-by-Arturo-Pani,-Mexico,-1950s---House-Of-Blu-San-Diego

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

1970’s Cocktail Table by Roger Capron

Vintage Objects, NL

 

 

Coffee-Table-by-Frederic-DAD

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

2015.

 

 

Maitland-Smith-Cast-Bronze-and-Brass-Whippet-Cocktail-Table---Vintage-LA-Gallery

Maitland-Smith Cast Bronze and Brass Whippet Cocktail Table

Vintage LA Gallery – 1stDibs

 

 

 

Mangiarotti-Marble-Coffee-Table-of-the-Eros-Collection

Black Marble Coffee Table by Mangiarotti – the Eros Collection

1stDibs

 

 

 

Paul-Evans-Studio-Coffee-Table,-USA,-1960s---LOST-CITY-ARTS-NY

Paul Evans Studio Coffee Table, USA, 1960’s

LOST CITY ARTS NY – 1stDibs

 

 

 

Yin-Yang-Table-by-Noted-California-Artist-Daniel-Pollock---Bridges-Over-Time

Yin Yang Table – California Artist Daniel Pollock

Bridges Over Time

 

 

 

Coffee-Table-by-Frederic-DAD-in-Black-Lacquer-and--Agathe-Stone

Coffee Table by Frederic DAD in Black Lacquer and Agate Stone

Saint Ouen, FR –  1stDibs

 

 

 

metropolis-modern-design-institute-of-america-brass-and-glass-swivel-cocktail-table

 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Large 19th century Egyptian Charger

Large 19th century Egyptian Charger

 

 

 

 

Porcelain Egyptian revival plaque

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

( 1stDibs )

 

 

 

 

FG-mark-Twin handled Egyptian Pottery

Twin handled Egyptian Pottery – marked FG

 

 

 

 

Longwy France

Longwy Vase

 

 

 

Egyptian revival---Wedgewood

Egyptian revival – Wedgwood Jasperware Egypt collection – canopic jar.

 

 

 

Egyptian Revival painted statue

Egyptian revival statue

 

 

 

Egyptian Revival Marble,clock

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

 

 

Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant

Egyptian Revival enamelled pendant

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Egyptian Museum, Cairo

 

 

 

Egyptian dancers Rene Lalique

 Perfume bottle with Egyptian dancers – Rene Lalique

 

 

 

EDGAR-BRANDT-AND-DAUM-421x1078

‘The Temptation’ table lamp – Edgart Brandt and Daum

( Southebys )

 

 

Large Carltonware Egyptian Fan Vase

 Carltonware Egyptian Revival Fan Vase

( reissantiques.co.uk )

 

 

 

Design Toscano Wings of Isis clock

Wings of Isis clock – Toscano

 

 

CZECH Amphora Egyptian Revival vase

Amphora Egyptian Revival vase

 

 

 

Chiparus Egyptian Dancer

Demetre Chiparus – Egyptian Dancer

 

 

 

 

Bastet, the Cat Goddess

Bastet, the Cat Goddess

 

 

 

Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase

Austria,late 19th-century Egyptian Revival vase

 

 

 

 

Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus

Art Nouveau Scarab and Papyrus brooch

 

 

 

Art Deco Urn Vase Egyptian

Art Deco Egyptian Urn Vase

 

 

 

Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

Large Carlton Ware Art Deco vase

( carltonwareworld.com )

 

 

 

Art Deco Egyptian Revival

French Art Deco Egyptian revival gem-set plaque brooch

( Skinner Auctions )

 

 

 

A-PARIS-(DAGOTY)-EGYPTIAN-477x394

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

( Christies.com )

 

New-York-Metro-495x345

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

( The Met, NY )

 

 

 

Antinea,-cold-painted-bronze-figure

Antinea by Demetre Chiparus, ca.1928.

