Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ceramic alchemicist Josh De Weese

The unpredictability and randomness of different glazing techniques can naturally lend itself to organic forms of abstract expressionism. The ceramic artist has to rely on blind faith and improvisation to a degree and also ” zone” the application of some of the elements to achieve a desired outcome.  Josh De Weese likes to explore these possibilities where the introduction of some chaos and spontaneity into his glazes is a conscious desicion : ”  I have developed a passion for painting with ceramic materials. I enjoy the phenomenon of the melt and the element of gravity that enters the image through running glaze. The loss of control is important, blurring the lines made with the hand, and introducing a sense of alchemy. The viscosity and movement of the glaze becomes an important element in the final image.  I am interested in translating what I see in front of me, whatever it may be. Many of the drawings are sketches of my studio or the view out the window. Images of pottery in my studio often dance across the forms I am glazing. Virtually any view may serve as a still life to respond to. The drawings often disappear among the layers of information that become the final surface, creating a sense of depth and curiosity.”


” I’m drawn to the beauty and mystery of high temperature melting and the element of chance that occurs in atmospheric firings. Woodfiring and salt/soda firing are processes where extreme surfaces can be achieved, in the subtle qualities of raw clays and the vibrant depths of a running glaze. I enjoy using this extremity in an appropriate way for making pottery and in bringing the wonder of alchemy and the natural environment to objects we use in our daily lives. “

Josh de Weese ceramic vessel.


Josh claims that he has been influenced by Asian ceramics, specifically Korean Puncheong Ware, Japanese Oribe and Shino Ware. Although Josh’s pieces in some instances are highly stylized, they still maintain their functionality.” I am interested in how pots can be used every day to bring art into our lives, enhancing our experience with food, adorning our homes, and providing a necessary ritual to nourish our soul and mind as well as our bodies. I try to make pottery that is successful in several ways; comfortable to use, enjoyable to look at, and interesting to think about.”




Wall Slab

DeWeese basket


Stoneware Teabowl

Josh De Weese Jar

Wood Fired Stoneware Jar

Pitcher with Spout – 2008


Liquor Set Wood Soda Fired Porcelain


Stoneware Cup

Stoneware, salt and soda-fired

Liquor Set, 2008

Covered Jar

Serving Bowl  -2012

Jar 2010

Josh De Weese Pitcher

Wood Fired Stoneware Jar

Josh De Weese Teapot

Two Tumblers

Tumbler – 2006

Wood Soda Fired Porcelain Liquor  Set

 Link to Josh De Weese’s site here







Geometric pottery styles

Elfie-Stradler jug

Elfie Stradler jug  ( Retro Pottery )

The rock painting below from Kakadu in Australia dates back to around 50,000 years. It clearly  indicates an artistic sense of symmetry and geometric design. A desire to express defining symbols and a subconscious  longing for structure  and order was possibly emerging as was reflected in  this ancient rock art. Geometric surface art, with both abstract and symmetrical patterns, have pervaded  the pottery arts of most ancient cultures. The earliest on record is the Protogeometric period (1050-900 BC ). Systems of concentric circles or semicircles, groups of oblique shapes, parallel lines, hatched triangles, lozenges and  rows of solid triangles, were the main motifs of the period. The shapes of the pottery vessels had evolved into designs such as the amphora, trefoil oinochoe and lekythos, krater, kantharos, skyphos and pyxis.

Kakadu rock painting

From the Early Geometric period up  to the Middle  Geometric which ended in 760BC, the decoration eventually covered  the entire surface of the vase in zones separated from each other by vertical groups of lines, creating panels. The following Late Geometric phase saw vases adorned by multi-figural scenes of everyday life, such as naval and land battles, hunting, and dances at religious ceremonies, confined within zones or panels. Geometric motifs were still found, amongst them chequer-board pattern, lozenges, complex meanders, leaves, and rosettes, all arranged vertically or horizontally.

Various representations of geometiric designs  have consistently  appeared over time, and with some cultures like the Native American, the geometric images on their pottery took on a tribal and spiritual significance. Other eras like Art Deco, featured  a predominance of  geometric aspects.

Here is a collection of mainly contemporary ceramics displaying various interpretations of geometric styles.

KARL MARTZ – A spherical vase with geometric decoration in green on brick-red ground, 1938

Geometric pyxis with four horses standing on the lid. Terracotta, 760–750 BC (Middle Geometric II). Made in Athens.

Tammy Garcia sculptural modernist vessel

A Never Ending Palette – Tammy Garcia

 Stoneware teapot Chris Gustin

 Stoneware teapot –  Chris Gustin

ROYAL COPENHAGEN  cylindrical vase – Axel Salto

West German Pottery Fat Lava Vases, by Scheurich Keramik ( 60’s )

Simon van der Ven

Vase by Marion Gaunce, porcelain, Britain, 1982.


