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Ceramic Figurines  :

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

 

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Altes Museum---Berlin,Germany egyptian bust

Egyptiam bust _ Altes Museum—Berlin,Germany

Three Kings figurines

Three Kings figurines

( forrestinavintage-etsy )

Art Deco Royal Dux Figurine nude female

Art Deco Royal Dux Figurine

Emilio Cassarotto figurine of an ebony skin lady bathing in a bathtub

Lady In A Tub – Emilio Cassarotto figurine, Italy

nazca pottery figurine

Nazca Pottery Figure

 

Nick Mackman

Nick  Mackman

 

Bruce Lafountain - Native Indian Woman carved from white marble

Bruce Lafountain – Native Woman

Paige-Bradley dancing couple sculpture

Paige Bradley bronze sculpture

Garden Mother by mudmonkey

Garden Mother by mudmonkey

( deviantart )

Alex Johanson abstract sculptures

Alex Johanson – France

 

Natalia at Happydolls - blue angel figurine

Natalia at Happydolls, Flickr

Elizabeth Rollins Scott Guardian Angel

Elizabeth Rollins Scott  – ‘Guardian Angel I’

UK

L'Eté et l'Automne two putti sculpture

L’Eté et l’Automne

Flapper bust sculpture

Art Deco bust figurine

Katherine Gullo Ceramic figurine

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

Katherine Gullo Ceramics

Bronze Muscle Man lifting a weight

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

( Objex.com )

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 female sculpture

Alphabet People – Akio Takamori

Godiva and unicorn figurine by Paul Smith

Godiva and unicorn by Paul Smith

Margaret Wozniak ceramic bear holding a green bowl sculpture

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.

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Bunjil the eagle

( photo: Fairfax Media )

Carry Bakker Rinkens Allure ceramic sculpture

Carry Bakker Rinkens – Allure

Rebecka Ryberg Skött.

‘Do You Remember’ – Rebecka Ryberg Skött.

Auguste Rodin, Piédestal des Titans - France

Auguste Rodin –  ‘Piédestal des Titans’ 

Rodin Museum, Paris

Pair Chinese Tang red, green and whiteporcelain horses

Pair Chinese Tang porcelain horses

Chinese porcelain wise man figurine

Chinese porcelain wise man figurine – 3 feet tall

( Canonbury Antiques )

Shin Yeon Jeon sculpture bust

Shin Yeon Jeon

Anne Meyer Mama Moon - sculpture of a woman

Anne Meyer-  ‘Mama Moon’

Tracy Gallup Balance - child on a sphere

‘Balance’  – Tracy Gallup

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase lustre glaze

Zsolnay Art Nouveau figurine vase

Michelle MacKenzie green horse and birds figurine

Michelle MacKenzie  – Horse Dusty Miller

Ceramic horse sculpture with birds and copper mane and tail

Underneath the old apple tree ceramic sculpture by Helen Martino

Underneath the old apple tree  – Helen Martino

Marina Skidan ceramic angel figure

Marina Skidan

Bronze Guardians by Shona Nunan

‘Guardians’ by Shona Nunan

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Korean Ceramics

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Celadon Wine Pot

History of Korean Ceramics

 

The Three Kingdoms of Korea (57 BC-668 AD), namely Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekie, provided the beginning of Korean ceramic history. Rough domestic wares for the people were produced from numerous kilns. Likewise a number of very sophisticated statues of royal figures, guardians, and horses, equivalent to Chinese Han Dynasty figures, used for domestic and imperial votive shrines, as well as for escorts of the dead in tombs of the nobles and kings, were turned on potter’s wheels, while others were formed using the traditional hammered clay and coil method.

During the nearly five centuries of the Koryô dynasty (918–1392), celadon was the main type of ceramics produced on the Korean peninsula. This exquisite ware was typically covered with clear and highly-vitrified glazes of gray-green color. The color of Koryô celadon owes much to the raw materials—specifically, the presence of iron in the clay and of iron oxide, manganese oxide, and quartz particles in the glaze—as well as to the firing conditions inside the kiln. The combination of beautiful glaze with elegant forms without any surface decoration resulted in exceptional vessels produced during the early part of Koryo celadon production between late 11th Century and early part of 12th Century. After the Koryo potters had perfected their skill of producing perfect celadon glazes, they started to experiment with carved and incised decoration under the sea green glaze.

 

Korean Jar with peony decoration

Jar with peony decoration. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910); first half of the 15th century.

