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Nature inspired pottery decorating


The development of botanical and animal pottery art :  

I never cease to be captivated by the intrinsic beauty of nature. Its form, texture and graceful lines have been well represented in pottery art from the beginning. In pre dynastic Kemetic art (Egypt before the Pharaohs ), Solar-Afro-headed priestesses were often depicted in Nile riverboats . These images occur on numerous ochre-painted ceramic pots, and also appear in rock art and in a tomb murals. The pot below  shows a pair of women in a boat with plants for shade and to their left is a priestess figure performing an invocation.



Egyptian  pre-dynastic Kemetic pottery


In Babylon, ancient Egypt and ancient Greece ceramic tile painting was widely utitilised for decorating. It was used on deck walls, ceilings, floors, murals and even on outside walls and featured both botanical and animal designs. During the New Palace period (ca. 1600 BC to 1450 BCE) of the early Minoan culture, technological advances in materials, firing at higher temperatures and faster pottery wheels, saw an evolution both in form and design. Pottery decoration with spirals and lines became less common as the central theme but remained in lesser areas such as around handles and necks. Plants and marine life now took centre stage. The Floral style most commonly depicted were slender branches with leaves and papyrus flowers.


Minoan Gold Ring

Minoan Gold Ring – unearthed in a burial chamber of a Minoan princess

16th – 13th centuries BC


The Marine style, perhaps, produced the most distinctive of all Minoan pottery with detailed, naturalistic depictions of octopuses, argonauts, starfish, triton shells, sponges, coral, rocks and seaweed. The early Minoan culture had an influence on Greek art.

From 1450 BCE a new style developed, perhaps influenced by increasing contact with the Mycenaean culture from the Greek mainland and this was predominantly found in Knossos. Typical examples were the three-handled amphora, squat alabastron vessels, goblets and unusual pieces including ritual vessels with figure of eight handles and a libation jugs covered in spiky projections. These were decorated with much more schematic representations than the previous styles. Papyrus, lilies and octopuses become  more stylised and abstract. Whilst religious motifs continue to be seen, birds appeared for the first time on pottery, as did helmets and shields.



Minoan dolphin vase

 Although Greek pottery provided us with a wide range of shapes from cups to plates to massive amphorae, many of the forms remained relatively constant over centuries. This is primarily because Greek potters were producing wares for practical use – holding wine, water, oil and perfumes – and once the optimum practical shape had evolved, it was copied and maintained. However, despite this restriction in form, the Greek potters and painters could express their versatility in the decoration of the vase.

From the 8th century BCE, Geometric pottery decoration began to include stylized human figures, birds and animals with nearly all the surface of the vase covered in bold lines and shapes painted in brown and black.

At the end of the 5th century the Greek painters  Parrhasios and Zeuxis, introduced new painting techniques. The former is said to have used outline in new ways which achieved greater realism, and the latter used shading. This inspired new figurative styles with the pottery art.

Early European floral decoration

The Chinese K’ang-Hsi porcelain, which featured both Indian and Korean styled flowers was generally copied during the early development of the botanical decoration of European pottery. The majolica from Spain, which featured a lot of floral decoration also had a substantial input. The advancement of botanical studies, a love of realistic paintings, along with the introduction of new colours supported the creation of more local styles. The liking for bunches of flowers and the production of botanical prints led to further development of naturalistic decorations. As the use of wild-flowers on Marseilles china became popular, this also influenced the rest of Europe in the decoration of their Majolica and porcelain china.

Neo classical, Rococo, Renaissance, Chinoiserie, Baroque, Japonisme, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and most other styles of pottery all had representations of botanical and nature figures in varying degrees. Below is a mixed selection featuring nature inspired imagery.




Cathy Reichel Clark Ceramics




Deb Stableey Pottery

Deb Stableey Pottery




Finely Painted Japanese Ant

Finely Painted Japanese Plate -18th century

( Elegance Auctioneers )




France Bulbous Vase signed L. Berty from Vallauris Provence 20th century




French Majolica Sarreguemines

Birds on a turquoise vase – Sarreguemines French Majolica





Taggerty Pottery




Italian Glazed Earthenware

Italian Majolica – red earthenware vase covered with a mottled pale blue glaze.