Ceramic flask-  Robert Lallemant


Raymor-Italian pottery bulb


Gambone – Charger with geometric design

Petra Bittl

 “My work is painted, scratched, inlayed with porcelain and decorated with slips. The painted elements are simple: circles, spots and lines compliment the hand built and thrown forms.”

This Acoma Pottery seed pot by Nerissa Victorino is painted in the traditional geometric designs of red and black on white. –  N Victorino Acoma NM.

( Pavati Collections )

Gambone Italian square  form vessel

John Gill – Ceramic sculptural teapot


Chulucanas Art Deco pottery

Vase with geometric lines

gustavo perez

Takagaki Atsushi (b. 1946)Vessel with vertical folds, 2008

 Takagaki Atsushi (b. 1946) – Vessel with vertical folds, 2008

Ken Price
( Franklin Parrasch Gallery )
Private collection

Shio Kusaka

Aaron Bohrod F. Carlton Ball

Modern Contemporary vase

Modern Contemporary vase – Don Cornett

 Stephen Rodriguez Pottery

Doris Vlasek Hails

Doris Vlasek Hails

  Large double handle teapot

Brenda Richardson

Fine Line Geometric Seed Pot

Fine Line Geometric Seed Pot – Rebecca Lucario     Acoma

Kishi Eiko – Rectangular, leaning form with colored clay inlays, 2007

( Joan B Mirviss Gallery NY )

Suzuki Sensei

Ettore Sottsass

( Bonhams )

Gianni Versace Venini  – Smoking vintage collection ( glass )

HAP SAKWA -Burlwood bud vase


Cubist/abstract bowl –  Ralph Bacerra 1988  ( Lacma )

Muncie art pottery Ruba Rombic vase with airbrushed blue over green glaze

Kishi Eiko

 ( Joan-B-Mirviss  NY )


Poole English art pottery vase


Kondô Takahiro

Sculptural ceramic



Clyde Burt –  Tall tapering red clay bottle decorated in wax-resist with an overall geometric pattern in speckled slate gray glaze.

Denmark Vase –  by Michael Anderson





Pottery Art Of The Day continued



All new images from the top : 


Eatting, Breathing and Dreaming of Clay ( Tumblr )

Amphora Art-Nouveau Vase.

Amphora Art Nouveau Vase.

Akira Satake ceramics

Akira Satake woodfired ceramic



Hungarian Zsolnay mermaid vase with  iridescent glaze – 1900

( Titus Omega )

Izumita Aurora Show 2012

Yukiya Izumita – Aurora 6

Aurora, the mythical Goddess of Dawn,

 appears every morning and flies across the sky,

 bringing hope and renewal to a new day.

( Touching Stone Gallery  )

Patricia Shone raku

Patricia Shone raku, Scotland


Steve Irvine

Tanja Borushko - So What 1

Tanja Borushko  vase – ” So What 1 “


Namingha pot

Namingha pot

Renato Bassoli

Renato Bassoli  – Italy

( 20th Century Collections )

Beate Andersen

Beate Andersen


Shu Mochizuki

Shu Mochizuki

Mark Pharis

Mark Pharis

Guadalupe Robinson

Mexican ceramicist Guadalupe Lanning Robinson

See more pieces by Guadalupe here 

Greg Daly

Greg Daly

Jennifer Lee

Ceramic vessel – Jennifer Lee

Bennett Bean - Dancing Lily

Bennett Bean – Dancing Lily

Melanie Ferguson

Melanie Ferguson vase – Three Sides Of Light

Brian Beam ceramic bottle

Brian Beam

Roseville Pottery - Pine Cone Vase

Roseville Pottery  – Pine Cone Vase

Jim Craft

Jim Craft – Basket Form

 ( Ceramics Now )

Laura Wilensky teapot

Laura Wilensky teapot

Japanese Edo Dish

Dish with tropical decoration.  Japanese, Edo period, 1650–1660.

Navajo Polychrome Sgraffito

Navajo Polychrome Sgraffito Jar by Vera Thompson

Bela Kotai ceramic

Bela Kotai

Pitchervase with primitive cave-drawings Andre Quiron

Pitcher/vase with primitive cave-drawings by renowned French artist Andre Quiron.

Raku Plate DavisVachon

Raku Plate with spiral motif – Davis Vachon ( Etsy )

Angela Vinson

Angela Vinson –Earthly Vase

Lala Studio

Caroline Genders vase

Caroline Genders vase



Brenda Dean organic-inspired vase

Brenda Dean   – organic inspired wrapped slab built in white earthstone.

Alan FoxleyAlan Foxley

Arakawa Toyozo teabowl

Tea Bowl  ( Rising Sun 1969) by Arakawa Toyozo

Cheryl Malone Ceramics

Cheryl  Malone

Flambe Glazed Zun Vase China

Flambe Glazed Zun Vase –  China, Qing Dynasty


Alain Fichot Purple Crystalline vase

Alain Fichot – Purple Crystalline vase

Aldo Londi,- Italy

Aldo Londi,- Italy

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Seeing red


Red ceramics, conceptual architecture and wabi sabi.

