Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pablo Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection

Picasso and Suzanne Ramie at the Madoura Atelier


Pablo Picasso was undoubtedly an extraordinary 20th century painter but  I also feel that in the  field of Abstract Impressionism his ceramics were also remarkable. All of Picasso’s ceramics were produced at the Madoura pottery run by the Ramie family in Vallauris in the south of France. Whilst on holiday in Golfe Juan with Françoise Gilot in 1946, Picasso visited the annual pottery exhibition of local crafts in Vallauris, where he met Suzanne Ramié, who invited him to visit her atelier, which she had restored from one of the town’s old abandoned potteries. The same day Picasso produced several pieces of pottery there. He went on to create more than 3,500 plates, vases, pitchers and other forms – hundreds of which were turned into edition pieces.. Edition Picasso ceramics were made in multiples of 25 to 500.

You don’t have to have deep pockets or be a founding partner of Google to pick up your own Picasso. Ceramics by the artist can be bought for as little as £600 to £1200. At the recent Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection auction at Christie’s on 25-26 June, 543 Lots were on offer and the whole collection was sold. Many ceramics which had remained untouched since they were created were on offer and  pre – sale expectations were exceeded by up to four times during the auction. I dropped a video to highlight the size of some of the pieces followed by some  images of items that were sold.


Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection auction at Christie’s





Ceramic plate by Picasso, with flowers in a vase

‘Bouquet’  by Pablo Picasso



Picasso Ceramic Pitcher Canard pique-fleurs ceramic pitcher with face motif

‘Canard pique-fleurs’ – Pablo Picasso



Large vase - Grand vase aux femmes voilées - Pablo Picasso

‘Grand vase aux femmes voilées’ — Pablo Picasso



Pichet-espagnol Pablo Picasso

‘Pichet-espagnol’   — Pablo Picasso



Personnages et têtes Pablo Picasso cylindrical vases with full naked figure motifs

‘Personnages et têtes’   — Pablo Picasso



Personnages et têtes charger with seven black figures

Picasso – ‘Personnages et têtes’ 1956

White Enamel with 7 figures in black


Colombe-brillante ovoid platter with dove motif

‘Colombe brillante’ by Pablo Picasso

Estimate – $4000 – 6000

Realized – $34,850


Picasso - Abstract cubist face with matador hat

Abstract cubist ‘Grande tête de femme au chapeau orné’ by Pablo Picasso

( Large Woman’s Head with Ornate Hat ) – 1964



Neptune abstract ceramic plaque by Picasso

Ceramic plaque – ‘Neptune’

This was one of the more inexpensive pieces that went for $3700



Visage de femme - square ceramic plaque by Picasso

‘Visage de femme’ – Pablo Picasso


Mustard ovoid plate with bull motif by Picasso

Ovoid plate with bull motif – ‘Taureau gravé’ – Picasso



two ceramic pitchers in teal green, and black on white by Picasso

Pair of ‘Femme’ pitchers

 Madoura turned pitchers of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes; glazed inside.



Picasso La Danse

‘La-danse’ – Pablo Picasso



Picasoo abstract face on a ceramic terracotta plaque

‘Femme au Chapeau a Fleurs’, (Woman with Flowery Hat)


 Red earthenware clay rectangular plaque


White ceramic plate with relief decoration of a man with a spear riding a horsse

‘Cavalier Faun’, 1956

A ceramic round dish of white earthenware clay relief depicting a faun on horseback surrounded by a relief border of smiling, circular faces.



Square plaque with large face motif - --Picasso

Terracotta plaque – ‘Visage-aux-cheveux-bouclés’ by Picasso




Visage Bowl - Pablo Picasso - red, white,black and blue with four suns and abstract face motif

‘Visage No 59’ – Pablo Picasso



Vase-au-bouquet white plate with flower in vase motif by Picasso

‘Vase au bouquet’ – Picasso



terracotta clay plate with black and white owl - Pablo Picasso

‘Hibou blanc sur fond rouge’ -(Owl white on red background) — Pablo Picasso



Pablo Picasso terracotta ceramic bird sculpture with painted face motif

‘Hibou’ – Pablo Picasso



two pitchers and a small dish by Pablo Picasso

‘Pichet aux arums’ – Pablo Picasso



Ceramic Picasso owl figure

‘Gros oiseau visage noir’ ( Big bird black face) – Pablo Picasso



Picasso ceramic late in black and white

‘Paysage’  – Pablo Picasso



Picasso plate with large goat head in brown, black and white

‘Tête de chèvre de profil’ (profile goat head) – Picasso



Madoura-Ovoid plate with fish motif by Picasso

‘Poisson bleu’ – Pablo Picasso



Square red clay plaque by Picasso with large face motif

‘Visage d’homme’ – Picasso




Owl brown, black – Picasso


Pablo Picasso ceramic vessel with bullfight motifs

Large handled vase with bull fight – Picasso





Arena’ – Picasso



picasso-twin-handled-vase - Valleuris

Picasso vase



white plate with face motif of Jacqueline in black lines

‘Jacqueline’s Profile’, Pablo Picasso


Somewhat hieroglyphic in nature, this depiction of Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline conveys her as strikingly beautiful; with decorative hair, large eyes, and triangular nose, she brings to mind an Egyptian pharaoh. Picasso’s dark brown lines pop against the glossy ivory background, further highlighting Jacqueline’s iconic profile.

Some other Pablo Picasso works :

Blue glass Dove Of Peace decorative plaque - Pablo Picasso

‘Colombe de paix’ -(Dove of Peace) – Picasso

A glass work by  Picasso evoking both the symbolism and imagery of peace through this brilliantly crafted dove relief. Its bright, Lapis Lazuli Blue coupled with its glimmering luminescence when held to the light, allows this bird to truly take flight.