 

 

 

Adelaide Alsop Robineau

The ” Scarab Vase ” by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

( Everson Museum )

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Art Deco Elevator entrance

Art Deco Egyptian Papyrus inspired elevator entrance

 

 

 

 

1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival

1950s Italian Pottery Lamps Egyptian Revival style

 

 

 

 

1920s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry

1920’s Egyptian revival scarab jewellry

 

Valtines Ar tDeco Incense Burner

Vantines Art Deco Egyptian revival Incense Burner

 

 

 

Minton-Egyptian-Revival vase

Minton Egyptian Revival vase

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Wedgwood Rosso Antico Egyptien revival teapot

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco

Antique Centrepiece Egyptian Revival Art Deco- Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

VINTAGE-40'S-RED-EGYPTION jewellry

Vintage 40’s red pharaoh earings

 

 

 

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

( RubyLane )

 

 

 

Sarreguemines French vase

Sarreguemines French ceramic vase

 

 

 

French Porcelain Egyptian Revival box

 Late 19th c. French Porcelain Egyptian Revival Lidded Box

 

 

Nippon Egyptian revival dish

Nippon Egyptian revival dish

 

 

 

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

( Antikolga.com )

 

 

 

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

Art deco statue, seated lady with fan

 

 

 

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

Art Deco Egyptian Revival Cleopatra brooch

 

 

 

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

Bronze Egyptian Revival Lamp Figure

1920’s

 

 

 

red Egyptian-Revival-poster with image of Bastet

 Egyptian Revival Bastet poster

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

George Jones Majolica compote

England, 1857

 

 

Green and gold art-deco-enamel-compact

 Art deco enamel compact

 

 

 

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

Female Sphinx candle holder

 

 

 

 

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

Pair of Ronson Egyptian Revival Bronze Bookends

Aspire auctions

 

 

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

Victorian Egyptian Revival gold Locket

1890

 

 

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

Pair of French gilt and-patinated Egytpian style candle holders

 

African Pottery Arts – traditional, contemporary

 

African Traditional Pottery

Algerian water vessel

 

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

Ouadhias culture. Great Kabylia, Algeria

 

 

Vessel Azande Africa, Angola

Azande Vessel –   Africa, Angola

 

 

 

 

Vessel Nupe, Africa,Nigeria

Nupe Vessel – Africa,Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

Water jug from the jerma tribe

Water jug from the Jerma tribe – Niger

 

 

 

 

 

Samburu-girls

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

 

 

 

 

African-woman-carrying-pot

 African beer pot

 

 

 

Nigerian-pottery

Nigerian pottery vessel

 

 

 

 

Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park

 

 

 

 

chameleon-afrique-sud-3

Chameleon Lizard

 

African Contemporary Pottery

 

 

design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

 

 

design-africa---Kpando-Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )

 

 

 

 

Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

 

design-africa---Sango-Ceramics

Sango-Ceramics

( design-africa )

Louise Gelderblom vessel

Louise Gelderblom carved vessel

( South Africa )

 

 

 

 

photo by Eric Lafforgue - Erbore Girl

Eric Lafforgue –  Erbore Girl

 

 

 Imiso Ceramics :  

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

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics---ABOUT

 Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 Africasso Collection 

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

 

 

Africasso- Earthernware abstract pottery vase

 Imiso Ceramics   Africasso- Earthenware slip casted Vuyo vase

Africasso-Stoneware sculptural vessel

   Africasso Stoneware coiled vase ; self portrait

Africasso Stoneware vessel

  Africasso – Abstract Stoneware coiled vase; Majola

African abstract tall contemporary vase

Africasso tall vase

Africasso stoneware vessel

Africasso Stoneware vessel

Cubist Africasso showstopper vase

Africasso ‘showstopper’ vase

 

Hand Pinched Collection

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

 

Hand-Pinched vessel

Imiso Ceramics   Hand Pinched-walford white clay-oblong bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 Zizipho Poswa Hand Pinched bowl

  Hand Pinched-walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

Hand-Pinched-set by Zizipho Poswa

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

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa

Hand-Pinched-bowl

   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

Majolandile-Dyalvane-Imiso-ceramics-Pinch Bowl Set

Pinch Bowl Set – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

More African contemporary ceramics –

 

