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Journey of the Rubens vase


I’ve never really thought that much about the possible depth of history of the various owners of an art piece before their current destination. This particular piece carries a fascinating history as I discovered on Wikipedia.



Carved in high relief from a single piece of agate, this extraordinary vase was most likely created in an imperial workshop for a Byzantine emperor. It made its way to France, probably carried off as treasure after the Siege of Constantinople in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade, where it passed through the hands of some of the most renowned collectors of western Europe, including the Dukes of Anjou and King Charles V of France. In 1619, the vase was purchased by the great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). A drawing that he made of it is now in Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum.


Peter Paul Rubens – self portrait

Acquisition history :

  • Foire Saint Germain Sale, Paris, 1619
  • Peter Paul Rubens, Antwerp, 1619, by purchase
  • Daniel Fourment, Antwerp, ca. 1626-1628, by purchase
  • Emperor Jahangir of India [date of acquisition unknown], by consignment
  • Dutch East India Company, prior to 1635, by confiscation
  • Holland, 1818
  • William Beckford, Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire, 1818, by purchase
  • Sale, English & Fasana, Bath, November 20, 1845, no. 167
  • Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton, London, 1845, by purchase
  • William A. A. Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton, 1852, by inheritance
  • William A. L. S. Douglas-Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton, 1863, by inheritance
  • Sale, Christie’s, London, June 17, 1882, no. 487
  • Samson Wertheimer, London, 1882, by purchase
  • Sale, Christie’s, London, March 15, 1892
  • Alfred Morrison, London, 1892, by purchase
  • Sale, Christie’s, London, June 12, 1899
  • Sir Francis Cook, Richmond, 1899, by purchase
  • Wyndham F. Cook, London, 1901, by inheritance
  • Humphrey W. Cook, London, 1905, by inheritance
  • Sale, London, Christie’s, July 14, 1925, no. 90
  • Henry Walters, New York, 1925, by purchase
  • Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance
  • Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 2, 1941, no. 1316
  • Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase

A Peasant Dance – Rubens

( Click to enlarge )

Figurines of intrigue


 figurines of intrigue

Ceramic Figurines  :

Imaginative and captivating figurines and the occasional sculpture,  posted at irregular intervals .


Latest entry HERE

Altes Museum---Berlin,Germany

Egyptiam bust _ Altes Museum—Berlin,Germany

Three Kings figurines

Three Kings figurines

( forrestinavintage-etsy )

Art Deco Royal Dux Figurine

Art Deco Royal Dux Figurine

Emilio Cassarotto figurine

Lady In A Tub – Emilio Cassarotto figurine, Italy

nazca pottery figurine

Nazca Pottery Figure


Nick  Mackman

Nick  Mackman


Bruce Lafountain - Native Woman

Bruce Lafountain – Native Woman


Paige Bradley bronze sculpture

Garden Mother by mudmonkey

Garden Mother by mudmonkey

( deviantart )

Alex Johanson

Alex Johanson – France


Natalia at Happydolls

Natalia at Happydolls, Flickr

Elizabeth Rollins Scott Guardian Angel

Elizabeth Rollins Scott  - Guardian Angel I


L'Eté et l'Automne

L’Eté et l’Automne


Art Deco figurine

Katherine Gullo Ceramic figurine

Janus-figure with Rabbit (back), Mosaic, 15″

Katherine Gullo Ceramics


Bronze-Sculpture of an Asian muscle man signed Wu Yao Kui.

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MADDUX OF CALIFORNIA ceramic Siamese cat lamp

MADDUX OF CALIFORNIA ceramic Siamese cat lamp – 1950′s


La Valse [The Waltz], 1889-1905, bronze

La Valse [The Waltz], 1889-1905, bronze – Camille Claudel

Rodin Museum

Ceramic Garden Monks, Te Aria Nui

Ceramic Garden Monks, Te Aria Nui

Alphabet People - Akio Takamori

Alphabet People – Akio Takamori

Godiva and unicorn by Paul Smith

Godiva and unicorn by Paul Smith

Margaret Wozniak

Bear with Bowl – Margaret Wozniak

  Bunjil gets the bounce ! Bunjil the Eagle has been towering over the Melbourne Docklands precinct for over as decade. The news that Bunjil will need to move came as a surprise to its creator, Melbourne sculptor Bruce Armstrong. He learnt of the eviction after a call from Fairfax Media. The eagle sculpture, a Docklands landmark since 2002, was inspired by Bunjil, the eaglehawk regarded as the spirit creator of the Kulin nations, which include the Wurundjeri people. The 25 metre high sculpture weighs 25 tonne and the base weighs 60 tonne. Maybe it was prophetic that Benjil has a slightly bewildered look.


Bunjil the eagle

( photo: Fairfax Media )

Carry Bakker Rinkens Allure

Carry Bakker Rinkens – Allure

Rebecka Ryberg Skött.

Do You Remember - Rebecka Ryberg Skött.

Auguste Rodin, Piédestal des Titans

Auguste Rodin –  Piédestal des Titans 

Rodin Museum, Paris

Pair Chinese Tang porcelain horses

Pair Chinese Tang porcelain horses

Chinese porcelain wise man figurine

Chinese porcelain wise man figurine - 3 feet tall

( Canonbury Antiques )

Shin Yeon Jeon

Shin Yeon Jeon

Anne Meyer Mama Moon

Anne Meyer-  Mama Moon

Tracy Gallup

Balance  - Tracy Gallup

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase

Zsolnay Art Nouveau figurine vase

Michelle MacKenzie horse and birds fifurine

Michelle MacKenzie  - Horse Dusty Miller

Ceramic horse sculpture with birds and copper mane and tail

Underneath the old apple tree

Underneath the old apple tree  – Helen Martino

Marina Skidan ceramic figure

Marina Skidan

Guardians by Shona Nunan

Guardians by Shona Nunan

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Jun Kaneko


Jun Kaneko, ceramic sculptural artist.





Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942 and went to the USA in 1963. He began studying ceramic art at the Chouinard Institute of Art in California where his focus became drawn to sculptural ceramics. He expanded his studies  in contemporary ceramics with Peter Voulkos in Los Angeles and also Paul Soldner and Jerry Rothman. He has since pursued a dynamic and varied studio practice in painting, sculpture, ceramics and installations, and he’s currently based at his third studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Jun has blazed a trail in ceramic innovation with his pioneering work in the creation of tall and rounded, monolithic glazed structures known as dangos ( Japanese translation – dumplings or rounded form ). This has required the redefining of technical and artistic boundaries as his sculptures are of a size that is challenging in the firing process and for the structural integrity of this type of ceramic form. Some sculptures can weigh in the vicinity of 1000 lbs.  After construction, his work generally takes four months of drying time and can have up to a 37-day firing process. Even larger than his dangos are his human head ceramic sculptures, three of which were on view in 2008 on New York City’s Park Avenue Malls. Kaneko’s work is engaged in serious explorations of order and disorder, simplicity and complexity and deliberate action and spontaneity.

