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European Ceramics Event – Keramisto


Annual Keramisto Pottery Fair


Keramisto is an annual pottery fair held over two days in the Netherlands at Milsbeek North, in beautiful surroundings next to a lake. Ceramicists from all over Europe are selected to present their pieces with 100 artists being chosen in 2012. The event is organised by the Noord Limburgs Pottenbakkers Collectief  (NLPC) and is held around mid March and attracts over 10,000 visitors. Among the numerous activities and festivities which includes music, a dedicated area is set up for some of the ceramicists to demonstrate their latest techniques and skills. There is also a judging panel that selects a ceramic artist for the Pot d’Or, which is recognition of the most outstanding ceramics display. Below is a collection of the artists that were represented from different countries in 2012. ( over 2 posts )



Frans Gregoor

Frans Gregoor

Bibi Kriek

Bibi Kriek

Christel Gourmet.

Christel Gourmet

        473px-277px-Keramisto 2012 Category Jose Davila

Keramisto Ceramiic Fair


Patrick Rollet.

Patrick Rollet

Southern french wood toothpicks collective L'Alandrier

Southern French wood toothpicks collective – L’Alandrier

southern french wood toothpicks collective L'Alandrier

Southern french wood toothpicks collective – L’Alandrier

Philippe Buraud.

Philippe Buraud.

Stephanie Raymond

Stephanie Raymond

Alain Dejardin

Alain Dejardin

Sylvie Piaud.

Sylvie Piaud.

Sylvie Piaud

Sylvie Piaud


Sylvie Piaud

Wolf Catherine

Wolf Catherine

Wolf Catherine

Wolf Catherine

Natacha Brosset.

Natacha Brosset

southern french wood toothpicks collective L'Alandrier

Southern french wood toothpicks collective – L’Alandrier

southern french wood toothpicks collective L'Alandrier

Marie Debax

Ardine Spitters

Ardine Spitters

Ardine Spitters

Ardine Spitters

Lucie Becuwe

Lucie Becuwe

Lucie Becuwe

Lucie Becuwe

Lucie Becuwe

Lucie Becuwe

Martine Zelko Durrenbergerj

Martine Zelko Durrenberger

Martine Zelko Durrenberger

Martine Zelko Durrenberger


Thomas Leganyi

Thomas Leganyi

Ahn Stephanie

Ahn Stephanie

Annette Wandrer

Annette Wandrer

Antje Schwittmann

Antje Schwittmann

Ch Duncombe-Thuering

Christine Duncombe Thuering

ch duncombe thuering

Christine Duncombe Thuering

Christel Moehring

Christel Moehring

Christel Möhring Viersen

Christel Moehring

Elke Eder-eich.

Elke Eder-eich

Enno Jaekel

Enno Jaekel


Fritz Rossmann

fritz rossman

Fritz Rossmann

Horst Goebbels

Horst Goebbels

Horst Goebbels

Horst Goebbels

Horst Goebbels.

Horst Goebbels

ines christoph hasenberg

Ines Christoph Hasenberg


Ines Christoph Hasenberg

ines christoph hasenberg

Ines Christoph Hasenberg

inke uwe

Inke and Uwe Lerch


Petra Bittl – 2011

Ute Grossman

Ute Grossman – 2009

johannes makolies.

Johannes Makolies

mindermann martin

 Martin Mindermann

monika debus.

Monika Debus

sabine kratzer

Sabine Kratzer

sabine martin

Sabine Martin


Sabine Moshammer




An old pottery wheel from 1880

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The second post of Keramisto features Great Britain, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia entries.

 Keramisto link HERE



Venetian Art

Venice-Travel-Poster with a man steering a Gondola

Venice Travel Poster

Golden Winged_lion-Venice

The winged lion has long been the traditional symbol of Venice, ever since the remains of St. Mark were brought to the city in the early 800’s. You can find statues of the lion everywhere in the city, but most noticeably in St. Mark’s Square.


