Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pottery throwing with Hsin-Chuen Lin


Here  is a video of Hsin-Chuen Lin throwing a tall vase without using any tools. :



Hsin-Chin Lin is currently living in Fremont California, but originally came from the port city of  Kaoshiung Hsien in Taiwan. His foray into ceramics began at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, when he was studying Industrial Education. He went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in ceramics.

Working in clay has been Lin’s passion for more than 25 years now. His form has evolved since he came to the  U.S. in 1988. His inspiration comes from the Eastern culture, particularly early Chinese objects from the  Shang and  Zhou dynasty’s bronzes as well as the Sung dynasty’s elegant pottery. He has also been  influenced by American contemporary ceramics, and the freedom and spontaneity of making pottery. Cultural influences are integrated into his work using contemporary concepts and techniques. He works mainly on a potter’s wheel  where his  beautiful vessels are first thrown, then torn, punched, squeezed, decorated, and finally fired, such as raku, sagger, gas and wood fire depending on what he wants to express.

Hsin-Chuen Lin prefers organic looking clay forms.  Spraying a glaze and reduction firing is the usual process that is used. A dry glaze and reduction firing  is applied to match the texture naturally,  rather then using fancy glazes. In his words : ” I like to make strong forms that need no embellishment. To me, the forms express themselves.”


WebsiteOvoid Pitcher Hsin-Chuen Lin Tall Pitcher by Hsin-Chuen Lin


Tall Pitcher Hsin-Chuen-Lin

 Wheel-thrown Porcelain Copper Red with Golden Glaze Sake Bottle.



Two Ceramic Bird house Hsin-Chuen-Lin

Ceramic Bird Houses



 Hsin-Chuen-Lin two ceramic bowls - ox blood colour glaze on interior of bowl

Wheel-thrown Porcelain Bowls with Red / Crackle glaze and Chattering Decoration.




 Hsin-Chuen-Lin contemporary ceramic vase

 Wheel-thrown & Altered Stoneware Square Ikebana  Flower Vase




teal colour vessel with orange lid

 Hsin-Chuen Lin

Footed Shino Bowl by Hsin-Chuen-Lin

Shino Bowl



Wheel-thrown and Altered Stoneware Vase Bottle by Hsinchuen Lin

Wheel-thrown and Altered Stoneware Vase Bottle



Red Bowl by Hsin-Chuen Lin

Red Bowl by Hsin-Chuen Lin



 Hsin-Chuen-Lin ceramic vase

Wheel-thrown Stoneware Flower / Ikebana Vase with Shino and Green Glaze.



Tall contemporary teapot by Hsin-Chuen-Lin

Tall Teapot –  Hsin-Chuen Lin



Wheel-thrown Porcelain Celadon Sake Bottle and Cup Chattering Decoration by Hsinchuen Lin

Wheel-thrown Porcelain Celadon Sake Bottle and Cup Chattering Decoration


Hsinchuen Lin footed speckle glaze vase

Tripod Vase



Raku Bowl by Hsinchuen Lin

Wheel-thrown Porcelain Shallow Bowl with Red, Blue and Olive Glazes and Chattering decoration by Hsinchuen Lin



Hsinchuen Lin


Green speckled Teapot Hsinchuen LinRound teapot

Ceramic Pumpkins by Hsinchuen Lin

Ceramic pumpkins by Hsin-Chuen Lin

Speckled and faceted Vase by Hsinchuen Lin

Hsinchuen Lin

celadon glaze sake-vessel by Hsinchuen Lin

Wheel-thrown Porcelain Celadon Sake Bottle with Chattering Decoration by Hsinchuen Lin

Hsinchuen Lin ceramic bottle in red and blue with brown base

Hsin-Chuen Lin

Hsinchuen Lin ceramic artist

Hsin-Chuen Lin throwing a large pot.

See more on Hsin-Chuen Lin pottery here

An article penned by Susan Bendavid on her experience of studying pottery with Hsin-Chuen Lin :


Dreams Do Come True – August 2013

I was watching “The Bucket List” for the second time with my husband four weeks ago and thought “what do I really want to do before I die?”