Picasso painting The Wait

‘L’Attente’ (The Wait), Picasso


 This work is typical of the early Parisian subjects that contributed to Picasso’s paintings.

( Masterworks Fine Art )


Picasso abstract painting - Marie Therese

‘Portrait of Marie Therese’  – Picasso


Pablo Picasso painting a charger in his Vallauris studio

Pablo Picasso, Vallauris


( Photo – Edward Quinn )




Charmaine Haines – South African clayart


Charmaine Haines Ceramic Art

Charmaine Haines experienced a pivotal career shift in  2001 when she  vacated her respected position as a lecturer in Ceramic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to devote herself  fully to the production of her own work. In 2002 she relocated to the the small Eastern Cape Karoo Village of Nieu Bethesda where she established a successful studio and Gallery. Here she found renewed inspiration for her work in this adopted environment, which she describes as ‘sympathetic’… allowing for a more direct relationship with materials and consequently, being increasingly in touch with her expressive self.

charmaine haines eramic vessel with abstract motifCharmaine  went on to experience 2 years in France with her family but returned in 2006 to her South African studio, being drawn again to the wide open desert like spaces of the Karoo landscape and the colourful characters that inhabit the region. Charmaine’s reflection — ” This experience gave us new inspiration for our work and a renewed perspective on life. Distancing oneself from the familiar,  forces one to look at and to see things differently. Such an experience affords one the opportunity of gaining new inspiration, a time for work introspection, a time to move on to other things. One is also exposed to different cultures and how others perceive one’s work. It can have the added effect of vulnerability, exposing oneself to a completely new market. All of this is both challenging and invigorating and requires enormous energy. “

Working within the realm of figurative clay, Haines uses both abstract and stylised symbols and motives to embellish both her sculptural and utility forms. Vessels are thrown and altered incorporating sculptural elements and semi-reliefs. Coloured stains and natural oxide washes are used to further exemplify the manipulative and expressive qualitiy of the clay surface, including carving, etching  and textures showing a strong sense of surface pattern. Charmaine Haine’s ceramic creations  reflect her ongoing   fascination and influence from Africa and Ancient Civilizations along with  Medieval iconic arts, all leaning towards  the avant-garde. The unbridled spontaneity and vivid  colours, which are  characteristic of  South African art, is clearly evidenced in her work.

Charmain Haines bird Vessel - Soulth African ceramics

Charmain  Haines green bird Vessel

Charmine Haines Faces Plate

Charmine Haines Abstract Face Plate

Charmiane Haines contemporary bottle

Charmiane Haines contemporary cubist bottle

Charmaine Haines handpainted sculpture

Charmaine Haines figurative hand painted sculpture

Charmaine Haines Pottery vase

Charmaine Haines Pottery vase with green bird motif

Charmaine Haines female face motif vase

Charmaine Haines female face motif vase, ZA

Charmaine Haines cylinder vase

Charmaine Haines cylinder vase

Charmaine Haines platter

Charmaine Haines platter

South African Charmaine Haines vase

Charmaine Haines vase

Charmaine Haines studio

Charmaine Haines studio  workbench

Charmaine Haines woman and bird dish

Charmaine Haines woman and bird dish, ZA

Charmaine Haines large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines with large baluster vase

Charmaine Haines with her ceramics

Charmaine Haines large cubist vase

Charmaine Haines large cubist vase

Charmaine Haines large vase

Charmaine Haines large  iilustrated vase



Charmaine Haines large vase

Charmaine Haines large  vase



Charmaine Haines at her gallery

Charmaine Haines

Charmaine Haines abstract teapot

Charmaine Haines abstract teapot

Charmaine Haines abstract dish

Charmaine Haines abstract ceramic dish

Charmaine Haines abstract vase

Charmaine Haines abstract vessel

Charmaine Haines turquoise bird motif plate

Charmaine Haines turquoise bird plate

Charmaine Haines lidded vessel

Charmaine Haines lidded vessel

Charmaine Haines naked lady vase

Charmaine Haines naked woman vase

Charmaine Haines hand painted charger

Charmaine Haines hand painted charger

Charmaine Haines naked lady dish

Charmaine Haines naked lady 3 birds dish

Charmaine Haines ceramic sculpture

Charmaine Haines ceramic sculptural head

Nieu-Bethesda Gallery South Africa

The Nieu-Bethesda Gallery

vessel9-Charmaine Haines

vessel 9 – Charmaine Haines

Charmaine Haines website  here







Australian Sabbia Gallery for ceramic and glass artists.

Sabbia has been established for over 7 years and is  one of the premier galleries in Australia for exhibiting Glass and Ceramic works by prominent artists from both Australia and New Zealand. Centrally located in Sydney in the Paddington region , it is recognized as one of Australias finest contemporary studios renown for its quality displays.  Below is a selection  of ceramic and glass artists who have exhibited at the Sabbia Gallery :

Ernabella Artists


Carol Williams - Ngayuku Walka cylindrical vase in rust red, green and white

Ernabella Artists –  Carol Williams – Ngayuku Walka 2011

Terracotta form with terra sigillata, slips + sgraffito.