Early history of Venice pottery


Archaelogical excavations have unearthed precious artefacts that date the first appearance of pottery in the Venice lagoon vicinity to the 6th century. Venice was one of the first pottery centres in Italy, the oldest decorated plates found date back to the first half of the 1200’s. The original Venice potteries were concentrated in the area of San Polo and ancient kilns have been found in this location.The first Venetian dishes used two different traditions : Byzantine graffito and Islamic majolica ware.

In 1301 there were already many Venetian potters and they formed a corporation called ” Capitolare dell Arte ” of the ” Scutelari de piera ” This later become known as the Bochaleri and was also traditionally known as the Vasai del Leone ” ( the potters of St. Mark’s Lion ) In the 13th and 14th Centuries, Venetian pottery displayed distinctive geometric plant motifs, either hand painted or scratched using grafitto techniques. At the end of the 1300’s new forms and designs appeared in Venice, such as palmettes, lozenges, birds and animals. Towards the mid 1500’s a more refined style emerged using human figures ( mostly on vases for engagement and wedding gifts ). Also plates decorated with the names and descriptions of local dishes were in vogue. Landscapes and Roman ruins became popular themes in the 16th century for plate decoration.



La Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista by Peter Lombardo,Venice

1478 – 1481

The potters that migrated to Venice form Marche and Faenza in the 1400’s brought about a revival of the majolica enamel glazes. Many workshops run by artists flourished producing wall plates and other majolica wares depicting historical figures and scenes.  The introduction of majolica wares into the Venetian area brought about remarkable changes in the organization of this industry. Majolica (named after the island of Majorca, from where its technique of production was imported to Italy in the thirteenth century) was a much better material for dinner services and offered greater possibilities for decoration than mezza maiolica.

A severe recession n the 1700’s eventually crippled production. In 1773 there were over 30 active potteries, but this was reduced to a few at the end of the century and the Bochaleri Corporation was abandoned. Some of the pottery manufactures that flourished into the 1800’s were Antonibon, Cozzi, and Fiorina Fabris.

Dish - Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

Italian majolica plate – Doge Enrico Dandolo crowns Baldwin I (Baudoin), Emperor of Byzantium (1204-1205)






Murano handkerchief vase –  Venini Fazzoletto






Moorish trader statue in Cannaregio, Venice Italy

bautisterias on Flickr



Vintage Italian Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase


Vintage Italian  Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase





Vase and teapot – Dolcetti – ( )

Giacomo Dolcetti was born in Venice in 1893 and he established his ceramics studio there in 1921 which he called “The Potter’s House”.

Coffee pot by Cozzi pottery 1775

Cozzi Pottery coffee pot – Venice



Monumental San Polo Ceramic-Vase by Otello Rosa

Monumental San Polo Ceramic Vase by Otello Rosa

24.5 inches height, circa 1950


Carla-Coulson-All-saints dayVenice  altar

photo – Carla Coulson

Cantagalli winged lion Italan pottery with a turquoise glaze

Cantagalli winged lion – Italan pottery, Venice


Lilac Africanist Murano Glass sculpture60’s





Giacomo Mantegazza (1853-1920) – Lovers and chaperone meeting on the Venetian canal





Venice-Santa Maria dei Miracoli

It is one of the earliest buildings of the Renaissance style to be built in Venezia

Maurizio Fecchio – Flickr




Venice san-polo-harlequin-vase

San Polo harlequin  vase


17th Century Venezia vessel for herb storage


The Minuet or Carnivale Scene 1754 – 55

Giandomenico Tiepolo

( Musee Du Louvre )




Photos-of-Carnival-of-Venice---Venice---Carmen Piedra

St. Marks facade

Venice, Italy

Ceramic plate - Venetian winged lion in blue and white

Venetian Lion

Carlos Marchiori


Italian Pottery – Painted Bowl, San Polo  Venice

421px-633px-Venetian-jug in blue and turquoise with moorish decorations

Venetian Pitcher


Venetian Green Goblet – 1500

( V & A Museum )

san polo dish

San Polo dish



1950's illuminated harlequin sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo Venice Italy

 Illuminated harlequin sculpture by Otello Rosa for San Polo

Venice Italy


Owls Formia Murano art glass

Murano glass owls

murano glass vase 2012

Murano glass vase


Venice-&-Murano-Glass-&-Mosaic.Venice & Murano Glass & Mosaic 1872

( V & A Museum )

Robert Frederick Blum

Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857-1903) Venice, 1883.



