Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pottery Raku Rapture


Raku bowl master at Asukagama, Takumi Nakashima

 Raku bowl master at Asukagama, Takumi Nakashima




Japanese Shoraku Sasaki chawan-RubyLane

 Japanese chawan in the traditional red and black by Shoraku Sasaki

This bowl received an award from the monk Kankei Moriyama.(1888-1955) and was named “Yume” – which means a dream.

( RubyLane )

Origins of Raku


The originator of raku in Japan was Sasaki Chojiro, who first produced raku pieces for the Japanese tea ceremony in the 16th century. He learnt the technique from his father Ameya, who was trained in the Ming Dynasty Sencai pottery tradition and was brought to Kyoto, Japan from China. The original chawan tea bowls were red and black and called ‘ Imma yaki ‘ These colors were favored because they represented the Yang elements which are grounding and support the tea ceremony principals of contemplation and austerity. This was further enhanced by using simple hand crafted forms while being balanced with the Yin forces of the abstract, asymmetrical shapes and the ethereal quality of the mysterious raku textures, appearance and colours.




Nweka  –  Josette Boyer, France




Glo Coalson's-three raku-pigeons

Three raku pigeons – Glo Coalson

Raku Procedures


Despite Raku being primarily decorative and rarely used for functional purposes, Raku has maintained a healthy level of popularity in the West. Some of the reasons for this are the diversity of  lustres and unique colours that are attainable, the creation of desirable crackle effects, the dramatic and exciting production process, the versatility of the glazes,  the unpredictable  “ one of a kind  “ outcomes and the relatively fast results that can be achieved. Adherents have also been drawn to Raku because of its deep tradition in the Japanese culture.
After the initial formation of the clay pieces which have then been dried, bisqued and cooled, they are ready for glazing. The glaze can be applied by spraying, brushing, dipping the piece in a glaze or drizzled.  After glazing the piece it is then re-fired in a raku kiln. The decorated pieces are fired again to 1800 F and within about an hour, when the desired melting of the glazes have been achieved, they are immediately removed while still glowing with special raku tongs ( the dramatic stage ) and quickly placed into a metal container filled with organic materials such as straw, leaves, pine needles, sawdust or paper, then quickly sealed to be smoked and cooled down.
The thermal shock causes the glazes to craze and carbon fills the cracks giving the glaze it’s distinctive crackle appearance, especially with the white based glazes. As the piece sits in the combustion chamber, the decreased oxygen causes a chemical reaction in the glazes, resulting in metallic, iridescent colors. One glaze can produce a variety of colors as flashing occurs in areas that are exposed to more or less amounts of oxygen. The colors achieved are spontaneous and unable to be replicated.
The natural un-glazed clay will become black from the smoking environment, while the glazed areas, due to the rapid cooling, will have the desirable crackle effect and/or look of lustres to the glaze. The piece is then cooled by quenching with water and cleaned. The glaze firing and reduction process generally takes between one to two hours. A raku kiln can be fired in 20 minutes, as opposed to 12 hours for a regular kiln. All these above factors have made Raku a popular choice for pottery workshops which has contributed to its growth.




This piece was fired with a copper bearing glaze that ages and mellows as it gets older Non functional, decorative use only

3.3″ h -x- 5.7″ w

Ron Mello Studio on Etsy



Huge abstract sculpture-in the technique of raku-by Roger Capron

 Large abstract raku fired sculpture by Roger Capron.



Custom raku bottle---2013-Ryan-Peters

 Raku bottle by Ryan Peters

 black and white raku jar Andy Smith

  Black and white lidded raku jar – Andy Smith




 Athena Raku fired sculpture

2 artstudios



bol_raku_2013 Jacques-Tissot,-in-Fribourg-(Switzerland)

 Raku Bowl –  Jacques Tissot, Fribourg (Switzerland)



Caffeine-Buzz-teapot 2013-Ryan-Peters

Caffeine Buzz teapot – Ryan Peters



clayguyryRyanPeters raku lidded jar

 Ryan Peters raku lidded jar




Current-Work---Ryan Peters Raku Pottery

Ryan Peters Raku Pottery



Dance of The Seven Raku Vases-Catherine Rehbein

 Dance of The Seven Raku Vases – Catherine Rehbein





Eena Miller -- Fern Naked Raku

 Naked Raku Fern dish – Eena Miller



Nicole-Petrescu-on-Flickr Raku earthenware on wood board

 Raku earthenware on wood board  – Nicole Petrescu

Nicole Petrescu – Flickr

Raku sculptural vase – Shaun Hall

Letsgetmuddy flickr Raku horsehair pottery vase

Raku horsehair pottery vase –Letsgetmuddy, California

This vase was coated with terra sigillata , a refined slip coating that is used to give a high satin gloss without the use of a glaze and burnished with a small stone at least three times before its initial bisque firing. It was then fired in my raku kiln. When the temperature reached approximately 1500 degrees F. it was removed from the kiln and horse hair held up against the hot pot. The black markings you see are what was left behind.
As the pot cooled it was fumed with an iron solution that gives it a warm fiery hue.

