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As 2014 starts to shut up shop, its time for some contemplation, possibly on a zoetrope pot, or maybe some reflection with some clay doodling. The above image is of Russian potter Mikhail Sadovnikov, doodling in the clay, to create captivating mandalas on the pottery wheel. Guaranteed to get the creative juices fired up, while maybe provoking a hypnotic trance from staring at the motion of the wheel. The prolonged focus and concentration is a meditation in itself. I’m sure for some, the act of manipulating clay on a wheel is a therapeutic and relaxing pastime. Conversely, if a stressful episode with the clay ensues, try unwinding by placing a pot with zoetrope animation on the wheel, and observe the graceful imagery unfolding( see video below ) I couldn’t think what else a zoetrope pot would be useful for as you need a spinning wheel for it to be effective.

Alternatively, from the world of wabisabidom, most whimsical forms of delight tend to be asymmetrical, and logically handbuilt, or are symmetrical shapes with abstract decorations. Occasionally, purely symmetrical forms also capture a subtle hint of whim and character, usually from the mood of its creator. Featured is mainly handbuilt, whimsical, wondrous, enthralling art pieces from the inexhaustible creativity of numerous clay artists and sculptors.

 

 

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Zoetrope relaxation ( minus the squeaky wheel )

 

Experimental animation meets pottery from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

 

 

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Zoetrope 2

 

 

 

 

figurines by Katya

 Katya , Cyprus

 

 

 

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 Contemporary porcelain, wheel thrown, hand carved vase by Lynne Meade

13″ height 9″ width

 

 

 

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 Alice in Wonderland statues – Greenwood Gardens, NY

ARCHITECTURAL TILES, GLASS AND ORNAMENTATION IN NEW YORK

Have a great summer. We’ll be back with a new article about the Childs Restaurants and polychrome terra cotta on September 1. Art Deco Commercial Architecture: Montgomery Ward’s Mid-Size Department Stores “Piggly-Wiggly, A & P, Kress, Woolworths, Montgomery Ward, and many other stores once made the difference between a backwater town and one whose star was ascending.

 

 

 

 

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The guests in Robert T. Freeman’s Black Tie seem to be wondering what Katherine Lane Weems’s Striding Amazon (Revolt) might be up to.

 Museum of Fine Arts Boston

AntyDiluvian – flickr

 

 

 

 

Art Deco building, Helsinki, Finland

 Art Deco building, Helsinki, Finland

 

 

 

 

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Art Deco Cat Jug –  Ditmar Urbach, Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

 

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Large scale vases – Elizabeth von Krogh, Norway

 

 

 

 

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 Barcelona Art Nouveau  – Hydroelectric Antigua de Catalunya

 

 

 

 

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 Ceramic wall art by Blue Rainbow

 

 

 

 

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 Constantin Brâncuși Bird sculpture

 

 

 

Sara-Paloma Blue green stoneware bottles

 Sara Paloma duck egg blue stoneware bottles

 

 

 

Craft-Alliance----Hot-Tea---'Chasing the Djinn Teapot' by Marylin Andrews

‘Chasing the Djinn Teapot’ by Marylin Andrews

Craft Alliance – Hot Tea

 

 

 

 

Vases---Sasha ceramics

 Leukocytes  – Sasha Bakaric

Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery, NY

 

 

 

 

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Cintha hand building a vessel

Heron Ceramique, France

 

 

 

 

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Lidded vessel –  Heron Cermaique

 

 

 

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Art Deco wall relief  –  Commonweath Edison Substation, Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

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 Photo by Man Ray

1931

 

 

 

 

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 Scott Bennett cup and teapot

Craft Alliance

 

 

Keiko Coghlin Altered Bottle Form at MudFire Gallery

Altered Bottle Form – Keiko Coghlin

MudFire Gallery

 

 

Erin Furimsky ceramic aculpture

 Erin Furimsky

 

 

 

 

Girones-Teresa-bleuchine

 Teresa Girones  pottery busts and figures

 

 

 

 

Greg-Scott bottle

 Greg Scott

 

 

 

 

Italian glass designer Anu Penttinen bottles

Anu Penttinen

 

 

 

Abstract Bird Sculpture By Sascha Brastoff- swanbox-etsy

Mid-Century Bird Sculpture By Sascha Brastoff

swanbox-etsy

 

 

 

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 Helen Konig Scavini – Lenci elefante figurine

 

 

 

 

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Roger Capron street sculpture, Valbonne, France

( Near Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes )

1982

 

 

 

 

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Temple guardian statue  – Indaia

 

 

 

 

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Abstract camel sculpture –  Naoshima, Japan

 

 

 

 

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 Lidded box – Joanna Howells

 

 

 

 

John-Malty-Clay-sculpture

 John Maltby

 

 

 

 

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 Lenci  – Torino, Itlay

 

 

 

 

Linda-Styles-2005ceramic vessel

 Linda Styles  2005

 

 

 

 

Liza-Halvorsen ceramic totem

‘Face to Face Totem’ – Liza Halvorsen

 halvorsenclay.com

 

 

 

 