(  Ben Ronalds’ Collection – Queensland Museum )





Lavender and white Art Nouveau vase – Hans Rudolf Hentschel – 1896




K'ang-hsi Period Cloisonne

K’ang-hsi Period Cloisonne bottle form vase



Large austrian Amphora ceramic vase

Large Austrian Amphora ceramic vase




Large French or German Majolica bowl





Moorcroft vase, Deco Drive design, issued 2007, designer Phillip Gibson

( Treadway )




Qing Cloisonne enamel

Qing Cloisonne enamel crysanthenum flowers




sunderland carved gourd vessel

 Carved gourd vessel – Marilyn Sunderland





Carved gourd vessel – Marilyn Sunderland




vase with pansy flowers

Vase with poppy flowers -stained glass mosaic

( Penelope )




Victor ArwasnGallery Val Saint-Lambert

 Val Saint-Lambert vase

( Victor Arwas Gallery )





Vintage large vase ” Treespath ”  Rudolph Lorber

Weller Pottery,  USA





Charles Catteau deer vase




Charles Catteau vase





Art Deco Vase – Charles Catteau






English Majolica Baroque vase _ late 19th century

( Ruby Lane )




art nouveau-vase


Art Nouveau vase




Monarch by Sharon Meyer Postance

Monarch by Sharon Meyer Postance





French Art Nouveau ceramic vase

 Lucien LevyDhurmer for Clément Massier



Amphora vase designed by Paul Dachsel

 Crysanthenum flower Amphora vase designed by Paul Dachsel





Amphora vase designed by Paul Dachsel




 Antique French asparagus vine leaf plate MAJOLICA BARBOTINE circa 1880



Antique Hand Painted French planter

Antique Hand Painted French Planter- Rouen Cornucopia




Ben Carter – Dogwood Pitcher




Bust Figurine – Cordey-1940




Daum Vase





 H. Bequet Quaregnon hand painted Ewer  – Belgium


Amphora Art Nouveau vase

( Treadway – Toomey )

Neo classical porcelain lamp

 Neo classical porcelain oil lamp

( Cowans )


Turquoise White Cat Plate with Leaves (1968) – Beatrice Wood

( The Beatrice Wood  Permanent Collection )


Doulton Vase

Pierrefonds vase

French Pierrefonds vase – crystalline glaze

( Treadway Toomey )


Rene-Buthaud vase – large bulbous shape with stylized deer and foilage


Amphora vase, designed by Eduard Stellmacher


Roussillion, France

13/1/2014 →


Weller Pottery botanical pitcher


Art Glass by Jeffrey Pan

Cornflower vase  Lisa Katzenstein

Cornflower vase by Lisa Katzenstein

( )

Matt Morgan Pottery Vase

Matt Morgan Pottery Vase

( Skinner Auctions )

Tiffnay fern vase

Vase of fiddlehead ferns, 1905-15. Manufactured by Tiffany Pottery. Corona, New York.

( Scala Archives )


Pottery vase, bird & flower motif, late 19th century

( Bill Hood and Sons Auctions )

Luba Sharapan mug

Luba Sharapan mug

Julie Whitmore Pottery

Julie Whitmore Pottery

Wella Pottery vase

Weller “Glendale” Vase, Signed, McLaughlin

( Cowan’s Auctions )






Modernist pottery- Portuguese and Spanish




Aleluia Planter – 1950’s  © HPS

Looking at the spectacle of the Madi  Gras Carnival, it’s easy to see the Spanish influence and the comparisons that can be drawn with Spanish art and pottery, with its rich warm colours, vibrancy and motion. Spanish pottery evolved from a culturally diverse heritage, having been influenced by many nations and peoples throughout its history. Spanish culture has its origins in the Iberian, Celtiberian, Latin, Visigothic, Roman Catholic, and Islamic cultures.

The traditional Spanish pottery styles centred around hand painted wall dishes and large pitchers and jugs. Despite the eclectic gestation from Majolica, Islamic, Hispano Moresque, Mozarabic and other European influences, such as the Baroque and  Neoclassical, Spanish /Portuguese pottery became highly distinctive and appealing. This was further evident in the modernist phase in the 50‘s and 60‘s where the abstract styles that filtered through from France, Italy and Germany were adapted and blended into the local styles. Shape and movement were pushed even further without sacrificing any aesthetic balance. Picasso and Dali’s Modernist, Cubist, Surrealist  works from Paris and beyond were also influential.  The pottery featured here is predominately modernist because I feel this reflects the pure abandon of their creativity the most.