Carol Williams - Kapi Tjukula palte with aboriginal decorative motifs

 Ernabella Artists –  Carol Williams – Kapi Tjukula

 Debra Boyd-Goggin

 Debra Boyd-Goggin - green ceramic round platter

‘Link Series # 11’ – 2010 Stoneware, handbuilt, carved, multi-glazed



 Debra Boyd-Goggin contemporary Australian pottery bowl

 ‘Link Series # 3’ – 2010 Stoneware, handbuilt, 1carved, multi-glazed


Pippin Drysdale

Pippin Drysdale bowl in reds and pinks

  ‘Billabong’ – Ceramic vessel

Tanami Mapping Series 2011

 ‘Kakadu Burnt’ tea bowl

Tanami Mapping Series 2011

Gail Nichols 

”  I am intrigued by the sculptural contrast between closed and open forms, and firing effects on exposed and shadowed clay surfaces. I enjoy playing with impressions of volume and movement. Some forms are seemingly stretched from the inside out and blown up like a balloon; others appear to dance in slow graceful curves or lively waves. For the past several years I have lived and worked at the foot of Mt. Budawang.NSW,The gently curved yet complex and rugged terrain of the Budawang range is reflected in my fascination with form and its interaction with surface. “

Gail Nichols contemporary Australian pottery

‘Descending cloud’



Gail Nichols delicate ceramic bowl

‘Wombat’ – 2009


Gail Nichols contemporary vase

‘Cloud Nine’ – 2009



Janet DeBoos 

Three colourful vases by Janet-DeBoos

‘Blue + Yellow Qing Vase + Peeling #1 + #2 Vase – 2011

Thrown porcellaneous stoneware, black underglaze, Ernabella terra gigillata, sgraffito, clear glaze + decals



Janet-DeBoos Australian pottery vase

 ‘Banksia Peony Qing Vase’ – 2012


Janet-DeBoos two cylindrical vases with aboriginal style decorations in yellow and rust brown

‘Ernabella Qing # 2 +#1′

Thrown porcellaneous stoneware, Ernabella terra sigillata, sgraffito + decals


Janet-DeBoos two ceramic bottle vases

‘Imperial Grevillia Vase’ /’Big Pheasant Qing Vase’




Eleni A. Holloway


The works in ‘Chaos and the Cosmos’ are an amalgam of my interest in ceramic and storytelling traditions, the place of mythology in Western contemporary society combined with autobiography and personal reflection. The interconnectedness of these themes was and continues to be a source of inspiration, a fascinating arena in which to grapple with those questions that are a most fundamental aspect of the human condition; how do we place ourselves?  ( from her ‘Chaos and the Cosmos’ exhibition )

Eleni A. Holloway figurative sculpture

‘The Retreating Waters’ 2011



Eleni A. Holloway green ceramic sculpture

‘The Midnight Meeting ‘2011

Earthenware, glaze


Eleni A. Holloway Australian ceramic sculpture

 ‘The Little Storyteller’ 2011

Earthenware, glazed


Greg Daly

Greg Daly is considered one of Australia’s finest ceramic artists. He has been an  influential contemporary artist working with glazed ceramics for over thirty years. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics Geneva, a ceramicist of national and international standing, with works in national and over 70 international galleries and museums.

Greg Daly ovoid Raku Vessel

‘Setting Light’ – Greg Daly




Mooonlight spherical blue vessel by Gerg Daly

‘Moonlight’ – 2010



Les Blakebrough

British-born Blakebrough migrated to Australia in 1948 at the age of 18 and, after serving an apprenticeship at Sturt Pottery at Mittagong, studied with Kawai in Japan before returning to Australia to become Director of the Sturt Workshops.


Contemporary vessel in lavender and white with gumleaf motif by Les Blakebrough

‘Forest Floor’ – 2009



Les Blakebrough pale blues ceramic vessel

‘Kelp Forest’ – Large Oval Form



Simone Fraser

 ”  I want my work to have a beauty that speaks for itself. I want the viewer to experience the mystery within the surface, the balance and proportion of the form and the harmony that each piece engenders. “

Simone Fraser landscape series highly textured cup in orange, blue and green

‘Landscrapes Series #1’ – 2012



Simone-Fraser ceramic vessel with strong textural surface

‘Ceramic From #1’ – 2011


Jeff Mincham 

” The idea that there exists in everything a unique characteristic that can be referred to as “its nature,” and that it is possible to express that “nature” through form and surface in a way that engages the sensibilities, continues to be a source of constant challenge and inspiration. “

Jeff Mincham flared vase form with reed decorative theme

‘Reed Talk II’ – 2012



jeff mincham bowl in turquoise, black and beige geometric patterns

‘Labyrinth of Lines’ – 2012




‘Hope’ – Jeff Mincham



Clare Belfrage


Clare Belfrage sculptural glass vessel

‘Fluence #10910’ – 2010

Blown glass with cane drawing, sand blasted and hand polished



Clare Belfrage - two contemporary glass vessel

‘Leaf Circuitry #8 + #9’ – 2010 ( Glass )

Gerry Wedd

Gerry Wedd blue and white dish

 ‘Send Me to Sleep Dish’  – 2011

Porcelain, sgraffito slip


Gerry-Wedd vase

‘Fly Awat Vase’ – 2011

Porcelain, sgraffito slip

Bronwyn Kemp

Southern Ice Porcelain sculptural bowl with inlayed black slip by Bronwyn Kemp

‘slowly softly’ – 2009

Southern Ice Porcelain with inlayed black slip

 Ben Sewell

Ben-Sewell oval glass vessel in black and white

Millstream Pilbara ( Glass )

 Sandra Black

Sandra Black - cream coloured flared cup

 ‘Hardenbergia 1’ 2011

Cast, carved, pierced + polished Seeleys Lady White paper porcelain


Mitsuo Shoji

ovoid ceramic vessel with blue on white botanical decoration by Mitsuo Shoji

 ‘Barak Khan’ – 2011

Porcelain, colour inlay, reduction fire



Galia Amsel

Galia Amsel Abstract green Glass Sculpture

Galia Amsel-  ‘Floe 7 ‘-  2012

Cast gaffer lagoon & clear glass, sandblasted & acid etched texture, hand smoothed & polished



Galia Amsel Glass Sculpture

Galia Amsel – ‘Inner Spirit’ – 2010

Cast bullseye olive & clear glass, sandblasted, acid etched texture & polished

For more info on these artists at Sabbia Gallery go here.