Kanekos’s professor at the University Of California , Peter Voulkos, stated :  “Kaneko’s ceramic works are an amazing synthesis of painting and sculpture. His works are enigmatic and elusive, simultaneously restrained and powerful, Eastern and Western, static and alive, intellectual and playful, technical and innovative”

Kaneko’s exceptional artistic accomplishments in public art, set design, and architectural projects have led to his work  now being displayed in over fifty museum collections throughout the world including Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Detroit Institute of Arts; Los Angeles County Art Museum; Museum of Art and Design, NY; The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Phoenix Art Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

I think it is truly fantastic to see ceramic sculptures successfully manifested on this scale.




Dango ceramic – 2011

  ( Elaine Baker gallery )

Locks Gallery


Mission Clay Pittsburgh Project

Locks Gallery


This photo exemplifies the bold rhythmic patterns Jun likes to use on the surface decoration of his giant ” 3d canvases “

Mint Museum – North Carolina


Kaneko on the spatial conceptualization of his work ( interview with Mary Mcinnes)


So when I’m making small piece, I don’t want to give a chance to the viewer to step back and then look around and look at my piece. I just want them to just grab right into it. They look at it. They’re drawn to it. Just go straight into the piece. If that was possible, this viewer is not outside the work anymore. They’re feeling inside the work. Therefore, they can’t compare this and that. They are it.
So that’s why I think, if I did make a small piece to draw people immediately into the piece, I call that a pretty successful piece for me as a small object. And then, I call that a spiritual scale. So that’s my interest. And it goes same way to the large-scale piece, too, in a lot of ways, because as I said, if you start comparing with nature, then the big piece could be just like a dust. So the point to the scale, to make a sense as a visual artist, is just pull them into it. Then, they just don’t have a chance to compare. They will become the thing itself almost.


Oval galzed ceramic plate – Jun Kaneko

Kaneko ceramic head – Maui Hawaii

Philadelphia City Hall – 2009

Stoneware glazed triangle Dango -2005


Monumental heads –  Palm Beach County Convention Center.

( Pic by Lauren Lieberman/Lila Photo )

Jun Kaneko 1991

Locks Gallery

Jun’s set design for Puccini’s Madam Butterfly

Public Dango art at Omaha

Untitled wall slab

Ceramic head sculpture – Philadelphia City Hall – 2009

Untitled, Dango

Oval Dish

Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture – Jun Kaneko

Public Dango ceramic art – Omaha

The Nevica Project

Untitled, 2007   Glazed stoneware. Courtesy of Jun Kaneko and Locks Gallery. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Untitled, Dango

Washington State University, 2001
Hand-built glazed ceramics, granite

Ceramic Dango sculpture – San Francisco International airport

 Hand-built glazed ceramic - Inakigu Restaurant, 2010

Pittsburg Project
Mission Clay, Pittsburg Project, 2004-2007

Jun Kaneko Dango Sculpture  2009

Locks Gallery

Pittsburg Project

Kaneko on Park Avenue Installation

Here is the link to Jun Janeko’s website

Bemboka Gallery – Australian pottery

Judith Pearce and David Rofe are a couple who have been collecting Australian pottery since the mid-1970′s. Their contemporary styled rural gallery is nestled in the coastal mountains of Bemboka in the far south coast of NSW, Australia, in a purpose-built wing of their home. Primarily their aim is to display a diverse collection of work produced by Australian potters and ceramic artists over the last fifty years. A new exhibition is created each season that features stories from the collection which in a sense makes the gallery like a museum showcasing the history of Australian pottery. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase works they might not have had a chance to see when they were first put onto the market.

Judith worked at the National Library of Australia and it seemed a natural extension of her interests to start building a database of Australian contemporary potters and their marks. They source their works from exhibitions, galleries, retail outlets and the artists themselves along with buying works on the secondary market from eBay, auction houses, and private sales.

Current exhibition : Mid-Century Modern: The influence of European style on post-war Australian ceramics.

Displayed below is a selection of pottery that has been shown at the gallery.


Peter Andersson



David Williams

  Large vase with a classic rounded shape and pale brown crystalline glaze


Peter Buttaglen

Celadon Plate


Janna Ferris

Round-bodied earthenware jug decorated in a raised floral design using underglaze stains and wood-fired. 2009

Janna specializes in earthenware tableware decorated with underglaze stains in a style influenced by the patterns on old china, cottage garden flowers, and the works of Clarice Cliff, Dorothy Haffner, Patsy Hely and the painter Margaret Preston.


    Jane Barrow


Barbara Swarbrick

White china plate decorated with sulphur crested cockatoos.

Oval platter with scalloped ends and delicate hand-painted picture of a female nude.


Arthur Boyd and John Perceval.

 Casserole dish

Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) learnt to make pots in the family home at Murrumbeena, Victoria.


Cheryl Watson

 Large plate made of a pale tan-coloured clay left unglazed on the chattered base and narrow rim, with a bare-chested Amazonian woman painted in slip and oxides on the shallow concave surface.


Mitsuo Shoji


Paydirt Pottery

Genie Bottle


Ellis Ceramics

Two slipcast earthenware jugs


Mad in Australia

 Large slip-cast vase in a zig-zag shape with a hand-painted black, orange, yellow and purple abstract design.

 Mad in Australia was a Melbourne design studio set up by the sculptor Dianne Coulter in 1983.


Greg Daly

Shallow bowl with a finely-crazed, oxidised copper glaze, partly-reduced on the base, and gold lustre decoration. – 2005

Vessel of compressed spherical form with ultramarine and green glaze and gold lustre decoration.



Spherical Vessel


Ted Secombe.


Sergio Sill

Shino charger


Richard Murray

Lidded Box



Bird Bowl


Jenny Orchard

 Exploding Seed


Paul Wynn

Bottle  1978 – 1980

From left : Jenny Orchard: vase 1997, Christopher Sanders: bottle c.1981,Victor Greenaway: bottle 1970, Les Blakebrough: charger, 1984




Shino Bowl


Les Blakebrough

Giant lidded stoneware jar with winged lid and pale blue, cobalt and red glazes.


Ian Clare

Deep-sided bowl tapering to a small base, with finely crazed white glaze in a raku nu style, inside and out.


Lino Alvarez

Raku Vessel


Paul Davis

Square slab-built platter made of a pale yellow earthenware with rounded corners, shino half glaze and Middle Eastern influenced graphical decoration.


Ros Auld

Ros Auld is a potter based in Borenore near Orange, NSW, specialising in slab-built, or thrown and manipulated, stoneware forms decorated with wood ash glazes and trailed and incised slips, coloured oxides and gold lustre.


Kalmar Pottery

Kalmar Pottery was set up in Sydney, NSW, by Irene and Julius Kalmar, emigrants from Hungary after World War II. The pottery was active from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s.