Buncheong with inlaid design. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.

Korean celadon from the Goryeo period is renowned, especially for its pale, jade-colored glaze, which exhibits the potters’ advanced understanding of color composition at that time. Although Goryeo’s early celadon was influenced by the Chinese, Korean potters developed the borrowed art to a new and unique level.  The Koreans added graceful designs onto the surface of the ceramics by using the remarkable inlaying technique, an entirely Korean invention. It is said that even the Chinese considered Korean celadon the best under heaven and more valuable than gold.
Korean Celedon bottle with twin fish handles
 Celedon Bottle

Korean white porcelain became popular in the Royal court of   the Choson period. During late 15th Century, the Choson court established a group of kilns called punwon (in today’s Kwangju). Early Punwon kilns in 15th/16th Centur produced white porcelains of elegant shape, impeccable high luster glaze with bluish tint, and thinly potted pure porcelain body for using exclusively in the royal court.  Although plain white-bodied porcelains were favored throughout the Choson period (1392–1910), decorated versions of the same wares were also produced in large quantities. The Chinese blue-and-white wares of the Ming dynasty served as one model for Korean potters, who adopted the technique of underglaze cobalt-blue decoration. Unlike its Chinese counterparts, the Choson potters worked closely with court painters to produce vessels with superb paintings rivaling surviving paintings on paper.  Korean potters of the 16th century started to experiment with underglaze iron pigment on porcelain. During the Joseon Dynasty, (1392–1910) ceramic ware was considered to represent the highest quality of achievement from imperial, city, and provincial kilns, the last of which were export-driven wares. This was the golden age of Korean pottery, with a long period of growth in imperial and provincial kilns, and much work of the highest quality still present.

 

Lee Kang Hyo Ceramic Bowl

Lee Kang Hyo Buncheong Style Bowl

 

 

Hidden between the demise of celadon and the rise in popularity of white porcelain ware, Bun-cheong enjoyed about a one hundred year reign as the most common type of pottery, and was used by both the aristocracy and commoners throughout Korea.

The aesthetics and functions of buncheong ceramics reflect social developments of the beginnings of the Joseon dynasty at the end of the fourteenth century. Most were everyday wares used by people at many levels of society. Later buncheong allowed for increased regional expressiveness and creativity.

As versatile as potters anywhere, the buncheong artisans used many techniques to create their art. Stamping was generally used to produce multiple images on an item. Buncheong artisans reinterpreted traditional iconography, often allowing only the essence of the image to emerge. Asian floral designs, peonies, chrysanthemums and lotus were defined in linear motifs. Animals, too, such as the tortoise on an elephant vessel, were also interpreted as a swash of lines. Occasionally, mythical animals change form under the artist’s guidance. For instance, a dragon and fish are joined as a “dragon fish,” the enigmatic emblem of an anonymous artist.

Bernard Leach (1887-1979), regarded as the father of British studio pottery, stressed that ceramicists of the 20th century ought to learn the techniques of the Joseon Dynasty masters to truly proceed. Admiring the “naked and unaffected freedom” of Joseon Buncheong wares he added that “it is the desire for the wholeness which draws us to the Korean pots.” Renowned British art historian William Honey stated that “the best Korean wares are not only original; they were the most gracious and unaffected pottery ever made. They have every virtue that pottery can have.”

It is noted by art historians that Japanese ceramics became noted the world over after the invasion of the Korean Peninsula by Japan during form 1592 to 1598. This has poignantly been described as The War Of Ceramics because when the Japanese forces left they kidnapped several thousand potters from the Joseon Dynasty to bring home as war trophies. These wonderfully talented artisans became the cornerstone for Japan becoming a producer of fine ceramics. Some of the descendants of these earthenware artisans, including the ” Six families of Imnan  Potters” ( referring to the7 year war ) are still thriving and revered as Japan’s top potters.

 

 

Cinerary_urn,_unglazed_stoneware with incised geometric surface decoartion

Cinerary urn, unglazed stoneware

 

 

White_Ceramic-Baekia vessel

Baekja White Ceramic Vase

 

 

 

Korean Ceramic plate moon and reed design

Pottery Plate with Moon and Reed Sgraffito Design

 

 

Iron-black-red-copper-paint-fish-design-Korean-dinner-plate

Korean dinner plate with iron black and  red copper paint fish design

 

 

 Pottery Vase Buncheong Gray with Inlaid Lotus and Fish Design

Vase Buncheong Gray with Inlaid Lotus and Fish Design

Traditionally a symbol of auspicious conditions in life, the fish has been one of the most loved motifs for buncheong works. As fish swim freely in groups, have many babies, and fight against a river’s currents as they swim towards its head, this image symbolizes a free, happy, prosperous, successful and peaceful life with many children.