( Letsgetmuddy – flickr )

Jim Romberg, Canyon Moon,-2005

Jim Romberg, ‘Canyon Moon’


Copper Raku Vase by morphingmolecules-etsy

Copper Raku Vase


Ceramic Classic Red Raku Urn - elementalurns

 Classic Red Raku Urn – ElementalUrns – Etsy





Francois Chesneau raku vessel  — la-porte-du-soleil



Horse hair raku bottle saratogaclayarts.gostorego

Horse hair raku bottle –  Saratoga clay arts




Raku bowl by Jacques-Tissot, Fribourg (Switzerland)



la-porte-du-soleil raku disc

 Raku fired sculptural disc – La porte du soleil, France



Built from extruded elements,-raku-fired,-2007-8BrendaDean

Built from extruded elements, then raku fired -Brenda Dean




la-porte-du-soleil raku jar

Raku jar – La porte du soleil


Malcolm Davis raku vase

Malcolm Davis shino glazed ( raku like ) vase



Nita Claise raku fired bottle

Nita Claise


Nita-Claise textured raku bottle

Nita Claise raku pottery



Nita-Claise- raku fired bottle

Raku bottle Nita Claise, Indiana USA



Raku-042 Hand-thrown Scallop Bowl Christopher Mathie

Hand-thrown Scallop Bowl, raku fired –  Christopher Mathie



raku-078 Christopher Mathie Hand thrown & Sculpted Raku Poppy Vessel

Hand thrown & Sculpted Raku Poppy Vessel – Christopher Mathie


 ” 2 Birds in a Tree “—   Raku Bird Feeder’ by ringoffire pottery


Nancy Pene raku

Nancy-Pene raku lidded jar

Lidded raku jar – Nancy Pene

Tim AndrewsTall black and white raku vessels- Tim Andrews

Tall black and white curling pieces – Tim Andrews




Raku Buddha Statue Seated in the Clouds Sculpture-Anita Feng-buddhabulider


 Buddha Statue Seated in the Clouds Sculpture –  raku  – by Anita Feng – buddhabulider



Raku Pottery by Steven Forbe deSoule

Raku Pottery with melted glass by Steven Forbe deSoule




Ribbed Raku vessel by Ron Mello




Saturn Vessel –

33”h x 20”w x 20”d




Ron Mello




Raku ovoid vessel – Ron Mello Middleboro-MA,





Brent Skinner -lidded raku pot with handles




Ryan Peters--raku pottery

Ryan Peters



 Mary Kenny




Tim Scull,-ceramic artist doing raku and sagger fired pottery




Tony Evans — Raku Bowl on Wooden Stand




Tweezle Picksniffian -Raku Ceramic by Carole Fleischman



Nita-Claise sculptural bottle

 Nina Clais – sculptural raku bottle




Nina Clais raku teapot

Nina Clais raku teapot




 Raku III  – Thierry FINIDORI (Vallauris)



Ceramic Copper Raku Vase by morphingmolecules etsy

Ceramic Copper Raku Vase

morphingmolecules – etsy

Handcrafted-Raku Maarit Mattanen - Finland

Handcrafted Raku leaves by Maarit Mattanen – Finland





Matte copper reduction raku vase – William K Turner




Raku-Pottery-by-Rick-Lowenkamp lidded vessel

Covered raku jar – Rick Lowenka



Magnificence of mosaics art




Roman mosaic in the House of Amphitrite

Located at Bulla Regia, an archaeological site in northwestern Tunisia, a former Roman city near modern Jendouba

Richard Mortel-flickr


The ancient art of mosaics stands as a symbol of eternity, due to its adoption by notable architects and artists in many great places of worship and in the adornment of ancient buildings and homes. Monumental murals, facades, floors and ceilings were ideal features for the mosaic medium as it was durable and easily adapted to intricate shapes and designs. Some of the finest examples of mosaic art can be found in the ancient art from the Greco-Roman world. The most popular subject for mosaics was mythological scenes, such as the triumphs of Neptune or Dionysos, which are the most frequently found. The Orpheus myth (with animals) and the muses (Clio, Melpomene, Thalia, Terpsichore, Urania, Euterpe, Calliope, Polyhymnia and Erato), sometimes with the god Apollo, are also often illustrated. Inspiration could also come from daily life, like dancing, hunting, agriculture, fishing, as well as arts and crafts. Amphitheater activities such as gladiator fights and circus games were also a much-appreciated subject for mosaics.The most famous mosaics of the Roman world were created in Africa and in Syria, the two richest provinces of the Roman Empire.


Mosque-decoration-golden-age-of-islam- Arabic mosaic of ancient mosque in Saint Petersburg,

Arabic mosaic of ancient mosque in Saint Petersburg


Mosaics were also widely utilized in Islamic art, the medium being ideal for their use of complex geometric patterns and symbols on their secular buildings and huge Mosque structures. The Byzantine churches also contained many fine examples of this art form.

After the Roman authorities had decriminalised Christianity in the 4th Century, Constantine the Great and his mother Helena and the emerging Christian faith were prepared to build larger and more handsome edifices for worship than the furtive meeting-places (such as cave-churches).  The pagan outdoor architectural designs were replaced by temples for conducting worship indoors which eventually became grand architectural monuments of art featuring numerous depictions of saints and religious scenes.
Good early examples of the architectural basilica and use of mosaics include the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem (6th century AD) and the church of St Elias at Thessalonica (5th century AD).



Mosaic facade at the Basilica St. Mark, Venice

 The word “mosaic” comes from the Italian word mazaico and the French word mozaique.


The magnificence of Byzantine architecture and mosaic art can be found in the two great basilicas of Ravenna in Italy. The most significant works all date back to between the fifth and sixth centuries after Basileus Justinian “The Great”, who became emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire in 527AD  with his royal headquarters in Constantinople, decided to liberate Italy from the Goths.
Images representing the mighty mosaics in ancient, antique and contemporary art are displayed below.




Stunning mosaics mixed with religious scenes and geometric detail

Santa Maria dell’ Ammiraglio church, dating from the 1140’s, Palermo





Aztec turquoise mosaic mask   The mask is made of cedar wood and covered with turquoise mosaic. The elliptical eyes consist of mother-of-pearl and the teeth are made of conch shell.