 Rudolf Sibrava

 High-sided white stoneware bowl with speckled violet and magenta glaze with some cobalt blue at the base, and gilded rim.


Ditmar Urbach




Stoneware vase


Robyn Stewart

Blossom Jar


Victor Greenaway


Lindsay Bedogni



Claudia Australia




Joan Campbell 

Three Sea Eggs

Chris Sanders

Lidded crock


Val Charle

Stoppered Vessel


Maiju Altpere Woodhead



Ljubov Seidl

High sided bowl


Carl McConnell

Two handled bowl


More Bemboka gallery here



Pottery whimsical clay sphere moments




Ludicrous, thought provoking, bland, audacious, wacky, improbable, superficially deep, outrageous, irreverent, vague yet definitive, simply sublime…. anything really that piques my attention will qualify for this post. Yes it’s the return of  ”pottery whimsical ” due to unprecedented demand. Actually I had one request, but it’s still unprecedented. There’s always some quirky and intriguing events lurking in the claysphere waiting to be exposed.

Updates from the top

Pottery Whimsical Continued HERE

Ethan Stern -  Contemporary art glass sculpture

Ethan Stern –  Contemporary art glass sculpture

Elliott Newton- wheel thrown vase

Elliott Newton- wheel thrown vase with crystalline galze

Art of Alexandria by Mondmann Flickr

Art of Alexandria by Mondmann Flickr

Sir Stamford Raffles statue in Singapore

Sir Stamford Raffles statue in Singapore

Modernist Danish family of teak figurine birds

Modernist Danish family of teak birds

Lovers by János Török for Zslonay,Hungry

Lovers sculpture by János Török for Zsolnay

Le sculpteur Savary Robert Doisneau French Photographer

Le sculpteur Savary

Robert Doisneau 

Savvas Pottery Cyprus

Savvas Pottery – Cyprus


Burning Man 2009  - Part II by Hector Santizo

Handpainted-pots-lining-the streets

Handpainted modernist pots lining the steps in Taormina, Sicily



Green Dragon – Barcelona

Pompei fountain

Pompei fountain  -  Photo by Peggy Mekemson

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Large Martin Brothers Bird

Very large Martin Brothers Wally bird jar sold for 67,000 quid by Woolley and Wallis

Martin brothers in studio at Southall

Martin Bros in the studio at Southall creating grotesque ware and vases.

The Martin Brothers – Walter on the wheel, Robert Wallace creating a Wally Bird and Edwin decorating a vase.


Met Museum NY

Jim Gottuso

Large bowl  - Jim Gottuso

475px-709px-Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini designed the Quattro Punti per una Torre sculpture

Italian architect Massimo Iosa Ghini designed the Quattro Punti per una Torre sculpture, located in the University of Milan.



Eardropper - George Scheele


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John Lotton blue studio glass

John Lotton blue studio glass – 1988


Jean Balmer collection

( Esoteric Survey – Flickr )



ballet South Africa

Per-Anders Pettersson, aspiring ballet dancer outside her home in Khayelitsha, Cape Town - South Africa.



Art Nouveau Door in Budapest

Art Nouveau Door in Budapest





Tamara De Lapicka

Erosion by Tamsin van Essen

Erosion by Tamsin van Essen

.kohei hahn

Kohei Hahn – Germany



Maria Kutrzeba

Maria Kutrzeba



Birdnest – Cory Lum

Double walled vessel thrown as one piece then carved by Diane KW.



Paul Schreckengost pitcher

Paul Schreckengost ceramic pitcher – 30′s Art Deco



In 1938, Matthew Stirling, chief of the Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology, led eight National Geographic-sponsored expeditions to Tabasco and Veracruz in Mexico. He uncovered 11 colossal stone heads, evidence of the ancient Olmec civilization that had lain buried for 15 centuries

( An uncanny resemblance to Don Rickles )




Ceramic table tops for sale

Ceramic table tops for sale – Fez, Morocco


Philippe Faraut



Teapot dome gas station – built 1922

Zillah, Washington USA

Pompeii-House of the Vetti

Pompeii – House of the Vetti garden





McCoy teapot


Lenfer boulevard de-clichy Paris - Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau was known for his modest, playful, and ironic images of amusing juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes.

see veniceclayartist’s post HERE 


Polymer Clay Clock – aMused Creations


Near to Antofagasta in the Atacama desert a giant hand scuplture of fiberglass is the work of Chilean artist Mario Irrizábal. It is known as La Mano del Desierto – The Hand of the Desert

( photo – Ian Brooks )

Jean Balmer ceramic and rawhide drum

Jean Balmer ceramic and rawhide drum

original-bathroomOpen stone bathroom – Arizona

French pottery market Provence

French pottery market Provence Public goldfish tank Japan

Public goldfish tank Japan

( converted phone booth )




Abstract black and white vase – Kurt Weiser


 ” I tried to create two levels, two blades, I imagined them as corals,  memory that re-emerge from the sea, or as the frescoes of Pompeii condensed from the plate.

Naples sculptural artist  Fermariello Sergio


Mobile fairytale


Bernar Venet

Bjorn Winblad – Denmark


Mid century meets contemporary

A work in progress  -  Mexico

Still Running – Antony Gormley 1993

Art Noveau Vase – Hillier design

 Medalta Potteries Site – Canada

Mary Stratton

Temple Statues Thailand - jump at the count of 3

Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Ceramic Dome – Laurie Spencer

Rainbow Man shop  - Santa Fe

Three ceramic bottles  - Anne James – 2009

“Legacy Mantle” by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo in the Kiev Botanical Garden

( Three Maosketeers )

West German Pottery Roth Vase Fat Lava – what an eruption !

( Roth Keramic Group F;ickr )


Naked Raku ?  Photo by Kathrin Brunnhofer

Beermugs – Ed and Mary Shier

Ann-Louise Gustavsson – Stockholm

Stone Forest Granite Tub Custom Made One of a Kind

 Thiebaut Chague -Fractal series – Poland

Eggheads -  Robert Arneson

Portuguese ceramic tiles

( David Piper Tiles )

Ceramic stoneware sculpture – Mac McClain ( 1923 – 2012 )

 Philip Evans High Fired Ceramics

Roundhouse Gallery

 Rebecca Wilson

Shigaraki Ceramic Artist, Otani Shiro

Nemrut Diyarbakir – Turkey

” Why me ? ” Japanese ceramic jar

Fold II  - Antony Gromley

She asked for a big vase of roses

James Whiting – Set of 6 stacked bowls, lavender

( fantastic innovation !  )

Converting car to a chariot

A wombat

Cookie jar

Mantle clock ( working ) inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealist painting The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, 1952/54

Romanian Sculptor Constantin Brancusi

Australian Aboriginal rock carving of an Echidna ( spiny ant eater )

Legacy of Souls“  by Chidi Okoye


Sam3 – Spain

stairs school of art France

Sculptural Stairs at the School of Arts in Saint Herblain, France


Fuddling Cup


Yoshiro Ikeda



Cosmos- Firlds & Fields

Cosmos  - Firlds & Fields

Yoshimi Futamura.