The flair of Royal Haeger


Haeger ceramic figurine - naked girl riding a fish

Haeger ceramic figurine

In 1871, the same year of the great Chicago fire, a young German immigrant named David H. Haeger founded the company originally known as the Dundee Brickyard. Over the next 130 years under four generations of family leadership, this small town brickmaker was to become America’s oldest and largest production pottery. The firm began producing artware in 1914, and the contributions of former Fulper employee Martin Stangl to its success is probably incalculable.

In 1938  design genius Royal Hickman joined the company to introduce an extraordinary line of artware, called Royal Haeger.  Hickman’s work was daringly intricate with smooth, flowing lines and highly original glazes.

Some of his designs reflected an Art Deco influence.  Public demand for Royal Haeger artware was immediate and strong. Royal Hickman’s world-acclaimed designs included his famous black panther, a sleek elongated cat, first produced in 1941 and offered in three sizes.

Black panther figurine - Haeger

Another distinguished chief designer was Eric Olsen, whose career with Haeger spanned 25 years (1947-1972). Olsen’s many contributions to the Royal Haeger line included his magnificent bull figure, produced in 1955. Haeger became recognized for its striking designs ranging from the dramatic to the whimsical. As America’s oldest and largest producer of pottery, Haeger have produced a diversity of products including  dinnerware, but have become especially known for vases, figurines, miniature animals, birds, flowers and lamps – as well as other unusual and useful accessories of exquisite taste and have continually attracted the attention of collectors worldwide.eric Olsen red bull figurine

Haeger Red Bull figurine by Nigel Olsen


Arched couple ceramic-figures-Haeger

Arched couple figurine – Haeger


Elephant Planter Haeger lime green colour

Elephant Planter with Rider

(  Haegernerd  flickr )

Haeger-ceramic-baluster vase

Abstract decorated vase – Haeger



Light blue ceramic figure, boy carrying a duck - Haeger

Boy carrying goose figurine – Royal Haeger

17 inches height



Eric-Olsen-Buddha-Green sculpture

Designer: Eric Olsen – Green Buddha – Haeger

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



red modernist vase by Haeger

Art Deco Vase



Blue sailor playing accordion and anchor

Royal Hickman – Sailor with Anchor

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Emerald green ceramic planter - Haeger

‘Dolphin Planter’ by Eric Olson

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Black ceramic head - temple goddess - Haeger

     ‘Temple Goddess” – Eric Olsen.

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



'Thunder and Lightning', Walnut Glaze,Haeger-leaping horses and lightning

‘Thunder and Lightning’, Walnut Glaze, 1954

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Lime green Royal Haeger Dragon Bowl with Jewelled Lady

Royal Haeger ‘Dragon Bowl with Jewelled Lady’

( Haegernerd – Flickr )



green agate fish and asian man - Haeger

Green Agate Glaze Fountain

( Haegernerd – Flickr )



Orang vase by Royal Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Orange Vase



Green-petal lamp by Haeger

Haeger Petal Louvre Lamp

( Tinkers Moon Flickr )



ceramic mermaid dish - Royal Haeger

Haeger Mermaid



Three white flying ducks by Haeger

Three flying geese

( )



Vintage-red-glaze-rooster by Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Rooster

(  Haegernerd  flickr )



Haeger pair of lamps with green ribbed bases with matching vase

Tall Haeger Geometric Lamps with free form bowl.

( Haegernerd Flickr )


haeger-tiger figurine




light blue giraffe relief vase by Haeger

Art Deco giraffe vase – Royal Haeger



Red drip glaze teardrop vases - Haeger

Mid-Century Modern Pottery Lamps by Royal Haeger

( RetroSympthony Etsy )



Lime green octopus plate with black tribal heads -- Haegert

Image from haegernerd – Flickr



Haeger pottery vase

Haeger  vase



tall flared neck vase in red - Haeger

Red flared long neck vase – Haeger



Art Deco Ceramic Antelope Gazelle Statue by Haeger

Royal Haeger Art Deco  Ceramic Antelope Gazelle Statue



Haeger Leda and Swan platter in red, black and green

 Leda and the Swan



Blue art deco Haeger twin handled vase

Haeger Pottery vase From the Adam and Eve collection 1914 – 1933

( Collectors Weekly )



Haeger Vase tweed look decoration

Royal Haeger Gold Tweed Vase



Haeger Figurine peacock vase-- Haeger

Vintage Royal Haeger Peacock Vase



Yellow glazed Cleopatra lamp by Haeger

Vintage HAEGER Pottery Figural Cleopatra Isis Lamp




black ceramic antelope by Haeger

Black giselle – Royal Haeger




Tall haeger orange peel vase with volcanic glaze


      Tall long neck orange peel vase





royal haeger ewer

Royal Haeger vintage ewer




Haeger jug with earth wrap glaze





Vintage Pale Blue Vase – Haeger USA



Haeger candle holder

Haeger Mid Century modern earth drip candle holder


Haeger claims that their famous glazes are  frequently imitated but never successfully copied. The glaze covering the artware must be perfectly mixed and blended; hard and durable when fired, without cracks. Above all, the color must be clear and lustrous. Careful dipping assures a uniform coating of the bisque. In 2011 haeger celebrated their 140th anniversary and vowed to continue their  dedication to innovative design and quality craftsmanship.