FransVandewalle – flickr

Native Latin American cultures developed mosaic art, the oldest pre-Columbian examples appear to date to around 600 BCE. Their mosaics featured precious stones such as tourquoise and coral and precious metals such as gold. and were used to adorn statues, ornament shields and body armor.

Neptune mosaic- Bulla Regia, Tunisia

Roman Mosaic depicting the Triumph of Neptune, Bardo Museum, Tunisia

Bardo National Museum, Tunisia





abstract-mosaic-by-thenatureofmosaic..Gretchen McPherson

 Abstract mosaic wall art – thenatureofmosaic

Gretchen McPherson – flickr



Morning Breezes by Linda Biggers-eggshell mosaic

Morning Breezes by Linda Biggers- eggshell mosaic






3 Naïades Outdoor mosaic mural – Valerie and Dominique Villena (  I-Mosaique )

Interpretation of a painting by Tylek





Flower Power Collection by SICIS bathroom mosaics

Vibrant mosaic floral bathroom decoration – SICIS 






Forest designed by Yulia Hanansen

Great Lakes Ecosystems Mosaic Murals at Matthaei Botanical Gardens





Painting by Vladimir Rasputin

Mosaic like painting by Vladimir Rasputin





Honey McCrary mosaic-Liza

Honey McCrary mosaic – Liza





Amazing-mosaic-tile-floor Malibu’s La Villa Contenta

Malibu’s La Villa Contenta mosaic tiled floor




Ancient Roman mosaic depicting Achiles dragging the body of Hector around the city of Troy

Ancient Roman mosaic depicting Achiles dragging the body of Hector around the city of Troy




mosaic ball Anja Berkers Spiraling In

Spiraling In  – Anja Berkers




Antonella Gallenda-mosaic-art

 Antonella Gallenda- floral mosaic art






Swan Lake Mosaic by Laura and Jack Harris

melonheadgallery on Flickr



Mosaic Mural – Pomona Mall, LA – Millard Sheets, 1962

Photo – Annie Laskey





Beautiful Fragments mosaic--Laura Harris

 Laura Harris  Beautiful Fragments  mosaic




Beci-Whatley's-Paintings---Peacock Feather created using a build up of painted dots, mirrors and-rhinestone gems

Beci Whatley  — Peacock Feather

Created using a build up of painted dots, mirrors and-rhinestone gems





 Mall India

Mosaic art India






 Drake—Casablanca – George Fishman




Carl and Sandra Bryant,-Showcase Mosaics Nightmusic

Nightmusic  – Carl and Sandra Bryant

Glass, semi precious stones, beads and ceramic pieces

Showcase Mosaics





Paeggio Umbro Conceived by Igor Marziali  based on art by Gerardo Dottori







 In Den Besherfden Schuyt-(can be translated as In a barge ) byPerryTak





Custom made Japanese Stork

Japanese Storks – Carl and Sandra Bryant






Dans le Pré, mosaic by Francoise Moulet


Mosaic artist David Chidgey Underwater Dance

 Underwater Dance mosaic by David Chidgey


Overcast - Honey McCrary abstract mosaic

Overcast –  Honey McCrary




Mosaic art - Days of Birds Nikki Whitlock

Days of Birds by mosaicist Nikki Whitlock





 Paleo Christian mosaic – Bardo Museum

Richard Mortel – flickr





 Dolce and Gabbana mosaic inspired outfit





Mosaic Bondi Dreaming – Andy Solo – Flickr





Dragonfly Gazing Ball –

Enchanted Mosaics etsy





Eadweard Muybridge Mosaic--KIngston 2004 Emmamarie-flickr

Eadweard Muybridge Mosaic–Kingston 2004






La playa de ipanema – Roberto Burle Marx





 Jamestown 3–Third panel of three of a stained glass mosaic.- Barbara Benson Keith

Jamestown hospital, North Dakota



La-Treccia-Bionda-by-Evelina Della Vedova- based-on-Giovanni-Boldini-Painting

 La Treccia Bionda by Evelina Della Vedova for the studio Scuola Mosaicisti de Friuli

(based on a Giovanni Boldini Painting)




Grand-Canal mosaic art,-Venice

Venice Grand Canal mosaic art




Lilian Broca mosaic art

Haman Leading Mordechai on Royal Horse from the book The Hidden and the Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca

Canadian artist Lilian Broca mosaic art





New York mosaic art Lisa Arnold-flickr

New York mosaic art

Lisa Arnold – flickr





Mia Tavonatti Metamorphosis mosaic

 Metamorphosis mosaic by Mia Tavonatti





Michelangelo mosaic StPeters Howard Burton-flickr

 A Michelangelo mosaic at St Peters

Howard Burton-flickr





Mosaic-in the Kärntner Straße 16, shopping street-in the center of Vienna

Vienna mosaic in the shopping street of Kärntner Straße 16







 Frida Kahlo mosaic table top —  Mosaico

” They thought I was a Surrealist, but I never painted dreams, I just painted my own reality.”





Outdoor wall mural 'Naiads 2'-----porcelain I-Mosaique

‘ Naiads 2’ —  Porcelain mosaic outdoor mural—by  I Mosaique





Nancy Keating art bottle

Mosaic art bottle – Nancy Keating





Huge art stories of Jonah,set in floor mosaics of the Basilica of Aquileia

Large floor mosaics of the Basilica of Aquileia – stories of Jonah





Peacocks mosaic wall piece by Ilana Shafir

‘ Peacocks’  mosaic wall art by Ilana Shafir




Polymer clay mosaic--Wind Dancer by eggshelllady, via Flickr

Polymer clay mosaic-Wind Dancer by eggshelllady, via Flickr





Valerie Nardin mosaic

 Valerie Nardin mosaic ovoid vessel




Ragazza Con Scodella-(Girl-With-Bowl),-Felice-Casorati.