 

Earthenware slip cast vase

Earthenware slip cast vase –  Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

 

Stoneware-coiled-vase Andile Dyalvane

 

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

Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

 

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

 Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape

Andile Dyalvane

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

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics studio

 

 

 

 

Zizipho Poswa-Imiso-Ceramics

Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa

 

 

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics---Africasso-platter

Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter

 

 

 

 

Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics-slip-casting

Imiso Ceramics slip casting

 

 

 

 

Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane

 

 

 

 

Africasso Conical Vase Majolandile Dyalvane Imiso ceramics

Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Ceramic-Head-Rest - Majolandile Dyalvane

African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Imiso-Ceramics--Earthenware vessel Majolandile Dyalvane

Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

 

 

Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane

 

 

 

Once-off-Vase-imiso - Majolandile Dyalvane

Once of vase  –  Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

Imiso Ceramics site here

 

 

 

 

 

 More African Traditional Pottery

 

Nigeria pottery William Itter collection

Nigerian pottery water jar – William Itter collection

 

 

 

 

Nigeria William Itter Collection

Nigerian Pottery Vessel – William Itter Collection

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Ladi Kwali sgraffito pot

Ladi Kwali – sgraffito vessel

Pottery vessel by Ladi-Kwali-(Nigerian)

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

Ladi Kwali a large Water Jar

Ladi Kwali – large Water Jar

PUNU MASK,-Gabon, Africa

African Punu Mask , Gabon

Chidi Okoye-beauty mask

Beauty Mask – Chidi Okoye

African Global vessel

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

Carved Mother and Child Bowl - Africa

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

Water-Jar-379x810

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

 

 

 

HAGENAUER-Karl-1898-1956 African girl sculpture

Karl  HAGENAUER (1898 – 1956)

“Africa in the jar”

( Million & Associes )

 

 

 

Mudsgum earth home

A Mudsgum earth home

 

 

 

 

 

Pokot girl with giant necklace - Kenya

Pokot girl with giant necklace – Kenya

( Eric Lafforgue – flickr )

 

 

 

 

 

Nigerian incised surface vessel

Nigerian vessel with incised surface

 

 

 

 

African pot - Bomboka-Henry,-2011

African pottery – Henry Bomboka

2011

 

 

 

Bomboka-Henry1,-2011

Henry Bomboka – 2011

 

 

 

Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits

 

 

 

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

Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian

 

 

 

MAGDALENE-ODUNDO-1985-Phillips

African vessel – Magdalene Odundo

 

 

 

Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya

2011

 

 

 

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

Alex Kyakuwa

 

 

 

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Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece

 

 

 

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 “

Gele

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

Australia

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-handbuilt

‘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.

 

 

ox-blood-red-cookie-jar

Glazed mixed with unglazed deep brown earthenware jar

 

 

steve-rolf-biscuit-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

1984

 

 

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-designer-loetz-biscuit-barrel-with-secessioist-copper-overlay-lid-handle-country-of-manufacture-austria-c

Loetz biscuit barrel with secessionist copper overlay, lid & handle

Country of Manufacture Austria c.1902

 

mccoy-cookie-jar-red-aunt-jemima

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-Ceramic-Cookie-Jar

Alien incubate your cookies jar

 

 

 

Black-Man-with-Bass-Cookie-Jar

Bass  Jazzman cookie jar

 

 

 

Catwoman-Ceramic-Cookie-Jar-1998

Catwoman Cookie Jar

 

 

 

Clarice-Cliff---Secrets---A-shape-478-bomb-biscuit-barrel-circa-1933-hand-painted-with-a-stylised-tree-and-cottage-landscape-below-chrome-plated-mounts,-Bizarre-mark,-height-13cm

Clarice Cliff Secrets  – bomb shape biscuit barrel

 

 

 

doctor-who-tardis-ceramic cookie jar

Dr. Who Tardis cookie jar

 

 

 

Donald-Duck-vintage-cookie-jar

Donald Duck cookie jar

 