Mélanie-Bourget---sculpteur-céramiste

 French sculpteur céramiste – Mélanie-Bourget

 

 

 

 

Monika Jeannette Schödel-Müller vases

 Monika Jeannette Schödel-Müller

 

 

 

 

Zsolnay, Hungary,-1950-Janos Török

Zsolnay jug – 1950

 

 

 

 

Paul Adams Crystalline Glaze Vase

Crystalline Glaze Vase –  Paul Adams

 

 

 

 

Ragnar Naess contemporary teapot

 Elegant contemporary teapot – Ragnar Naess

 

 

 

Gabrielle-Lindemann raku

Guinea Fowl – Gabrielle Lindemann, UK

 

 

 

 

Raymond Dejong Art Nouveau gate

 Art Nouveau gate – photo by  Raymond Dejong

 

 

 

 

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Isamu Noguchi  1904 – 1988

 

 

 

 

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Vase from Muuto –  Closely Seperated

 Scandinavian design tradition of interpretation with a new perspective emerging as a result. This sculptural vase refers to the beauty in the dissonance, a piece with a unique form and exclusive style.  Designer: Michael Geertsen

mutlumikrop shop

 

 

 

 

Vases designed by Stephen Burks. Made from scraps of Missoni knitwear-—-cast off's from the fashion industry, these vases are covered-in a knit patchwork and sealed with a resin

 Vases designed by Stephen Burks. Made from scraps of Missoni knitwear-—-cast off’s from the fashion industry, these vases are covered in a knit patchwork and sealed with a resin.

 

 

 

 

Gilbert Valentin- mid-century vase-Vallauris

Gilbert Valentin- mid-century vase-Vallauris, France

 

 

 

 

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João Abreu Valente

 

 

 

 

John-Bedding-ceramic vase

John Bedding

“My work now is mainly low fired. The clay body is a white talc body that I mix myself. It has low thermal shock properties that allow me to use raku techniques, and a blowtorch if I feel the need. Some of my pots I fume with metal salts of iron, cobalt, and chrome. Another technique I have recently developed is to raku fire pots with a copper slip-glaze and apply paternating chemicals to the fired pot. This starts an erosion process in the glaze, which completes the cycle that a potter starts when he reconstructs eroded materials into pots.

 

 

 

 

Melanie-Ferguson-Ceramics,

Melanie Ferguson

Melanie Ferguson Ceramics, “Coastal stones rolling ashore, crashing waves, eroding hillsides, the swirling ripple on water’s surface, and the vibrant colors and rhythmic patterns of the ocean’s flora and fauna provides me with endless intrigue and inspiration. My hand-build earthen and stoneware vessels are influenced by this symbolic gesture of how energy moves in and around organic objects to reshape their form, bounce light and crush the old to cast anew.”

Totems by Marsha Karagheusian

 Ceramic  ‘Totems’ by Marsha Karagheusian

 

 

 

Porcelain Sneakers - Sootcookie

Porcelain Sneakers – Sootcookie

 

 

 

Sootcookie porclain sneaker

Porcelain Sneakers – Sootcookie

 

 

 

Pre Columbian Peru Nazca-STYLE-Polychrome vase

Nazca Polychrome vase

Pre Columbian Peru

 

 

Jo-Crawford-Australian-Art-Pottery-Bowl

Jo Crawford bowl, Australia

 

 

 

12-quintet - Catherine White

‘Quintet’ –  Catherine White

 

 

 

 

 

Bothy Vineyard Prickly Bear

Prickly Bear – Bothy Vineyard

 

 

 

 

‘On Top of Everything’ Vipoo-Srivilasa

On Top of Everything’ – Vipoo Srivilasa

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin carving by Marilyn Sunderland.--Columbia, Missouri

Pumpkin carving by Marilyn Sunderland.– Columbia, Missouri

 

 

 

Eskimo child by Sophie Woodrow

 ‘Eskimo Child’ by Sophie Woodrow

 

 

 

 

 

Garden sculpture five women by sculptress Hanneke van den Bergh

 

 

anne-sophie Gillioen ceramic figurine

Anne-sophie Gillioen

 

 

Italian majolica vase with two mermaid handles

Majolica vase with mermaid handles

 

 

 

 

Guillermo-Faivovich-and-Nicolás-Goldberg,-The-Campo-del-Cielo-Meteorites

The Campo del Cielo Meteorites

 

 

red, black and white ceramic bird from Mexico

Mexican ceramic bird vessel

Latin American Network Information Center – LANIC

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abstract mother-and-child'-sculpture by-Irish-ceramic-sculptor-Christy Keeney.

‘Mother and Child’  by Irish ceramic sculptor  Christy Keeney

44cm

 

 

 

New-Orleans-French-Quarter statue

New Orleans statue at the French Market

 

 

 

Figure uli, New Ireland, PNG   NEw guinea wood carving

Figure uli, New Ireland, PNG

Nineteenth century.

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Marcello Fantoni 60’s vase

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Carstens Vase

Andrew-Dewitt glass lamp

Andrew Dewitt

 

 

 

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Jitka Palmer ” Diving “ vessel