Ragazza Con Scodella-(Girl With Bowl),- Original artist – Felice Casorati

  A mosaic made by Maestro Igor Maziali using marble, stone, brick, ecological smalti, Venetian smalti and limestone





School garden Kagran Leherb mosaic-'Blumengoettin flora and Gaertner god Vertumnus'--from-1960

School garden Kagran Leherb mosaic- ‘Blumengoettin flora and Gaertner god Vertumnus’





Showcase Mosaics Mosaic Birdbath--Carl and Sandra Bryant

 Mosaic Birdbath — Carl and Sandra Bryant




Birds piece created for a community garden in Manchester, designed with pupils from Higher Openshaw Community Primary School.





Mosaic Painting Gondolier




Victor-Jorgensen---Missed-Connections2 A women waiting in a cafe/bar

‘Missed Connections 2’ – Victor Jorgensen




The Morello Bakery wall mosaic, Palermo Sicily

The Morello Bakery Art Nouveau wall mosaic mural, Palermo, Sicily




  A mosaic created by African American artist, Louis Delsarte, celebrating the art scene in Harlem New York. It was assembled in Munich, Germany and located at the façade of Citi One Bank on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 125th street.



Terry Yumbulul, Lloyd Kelemen and Justin Robson floor mosaic



Tiffany Studios, Mosaic Panel. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos – Tiffany Studios, Mosaic Panel





Topaz Pool by Lori Desormeaux

Topaz Pool – Abstract mosaic by Lori Desormeaux

Pinup Ceramic Collection Gena - SICIS

Gena – SICIS


Mosaic Hippo by thenatureofmosaic.

Marialuisa Tadei “Il Castello di Sole” - The Castle of the Sun - Venice

Marialuisa Tadei   “Il Castello di Sole”   – The Castle of the Sun  – 2013

280 x 490 x 280 cm. Silk, mosaic, wood. 2013 Venice Biennale

Read more about this remarkable mosaic sculpture here at Mosaicartnow




Trompe-l’oeil  – garden fish pond mosaic – Gary Drostle,

Woolwich, UK





‘Fall of The Empire’   Stained Glass on MDF — Nina Glaser




‘The Gardener’ mosaico by Schandra Trabalhos




durango-mixed-media-mosaic-chris emmert

‘Durango’ – Chris Emmert – mixed  media mosaic




wernerio22-lovers-sre-on-the-table-- two classical lovers

‘Lovers’ – mosaic table top

wernerio22 – Flickr




‘Take Off ‘— Nina Glaser

21 x 17 inches



Africa arts odyssey



Carved African terracotta pot -

 Carved African terracotta pot

Art is an integral feature in defining a culture and all the mysteries, diversity and complexities of Africa can be found in their artistic expression. Terracotta sculptural figures and heads were discovered from the Nok culture of Nigeria dating back to 500 BC and they demonstrated a strong abstract figural interpretation in their art. The Kongo people and the Sherbro from Sierra Leone were famous for their stone sculptures while the Benin were known for their ivory carving. The origin of the bronze casting tradition began with the Igbo-Ukwu tribe of Nigeria around the 9th century AD and reached its pinnacle with the Ife people from Yoruba.



Malangatana Valente Nguenha

Malangatana Valente Nguenha


As various African kingdoms accumulated riches through trade of gold, agriculture, precious stones, cloth and other goods, the health and appearance of their rulers were considered  to be an important metaphor for their kingdoms strength and stability. Ceremonial occasions were a demonstration of splendor and power and the wealthy kingdoms were active patrons of the arts and had their own guilds of exclusive artists. Precious works of art were commissioned for personal and devotional use. The court of Benin ( Nigeria ) exemplifies this and many exquisite pieces in the form of masks, sculptures and jewelery were created. Other artists, outside the court, sometimes recreated these pieces, especially the carved sculptures, for commercial trading.
The shamans and power association leaders of a tribe cultivated the ability to wield natural resources and spiritual energies through their masks, sculptures and performances, where their understanding of plants, animals and spirituality were on display. Organic and inorganic materials such as flora, feathers, horns, porcupine quills, herbs and other elements became incorporated into their arts by adding them to their masks and sculptures.
The acquisition and maintenance of masks, sculptures, and other artistic symbols of power constituted a significant part of a specialists’ training. The artistry was usually shrouded in secrecy including the materials used and the identity of the artist, who were held in high regard for their skill and reverence.
The aristocracy and attendants wore pendants and carried objects bearing symbols of political and spiritual power. For most of the African kingdoms, the royal families and their ancestors were venerated in the form of brass cast and wood carved statues which were displayed on royal alters.



Wood carved mask from Cameroon Savannah

 A mask from Cameroon Savannah – Bamileke master Bamendjo

Nineteenth century,  Rietberg Museum

 Recognizable for their imposing forms with swollen cheeks and plump, big eyes. These masks were worn on the head like a crown. They were invested with a crucial role during the commemorations and the election of the king.

African art has been a dynamic source of inspiration for numerous Western artists. The highly stylized treatment of the human figure in African sculptures had a direct input into the development of the avant garde movements of the modern art of Matisee and Picasso and the painting styles of post-Impressionists Cézanne and Gauguin. Modernist artists were drawn to African sculpture and art because of its sophisticated approach to the abstraction of the human form. Modigliani made sketches of the elongated heart shaped faces of Baule masks and this became an influence in some of his sculptures and paintings. Likewise Constantin Brancusi, Modigliani’s friend, introduced stylized elements into his sculptures. Picasso claimed that African sculptures had helped him to understand his purpose as a painter, which was not to entertain with decorative images, but to mediate between perceived reality and the creativity of the human mind—to be freed, or “exorcised,” from fear of the unknown by giving form to it.