 

Gone-With-The-Wind-Scarlett-&-Rhett-Ceramic-Cookie-Jar

Scarlett & Rhett Ceramic Cookie Jar

Westland

 

 

Elvis-Blue-Suede-shoes-cookie-Jar

Elvis in Turquoise Cadillac cookie jar

 

 

Macoy-Cookie-Jar-Antique-Stove

Antique Stove Cookie Jar – McCoy

 

 

RARE-LIMITED-EDITION--Josephine Baker-COOKIE-JAR

Josephine Baker cookie jar

 

 

 

Red-Poppy-Royal-Bayreuth-Biscuit-Cookie-Jar

Red Poppy Biscuit Jar – Royal Bayreuth

 

 

 

TRGT Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar with fruit hat

Vintage Carmen Miranda cookie jar

 

 

 

Vintage-American-Bisque-Popeye-cookie

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’

1880

 

 

Making Pottery At Jamestown

 

 

lady seated next to huge vase of Chrysanthemum flowers

‘Woman with Chrysanthemums’ by Edgar Degas

 

 

peasant women gathering cochineal in Oaxaca

Gatherers of cochineal in Oaxaca

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

 

 

 

John William Waterhouse – The Toilet

 

 

lady seated with a quilt pattern dress

‘Quiet Night’  – Paine Proffitt

 

 

Native American women carrying a pot on her head

Robert G Stevens

 

 

A woodcut of a potter on his pottery wheel

‘The Potter’ – Jost Amman, 1574

Bridgeman Art Library

 

 

 

french illustration of a pottery on a pottery wheel

‘The Potter’

An  illustration from a book on the crafts

 

 

decorators painting pottery at the Baxter ceramic studio

The Baxter ceramic studio – Thomas Baxter

1810

     

Great Exhibition: French Room, 1851 by Joseph Nash

 

 

 

cezanne-still life painting fruit and pottery

Paul Cezanne

 

 

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

‘Compassion’

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

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

 

 

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

Vase with flowers, coffee pot and fruit – Van Gough

 

 

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

 

 

 

daffodils in a vase

‘Sea of Daffodils’ – Mary Jones

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  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

  Still life with pitcher and apples  – Pablo Picasso

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

John-William-Waterhouse women adding water for bathing

John William Waterhouse – ‘The Danaides’

1906

 

 

 

Fran-Recacha-7

The princess, the dragon and the frog  – Fran Recacha

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'UNstill-LIFE'---Joyce-Lieberman

‘UNstill Life’ – Joyce Lieberman

 

 

 

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

John William Waterhouse – Flora (white dress)

1890

 

 

 

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

 ‘Tulips in the City’ – Alex Khomsky

2007

 

 

 

Two Girls Arranging Flowers

‘Two Girls Arranging Flowers’ – Federico Zandomeneghi

 

 

 

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

‘Still Life’ – Diego Rivera

1913

 

 

 

Jean Dupas painting of Aquarius the water bearer

Jean Dupas – ‘Aquarius the water bearer’

 

UJH

 

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

KPM Porcelain plaque – Friedrich Thumann

 

 

 

Leon-Wyczólkowski potted flowers

Leon Wyczólkowsk

 

 

 

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‘Jeremiah and the potter’ – William Brassey Hole

 

 

 

The Blue Beads

Richard Emil Miller – ‘The Blue Beads’

 

 

 

The Chinese Statuette American Impressionist seated lady studying figurine statue

‘The Chinese Statuette’ – American Impressionist Richard Emil Miller

 

 

 

 

The-Housmaid, - maid cleaning

William McGregor Paxton – ‘The Housemaid’

 

 

 

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

‘The Pottery Studio, Tangiers’ – Jean Discart

Sothebys

 

 

 

Vanessa by James Denmark

‘Vanessa’ by James Denmark

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

Judy Drew

 Matisse - vase with iris

Henri Matisse – Vase with iris

Ferenc Tulok

Ferenc Tulok

 

 