Porta Fira Hotel Barcelona

Japanese architect Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos of Spain created this intriguing hotel and it upholds Barcelona’s reputation for innovative architecture. Brash, audacious, distinctive, colourful, even whimsical are typical descriptive terms for the Barcelona style and this tower is no exception. Hotel Porta Fira actually consists of two towers connected by an aterium, the second tower being a symmetrical rectangular shape and was deliberately chosen to create a dialogue with the  main tower, a distorted cylinder, expanding towards the top and clad in red metal panels.


Barcelona architscture, Art Nouveau Casa Catllo building in Barcelona by the architect Antoni Gaudi.

 The red tower  is designed to turn on itself, shifting  its perception as it is surrounded. I’m sure Toyo Ito had some Wabi Sabiin mind when he considered the shape ( no to be confused with the Japanese condiment Wasabi ) There are definitely several dynamics at play with the design, but for me the minimalist entrance is somewhat bland and in stark contrast to the imaginative flair of the top half of the building, creating a dynamic in itself.  I immediately saw a George E. Ohr crease inspired, cylindrical vase. This motivated me to explore the visual triggers that  could have led to this choice of abstract and contemporary architectural style, keeping in mind these evaluations are  generally unfathomable and futile , but I had fun trying.

Vintage West German Pottery Vase Vtg Scheurich Inka Orange Glaze

Vintage West German Pottery  Fat Lava Scheurich Vase Inka Orange Glaze

Canada Art Pottery-speckled-vase

aleksandra88 – Ukraine


This vase was created by an Italian architect named Scarpa Occhi.

La Chapelle de Cap-Malheureux

La Chapelle de Cap-Malheureux – Mauritius

Wemyss Ware pottery vase, decorated with hand painted roses & foliage.

( Ruby Lane )

Carlton Ware Vase circa 1925

Carlton Ware Vase circa 1925

Inverted mushroom shape with an elongated neck decorated in the cubist butterfly pattern.

art deco theatre

Art deco theatre with Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong wall panels.

 Garden Of Delights – Photographer: Steven Meisel

Fire in the sky – Caros Ionut

 Hand-Painted Art Nouveau Glass Vase Circa 1900-1910

( Ruby Lane )

Mid Century red ceramic vessel

Red Glass Gourd Vase by Tony Jojola –  Isleta Pueblo

( Wrights Indian Art )


The Waratah Vase – Marian Munday, 1912 – Australia


Ottawa, Canada

Oriental Art Deco


French Garden Pot


Zsolnay Pitcher



Crimson Casey – taken with Olympus E3Russia Frosted Glass Art Vase

Russia Frosted Glass Art Vase


Sculpture created from 1000’s of Crayola crayons by Herb Williams


Woofy’s created by Gabriel Nigro for Normann, Copenhagen

Art Deco orange vase


1969 USA My House

David Lachapelle


Photo – Jason Wu

Linda Dalton Handbuilt Vase with ferns

Linda Dalton Handbuilt Vase with ferns


Japanese garden in red

Red asymmetrical wavy vase

Shanghai Sculpture

Scheurich Ceramic Floor Vase  1960s

Clement Massier


Over 30 years ago Yoichi Ohiria went to Venice and worked with the craftsmen from Murano and learnt the secret techniques of the Venetian masters opening up glass blowing to singular artists working in their own studios. Ohira’s Japanese sense of simplicity in shape combined with these ancient Italian surface techniques has significantly altered the perception of contemporary studio glass.

 See more at Murano glass HERE



*Wabi Sabi  —  A Japanese term based on Zen/Taoist concepts,  where  a style is developed that doesn’t  have geometric symmetry or perfection of balance, in order to maintain a greater dynamic, based on the belief that a perfected form upon completion has more inertia. Perfection is more easily duplicated.



” I See Red ” – Split Enz

If you have no interest in madcap art-rock from the 70’s, skip this video.



Ceramic decor designs


A collection of ceramic innovations and ideas for consideration in the field of interior decorating.

Contemporary Porcelain sculpture- Cheryl Ann Thomas

Porcelain sculpture-  Cheryl Ann Thomas



Rupert Spira three cylindrical vessels

Rupert Spira





Cone lamp base made from gypsum cement that’s been pigmented, layered, and topped with a spun-copper shade.





Chloe Peytermann



sicis-flower-power-mosaic bathroom panel

SICIS – ‘Flower Power’ mosaic panel




Jane Perrymann contemporary ceramics

Conversation jp93 – contemporary pottery

Jane Perryman



Three textured surface ceramic vases by Millie

 Millie Vases


Pair of ceramic bookends with Chinese boy figures

Blue and white Chinese ceramic bookends

( Kyo )




Simple homeware range made from recycled marble dust by-Francesca Gattello




Simple homeware range made from recycled marble dust by-Francesca Gattello




Porcelain hug cups – Eszter Imre

Eszter Imre is a designer and ceramist from Hungary, living in Sweden. Hug-cups are special tea cups in which the handle allows you to hug the cup with your hand while still feeling the comfort of a handle.




