Monthly Archives: July 2013

Female Art Figures




Above sculpture by Rieke van der Stoep –  ” Crosswind “




I noticed while sourcing images for my post ” Figurines Of Intrigue ” that the figurines of the female form were in predominance, so I decided to dedicate a post purely on this theme. Most of the female ceramic figurines seem to be created by women whereas the sculptural female art forms have a more equal representation between male and female artists. On display are female art figures that capture a timeless elegance and compelling level of feminine mystique.

 I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set her free.—Michelangelo



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Green Goddess Figurine

Green Goddess Figurine





Churkin Larissa.StairwaytoHeaven-PART I

Churkin Larissa –Stairway to Heaven – PART I






Anne Gregerson – ceramic female bust





AYELET LALOR-Green Diva with dog

AYELET LALOR-Green Diva with dog





Nancy standlee ceramic wall art

Nancy Standlee ceramic wall art






Guido Cacciapuoti

Milano 1892-1953




Henryk Jędrasiak, Polónia.

Henryk Jędrasiak, Polónia.


 470px-347px-Graceful dance by Chidi Okoye

Gracegul Dance by Chidi Okoye






Claude Cavin


Dance Bliss - Marco Cochrane

Dance Bliss  – Marco Cochrane

The sculpture, of a dancing woman, stands 40 feet tall, weighs 7000 pounds and is ingeniously constructed of triangulated geodesic struts.

Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA


 By night, it alights brilliantly with a complex array of 1000 slowly changing l.e.d. colored lights. Viewers may interact with and manipulate the lighting effects with an iphone app .

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Datura Chauncey Bradley IvesSculpture

Datura  – Chauncey Bradley Ives

American, 1810-1894




First Touch – Hindi ( Consuelo Bustillo Penunuri )

( Key West Art Galleries )




DemetreChiparus Art Deco Figurine

Demetre Chiparus Art Deco Figurine – Dancer of Kapurthala




Denise Romecki Ceramic Sculpture

Denise Romecki Ceramic Sculpture

” In My Dreams “

Canice James --- Nuba

Janice James  — Nuba




Janneke Bruines Art Figurine

Janneke Bruines — ‘ Flight ‘



Josephine with Attitude Helen Clancy

‘Josephine with Attitude’ by Helen Clancy




Judith Meulenberg Figurine

Dressed To Success – Judith Meulenberg Figurine





Katerina Baranowská Figurine

Katerina Baranowská Figurine –  Czechoslovakia



Ceramic Figurine Katerina Baranowská --Tvorbaz

Angel – Kateřina Baranowská  –  2010-11






Ceramic Sculpture – Kelly Stevenson





Lady of the wood gourd Jeanne Friy

Lady of the wood gourd  – art sculpture by Jeanne Friy





Nishio Yasuyuki - Sumeru, 2011

Nishio Yasuyuki  – Sumeru – 2011





Statuette of veiled and maske dancer Hellenistic

Statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, 3rd-2nd century BC, Hellentisic, Greek, bronze





Stratification---Sheila Ganch

Stratification—Sheila Ganch




Teresa Brooks Pottery

Teresa Brooks Pottery





Véronique Didierlaurent

Véronique Didierlaurent



Wil van den Hoek

Wil van den Hoek





Cynthia Aildrich -- She Who Waits For Answers

Cynthia Aildrich — ‘ She Who Waits For Answers’

kurtis bell bronze sculpture

Kurtis Bell  –  Abigail, Abby’s Angel ‘

Kurtis Bell never intended to be a sculptor. He was painting and wanted to come up with some way to have a model pose for him without the cost of a model, which he could not afford. His idea was to quickly sculpt the image he wanted to paint so he would have the subject and pose he wanted for a reference. Then he could reclaim the clay and start over.
He found he was better at sculpting than painting and now mainly does  sculpting.

This bronze sculpture of an angel bathing by a stream was created for his recently departed dog Abby.

( artparks )


So much on my mind- bronze statue

Rieke van der Stoep –So much on my mind ‘ – outdoor bronze statue

The woman and the circular shape, symbolizing infinity and movement, are recurring themes associated with her own intuitive power and perception of the female. – Rieke van der Stoep

Karin Beek

Karin Beek

Veronique Didierlauren

Veronique Didierlauren

Deborah Hodder Gallery - 2010Deborah Hodder Gallery – 2010

Arizona, USA

Deborah Hodder - 2009

Deborah Hodder – 2009

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Ghost Gum Gone and Vintage Australian Ceramics


Lost ghost gum tree

Ghost gum magnificence


When I would take my dog for a stroll, the first thing that would confront me when ascending the steep hill near my home, was this magnificent old Ghost Gum tree. Situated in a commanding position like a guardian overlooking the valley below, it was a vision of grace, endurance and power. Some have a lifespan of over 500 years, so I was dismayed to see it being removed with chainsaws recently.  A vision not to behold ! Apparently a branch was diseased but overall the tree looked healthy to me.