Then I recalled a moment twenty years ago, back in 1993. I had spent time visiting master potter Otto Heino in Ojai, Calif. He offered me a pottery apprenticeship but at that moment I had two sons under age five and was building a safety business. The timing could not have been worse! Neither motherhood nor a budding business allowed for a sabbatical from the real world, and with huge disappointment I had to decline a rare opportunity. I felt that my chance to study with a master potter was lost forever.

That was until four weeks ago when surfing the Internet for pottery tutorials on YouTube. I came upon the chattering video by Hsin-Chuen Lin (pronounced Shin). I raced to show my husband what I discovered! He knew and I knew the force of my excitement was about to change our lives forever.

That very night I sent Hsin an email asking if he taught, and within hours he replied “YES.” I just so happened to be on a break from work and my children, both over 21, had no need for me. So I was free to do as I pleased. I booked a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to San Jose, Calif. and began to pack my tools and apron.

I landed two weeks ago, on a Friday afternoon. The very next morning I drove to Fremont, Calif., a suburb about 20 minutes north of San Jose, to study at Hsin’s private studio; a quaint building at the back of his house in a beautiful yard. It has two potter’s wheels and windows to the garden. One wheel was for “throwing” and the second wheel was for grinding.

The grinding set up is a modified wheel exclusively built by Hsin with a drip water system powered by a fish-tank water pump and a hose with copper tubing inserted to deliver water onto a diamond-head wheel bat at a precise location for smoothing the foot on a piece of pottery which is essential after firing.

The studio also extended outdoors to the side of the property where a pug-mill clay mixer, clay wedging station and electric kiln are stationed (Hsin only uses the electric kiln to bisque fire his work). He is the kiln master of two fabulous studios in the region where he also teaches. Those studios fire with gas. One studio is in San Jose in the arts district. It is Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery owned by Dan Dermer who taught me glazing and spraying techniques as well. The Higher Fire Clayspace kiln is fired to cone 9-10. The second studio is Sunnyvale Community Arts Center in Sunnyvale where the kiln is fired to cone 10-11. Both studios have reduction and oxidation firings and scores of amazing glazes. Better yet, they are dust conscious environments – well suited to me – a safety nerd.

I took four private classes at Hsin’s house– three hours apiece – and practiced five days a week, eight – twelve hours a day. I also attended group lessons by Hsin and other classes at the studios. I even learned how to fire a pot in my barbecue. I took video footage of Hsin teaching me and shot scores of photographs of his work in his private gallery. I bought pieces too. In fact, I had to buy extra carry-on luggage to safely transport all the pieces I brought home.

The private sessions began with my spiral wedging technique and I got Hsin’s approval on that. Hsin is very easygoing and nonjudgmental which was a relief compared to other potters I had studied with before. I learned to use my fingertips to center the clay on the wheel rather than my palm. We focused on the basic cylinder form using an inverted thumb which made me think differently; the result being accurate upward pulls and uniform wall thickness – essential to quality work. I came to the realization that I could now form any shape I desired.

Having been an average potter for 20 years, his tips catapulted my skill level forever. I had always wondered how to tap to center so he set up the wheel with the pin tool held by a clay lump facing the pot to demonstrate timing the precise moment to tap. He showed me how to listen for the sound of a drum to trim a floor as thin as 1/8 inch which insures a pot’s floor won’t crack when fired. He also showed me how to attach wet handles to leather hard tea pots so they won’t pull away when fired. He gave me tried and true recipes for oil spot glaze and other oxidation glazes for my electric kiln, and he showed me how to create textures with Sodium Silicate. I even bought a set of Hsin’s hand made trimming tools. He sells them on Etsy under the name “Hsinchuen” or contact him directly via email at: [email protected]. His tools are a must to trim and chatter.