Csaba--Perlrott-William-abstract painting

William Csaba-Perlrott – ‘There are Lions’

 

Carolyn-Harrington still life painting - blue iris

‘Iris’ – Carolyn Harrington

 

 

Diego-Rivera,-Still-Life painting

Diego Rivera, ‘Still Life’

1913

 

 

Odilon-Redon FLOWERS IN ORANGE VASE PAINTING

Odilon Redon

 

 

 

Abstract still life - Picasso

Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

Wildflowers-in-a-Long-Neck-Vase-Odilon-Redon

‘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

Vase with flowers, Pablo Picasso

1943

 

 

Bouquet-of-Wild-Flowers,Odilon-Redon

‘Bouquet of Wild Flowers’, Odilon Redon

1900

 

 

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

Francesco Ballesio – ‘The Pottery Sellers’

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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-Mid-Century-Ruscha-jug-by-Kurt-Tschörner-and-Cilli-Wörsdörfer,

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,

Daum Pate De Verre Frosted Glass Mythologie Pitcher

 

 

 

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

Rich red glaze Vallauris ceramic jug

 

 

 

Edmond-lachenal--(1855-1948)---Spectacular-pitcher

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
1748

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

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

 

 

Kaj-Franck-Sunflower-Enamel-Pitcher---Arabia-Finland

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.

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

1961

 

 

 

 

Large-Scale-Earthenware-Pitcher-by-Marcello-Fantoni-DonzellaNY-1956--oo-25inches

 

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.

 

 

globular-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

 

 

drinking-vessel-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

 

 

Blackware-drinking-vessel

Inca Colonial blackware vessel dating to the early Colonial period.

1550 AD – 1600 AD      ( Ancient Artifax )

 

 

 

Storage pot

Storage pot

 

 

 

Chimu-Canteen-with-image-of-Shaman

Chimu Canteen -with Shaman motif

 

carved-Cupisnique-essel

Cuspisnique Vessel

 

 

Inca-aribalo-vessel

Inca Aribalo

Peruvian ceramic vessel with carved decoartion

Peruvian ceramic vessel with carved decoration

 

 

Large oval jar, Nazcar, Peru

Large ceramic oval jar, Nazcar

300BC – 600AD

 

 

Twin spout ceramic bottle - Peru

Dual spout drinking vessel

 

 

Inca vase with jaguar handles Mexico

Inca Jaguar handled Vase

 

 

Twin handled Inca Aribalo

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

 

 

Nazca drinking vessel from Peru

Nazca drinking vessel with warrior figures.

 

 

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

Andean 900 BCE-1532 CE

Artsconnected,  Minneapolis Institute of Arts

 

 

 

Kero-face motif drinking cup

Inca Kero (  drinking vessel )

 

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.

 

Update

 

Chimu-culture,-Northern-Peru,-ca.-1100–1470-AD.-–-Vessel-in-the-shape-of-a-man-seated-on-a-pumpkin

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-AD-1400s-Nasca-Region,-Peru

Ica effigy vessel, Nasca Region, Peru

AD 1400’s

 

 

Vessel-in-shape-of-a-musician

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

Wagner.edu

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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--600AD

Stirrup spouted Mochica portrait jar depicting a face of a nobleman

600AD

 

 

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

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

 Machu Picchu, Peru

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

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

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

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

 

 

Hiram Bingham wrote:

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

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

 

 

Machu Picchu accurate stone walls

Machu Picchu precision stone architecture

 

 

Temple bathhouse at Machu Picchu - photo Andre GuntherTemple bathhouse

Photo – Andre Gunther

 

Photo – Andre Gunther

www.aguntherphotography.com

 

 

Machu-Picchu stone buliding

Fine stonework – Machu Picchu

 

 

 

Machu-Picchu-stone-walls

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

 

 

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‘Intihuatana’

machupicchu369.org

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 - cindylaneville.com

Mosaic Bowl – cindylaneville.com

 

 

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

 

 

mosaic Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

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

 

 

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

Mermaid Sirene – Tiffany glass mosaïc  by Anne Bedel.