Hermanos Perez





Vase with three wings – Aleluia,  Aveiro

( modernaumaoutranemtanto.blogspot )



50’s AleluiaVase

( MdS Auctions )




50’s-Raul da Bernarda vase

Alcobaca, Portugal © CMP




50's Raul da Bernarda vase

50’s  Raul da Bernarda vase

( )





Ceramic candlestick – Pedros Ltd  © CMP





Coimbra-S.P – vase




Cruet—Raul da Bernarda © JMPF




Hallelujah-factory-in-Aveiro - contemporary modern Portugese vase

Modernist vase from the Hallelujah-factory in Aveiro, Portugal




Dish -- Raul-da-Bernarda

Dish — Raul da Bernarda © CMP






 Raul da Bernarda © CMP





Hand decorated Spanish Ceramic dish

( )





50’s Raul da Bernarda small dish © CMP





 50’s Raul da Bernarda vase © CMP




Pitcher – Aleluia, Aveiro – 1955

( modernaumaoutranemtanto.blogspot )





 Pitcher 50s – Aleluia, Aveiro

( modernaumaoutranemtanto.blogspot )




16th century plate

Museo de Cerámica de Barcelona




Caixa Escalonada-Villeroy & Boch-Wallerfangen

Art Deco lidded vessel   – Caixa Escalonada-Villeroy & Boch-Wallerfangen

( modernaumaoutranemtanto.blogspot )




Maria deLourdes-Castro – 1950’s  © HPS



Miro inspired set of Vases

Miro inspired set of Vases – Hermanos Perez

( )



Picasso Fernande 1909

Picasso – Fernande  1909





Pedros Ltd Vase – © CMP




Picasso bull pitcher

Picasso bull pitcher




Pablo Picasso posing with his painting

Pablo Picasso



Spanish artist Merello


“I plead for humility in painting. Painting does not need so much fanfare or intellectual pretension. It must come from a person’s clean soul, from the clear and pure eye of the painter, even if only a simple apple is being painted. It is for this reason that I admire Morandi so much.” © José Manuel Merello





Spanish ceramic wall plaque


Wall-clock Miró-inspired mosaic of glazed, marbled, and crackled shapes and icons in relief on a rustic vase.

Hermanos Perez

Art Deco Vase with Flowers

Art Deco Vase with Flowers – Lusitania – Coimbra


( modernaumaoutranemtanto.blogspot )


Three Mid-Century vases – Aleluia Cerâmicas


Raimundo Folch


The Crockery Vendor _  Francisco de Goya

Museo del Prado  Madrid


Wall tile mural – Aleluia Cerâmicas

Viúva Lamego‘s production is characterized by a vast range of traditional glazed tiles, always hand-painted, which reproduce designs from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.




SPAL-Paradox cubist ceramic cup and saucer

SPAL- ‘Paradox’ cubist cup and saucer




Tino Valduvieco - Raku fired head sculpture

Tino Valduvieco



Saatchi-Art-Artist--Raimundo-Folch---The-awakening-nude female sculpture

Raimundo Folch — ‘The awakening’



Sources cited –   ( © CMP )





Futuristic and virtual pottery






Modern Ceramics – Re-inventing the wheel :


l’Artisan Electronique from Unfold Design Studio

The pottery wheel is one of the oldest artisan techniques for making utilitarian objects. Belgian company Unfold, in collaboration with Tim Krapen and the RepRap community, developed  L ‘Artisan   Electronique, which  is a virtual pottery wheel that can be creatively manipulated on the touchscreen of a  tablet. This also acts as the interface for running a  3d scanner, adapted to pipe clay through nozzles to build the pottery form. The innovative process imitates the traditional technique used by ceramicists, in which the form is built up by stacking coils of clay. The result is a curious meeting of an ancient craft with modern technology and digital design software. And futuristic pottery styles can be created.


Scale Unfold Design Studio

 Simple glazed printed porcelain scaled forms – Unfold Design Studios


The L’Artisan Electronique installation was commissioned by the Z33 Art Centre for the exhibition ” Design by Performance ” According to Jnathon Keppat Unfold, , the clay qualities desirable in more traditional pottery techniques hold true for printing with clay too. The general rule of thumb with clay is that the whiter it is the less plastic and malleable it is. What is known as ‘short’ clay. The darker the clay, the more sticky it is and often the more plastic and able to bend before breaking. The converse is, the whiter the clay the higher the temperature it can be fired to before distorting. So porcelain is higher fired and stronger than say red earthenware red clay. There is always a payoff and that is why most clay bodies are a blend of a number of materials.

More technical details here →




 ‘Volcanoes’ – ave size 9 x 9 cm (Experiments in modelling with ‘sculpt mode’ in the 3d program Blender)


Virtual Pottery from Yoon Chung Han on Vimeo.

Virtual Pottery is an immersive audiovisual installation that uses hand gestures to create 3D pottery objects and compose real-time sound piece. Using the simple and anagogic metaphor, Virtual Pottery attempts to transform body gesture into a digital music domain in a compelling way. The body is transformed into this multi-sensory space as a way of sculpting sound pottery. It delivers the same manner when we do in real pottery creation; sculpting clay, polishing the shape, adding glaze materials, and finally going through the firing process. By using simple hand gestures, the user can experience a virtual creation and sculpt their own pottery pieces, while compose  real-time music. The meditative feeling, combined with experimental music, pushes the user to explore the relation between virtual sculpting and spatial sound composition.