Dogon sculptures from Mali, Africa


 Dogon sculptures, Bandiagara Hills, Mali – Africa

 The figure in the foreground is attributed to the ‘Master of the Ogol’

Dallas Museum of Art

Stylized Cameroonian Woman with beads

Stylized Cameroonian Woman sculpture with beads



Africa Mangbetu woman sculpture

 Anthropomorphic bark box, depicting the women’s headdress and cranial modification achieved by binding the heads of babies among the Mangbetu





Zimbabwean ceramic pot

Handpainted ceramic pot from Zimbabwe –





A staff used by devotees of Shango the Yoruba orisha of thunder and lightning, carried in dances

 A staff used by devotees of Shango, the Yoruba orisha of thunder and lightning, carried in dancing rituals.

doma wooden multiple faced Ungulali-headdress,-Nigeria,-20th-century

Idoma wooden multiple faced Ungulali headdress, Nigeria

20th century





A gold pendant in the form of a stylized head. Country of Origin Ghana. Culture Ashanti.

An Ashanti gold pendant in the form of a stylized head. –  Ghana






British Museum Wooden complex--Nigeria 20th century

 Wooden complex–Nigeria 20th century

British Museum




A Senufo seated female figure surmounted by a bowl and a bird IvoryCoast


Ivory Coast sculpture of a Senufo seated female figure surmounted by a bowl and a bird





Bonnie Ntshalishali and Ardmore

 Bonnie Ntshalishali lidded vessel for Ardmore, ZA





 Idia head sculpture Benin

 Idia, the mother of Oba Esigie, was granted the right to establish her own palace and ancestral altars as a reward for using her mystic powers to assist in victory in Benin’s war against the Igala. 





Brass weight for weighing gold dust-in the form of a horse and rider Ghana

Brass weight for weighing gold dust in the form of a horse and rider





South African- Mulondo Water Vessel,





British Museum, London An anthropomorphic soapstone carving said to be from the ancient site of Great Zimbabwe

  An anthropomorphic soapstone carving from an ancient site of Great Zimbabwe

British Museum, London




 Small polychrome pottery Ideqqi – Berbers – North Africa

Geometric patterns that adorn the pottery made by Maghreb women – found on textiles and female tattoos – carry out a symbolic meaning which dates back to Neolithic times.




Burkina Faso---Nuna storage vessel

 Burkina Faso—Nuna ceramic storage jar

Masengo-Gallery---Stone-Gallery Proetctive Mother-Patrick Fredy Zimbabwe

Shona sculpture Protective Mother – Patrick Fredy,  Zimbabwe

Masengo Gallery




Ceremonial Drum-(Pinge)Senufo

 African Senufo Ceremonial Drum-(Pinge)




Chief Aramchree by Sokari Douglas Camp

 Nigerian artist Sokari Douglas Camp bronze sculpture of Chief Aramchree





 Chiefs stool supported by kneeling woman, attributed to the  master carver of his workshop, known as Master of Buli. Democratic Republic of Congo


Dancing Figure - Benedict Enwonwu Dancing Figure – Nigerian sculptor Benedict Enwonwu

( Afro Au Go Go }


Dance mask of-a type known as Mwana Pwo, regarded as an idealised depiction of a beautiful young girl, showing facial scarifications

 Mwana Pwo dance mask, regarded as an idealised depiction of a beautiful young girl, showing facial scarification





Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections African pots

 African terracotta pot

Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections





Ethiopian string jar vessel

 Ethiopian lidded string jar

Old Turkhana String Jar, Ethiopia An old Turkhana jar made of twisted cord in a vertical pattern covered with hardened clay and a fitted lid. Coated on the inside with a clay-like material.





Face Mask, Late 19th early 20th-century Mali

 Mali Face Mask, Late 19th early 20th-century




Female Figure with Rooster Offering Bowl (Olumeye), Late 19th early 20th centuryYoruba Nigeria


Yoruba female Figure with Rooster Offering Bowl (Olumeye),

Late 19th early 20th century, Nigeria




Folk Art Gourd, South Africa Tembe Mozambique

 Tembe Folk Art Gourd, South Africa / Mozambique





Hennie Meyer-Afrikana Gallery

Hennie Meyer pitcher

Afrikana Gallery





Ivory Coast abstract sculpture

Ivory Coast carving of a woman with a pot

Barbier Mueller Museum, Geneva.





Large Abuja stoneware water Pot by Ladi Kwali Nigerian-circa-1960

Large Abuja stoneware water pot by Ladi Kwali

Nigeria -circa 1960




Louvre Paris- tribal art Sakoto sculpture

Sakoto terracotta sculpture – African Tribal art






Louvre Paris- Tribal Art

 Louvre Paris- Tribal Art

Denver Rand Flickr






A marionette representing an idealised female beauty, used in the puppet plays performed by Bamana youths in Mali





African terracotta head sculpture

African terracotta head sculpture





Ngady Amwaash Mask, Late -19th mid 20th century – Kuba

Art Institute Chicgo – Collections





Michael Cardew and Henry Bergen - large Bowl,-1935

Michael Cardew and Henry Bergen – large Bowl






 Marka dance mask – Mali





 O Enigma  – Malangatana Valente Nguenha




Mask for Sande-Society (Ndoli-Jowei), Early-mid-20th-centurySierraLeone

Mask for Sande Society (Ndoli-Jowei), Early mid 20th century

Sierra Leone





Mbolo Twin Mask – Baule peoples of the Ivory Coast

( Met NY )





Mwana Pwo Mask,-Late-19th-early-20th-century Congo Chokwe

Mwana Pwo Dance Mask, Late 19th early 20th century, Congo Chokwe

Art Institute Chicgo – Collections

Mwana Pwo, an archetypal female ancestor, asymbolizing fecundity and the prominent role of women in a matrilineal society.