2008

Kimberly Schonfeld mosaic sculpture

Kimberly Schonfeld sculptural mosaic

 

 

Mosaic Bowl - Cindy Laneville - Ontario, Canada

Mosaic Bowl – Cindy Laneville

Cindylaneville .com

 

 

Victor Nunnally mosaic eagle

‘Eagle in flight’Victor Nunnally

 

 

Mosaic Bowl – Haima Design

 

 

Large Mosaic Clad Planter - Obbligato Decor

Mosaic Clad Planter – Obbligato Decor

 

 

Victor Nunnally Mosaic

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

 

 

Mosaic Bowl - thecuriousgecko

” Sunny Day ” Mosaic Bowl-thecuriousgecko

 

 

Mosaic adaption of  Gustav Klimt’s les amies

 

 

Nightwatch-MosaicEggshell Linda Biggers

‘Nightwatch’-Mosaic Eggshell mosaic art – Linda Biggers

Mosaic wall panel Serenade - Irinia Charny

‘Serenade’ – Irinia Charny

 

 

Moscow mayakovskaya station ceiling mosaic

Mayakovskaya Station, Moscow, Ceiling Mosaic – Deineka

 

 

St. Mark's Basilica Mosaic - Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Basilica Mosaic Facade

 

 

 

mosaic garden meditation bench

Garden Meditation Mosaic Bench

 

 

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

 

 

Abstract Mosaic Vase - Irinia Charny

Abstract Vase – Irinia Charny

 

 

mosaic stairway in San Francisco

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

 

 

Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

Ceramic Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

 

 

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

See more at French Art Pottery

 

 

Moroccan mosaic table and lamp

Mosaic table and lamp, Marrakesh

 

 

Russian Tvoryuki Mosaic artBlus Bird – Tvoryuki Mosaic

 

 

mosaic mandala

Impressive mosaic mandala

 

 

Olicana Mosaics garden courtyard motif

Olicana Mosaics

 

 

Chelsea Flower Show Mosaic peacock path

Chelsea Flower Show  -Victorian Aviary Garden

Smalti-Landscape-Mosaic-by-George-Fishman

‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman

 

 

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

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS

 

 

 

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

Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Carole-Choucair-Oueijan-Mosaics head mosaic

Carole Choucair Oueijan

 

 

 

Pictures of MosaicMosaic Burning Fall

Mosaic picture ‘Burning Autumn’

artmonument.ru

 

 

 

beautiful-mosaic-of-a-barn-owl-by-Nancy-Bunker-from-Redford-Glass-Studio

Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio

 

 

cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier

 

 

 

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

Public botanical mosaic – Dupont Station, Toronto

 

 

Lubets-eggshell mosaic pink lotus

Pink lotus eggshell mosaic – Lubets

 

 

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

Under water mermaid and fish mosaic panel – Sue Thompson

 

 

Zentangle mosaic -By-Rikke-Poulsen

Zentangle  Rikke Poulson

 

 

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

Universal Law mosaic – Brett Campbell

 

 

See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here 

 

 

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)

La-Mamounia-21-inch-Engraved-Ceramic-jar-Morocco

21-inch-Engraved ceramic jar Morocco

Moroccan-Pottery-Jar,-19th-Century-Aspire-Auctions

Moroccan ewer

 

 

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

Moroccan dish with filigree decoration

 

 

 

Antique-Moroccan-Persian-Faience-Majolica-Pottery-Blue-&-White-Bottle-Vase

Bottle/vase Morocco

 

 

 

Moroccan-hebrew-vase lidded with twin handles

Hebrew vessel, Morocco

 

 

 

Old-moroccan-berber-pottery-vase-North-African-antique-vase

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

medinainterior.com.au

 

 

Late-19th-Early-20th-Islamic-Moroccan-Safi-Glazed-Pottery-Vase

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

 

 

 

Moroccan-Vase,-circa-1926

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

 

 

 

Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics  :