I urge anyone that wishes to make beautiful pottery study with Hsin and take advantage of a rare opportunity before he gets too busy. Once the word is out that he offers private lessons, not just tutorials on You Tube, his calendar will be booked solid. He is a treasure to be discovered and cherished by all potters who dare to be great!

After having traveled over 6,000 miles to study with the master potter I was destined to study with my dream is alive and I am a confident potter today having mastered “Hsin’s Magic Thumb” technique. I am forever grateful to Hsin for sharing so freely and lovingly.

Upon my return home, I could not contain my enthusiasm as it poured from my every breath. That energy and glee transferred to my husband and sons. They too are inspired from my experience and are acting on their dreams. My husband will be retiring to become the photographer he always dreamt to be; my eldest son is moving back home to Los Angeles to be a real musician and my youngest son is moving to New York to be a healer through Yin yoga. As a family we have a renewed bond through our creativity and excitement. What a gift after 30 years of marriage and 26 years of parenthood. Anyone that wants exuberance in his or her life need only be inspired. I hope you watch “The Bucket List” a few times too, but mostly that you act on what inspires you without hesitation, because life is worth living to the fullest every moment!


Susan Bendavid is president of Universal Safety USA, LLC, a high-rise building disaster preparedness firm based in Los Angeles and can be reached via email: [email protected]


the mosaic mystique


Mosaic garden planters Obbligato Decor

Mosaic garden pots – Obbligato Decor

Mosaic art could be regarded  as the original display of pixel like imagery and it was really prophetic for what was to come in the digital age of image creation. The innate texture in mosaic art added to its dimensionality and despite its painstaking application, it has been  favoured in the creation of some truly amazing works of art.

Evidence of the first glazed tiles date back to 1500 BC from excavations at Susa and Chogha Zanbil in Iran. Around 400BC the Greeks elevated Mosaic’s to an art form when they began using small manufactured pieces made from marble, glass, terracotta and stone (“tesserae” ) that could be manipulated into artworks. Many of the dwellings of the rich at this time displayed mosaic floors of elaborate designs. During the next century Greek mosaicists became more ambitious and used more colours and detail.


Roman Mosaic Floor Jewry Wall Museum

Roman Mosaic at the Jewry Wall Museum

The Romans carried mosaic  art further afield and soon, throughout the empire, rich villas with  impressive mosaic floors were created. Typically,  mosaic scenes depicted Roman subjects celebrating their gods along with  domestic themes, animals and geometric designs.  The expansion of the art-form occurred with  the use of it by Christians to decorate the walls of churches rather than the floor.

Fragment of a floor mosaic with a personification of Ktisis- ggnyc,flickr

From the 5th century onwards, with the rise of the Byzantine Empire , the art form took on new characteristics. These included the introduction of Eastern influences in style and the use of special glass tesserae called smalti, which were manufactured in northern Italy. These were made from thick sheets of coloured glass. Smalti have a rough surface and contain tiny air bubbles. They are sometimes backed with reflective silver or gold leaf.

This lead to further expansion into the Moorish art of  Spain  and into the Muslim world around the Eighth Century. From the Great Mosque at Cordoba to the Basilica of Saint Mark in  Venice to Westminster Cathedral,  mosaic art proliferated.

St. Pauls Cathedral mosaicSt. Pauls Cathedral mosaic art

The above two  mosaic’s are from St. Pauls Cathedral, London



Buddhist mosaic art Bangkok, Thailand

” ‘Wat Ratchabopit”’ Bangkok, Thailand



Byzantine mosaic crown

Byzantine mosaic crown, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


Mosaic Mandala bowl

Mandala Mosaic Bowl – Bricolore



Contemporary Design-from-mosaicworks

Contemporary design from mosaicworks



Dragonfly Mosaic Bowl -

Mosaic Bowl –



Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum



mosaic Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

“Two Fish One Heart‘”  Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts



Tiffany glass meramid mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel.

Mermaid Sirene – Tiffany glass mosaïc  by Anne Bedel.


