Monthly Archives: April 2013

London Contemporary Art Gallery – Erskine, Hall and Coe


 Erskine, Hall and Coe – contemporary art and ceramics

Shozo Michikawa Natural Ash Pot, 2012

Shozo Michikawa

Erskine, Hall & Coe is a gallery that displays modern art along with 20th century and contemporary ceramics.
The London gallery is in central Mayfair, off Bond Street, at 15 Royal Arcade. The gallery carries an extensive stock of ceramics, often including works by, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, Jennifer Lee, Gustavo Pérez, Shozo Michikawa and Sara Flynn. It is currently under the directorship of  James Erskine, Matthew Hall and David Coe.




Latest  Exhibition


Sara Flynn

Irish ceramicist/sculptor Sara Flynn’s exquisite and tactile contemporary porcelain sculptural forms are on display from 3rd -25th of October, 2018



Sara Flynn Irish pottery

Sara Fynn ‘Camber Vessel’



Sara Fynn – ‘Flection Vessel’




Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SP

+44 (0) 20 7491 1706
[email protected]


Past exhibitions 

Lucie Rie

Erskine, Hall & Coe is pleased to present an exhibition of exquisitely thrown works in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware by Lucie Rie (1902-1995) Lucie Rie has a long history at 15 Royal Arcade in London. Her work was first shown here at the opening of Galerie Besson in 1988, and has been regularly exhibited since. For our forthcoming exhibition we are delighted to be showing over thirty works from throughout her lifetime, including the first bowl bought by Galerie Besson. The show will consist of works that span over six decades, from rare pieces made in Vienna in the early 1930’s to beautiful bowls made in Rie’s Albion Mews studio in London in the late 1980’s.


 27 June – 20 July 2018 




Lucie Rie Bowl with Spiral Clays,-1960s---stoneware

Lucie Rie Bowl with Spiral Clays



Lucie Rie-Vase with Flared Lip,-1960s

Lucie Rie- Vase with Flared Lip




Genta Ishizuka

Kyoto artist Genta Ishizuka’s first European exhibition ‘Membrane’ will be running from the 21st February to 22nd March, 2018, featuring 21 works in urushi lacquer.

“I believe “membrane” is a word that is connected to both my production method that utilizes elastic cloth, as well as the sense of envelopment given by applying the urushi, in the way it covers the whole work like a skin. This word that is used with animals, plants and other organisms also has an affinity with the organic material of urushi, and be a  kind of skin, connoting physicality.”



Genta-Ishizuka-lacquer-ware - ox blood red polymorphic form

Genta Ishizuka



Genta Ishizuka




Past exhibitions 


Yasuhisa Kohyama & William Wilkins     ——  An exhibition of ceramics and paintings

This exhibition comprises 28 ceramics by Yasuhisa Kohyama and four paintings of Kohyama’s work by William Wilkins.

8th – 30th November 2017  –  Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday10am – 6pm.




Yasuhisa-Kohyama anagama fired ceramic sculpture

Yasuhisa Kohyama anagama fired ceramic sculpture



Still-Life-I,-Kohyama-Vessels,-2016----William-Wilkins oil painting

‘Still Life I, Kohyama Vessels’, 2016—-William Wilkins



Yasuhisa Kohyama



 Claudi Casanovas at the Fitzrovia Chapel


Erskin Hall & Coe are hosting an exhibition of 6 new works by Claudi Casanovas through to 23rd July, 2017

Quart Minvant (Waning Crescent) consists of six new sculptures, which make up the final instalment of ‘The Lunar Cycle’ by Claudi Casanovas. This monumental series began with Lluna Nova (New Moon) in 2013 and included Quart Creixent (Crescent Moon) in 2014. We are delighted to present this exhibition of new work in the historic Fitzrovia Chapel.



Opening hours:

Daily, 11am – 4pm

Please click here for the Fitzrovia Chapel’s location

The 'Lunar Cycle’ sculptures by Claudi Casanovas

‘The Lunar Cycle’ by Claudi Casanovas



Past exhibitions 

Seven Japanese Artists


Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to present an exhibition of 36 works
by the following Japanese artists:

Yasuhisa Kohyama
Ryoji Koie
Shozo Michikawa
Jihei Murase
Machiko Ogawa
Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Shiro Tsujimura



 Japanese ceramic art sculpture bust

‘Suemono’ – Yasuhisa Kohyama

2014 – anagama fired stoneware, 17 x 11 x 8 cm



 Japanese ceramic bowl

Machiko Ogawa

2015 –  porcelain with silica sand and Feldspar, 11.2 x 26.5 cm



Stoneware Vase anagama

Shiro Tsujimura

Stoneware Vase, 1993



horizontally ribbed bowl, wavy cone shape

Shozo Michikawa

Natural Ash Sculptural Form, 2013


15 Royal Arcade 28 Old Bond Street London W1S 4SP

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Past exhibitions 

Sarah Flynn

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm.


“Having begun my career producing small-scale functional pots, as my skill and confidence have increased I have moved entirely into making one-off vessels which are purely sculptural in their intent.
Increasingly the main elements feeding the development of the work are Process and Finish; coupled with constant exploration and a deepening understanding of Form and Volume.”


spine-camber-vessel-2016 by Sarah Flynn

Spine Camber Vessel, 2016

Height 24cm



Gordon Baldwin & Ewen Henderson

Works from the Mike O’Connor Collection


Erskine, Hall & Coe are pleased to present Gordon Baldwin & Ewen Henderson, comprising 30 works by two of the most important and influential 20th century British artists working in clay.

On the face of it, the two ceramic artists exhibited together here could not be more different. Gordon Baldwin’s sculptural vessels, with their smooth, painterly surfaces, and considered forms, stand perfectly balanced. Although invariably asymmetrical, enquiring, the questions they explore elucidated with patches, pocks, grids and lines, they have a poised authority. Ewen Henderson’s sculptures, by contrast, seem to re-enact the drama of their making. Craggy, rough, your eye dances over their surfaces, drawn from one excitement of texture or colour to another, discovering their formal logic as you move around them. They seem to triumph in accident, just as mountains owe their magnificence to cataclysmic movements beneath the earth’s surface.

– Emma Crichton-Miller




Ewen Henderson




Developed Sculptural Form, 1984

Gordon Baldwin


Exhibition catalogue here 



International Ceramics

The current exhibition featuring works by twelve artists from six countries, draws to a close on 8th September. The earliest work in the exhibition is a trio of bowls by Lucie Rie, dating back to 1949, and the most recent is from last year by renowned Japanese artist Machiko Ogawa.