Ifat Shterenberg ceramic furniture : 

 Ifat uses slab rolled clay combined with various textiles and metals and uses both industrial and handmade techniques to achieve her art personified functional furniture. In 2011 she debuted at the ” 100%design ” exhibition in London . Ifat studied at Tel Aviv in Israel where she gained a BA in business administration and an MA in communication, then went on to study pottery, sculpture and glazing. In 2006 she established her own company where she pursued her dream of creating aesthetically pleasing and functional ceramic sculpted furniture. One of her objectives has been to  develop techniques that maintain structural strength while keeping the weight to a minimum.

Ceramic contructed seat, side table and coffee table base by Ifat Shterenberg

Ceramic seat, side table and coffee table base.


Ifat-Shterenberg-ceramic-outdoor furniture

Ifat Shterenberg outdoor ceramic seating


Ifat-Shterenberg-ceramic-indoor contemporary furniture

Ceramic coffee table and seats

ifat shterenberg ceramic footrest

Ceramic Footrest

ceramic-furnishing - Ifat Shterenberg

Ifat Shterenberg ceramic decor furniture

French Antique Jarre Biot garden pot

French Antique Jarre Biot

Antic Store



Ceramic pendant lamp ‘Dent’

Manufacturer Miniforms design by Skrivo




Marsotto Edizioni :

Marsotto Edizioni contemporary furnitue

Marsotto Edizioni



Marsotto Edizioni - contemporary chair made from marble

Marsotto Edizioni



Marsotto Edizioni minimalist marble side table

Marsotto Edizioni – minimalist side table




ceramic Totems-by-Marsha-Karagheusian

Ceramic ‘Totems’ by Marsha Karagheusian


Brazilian artist Suzy Carvalho ceramic sculpture -"Ames"

Suzy Carvalho ceramic sculpture -“Ames”




Davis Vachon raku lidded vessel

Davis Vachon

Handmade raku fired ceramic

Sicis mosaic pool tiles, Italy

Mosaic Pool Tiles ( Sicis )

river-stone-circle-sculpture by Tom Stogdon

Tom Stogdon Sculpture


Ceramic bathtub 'Charme' by Nuvist white ceramic folded bathtub

Ceramic bathtub Charme by Nuvist.

Ergonomically designed to provide support for arms, back and legs.

Large Darcy Badiali ceramic planter

Monumental ceramic vessels by Darcy Badiali. These pots are nearly 2.5 feet tall and feature a black volcanic glaze with incredible texture and thin clay body. ( originally I thought this had been achieved with Photoshop wizardry )

jade money plant in ceramic planter

Gropius Jade – the feng shui freindly succulent plant.




Stig Lindberg and Saxbo ceramics - mid-century modern bowl and bottle

Stig Lindberg and Saxbo ceramics

( Decoblog )


green-contemporary-ceramic-vessel by Bencher

Olive Green contemporary vase – Bencher



Twin bath pods with a view for the living room.

Contemporary twin bath pods with a view for the living room.



acquaefuoco-Italian-design Bio ethanol triangular fire sculpture

Bio ethanol fire sculpture – Apricena



Karen Burk - Fish on a rectangular platter: White orchids on gray porcelain with underglaze decoration

Fish on a rectangular platter: White orchids on gray
porcelain with underglaze decoration

Karen Burk

Two contemporary ceramic vases by Petra Bittl

Two contemporary vases by Petra Bittl

Monica van den Berg ceramic sculpture bust

Monica van den Berg ceramic sculpture

South Africa

Harrison Macintosh pottery USA

Harrison Macintosh

Jesper Packness ceramic store in Copenhagen

Jesper Packness ceramic store


Flower mosaic bathtub by Mosaic Sweden - floral designs on white mosaic

Flower mosaic bathtub by Mosaic Sweden




Tall contemporary ceramic vases

Tall white ceramic bottles

Ceramic lamps - Szilvia Gyorgy

Ceramic lamp –  Szilvia Gyorgy



Larry Halvorsen - Balloon Blade Ceramic Vessel with sgraffito decoration

Larry Halvorsen – Balloon Blade Ceramic Vessel




amy-kline-spirit-bottle-and-cups ceramic decanter and three cups

Amy Kline – Spirit bottle and cups



Vintage McCoy Pottery Harmony Mid Century Modern Planter Tangerine

Vintage McCoy Pottery –  Mid Century Modern Planter Tangerine



bio futuristic fireplace with clean rectangular design

bio futuristic fireplace

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Pottery Art of the day



Jan Bilek porcepain teal striped bottle

Teal Striped Bottle – Jan Bilek

My pottery is wheel-thrown and altered porcelain.  In order to create a balance between form and surface, I have utilized multiple layers of flowing glazes to express a sense of movement and dimension that is organic in nature. The fluidity of the glaze enhances the expression of the vessel form and inspires a body of work that explores the theme of nature and growth. “

Vilmos Zsolnay

Swedish Vase, geometric styled leaves.