Antique Alive

 

 

 Floor Vase Buncheong Gray with Inlaid Arabesque Design

Buncheong Floor Vase with arabesque style decoration

 

 

 

 Bottle Buncheong Pottery with Impressed White Woven Mat DesignThis buncheong pottery flowers bottle features a unique Korean traditional water bottle body decorated with impressed woven mat and Maehwa (Korean plum flower) design. Traditionally,  buncheong ware was accompanied with inlaid decorations.

One of the sagunja (“four noble beings”) motifs loved by Korean artists, maehwa refers to the Korean plum blossom that has long been the herald of spring. Korean artists have been fascinated by maehwa, which blooms at the end of winter, and thus have praised it as a symbol of the noble spirit overcoming all hardships.

 

 

 

 Porcelain Tea Bowl with Brown Design in White

Eosohwan Porcelain Tea Bowl using an The amalgamation of iron red, and brown and black glaze on the surface of white porcelain

Antique Alive

 

 

 

 Porcelain Bowl Antique in Light Brown for Tea Ceremony

Antique Korean Porcelain Bowl in Light Brown for Tea Ceremony

 


Pottery Storage Jar with Iron-Painted Brown Peony Flower Design on White

This exquisite buncheong pottery storage jar, the design on which appears like a traditional Korean ink painting,

exhibits a round body swept with a pigment containing iron, giving the effect of paint brushed on paper. The contrast of colors between the brown peony flower and the white background creates a delightful scene to look at. The fully open peony blossom is traditionally a symbol of wealth and nobility.

 

 

Flask-Shaped Bottle, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), Flask-Shaped Bottle, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), late 15th century
Korea
Stoneware with sgraffito decoration of flowers under buncheong glaze. ( Met Museum )

 

 

Contemporary Korean Ceramic Contemporary Korean Ceramic – ‘Form Series 1’ – Guac Roh Hoon  ( V & A Museum )

 

 

Vase - Korean National Treasure No. 787 uses inlay, stamping and iron painting Korean National Treasure No. 787 uses inlay, stamping and iron painting to create the design of fish and lotuses. ( Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. )

 

 

 

Tall Korean Cylindrical VaseKorean  Hand thrown reduction fired stoneware cylindrical vase.

 

 

Korean Plate - Buncheong pottery cake plate is elegantly decorated with a ripe barley design

Buncheong pottery cake plate is elegantly decorated with a ripe barley design

 

 

 

 Lee Kang-Hyo ceramic lidded box

 Lee Kang-Hyo

 

 

 Lee Kang-Hyo ceramic plate

 Lee Kang-Hyo

 

 

Porcelain Water Bottle with Celadon 10 Creatures of Longevity Design

 Inspired by the belief in a Taoist utopian world resided by Taoist elders who had found the secret of eternal life, ancient Koreans revealed their dreams of such a world through the 10 creatures. These symbols significantly impacted the lives and thoughts of the Korean people, from royalty down to common folks, and appeared in numerous objects and places including walls, paintings, poetry, proverbs, furniture, personal belongings and ornaments.

 

 

Lee Kang Hyo Ceramic Vase

Lee Kang Hyo Buncheong Style Vase

 

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Korean Annual Pottery Parade

 

 

Korean celadon set with teapot and cups, bowl and plate

Korean ceramics on display at the Vessels at the KCC

London

 

Korean flask shaped bottle

Flask-shaped bottle – Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910); second half of the 15th century.

Buncheong flask bottle with incised design.

 

 

Lee Kang Hyo ceramic lidded box

Lee Kang Hyo

 

 

Buncheong jar with brushed white slip

Jar. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910); 16th century.

Buncheong with brushed white slip. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.

 

 

 

Korean celadon vase

Minye exhibition hall

(  Image – Brian J. McMorrow )

 

 

 

Korean celadon phoenix ewer - -Guimet-Museum.

Korean Phoenix ewer Jug – Guimet Museum, France

 

 

 

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Buncheong pottery leaf bottle, iron painted decoration

 

 

 

Song or Yuan celadon dragon handled vase

 

 

 

Korean celadon tri footed vesselKorean Tripod Pot

Guimet Museum, France

 

 

 

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Buncheong bottle