Gordon Baldwin,
Claudi Casanovas
Hans Coper
Ruth Duckworth
Ian Godfrey
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Ryoji Koie
Jacqueline Lerat
Magdalene Odundo
Machiko Ogawa
Lucie Rie
Zung-Lung Tsai



Hans-coper-mid-century-bowl with abstract motif - Erskine, Hall and Coe

Hans Coper Mid-century bowl



Pair-of-abstract-biomorphic ceramic-sculptures-Ruth-duckworth-0039-04

Ruth Duckworth




Zung Iung Tsai -‘The Temperature of Tranquility’







Machiko Ogawa  – First European Exhibition

8 June — 3 July,  2016



Machiko Ogawa female Japanese ceramicist 8-June---3-July-2016 First-European-Exhibition

Machiko Ogawa

I feel overwhelmed by her tremendous spirit when I look at some of the work that will be shown in London. Delicate jade-color glazes that remain in the bottom of bowls that look like broken shards of ancient earthenware; and that suggest the deposition of memories and time.

Issey Miyake



Winter Exhibition

4 December 2015 – 28 January 2016



1. Jennifer Lee  2. Hans Vangsø  3. Matt Wedel   4. Shugo Takauchi  5. Yasuhisa Kohyama  6. Sara Flynn  7. Anthony Benjamin  8. Ewen Henderson  9. Tatsuzo Shimaoka  10. Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

 Claudi Casanovas and  Bernard Dejonghe


An exhibition featuring ceramics by Claudi Casanovas and glass by Bernard Dejonghe, which is open until the 20th of October, 2015 – Monday through Sunday.


 Claudi Casanovas ceramic sculptures

Claudi Casanovas




Bernard Dejonghe contemporary glass sculpture

Bernard Dejonghe




‘Avis on a Base’ – Gordon Baldwin



ISSUU---Gordon-Baldwin-by-Erskine--Hall---Coe - Painting in the Form of a Bowl - 1988

‘Painting in the Form of a Bowl’ – Gordon Baldwin




Matt Wedel 


Born in Palisade, Colorado, USA – Matt Wedel currently lives and works in Athens, Ohio.  He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then obtained a Master’s degree in Ceramics from California State University.


Matt Wedel ceramic art sculpture

Matt Wedel



Matt Wedel at Louver Gallery exhibition

Matt Wedel



YASUHISA KOHYAMA   –  4-27 February 2015


Kohyama has played a very unique and significant role in reviving the use of the traditional Japanese ‘Anagama’ wood firing kiln, as he was the first potter in Shigaraki to build such a kiln since the Middle Ages.  He is also a contemporary master of the ancient practice of Sueki, a method that originated in southern China and which accounts for his unglazed yet glassy surface textures. Kohyama’s work is collected internationally and exhibited widely throughout Japan and overseas.  It is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as several museums throughout the Netherlands and Germany.”The work of Kohyama…is an expression and bold bridge between the ancient techniques of Sueki and anagama firing and contemporary Japanese abstract ceramics. No glazes are used on his works; the varied surface texture, sheen and matte effects, and subtly restricted colors of each piece are achieved entirely by the potter’s hand, the clay body composition, the firing wood and the placement in relationship to the intense heat of the kiln, and the unpredictably swirling ash, all highly natural results.” –Ann Albano, Executive Director, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009


Yasuhisa Kohyama contemporary Japanese ceramics

 Anagama fired ceramic sculpture – Yasuhisa Kohyama




Yasuhisa Kohyama contemporary Japanese ceramics


Wood fired anagama ceramic sculpture – Yasuhisa Kohyama



Yasuhisa Kohyama contemporary Japanese ceramics

Anagama woodfired ceramic vessel – Yasuhisa Kohyama




Yasuhisa Kohyama contemporary Japanese ceramics

Anagama contemporary ceramic vessels – Yasuhisa Kohyama




Yasuhisa Kohyama contemporary Japanese ceramics

Contemporary Japanese ceramics – Yasuhisa Kohyama




 Sara Flynn


Erskine, Hall & Coe is pleased to announce the opening of our second solo exhibition of new work by Sara Flynn, which will be open from the 5th through the 27th of November. The exhibition will comprise of twenty-seven vessels and bowls, and will highlight Flynn’s movement to new forms and glazes.


 Sara Flynn black vessel

On the surface Erskine, Hall and Coe believe they are hosting an exhibition of mainly black pots but it is really a dance performance expressed through the potter’s hands. No music is needed. The rhythmic sway and lilt of Flynn’s vessels provide the syncopation. – Garth Clark

Sara-Flynn-bowl White exterior, black interior bowl – Sara Flynn


Sara Flynn – mustard glaze vase


 Contemporary vase – Sara Flynn


 Sara Flynn

“The best of handmade pots are kinetic, they move as the eye explores line and
silhouette and Flynn’s are no exception, indeed great exemplars.”
—Garth Clark, Chief Editor of CFile


Claudi Casanovas – ‘Quart Creixent’

A solo exhibition of ceramcis and works on paper by Claudi Casanovas.


Claudi Casanovas. Installation

Claudi Casanovas sculptures

Claudi Casanovas Erskine Hall and Co

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas exhibition London


Claudi Casanovas exhibition London

bqcant-2 - pair of stoneware sculptures Claudi Casanovas

A pair of stoneware sculptures

Each pair of works in the ‘Quart Creixent’ group have a unique name which refers to organic and eternal growth and the Myth of Dionysus.  The title ‘Bacant’ relates to Bacchus (Dionysus).

Claudi Casanovas at studio

 Claudi Casanovas

quart-creixent Claudi Casanovas

Quart Creixent  – Claudi Casanovas


 Classic & Contemporary Ceramics, featuring the work of ten acclaimed artists produced from the mid-20th century through the current day.
Represented artists include Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Ruth Duckworth, Gordon Baldwin, James Tower, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Ewen Henderson, Claudi Casanovas, Colin Pearson and Jacqueline Lerat.  The show will bring together some of the best examples of these artists’ work.

Colin Pearson pottery vessel

Colin Pearson

Ewen Henderson pottery sculpture

Ewen Henderson

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott vessels

James Tower vase

James Tower

Lucie Rie mustard glaze vase

 Mustard glaze vase by Lucie Rie

Rita Duckworth contemporary sculpture


Rita Duckworth contemporary art sculpture

Hans Coper contemporary ceramic vessel

Contemporary ceramic vessel – Hans Coper

Jacqueline Lerat Chateau Japonais, 1994

Jacqueline Lerat Chateau Japonais, 1994



Ewen Henderson

 Born in Staffordshire in 1934, Ewen Henderson studied painting and sculpture in Cardiff, and later trained in ceramics under Hans Coper and Lucie Rie at the Camberwell School of Art.  Henderson’s work is very closely linked to the landscape which surrounded him, which includes Avebury, Eden Valley in Cumbria, the Rollright Stones in north Oxfordshire, Orkney and Manorbier in Pembrokeshire.  His vessels and tea bowls are hand-built and made of laminated stoneware.