Beverly Marusa Teapot

The juxtaposition of soft color transitions and  twining roots against the textural surfaces found in geologic formations fascinates me. It so readily illustrates the struggles of life forms adapting to the ever changing influences of our ecosystems by both natural causes and the effects of human activity. I strive to convey this struggle in my work by using soft glaze transitions and adding natural elements in the forms of clinging roots, vines, and leaves.

Satsuma Vessel

Large turquoise serving/fruit bowl  – Pietsch Pottery

Yu Gwang-yeol, Korean ceramic master

Porcelain cat Anya Stasenko and Slava LeontyevPorcelain Cat

Painted Porcelain Cats – Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

” arlequin with guitar ” –  Giulio Pedrana – 2011

Red Dragon Paperweight – Royal Crown Derby




Ceramic Mural Nancy McCroskey

Large Ceramic Mural – Aerial Rhythm 1991 – Nancy McCroskey   ( 6ft x 12ft )

( Whetstone ES )

Jane Peiser Landscape Vase

Jane Peiser ( Glass Artist ) – Night/Sky/Land – Landscape Vase

Billet – Giles Bettison  ( Glass Artist ) 2009

Sabbia Gallery

Lidded Shino Jar with Finger Wipes, 2012   – Warren Mckenzie

( lacoste gallery )

Garden Ceramic Firepot

Austrian Amphora Vase

Nick Joerling

Barbro Aberg

Barbro Aberg Ceramic Vessels – Sweden

Puls Gallery

Ancient Greek Amphora

 In the Panathenaic Games, amphora vessels containing oil were used for prizes for victors. (560 BC)

Garry Shead

( Vicki Grima – flickr )

Thomas Fetter Modernist Studio Art Pottery

( Trocadero )

Lawrence Namoki

( Two Ravens pottery )

” Small Bouquet ” – Kochevet Bendavid

Amphora Clock – Austria

Vase by Legras

Meghan Stewart – BULB VESSEL (large)
porcelain – thrown and hand built
under glaze wash and drawings non-functional.

( Gallery 78 )

Patch glazed pitcher vase.

Anita Harris fairydust lustre skittle vase

( Barewall )

Red Owl Cookie Jar – Anthropologie

Flora Danica dinner set – Denmark


Siiri Silpala Doan carved tree plate.

Satsuma Porcelain Bottle

One of the most famous Japanese cities for producing porcelain wares is Satsuma, which is located in the prefecture of Kagoshima.

1950s Italian ceramic Tri Colour shoulder vase by Marcello Fantoni for Raymor.

Small Ceramic Platter   ”  Reclining Woman  “

” The female form is a recurring inspiration and seems to lend itself beautifully to decorating the curves of platters and dishes. This platter was made of pressed raku clay, fired and then painted with layers of acrylic colour. I’m reminded of a pottery teacher who once remarked on my fondness for depicting ‘declining nudes’! Henri Matisse’s paintings provided the inspiration. “

– Jill Milne

Yoshiro Ikeda  – Abstract Ceramic Sculpture

Picassoesque sculpture by French ceramicist Roger Capron.

Galle Vase   1918 – 1931

Italian ceramic Lama Vase – Fratelli Fanciullacci

Ceramic Amphora bowl four handled with colourful slip painted design

( Treadway Toomey Galleries )

Cloisonne and foil design vase

Earthenware cooking pot from South Vietnam

( Freer/Sackler Gallery )

Kai Futamono

Ash glazed pottery bowls – Ema Hiroshi

Green has become thicker every rainfall.
Exhibition of works by sending gotten fired for 10 days continued to put fire to the kiln.
This work but it’s also 72 different, something that can be introduced in three days or after a few more points ·. Still would like to see the real thing. In light of the morning I would Implied blue, the color of the evening  do not know any better.Not available over-the-counter and not a glossy color when moistened with water!

And pumped out in less Shimawa cup, coffee cup, so use items normally · · ·

( the Google Japanese translation for the details of  these bowls had me stumped )

Jane Perryman Raku Vessel

” Struggling form ”   –  Harumi Naka

Ando Jubei  – Japanese Cloisonne Moriage circa 1900

( The end of history shop )

Simone Fraser

Demonstrating at the Australian Ceramics Triennial

Ardmore Platter

( Ardmore Australia )

Michael Schael – Drip glaze vase – Rock Eagle Pottery


Layne Rowe – Scarify Series

Handpainted antique French porcelain mantle clock

Baroque Rococco revival style signed Felix

Chinese porcelain vase

Terry Wright

Terry trained as a sculptor and potter in South Africa before going  to Australia to work as a teacher.