Yoshimi  Futamura


 Installation artist Arne Quinze, ” The Sequence ”  Brussels, Belgium


Ray Bub Teapot


Bill Bailey’s Bunker – The World In Chaos



Charles Catteau – Art Deco ceramics master


Franco-Belgian ceramist Charles Catteau could be regarded as one of the most versatile ceramic artists of his generation, especially for the style of Art Deco. Catteau advanced the forms, techniques and decoration of modern ceramics, creating an exceptionally original, new and decorative genre.

Hired as a ceramic decorator in Ecole Nationale de Sèvres from 1903 to 1904, he began producing designs that were rather traditional, based on the observation of nature, and showing the influence of Japonism, characterised by pure lines and meticulous details. From 1904 to 1906, he worked in Nymphemburg Porzellan Manufaktur near Munich, a factory specialising in new hand painting procedures under a slip, as well as Art Nouveau.

In 1907  he finally moved to Louvière in Belgium where he was promoted to head of the decoration department at Boch Freres Keramis at the age of 27.  This is where most of his exceptional talent came to the fore especially during the period between the two World Wars. Influenced by the great creative art movements of the time (Africanism, Japonism, Cubism, Abstraction) and his observation of nature gave him inspiration for his designs, with the  integration of  plants, stylized animals and geometric motifs. The international avant-garde movements were also an influence leading to his use of purely abstract, geometric designs and intense colours. Charles Catteau was incredibly resourceful and  explored various harmonies of form, techniques, designs, colours, shades, topics, variants and influences. In this way Catteau became a representative par excellence of Art Deco designs, giving it his personal touch. He was instrumental in introducing technical innovations during the 20′s and 30′s to aid mass production of ceramic products and expand availabiltity of affordable products. During difficult times in Europe, he created vivid, colourful, orignal and uplifting ceramic wares.

Charles Cotteau motto was ”Art for All” and he also taught decorative painting at the School of Industrial in Louvière. In 1925 he obtained international recognition in the exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. which helped raise the profile of Boch Freres. He remained at the company until he retired to Nice in 1946 .

The renaissance of his artistic legacy is largely due to the popularity of the many collectible aspects of his creations.

 Three-colour repetitive design with flying eagles – stoneware.

( Pierre Berge & Associates )

 Vase in enamelled earthenware, slender shape with slightly opened neck.

An octagonal and a pair of four-sided vases with geometric decorations in black, white, ocher, yellow and turquoise to designs.

 Vase ovoid earthenware decorated with white crackle brown and black pads and triple sinuous brown.

 Ovoid vase using polychrome enamel on cracked beige background – Charles Catteau

Boch Freres Keramis vase designed by Charles Catteau, circa 1925

Polychrome designs with geometric patterns – matt enamels – 1927

Vase ceramic bowl decorated with stained black gold galloping deer in a forest.

Large Art Deco & Art Nouveau styled vase – Boch Freres

Charles Catteau Art Deco glazed earthenware hexagonal vase for Boch Frères Keramic, circa 1925

 Africanist sandstone and satin enamels of ovoid form, decorated stylized plant motifs on the entire surface.

 Scailmont vase by Charles Catteau

Classic Art Deco vase – Jan Wind design for Charles Catteau

 Polychrome designs with geometric patterns – stoneware.

 Antique Belgian Majolica Boch Freres / Charles Catteau Art Deco Gourd Shaped Vase

Charles Catteau & Boch Frères Keramis – 1937

Charales Catteau ovoid porcelain finish stoneware vase with arimmed neck

Charles Catteau – Boch Freres  Two enamel-decorated vases in cuerda seca.

Art Deco cup with stylized floral motifs -Charles-Catteau 1927

 A large vase oblong black glazed stoneware incised geometric decoration of deer grazing.

Geometric cubist style Art Deco vase -Charles Catteau 1929

Art Deco cubist stylized sailboats and seagulls ovoid vase – Charles Catteau 1930

Vase with moving deer motif

Designed by Maurice Delvaux for Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau for Boch Freres 1936


Charles Catteau


Green and gold Art Deco vase

Updated – 16/4/2013

Catteau vase geometric patterns

Catteau Art Deco vase geometric patterns – 1929

Charles Catteau Deco Vase

Unique Charles Catteau Deco Vase  polychrome design with strongly stylized floral motifs.


Charles Catteau,Vase decorative figures in bathing costumes

Charles Catteau,Vase with decorative figures in bathing costumes, strollers and anglers

by a river. 1935


Charles Catteau Ovoid Vase

Charles Catteau Ovoid Vase – 1928

Art Deco Catteau

Two-colour design with stylized pine cones and pine needles Art Deco  by Charles Catteau – 1926

Charles Catteau Deco ovoid vase

Charles Catteau Deco ovoid vase



Polar Bear Vase – Jan Wind for Charles Catteau


Large Catteau giraffe vase

Large Catteau giraffe vase – 1931

Art Deco by Charles Catteau

Vase – Art Deco by Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau Art Deco

Charles Catteau Art Deco ceramic jar – 1930

Catteau Poalr Bear Vase




Clayart elegance

Beauty in the design of the clayarts can purely be the consequence of merging form with function in the most pragmatic way. The method ( pottery wheel ) also has a strong influence on dictating the outcome through the resultant curves and the balance inherent in the symmetry. Graceful lines that flow seamlessly in defining the object can lead to a form that becomes a vision  of calm and subtly. Then there are the gifted clay artisans blessed with an innate ability to consistently infuse their forms with beauty and sophistication. This can be further enhanced by their  love of creativity and the desire to share this with others. For some artists it can be a spiritual experience, for others it’s more like sheer work, but they still create captivating pieces. The manipulation of texture, colour and form can lead to a fascinating conclusion, where all these elements combine to create ceramic works reflecting refinement and a timeless elegance. The following collection of ceramics have been chosen for their soft, pastel colours and styling that is uncomplicated, gently dynamic and soothing to the observer.



Les Blakebrough :

Ursula Morlay-Price :

Antoinette Badenhorst :



” If some elements from my experiences are apparent in my ceramic art and people can connect with those aspects of my life, I would consider myself successful. ‘

 I had to overcome technical challenges in all aspects of ceramic at the beginning of my career. There was little time to pay attention to artistic matters. My work changed over the years from stark and clumsy pots to elegant expressive pieces of art and I realized that I was expressing the surroundings in which I grew up.
While living in South Africa I became aware of the rhythm of nature. Rhythmic ripples in sand dunes and dry river beds in the semi-desert areas of Namibia, warped and gnarled trees, struggling for survival and varying stones, stacked on top of each other or scattered guilelessly by Mother Nature, was part of my everyday experience.
Mississippi with its singing Mockingbird and luscious trees exposed me to different rhythms and new nuances developed often in my work. Tornadoes, abundant water and extreme climate changes offer new opportunities for expression.
Now, living in Chicago where I am adjusting to the long and harsh winters, I am still in awe when the first snow of the season brings peace and quietness over the city. Summer and winter are equally beautiful and I started to incorporate the beauty of it all into my works.