“I fell in love with both the material and the vessel as a magical form; but it was a long time before I realised how I wanted to use it…I was seduced by the alchemy of change where you take a material…and it is transmogrified into something else.”—Ewen Henderson

Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramics

Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramics Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramics

Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

Ewen Henderson ceramic sculpture

Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

 Ewen Henderson abstract ceramic sculpture



Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

 Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramic art


Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramic

Ewen Henderson contemporary sculpture

 Ewen Henderson contemporary ceramic sculpture




Annie Turner & Hervé Jézéquel  :   Annie Turner is a British ceramic artist from Suffolk, whose art is very closely linked with the river Deben and its surrounding environment where she grew up. Turner’s sculptures are delicate and fragile, yet possess a quality of strength that suggests movements of currents and the tides of the water, changing seasons and the passage of time. Her work communicates with the concepts of Hervé Jézéquel’s pictures. Jézéquel is a French photographer living in Paris, who explores ideas of ruined architecture and landscape in his work. He has travelled to many diverse areas such as Iceland, Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Annie Turner

Annie Turner

Annie Turner

Annie Turner

Annie Turner Ceramics

Annie Turner Ceramics

Annie Turner ceramics

Annie Turner ceramics

AnnieTurner ceramic art

Annie Turner ceramic art

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel


Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel

Hervé Jézéquel


James Tower :

James Tower is one of the most distinguished ceramic artists of the 20th century.  His ceramics are unique for their visual effects which suggest that he responds to nature and his environment.  He became an established artist in the 1950’s and has exhibited alongside such artists as Barbara Hepworth and William Scott.  A goal of Tower’s was to achieve a quality in his work that is, in his words – ” perhaps best defined as a sense of completion,  a longing for a serene harmonious whole which contains dynamism and vitality, satisfying our intellectual and spiritual needs.’ — James Tower.

James Tower ceramic art

Chest Form, 1982 

James Tower ceramic art

James Tower contemporary ceramics

Divided Form – 1982  – James Tower contemporary ceramics

Vessel James Tower

Vessel James Tower

glazed earthenware  1985

Large Bowl, 1983 James Tower

Large Bowl,  James Tower


James Tower-Leaf Form ceramic vase

James Tower – Leaf Form ceramic vase

James Tower - Concave Form

James Tower  – Concave Form

white earthenware  1965

James Tower Butterfly Form ceramic plate

Butterfly Form, – James Tower


‘8 Artistes & la Terre’ 


Claude Champy, Bernard Dejonghe, Philippe Godderidge, Jacqueline Lerat, Michel Muraour, Setsuko Nagasawa, Daniel Pontoreau and Camille Virot.  These artists currently work in France and were first brought together by a book, ‘8 artistes & la terre,’ published by Argile Editions in 2009.  Following in the footsteps of the group’s show at Musée Ariana in Geneva, this exhibition marks the first time these artists have shown together as a group in the UK.

The-Shelters - 2013 Philipp Godderidge

The-Shelters – 2013  – Philipp Godderidge

terracotta and engobes on glazed brick

Bloc-noir - Claude Champy

Bloc noir  – Claude Champy

Bolis, III,-2013 Bernard Dejonghe

Bolis, III,-2013  Bernard Dejonghe

Camille Virot

Bol,  2013    Camille Virot

Cylindre 2011 Michel Muraour

Cylindre 2011  – Michel Muraour

72 x 17 cm

Pierre étoilée Daniel Pontoreau

Pierre étoilée   – Daniel Pontoreau

stoneware with porcelain; porcelain slip

Sculpture 2008 Setsuko Nagasawa

Sculpture 2008 – Setsuko Nagasawa

stoneware, 42 cm long x 29 cm diameter

Jacqueline Lerat (1920-2009)

Sculpture, circa 1970-75    Jacqueline Lerat  (1920-2009)


Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa lives and works in Seto, a home to potters for 1,300 years.  His work has been exhibited internationally, including a landmark exhibition in 2005 in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Angus Stewart, in an essay about Michikawa’s work written in 2011, declares:
“…Michikawa’s originality calls out for attention.  He offers freshness, technical prowess and figurative puzzles that irk and stimulate the alert.  The traditions he draws upon dates back to the cave dwellers.  Michikawa’s excellence as a technician, his empathy with natural phenomena, and his outstanding artistry, are something to shout about.”

shozo michikawa sculpture

shozo michikawa sculpture


shozo michikawa

Shozo Michikawa ceramics

Shozo Michikawa ceramics


Shozo Michikawa

Japanese Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa, Japan

Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa teabowl

Jennifer Lee 
Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee


The work of Hans Coper, Ruth Duckworth and Lucie Rie.
Ruth Duckworth porcelain
Ruth Duckworth vessel (1919-2009)
Lucie Rie
Lucie Rie  footed stoneware bowl  – c. 1968
Hans Coper
Hans Coper  Spherical Pot with Disc Top, 1965
Lucie Rie
Lucie Rie  Large Porcelain Bowl, 1984
Ruth Duckworth sculpture
Ruth Duckworth  –  Untitled Bronze Abstract Statue
Some of the other artists featured at the gallery :
475px-225px-From Stronghold, Witches Flew, The Kissed and Murmured series, 2012 earthenware; glazed and sag gar fired porcelain and stoneware
From Stronghold, Witches Flew, The Kissed and Murmured series, 2012 earthenware; glazed and sag gar fired porcelain and stoneware.
Ian Auld – 1960s
Ewen Henderson - sheeps skull
Ewen Henderson – sheeps skull
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Matthew Harris & Tim Rowan
Matthew Harris & Tim Rowan
Gustavo Perez ceramics
Gustavo Perez

   Gillian Lowndes, 2013

Gillian Lowndes Portrait
Gillian Lowndes   1936 – 2010
Gillian Lowndes Sculpture
Gillian Lowndes Sculpture Gillian Lowndes Wall Panel
Gillian Lowndes Wall Sculpture
Can Collage
Can Collage, created in 1998 by Lowndes, below, from fibreglass tissue, a sardine tin, forks and other materials. Photographs: Crafts Council; Karen Norquay
Painting and ceramics exhibition  2013


Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff


Rita Duckworth Abstract Figurine

Ruth Duckworth.

Artist R B Kitaj

R B Kitaj


Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Inspired by the work of modernist potters Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, as well as the paintings of Giorgio Morandi, Hanssen Pigott is one of Australia’s most successful ceramic artists.  She is distinguished for the unique abstract simplicity of her meditative, off-white porcelain pots, arranged in close groupings, which can be seen both as metaphors and as ordinary everyday objects.

contemporary ceramics

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott ceramics

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Gwyn Hansen Piggott contemporary ceramics

Gwyn Hansen Piggott contemporary ceramics


Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

     Claudi Casanovas :

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

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Claudi Casanovas

Claudi Casanovas

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      Rafael Perez ” My way of working is based on my personal “opened eyes” and “looking firstly” point of view. I try to transfer this sensation to my works, and I consider them good when opening the kiln I don’t recognise the pieces as mine and I get surprised. ” ~ Rafael Pérez 2012

Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez

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       Ruth Duckworth   ( 1919 – 2009 ):   Ruth approached clay as a sculptor rather as a potter, and brought an aesthetic rigour to her refined vessel forms, figurative sculptures and installations. She helped shape a new way of thinking about ceramics in the second half of the 20th century, and was the recipient of many awards for her extraordinary contribution to the arts.