One of her enduring interests is low fired ceramics, a reference to the influence of traditional African ceramics.

Hand Painted Limoges Porcelain Plate in stylized Art Nouveau Purple Iris

Signed  Haviland Limoges France 1893-1930

( Rubylane )

Fong Choo

Allamakee Wood Fired Pottery

Tall  Italian Art Pottery Vase with Sgraffito Lines and Gold Bands

Tang-Dynasty- Rare Miniatur Chinese Pottery

Roman 1st Century glass bowl

 Detroit Institute of Arts

Lutz metal overlay vase

Original Bizarre Clarice Cliff  Vase – 1928

more Clarice here


 Moser Bohemian Art Glass Vase  c: 1885

( Ruby Lane )

A Nazca/Wari transitional stirrup jar – pre AD1000



Pottery Art Of The Day continued






Yoga merged with clayart




Clay pottery goes through many transmutations that are analogous with yoga during its creation. The stretching, kneading and contortions it experiences is not dissimilar to what yogic practitioners subject themselves to when practicing their asanas ( postures) in the pursuit of agility and good health. Added to this is when the clay becomes an object of intense concentration during formation, being scrutinized and contemplated till deep meditative moments arise that lead to illumination for its design. Not to mention the exhilaration of the whirling dervish moments it can experience when being thrown on the wheel. At times it is privileged to experience the flashes of brilliance from its creator, which surely infuses it with a sense of wholeness and contentment. Next comes the purifying powers of the kiln unleashing its subtle and unpredictable refining forces not unlike the “ fire of yoga “. If it survives the post kiln scrutiny, it can go on to further glory, rather then be discarded from the Path into the reject bin. Now for the deep cleansing it receives in the cleanup that takes it to its final Enlightenment where it experiences an eternity of bhakti yoga (adoration) when on display.

 Marjory Bankson in her book ” The Soulwork of Clay – A hands on approach to Spirituality” states –  “Working with clay is a way to get our hands dirty and our minds clear “.  She also alludes to it being a kind of primal therapy with the statement “We were all mud-loving children once”.  



expanding white flower gif

yogini painting by Holly Sierra

Holly Sierra


Retro Thai lady lamp

Mid century oriental Siamese lady lamp

(  beetle2001cybergreen – flickr )

  Bill Campbell lotus bowl

 Bill Campbell lotus plate





Ganesh statue, Ubud, Bali



Lidded bue Lotus Jar

Blue Lotus Jar – Moorcroft – 2009

The divine image of the lotus is often used to symbolize purity.

colorful elephant statue on the street The Elephant Parade is an open air art exhibition of life size models of elephants held for the preservation of the Asian elephant. Held in the streets of Holland, Belgium and London over the years, the Elephant Parade has raised millions of Euros for the Elephant Family charity- which is working with the Wildlife trust of India in preserving the Asian elephant.



Sacred Om symbol in coral, gold and turqoise

‘Om’ turquoise and coral inlay pendant




Carved-teak mandala -wall-panel

Exquisite teak mandala screen


Wicked Clay Girl wabi sabi wavey bowl

Bowl with a ceramic wavy organic shape for a meditation bowl in wabi sabi turquoise

WickedClayGirl – Etsy



Peacock Jar- Anne Webb

Raku Peacock Jar by Anne Webb

Meditation Shrine

Meditation Shrine

Cindy Fuqua pottery vessel with horse hair decorations

Cindy Fuqua horse hair pottery





Buddha, pumpkin convergence

Tribute to Miyashita Zenji vase

Miyashita Zenji vase   ( 1939 – 2012 )

( Joan B Mirvis Gallery )

Ginkgo Meditation Vase Celery green glaze

Green Ginkgo Meditation Vase

( JW art pottery )


Japanese Imari bowl



Clarice Cliff jug -1929-1931

Clarice Cliff –  1929-1931

Peruvian raku lotus bottle - Armando Romero

Peruvian raku lotus bottle – Armando Romero



Two Trees at Midnight by Linda Starr

 ‘Two Trees At Midnight’ –  Linda Starr

( bluestarrgallery blogspot )

Campbell Pottery Studios

Campbell Pottery Studios

Grace-Cheng tri legged ceramic vessel

Grace Cheng tri legged ceramic vessel

Muncie Matte Blue Vase

Muncie Matte Blue Vase

Meditation figurine by Buddahbuilder

Meditation figurine by Buddahbuilder



Van Briggle Pottery turquoise vase

Van Briggle turquoise Vase





Asian fabric lotus print



Vase signed – Flowering Cherry Tree Japanese Inspired

( Rubylane )

CONTEMPLATION-ceramic vessel by Ann Mallory

‘Contemplation Vessel’ – Ann Mallory

Dancing Dakini - Musée Guimet - Paris

Dancing Dakini – Musée Guimet – Paris

The largest museum of Buddhist art in Europe.