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Google Oracle meets the pottery Void


katara amphitheater sculpture of a man throwing a large sphere

The remarkable Katara Amphitheater statue in Qatar (Photo – Duncan Davidson)


Tao synchronicity in the search


I was totally devoid of any ideas about what to blog on next (bloggers block), so rather than prolong my desktop transfixation with nothingness any longer, I asked for suggestions from an acquaintance who had just dropped by. His casual response was ….. ” how about solar kilns ” followed by “must avoid the devoid “, delivered in a robotic monotone. The first one didn’t grab my attention but the other remark had lightglobes popping (which isn’t really an appropriate metaphor any more now that ” green ” globes warm up slowly). The mention of void twice made me think –  what would Google Image find if I asked it to look in the Void for pottery images? As the Void concept was popular with Taoists I presented  the Taoist statement ” No man is poor except the one without Knowledge” and ” Pottery ” to the ” Google Oracle “.  Expecting the response to be  – Your search – did not match any image results – I was instead confronted with a whole page of images, some pertinent to the subject at hand. Here is what came up :


Ancient Se player, sculpture from the Han dynasty

‘Se player’, Han dynasty – 206 B.C.–220 A.D.  ( Met, NY )


Bat Trang Ceramic village, Vietnam ottery teacher and student

Bat Trang Ceramic village, Vietnam



Raven Watch dish from One Clay Bead

‘Raven Watch’ – One Clay Bead ( etsy )

via.thought patterns – Tina Tarnoff




One Clay Bead


Tang Dynasty seated musician

‘Seated Musician’, Tang dynasty (618–906)

Marble Statue  ( Met NY )



Ceramic-belt plaque from the Tag Dynasty

 ‘Belt plaque’, Tang dynasty (618–906)

( Met NY )


Australian aboriginal with sacred concentric circles motif on the red earth

Australian Aborigine — Contemplating the void




Janet Mansfield “tea bowl “

Happy Hour pottery street sign

vase display for Bulldog Pottery

Bulldog Pottery vases. NC




Mengei pottery dish

Japanese Mingei pottery plate


This image came from  Quotes and Musings Blogspot where Beth Cioffoletti  remarked :


Mingei pottery reminds me of contemplativeness. Emptiness and the slow, easy turning toward simplicity and the ordinary.

The right in front of me. Standing still. Taking the time to look, see, be filled.

Below are some quotes about Mingei potter, Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966)

In the wake of the great tide of industrialism in the early part of this century, something of the human touch and spirit was lost in everyday articles of use. Several Japanese potters sought to counteract the desire for cheap, mass-produced products by pointing to the works of ordinary craftsmen that spoke to the spiritual and practical needs of life.

“When you become so absorbed in your work that beauty flows naturally then your work truly becomes a work of art,” he wrote in an essay titled “We Do Not Work Alone.” He continued, “Everything that is, is not. Everything is, yet at the same time, nothing is. I myself am the emptiest of all.” 

In a Western sense this would most likely be perceived as a negative and pitiful comment, but in the East it is often the emptiness and the silence that are most important. Only when something is empty can it be filled. Kawai filled his spirit and works with tariki. The somewhat eccentric Kawai was an extraordinary being, like an elf working alone late into the night; many of his pieces are full of a beauty and mystery that one can only describe as otherworldliness.   (Googoracle was on the right track )



Kanjiro Kawai ceramic vessel

Kanjiro Kawai


Ceramic frying pan from Mexico with deer motifs

Mexican Ceramic Frying Pan




Michael Kline – NC


Dargle Valley pottery - terracotta pot under a tree

Dargle Valley pottery


 Red Column and Black Dome by David Nash - outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire sculpture park

 Red Column and Black Dome by David Nash

Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Pakistani artist Maulvi Omar making vessels

Maulvi Omar from the suburbs of Lahore.

He has been practicing the art of clay work for the last 40 years  and has experimented and excelled in different types of pottery including chalk handicraft, stone crafts and earthenware.



Maulvi Omar

The motif looks portal voidish.



The spoils from an opp-shop – (  littleowlski.wordpress )




mugs-mid-century dots

Four footed Mid-Century mugs with Zenish minimalism




mayan-jade-carved with warrior motif

Jadeite Pectoral from the Mayan Classic period




Mexican-Pottery-vintage with animal decorations

Vintage Mexican pots


ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery

The ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery – Ireland

An awesome tower! ( benedante.blogspot )




Japara – the moon man, earthenware, underglaze

Mark Virgil Puautjimi, Tiwi Design, 2006  ( Australia )


Haikun-Ekaka-Zen Master painting

Haikun Ekaka, 1685-1768, was a Japanese Zen master, author of the famous koan “What is the sound of one hand clapping “.  He did not begin to paint until he was in his 60s, but by the time he died he relied more on images to convey his teachings than words. Curiously, I considered dropping this quote into the search.


Ryota Aoki studio potter

Mr.Aoki”s studio

From an interview with Ryota Aoki at PingMag

”  since about two years ago, I’ve been getting inspiration from the clay. I don’t want people to think I’ve cracked up, (laughs) but it’s true. When I touch the clay, I’ve noticed that I feel “Ah, I should do what the clay wants me to do.” I put it on the wheel and let it throw me around, I let it move me. It’s like I’m helping the materials become what they want to be. Just like Japanese cuisine where you help the ingredients themselves to shine. ”  ( abandoning the notion of doership )


Ryota Aoki - white porcelain bowl

Simple yet organic lines  – Ryota Aoki





White porcelain cups – Ryota Aoki



Four Vases - Catherine Gray

Vases – Catherine Gray


ceramic "hood' ern vesselby Mark Hewitt

” Hood ” – Mark Hewitt

( via Omsablog )

the following writings came up on this blog  ( the Googoracle poignant here )

Pots are made out of clay

But the hollow space in them makes the essence of the pot

And the essence comes from an intangible something

In the spirit of the potter

Which he is able to blend

into all his knowledge of throwing, the glazing and the firing

So that every piece from his hand

is as much his own signature and his heartbeat

Only then will the pot be good, that is alive

And the more highly developed a potter is as a human being,

the better his pot

For there is no real beauty without character.

~ Lao Tzu

6th Century



Mark Hewitt Bulb vesselJack-Troy ceramic vessel

Jack Troy, Bulldog Pottery




Museum of Islamic Art arterium sculpture

Voidish atrium ceiling

A sculpture from the Museum of Islamic Art, which sits on its own man made island built by the Emir just off Al Corniche in Doha.