Created in TransLab, Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor : Prof. Marcos Novak
Technical Collaborator : Byeong-jun Han


Project Utanalog, Ceramic Utah Teapot

The Utah teapot is a 3D model created in 1975 by Martin Newell which has become a standard reference object in the computer graphics community. It is a simple, round, partially concave mathematical model of an ordinary teapot. The objective of Utanalog by Unfold is to return the iconographic teapot to its roots as a piece of functional dish-ware while showing its status as an icon of the digital world.






Recent ceramic innovations :



 Modern Italian Fireplace Design by Montegrappa



Pyramid Shaped Coffee Table

Horus Coffee Table

Stephane Thivend





The Reveal Cabinet Furniture

The Reveal Display Cabinet





 Modern chair modules


Ceramic wall from Naxos

Decorative ceramic wallsl from Naxos



sound collector

 The ceramic “Soundcollector” by Dutch designer Rommert Calje is suspended on wires and captures and amplifies sounds.

( an inverse ” cone of silence ” )




Modern ceramic tiles from Impronta




Porfido and Vibrazioni relief tile designs

Impronta Porfido and Vibrazioni ceramic relief tile designs




474px-320px-Italia Nuova Wall Tiles

Italia Nuova Wall Tiles





Ceramica Cielo, based out of Fabrica di Roma, Italy, espouses daring style, and this is clearly visible from their Jungle Collection. Exotic elegance is displayed with these reptile patterns. Definately appropriate for the Year Of The Snake.




Ceramica Cielo





porcelain dress

 Porcelain Dress, by Li Xiaofeng



 Porcelain Dress, by Li Xiaofeng




BRIEFCeramicASE –  Alexandros Stasinopoulos

The challenge in this project, was to mix the concept of traditional ceramics, a primitive material with long history in many cultures, with the unique properties high tech ceramics posses, like their extreme hardness, scratch- and abrasion-resistance, skin friendliness and their unique sensuous tactility.




BRIEFCeramicASE –  Alexandros Stasinopoulos





ceramic dog house

 Luxury ceramic dog house by Marco Morosini. Italian designer dog bed for the pampered and spoiled dogs.


 Ceramic dog house











future figurines – Kim Simonsson





  Matthias Kaeding’s ceramic Neolithic Knives

Time to re-discover our ancient culinary skills. This is just a concept knife, but I’d say a handle wouldn’t go astray.




Urban Knome

Urban Gnome collection from London designers Vitamin

 The Collection comprises a Money Box, Bottle Opener, Salt & Pepper shakers, and a Kitchen Timer.









grey hand crafted modern ceramic plantersA grey hand crafted modern ceramic planters from NATURE




KERAMION Foundation

KERAMION Foundation – Center for Modern and Historic Ceramics in Frechen, Germany



Kim Been Ceramic ToasterPortable Ceramic Bread Iron by Kim Been




 Guarantee perfectly crisp toast by toasting your bread manually.

Silverware Vase

Strips of seaweed have left their mark on the photosensitive surfaces of this vase by Anglo-Dutch design duo Glithero

Glithero developed ‘Silverware’, a photographic technique that captures direct impressions of seaweed specimens on porcelain. The resulting images resemble abstract art from the 1950’s on surfaces that echo Wedgewood’s black and white Portland vase.

castagna dog house bosa

Castagna ceramic dog house by Bosa




A piece of Delftware pottery, developed  in 3D for selling in a virtual world shop, on display in a virtual world apartment.


An impressive abstract facade – Wintergarden Shopping Complex in Brisbane, Australia

” Our work on Wintergarden has enriched the studio’s knowledge in the fields of screen geometry, cutting, folding and panelising to the point where the most complex elements of design and construction are converted from creative potential and idealism to practical achievability. ” –  Studio 505

photo – John Gollings


Teeny flower vases made from sea stones – Mitsuru Koga


A ceramic wig ( actually a bowl )

Claydies and Gentlemen by claydies-hairdo18

Claydies and Gentlemen ceramic bowl by Claydies

( Dazeen )


Dezeen Tyvek Vases by Jiwon



Creating Crockery With A Hammer – Max  Lamb





Tom Collins - Large Pottery Vessel

Tom Collins – Large Pottery Vessel with Lid

MASATOYO KISHI - Cast Stone Sculpture

MASATOYO KISHI – Cast Stone Sculpture

KUKI modernist freeform Bird in Flight design.