Victor Greenaway :

Claire Lindner :

Tina Vlassopulos Céramiques :

“ The pots are all made with an eye to the possibility of function, although this is always balanced by the sculptural strengths of the forms. They are pots made contemplatively, for contemplation.”

Simon Olding, Ceramic Review


Ceramiques 23

Her inspiration comes from movement and dance. The result are these understated pots that are packed with potential energy. The viewer is left with a feeling that the pots have been caught in a moment of time – with the potential to spring back to life at any moment. ( online ceramics )


Hein Severijns 

Porcelain Vase with Crystalline Glaze


Ceramic form, with text from ancient documents printed on it’s surface.

Sven Hofverberg :

Roberta  Polfus :

 I have always been attracted to natural objects, at least as long as my clothing has had pockets. My carved and sometimes gestural pieces are intimate forms that fit and feel good in the hand. While they are generally not representations of actual objects, they reflect the shapes, patterns, colors and surfaces that I am drawn to in nature. 

A pale yellow porcelain vase with burnt orange rosettes

Porcelain pod in golden tan with black seeds

 I was introduced to porcelain about 14 years ago and we’ve been inseparable since then. I use a combination of wheel thrown and handbuilt forms that are altered, carved and sprigged. With a variety of airbrushed matte and gloss glazes that enhance the surfaces, the pieces are fired to a high temperature in a gas kiln, cone 10 reduction, around 2340 F. 

Pastel blue porcelain lady vase

Textured porcelain teapot green & brown

Porcelain urchin vase with curlicues in peach and white and pink

Pale blue and yellow carved porcelain tulip vases

Carved porcelain pale yellow and orange squat vase

Pale lemon yellow & white creamer and sugar bowl set

Bente Hansen :

Meander –  Denmark  2005

Titan yellov rich saltglazed

Joanna Howells :

Chthonic 1



Elizabeth Strasser :

Rorstrand Ovoid Coffe Cup

  Musee Andrien Dubouche, Limoges

Sean O’connell :


 Dawn Dishaw – ceramics-blue and salmon bowl

PILLIN  -  Tall vase painted with woman and fish

Yuri Wiedenhofer – Bowl

Peter Linden Collection

Gertrud Vasegaard

Judith Taylor

White & Brown Pirouette Vase   19″ tall

( earth dances pottery )

Beige & Turq Dancing Vase

( earth dances pottery )


There is a narrow window of time in the drying process during which the consistency of thrown clay is very flexible yet self-supporting. During this brief but intense period, I feel like I dance with the emerging vase, as together we discover new ways to move, unfold, bend, and balance.

These novel shapes, while still excellent for flower arrangements, are more sculptural than the traditional vase and provide greater surface area for glaze and other color treatments. Each dancing vase is unique in its movement and expression.

Terri Smart – riding the waves

Butting through the channel


Surrey Ceramicist Terri Smart :

UK based Terri Smart has a secluded pottery studio in Surrey overlooking a garden and fields, and she likes to interact with the natural world for inspiration. Her evolving sculpture trail winds through fruit trees and a wild flower meadow. “ I am influenced by natural elements such as wind and water and I like to emphasise the contrasts between nature and man. ”  For over 20 years now she has remained fascinated by the feel of the clay, the delight in making a structured piece out of a formless lump, the adventure of experimentation with new techniques and the excitement of taking the finished article out of the kiln.

Although her studio is not near the sea, a regular feature of her current output has been boats traversing the waves and seas. These are hand built from clay using the slab building method and matt glazes to produce soft forms that are inspired by the rise and fall of waves. Most of her work is hand-built in textured stoneware clays, and decorated with coloured slips, oxides and glazes before firing to 1220C. ” Sometimes ideas come fully formed into my head, sometimes I develop a piece directly in clay. At the moment most of my work is handbuilt; I enjoy the slower, more thoughtful pace of the process as opposed to working on the wheel. “

Having been influenced by her artist father, Terri took up a career in architecture and interior design, working in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Hong Kong. It was during her time in Hong Kong she took up the study of ceramics at  ” The Fringe ” under the guidance of Liz Cameron. This was followed by the establishment of a studio in Singapore before returning to her current studio in East Clandon in 1994.





The Hastings Sea Stumps © 2009 – 2010 Andrew Poder and Terri Smart

terrxvpzvqxcutnguflsjslnaut – Terri Smart

Spring Growth

Surrey Sculpture Society Trail

Big Pom

Green Goddess

Big Elm Seed – ceramic sculpture in a Surrey field

Maasai with red ochre cloth

Striped Pitcher


Apostrophe Jar with lid

Jade Princess

Masai Handmaiden

Treasure Chest

Striped Teapot

Pit fired flames

Come Hither Heather

Seed Pod – ceramic vessel

Art Deco scent bottle


Pit fired Ancient Totem II

White Lama


Blue Lidded Jar

Tall Bearded Barley


Bouncy Tug

see more Terri Smart here

Hearts of clay


The heart as an icon

The use of the heart as an icon for love and devotion has been one of the most enduring through the ages. In the traditional art and folklore of Europe, the heart symbol was drawn in a stylized shape. This shape is typically coloured red, suggesting both blood and, in many cultures, passion and strong emotion. The heart, as one of the red suits in playing cards decks, have existed since the 15th century. The shape is particularly associated with romantic love; it is often seen on St. Valentine’s Day cards, chocolate boxes, and similar popular culture artifacts as a symbol of romantic love. In Eastern spitiuality, the heart is depicted as a lotus with 12 petals, vermilion coloured and known as the Anahata Chakra.

Vintage 1980s Haeger Ceramic heart vase

The heart symbol can be traced to before the last Ice Age. Cro-Magnon hunters in Europe used the symbol in pictograms, though it remains a mystery exactly what meaning it held for them. The symbol didn’t become universal until the Middle Ages. The heart icon became a major symbol for medieval heraldry, where it was used to signify sincerity and clarity. In art and chivalric literature, the heart became increasingly seen as synonymous to the Holy Grail.

The Egyptians believed that the heart was the center of life and morality. Egyptian mythology held the belief that after death, your heart is taken to the Hall of Maat to meet the  the Goddess of Justice. There your heart is weighed against the Feather of Maat. If your heart is lighter than the Feather, you join Osiris in the afterlife. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human soul, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love.