Rookwood vase - Venetian harbour

 Rookwood vase, Venetian harbor scene, covered in a beautifully fired high glaze, executed by Carl Schmidt in 1923.





Murano Glass Fish Sculpture Talisman London

 Murano Glass Sculpture



Crafted-1970s-Murano-bowl in golden glassCrafted 1970’s Murano bowl





‘Comedia-dell-arte’ vase – San Polo


Raymor carved Bitossi style vase

Raymor carved Bitossi style vase


Horses at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice

John Singer Sargent Street In Venice oil painting

Street in Venice is an c. 1882 oil on wood painting by the American artist John Singer Sargent. Painted in a post-impressionist manner, it is set in a quiet backstreet off the Calle Larga dei Proverbi, near the Grand Canal in Venice.

Murano flame vase Venice contemporary glass sculpture

Murano Glass Flame Shaped Vase by Celotto

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

Footed Mid century Italian Pedestal Bowl

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

Murano glass vase

Murano glass vase entitled VIRGO by Andrea Zilio

Perelda, Pollio glass tumbler

VASE  “Cattedrale” from Perelda of Pollio, 1955

Philip-Jackson-sculpture - British

Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) ‘La Scala’.


Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) ‘Doge’s Gondolier’, c. 1997, bronze, 37 ” height


Venice Billboard


Italian ceramic lamp

Italian turquoise sgraffito ceramic lamp with lion motifs.

VASE-TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa

Vase TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa, 1951, execution by Venini & Co

Majolica earthenware plate

Majolica earthenware plate -Venetian noblewoman in purple dress. Giocomo Dolcetti

Tray Majolica - John Petucco

Majolica Tray  – John Petucco





Large dish with characters of the Commedia dell’Arte.

width 47cm




Bassano-del-Grappa,1710 ceramic Inkstand

Venetian inkstand





Gold and black Venetian-Blackamoor!-Palazzo-Bernardo,-Venice

Venetian Blackamoor statue – Palazzo Bernardo, Venice





Venice – Lion at the Arsenal

Wikimedia Commons




San Polo mermaid sculpture

Venice ceramic mermaid  sculpture – San Polo



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Ute Grossman



I-prongs ceramic vessel with geometric triangular patterns - Ute Grossman

I – Prongs – Ute Grossman


Ute Grossman was born in Dresden ,Germany in 1960. Having originally studied Chemical Engineering, she gravitated towards the arts with studies in painting and graphics at the  Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden in 1998/1999. She became a member of the  Association of Artists as a freelance ceramicist in 2003 and has since developed a considerable portfolio of ceramic vessels and sculptural objects. Her early work also involved doing mosaic sculptures in public places. All her ceramic art still displays mosaic aspects, but are now also mixed with raku, which has become a more prominent feature over the last three years.

Recently she has also introduced porcelain clay with finely structured graphic surfaces. Nearly all her vessels are asymmetrical with playful proportions and when combined with the vivacious mixture of colour palettes and textural lines, serve to create striking pieces of ceramic art. Ute claims her work now has either humorous portraits which describe interpersonal relationships or obvious abstracted portraits which explain higher social contexts.

Within the last three years, I concentrated mostly on the Raku-technique.. These are either humorous portraits which describe interpersonal relationships or obvious abstracted portraits which explain higher social context.