(  )

Victoria Morris - sea stone vessels

Victoria Morris – sea stone vessels

Young Jae Lee

Young Jae Lee vessel

Bauhaus style tea pot

Mid Century Bauhaus style tea pot made in Chile

Peter Biddulph Ceramic Design

Ceramic lamp with Led and optic fibre lights by Peter Biddulph of Ceramic Design

Peter Biddulph Wind on Water

Peter Biddulph Wind on Water – a ceramic platter with  violet terra sigallata under ice blue qingbai glaze.

Peter Biddulph site here

Vintage Bruno Gamboni

Vintage modernist bottle by Bruno Gamboni, Italy

Stacking Mugs - Billy Lloyd

Stacking Mugs – Billy Lloyd

Inalco pocelain tiles from Spain

Spanish Inalco ceramic porcelain wall tiles emulating the look of Corten steel.

“Alice” series by Rachel Boxnboim


Israeli Rachel Boxnboim – the pieces retain the texture and seams of the fabric from which they were formed.


Rachel Boxnboim pours the liquid clay into stitched moulds and gradually syringes it out again, leaving a thick layer clinging to the inside of the fabric.

During kiln firing, the cloth burns away, leaving the delicate ceramic vessels behind.

( Dazeen, photos by Oded Antman. )


Drawing Vessels by Japanese ceramicist Fumiaki Goto

  The Drawing Vessels project combines clay with graphite to produce an object that has a dual function as both a bowl and a drawing implement.

The process involves mixing clay, graphite and water then casting the material into the desired shape and firing it part-submerged in charcoal.

The top part is exposed to air during firing and turns white, while the bottom section is deprived of air and turns into pencil lead.

CEramic and graphite drawing vessels by Fumiaki Goto

Drawing Vessels by Fumiaki Goto

So after sipping your green tea, if you get the sudden urge to jot down some notes, a pencil is never far away.

Drawing vessels by Fumiaki Goto- ceramic pencil fused

Drawing vessels by Fumiaki Goto

Modernist sculpture - Uniques and Antiques

Modernist sculpture – height 28 inches

Uniques and Antiques



Light My Lamp


The advent of  Halogen ceiling downlights, dimmers, ultra minimalism, recessionism and plain dullism seems to have reduced the prevalence of lighting employing ceramic bases. And flatscreen TV’s have removed any chance of a return of the TV lamp. It’s a pity because the presence of the overhead light shade usually enhanced and highlighted the textures and features of the lamp base to great effect. Maybe the outlandish, kitschy 50’s and 60’s ceramic lamps have had their moment, although demand by collectors is unwavering. However modernist, abstract designs never seem to date and the retro outlets and channels are still delivering wonderful pieces.

I have also included a few TV lamps thanks to the wonderful collection at These evolved from the earlier radio lamps and peaked in popularity around the 50’s and 60’s. I have included my TV lamp at the bottom of the post, which also fell victim to the installation of a flatscreen TV. I acquired this lustrous Mid-century drip glaze lamp from my local Thrift Shop.


Pair of Green Ceramic Lamps

Pair of Green Ceramic Lamps


Carved white ceramic lamp 1960’s

( Talisman – London  )




Pair of Black and White Pinstripe Murano Glass Lamps set on Lucite Bases – 1970s

( Talisman – London  )




Art Deco Lamps Classiques En Furniture

Art Deco Lamp

( Classiques En Furniture )



Mid-century Ceramic Table Lamp

Mid-century ceramic table lamp




Single Turquoise Ribbed Ceramic Lamp

Single Turquoise Ribbed Ceramic Lamp




Barsony Ceramics lamp

Barsony Ceramics lamp

( Black-Afro – – Flickr )




Bitossi green lamp

Large Bitossi green lamp




Carl Halier lamp

Carl Halier for Royal Copenhagen
and Triangle Studio




Ceramic Cat TV Lamp Sun Window

Ceramic Cat TV Lamp Sun Window





Earthenware lamp base with painted underglaze decoration-Gambone-Italy

Earthenware lamp base with painted underglaze decoration – Gambone,Italy

( Freeforms USA )




Faip figurine TV Lamp

F.A.I.P  figurine TV Lamp




Haeger woman deer lamp

Haeger woman deer lamp




Keystone Lamp Jim and Shirl Parmentier

Keystone Lamp –  Jim and Shirl Parmentier

Alessio Tasca

Monumental Italian Pottery lamp – Alessio Tasca

( liveauctioneers )




Kron Turq dancers

Kron “Dancing Couple” TV lamp




Large figural Art Nouveau Lamp

Large figural Art Nouveau Lamp





Lee Ann Red Lamp



Lise Vintage Lighting

Lise Vintage Lighting





Maddux of California Retro Cockatoo TV Lamp




Marcello Fantoni Italian Ceramic lamp

Marcello Fantoni Italian Ceramic lamp





1950’s Danish Modern ceramic lamp



Mid Century Table Lamp

Mid Century Table Lamp

( BrooklynStVintage )