Darrielles Clay Art

Daum Vase

Durand vase

Barovier and Toso vase


Peter Lowe

Art Nouveau flask - (1890 – 1900)

© Bridgeman Art Library  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Gift of Mr and Mrs John Mecom, Jnr  Design and Artists Copyright Society

Crystalline glaze – Hein Severijns

Paloma Pottery

Smokey Heart Mug

( fine mess pottery )

Bodhi Leaf Heart Sculpture

Anita Feng

Large pink crystal

( woman with wings blog )

 Royal Doulton Flambe Lobed Gourd Shaped Baluster Vase, early 20th c.

Jack Charney

Satin Glass Vintage Rose Bud Vase Fluted Rim

via Mudworks Pottery

Tall cameo glass vase – La Verre Francais

Mosaic of Jesus

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missoui, USA

Handthrown Raku Red Vessel

Christopher Mathie


Wedgewood Pink Jasperware Vase

Shabby Chic Home Decor

Albert-Louis Dammouse  - Cup – 1910

Musee d’Orsay  - Paris

Koru Heart – red

( NZ ceramic artist Robyn Kunin )

Yerba Buena Mosaic Heart, San Fransisco

Laurel True


Pair of Sarreguemines Pink Glazed Vases.

Folded ceramic vase – Yamoto

Frosted Crystal  Heart Perfume Bottle

Chris Hawkins

Healing Heart Fractal

Updated  27/6/2013 :

Marble leaf tray set

Marble heart leaf tray set with meenakari and kundan work painting – Jaipur

Lynne Armstrong Easrthware

Lynne Armstrong Earthenware Heart – Dallas Tx

Photo Evans Caglage

Natural Rock Heart

Natural Rock Heart

Cecilia Artistic Ceramics

Cecilia Artistic Ceramics  - Italy


Raku Nature Inspired Hand Built Ceramics by Elena Miller

Choi Jeong Hwa red lotus


Lino Tagliapietra Vase c1979-80

Lino Tagliapietra Vase   c 1979 – 1980

( Skinner Auctions )

Sally and Neil MacDonell ceramics

Sally and Neil MacDonell  large ceramic heart  - UK

Qing Dynasty Qia Long Imperial bottle

Qing Dynasty Qia Long Imperial Ware Vase




Pendentif de dos   —  Paris – Musée du quai Branly

Bill Campbell Vase

Bill Campbell Vase

Red roses teapot - Yvonne Brown

Red roses teapot – Yvonne Brown

Charles Lotton Opal Cypriot lamp

 A Charles Lotton Opal Cypriot lamp


Schoonhovan vase, Dutch, bulbous shape with painted organic designs on a mottled pink and ivory ground.

Tina Amidon mosaic

Tina Amidon heart mosaic, Oakland

Amphora vase, in the Volate

Amphora vase, in the Volate

Bay Keramik - West Germany

Bay Keramik – West Germany


Eden Amphora Gold Ruby

Jonathan Harris Glass

Leon Volkmar vaseLeon Volkmar vase

Yolanda’s Mosaic Heart

Yolanda’s Mosaic Heart on Flickr – Institute of Mosaic Art

Art Nouveau glass vase

Art Nouveau glass vase

Fimo Heart

Fimo Heart By Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi

Anthony Hansen - wall hearts

Anthony Hansen – 3 wall hearts


Ecole de Nancy and Pierre Joseph Mougin ceramic Mougin, large bottle Syrène or Nymph. porcelain

Stevie Wonder was a prolific writer of love songs so I have included two here from his  classic 1979 double album ” Journey through the secret life of plants “


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Retro pottery yeah !

Mid-century, vintage, retro pottery styles.

Laminex, shag-pile, plastic pots, automobile tail fins and a lot of other fads from the 50′s and 60′s didn’t quite make it into the new century except with the odd niche collectors.  However the ceramics from this era have stood the test of time and are still sought after and used.

Jean de Lespinasse – An impressive and unusual vase by this decorative potter who worked from his studio in Nice during the 1950′s.

    The 50′s, 60′s and 70′s were groovy times, the designer and trend setters were out to make a statement. Colours were bold and bright, the Atomic-age had arrived. It was time to get futuristic and modern. Women even wore stylish Yves St Laurent dresses to go shopping. The mid-century cultural revolution was unstoppable and they were daring to dream. Some fantastic style innovations were born of this era. Music, fashion and consumer products all got a huge makeover from the conservative 40‘s. And the ceramics of this time were no exception. French, German, Italian, English, Scandinavian and the USA were all strong contributors to ceramic designs in this fascinating period.

Cyclope Pottery Annecy, France. All are glazed with the typical blue Emaux des Glaciers, for which this pottery was renown.

( AnSeta )

    I find the popularity of the lava glazes of this era  intriguing. During this time the bomb was widely feared. A Doctor Strangelove scenerio loomed large in peoples minds.. Lava comes from explosions, so its widespread use could have possibly evolved from this subconcious fear. The same can be said for the volcanic glazes, which were reninforced with  red, orange and black firey colours. Some of the mid-century pottery were often bulky and heavy with very thick glazes, sometimes multi layered up to four layers deep with different colours and textures.Their appearance was very grounding, which maybe represented a balance to the explorations of alternative consciouness that were actively pursued at the time. Abstract designs were popular, and pop art designs also crept in along with some psychedelic creations.

Retro decor

Vintage yellow and black West German vase

  Mid-century, vintage style ceramics are still loved by collectors and are becoming increasingly popular. The Atomic-era and Jet-age led to many abstract and innovative designs where streamlined contours were fused with angular geometric shapes.They encapsulate a time capsule of this amazing era and they reflect all it stood for.


 Large Mid Century Vase by Accolay, France.

 Green Grey glossy glaze, topped by a rust on beige ground.

Carstens 1245 25 (cm) Vase  - West Germany

60′s 70′s Retro Mid century Fat Lava.

 Fabulous West German vase manufactured in 1967 by Bay.

Hallelujah Aveiro drop shaped vase with trapezoidal blades – Portugal

Gebruder Conradt Schwabische Kunsttopferei

Large “Son Of Chaac” vase by Claude Conover; c. 1960  - USA

Height 22.5 “

Soholm Denmark heavy Stoneware vessel

Carl Cooper dish with unglazed sgraffito decoration, –  1955

Italian Ceramic Vase 50′s – 60′s

Bitossi Italian Pottery  Orange and Tan fruit bowl and vase designed by Aldo Londi  circa 1960

( afterglow retro )

 Vintage German vase – 50′s – 60′s

 West German Pottery –  Carstens Tönnieshof.

( The end of history shop )

Textured vase by California Originals, probably dating from the 1950s.


Shapely example of Vallauris decorative pottery vase, glazed in matte black with brightly enamelled interior and a trailing white drip decoration.

A  mottled mix from the great Gunnar Nylund of Rorstrand fame. Swedish mid-century at its finest.