Nok terracotta bust of a woman






Osun-Shrine-Jar,-Early mid 20th-centuryYoruba Nigeria

Osun Shrine Jar,-Early mid 20th century

Yoruba Nigeria





 Pendant Mask: Iyoba, 16th century

Nigeria; Edo, Court of Benin

( Met NY )






 Christian processional Cross, Mid-late 15th century – Ethiopia





 Prestige drinking vessel in the form of a head.

Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

( Werner Foreman Archive )





Statue in botanical gardens,-Capetown SA

Statue in botanical gardens,-Capetown SA





Terracota vessel from the Mangbetu people of DR Congo

 Mangbetu terracota sculpture vessel

Democratic Republic Congo





Bruno Sserunkuuma---Ceramic Vessel

Bruno Sserunkuuma—Ceramic Vessel




Brass head with a beaded crown and plume, Ife, Nigeria

14th-15th Century

British Museum






 Bronze figure of a hornblower, Benin, Africa

Late 16th century

British Museum





British_Museum_Carved-wooden-cup Africa

Africa carved wooden cup

British Museum





Vase Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo bottle




Bambara Wood carved statue with a face on each side

 Mali Bambara wood carved statue with a face on each side.

height 37 inches




Yombe phemba figure_

Yombe maternity figure – Phemba 12″ tall






A pair of Yoruba Ibeji figures





Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculpture - Lady Hands


Lady Hands by Rufaro Ngoma

Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculpture





Unique clayart


A collection of unique ceramic pieces ranging from rarities to curiosities, with some classics, pieces of beauty and the occasional oddities. Selected for their unique originality, function. style and form. The first image at the top is a piece I recently chanced upon at a Chinese grocery store which they were selling as a plate warmer. Its width is 10 inches and has a depth of  2 1/4 inches while being hollow inside.. It had a spout on the right which was used for adding hot water and has the auspicious Ba Kua eight sides. They were also used for foot warmers and even suspended on a cord around the neck ( hence the holes in the lugs ) to warm the Tan Tien ( Sea Of  Chi ) which is at the navel region  It was on a clearance special for $5 and I didn’t hesitate to acquire it.  Obviously not in great demand. The second piece below was at the other end of the scale. This sold at the Treasures of the Qing Court auction at Sotheby’s for $1,797,670.



Chinese blue and white ceramic plate warmer

Chinese porcelain plate warmer




Rare underglaze blue, polychrome enamelled ‘Magpie and Prunus’  Qianlong Moonflask

(1736 -1795) 




Grayson Perry ceramic lidded jar

Grayson Perry : Revenge of the Alison Girls (2000)




Yolande Biver tall sculpture figures

Yolande Biver



Margaret Boozer, “Black Pacific” art panel

Margaret Boozer, “Black Pacific” (detail), 2011, Black stoneware and porcelain wall art

( Loam Clay Studio )





Akira Satake contemporary pottery-vase

Contemporary vessel – Akira Satake

Sandy Godwin-bowls porcelain

Sandy Godwin – ornate porcelain bowls, ZA





Anne-Currier sculpture Frieze series III

Anne-Currier geometrical ceramic sculpture – Frieze series III 


Alberto Giacometti by Thierry Bressy

Alberto Giacometti sculpture

Photo  Thierry Bressy

( )





Auguste Delaherche, French, Vase

Auguste Delaherche, French faceted vase – 1910

risdmuseum )





Black juglet Jeruselum

Black juglet from Jeruselum

These ” mini ” jugs date back to the Iron Age II, ca. 1000–586 B.C.E. It hasn’t yet been established why they were made in this diminutive size, but is has been assumed they were used for carrying precious perfume oils. They have been found mostly in tombs; so possibly they were burial gifts for the deceased.




Boch Freres Keramis Vase Charles Catteau-Atelier-de-Fantasie

Boch Freres Keramis Vase by Charles Catteau





Canape Cactus' by Maurizio Galante is displayed at the Triennale Milano


Canape Cactus by Maurizio Galante on display at the Triennale Milano





Chinese Wucai porcelain jar transitional period Baluster form,-lappet band neck

Chinese Wucai porcelain baluster jar covered with enameled mythical beasts and blue underglazed Buddhistic emblems.





Claudi Casanovas Deep form,-1990

Claudi Casanovas Deep form, 1990

 Galerie Besson





Ceramic bust Erik Plöen,-Norway

Ceramic bust – Erik Plöen,-Norway

( Craig Van Brulle )



19th Century French Emile Galle Faience Porcelain Cat-VillaMelrose

 Emile Galle Faience Porcelain Cat

Nancy, France 19th Century

Villa Melrose Antiques





Francesca Guerrier Sculpture-70's Karry Gallery

Francesca Guerrier Sculpture – 70’s

Karry Gallery





This pair of pots is an example of  “famille verte” porcelain. They take the form of the Chinese characters “Fu” (Happiness) and “Shou” (Long Life).





Greek Skyphos (drinking-cup),-6th-century-BCE,met

Greek Skyphos (drinking-cup),-6th-century-BCE

 ( met, NY )






Hagi Ware Table Screen, Japan, 18th/19th century, rectangular, one side depicting a samurai and
child standing amongst autumn grasses on the edge of an inlet, signed “nagato ogi”
on the base in underglaze blue, ht. 11 3/8, lg. 16 3/4 inches.





