Pottery whimsical clay sphere moments


Venice Clay Artists


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.

Ethan Stern - Contemporary art glass sculpture in gold and white

Ethan Stern –  Contemporary art glass sculpture



Poole Pottery - Delphis Range 1960-70's

4 Spear Dishes – Poole Pottery – Delphis Range 1960-70’s

Elliott Newton- wheel thrown vase

Elliott Newton- wheel thrown vase with crystalline glaze

Art of Alexandria bust sculptures by Mondmann Flickr

Art of Alexandria by Mondmann Flickr

Sir Stamford Raffles street statue in Singapore

Sir Stamford Raffles statue in Singapore

Modernist Danish family of teak figurine birds

Modernist Danish family of teak birds

Mid Century modern sculpture - Lovers by János Török for Zslonay,Hungry

Lovers sculpture by János Török for Zsolnay

Le sculpteur Savary Robert Doisneau French Photographer

Le sculpteur Savary

Photo – Robert Doisneau

Savvas Pottery shop Cyprus

Savvas Pottery – Cyprus

Large sculpture of a walking man - Burning-Man-2009

Burning Man 2009  – Part II by Hector Santizo

Handpainted-pots-on the steps in Sicily, italy

Handpainted modernist pots lining the steps in Taormina, Sicily


Outdoor Green-Dragon-Barcelona, Spain

Green Dragon – Barcelona

Pompei fountain - Photo by Peggy Mekemson

Pompei fountain  –  Photo by Peggy Mekemson

( wandering-through-time-and-place.me )

Large Martin Brothers Bird sculpture

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.

Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar) Greek, Attic, fourth quarter of the 8th century BC

Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar)

Greek, Attic, fourth quarter of the 8th century BC

Met Museum NY

Jim Gottuso finished bowl in studio

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 contemporary sculpture by the sea

‘Eardropper’ – George Scheele

John Lotton blue studio glass with plant motif

John Lotton blue studio glass – 1988

Jean-Balmer mid century collection

Jean Balmer collection

( Esoteric Survey – Flickr )


Azulejos-Porto,Portugal - large wall of blue and white tiles


Arched Art Nouveau Door in Budapest, Hungry

Art Nouveau Door in Budapest


Erosion by Tamsin van Essen contemporary black and white sculpture

‘Erosion’ by Tamsin van Essen

.kohei hahn gallery display

Kohei Hahn – Germany




Maria Kutrzeba coil textured pottery vessel

Maria Kutrzeba


Cory-Lum,-Birdnest - Double walled vessel thrown as one piece then carved by Diane KW.

Birdnest – Cory Lum

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



Paul Schreckengost Art Deco white pitcher

Paul Schreckengost ceramic pitcher – 30’s Art Deco


Matthew Stirling-with-large stone carved 0lmec-head

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 - Fez, Morocco

Ceramic table tops lining a wall- Fez, Morocco


Philippe Faraut

Garden sculpture-trends-bliss

Garden Buddha

teapot_dome_gas_station, USA

Teapot dome gas station – built 1922

Zillah, Washington USA

Pompeii-House of the Vetti

Pompeii – House of the Vetti garden



lenfe-rboulevard-de-clichy-paris by Robert Doisneau

L’enfer 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 

aMused-Creations polymer wall clock with two birds and green leaves

Polymer Clay Clock – aMused Creations

Chilean artist Mario Irrizábal hand sculpture in the desert

Near to Antofagasta in the Atacama desert a giant hand sculpture 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-bathroom - Open stone bathroom - ArizonaOpen stone bathroom – Arizona

French pottery market street stalls - Provence

French pottery market Provence Public goldfish tank Japan

Public goldfish tank Japan

( converted phone booth )


Mosaic heart sculpture outside The Heswall Centre, Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral, England.


Planter with abstract botanical decoration

Outdoor ceramic planter in courtyard

Kurt Weiser black and white cylindrical vase

Abstract black and white cylindrical 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

snow-white-tattoos on a girls back

Mobile skin ink fairytale


Corten steel, 27 metres high, on location at Gibbs’ Farm, Kaipara, NZ by French artist Bernar Venet

Photo: Dan Chappell

Throughout his career Venet has avoided symbolism and expressionism in his works. He adopted the theory of monosemy during his early conceptual period in the 1960s, and adheres to this approach today. Initially proposed in writings by semiologist Jacques Bertin, monosemic works possess just one level of meaning – they simply exist, independent of linguistic interpretations. Venet explained in a 2010 publication, “Words have a multiplicity of meanings, dependent on context, which often produces a poetic aspect. In contrast, the signs I was using, which were deliberately drawn from the sphere of mathematics, tended to avoid a multiplicity of interpretations by imposing their monosemic nature.