Faded-Beauty contemporary ceramic vessel vy Ute Grossman

‘Faded Beauty’ 

raku vase, 2006



In the bushes

‘In the bushes’ – Ute Grossman

raku bottle, 2006




I love old - ceramic vase by Ute Grossman - abstract mosaic decoration in green shades and black

‘I love old’  Ute Grossman

Raku vessel, 2009




Woman Gutsel spending spree by Ute Grossman

‘Woman Gutsel spending spree’

White stoneware clay, Porzellanengobe, glazes, electric kiln 1120 ° C




Abstract ceramic vase called Woman by Ute Grossman

‘Woman’ – Ute Grossman



 Utes Unke - ceramic abstract animal figure by Ute Grossman

‘Utes Unke’   by Ute Grossman

 White stoneware clay, Porzellanengobe, electric fire 1120 ° C,




Ute Grossmann - Keramion 2012 outdoor installation of reclining eggman

 Ute Grossmann installation- Keramion 2012



Ute2 mosaic surface pattern vase - Ute Grossman

 ‘Ute 2’ – Ute Grossman



Unfolded - contemporary vessel with geometric design by Ute Grossman

‘Unfolded’ – Ute Grossman





Towels ceramic vase - Ute Grossman

‘Towels’ – Ute Grossman



Timely Spring

‘Timely Spring’ – Ute Grossman



Ute Grossman-Illusions-2005 asymmetrical vases

Ute Grossman ‘Illusions’





Kernig III by Ute Grossman Green contemporary vessel

Ute Grossman ‘Kernig III’





 Langer Winter 2006 vase by Ute Grossman with geometric patterns

  ‘Langer Winter’ – Ute Grossman




Large Tourmaline - rectangular vase - Ute Grossman

 ‘Large Tourmaline’  – Ute Grossman


Ute Grossmann -Pennant vases with triangle patterns

 ‘Pennant’   Ute Grossman

Raku Vases




Nature scenery vase by Ute Grossman with mosaic finish

‘Nature scenery’ 

white stoneware clay, glazes, raku 1020 ° C




Reversible Afraid two raku bottles by Ute Grossman

‘Reversible Afraid’ – Ute Grossman





Sedate - raku vessel by Utr Grossman

‘Sedate’ – Ute Grossman




Small town (after-Feininger)

‘Small town (after Feininger)’ – Ute Grossman




Luftfassade rectangular vase with abstract decoration

‘Luftfassade’ – Ute Grossman

white stoneware clay, engobe,
electric kiln 1080 ° C





Sweet-Glass- Three ceramic vessels by Ute Grossman

‘Sweet Glass’ – Ute Grossman




473px-338px-Bowl-for-a-baroque-lady Ute Grossman

Ute Grossman



Ute Grossman



Bauhaus sequence with impurity by Ute Grossman - rectangular vase with horizontal stripes
‘Bauhaus sequence with impurity’ – Ute Grossman

Raku, white stoneware clay, glazes, 1020 ° C



Baroque footed vessel by Ute Grossman in red and black

‘Baroque’ – Ute Grossman





Autumnal vase by Ute-Grossman

‘Autumnal’ – Ute Grossman





Ute Grossman ceramic vase with biomorphic designs

Ute Grossman vase





Female sculpture figure – Ute Grossman




Ute Grossman Raku Vase




Russian eggs vase by Ute Grossman

‘Russian eggs, anticlockwise’

Raku, white stoneware clay, glazes, 1020 ° C


Biopop vase by Ute Grossman in grey, black and green



300px-450px-trau-luna ceramic bottle by Ute Grossman

‘Frau luna’ – Ute Grossman



‘SPutnik’ – Ute Grossman



475px-222px-ute-grossman ceramic abstract figures

‘From the Knitting Magazine: The good and the bad fairy’ – Ute Grossman





Woman Up contemporary vessel with horizontal curved stripes and handles

‘Woman Up’ – Ute Grossman



 Ute Grossman website here



It’s a potters world.


 Images of various potters & sculptors :


I’ve admired the works of the following ceramicists and sculptors, so it was refreshing to research this post and get to see what they actually looked like. I think images of artists have more impact when you see them in their studio environment.