Ceramic dress by Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi

Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi



Sacred Irish stone with carved spirals

Newgrange ,  Ireland -3100 and 2900 BC

An Ancient Temple of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.




Gem Chang-Kue-raku-vessel

Gem Chang-Kue



Bellarmine_jug witch vessel

This witch bottle ( 1650 ) is a very old spell device, usually a salt glazed vessel.. Its purpose is to draw in and trap any harmful intentions directed at its owner.



Iznik Pottery from Turkey - bowl and plate with floral decoration

Iznik Pottery from Turkey



loanhead of daviot Stone Circle in Aberdeenshire

Stone Circle in Aberdeenshire

Constructed sometime around 2500 B.C., Loanhead of Daviot ( Scotland ) is a recumbent stone circle comprised of a large recumbent stone and two stones flanking the recumbent stone, and eight other stones in a circle.



Mark-Messersmith-maximunist-naturalist They Fight, They Fail (Six Hours of a Long Day)

‘They Fight, They Fail  (Six Hours of a Long Day)’ –  Mark-Messersmith

Maximunist Naturalist exhibition at  Ogden Museum



Mata Ortiz pottery bird

Mata Ortiz


Mayan carved ceramic symbols

The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. Because the invading Spanish burned all available Mayan books, thereby suppressing nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology’s fiercest challenges.


large wood fired pot-Michael Miller

Large wood fired Vessel – Michael Miller


Mayan-tripod lidded vessel

Copan Carved Vessel

Archaeologists uncovered this ceramic journey vessel from the tomb of the founder of the Copan dynasty, “Radiant First Quetzal Macaw.”

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibition – Penn Museum



4 Faces Picasso Ceramic plate

4 Faces – Picasso Ceramic

( Leicester Museum and Galleries )

George Ohr folded ceramic vessel

George E. Ohr folded vase, USA



Bruce Gholson ceramic vessel

‘Daffie Days’ – Bruce Gholson, NC




Gesture Study, 1938, ink on paperOgden Museum of Southern Art Jesselyn Zurik

‘Gesture Study’, 1938, ink on paper, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Jesselyn Zurik, New Orleans



Kurt Weiser lidded jar


Kurt Weiser lidded jar




Empty your cup :

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring.

The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.

“It’s overfull! No more will go in!” the professor blurted.

“You are like this cup,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”




Back with Deco

Orange Black and Cream Boch ovoid vase with flared rim

Orange Black and Cream Vase –Boch Freres



Art Deco delight


The curvaceous and sensuous lines of Art Nouveau morphed into the polar opposite of the more straight and angular lines which defined the commanding style of Art Deco in the 20’s and 30‘s. Art Deco’s ornamental style, and its lavishness is attributed to the reaction to the forced austerity imposed by World War I. At the same time the Deco’s rigid and regimental lines mirrored the austerity at the time..  Germany embraced and  influenced the later Art Deco designs. The curved lines of Nouveau were more inclusive and Feng Shui positive then the exclusive and more hostile sharp angles that followed with Deco.

Architecturally Art Deco was easier to adopt in building design then Art Nouveau, a match made in heaven with the emergance of the skyscaper age.  Art Deco was of the Machine Age and it adopted its streamline technologies such as modern aviation, electric lighting, radio, ocean liners and skyscrapers for inspiration. The art deco style, which above all reflected modern technology of the time, was characterized by smooth lines, geometric shapes, streamlined forms and bright, sometimes garish colours. Art Deco was used extensively in the United States for railway stations during the 1930s, being designed to represent the modernity and efficiency of railway trains.


 The foundation of Art Deco :

The foundation of Art Deco was based on mathematical geometric forms. The ability to travel easily and the numerous archaeological excavations during this period; the tomb of Tutankhamun, Pompeii, Troy, etc., influenced both artists and designers who integrated several foreign elements into their work. At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.

eva zeisel german art deco vase

Art Deco became the first truly international style, spreading quickly around the world during the 1920s and 1930s.  A myriad of artists beutifully interpreted Art Deco and made it a higly distinctive and memorable era of design.

Art Deco decorative themes  :

( from ArtDecoNapier )

◊     Sunbursts and fountains – representing the dawn of a new modern age.
◊    The Skyscraper shape – symbolic of the 20th century.
◊     Symbols of speed –  power and flight – the exciting new developments in transport and communications.
◊     Geometric shapes – representing the machine and technology which it was thought would solve all our problems.
◊    The new woman – revelling in her recently won social freedoms.
◊     Breaking the rules – cacophonous jazz, short skirts and hair, shocking dances.
◊     Ancient cultures – for oddly enough, there was a fascination with the civilizations of Egypt and Central America.



Eva Zeisel Art Deco Jug 1929

Eva Zeisel Jug 1929 Germany

Art Deco gazelle bookends

1930’s  Earthenware Bookends Unsigned

Orchies Art Deco Vase

Vintage Orchies Vase

French ceramic crackle glaze baluster vase of bulbous form.