These iconic Australian trees  don’t occur naturally in prolific  numbers and have the status of being sacred according to the indigenous Australians. Its long and smooth branches have a serpent like quality. This Ghost Gum was over 50 feet in height. The only place it will exist now is in Google maps which is where I grabbed this image from.




This majestic Ghost Gum is also in the neighbourhood and has the twisting, weaving, undulating branches that are similar to one of  its sacred cousins, the Oak Tree. This one is on private property, so it hopefully won’t fall to a similar fate.


 Some other Aussie Ghost Gums 




Heritage listed Ghost Gum

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Koala on a Ghost Gum


Australian Ghost Gumtree

The curvaceous lines really make it the Goddess of the Gumtrees

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Ghost Gum in Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell National Park (© Vilis Nams)




Trephina gorge Ghost Gum

‘ Gorgeous ‘ – Trephina Gorge Ghost Gums

( Island Home – Flickr )






Centralian Ghost Gum (Corymbia aparrerinja), just south of Alice Springs, Central Australia.

 ( Michael J. Barritt – flickr )





Ghost Gum (Corymbia aparrerinja) at Simpsons Gap, part of the West MacDonnell National Park , Central Australia

 ( Michael J. Barritt – flickr )






“Twin Ghosts” by Albert Namatjira.

 The Ghost Gum tree features in aboriginal Dreamtime stories and gained prominence with the wider public in the 20th century through the paintings of aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.





 Trephina gorge » The largest Ghost Gum in the Centre

( photo – Johan Douma )





A Ghost Gum couldn’t grow a straight branch if  it tried. Just like in feng shui, the curvy shapes of the branches represent inclusiveness, compassion and  flexibility.

( photo –  Brolga Healing Journeys )




Outback Ghost Gum

Graham Gercken – deviant art




GhostGum Bark

This piece of bark has a thickness of nearly 1 inch, taken from a branch of the lost Ghost Gum.





Standley Chasm ghost gum

Stanley Chasm ghost gum

Alice Springs, Australia






Ghost gum eucalyptus

 Alice Springs, Australia





Ceramic sculpture  by Val Mark   –  Ghost Gum

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Vintage Australian Pottery :


Gum leaves, gum nuts and gum flowers were a regular feature on Australian vintage pottery. So its not hard to find pottery with representation of the Gumtree.

HARRY WHYTE Gunda pottery jug

Vintage Harry Whyte Gunda pottery jug

MELROSE Pottery 1930s VASE

MELROSE Pottery 1930’s Vase

MERIDIAN Fruit dish with gumtree flowers

Fruit dish with gumtree flowers – Carltonware ( UK )

Vivid red gumtree flowers

Vivid red gumtree flowers

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Mary Gibbs decorative plate

Decorative plate with a Mary Gibbs illustration

Aboriginal art bowl J.MADEI STUDIO ANNA

Aboriginal art bowl  – J.Madei – Studio Anna

Studio Anna Vintage Salt Pepper Shakers

Studio Anna Vintage Salt n Pepper Shakers

Vintage Margot Laurie Drip Glaze Vase

Vintage Margot Laurie Australian Drip Glaze Vase

Royal Doulton Gum leaf Vase

Florenz ( Florence Williams ) Gumleaf and Gumnuts Jug

Royal Doulton Gumtree Vase

Royal Doulton ( UK ) Gumtree Vase – 1934

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Slat and Pepper Shakers Ellis

Slat and Pepper Shakers – Ellis

Florenz Pottery Vase

Florenz Pottery Vessel

FLORENZ Pottery -1950s-Gumleaf Wall Pocket

FLORENZ Pottery  – 1950s  Gumleaf  Wall Pocket

Studio Anna Vase

Studio Anna – Vintage Aboriginal Art Vase


Elfreda Finlay – Australian Landscape Vase


Remued Pottery – Cream & Green Drip Glaze Jug

Diana Pottery Gum Leaf Wall Pocket Vase

Diana Pottery Gum Leaf Wall Pocket Vase

Large Wendy Gumleaf Vase

Large Wendy Gumleaf Vase

AMB Pottery Neil Douglas Bush scene dish

AMB Pottery – Neil Douglas Bush scene dish

Bjorn Schie Pottery Vase

Bjorn Schie Pottery Vase

Guy Boyd Handpainted Bowl

Guy Boyd Handpainted Kangaroo Bowl




Gum leaf decoration tri sided planter





Waisted vase with gum leaf decoration – Jaree Pottery





Yarrabar Pottery vessel




Functional Ceramic Wares


The trusty pot has done a sterling job at serving humanity for a long time. An enduring symbol of sustenance and one of the earliest forms of art in the home, especially in the poorer households. Whether it was just a simple functional form or had decorative designs and colourful glazes, it reflected artistry. Both the Chinese and the Japanese believed the digestive system was ruled by the Earth element, so it was a natural symbiosis to use ceramic wares for serving and consuming foods and beverages. Also for cooking it was the most favoured. They still believe that for preparing medicinal herbs, a plain unglazed pot is the most ideal.