Bjorn Winblad ceramic head bust

Bjorn Winblad – Denmark


Mid century meets contemporary

Midcentury Show East fair, London



Corner photo of CoCo Bongo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Coco Bongo – A work in progress  –  Mexico

Outdoor contemporary sculpture by Antony Gormley

‘Still Running’ – Antony Gormley 1993

Art Nouveau vase designed by Hillier with face relief motif

Art Noveau Vase – Hillier design



Medalta potteries sign, Canada

 Medalta Potteries Site

Medicine Hat Alberta Canada

mary-stratton in her studio

Mary Stratton



Jarrón de barro vessel by Carlos Versluys - Roundhouse Gallery

Jarrón de barro vessel – Carlos Versluys

Roundhouse Gallery


Two Thai temple statues in blue and gold

Temple Statues Thailand – jump at the count of 3



Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico



Coil built wigwam style dome by Laurie Spencer

Coil built outdoor Ceramic Dome – Laurie Spencer

Colourful pottery at the Rainbow Man Shop

Rainbow Man shop  – Santa Fe, USA



Anne-James ceramic contemporary bottles

Three ceramic bottles  – Anne James – 2009



sculpture of three Mao Jackets by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo in the Kiev Botanical Garden

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

( Three Maosketeers )



Volcanic Fat Lava red jug by Roth

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

( Roth Keramic Group Fickr )



large collection of ceramic hammerhead sculptures



naked potter throwing clay by Kathrin Brunnhofer

Naked Raku ?  Photo by Kathrin Brunnhofer


lake fish sculptures

Two ceramic fish sculptures in a lake



Ann Louise Gustavsson – Stockholm



Stone Forest Granite Tub Custom Made One of a Kind



 Thiebaut Chague -Fractal series – Poland



‘Eggheads’–  Robert Arneson



Unfurling Vase glazed ceramic pottery by WitchCraftsCorner on Etsy

Unfurling Vase glazed ceramic pottery by WitchCraftsCorner on Etsy



Azulejo tiled wall in Portuguese courtyard

Portuguese ceramic tiles

( David Piper Tiles )



Ceramic faceted stoneware sculpture - Mac McClain

Ceramic stoneware sculpture – Mac McClain ( 1923 – 2012 )



Philip Evans ceramic sculpture

 Philip Evans High Fired Ceramics

Roundhouse Gallery

Dirty Rotten Peaches by Rebecca Wilson

 Rebecca Wilson – Dirty Rotten Peaches



Shigaraki Ceramic Artist, Otani Shiro

Sculptured stone head on a Turkish landscape

Nemrut Diyarbakir – Turkey


Chinese jar with chrysanthemum flowers and figurine lid

” Why me ? ” Japanese ceramic jar

‘Fold II’  – Antony Gromley



Julie Andrews posing on a large white ceramic vase

She asked for a big vase of roses



James Whiting – Set of 6 stacked bowls, lavender

(fantastic innovation !)



Trabant ceramics by Schillo-Keramik - using a rotating car wheel for cre

Converting car to a chariot





Wombat sculpture, facing the Olympic Highway in the village of Wombat, New South Wales.


A real wombat

Annie Oakley riding a horse cookie jar

Annie Oakley Cookie jar



Salvador Dali warped time clock

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

Sleeping women head planter with coloured succulents

Sleeping women head planter with succulants

Sculptures from Romanian Constantin Brancusi

Art of Romanian Sculptor Constantin Brancusi



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



"Legacy of Souls" by Chidi Okoye - African ceramic sculpture

“Legacy of Souls”  by Chidi Okoye

Spanish street art - large silhouette of a man on the side of a building

Street art silhouette – Sam3 – Spain

stairs school of art France

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



Fuddling-Cup - three conjoined ceramic cups

Fuddling Cup



Yoshiro Ikeda - contemporary Japanese ceramic sculpture vessel

Yoshiro Ikeda


Cosmos- Firlds & Fields

‘Cosmos’  – Firlds & Fields

Yoshimi Futamura - contemporary ceramic vessel sculpture

Yoshimi  Futamura

Large red Belgium-street installation - The Sequence

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

Abstract ray-bub-ceramic-teapot

Ray Bub Teapot


Temple Kanadukathan, Tiruchirappalli, India

Pottery Whimsical Continued HERE



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