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Ceramic bust ‘n’ heads

 

The original sculptural heads and busts were produced from clay for religious icons in the form and various Gods, Goddesses and Deities.  Carved busts in stone were also widespread, and reached an advanced level of artistic expression in the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations.The word bust is derived from the Italian word busto, and more then likely from the latin word bustum, both meaning sepulchral monument. This indicates they were created for a burial vault or a receptacle for sacred relics. They were used on tombs to remember the departed in the form of a ceramic portrait in the form of a bust. Through the ages historical figures were well represented with ceramic portrait busts and also utilised by the ruling class and nobility as a symbol of status. Tomb monuments of prosperous middle-class Romans, very often featured portrait busts and the entrance hall (atrium) of a Roman elite house displayed ancestral portrait busts.

Bronze, marble, and terra-cotta were popular mediums for busts and the importation of Chinese porcelain figurines into Europe stimulated local production of decorative porcelain busts in the 17th century.

A sculpture bust or head was more compact and  more practical for display then a full size statue and obviously more economical. Hence it was adopted more as homes got smaller. It remained a popular item of status and decoration up to the Twentieth Century. After the 30’s it  drifted more into obscurity, but still maintains its place as a decorative item.

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Jardin des Tuileries

Paris 2004

( Photo by Bailey Zimmermen )

Barrias Louis Ernest sculpture bust

Barrias Louis Ernest sculpture bust

 

Garden Buddha bust

Garden Buddha bust

Black bust of Mercury

Black bust of Mercury

( Huntley & Co)

 

 

 

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Oscar Niemeyer – Casa das Canoas – Rio de Janeiro – 1952

 

 

 

large ceramic bust ShinYeon Jeo

Large ceramic bust – ShinYeon Jeo

Charles Gounod by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Charles Gounod by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – 1873

 

 

 

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley

Janice James :

Janice James’s ceramic ‘tribal heads’ sculptures are a culmination of work combining form and surface pattern, exploring the art of body decoration still practised by global cultures.  Each piece is hand built from Scarva Earthstone clay, biscuit fired to 1000°C and raku fired.

 

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Bume – Janice James, Wales

John Noott Gallerie

 

 

Aerona- Janice James Wales

Aerona– Janice James

 

 

 

 

Amahle -Janice James female head

Amahle -Janice James female head

John Noott Gallerie

 

 

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Surma -Janice James

John Noott Gallerie

 

 

 

 

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Ayira  – ceramic head by Janice James

John Noott Gallerie

 

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Kikuyu I -Raku head – Janice James

John Noott Gallerie

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Majolica Ceramic Heads, Taormina. Sicily, Italy

( Getty images )

 

 

 

Painted Wooden Buddah

Painted Wooden Buddah with turquoise inlays.

 

 

 

 

Ayelet Lalor - Chryseus garden sculpture

Ayelet Lalor – Chryseus  garden sculpture

 

 

 

 

Ayelet Lalor - serenity

Ayelet Lalor – Serenity

 

 

 

 

 

2 Heads by Gudrun Baudisch

Ceramic heads by Gudrun Baudisch (1907-1982), 1920s, at the Wiener Werkstätte

( hesitationwaltz.com )

 

 

 

 

Frederick Goldscheider

 

Ciseau -Frederick  Goldscheider – Young Lady With Headscarf and Fur Collar, Vienna 1903

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Sculpture

  Noi Volkov

 

 

 

Diane-Chasseresse

Small bronze statuette on a yellow Siena marble bust representing Diana Huntress, by Alexandre Falguire, Thiebaut Frères Paris.

( Marc Menzoyan )

 

 

 

 

Dual Faces Sculpture

Dual Faces Sculpture

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth Dupin - Sjöstedt

Elisabeth Dupin – Sjöstedt

 

 

 Gene Pearson :

 

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Gene Pearson sculptural head

Natty Dread Thelma Harris Art Gallery

 

 

Gene Pearson

Gene Pearson

 

 

 

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Gene Pearson – Raku crackle glaze Sculpture

 

 

 

Buddha - Gene Pearson

Buddha – Gene Pearson

 

Gene Pearson

Gene Pearson

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Gene Pearson, Terra Firma Gallery

 

Greek, Attic, red figure terracotta

 

Greek, Attic, red-figure terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high handles )

ca. 490-480 B.C.

 

 

 

Gudrun Baudisch heads

Gudrun Baudisch ceramic heads

 

 

 

 

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Harlequin head – Tod Donobedian Antiques – 1stdibs

 

 

 

 

Hemba Head - Congo

Hemba Head –  Congo, Africa

 

 

 

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Carved wooden Akshobhya head.

 

 

Isabelle Dubost - Dessertine

Isabelle Dubost-Dessertine

France

 

 

 

Kathy Waggoner

Kathy Waggoner

 

 

 

Liz Ciesluk Paverpol

Liz Ciesluk Paverpol

 

 

 

Malvina Hoffman

Malvina Hoffman

 

 

 

Nanouris Art Gallery

 Phillipos (Greek King of Macedonia) – Yiannis Nanouris

Nanouris Art Gallery

See more on the veniceclayartists post Contemporary sculptures from Greece

 

 

 

 

Oscar Jespers

Oscar Jespers – cubist head sculpture

 

 

 

Sarah Saunders

Sarah Saunders

 

 

Suzie Zamit

Suzie Zamit

 

 

 

Syrian Artist - Assem Al Bacha

Syrian Artist – Assem Al Bacha

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Porcelain Bust of Victorian lady by Cordey

( Galerie Sommerlath, CA, USA )

 

 

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