Kimberly Schonfeld mosaic sculpture

Kimberly Schonfeld sculptural mosaic



Mosaic Bowl - Cindy Laneville - Ontario, Canada

Mosaic Bowl – Cindy Laneville

Cindylaneville .com



Victor Nunnally mosaic eagle

‘Eagle in flight’Victor Nunnally



Mosaic Bowl – Haima Design



Large Mosaic Clad Planter - Obbligato Decor

Mosaic Clad Planter – Obbligato Decor



Victor Nunnally Mosaic

Victor Nunnally Mosaic-stained glass mosaic table top: ‘Table Of Prosperity’



Mosaic Bowl - thecuriousgecko

” Sunny Day ” Mosaic Bowl-thecuriousgecko



Mosaic adaption of  Gustav Klimt’s les amies



Nightwatch-Mosaic-Eggshell lady under a full moon at the ocean Linda Biggers

‘Nightwatch’-Mosaic Eggshell mosaic art – Linda Biggers



Mosaic wall panel Serenade - Irinia Charny

‘Serenade’ – Irinia Charny



Moscow mayakovskaya station ceiling mosaic

Mayakovskaya Station, Moscow, Ceiling Mosaic – Deineka



St. Mark's Basilica Mosaic - Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Basilica Mosaic Facade




mosaic garden meditation bench

Garden Meditation Mosaic BenchAltered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay



Abstract Mosaic Vase - Irinia Charny

Abstract Vase – Irinia Charny



mosaic stairway in San Francisco

This stairway of 163 steps is located in San Francisco, at Moraga St. and 16th Avenue. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher.



Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

Ceramic Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard



Vintage French Mosaic Vase

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

See more at French Art Pottery



Moroccan mosaic table and lamp

Mosaic table and lamp, Marrakesh



Russian Tvoryuki Mosaic artBlus Bird – Tvoryuki Mosaic



mosaic mandala

Impressive mosaic mandala



Olicana Mosaics garden courtyard motif

Olicana Mosaics



Chelsea Flower Show Mosaic peacock path

Chelsea Flower Show  -Victorian Aviary Garden


‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman



Modern-Mosaic-ArtJordi-Labanda-for-SICIS Italian

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS





Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny





Mosaic of the Battle of Issus from the House of the Faun in Pompeii 1st century




'Mother and Child' (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr

‘Mother and Chid’ (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr




Carole-Choucair-Oueijan-Mosaics head mosaic

Carole Choucair Oueijan




Pictures of MosaicMosaic Burning Fall

Mosaic picture ‘Burning Autumn’





Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio



cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier





Public botanical mosaic – Dupont Station, Toronto

James Sutherland designed the mosaics, entitled  – ‘Spadina Summer Under All Seasons’



Lubets-eggshell mosaic pink lotus

Pink lotus eggshell mosaic – Lubets



Under-water-mermaid-and-fish-panel, art nouveau style Sue Thompson

Under water mermaid and fish mosaic panel – Sue Thompson



Zentangle mosaic -By-Rikke-Poulsen

Zentangle  Rikke Poulson




Universal Law mosaic – Brett Campbell



See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here 





Ceramic artist Matthew Hyleck

Matthew Hyleck is masterful in his application of  Shino , essentially working with a family of glazes derived from the American Shino which was adapted from the  traditional Japanese Raku glaze. The contemporary American Shino  glaze is attributed to Virginia  Wirt who developed it in 1974 while she was a student at the University of Minnesota. Her glaze, which added soda ash and spodumene to the base of feldspar and clays, was the first American Shino. Many variations have spawned from Wirt’s original formula. Matthew is currently the Education Coordinator at the  Baltimore Clayworks.

Matthew Hyleck Shino Cup


Matthew  works with commercially manufactured stoneware and porcelain clay, changing clay specifically in response to the intended glaze finish for each piece. ” Some of my glazes respond directly to the iron contained in the stoneware or, inversely, to the absence of iron in the porcelain. ” All works are bisque fired to cone 04 (1922°F) in an electric kiln and glaze fired to Δ10 (2345°F) in a propane downdraft reduction kiln.