( End of history shop )

Danish Soholm Space Age Pottery – Rockets and Circles

Fine & rare Windows vase by Anzolo Fuga for A.V.E.M., Murano, Italy.

Large Handled Jug glazed in bright red with a dark Fat Lava overglaze.

This item was made by the Fohr Keramik factory in Ransbach.

 The company was founded in 1859 and is still in production today.

Vase by VEB Haldensleben (formerly Carstens Uffrecht) – E.Germany

(  Eclectivist – etsy )

West German  Scrafitto Vase – Sawa 1950s

Mid-Century Modern Abstract Jug

Image source –

Scheurich Keramik vase

Vallauris VaseTall vase from the Vallauris studio of Auguste Lucchesi.G

lazed in mottled black and white drip. Decorated with bright enamel abstract motifs.

( AnSeta )

Vallauris  France ‘Fat Lava’ Studio Pottery Vase   circa 1960′s

{ afterglow retro }

Selection of pottery by Francis Triay (See Designers) from the Neolithic range.  Made during the 60s

Extraordinary Op Art vase from the Swing series. Made in 1974 by Royal KPM.

(  Eclectivist – etsy )

Cyclope Pottery Annecy Emaux des Glaciers  - 1950′s-1960′s

Mid century handled vase by VEB Haldensleben (East Germany)

Striking example of Vallauris pottery by Rossello.

Little is known about this potter, who was one of the many working in Vallauris during the boom years of the 1960′s.

Studio art pottery vase with flaring rim.

 Cute Pair Retro Vintage 1960′s Siamese Cats Pottery Salt Pepper

Dumler and Breiden – Germany

( and 1 intruder )

via  J’adore Lava Fat – flickr

Dumler & Breiden

Clay figurine artists from Abramtsevo

Moscow arts centre 

Situated 30 miles from Moscow, in a forest in close proximity to the Trinity Monastery at Sergiev Posad, lies the Abramtsevo museum and artists colony, an intellectual and artistic center that played a significant role in the development of Russian culture in the 19th Century.

Abramtsevo first came to prominence in 1843, when the estate was bought by Sergei Aksakov, a writer famous for his semi-autobiographical tales of aristocratic Russian life and treatises on country pursuits. In 1870, the estate was bought by Savva Mamontov, heir to a railroad fortune and one of the most significant figures in the development of Russian national art. He established an artists’ colony at Abramtsevo, and urged his artistic friends to return to Moscow and pursue there interests at his expense. The group that gathered around him included Art Nouveau painter Mikhail Vrubel, Realist Ilya Repin, Impressionist Valentin Serov, landscape painter Vasili Polenov, and the Vasnetsov brothers, Viktor and Apollinarius.

The original intention of the art centre was to  increase attention on the national arts, and the preservation and development of traditional folk art. The creativity of the Abramtsevo community reflects a broader cultural tendency that emphasizes both the aesthetic and spiritual realms. Abramtsevo continues to be used as an artists retreat and there is still a School of Applied Arts operating on the estate. Many of Abramtsevo’s activities centre not just on the crafts, visual arts, and architecture but also on drama, music, and set design. Below are a collection of young ceramic artists who have graduated from Abramtsevo and have a flair for creating wonderful figurines.



 Eli Kaluga Innocent :  Eli worked for many years in a porcelain factory, and has since branched out to producing miniture figurines, usually of a lively and expressive nature.

The main house at Abramtsevo has been well preserved and has distinct French Empire style, designed during the Aksakov era, and a Neo-Russian interior from Mamontov’s time at the complex. It is believed that the main house at Abramtsevo was the basis of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

Alexey Illarionov :


Galina Bulganin :

Girl and cat

The  Creative Process

Abduction of Europe

Elya Yalonetskaya ;







For a walk

Curious Eyes

Girl with flowers

One that brings children



Best Number


magi4eskaya mnogostupen4atost

Elya Yalonetskaya


Tam visoko

The release of the unconscious

Marina Nelyubina :

Many various buildings have been built on the Abramtsevo estate by the resident artists. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Church of the Saviour Not Made by Human Hand, a miniscule church based on the medieval Novgorod designs. Inside the church are icons courtesy of Ilya Repin and Michael Nesterov, and the tiled stove and mosaic floor (in the shape of a blooming flower) are examples of Vrubel’s and Viktor Vasnetsov’s work respectively.


Anastasia Tarasova :

Students and veterans meet at 125 year anniversary

more on Abramtsevo artists here

The Okinawan Clayart Bio Chi

Banyan Tree ( native to Okinawa ) vessel

The pottery of Samsung Miyagi and family : 

When I first glanced at the pottery of Samsung (Mitsunari ) Miyagi from Okinawa in Japan, I felt his works emanated a vibrancy and clarity which is usually indicative of a positive Chi. He comes from a family of potters and the other family members also produced pieces of a similar quality. Then I recollected how the Okinawan’s have the distinction of having the highest concentration of centenarians in the world. Around 97% of the residents of Okinawa live their life without suffering any physical ailments.

Having  an interest in Eastern medicine and having considered the unique Okinawan longevity, I thought I might briefly mention some of the factors that caught my attention. Diet wise, they consume around seven different vegetables in a meal, and they favour sweet potatoes and bitter melons. They never eat till they feel full, but stop at about 75% capacity. Before they eat they toast with the words – hara hachi bu -which basically means – overeating :  not a very good idea . This reflects their cultural belief in balance and moderation. They subsist on around 1200 calories per day ( average in the West is 3600 ) They only indulge in a minimal consumption of meat  and favour fish and tofu for proteins, along with seaweeds, miso and rice.

The Okinawan’s believe they are teenagers up to the age of 50, which is probably the most distinctive quality in their mindset compared to the West. A powerful affirmation of youth in that belief ! They remain high spirited into their 100′s and they drink more tea then water, preferring high quality green tea and kohencha tea.

I’m tempted to purchase one of their pieces just to be reminded of the life affirming Chi they so successfully cultivate.