Ruth Duckworth Untitled Porcelain

Ruth Duckworth – Untitled Porcelain


Ruth Duckworth Wall Mural

      Sara Flynn

Sara Flynn

Sara Flynn



Sara Flynn  – Pressed Vessel

      Shozo Michikawa :   Shozo Michikawa was born in Hokkaido, the most northern area of Japan. He initially had a career in business but took up evening classes in art where he discovered his talent and passion for pottery. A few years later in the 1970’s, Shozo made the decision to give up his life in business and to focus on creating ceramics. In July 2005, Shozo was given the rare honour as being the first Japanese artist to have a solo exhibition of his art in The Forbidden City in Beijing. He has widely exhibited in Japan and around the world, including the Philippines, Mongolia, France, China, New York and London.

ShozoMichkawaNatural-Ash Glaze Plate

Shozo Michkawa  – Natural Ash Glaze Plate

Tall Natural Ash Glaze Cut Sided Pot

Tall Natural Ash Glaze Cut Sided Pot


Shozo Michikawa  – Kohiki Sculpture

Twisted Form 2010

Shozo Michikawa – Twisted Form 2010

Shozo Shino square pot

Shozo Shino square pot

   Tim Rowan :

Tim Rowan sculpture

Tim Rowan sculpture

Tim Rowan Teabowl 2012

Tim Rowan –  Teabowl  201

Tim Rowan Untitled 2008

Tim Rowan Untitled 2008

  Toru Kaneko :


Toru Kanekou –  Untitled 2008

 Yasuhisa Kohyama :

Yasuhisa Kohyama Bachi 2011

Yasuhisa Kohyama  – Bachi 2011

Yasuhisa Kohyama Kaze-2012

Yasuhisa Kohyama Kaze -2012

       Yasuyuki Oyama :

Yasuyuki Oyama Obi 2010

Yasuyuki Oyama – Obi 2010

Yasuyuki Oyama Untitled 2009

Yasuyuki Oyama Untitled 2009

     Anna Vannotti :

Anna Vannotti Slab1996

Anna Vannotti – Slab 1996

    Catherine Yarrow :

Catherine Yarrow Dish

Catherine Yarrow Dish

Catherine Yarrow Tower with Discs

Catherine Yarrow Tower with Discs


Catherine YarrowYoni1970

Catherine Yarrow Yoni 1970

     Deirdre  Hawthorne :  

Deirdre Hawthorne iMPART 2012

Deirdre  Hawthorne – Impart  2012

Deirdre Hawthorne Riverbed Group

Deirdre Hawthorne – Riverbed Group

   Ewen Henderson : For Henderson, “fluxed earth”, as he called clay, was capable of being stretched and teased into complex new forms. His construction methods produced objects with a multiplicity of colour and textures, edges and interior spaces. His mastery of form was based on his insights as a painter, and he always stressed drawing as the key to his three-dimensional achievements. In the late 80s, Henderson’s ceramics became more sculptural, and he largely abandoned the vessel in favour of intricate open structures – often monumental – investigating his interest in intersecting volumes, spaces, edges and contours: a three-dimensional development of Cubism.

Ewen Henderson Tea Bowl

Ewen Henderson – Tea Bowl circa 1990


Ewen Henderson – 1992


Ewen Henderson

Ewen Henderson sculpture

 Akire Yagi :

Akire Yagi Twisted Form 2012

Akire Yagi Twisted Form 2012

      Gordon Crosby :

Gordon Crosby Large Teabowl

Gordon Crosby Large Teabowl

     Gustavo Pérez :

Gustavo Pérez Vase Sculpture - 2011

Gustavo Pérez Vase Sculpture – 2011

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       Hans Coper :

Hans Coper Cycladic Form

Hans Coper Cycladic Form On Cylindrical Base

Hans Coper Large Square Bottle

Hans Coper – Large Square Bottle

Hans Coper Thistle Form 1975

Hans Coper  – Thistle Form 1975

Gustavo Pérez

Gustavo Pérez

    Jennifer Lee :

Jennifer Lee Large Open Bowl 1989

Jennifer Lee  – Large Open Bowl 1989

     John Ward :

John Ward Large Bowl 1980

John Ward  – Large Bowl 1980

     Keiishi Tanaka :

Keiishi Tanaka

Keiishi Tanaka

      Koji Hatakeyama :

Koji-Hatakeyama Six Faces 2012

Koji Hatakeyama  – Six Faces 2012

Koji Hatakeyamaz Eight Faces-2

Koji Hatakeyamaz  – Eight Faces-2011

     Lucie Rie :

Lucie Rie Green Bowl with Brown

Lucie Rie Green Bowl with Brown

Lucie Rie large Bowl 1984

Lucie Rie large Bowl 1984

 Above images © Erskine, Hall & Coe Limited

old bond st arcade

Royal Arcade 1

( Copyright Joan Street )



Art Nouveau – the enticing style of a new century


The evolution of Art Nouveau


In 1893 Edmond Lachenal introduced a new range of matt glazes that became the hallmark of his mature style – mat email veloute ( matt velvet opaque glaze ). It was created by immersing a standard glossy glaze into a  a hydroflouric acid bath and stripping it back to a matt glaze. This was highly symbolic of the more formal classical styles being dissolved to usher in a new era. The colourful, soft textured, ethereal glazes were perfectly suited to the dreamy, organic appearances of the emerging Art Nouveau designs. The muted palette gained instant acceptance and the Musee des Art Decoartifs purchased a Lachenal ceramic piece with this glaze in 1894. Simultaneously in the 1890‘s Jean Carries, Auguste Delaherche and Ernest Chaplet were also experimenting with muted earth tones. Another innovation in Lachanel’s work were his forms became more sculptural and organic. So plants weren’t merely painted on the surface, but became integrated into the surface form itself. Critics praised this happy union of naturalistic forms, complimented by the matt glazes as robustly graceful.

Ibis vase Ernest Chaplet

Ibis Vase – Ernest Chaplet

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The botanical vases with an organic appearance had a resemblance to the Japanese carved stone arts. This was no mere coincidence as the French designers in the 1880’s and 1890’s, such as Emile Galle, had been forging new styles based on nature, which reflected their inspiration from the Japanese aethestic. Since 1854, Japan had opened up its trade with the rest of the world and Japanese art flooded into the European markets. The subtle beauty and refinement of their paintings and ceramics had an immediate influence on the artists of Europe. Edmond Lachenal also began casting and glazing the work of independent sculptors. This practice was already a major aspect of Émile Müller’s firm, Tuileries d’Ivry. Then the idea was taken over by artisan-al potteries such as that of Alexandre Bigot. The collaboration between sculptor and art potter had a special currency; the concept of a fusion of all the arts, both high and low, were frequently discussed. Lachenal produced ceramic sculptural pieces for Auguste Rodin (1895), Daillion ( 1895), Agnes de Frumerie (1896-1906), Ferdinand Faivre (1897), Luca Madrassi (1894) and Max Blondat (1904). His collaboration with the Swedish figural sculptor, Frumerie,  resulted in her applying her talents to decorative vases, which produced works consisting of maidens merged with oversized flowers, dejected Elves, dancing nymphs entwined in vines and leaves and other nature themes blended with figures of feminine mystique.