( Sheryl’s Art Deco )

Art Deco swan vase

Art Deco Swan Planter Zanesville

1930's Art Deco Polychrome tobacco set

1930’s Art Deco Polychrome Tobacco Set


 French Art Deco Sperical Pottery Vase

French Art Deco Vase

Echo of Deco-custom Amber Sun clock

Echo-of-Deco-custom Amber Sun clock

Rosenthal Deco vase

Rosenthal Vase 1930

Deco lamp turquoise Strangl

Deco lamp turquoise Strangl

Art deco lidded jar

Phil Dale

Clarice Cliff tea set

Farmhouse-tea-for-two – Clarice Cliff

( Andrew Muir )

Leaping dancer art deco vase

Leaping Nude Vase

Royal Doulton vase

Royal Dalton

Nautius green and white shell vase

Nautilus Shell Vase

Zsolnay art deco vase


Faceted Art Deco flared vase

1920s art deco crystalline pottery vase -Secretbackroom

Cubist Clarice Cliff teapot

Clarice Cliff Teapot

Hand Painted Clews flared vase

Vintage Hand Painted Clews

Deco shuffle

Belgium tri handled vase

Belgium Art Deco tri handled vase

Phil Dale art deco

Phil Dale

Buren mantle clock modernist

Buren Art Deco Modernist Clock

McCoy Vase


Vintage Brush McCoy Art Deco Vase

Vintage Brush McCoy Vase

Katzhutte art deco dancing figurine

Katzhutte art deco figurine

Boch vase

Boch Art Deco vase – designer Charles Catteau

Larege French art deco vessel

French Art Deco 1930

Rosso marble and enamelled art deco clock

Rosso marble and enamel Art Deco clock

Elegant Frankoma Crocus flower vase

Frankoma Crocus flower vase

from PrairieDecArts

Clarice Cliff Mountain conical coffee pot

 Mountain conical coffee pot – Clarice Cliff

Authur Wood art deco flared vase

Art Deco Vase – Authur Woods

Art Deco room decor

Camille Faure Vase abstract pattern

Limoges, France, has long been a center of enamel ware. This Art Deco vase, dating from about 1925, is the product of Camille Faure and is enamelled with copper.

( Virginia Museum of Fine Arts )

Cygal art deco chair

Cygal Art Deco

Ventrillon craqueles pigeon

Ventrillon craqueles pigeon – Saint-Clement, France
( tim smith vincent )
Vase Fructuoso art deco

Art Deco Vase with Egyptian dancer – Fructuoso Coimbra – 1930’s

Gunnar Nylund art deco jar

Art deco Spherical Jar  -Gazelles and palms

Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand 1931


Boch Freres vase - Belgium
Art Deco Jar –  Boch Freres – Belgium
Art Deco green jugArt Deco Jug
Charles Catteau vaseCharles Catteau Vase
Frankart figural lamp
Frankart figural lamp
Art Deco Charles Catteau




Belgian Art Deco Vase – Charles Catteau
see more of Charles Catteau here :







The Gallery in Forest, Belgium


The Belgium Gallery dedicated to contemporary ceramics.


Les Ateliers Gallery, situated in the heart of  Forest, Belgium, has now been established for over 4 years and presents 6- 10  exhibitions and events each year. Gallery O was created from the old public baths in Forest and provides the opportunity for contemporary ceramic artists to display their creations in a historical location. Access to a pottery workshop is  also available where both adults and children can indulge in the creation of custom pieces through choice of glaze colours and styles. Gallery director Les Ateliers has been instrumental in developing the outdoor ceramique nouvelle events which flow from the Gallery into a street market.


Contact Gallery L’O here


The A t e l i e r s gallery L’Ô
Water Street, 56a _1190 Forest Belgium
Tel: +32.495.28.71.74
Mail: [email protected]
accessible by public transport: bus 54/50_ tram 97/82 stop Place St Denis



The Galerie de LÔ presents a sober, colorful, surprising, poignant, amusing ceramic expose as part of the FOREST 2018 Artists’ Course … Two weekends of discoveries, small and big pleasures assured with 12 ceramists and 1 cabinetmaker exposed!

JUNE 16/17 & 23/24 from 14H> 18H




Fabienne Withofs-Galerie de L'O Belgium

Fabienne Withofs  —  Galerie de L’O



Marie Beaudry----ceramic cups Galerie de L'O

Marie Beaudry—- Galerie de L’O


Recent Ceramic Event 8, 2017



Ado Chale



Roos Van De Velde



Recent Ceramic Event 7



Hugo Meert, Marie-Laure Gobat-Bouchat, Nathalie Doyen, Yuk Kan Young, Francoise Joris,  Denis Castaing, Lynn Frydman, Jane King, ML Guerrier, Safia Hijos, Eliane Monnin, Dorothée Loriquet, Marie Drouot, Rebecca Maeder, Faeze Afchary, Monika Patuszyńska, Wilson Trouve, Atsushi Kitahara, Alice Bertrand, Fabienne Withofs, Corinne Simon, Mira Podmanická & Markéta Nováková, Benoit Pouplard, Frédérique Renuit, Anne Marie Laureys, Patrick Crulis, Charlotte Coquen, Atelier Polyhedre, Louise Gaarmann



Rebecca Maeder abstract ceramic sculpture

Rebecca Maeder



Dorothée-Loriquet abstract contemporary ceramics

Dorothée Loriquet




Monika-Patuszynska – 2013





Jane King



Anne Marie Laureys contemporary green ceramic vessel

Anne Marie Laureys




Mira Podmanická & Markéta Nováková ceranic vessels

Mira Podmanická & Markéta Nováková




 Below are some of the ceramic artists that have featured at the Gallery O, Forest




Elegant, harmonious, refined, …

The ceramic works of Daniela Schlagenhauf and Nathalie Jover will surprise.