Samsung Miyagi :

Futamono  - Samsung Miyagi

Square bottle

Ocotpus ceramic vessel – Samsung Miyagi


Porcelain Cup – arabesque pattern  -  Samsung Miyagi

Carved green vase

Vessel with finger impressions



Surface carved vase

Okinawa Kiln

 Cup with arabesque design - Samsung Miyagi

Large Vase Floral Design

Long neck ceramic bottle –  Samsung Miyagi

Hibiscus design teapot - Samsung Miyagi

Octopus Tokkuri ( Sake pouring vessel )

Hibiscus Plate - Samsung Miyagi



Tall Vase 35cm

Green glaze bottle –  Samsung Miyagi

Engraved Vase 30cm height –  Samsung Miyagi

Waiting to be fired

 Teapot - Samsung Miyagi

Hand painted Bamboo design –  Samsung Miyagi

 Large square platter - Gajimaru trees

Large Vase –  Samsung Miyagi





Censer incense vessel –  Samsung Miyagi

Jade green bottle - Samsung Miyagi

Ceramic bottle -  Satoshi Miyagi ( father of Samsung Miyagi  )

Dobuzuke – Satoshi Miyagi

Large carved ceramic vessel – Satoshi Miyagi

Dachibin – Sumiko Miyagi (  mother of Samsung Miyagi )

Kinjo Toshio – (  Uncle of Samsung Miyagi  )

 Fish and shrimp design bottle  - Jiro Kinjo  (  grandfather of Samsung Miyagi )

Satoshi Miyagi

more Miyagi here -

Ceramics in black and white


Monochromatic imagery requires a different perception, especially if you’re  working without any shades in between. The stark 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. The added resolution and detail that is possible adds a hyper-realism to the subject, this is evident in Black & White photography. It has been used effectively with Eastern calligraphy to draw more attention to the the form of the strokes. As they are relatively simple in detail, the combination is complimentry. Early Greek pottery also featured a  strong emphasis on using black figures over a lighter background.


Kathy Victorino – black and white geometric ceramic vessel


Black and white bar stool

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

Signed  Fructuoso –    1930′s

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

Populate or Perish – Pru Morrison

Square Tumbler with Buzzard – Adam Posnak

Handbuilt Tripod Ceramic Vessel with colored engobes and stains

Carol Eddy

Acoma Sgraffito Pottery Jar –  R Garcia

Junko Kitamura – Black/white bowl

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

Black and White decanters  - Scheier

Laura Carrlin Ceramics – London

Sew Zinski ceramic bowl

Sarvas Pottery

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

Nkhensani Nkosi –  ” Tea Time Moments “


Rowena Gilbert

Miry Clay Pottery

Hubert Ceramics

Chulucanas Pottery

Jan Richardson – Spring

Black n white Raku vase – Terry Ha

Staffordshire Tea Pot

Black and white ceramic vessels with sgrafitto

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.

Dutch Vase – Dries Holten

Julia Janeway

Gordon Baldwin Bowl

( Andrew Muir )

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

Acoma pottery canteen vessel with sgraffito decoration

Seraphin Soudbiinine Stylized Fish In The Shape Of A Lyre

National Ceramics Museum Sevres – France

Mid Century Pitcher Carstens ” Hawaii ”  - 1957

Japanese Vase - Kondô Yutaka

Paisley Throne

Keith Campbell

Jjanna  Rebecca Lucario Acoma – black and white plate

Swirl Bowl -  DiVanityDesigns

Arts and Crafts vase made by Newcomb pottery

Tim Christensen – fine drawings on porcelain pottery

Tim works exclusively  with black and white drawings on porcelain pottery with the motive of conveying a message for the times. Christensen claims his work reflects his environment, and the rhythmic, meditative movements of throwing the clay, shaping the vessels, sanding and carving them, give him time to become even closer to the woods, the sea and the night sky. Tims story : ” I have been making black and white pieces since 2003. I am getting better as I get deeper into this technique of sgraffito. My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. ”  


  ” I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us. I make my work to be appreciated by those who know a lot or a little about porcelain or art, and make it with the hopes that some of these pots will survive longer than me or the culture in which we live, and will still be as pertinent and relevant then as now. ”  


  ” I live in an off-grid cabin near the ocean in Roque Bluffs, Maine. My studio is the woods when the weather is fair, and in the cabin when it isn’t. ”      


  ” To me, more important than the immediate political or social issues of the day is the greater struggle of humans to find a way to fit back in to the natural pattern of life on earth. This is the defining struggle of our time, and I feel compelled to illustrate this on my pottery. ”    


  ” I make my forms on a kick wheel nestled in a hollow in the woods, draw where I please, usually in front of a small camp fire, and fire the work in a gas fired kiln, to which I have attached a bread oven. This arrangement allows me to be in very close contact with all of the natural rhythms coursing around us all. The ocean is about 300 yards away, and I often pack up my tools and a few pieces and draw on a very small island named “Despair”. “When I’m drawing, I portray things I’m really interested in, I feel like they are a photograph of my thoughts. Almost like an illustration of my dreams.  If  I can pull my conscious mind out of the process, I find greater insights than I would ever be able to put into words.”    




  “Across a channel is the island “Hope”. Seals, a family of eagles, my girlfriend Jenna, and our two dogs are constant companions whether I am working on our land or at the water. ”    

I saw a kingfisher

Scratching through the surface on a piece of porcelain

Tim  uses the sgraffito method to draw pictures on his porcelain vessels. Each vessel is made with layers of contrasting clay colors and he carefully carves a drawing into the top layer, revealing some of the layer beneath.

More on Tim Chistensen here.

This is the first of a 2 post series on black and white pottery.


Collecting Cookie and Biscuit jars


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.

Vintage McCoy Cookie Jar

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 Art Pottery Jar

Cookie Jar Memorabilia - Pink Panther

Aqua Blue Tuscan Styled Jar

 Antique Limoges Porcelain Iris Biscuit Jar –  FRANCE 1883-1919

( Megans antiques – Etsy )

Antique Macintyre Moorcroft Cookie Jar.

Sold on Ebay for $1,455.

Glazed mixed with unglazed deep brown earthenware jar

Lidded Jar – Steve Rolf

cavanbluebunnyHenry Cavanaugh Ceramicar Photo Bab Crews

Cavanaugh Ceramicar Blue Bunny cookie jar

Photo-  Bab Crews

Ceramic Red Orange Bird Jar – raku fired

( Davis Vachon )

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

Vintage McCoy Pottery,W.C.Fields Jar.

Antique handpainted porcelain biscuit jar

( TwinSpruceAntiques )

Soul Tones by Clay Art ( California )

Sarah Walton Ceramic Jar

Chinese Cobalt Decorated Ceramic jar

Parrot in Tropical Jungle Jar

Vintage Cookie Jar Daisy Brinns 1965

Ceramic Hippo cookie jar –  California USA Pottery.

Howdy Doody cookie jar

( Purinton  )

1930 Betty Boop cookie jar, currently on Ebay for $99

( Vandor )

Glenn Appleman Black Corvette 1984

Tessa Morgan

Covered Jar

Natural Elements Pottery

Jim Fineman

Chinese Enamel Jar

Victorian Teal Green porcelain jar

” 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 )

Antique English Majolica Biscuit jar 1800″s

( Rubylane )

Vintage Mushroom Cookie Jar

Vintage McCoy Sleeping Bear with Honey Pot cookie jar

King of the Jungle Lion Cookie Jar

( OhDeeDoh )

1950s Japanese Porcelain  Biscuit Barrel

Vintage Royal Dalton Burslem biscuit jar

Vintage Cobalt Hand Painted Biscuit jar

McCoy Cow Jumped Over Moon Cookie Jar

This is a reproduction of a classic cookie jar.

Andy Warhol cookie jar collection.