Art Nouveau Figural relief Vase – Edmond Lachenal  & Agnes de Frumerie

In the excellent BBC series “ The Allure of Art Nouveau “ ( see below ), the following story was related by Alfonso Mucha’s grandson – During the holiday season of December 1894, the struggling Czech artist/painter Alphonso Mucha, happened to be in a Paris print shop when the printer arrived with a request for an urgent poster promoting Sarah Bernhardt’s new play ” Gismonda “. As most of the Parisian artists were out of town on holidays, Mucha was in luck and received the commission. When the printer saw the result 2 weeks later, he was initially shocked by the style and muted colours that Mucha had produced. However Bernhardt loved the artwork immediately and gave Mucha an embrace, declaring ” you have just made me immortal “.


Alfonso Mucha Gismondo poster

After the introduction of the poster on the 1st of January in 1895,  this turned out to be quite a prophetic statement, as the poster was an overnight sensation and was continually souvenired off walls. It was also a pivotal moment, being one of the first examples of inexpensive art being mass produced for general consumption. Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was termed initially the Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau (French for ‘new art’) The promotion and development of Art Nouveau was rapid in architecture, ceramics, advertising and design and flourished for around 15 years.  Aubrey Beardsley’s illustration’s in Britain, Hestor Guimard’s design of the Paris Metro, Mary McDonald/CharlesMcKintosh in Glasgow, the architecture of Victor Horta in Brussels along with Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona and the Jugendstil secessionist  movement in Vienna all drank from the same fountain of creative elixir and inspiration during this extraordinary time. Edmond Lachenal continued his adventurous Art Nouveau ceramics into the 20th century with flamboyant forms and rhythms in his designs. Technical artistry was a feature of Art Nouveau decorative arts.  Ancient and historical techniques were revived and new ones invented, creating radiant colours and iridescent vividness resulting in captivating glazes and forms.

1910 teal-and-purplre Bud vase

Teal and purple Art Nouveau vase with pewter trim detail – c.1910

Eugene Baudin

       Vase---Edmond Lachenal

Art Nouveau Vase – Edmond Lachenal, 1900

The Indianapolis Museum of Art


 French Art Nouveau porcelain vase designed by Ernest Bussière and produced by Keller & Guérin,

(  This vase was shown at the Exposition de l’Ecole de Nancy in Paris in 1903. )



French Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Vase by Emile Gallé

W.S.and S

W.S.and S vase

( Treadway Toomey )


Weller Ewer

Wilhelm Kralik Sohn vase

Wilhelm Kralik Sohn vase

( James D Julia Auctioneers )


Handled vessel – Mougin, Nancy France

Art-Nouveau-vase   Figural Art Nouveau Vase – 1920’s

Judy Ritchie carved gourd

Judy Ritchie carved gourd


Kimbar- flickr

Loetz vase art nouveau

Austrian Loetz vase art nouveau with gilt overlay


Emile Galle Vase – Talking Lily  1900

( Naturalistic Spoon )

Fine Loetz vase organic form

 Loetz vase organic Art Nouveau form

Clement Massier vase

Clement Massier iridescent glaze vase

bronze vase two faries

Patinated Jugendstil style bronze vase with two fairies

( )

german-art nouveau

German Jugendstil Art Nouveau vase – Berlin Museum

( Nouveau Voyages – Flikr )

Austrian Lustre ceramic bowl

Austrian Art Nouveau lustre ceramic bowl

American Art Nouveau Gilt Metal Mantel Clock

American Art Nouveau Gilt Metal Mantel Clock, New Haven Clock Company

Amphora art nouveau vase

Amphora art nouveau vase


Delphin Massier faience vase

Amphora Austria Art Nouveau

 Amphora Art Nouveau gilt handle quatrefoil foliate vase


Alvin Art Nouveau glass vase with sterling overlay

Amphora compote large form

Amphora compote large form

( Treadway Toomey )


AN glass vase with green stones

Antoine Bricteaux Étoile

Antoine Bricteaux Étoile

Art Nouveau Patinated Bronze Figural Vase

Art Nouveau Patinated Bronze Figural Vase

Art Nouveau Moscow

Art Nouveau facade – Moscow

Crown Plate Leslie Hindman

Crown Plate

( Leslie Hindman )

Art Nouveau brooch

Art Nouveau snake brooch


Daum vase


 Faience Vessel  – Ferner  Green with Gold Sponge Accents   – DF Haynes

( Timber Hills Antiques on Ruby Lane )


Loetz vase, glass with a pulled design in blue, applied metal overlay in Art Nouveau

Amphora vases

Two matching Amphora vases

Royal Doulton pitcher

Royal Doulton pitcher – 1900

( Treadway Toomey )


Osef Maria Auchentaller Jugendstil

Gustav Gurschner Table Lamp

Gustav Gurschner Nouveau Table Lamp


Loetz vase, tapered form with colorful iridescence and floral design in silver overlay

Mont Joye French Nouveau vase

Mont Joye French Nouveau cameo art glass vase

Olivier de Sorra Pierrefond

Olivier de Sorra – Pierrefond

Pitcher Lucien Hirtz-1900

Pitcher – Lucien Hirtz



Royal Dux vase, broad shape with two handles and a sculpted maiden among foliage.

( Treadway Toomey )

Rudolf-Hamršmíd Vase 1899

Rudolf Hamršmíd, Vase, 1899

Alfons Mucha 1896 poster

Alfons Mucha 1896 poster

French Art Nouveau-Aubergine Vase

French Art Nouveau  ” aubergine ” vase

 Keller and Guérin, following a design of Ernest Bussière, featuring iridescent gold, brown and green glazes.