Miramar Kitty lamp

Miramar Abstract Kitty lamp

( )




Moorcroft Lamp   Anna Lily




Raymor Ceramic Lamp

Raymor Ceramic Lamp



426px-498px-Retro-Pottery-Lamp-with-Cut-0ut flowers

Retro Pottery Lamp



Bernard Rooke Stoneware lamp

Bernard Rooke  ( UK ) – Stoneware lamp

( Freeforms USA )





Ceramic Table Lamp Woven Pattern – Jim and Shirl Parmentier



Tinkers Moon

Royal Haeger ? Fish Lamp

( Tinkers Moon- Flickr )



Toulon ceramic vase

Toulon ceramic vase

( vaughan designs)





Vim O Lite lamp




Vintage Turquoise Ballerina Lamp

Vintage Turquoise Ballerina Lamp

 Lise Vintage Lighting )




Wilshire House Italian Ceramic

Wilshire House Italian Ceramic




large Swedish mid-century ceramic lamp

Monumental ‘Fat Lava’ Swedish Ceramic Glazed Lamp




Italian vintage lamp - decorated with a collection of seaside houses on a hill

 Italian Retro Pottery Lamp 1950’s

The internal globe emits light from all the windows.

beetle2001cybergreen – Flickr )





Mid-Century Modern Yellow Lamp

( Lise Vintage Shop – Etsy )

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Italian Blue and White Striped Ceramic Lamp 1960s

Italian Blue and White Striped Ceramic Lamp 1960s

( Talisman – London )




Large Pair of Textured Ceramic Table Lamps

Large Pair of Textured Ceramic Table Lamps

( Talisman – London )




Tripod japanese ceramic lamp

Tripod Japanese ceramic lamp

( Black-Afro – – Flickr )




MARGAUX Art Deco lamp

MARGAUX Art Deco Table Lamp

( Adelaide Restoration Centre )




Black Yellow Barsony Lamp

Black Yellow Barsony lamp and figurine

( Black-Afro – – Flickr )

Large lamp in blue ceramic, opalescent luster glaze

Large lamp in blue ceramic, opalescent luster glaze

( Lise Vintage Shop – Etsy )


Rare Art Deco Frankart Clock with backlight

( Kaletr esty )

Jacques Adnet desk lamp

Jacques Adnet desk lamp

Marcello Fantoni Ceramic Table lamp

Marcello Fantoni Ceramic Table lamp

Poissons Rene Lalique lamp

Poissons Rene Lalique lamp

Suzanne Ramie glazed ceramic table lamp

Suzanne Ramie glazed ceramic table lamp

A Rare Pair of Mustard Glazed Table Lamps

Pair of Mustard Glazed Table Lamps  – 1950’s

Ceramic and metal Table Lamp

Ceramic and metal Table Lamp

French Bronze Lamp

French Bronze Lamp

French Lamp by Roger Capron

Modernist French Lamp by Roger Capron

Martz table lamp with sgraffito

Martz table lamp with sgraffito decoration

Petite French Ceramic Lamp

Petite French Ceramic Lamp – 60’s

Suzanne Ramie Glazed Ceramic Lamp

Suzanne Ramie Glazed Ceramic Lamp

Art Deco Dancer Lamp

Art Deco Dancer Lamp

Elisabeth Joulia Table lamp

Elisabeth Joulia Table lamp

Tulip Tea Cannister Lamp

Tulip Tea Cannister Lamp

Antique chalkware statue base

Antique chalkware statue base, lace and beaded shade

Art Deco Flamingo Lamp

Art Deco Flamingo Lamp

Chale Citrine crystals lamp

Chale Citrine crystals lamp

ÉDOUARD CAZAUX A Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp, circa 1935

ÉDOUARD CAZAUX A Glazed Ceramic And Metal Table Lamp, circa 1935

Frederic Weinberg Swingtime

Swingtime Lamp

Created by  Philadelphia based artist and industrial designer Frederic Weinberg in the 50’s

(  )

Marcel Fantoni Lamp

Marcel Fantoni Lamp

Square Section Crackle-ware Lamps

Square Section Crackle-ware Lamps

( Windsor House Antiques }


West German Mid Century drip glaze lamp



African Pottery Arts – traditional, contemporary


African Traditional Pottery

Algerian water vessel


African  Water vessel. A ceramic jar which is  worn by women on their backs to fetch water from wells and springs and then to store it in their homes.