Hand Coil Pot- Claire Woolard-ClayWorks

Hand Coil Pot- Claire Woolard-ClayWorks





Heifetz sculptural table lamp

Heifetz sculptural table lamp





Jan Jacque Pit Fired wall plaques

Jan Jacque -Pit Fired wall plaques





nymphenburg couture edition Christian Lacroix Julia Black

Nymphenburg couture edition Julia Black  designed by Christian Lacroix


 Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, under the direction of Dr. Jörg Richtsfeld, is launching a limited edition of the world-famous Commedia Dell’Arte figurines produced by the rococo sculptor, Franz Anton Bustelli, in 1759/60. Sixteen internationally acclaimed fashion designers were invited to create “new clothes” as a new décor for their favourite figure in the Commedia Dell’Arte group





Stoneware Jar – Mamluk period-(1250–1517)




Joel EdwardsCommon Ground at AMOCA

Joel Edwards Mid Century ceramic display

Common Ground at AMOCA

Petit granit stone Abstract Garden sculpture by artist Anne Kampschulte titled Payasa

Payasa –  granite stone abstract garden sculpture – Anne Kampschulte





Leslie Avon Miller for koektrommel

Leslie Avon Miller for koektrommel



Lynda Fraser The Flying Trapeze-PortHackingPotters

Lynda Fraser –  ‘The Flying Trapeze’





 Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel mixes a metal powder into his slip to make it magnetic. It is then placed onto a rotating surface and slowly built up using a nozzle, no moulds are needed.




Malcolm Greenwood vessel




Manjyot Ghataora scgraffito lidded jar

Manjyot Ghataora –  carved, lidded Hindu art jar, India

Unicum Ceramic Fish Wall Decoration by Erwin Spuler-1959

Ceramic Fish Wall Decoration by Erwin Spuler-1959




Michael Graydon Nikole Herriott

Platter sets   –    Nikole Herriott

Photo Michael Graydon




 “Morning II” by Destiny Allison





Ping Dong---The Four Sisters

Ping Dong – Port hacking Potters, Australia







Henan Jun porcelain pots design competition in Yuzhou City of Xuchang





Primavera Ceramic Vase, Paris, 1950s

Mid-Century Primavera Ceramic Vase

Paris, 1950’s





Robert Lallemant French Art Deco Ceramic Vase,-1928

 French Art Deco Ceramic Vase,- Robert Lallemant





Roy Lizama Cobalt Blue Vase

 Cobalt Blue Vase – Roy Lizama






Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef  by Courtney Mattison

Photo by Arthur Evans

Tang Museum




Wall sculpture The Promise - Matteo Pugliese

The Promise – Matteo Pugliese





Ukwashela – The Proposal and was sculpted by Petros Gumbi and painted by Mickey Chonco. weddingpot

Ukwashela –The Proposal was sculpted by Petros Gumbi and painted by Mickey Chonco for Ardmore, South Africa

Depicting a traditional Zulu ceremony in which a man proposes to a woman and she accepts him by donning white beads. The figures dancing around the piece are symbolic of the couples coming of age as newlyweds. Other traditional symbols used are a wooden stick – induku, and a spoon –  ukhezo.

( Kalk Bay Modern )






Modernist Black a Moor Sculpture by Lorin Marsh, USA

circa 1970

( High Deco Style )






Carved double pink and white overlay-Beijing glass vase





viral-7 Toronto based artist Jess Riva Cooper

viral-7  Jess Riva Cooper, Canada




Hennie Meyer - ceramic jug and bowl

Hennie Meyer – ceramic jug and bowl with weave pattern

( Afrikaner Gallery )





Paris based artist Daniel Firman Elephant Galerie Perrotins

Paris artist Daniel Firman –  Elephant

Galerie Perrotins

Ursula Morley Price,--UK Unique-stoneware-vase-with-matte-white-glaze,-1980

Ursula Morley Price,–UK – stoneware vase with matte white glaze



Red insights




Laura Du Toit


Laura Du Toit

” A common theme throughout my work is my interest in shapes, textures and colours found in nature. I find inspiration in volcanoes, fossils and geological formations, to name a few. Using materials like Kalahari sand, oxides, slip and multiple stoneware firings enable me to capture the weathered surfaces and patterns of the earth ” – Laura Du Toit, Cape Town, ZA


Slab built jar – Eddie Curtis

Eddie Curtis used contrasting copper effects for the  black rim and red reduction glaze over his textured jar





Mark Uzan ovoid vessel


Mark Uzan ovoid red and black vessel

 Beginnings of vermilion red

The first use of the red vermilion pigment, made with ground cinnabar, was documented around 7000–8000 BC and it was found in a Turkish neolithic village which is currently called Catalhoyuk. In Spain cinnabar was mined in the beginning of about 5300 BC, while in China the first documented use of Cinnabar as a pigment was by the Yangshao culture (5000–4000 BC)
Vermilion red was esteemed by the Chinese to symbolize good fortune and joy. They used it to paint their temples, the carriages of the Emperor, and favored it as a printing paste for personal name chops. It was also used for unique red calligraphic ink reserved for Emperors. Chinese Taoists associated vermilion with eternity as it was accociated with the colour of life. Hence it was widely used to paint ceramics, to cover the walls and floors of rooms, and for ritual ceremonies.
Vermilion was also used by the peoples of Central and South America, to paint ceramics, figurines, murals, and for the decoration of burials abd tombs.. It was used in the Chavin Civilization (400 BC – 200 AD), and in the Maya, Sican, Moche, and Inca Empire. The major source was the Huancavelica mine in the Andes mountains in central Peru.
In India vermilion or sindoor as it is called is the symbol of fertility, and it is applied on the forehead as a dot known as a bindu or on the hair parting of the woman signifying that she is married. A key ritual in the tradirional Indian marriages is application of vermilion by the groom on his bride, signifying their marital bond, which she applies everyday for the rest of life till her husband’s death.
Vermilion was the primary red pigment used by European painters from the Renaissance until the 20th century. However, because of its cost and toxicity, it was almost entirely replaced by a new synthetic pigment, cadmium red, in the 20th century.