An extract from the BBC ” The Allure Of Art Nouveau ”  series featuring some pieces from Rene Lalique :



Monumental Willets Belleek Art Nouveau vase

Monumental Willets Belleek Art Nouveau vase

Polished pewter card tray

Art Nouveau polished pewter card tray

Rindskopf Grenada Art Glass

Rindskopf Grenada Art Glass Vase

Art Nouveau Vase

Art Nouveau Vase

Art Nouveau

Amphora Art Nouveau Portrait Vase

( Colletti Gallery 1stdibs )

Bernhardt as Cleopatra

Sarah Bernhardt as Cleopatra

Acid Etched Art Nouveau Vase

Acid Etched Art Nouveau Vase

Austrian Art Nouveau vase

Austrian Art Nouveau vase

Art Nouveau Earthonfire Etsy

Art Nouveau

Earthonfire Etsy

Edmund Lachenal and Agnes de Frumerie vase1890

Edmund Lachenal and Agnes de Frumerie vase 1890



Exquisite ART NOUVEAU Vase by Camille Tharaud Limoges Lemovices

Art Nouveau Vase by Camille Tharaud Limoges Lemovices

( EstatelyAntiques – Etsy )

Art Nouveau Czech Bohemian

Art Nouveau Czech Bohemian Vase

Clement Massier Bat wing handled jardiniere

Clement Massier Grape Pattern “Bat Wing” Ceramic Jardiniere, c. 1889 – 1892

Amphora Art Nouveau grape decoration vase

 Amphora Art Nouveau gold and grape decoration vase





Yang Fuhua Chinese art pics


While looking for info on Feng Shui , I came across the blog of Fengyuqinsheng, which has the translation of ” Wind And Rain Piano “. This is the name Yang Fuhua, based in  Shanghai, uses for his photography. After looking through his photos it became apparent in his large body of work that the 61 year old Yang Wuhua had taken some images of artworks in the Shanghai museums and galleries. He used a Nikon 700 for most of the photos. Excellent photography more than worthy of a post.



Red vase - photo by Yang Fuhua at M50 Creative Park Shanghai

M50 Creative Park Shanghai



Twilight Riverside - photo by Yang Fuhua

Twilight Riverside

Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Venini art glass-Shanghai Museum of Glass

Venini art glass

Shanghai Museum of Glass




Xie Dongliang sculpture Shanghai Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Xie Dongliang sculpture – Shanghai Art Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Xie Dongliang sculpture - Shanghai Art Museum - Photo - Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )

Chinese Art – Xie Dongliang sculpture – Shanghai Art Museum

Yang Fuhua photo



M50 Creative Park Shanghai - ceramic bottle

M50 Creative Park Shanghai

Yang Fuhua photo




International Fashion Centre - photo by Yang Fuhua

International Fashion Centre – Shanghai

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




International-Fashion-Centre Shnaghai - photo Yang Fuhua

International Fashion Centre – Shanghai



Ancient Chinese sculpture-Haibo at Shanhai Museum photo Yang Fuhua

Ancient Chinese sculpture-Haibo

Shanghai Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Back of ceramic female sculpture - Yang Fuhua photo

Back of ceramic female sculpture

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Back of ceramic female sculpture- -Photo - Fengyuqinsheng aka Yang Fuhua

Back of ceramic female sculpture – photo Yang Fuhua




Black and white Huangshan Mountains

Black and white Huangshan

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




 Bronze series - Shanghai Museum - photo Yang Fuhua

Bronze series – Shanghai Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Chinese Minority process - photo by Yang Fuhua

Chinese Minority Crafts – Shanghai Museum




In time and space shuttle -Photo - Fengyuqinsheng aka Yang Fuhua

In time and space shuttle

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )



Involution Pottery - Huang Jian - Photo - Fengyuqinsheng aka Yang Fuhua

Involution Pottery – Huang Jian




Jiading Bamboo Shanghai in a glimpse - photo by Yang Fuhua

Jiading Bamboo sculpture – Shanghai

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )



La Collection Du Centre Pompidou Museum of Contemporary Art - Photo - Fengyuqinsheng aka Yang Fuhua

La Collection Du Centre Pompidou – Museum of Contemporary Art

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Lin pit - Nanxijiang roaming - photo by Yang Fuhua -- geese by the stream

Lin pit – Nanxi River roaming


Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Lonely landscape series - Photo by Yang Fuhua

Lonely landscape series –  Yang Fu Hua




Passion red plum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Passion red plum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua)




Qing-Mei Ji Zhi Orientation years photo by Yang Fuhua

Qing-Mei Ji Zhi Orientation years

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Qiuqi Jing jade carving Shanghai Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Qiuqi Jing jade carving – Shanghai Art Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua)




Red Square, small sculptures- photo by Yang Fuhua

Red Square, small sculptures

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Red Square, small sculptures - photo by Yang Fuhua

Red Square, small sculptures

Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Sculpture hodgepodge - photo by Yang Fuhua

Sculpture hodgepodge

Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua)




Sculptures-series Liu Hai Su Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Sculptures-series – Liu Hai Su Art Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Sculptures-series Liu Hai Su Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Sculptures-series – Liu Hai Su Art Museum

The Chinese Fu - Qiu Shengxian the Art - photo by Yang Fuhua

The Chinese Fu – Qiu Shengxian

Qiu Shengxian’s desire is to convey, through his art,  the special language of painting a spirit, a truth and love of  life.




Shanghai Museum of Glass - photo by Yang Fuhua

Venini Glass

Shanghai Museum of Glass

Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Silver modern sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Silver-modern-sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Silver modern sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Silver modern sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua - Shanghai Red Square

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Silver modern sculpture exhibition at Shanghai Red Square - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Silver modern sculpture exhibition Shanghai Red Square - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Silver modern sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua - sculpture of an Asian female

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Taste Yi Square - PERFECTION Glimpse - photo by Yang Fuhua

Taste Yi Square – Perfection Glimpse

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )




Taste Yi Square - PERFECTION Glimpse - photo by Yang Fuhua

Taste Yi Square – PERFECTION Glimpse

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )

 I love the combination of  an external rough texture with a smooth internal glazed surface, both resembling rice.




Jeju-Island,-South-Korea---3D-Exhibition photo Yang Fuhua

3D-Exhibition – Jeju Island, Sth. Korea

photo Yang Fuhua



  The endless possibilities of glass Museum of Glass Shanghai- photo by Yang Fuhua

The endless possibilities of glass

Shanghai Museum of Glass




The Windows Of The Music To A Female - photo by Yang Fuhua

The Windows Of The Music To A Female

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space Himalayas Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space

Himalayas Art Museum –  Shanghai

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Tony Cragg Sculpture-SpaceHimalayas Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space

Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fu Hua )




Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space Himalayas Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space

Himalayas Art Museum



Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space Himalayas Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space

Himalayas Art Museum




Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space Himalayas Art Museum - photo by Yang Fuhua

Tony Cragg Sculpture-Space Himalayas Art Museum

photo by Yang Fuhua




Blue and white porcelain flasks- photo by Yang Fuhua

Blue and white porcelain flasks – Shanghai Museum

Photo – Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )

snail sculpture - photo by Yang Fuhua

Silver modern sculpture series

Shanghai Red Square




Seated girl, landscape with blossom

Girl under blossom




Mei by Jeff

Mei – photo by Jeff

Ranwuhu-Tibet - photo by Fang Fuhua

Ranwuhu, Eastern Tibet

Fengyuqinsheng ( Yang Fuhua )





Photo – Yang Fuhua


The Eight Immortals – photo by Lin Shigang

Yang Fuhua

Fengyuqinsheng  – Yang Fu Hua website



Stream Of White


White ceramics


Aldo Flower Vase by M. and D. Fuksas for Alessi



Why does white look white

Pure, refreshing, refined, crisp, clear, illuminating and virtuous are some of the descriptive terms that come to mind for the colour white. This majestic colour has an intriguing dynamic in that it is without hue yet contains all colours of the light spectrum.
White is the color the human eye sees when it looks at light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. This light stimulates all three types of color sensitive cone cells in the eye in nearly equal amounts.The reason substances appear white is because their surfaces reflect back most of the light that strikes them without absorbing any colors.