Meditation by Victor Salmon

Meditation by Victor Salmon

Large natural Lingham Stone from India

Large Shiva Lingham stone naturally formed by the currents of the Narmada River, India

( Lawton Mull 1stDibs )

Smiling Stone Buddha

Smiling stone Buddha

Toseland om vase

Om Vase – Toseland Glass

Mandala Pendant Shimmer Creek

Mandala Pendant

( ShimmerCreek – Etsy )


Raku ‘Buddha in Clouds’ – Anita Feng

Brian Kakas abstract sculpture

Abstract ceramic sculpture  – Brian Kakas

( Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University )

Michael Wein Raku Bottle

Michael Wein Raku Bottle



Jingdezhen-Kiln-Qingbai-Glaze porcelain crane candlestick holder

Jingdezhen Kiln Qingbai Glaze Porcelain Candlestick – Song Dynasty

Yoga bella sculpture

Yoga Bella sculpture – Acacia

A Chinese famille rose bowl

A Chinese famille rose bowl – Quianlong 1760

Artpark yoga sculpture by Ev Meynel

Artpark sculpture ” Lotus ”  – Ev Meynel

Duangkamol vase

Celadon ceramic vase, ‘Orchid Glory’ – Duangkamol, Thailand

( Novica )

Yoga Figurine King Pigeon

Yoga Figurine King Pigeon

( )

Vintage Mexican Painted Terra Cotta Sun Face Mask Wall Hanging

Vintage Mexican Painted Terra Cotta Sun Face Mask Wall Hanging

( beadandbag – Etsy )

Matsui-Kosei-(1927-2003 )

Matsui Kosei –  (1927-2003 )


SMOKEY BLUE OM – Brenda Mcmahon

Crystal Healing Buddha

Healing crystals with  Buddha bust

Studio Salvadore glass vase

Studio Salvadore glass vase

Zhao Meng sculpture

Zhao Meng sculpture

 ( Tao Water Art Gallery  )

Mougin vase executed by J.Wolfe

 Mougin vase executed by J.Wolfe

Kurt and Heidi BekerYoga 2011---Ceramic figures

Kurt and Heidi Beker – Yoga-Ceramic figures  2011 Australia

( Gannon House gallery )

Curvy Yogini figurine

Curvy Yogini figurine ( cobra pose )

Jizo Japanese garden statue holding hydrangeas

Jizo – Japanese garden statue

Ireland's famous Belleek porcelain vase

A porcelain vase by Ireland’s famous Belleek Pottery





Deep Blue Azurite gemstone – Shilu Mine

Ann Mallroy Ceramic Lingum

Ann Mallroy Ceramic Lingam

Delhi Art Gallery - Manifesta by G.R. Santosh

G.R. Santosh – ‘Manifesta’

Delhi Art Gallery

Mexican folk art peace-plate-475x450

Mexican Folk Art plate

    Esse Art and Yoga:   Esse is an Art and Yoga centre combined and is situated in Fargo.” Our space is split into two halves that work together to form a whole. We promote the arts + wellness in an intimate and comfortable environment “. Featured below are some their talented artists.


Dale Cook :

Dale Cook red ceramic vessel

Dale Cook



Dale-Cook-wood-carved-wooden vessel

Dale Cook

Dale Cook ceramic blue jar

Dale Cook


Dale Cook Wood Carved bowl with leaf motifs

Dale Cook



Dale Cook wood carved vessel

Dale Cook



Emerge :

circular ceramic vessel by Emerge

Circular ceramic vessel – Emerge



 Casey Hochhalter :

Casey Hochhalter Ceramic Sculpture

‘Upsurge’ by Casey Hochhalter



Casey Hochhalter blue sculpture

‘Culminate’ – Casey Hochhalter



Casey Hochhalter Pitfall ceramic sculpture




David Valdez Ceramic Sculpture

David Valdez ceramic sculpture




Blu lotus flower



Caterina-Zacchetti seated girl in Full Lotus yoga pose

Caterina Zacchetti ceramic sculpture





Cypress Cut away Bowl Bonnie Belt




‘Springburst’ – mosaic art mandala – Brett Campbell Mosaics




Stone Lotus Pottery green glaze cup and saucer

Turquoise and jade glazed platter and bowl – Stone Lotus Pottery





‘Awakening’ – James Perry

Isabella Garrucho Fine Art




Ogata Kamio (b. 1949) Carved columnar neriage vase with blue, off-white and grey colored clay, 2007

Carved columnar neriage vase with blue, off-white and grey colored clay – Ogata Kamio





puxianmalaysia.wordpress Seated bronze Buddha holding red lotus

 Seated bronze Buddha holding red lotus flower




Zen-Garden,-Koyoto-Japan-in black and white

Zen Garden, Koyoto Japan



Elena-Ray---flickr buddha stone head with stones and a flower

Buddha display – Elena Ray





Vessels of the aromatic

 Snuff bottles, incense, perfume and potpourri vessels :