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Stig Lindberg

 Stig Lindberg – Gustavberg, Sweden

Stig Lindberg was one of the leading designers of household items that were accessible to almost everyone in Sweden.  His career lasted from about 1937 to 1980 during a “golden age” for Swedish industrial arts.



Toshiko Takaezu

 Toshiko Takaezu





 Yoshida in studio (Ogaya, Japan)




Svend Hammershoei 1873-1948

Svend Hammershoei  1873-1948


Doyle Lane making pottery

  Doyle Lane making pottery



Adelaide Alsop

 Adelaide Alsop  Robineau

Adelaide Alsop Robineau at work. (1865-1929).  A 20th Century Studio Art Movement pioneer, she helped some potters make the transition from factory throwers towards establishing their own studio.


Adelaide Alsop Robineau – NY 1914


Sascha-Brastoff -1947

Kelly Connole

 Kelly Connole



van briggle

Artus and Anne Van Briggle

Van Briggle pottery was founded by Artus and Anne Van Briggle in 1900 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Van Briggle began producing art pottery in 1901.


Isamu Noguchi, Italy 1965-1970 -by Dimitri Hadzi

  Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920’s onward.



akio takamori

Akio Takamori





Norie Allen





Pablo Picasso



avanos pottery

Avanos pottery – Turkey




Barbara Hepworth

 Barbara Hepworth




Bernard Leach

  Bernard Leach

Leach was the so-called father of studio pottery. This was a new idea at the turn of the century when artist-craftsmen mostly worked in factories. A studio potter was one who worked in his own shop on one of a kind pieces. Leach, a Brit who grew up in China, was studying pottery in Japan when he met the renown Japanese ceramicist, Shoji Hamada, an intellectual who was a painter and a potter but who was also a graduate of Kyoto Ceramic Institute, a kind of ceramic engineering school.




beth cavener stichter

 Beth Cavener Stichter




marc chagall

Marc Chargall





 Edmond Lachenal with sons Raoul and Jean Jacques





 Japanese ceramics craftsman – Photo – Tamotsu Enami




Heidwig Mokebaringa

 Heidwig Mokebaringa – Australia




 Jenny Mendes-(and-dog)



Louise Bourgeois

 Louise Bourgeois –  French-American artist and sculptor, best known for her contributions to both modern and contemporary art.





Charles Fergus Binns throwing on the potter’s wheel. Known as the father of American studio ceramics, Binns contributed vital information about clay bodies and glaze recipes to the lay person, laying the foundation for the studio ceramics movement in the U.S. that began in the early 1900’s.

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 Jesus Alvarez, Tonala pottery




Jim Parmentier

 Jim Parmentier





John Reeve

( 1929 – 2012 )



 Joseph Sand





Joy Imai – in studio at Menlo Park

 “I like using my hands and working the wheel. Most of the times I’m wearing some of what I’m making. I even like working with fire, although I’m not always comfortable with it because I’m firing at white heat.”




Jun Kaneko moving work

 Jun Kaneko




Kageyama Pottery, Kyoto

 Kageyama Pottery, Kyoto



lotte glob

Danish potter Lotte Glob  – Scotland



Magdalene Odundo

  Magdalene Odundo




  Taxile Doat  ( 1851-1939 ) was one of the major figures of French ceramics at the turn of the twentieth century.

Between 1877 and 1905, he worked at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres in France and was among the artists who introduced the Art Nouveau style. He also opened his own workshop/studio and developed new techniques including the technique of grand feu enamel on sandstone . For some of his work away from Sevres he favored the Japanese aesthetic of organic shapes and running glazes. Then, in 1909, he taught at the University of Saint Louis, Missouri and contributed to the expansion of artistic porcelain in the United States.




Taxile Doat – SEVRES Cabinet vase in a flambe glaze




Art Academy of the People’s University, – Missouri 1910

( celebrating its first high-firing kiln )

The people are, from left to right, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Samuel Robineau, Edward Gardner Lewis, Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Mabel Gertrude Lewis, Eugene Labarriere, George Julian Zolnay, Emile Diffloth and Taxile Doat.