White was connnected with the goddess Isis in ancient Egypt. The priests and priestesses of Isis dressed only in white linen. Similarily, in ancient Rome, the priestesses of the goddess Vesta dressed in white linen robes, a white palla or shawl, and a white veil. White symbolized their purity, loyalty, and chastity. A plain white toga was worn for ceremonial occasions by all Roman citizens over the age of 14-18. No Roman man was allowed to appear in the Roman forum without a toga.

During the Middle Ages, painters rarely ever mixed colors; but in the Renaissance, the influential humanist and scholar Leon Battista Alberti encouraged artists to add white to their colors to make them lighter and brighter. This was adopted by numerous painters, and the palette of the Renaissance was considerably more vivid.

White porcelain originated in China and was widely produced due to its translucency, strength and hardness. It became highly prized after it was exported to the Islamic world and onto Europe.

Chinese-Porcelain Moon_flasks-Qing-Dynasty

Two moon flasks. Famille rose. Qing 1723-35.

Sir Percival David Collection, British Museum


A beluga white whale. Its colour helps it hide from its chief enemies, the polar bear and killer whales




Burtz sundae soup tea bowls

Burtz sundae soup tea bowls




Vintage White Vase Heinrich

Vintage White Vase – Heinrich, Germany





Turi Heisselberg contemporary ceramic vessel

Turi Heisselberg




L'Officina Handmade Ceramic

L’Officina Handmade Ceramic ( Etsy )

These bowls are  made with wool dipped in porcelain paperclay and arranged in a shape.Paperclay is a mix of porcelain and paper pulp. Paper in the clay changes the molecular structure of the clay body. The paper burns out of the clay in the kiln after about 300° and then the clay is as normal.Paper clay will withstand multiple re-dampening so you can make changes in the form. It will also withstand forced drying.




Thought Circles rheka goyal

‘Thought Circles’ – Rheka Goyal, India





Tania Rollond ceramic vessel with fine line decoration

Tania Rollond, Australia





Taizo Kuroda

Taizo Kuroda





Sung Jae Choi - buncheong jar

Sung Jae Choi – buncheong jar







Ruth Duckworth abstract schematic figurine

Ruth Duckworth





Charles Murphy beverage vessel

Charles Murphy



Karen Morgan contemporary pottery vessels

Karen Morgan




Linda Styles contemporary vase in red, black and white

Linda Styles – UK





Gerry Judah monumental contemporary sculpture outdoor

Lotus Car Sculpture  –  Gerry Judah




Micro hybrid bi flora - Lindsay Feuer

‘Micro hybrid bi flora’ – Lindsay Feuer





nagae-forms-in-succession - slab built ceramic sculpture by Nagae Shigekazu

Nagae Shigekazu – ‘Forms in Succession’





475px-380px-Jonathan Latiano sculpture - spiky ceramic abstract form

Jonathan Latiano –  ‘Points Of Contention’





Prism-Bartek-Mejor. faceted white ceramic vase

‘Prism’ – Bartek Mejor.




Jennifer McCurdy white ceramic sculpture

‘Ribbon Vessel’ – Jennifer McCurdy




The Shinto religion uses white sand or gravel to symbolize a sacred place, while Zen Buddhism uses it to stimulate calm and meditation in their Zen gardens. The use of curved lines symbolised all embracing compassion.




 Futuristic white :

The colour white has quite often featured in futuristic scenes in movies and with modern décor. Predominant use of the colour promotes a minimalist, uncluttered appearance and clean contemporary lines. This could be a reflection of a subconscious desire to have a future that fades to white rather then black and maintains a purity and order.



Italian Architect Riccardo Giovanetti




futuristic-white-mahina-house with clean lines and sweeping curves

Futuristic white Mahina house




futuristic-chairs-black-white biomorphic lines

Futuristic black & white chairs

Infiti Design




Connie Norman Never Forgotten contemporary ceramic bottle

Connie Norman – ‘Never Forgotten’

design connected geometric symmetrical ceramic form3D model vase from Design Connected





Futuristic Sleeper house

Futuristic home from Woody Allen’s movie ” Sleeper “.





Adrienne Johnson Conway- two white ceramic vases with wavy profiles

‘White Wiggles’ – Adrienne Johnson





Astrid Dahl white waisted vessel

Astrid Dahl





Regina Farrel ceramic sculpture in white

Ceramic Table Lamp – Regina Farrel




White-Porcelain-Berry-Bowl made by Isabelle Abramson

White Porcelain Berry Bowl – Isabelle  Abramson



zany white ceramic teapot from anthropologie

Teapot from Anthropologie




Roos van de Velde ceramic bowls in white

Roos van de Velde – Belgium




Wendy Hoare white ceramic vase

‘Silver Arum

– Wendy Hoare




Roberto Rigon for Bertoncello - collection of white mid century vases

Italian 60’s – 70’s vase collection – Roberto Rigon for Bertoncello





Wat Rong Khun temple





Heather Daymond

Heather Daymond

Ed-Bentley contemporary white ceramic sculpture

Ed Bentley

mervyn gers ceramic vessels with heavy textured white surface

Three white ceramic vessels – Mervyn Gers





Rupert Spira




german-60s mid century white porcelain vases

Mid Century German vases





Lyndsey B White airbrushed sculpture

The 80’s Gallery




Primavera vase

1930, Gary Rubinstein Antiques





Bonbonniere Candy Jar – Robj




White-Bike-Ceramics--Thrown-Porcelain,-Inlaid-Cobalt,-8oz cup

Cup and Saucer – White Bike Ceramics





White veined marble sculpture by Angelo Mangiarotti





‘Woman With Raised Leg’ – Carol Murphy


Brenda May Gallery, NSW, Australia





Johan Van Loon, NL




Jennifer-Burke-Pottery - creamer and sugar bowl on small tray

Jennifer Burke – creamer and sugar bowl




Ruth-Duckworth;-Porcelain,-1998. geometric wall art

Ruth Duckworth; Porcelain wall art




Pam Dodds sculptural vessel

Pam Dodds





‘Enfold-2-&-3’ – Keith Varney



Ceramicist’s shun Dingbats and Raygun Gothic




Starburst dingbat



Birth of Raygun Gothic

In these testing times with the likes of Korean dictators over-compensating with missile threats, humour is the order of the day. Raygun Gothic and Dingbats, as a 50’s and 60’s architectural style, had a connection to missiles, as the ray-guns had a missile shape and some of the Dingbat features looked like atoms.

The term “Raygun Gothic” was coined by science fiction author William Gibson (who also coined the term “cyberspace” and created the cyberpunk genre) in his short story “The Gernsback Continuum” (1981). Techno-noir* aptly described it as ” retro futurism ” As a style, Raygun Gothic is seen in comics such as Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers and old sci-fi movies such as Metropolis and Forbidden Planet. Mad scientists in huge labs, industrial landscapes, advanced weaponry such as rayguns, rockets and robots. A vintage Sci-Fi look born from a merging of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne.