Matthew Hyleck ceramic dish

Stoneware Server -shino wax overlay Δ10 reduction


Matthew’s Statement :      My ceramic works are informed directly by my love for natural objects coupled with a passion for utilitarian form.  Natural forms and symbols are always finding their way into my work. My current works have evolved from my search for place and the placement of particular objects within a defined landscape environment. The interaction between an objects ability to shape it’s environment is what I look to capture through my functional work. I am exploring the ways in which the landscape changes through the seasons; specifically how a field is defined by its location, refined by its designated purpose and constrained by it fenced borders. ”

” My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, simple forms that speak primarily about functionality and the intimacy gained through daily use. The life of a pot becomes complete only when it is used and so I strive to make work not for the shelf but for the table. ”



Matthew Hyleck Shino Pitcher

Stoneware Pitcher, ash, Δ10 reduction



Porcelain Bottle Matthew Hyleck with twin handles

Porcelain Bottle – Shino, wood, salt, soda, Noborigama Δ11



Shino Porcelain Bottle with twin handles and lid

Shino, wood, ash, Δ10



Stoneware Salad bowls by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Salad Bowls

Shino Wax Overlay Δ10 reduction




Chevron set by Mathew Hyleck

Chevron Set

Stoneware , Shino ,ash Δ11 reduction

Clover Stoneware Platter created by Matthew-Hyleck

Clover Platter-Seam with Pools

Stoneware , Shino ,ash Δ10 reduction



Stoneware platter with twin handles by Matthew-Hyleck

Clover Platter Four “u”s



Contemporary cookie caddy - Matthew-Hyleck

Cookie Caddy

Stoneware, shino, oxide, ash,  Δ10 reduction



Shino Spice jar by Matthew-Hyleck

Spice Caddy

Stoneware, shino, ash,  Δ10 reduction



Oval serving bowl - Matthew-Hyleck

Oval Serving Bowl


Stoneware teabowl with mottled surface by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Teabowl

Shino , wood ash, Δ10 reduction




Shino bowl by Matthew-Hyleck

Shino Bowl



Stoneware bourbon flask by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Bourbon flask



Stoneware teapot made by Matthew-Hyleck

Stoneware Teapot and Saucer – Matthew Hyleck

Shino Wax overlay,  Δ10 reduction



Tall yunomi vessel by Matthew-Hyleck

Tea Bowl -Stripes Yunomi – Matthew Hyleck


Matthew-Hyleck-working in his studio

Matthew Hyleck

Dinner plate by Matthew-Hyleck

Dinner Plate

Click here  for Matthew Hyleck’s website



Pottery of Morocco


 The rich pottery tradition of Moroccan Pottery



Moroccan bowl with arabesque motif

Large Moroccan antique polychrome decorated bowl with arabesque motif.

Morocco Kingdom

City of Morocco


Moroccan geometric patterned pottery vesselThe Kingdom of Morocco is renown for its pottery, covered with complex geometric, arabesque and beautiful, rich patterns. Moroccan art has been influenced by a diversity of cultures due to being occupied by Romans,Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantine Greeks ( 278AD to 429AD ) and the conquering Arabs who introduced their Islamic civilization in the late 7th century. The indigenous Berber tribes were generally converted to Islam around this time.The intricate hand-painted ceramics of Morocco usually reveal designs that have been influenced by Islamic culture. Some tribes in Morocco have been painting the same design for over 200 years.