Ceramic turtle- by Artful CeramicsTurtle – Artful Ceramics

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

Beaver- Artful Ceramics

Michael and Sumati Colepitts – Artful Ceramics

Pelican-Artful Ceramics Michael and Sumati Colepitts

Artful Ceramics

Frog - Artful Ceramics

Artful Ceramics

Hippo - Artful Ceramics

 Their Technique:

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

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

Snow Monkeys Artful CeramicsGarden Crane - Artful Ceramics

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

Joanne Cooke :

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

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke

Ceramic Dog - Joanne Cooke

 Joanne Cooke

 

Lisa Larson :

Lisa Larson yellow ceramic cow

Designer –  Lisa Larson, Maker –  Gustavberg, Sweden

see the veniceclayartists post on Lisa Larson here

Sue Jenkins :

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

Ceramic Rabbits - Sue Jenkins

Sue Jenkins

Three Ceramic Cats - Sue JenkinsPetra LLoyd :

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

Petra LLoyd ceramic sculpture

Graham Glynn :

Graham Glynn cat family

Graham Glynn

 

Jenny Mendes :

Jenny Mendes Weiner Dog ith abstract patttern

Weiner Dog – Jenny Mendes

 

 

Anita Reay :

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

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

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

Koala and Kookaburra Vase by Anita ReayKoala Vase

 

 

Kookaburra Jug Anita Reay - Australian potteryKookaburra Jug

 

Brendan Hesmondhalgh :

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

Two Pelicans sculpture by Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen ceramic sculpture

Brendan Hesmondhalgh big hen

Ardmore :- see more here

Ardmore Ceramic Art zebras

Veronica Ballan :

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

Veronica Ballan scotty dof

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan

Veronica Ballan

 

Victoria Leeks :

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

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

Pottery birds Victoria Leeks

Victoria Leeks

Ceramic Dove Victoria LeeksCatherine Boyne :

Ceramic Pig

Sylvan Studios – Christy Crews Dunne :

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

Christy Crews Dunne giraffe teapot

Christy Crews Dunne

Camel Teapot Sylvan Studios

 

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev  :- see more here

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev

Anya Stasenko/ Slava Leontiev

 

 Monika Leone, Canberra

” Zoya “ – Monika Leone

” Zana ”  – Monika Leone

 

Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter

Sharon Skelter

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

( Mod Cats )

1950’s ceramic black cat vase

( Le Greiner )

Perky turquoise ceramic French Poodle  –  Doilet, France

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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.

Pecs-Zsolnay-manufactory

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-garden-sculpture-in-Pecs

Zsolnay Manufactory gardens

 

 

FRUIT-DISH-WITH-GRAPES-ORNAMENTS,-ZSOLNAY,-AROUND-1903

Zsolnay Fruit Bowl

 

 

GYUGYI-ZSOLNAY- python snake ceramic Zsolnaay sculpture

Zsolnay coiled python sculpture

 

 

 

Table-Lamp-with-Taurus-Figurine-by-Zsolnay-at-1stdibs

Zsolnay Table Lamp with Green Taurus Figurine

 

 

 

Hungarian-Ceramic-'Eosin-Glazed'-Centerpiece,-Zsolnay,-circa-1906

Zsolnay centrepiece with four female figurine supports

 

 

 

Vase-1899-Manufacturer-Zsolnay-Factory,-Pécs,-Budapest.

Zsolnay Art Nouveau iridescent glaze vase

 

 

 

zsolnay_esoin-sculpture

Unusual Zsolnay eosin glaze figure sculpture

 

 

Zsolnay-Art-Nouveau-Mermaid-&-Lover-Vase

Art Nouveau mermaid and lover vase – Zsolnay

 

 

 

ZSOLNAY-ZSUGORMÁZAS-BLUE-VASE-JEWELLERY-TECHNIQUE

Turquoise mottled surface vase – Zsolnay

 

 

 

Zsolnay-Three-Graces---Pinter-Auctions

Zsolnay Esoin Three Graces figure vessel

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