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From The Centre To The Edge – pottery par excellence


In 2011, the Archie Bray Foundation held a live auction called From The Centre To The Edge to celebrate 60 years of innovation and creativity in the ceramic arts at their wonderful facility. Based at Helena in Montana, the foundation offers residencies and specialized workshops to ceramic artists from around the world. Over the years it has become a premier testing ground for ceramic artists working together to share ideas and techniques. Some prominent ceramicists have studied and lectured at this colony for potters. I think the pieces that were on  offer at this auction are a testimony to the quality of ceramic arts and artists that have been influenced by Archie Bray.


Gail Kendall

Tureen, 2011
earthenware, slip, glaze, china paint,gold luster

  Gail Kendall



Eva Kwong

The Immortal Peach, 2006
stoneware, wood fired

  Eva Kwong



Sarah Jaeger

Dinner Plates, 2011
porcelain, glaze

  Sarah Jaeger


Kevin Snipes

Datz Hot, 2010

Kevin Snipes



Warren Mackenzie

Platter, 2011

 Warren Mackenzie



Peter Voulkos

Anasazi S13, 2010

 Peter Voulkos




Platter #1019, 2010
stoneware, gas-fired reduction

Christopher Gustin





Four-Square, 1987
stoneware, maria crystalline glaze

David  Shaner





Happy 60th Archie Bray, 2010
porcelain, decals, luster

Chris Antemann




Ayumi Horie

Cherry Blossom Plates, 2011
porcelain, gold luster, silver luster

Ayumi Horie




Matthew Metz

Covered Jar, 2010
porcelain, salt glazed

Matthew Metz



Sunkoo Yuh

Untitled (Candle Holder), 2010
porcelain, cone 10, salt fired

Sunkoo Yuh




Josh Deweese

Jar, 2011
salt soda fired stoneware

Josh Deweese






East West, 2010
porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze

Steven Young-lee




Ken Ferguson

Tri Udder Ewer with Mermaid Handle, 2003
stoneware, chrome slip

Ken Ferguson




Sandy Simon

Gathering Green, 2011
red earthenware, porcelain slip, Orr’s green glaze fired in oxidation to cone 02, nichrome wire, red “lucky” seed from the Amazon, wax thread or reed

Sandy Simon




Jun Kaneko

Untitled, 2009
glazed ceramic

Jun Kaneko




John Utgaard

Sentinel, 2007
glazed earthenware

John Utgaard




Randy Johnson

Large Bowl with Black & White Trailed Pattern, 2010
stoneware, wood fired, kaolin flashing slip

Randy Johnson





Pouring Ewer Woman with Crocus, 2004

Patti Warshina




Wayne Higby

Skywell Falls, 2009
ceramic, stoneware tile, earthenware glaze

Wayne Higby




Victor Babu

Small Footed Cannister, 2008

Victor Babu




Gail Busch

Portraits, 2007
terra cotta, terra sigillata

Gail Busch




Robert Archambeau

Bottle, 2011
stoneware, wood fired, shino glaze

Robert Archambeau

Ed Eberle

October 8th 2009, 2009

Ed Eberle

Oshiko Takaezu

Three Closed Forms, 1995
gas fired, porcelain cone 10

Oshiko Takaezu

Linda Sikora

Covered Jar, 2010
porcelain, polychrome glaze, wood fire

Linda Sikora

John Glick

Stoneware Plate, 2009
stoneware, multiple slips, glazes, reduction fired

John Glick

Robert Brady-sm

Bomb, 2007
clay, cone 3

Robert Brady-sm

Don Reitz

Jar, 2008
anagama fired stoneware, 7 day fire with oak, hickory, pine

Don Reitz

vase in window

Vase in window – Archie Bray Foundation

photo – Tharwell

The keeper

The keeper – Archie Bray Foundation


More info on the auction here