 The use of fragrant oils, incense and perfumes have really been in use since humans first came into contact with flowers, herbs and spices. In ancient times, sweet-smelling flowers and rich blends of fragrant spices were steeped in oil (not alcohol) — which took up the fragrance and was then decanted into jars. Perfumery, or the art of making perfumes, began in ancient Egypt but was developed and further refined by the Romans and the Arabs.The Egyptians , who weren’t really a  seafaring country, were motivated to take to the sea in the pursuit of exotic fragrances such as myrrh and frankincense, which they used for their embalming and  in their  temples Most ancient religions used perfumes and incense for  temple worship and cerermony. Although perfumes and perfumery also existed in East Asia, most of its fragrances were incense based. The first modern perfume, made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution, was made in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known throughout Europe as Hungary Water.

Kinkohsan Ware Incense Burner

 Kinkohsan Ware Incense Burner

ceramic popourri vessel

Ceramic potpourri vessel

Byzantine Incense-Burner

Byzantine Incense Burner

Mummy shaped perfume flask

Mummy shaped Egyptian perfume flask


Pharaoh  Hatshepsut perfume vessel.

 Tutankamun pouring perfume oil onto the waiting hand of his queen Ankhesenamun, as shown on the gilded side of his Nekhbet shrine.

Potpourri Receptacle by Crown Derby

Potpourri Receptacle by Crown Derby

( Takasago Fragrance Museum )

Chinese Blue and White Pierced Ceramic Covered Potpourri Jar

Fragrant oil burner

Garan-seki (old temple stone) incense case

Incense burner (koro), Edo period (1615–1868)

Incense Burner (Koro ) Edo period (1615–1868)

( Met Museum )

Rene Lalique perfume bottle

A spherical incense burner with a design of waves, rabbits, gold and silver maki-e lacquer.

Late Edo Period, 19th Century

Since it is designed to stay upright and can be inserted into the sleeve of a kimono, it is also called a sode-kohro (sleeve incense burner).

 Potpourri Receptacle by Limoges

Early 19th century

( Takasago )

Perfume Bottle by Daum Brothers

Perfume Bottle by Daum Brothers

Potpourri Box Harmony Gillian McMillan

Potpourri Box Harmony by Eliza Wang

via Gillian

 Three-legged jar/incense burner with Tohsansai glaze and green dapple.

Green Buddha Incense Burner

Perfume oil vessel

Japanese Incense Burner

Japanese Silver incense burner with Shibayama-style inlay.

( Takasago Fragrance Museum )

Glass Perfume bottle by Salavador Dali

Le Roy Soleil by Salvador Dali

Incense burner

Censer from Mongolia

Snuff Bottles

The craft of snuff bottle-making dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and came to  flourish fully during the Qing dynasty. While snuff first came to China from the West, the snuff bottle is an absolute Chinese invention which combines both Chinese and Western cultures. Snuff  bottles continued to be in fashion for over two hundred years until the end of the Qing dynasty, and was an art form connected closely with Imperial tastes. Initially only used within palace circles, snuff bottles were soon collected and used among literary and scholarly circles in the Qing society, as well as the merchant classes. Incorporating the most sophisticated techniques of China’s applied arts, snuff bottles are the combined product of generations of superb craftsmanship and artistic achievements. Snuff bottles sometimes displayed motifs aimed at bringing  wealth, health, good luck, longevity, and even immortality to the owner of the artifact.

Snuff Bottle – Ming Dynasty “Xuande” Reign Porcelain

A ‘famille-rose’ porcelain moulded and enamelled ‘double-gourd’ snuff bottle.

1736 – 1760

Qing dynasty, Qianglong period, glazed porcelain bottle with coral stopper.

Vintage Chinese Snuff bottle

Two Blue and White Porcelain Snuff Bottles

Qing Dynasty Snuff Bottle

Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect III exhibition, from the collection of Denis Low :

Dragon Fish Cloud Dragon

The Imperial Five Blessings Snuff Bottle

The Imperial Five Blessings Snuff Bottle

Heaven-on-Earth- (1900-1930 )

Superb Imperial Quails (1736-1780)

The Petrified Forest (1750-1780) Snuff Bottle

Snuff Bottle – The Petrified Forest (1750-1780)

Imperial Gilded Coral Red Porcelain

Imperial Gilded Coral Red Porcelain (1736-1780)

Scene From The Dream Of The Red Chamber

A Scene From The Dream Of The Red Chamber (c. 1895-1901 )

An example of a snuff bottle painted on the inside with ink and watercolours through the mouth of the bottle.

It is said that the art form first emerged sometime around the reigns of Qianlong and Jiaqing’s.




 Making Scents :


Making Scents from Edurne Bargueno Vida on Vimeo.
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