Tucson-raygun-gothic garage

Tuscon Raygun Gothic

( Woodland Shoppers Paradise Blogspot )



Mecca Cafe by AlainLucier

Mecca Cafe by Alain Lucier




Neon Outdoor Theatre Sign

Neon Outdoor Theatre Sign – Jefferson, USA

( )



Most of the architecture styles have been represented in the ceramic arts. Classical, Baroque, Nouveau, Deco, Abstract Expressionism, Modernist all had brilliant interpretations that helped to  popularise the forms. However both Dingbat and Raygun Gothic have been generally ignored.  Granted, they were fairly offbeat styles that didn’t really attract the same mass appeal.

I decided to go and search for some examples of this obscure style in ceramics, and I must admit it was a challenge. Even Google search was at sea.  Dingbats and Raygun Gothic are  connected to Googie Architecture, which had a tendency to be flashy and audacious. The original coffee shop known as Googie’s, which gave the movement its name, was designed by John Lautner and opened on LA’s Sunset Strip in 1949.

I only managed to find a few ceramic pieces that faithfully reflected the style , but earlier temple forms of the style came up which widened the scope. I also took the licence to include ray like decorative styles as a representation. I will include more examples  when they turn up.



Indian bronze head wall sculpture

Raygun Gothic Prophetic



3-Ceramic-Jars with pagoda style lids

3 ceramic jars – Neil Patterson





Grundtvig's Church in Denmark

Grundtvig’s Church – Copenhagen, Denmark

Expressionist architecture with a touch of the Raygun Gothic





Loetz vase orange and blue glass

Loetz vase

( Treadway Toomeys )





spanish-pottery-vase in gold and black

Pair of tall Spanish pottery vases

( 1stdibs )



Amphora-vase with yellow rose motif

Amphora peace missile vase






‘Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía’ in Valencia, Spain




Austrian artist Franz West sculpture




Ceramic spiral vase by Susan .Anderson

Susan Anderson spiral vase





Dale Chihuly Glass Cadmium Red Venetian with Blue Rings vase

Dale Chihuly – Cadmium Red Venetian with Blue Rings




 Dingbat architecture – Los Angeles





Jean Durand-blue and white glass vase

Durand vase





Archimedes burning ray reflector

Archimedes burning raygun

The Reunification Monument in Cameroon

The Reunification Monument

Yaounde, Cameroon , Africa



Mid Century Dingbat-feature

Typical Dingbat starburst wall feature




Rectangular ceramic vase


Australian Aboriginal  ceramic plate

( Raygun Gothic sea turtle ? )





Lingaraj temple complex


L.C-Tiffany-humidor - lime green with gold lid

L.C-Tiffany humidor





Raygun coffee cup






 Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle Smasher Ray Gun






Jeanette-Harris cream porcelain ray gun

A porcelain raygun by Clay Engineer Jeanette Harris.





robj Art Deco female head

Art Deco ceramic head – Robj




Sun_Ra holding a starbusrt dingbat

Jazz musician Sun Ra




teapot-roundabout at Doha

Coffee pot roundabout – Doha




The Singing Ringing Tree in Yorkshire

The Singing Ringing Tree in Yorkshire, UK





tower-stella-monument in Iceland

Iceland church





Mid Century-funnel-vase-Innes-Olshansky

The funnel vase – Innes Olshansky

 Modernist blunderbuss raygun. )




Shewadon Pagoda - Yangon

Shewadon Pagoda – Yangon





Red glaze Scheurich vase

Scheurich vase 1960’s





phoenix observation tower

Phoenix observation tower – Arizona

Planned for 2015 ( Raygun Gothic resurrection )





You Blew Me Away-metal sculpture by Penny Hardy

‘You Blew Me Away’ by Penny Hardy





Abstract wall plate – Rucni Rad 1970

Michael M Glancy Golden Ascension ceramic vessel

Michael M Glancy – Golden Ascension

Vertical Red rocket lamp

Red rocket lamp



Dale Chihuly, glass sculpture. Lobby of The Atlantis, Dubai.

Kring Kumho Culture Complex

Kring Kumho Culture Complex

( with attachable lenses )


Eileen Gray floor lamp  – 1923

Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Large Flamenco Vase  – Thomas Kelly


A Theory Of Everything  – Walter McConnell

Vipoo Srivilasa ceramic head sculpture

Vipoo Srivilasa





‘Minium Maximus’ by Rik Allen

Habatat Galleries


A  life-size replica of Tetsujin 28-gō. It measures 18 meters high and weighs over 50 tons.

Wakamatsu Park

Kobe, Japan

Otto Keramik UFO ceramic vessel

Otto Keramik UFO

NY Midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center Art Deco facade

Midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center

Photo – Rick Stasel

Dan DeCarlo's Jetta

Dan DeCarlo’s Jetta

Graham S Rocket Riding Robo

Graham Shaw –  Rocket Riding Robo

Mid Century Large atom burst wall sculpture

Large star burst wall sculpture

Spring Uprising Tunisia kneeling man confronts troops

Spring Uprising Tunisia… when all else fails use a baguette.

Green Alien with ray gun Andy Titcomb Take Me To Your Leader Teapot - green alien with a raygun

Andy Titcomb ‘Take Me To Your Leader’  Teapot.


Ryugyong Hotel

Green 1951-Buick-LeSabre-Concept

Buick LeSabre Concept Car



Josef Hoffman—Art Deco Rocket Vase

Dymaxion house Buckminster Fuller

The Dymaxion house by Buckminster Fuller – Conceived and designed in the late 1920’s for mass production but not actually built until 1945.


Tail Fin – -Photo – Wayne Young


Art Deco galss vase – Loetz


Modernist German Polished Brass Vases


Gouda vase,-double-handled-six-sided-shape-with-colorfully-painted-floral-design

Gouda twin handled, six sided art deco vase




Monumental-Ceramic-Ewer-by-San Polo , Venice

Monumental mosaic ewer – San Polo, Italy




Pascale Proffit quad legged sculpture

Résonances Terrestre-bronze- Pascale Proffit, France

height 65cm





Soviet rocket mosaic mural,- Ulan Ude Airport





Atomic retro rocket lamp. Metallic peridot and metal leaf.




Tall and interesting metal vase by J. Verschneider depicting Jellyfishes using the Dinanderie technique 1915 Valerio

Art Nouveau metal vase by J. Verschneider depicting Jellyfishes using the Dinanderie technique 1915

Valerio Art Deco




Telstar Predicta Meteor television

Telstar Predicta Meteor television – reproduction of the 50’s TV





el-gato-gomez retro atomic space age art

Retro Space Age art by El Gato Gomez





Academy Theatre – Julius Shulman

LA, 1940



UFO sighting

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