This post features a collection of functional pieces, centred around  domestic food preparation, storage  and presentation.




Vallauris Lava Bowl





Basket~stoneware Brenda Holzke

Stoneware Basket~ Brenda Holzke




Royal Worcester Porcelain Basket

Royal Worcester Porcelain Basket





Berry Bowl Rena Hamilton

Berry Bowl – Rena Hamilton





Bowls birds-  Laura Zindel

Bowls with decorative birds-  Laura Zindel





Casino Ware Art Deco Covered Dish

Casino Ware Art Deco Covered Bowl





Crystal Nolfo Brown Jar

Crystal Nolfo Brown Jar






Deep platter

Deep Platter





Fezile Ntshofu

Fezile Ntshofu





Frankoma fruit bowl

Frankoma fruit bowl





475px-420px-Functional and sculptural Pottery  Porcelain and Stoneware  by John Preus

Box1 – John Preus – Thrown, altered, and assembled porcelain.

High fire reduction glaze and ceramic stain.






 Mid Century Modern Coffee Pot and Creamer Set East Germany 1950s

( GoGoBerlinette – Etsy )

Sarah Dudgeon mugs

Sarah Dudgeon mugs

Sylph Baier at Studiopottery,UK

Sylph Baier – Ceramic Collander

Carlos Versluys, 2005

Carlos Versluys – 2005

Green Jar Number 7 by nancyandburt

Lidded Green Jar Number 7 by Nancy and Burt






Vintage Danish Pottery  Stoneware Handled Bowl

Marianne Starck,  Bornholm




Jessica Lamoy

Jessica Lamoy






John Leach eldest grandson of Bernard Leach

Pitcher by John Leach, eldest grandson of Bernard Leach





Kevin Warren ceramics

Kevin Warren ceramics – Blue Bird Medium Stewpot

( Bircham Gallery )






Korea. Goryeo Dynasty, 13th century

Korean Vessel  – Goryeo Dynasty, 13th century


Jennifer Allen Tumbler

( Schaller Gallery NY )

Elmer Taylor- Medium Bowl

Elmer Taylor- Medium Bowl

( Schaller Gallery NY )

Emma Taylor Oval Bottle

Emma Taylor  – Oval Bottle

Stoneware with multiple glazes





leaf and berry scraffito jar

Leaf & Berry Jar © 2011 Karen Newgard






Leslie Thompson

Large Tall Jar – Leslie Thompson






Earthenware Coil Vessel
Titled, “Home is where the heart is”

TaraCotta Pottery Studio, Tara Qua





Nakano Taku,

Nakano Taku







Potluck casserole – Susan Thompson





Mid-Century Modernist Salt And Pepper Shakers

Mid-Century Modernist Salt And Pepper Shakers

( Ruby Lane )






sake bottle with turquoise interior

Sake bottle with turquoise glaze interior – James Whiting


Silvie  Granatelli – Cream Pitcher with swan handle.





Sauce boat, from ''Fleur et Rubans'' service

Sauce boat, from ”Fleur et Rubans” service






Shane Norrie wheel thrown Raku

Shane Norrie wheel thrown Raku lidded vessel

Joanna Howells at-Studiopottery

Pitcher – Joanna Howells





Ship Sinkers Ice Bucket

Ship Sinkers Ice Bucket –  Mariko McCrae






Square Plate-•-Daphne-Hatch





Vesna Vidrih

Vesna Vidrih





Ewer  - George Logan ; Wedgwood

Ewer  – George Logan ; Wedgwood – 1905

Minneapolis Institute of Arts





Ian Dowling bowl

Ian Dowling bowl






ROYAL-DOULTON Bunnykins bowl

Vintage Royal Dalton Bunnykins Cereal Bowl

This is identical to the first piece of ceramics I ever owned. It turned up for my 3yo birthday. Is this where my interest in ceramics began?





Vallauris Pitcher





Bottle and tumblers

Bottle and tumblers





"Bunny Rabbits Cereal Bowl" by abbyberkson

“Handmade Ceramic Bowl- Bunny Rabbits Cereal Bowl” by abby berkson







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Serving Dish Karen Burk

porcelain with underglaze decoration

( Gallery78 – sold )




Teapot with birdprints by Susie Jemkins

Teapot-with-birdprints   SUSIE JENKINS




Victor Greenaway - Bowl

Victor Greenaway – Bowl





Pottery Painting Designs Katrina Moye

Highly decorative domestic ceramic bowls – Katrina Moye





Tall bird jars Karen Newgard

Tall sgraffito bird jars  – Karen Newgard

West German Ruscha Jug

West German Ruscha Jug

( beetle2001cybergreen  Flickr )