Their pottery tended to be hand painted with fine details, deep colors, and a variety of hand spun designs. The Muslim Arab invasion and settlement of Morocco and Spain in the 7th–9th century led to an upheaval in the ceramic production of utilitarian & decorative vessels and architectural features. Over 8,000 artisans from Andalusia in Spain were brought into Fez and spread their techniques and styles of Islamic designs using tin oxide, lead fritted, opaque low fire glazes. The infusion of Islamic thought into every aspect of daily life became a prominent influence, where even common utilitarian vessels became the carrier of either a pattern that could be related back to the Infinity of God, or to the Word of God. Islamic patterns based on Muslim principles of a balance between the male (geometric or containing design) and female principle (arabesque, vegetal or foliage decoration) were used. The other common style of Moroccan pottery was of Berber orientation which featured hand built, clay slip decorated tribal pottery, characteristically using signs and symbols to repel evil spirits and insure protection for the owner and potter. The Berbers considerd their work more “masculine” than the other more decorative, colorful and “feminine” urban Moroccan pottery.

As the “wild west” of the Islamic world, Morocco quickly became a haven for many dissidents, rebels and refugees from the eastern caliphate. Among these was Idris ibn Abdallah, who with the help of the local Awraba Berbers, founded the Idrisid Dynasty in 788. His son Idris II erected a splendid new capital at Fez and launched Morocco as a centre of learning and a major power. The Imperial city of Fez is one of the kingdom’s most beautiful places. It offers uniquely designed and colored Moroccan ceramics with an Islamic influence viewed in the intricate pattern, colors, design and production. For over six centuries Fez has proudly created the finest Moroccan pottery. Its beauty comes from the complex knowledge of geometry passed on from father to son. Fez is renowned for the choice of cobalt oxide that permits to obtain every shade of blue. Polychrome enameled ware is more respected in Morocco.

In 1660, Morocco came under the control of the Alawite dynasty. It is a sherif dynasty—descended from the prophet Muhammad—and rules Morocco to this day. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Morocco was one of the Barbary States, the headquarters of pirates who pillaged Mediterranean traders. Morocco was colonized by both the French and the Spanish.

The floral and geometric Moroccan designs are available in cobalt blue and multicolour. This  highly decorative ceramic style was greatly influenced by the Moorish and Spanish culture. The main centers for ceramics are Safi, which produces pottery inlaid with metal , and Fez, which produces the very distinctive blue and white fassi pottery.

Antique Moroccan Pot

Antique Moroccan covered soup tureen.

Moroccan arabic caligraphy vase with white characters on olive green

Moroccan Arabic Calligraphy Vase

Blue and white Fez tagine Morocco

Fez Tagine

Safi, lidded jar

Safi lidded Jar

Moroccan Ceramic Artist painting a large charger

Moroccan Ceramic Artist, Tamegroute

Moroccan Lidded Pottery Jars

Moroccan pottery jars

Ceramic Safi Plate with brass inlays

Safi Antique Plate

Blue and white Ceramic Basin from Fez

Fez Ceramic Basin

Monumental amphora vases

Two gigantic amphoras as emblems of the city of Safi, Morocco ( L.Mahin )

Alhambra Vase from Marrakesh - Morocco

Alhambra Vase from Marrakesh painted with Moorish motifs

Moroccan vase in pink and orange

Vase Morocco

Moroccan Plate with geometric patterns

Moroccan Safi Plate

Marrakech Pottery bazzar

Marrakech Pottery Shop

Moroccan Charger in blue and white

Moroccan charger

Large Moroccan Platter with Islamic motif

Moroccan Platter

Safi Moroccan Vase with a mustard glaze and engraved metal detailing

Moroccan Safi Vase – mustard glaze with engraved metal detail

Lidded Moroccan vessel

Moroccan lidded vessel

moroccan dish - geometric patterns

Moroccan bowl

Safi Moroccan tea Set deep pink glaze with silver engraved metalwork

Moroccan tea set

( Mosak Store )

Mosquée de Tinmel. Maroc arched corridor

Mosquée de Tinmel. Maroc
by courregesg
Moroccan plate display
Plates at one of Morocco’s renowned bazaars
Painted Camel
Camel Art
by osaprio
Moroccan olive jarLarge Exotic Pottery Olive Jar
Antique Spice Jar and Pitcher - Morocco

Moroccan Antique Spice Jar and Pitcher

Orange glaze ceramic plate with metalwork detail

Antique handmade Safi ceramic plate with engraved silver detailing

( Casbah Decor )