Curiously,  Brett Gorvy, co-head of contemporary art at Christie’s International, said red was the most lucrative colour in art works, followed by white, blue, yellow, green and black, in that order. Cheyenne Westphal, chairman of Contemporary Art Europe at Sotheby’s, also claimed that “With art it’s always very difficult to quantify, but you can see it has an overall effect. So if the colour red is in a work or art it tends to get more expensive than others.” This has also been fueled by the input of the Chinese market but all power to the majestic red.





orange-ceramic-lamp Christ on Cross


Christ en Croix ceramic lamp, 1950

( Orange Ceramiques )





Patinated and cold painted bronze figure by Erte


Amazon – Patinated and cold painted bronze figure by Erte





Poppy Jasper natural stone


Poppy Jasper natural stone





Porcelain figurine lizard-from Anya and Slava

Porcelain figurine lizard-from Anya and Slava





Jemez Peublo vessel Marcella Yepa


Jemez Peublo vessel –  Marcella Yepa





Noguchi’s Red Cube public sculpture in New York

Noguchi’s Red Cube sculpture on Broadway in lower Manhattan.





Pushkar Fair wall art


Pushkar Fair wall art, Rajasthan





Rocaille de l Océan -- twinn handled amphora


Rocaille de l Océan — twinn handled amphora





Sarah Chenoweth Davis - Mini Jar


Sarah Chenoweth Davis – Mini Lidded Jar





Sasha Bakaric Chapel-Hill-NC- Bacterial-Infection vessel


Bacterial Infection vessel by  Sasha Bakaric

Chapel Hill-NC





Small jug with sleeping women decoration by Louise Gardelle


Small jug with sleeping women decoration by Louise Gardelle

L'opera Restaurant entrance, Paris

L’opera Restaurant entrance, Paris





Tea Bowl With Stand- China Ming Dynasty The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Tea Bowl With Stand- China Ming Dynasty

The Metropolitan Museum of Art





The Love Between Woman and Horse-Sandy Wolk outdoor sculpture


The Love Between Woman and Horse  – Sandy Wolk





Vertical Face by Rick Kirby v2 by Tanyaluk


Vertical Face by Rick Kirby v2

( Tanyaluk Photography on Flickr )





Victor Reyes Casa Grande


Victor Reyes Casa Grande





Ai Weiwei's street sculpture


Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals- Chinese Zodiac Heads at Somerset House in London.

Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters.





yunomi - Clary Illian Shambhala-Pottery


yunomi – Clary Illian from Shambhala Pottery







Les Eyziers-de-Tayac-Sirueil, France







Musée des Arts Forains de Paris ( Museum of Fairground Arts in Paris )





Art Lebedev Studio heart umbrella


Heart Umbrella by Art Lebedev Studio





Amphora art nouveau mushroom pitcher


Amphora art nouveau mushroom pitcher





venice carnival


Venice carnival costume, Italy





Marianne-de-Trey Agateware vase


Marianne de Trey Agateware vase





Natalya Sots vase of poppy flowers


Natalya Sots vase of poppy flowers





Abelam Yam Masks  - Dick Jemison's collection


 Dick Jemison’s collection of Abelam Yam Masks  – used in the ritual yam harvest ceremonies and festivals in Papua New Guinea, important to their spiritual life.





Adero Willard,- Quilt Swatch Jar


Adero Willard,- Quilt Swatch Jar





Craig Underhill vase


Craig Underhill vase





Bernadette te Wierik sculpture


Bernadette te Wierik sculpture, Netherlands





Bill Hinz,-tapestry Mid Century


Bill Hinz,-Mid Century tapestry





'Blushing profiles'- Sculpture Tony Cragg


 ‘ Blushing profiles’- Sculpture by Tony Cragg





Helen Vaughan dish


Helen Vaughan dish





Ceramic Figures by Fabrise


Une Milione by Fabrise





Chinese ceramic sculpture featuring an abstract Fu symbol base signed Fu Jian Hui Guan


Chinese ceramic sculpture featuring an abstract Fu symbol base signed Fu Jian Hui Guan





Chinese Ming Dynasty Chinese- gold Lacquered-Figure of One of the Four Heavenly Kings dressed in Ornate Armor and crown


Chinese gold Lacquered Figure of One of the Four Heavenly Kings dressed in Ornate Armor and crown




Couture in Paris - Mark Shaw


Courtyard Couture in Paris – photo by Mark Shaw, 1955





Dancing Butter Pot - Steven Summerville


Dancing Butter Pot – Steven Summerville





Daniel Meyer-sculpture


Daniel Meyer




le bout theatre


Paris Theatre Cafe





German Art Deco figurine pin cushion


German Art Deco figurine pin cushion





German Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria Art Deco Lady Terrier Dog Porcelain Figure


German Hutschenreuther Selb Bavaria Art Deco Lady & Terrier Dog Porcelain Figure





Gustavsberg ceramics in Sweden


Gustavsberg vintage ceramics in Sweden





Mumbai street art India


 Mumbai street art




Japanese Pottery Bizen Okayama Preferecture


Japanese Pottery Bizenware –  Okayama Preferecture











Gemma Orkin Protea Flower Pot


 Gemma Orkin Protea Flower Pot




William Eicholtz sculpture


William Eicholtz sculpture

Bondi Sculpture By the Sea