Ouadhias culture. Great Kabylia, Algeria



Vessel Azande Africa, Angola

Azande Vessel –   Africa, Angola



Vessel Nupe, Africa,Nigeria

Nupe Vessel – Africa,Nigeria



Water jug from the jerma tribe

Water jug from the Jerma tribe – Niger




Two Samburu girls dressed in her traditional beaded necklaces and headress at a dance. Ol Malo, Laikipia, Kenya





 African beer pot




Nigerian pottery vessel



Yellow Hornbill

Yellow Hornbill

Kruger National Park




Chameleon Lizard


African Contemporary Pottery



design africa Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )




 Kpando Pottery

( Design Africa )



Kpando Pottery

 Kpando Pottery



( design-africa )

Louise Gelderblom vessel

Louise Gelderblom carved vessel

( South Africa )



photo by Eric Lafforgue - Erbore Girl

Eric Lafforgue –  Erbore Girl



 Imiso Ceramics :  

Imiso is driven by the vision of becoming an exclusive design house that reflects the richness of African cultures and traditions. The company was established in 2005 and is currently owned by Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane who collectively bring over 15 years  of experience in creative design and manufacturing. Their first studio and gallery space is currently located at The Old Biscuit Mill, which is situated at the Woodstock precinct of Cape Town. Imiso employs a team of highly skilled artists who contribute to their production of highly distinctive ceramics designs.




 Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane



 Africasso Collection 

Picasso was inspired by Africa and Andile was inspired by Picasso and he has created a collection of ceramic bowls that reflect an abstract sympathy with this style. His pieces dispaly a myriad of visual African stories.



Africasso- Earthernware abstract pottery vase

 Imiso Ceramics   Africasso- Earthenware slip casted Vuyo vase

Africasso-Stoneware sculptural vessel

   Africasso Stoneware coiled vase ; self portrait

Africasso Stoneware vessel

  Africasso – Abstract Stoneware coiled vase; Majola

African abstract tall contemporary vase

Africasso tall vase

Africasso stoneware vessel

Africasso Stoneware vessel

Cubist Africasso showstopper vase

Africasso ‘showstopper’ vase


Hand Pinched Collection

Like a pianist that sorts to unleash magical creativity through her fingers, Zizipho Poswa has created a beautiful, eclectic mix of delicate hand pinched ceramic bowls and platter sets.

Hand-Pinched vessel

Imiso Ceramics   Hand Pinched-walford white clay-oblong bowl

 Zizipho Poswa



 Zizipho Poswa Hand Pinched bowl

  Hand Pinched-walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa



Hand-Pinched-set by Zizipho Poswa

    Hand Pinched-walford white hand pinched 3pc set – Zizipho Poswa

Hand Pinched vessel by Zizipho-Poswa

 Zizipho Poswa


   Hand Pinched-walford white clay hand pinched bowl

 Zizipho Poswa




Majolandile-Dyalvane-Imiso-ceramics-Pinch Bowl Set

Pinch Bowl Set – Majolandile Dyalvane



More African contemporary ceramics –



Earthenware slip cast vase

Earthenware slip cast vase –  Zizipho Poswa



Stoneware-coiled-vase Andile Dyalvane


 Stoneware coiled vase; Red & gold scarified pattern; matrix bottom half-Udu-Vase

Andile Dyalvane




Imiso Ceramics- Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape by Andile Dyalvane

 Stoneware coiled vase; scarified bulb shape

Andile Dyalvane

The Scarified Collection is inspired by the ancient African tradition of body scarification. Scarification is an ancient practice used to protect individuals  against various spiritual and physical manifestations. Designed by Andile Dyalvane, the scarified pottery pieces are intended to carry a spiritual message that will resonate with the ambience of the interiors they are destined for.



Imiso-Ceramics studio




Zizipho Poswa-Imiso-Ceramics

Bright and Pinchy by Zizipho Poswa




Imiso Ceramics—Africasso-platter




Imiso Ceramics hand crafted vessel

Views From The Studio Collection by Andile Dyalvane




Imiso Ceramics slip casting



Cape Town Imiso Ceramics Stoneware coiled vase

Imiso Ceramics  Stoneware coiled vase

Andile Dyalvane



Africasso Conical Vase Majolandile Dyalvane Imiso ceramics

Africasso Conical Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane



Ceramic-Head-Rest - Majolandile Dyalvane

African ceramic head rest – Majolandile Dyalvane


Imiso-Ceramics--Earthenware vessel Majolandile Dyalvane

Africasso Earthenware vessel – Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics



Once Of Scarrified Matrix Vase Majolandile Dyalvane

Once Of Scarified Matrix Vase  – Majolandile Dyalvane




Once-off-Vase-imiso - Majolandile Dyalvane

Once of vase  –  Majolandile Dyalvane

Imiso Ceramics

Imiso Ceramics site here




More African Traditional Pottery


Nigeria pottery William Itter collection

Nigerian pottery water jar – William Itter collection




Nigeria William Itter Collection

Nigerian Pottery Vessel – William Itter Collection

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Jar. Calabar. Nigeria

Ladi Kwali sgraffito pot

Ladi Kwali – sgraffito vessel

Pottery vessel by Ladi-Kwali-(Nigerian)

African Water Pot with sgraffito detail. – Ladi Kwali-(Nigerian)

Ladi Kwali a large Water Jar

Ladi Kwali – large Water Jar

PUNU MASK,-Gabon, Africa

African Punu Mask , Gabon

Chidi Okoye-beauty mask

Beauty Mask – Chidi Okoye

African Global vessel

Carved global vessel with everted rim from the Igbo people of Nigeria

Carved Mother and Child Bowl - Africa

Mother and Child Bowl, late 1800s Yoruba Peoples, Nigeria.


Water Jar. Kabyle peoples, Algeria –  19th century.  Ceramic with red and black pigments.  To this day, Kabyle women coil and decorate pottery with beautiful, geometric designs for their own household use and for sale


HAGENAUER-Karl-1898-1956 African girl sculpture

Karl  HAGENAUER (1898 – 1956)

“Africa in the jar”

( Million & Associes )




Mudsgum earth home

A Mudsgum earth home




Pokot girl with giant necklace - Kenya

Pokot girl with giant necklace – Kenya

( Eric Lafforgue – flickr )



Nigerian incised surface vessel

Nigerian vessel with incised surface




African pot - Bomboka-Henry,-2011

African pottery – Henry Bomboka




Henry Bomboka – 2011




Ethiopian church art Tana lake - North Ethiopia © Johan Gerrits

Priest leaving the church at Tana lake – North Ethiopia

 © Johan Gerrits



Statue – Baoulé Bloblo Bian





African vessel – Magdalene Odundo




Bukenya-Tony,-2011 Two lidded african vessels

Lidded African pots – Tony Bukenya




Alex Kyakuwa





Wall art of a Nguni woman – FALKO 2011

flickr – falko splitpiece


Start-–-A-Journal of Arts and Culture in East Africa

Raku pot from East Africa


See another post on African Art here – African Arts Odyssey



European Ceramics Event – Keramisto – Prt 2



Annual Keramisto Pottery Fair


In 1979, a group of professional ceramists formed the Noord Limburgs Pottenbakkers Collectief (NLPC), in a region in the Netherlands with a centuries-old ceramics tradition, thus laying the foundation stone for the Keramisto Pottery Fair.  In 1988 the first international pottery market in the Netherlands took place as an open air gallery “by potters for potters”, with 60 workshops and studios taking part.
Keramisto was situated near Gennep outside the municipal region of Milsbeek, in a local recreational area called Mookersplats on the banks of a small lake.



 Netherlands :


birgit vogels

Birgit Vogels





Birgit Vogels




Carla Vrijer



Doerte Ahrenkiel

 Doerte Ahrenkiel




Doerte Ahrenkiel




geert jacobs

Geert Jacobs




heike rabe

Heike Rabe




heike rabe

Heike Rabe




heike rabe

Heike Rabe




hein janssen

Hein Janssen





Carla Vrijer




netty janssens

Netty Janssens





Let de  Kok




Res Heyning

Res Heyning








Keramisto Pottery Market



Great Britain :



daniel boyle

Daniel Boyle




David Wright

David Wright





Eddie Margaret Curtis



Jeremy Nichols

Jeremy Nichols



Jeremy Nichols

Jeremy Nichols




John Wheeldon

John Wheeldon



john wheeldon

John Wheeldon





Tony Laverick




rachel wood

Rachel Wood




rachel wood

Rachel Wood


3 ceramic figurines – Annie Peaker





Keramisto stall 2007



Spain :



Joan Serra




jose davila

Jose Davila




jose davila

Jose Davila





Jose Davila





ldia Serra



ldia serra

ldia Serra





ldia Serra



  Czech Republic :


yasuyonishida vladimir gro

Yasuyonishida Vladimir Groh


 Poland :



bozena wislicka,  jan marcin witkowski





bozena wislicka,  jan marcin witkowski



 Lithuania :



Vilija Blciuniene, Osvalda





Lina Bekeriene




crytal glaze

Crystal Glaze keramisto 2009

 ( Veronique Kaiser – Flickr )


 Keramisto 2009

 ( Veronique Kaiser – Flickr )




 ( Veronique Kaiser – Flickr )



keramisto 2007

keramisto sculptures 2007






 Keramisto link here