Morocco Pottery Bazzar

Moroccan Pottery Shop

( Peregrin@ Flickr )

Antique Moroccan baluster Vase

Antique Moroccan vase

Marrakesh Moroccan Vase with engraved metal motifs

Marrakesh Moroccan Vase

( Berber Trading )

Lidded Jar Morocco with silver inlays

Moroccan Lidded Jar

A traditional Ginger Jar from Fez. Hardened in the sun, then fired three times in the process of creating a piece with depth, colour and shine. The final application of a silver alloy traces the designs on the vase, a time-consuming process that requires a great eye for detail and skill. This vase took over a month to make by hand.

Ceramic Engraved Chili-Vase-(Morocco)

Chili Vase Engraved–(Morocco)


21-inch-Engraved ceramic jar Morocco


Moroccan ewer



Moroccan-Style-Decorative-Wall-Hanging-Pottery with metal filigree overlay

Moroccan dish with filigree decoration





Bottle/vase Morocco




Moroccan-hebrew-vase lidded with twin handles

Hebrew vessel, Morocco





Moroccan Berber pottery




Safi-vase green with black detail arabesque style

Safi  vase – Morocco




Matching set of tagine, plate and bowl in red glaze and metal detailing from Morocco - Medina Interior

Moroccan matching tagine, plate and bowl in crimson red glaze




Late 19th Early 20th Islamic Moroccan Safi Glazed Pottery Vase with twin handles




Moroccan-chicken-tagine black and white geometrical patterns, red base

Moroccan tagine, black and white glaze




Moroccan ornate wall fountain

Islamic style water fountain – Morocco





Antique geometric vase

Morocco 1926

source quoted – Nano Nore




Susan Musi Claywork

Spirited Vessels Susan Musi

Susan Musi’s most recent work is “Spirited Vessals” (see above).      

” Vessals/boats represent a journey in life. In some cultures the vessal/boat is to travel between the earthly and the spiritual world, between life and death. This image may also represent exploration, of the self, of the natural world…. physical, spiritual…  I am also exploring the shape itself.”

Susan Musialowski is both a ceramic artist and a painter, and works from the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC and from a   summer studio in Big Bay, MI, located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The impressionistic,textural quality of her ceramics are clearly influenced by her observations of the natural world.

Her statement : All of my claywork is handbuilt and one of a kind, using a variety of surface finishes, including ceramic stains and washes/glazes, smoke fired,  or painted, or a combination.  The clay at times includes paper, or other texturing material. Paintings are acrylic on cradled hardboard or birch wood panels.

The following piece is from Susan’s  ” Totem and Landscapes ” series

Sanding Still Susan Musi

Standing Still

A soul of their own “….. series

Pure of Heart Susuan Musi

Pure Of Heart

A Song To Sing Susan Musi

A Song To Sing

Seeking Peace Susan Musi

Seeking Peace

Earth Forms :

Fire and Ice Susuan Musi

Fire and Ice


Awanata Suan Musi


Figures :

Three Nudes Susan Musi

Three Nudes


Golden "girl"

Golden “Girl”

Les Fleurs ( to Georgia )

Fluer ( pink )

Fluer ( pink )

Fluer ( rosy Pink )

fluer (Rosy Pink )

Other Works :

Mountain Spring Mountain Spring series

Circle of Life series

Circle of Life series

Circle of Life ( wall piece )

Circle of Life ( wall piece )

Wisteria ( mountain spring ) Susan Musi

Wisteria ( mountain spring )

Susam Musi

Susan Musi

Rhythym of Life

…..It was a cloudy day

Rhythm of Life paintings series


CLAY ART Susan Musi

Totem No.4

Low fire white clay, painted surface, stacked “stones”.

CLAY ART   Susan Musi   Totems and Landscapes

The Sun Sweeps Across The Earth

CLAY ART Susan Musi

In Time

( ” In and out of time ” series )

Spring Thaw

 More on Susan Musi here