Defying the matter and the laws of gravity, they trace the empty spaces with their choreography

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EPURE - Daniela Schlagenhauf

EPURE 2014 – Daniela Schlagenhauf

Daniela Schlagenhauf

Daniela Schlagenhauf

Nathalie Jover

Nathalie Jover

Nathalie Jover

Nathalie Jover

Nathalie Jover

Nathalie Jover

Daniela Schlagenhauf

Daniela Schlagenhauf

Daniela Schlagenhauf 2009

Daniela Schlagenhauf 2009


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Below are some of the ceramic artists that have featured at the Gallery O.

la Galerie

Laure Gonthier

Carla Dijck :

Dorothée Loriquet :

Abstract Ceramic Sculpture

Elisabetta Gendre :

Clementine Dupre :

Clementine Dupre

Marie Beaudry :

An Van den Abbeele :

Marie Laure Gobat:

Marie Laure Gobat

Marie Laure Gobat

 Marie-Laure Gobat

Axelle Gielen :

Axelle Gielen Ceramic Vessels




Virginie Besengez 

Sophie Ronse :

Sophie Ronse ceramic wall art

Rebecca Maeder

Ceramic Sculpture by Rebecca Maeder

Rebecca Maeder tea pot

Rebecca Maeder teapot

Rebecca Maeder ceramic artist

Rebecca Maeder

Rebecca Maeder ceramic art sculpture

Rebecca Maeder ceramic art sculpture

Rebecca Maeder

Rebecca Maeder



Anima Roos

Anima Roos


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Outdoor Ceramic Market Event :

Forest Town square

Bernadette Castagne

Jérôme Hirson

Ceramic Outdoor market

Forest Ceramic Event III

Laurent Dufour Graffiti ceramics

Laurent Dufour Graffiti ceramics

Ceramic Event

Ceramic Bowls

Street Ceramic Event


Ceramic Tile Installation

Ceramic Tree Sculpture



Yellow and white clay poppies.



Rebecca Maeder

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Ceramic Event V

Ceramic Event V

Ceramic Event V

Treasures - Ceramic Event V

Treasures – Ceramic Event V

Spheres Ceramic Event 5

Spheres Ceramic Event V

Elisabetta Gendre

Elisabetta Gendre


Nathalie Jover

Ceramic Event Forest

Ceramic Event Forest, Belgium





Pat Swyler Ceramics Sublime


Pat Swyler is a fine ceramicist who creates figurines infused with a depth of feeling and beauty. The figures usually display  classical Mudras, ( hand gestures ) and manage to reflect the subtlety of meditation.


Pat Swyler Purity sculpture



” Since childhood the human figure has interested me as subject matter, a fascination which I have explored working from live models in both clay and drawing materials.  Although the majority of my work is three dimensional, drawing and painting are essential to development of my ideas in clay.
My current work centers on the human body as a means of expressing concepts.  Like dancers, the female forms I sculpt use their bodies to communicate.  The symbolic and transient is conveyed through hand positions, postures, facial expressions or included object.  The figures are seers and intermediaries who comfort, guide, protect or reveal life’s innermost secrets; they are sentinels at the gates of eternity.  Multiple layers of color applied to the surfaces suggest the passage of time.  Patterns, surface textures and “tattoos” allude to our common tribal ancestry and records of our yesterdays.  The scale of my work is small (six to twenty-four inches), requiring the viewer to look closely, creating a feeling of intimacy. ” – Pat Swyler

Inspiration :  The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection of Medieval, Egyptian, Renaissance and Asian sculptures is a source of inspiration.  The paintings, drawings, textiles and sculpture of the Rubin Museum have also given me much visual reference material.  Incorporating historic iconography into my personal vision of clay is a lifetime obsession.


Pat Swyler ceramic bust of uan Yin

‘Virtue’  – Pat Swyler


Porcelain wood fired vessel with lid

Porcelain – wood fired vessel – Pat Swyler


Ceramic vessel with lid Pat Swyler

Stoneware – oxidation fired – Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler-vase

Raku vase – Pat Swyler


Pat describes her technique :   Since first touch clay has been my medium of choice.  Its plasticity allows me to rapidly develop forms, while the firing process transforms them into something stone-like, a metamorphosis of the temporary into the permanent.  My surface colors are built up gradually with a mixed media approach.  Oxides and ceramic colorants are fired onto some surfaces while others are finished with oil and acrylic paint and varnish layers.  Experimentation with color layers is exciting and results in a variety of depth and range not otherwise attainable.  Multiple clays and firing techniques create dramatic differences in surfaces.  The majority of my work is executed in earthenware and porcelain fired in an oxidizing atmosphere in an electric kiln.


shell vessel - Pat Swyler

Pat Swyler



Serenity wall plaque by Pat Swyler - Serenity

‘Serenity’  by Pat Swyler



two teapots Pat Swyler - orange pumpkin style

 Pat Swyler teapots


lidded ceramic box Pat Swyler

Pit fired with gold leaf lidded vessel – Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler statue

Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler-abundace sculpture

‘Abundance’ – Pat Swyler


inner bliss- Pat SwylerCeramic bust – Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler Compassion statue

‘Compassion’  – Pat Swyler


boddhisatva sculpture - Pat SwylerStanding meditation statue  -Pat Swyler


standing Kuan Yin sculpture by Pat Swyler

‘Peace’ – Pat Swyler


Ceramic lidded ceramic pumpkin vessel - Pat Swyler

Lidded vessel – Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler-Harmony sculpture

‘Harmony’ – Pat Swyler


Pat Swyler Serenity 3 sculpture

‘Serenity 3’


Pat Swyler meditation statue -seated posture - inner calmness

‘Meditate’ – Pat Swyler meditation statue

Pat’s statues at an exhibition

Pat Swyler exhibition sculpture

Pat Swyler mudra sculpture



Pat-Swyler---sculpture female figure - vision of calm

Pat Swyler



Pat Swyler-four sculptures

Four Sculptures – Pat Swyler



Pat Swyler ceramic statues

Blissful sculptures by Pat Swyler



Pat Swyler ceramic sculptures

Sculptures by Pat Swyler



Ceramicist Pat-Swyler exhibition

Meditation statues by Pat swyler



Pat Swyler two statues with meditation poses

Two female sculptures with mediation poses



Pat Swyler female figure with mudra statue

More Pat Swyler here


Kuan Yin and the cicada :

A live cicada visiting the Kuan Yin statue in the lounge room


The only time I ever saw an auspicious Cicada in my home was when it came and sat on the Kuan Yin statue. I admired its sense of symmetry.