Monthly Archives: September 2014

Animals of Art Deco



SANTINI-statue-art deco

 Lady Walking Dog – A.Santini



Art Deco Squirrel bookends Art Bronze

  Art Deco squirrel bookends – Max Le Verrier



Art Deco embracing animals


Art Deco successfully integrated the multitude of fascinating design innovations of its time. The mobile perspectives of abstract cubism were subtly merged into the designs but with more symmetrical aspects. The visions of futurism and modernism, inspired by the possibilities of the Machine Age were embraced in its design and choice of materials, while the simpler, functional ideals of Constructivism, Die Stijl and the Bauhaus disciplines were introduced. The dynamism and movement of the 20‘s Jazz Age and the Industrial Age were also prominent elements. The Bauhaus belief that mass production could live in harmony with the artistic spirit of individuality fitted nicely with the mass production utilised during the Art Deco era and the streamlined forms adapted well to the production methods.
The shift away from the Gothic, Baroque and Classical idioms, which began with Art Nouveau at the turn of the 19th century, were taken to the next level. The ethereal nympths in lush organic nature landscapes surrounded by bats, butterflies, dragons and other fantasy creatures morphed into modern, elegant, fashionable ladies of affluence, accompanied by all breeds of domesticated animals, especially dogs, but even including the likes of panthers and gazelles. Lean looking Greyhounds and Dobermans were a popular choice.The demands of marketing led to a depiction of sleekness, sophistication and order. This was reinforced by the symmetrical designs that overtook the asymmetry of Art Nouveau and the rectilinear lines becoming as prevalent as the curvilinear  ones.  Interestingly, the nudity of the Art Nouveau era survived , but took on a more liberated context in its expression. The diversity of animals featured in the unique Art Deco designs is one of the endearing aspects of this era.



Zsolnay pigeon plant holder

 Twin Pigeon Art Deco planter – Zsolnay, Hungry




Warrior-and-winged-horse,-war-memorial,-St Louis

Art Deco Warrior and Winged Horse – St.Louis War Memorial






‘The Guardians’ – Art Deco Lady with Dogs – Menneville





serpent and girl )Signed-Isdrebrad-on-the-base

Kneeling Snake Charmer Holding Serpent – Isdrebrad




French Art Deco squirrel bookends

Rischmann Deconami –  Antwerp, Belgium




photo-MaxLeVerrier in his studio with a posing model

Max Le Verrier sculpting a posing model at his studio




Max Le Verrier sculpting a lion at the zoo



Green Art Deco Lion-by-Le-Verrier-

‘Lion’ by Max Le Verrier

Length 23 inches


Puffin motif vase, baluster shape by-Sally-Tuffin

Puffin by Sally Tuffin for Dennis Chinaworks—2006



Art Deco wall relief – Aberdeen, Scotland



pendule_elephant_mantle clock

Elephant mantle pendule  clock – Art Deco

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Cubist Art Deco pelican bookends – Georges L Laurent




Art Deco owl, Library oF Congress, Washington – USA





 Dragon Dinner Gong – French Art Deco – Max le Ferrier





1914 Art Deco Cat- Max Emanual & Louis Wain



Hagenauer-Bronze-Greyhound sculpture

 Hagenauer Bronze Greyhound figurine




French Art Deco Leaping Ibex by De Marco, made by Max Le Ferrie






 Winged Horse – art deco by John Storrs





Bronze Hercules and the panther  – Jean Magrou




Hippocampus and Dolphins Art Deco fountain

Kansas City, Missouri





French Art Deco Kangaroo paper weight





Pair of Seagulls – French Art Deco




French Art Deco-Panther-&-Antelope-Sculpture-1930

Panther and Antelope sculpture

Santini-Deco girl walking dogs

 Girl Walking Dogs – A.Santini






French Art Deco Elephant Pair Clock





A pair of Art Deco Polar Bears – Lemanseau





Phoenix ovoid vase – Frederick Rhead for Wardle




Art Deco Vase by Keralouve - La Louvière, Belgium

Black Cat Art Deco Vase by Keralouve – La Louvière, Belgium




 Lady with Borzoi – French sculptor George Coste

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Charles Catteau vase

 Charles Catteau





Reclining Lady and Gazelle – Fayrel ( Pierre Le Faguays pseudonym )






Pair of running greyhounds – F.Siegl






Black and White dog  – Geo Conde






Art Deco Illustration by Romain de TirtoffAt ( Etre ) – At The Theater, Symphony in Black






Glided art deco fan tail sculpture – Lakarmé by Jan and Joël Martel





Flamingo TV lamp





Art Deco clock with 2 hounds – Toozoo



Charles Catteau and Raymond Chevallier Art Deco gazelle vase

c. 1935




Vintage Squirrel-Bookends-by-Nagel

Pair of Squirrel bookends – Nagel






Art Deco style Stork Bookends by French sculptor Marcel Bouraine






Butting Rams Art Deco Royal Dux bookends





Art Deco at Grand Rapids – Stone lion by Buck Cash






Art Deco Dog Figurine – Maurice Osmond

 Cab Art Vintage – etsy





Kitty Rix Art Deco vase for Wiener Werkstatte





art-deco-dogs Christophle Gallia

Christophle Gallia




Greek civilization, Naxian winged sphinx

Delphi Archaeological Museum

Getty Images


Demetre Chiparus art

‘The Guardians’  —  Georges Gori



1930 Ibex book ends by LeVerrier.

Ibex book ends by Max LeVerrier.


porcelain-figurine lady walking dog

Lady with dog figurine

photo by  Carol Dronsfield



Charles Catteau Art Deco owl vase

Art Deco seramic vase – Charles Catteau




Charles Catteau Deco vase

Charles Catteau, Art Deco flying bird vase




Art Deco mantle clock with 3 panthers – De Coux




German Art Deco  figurine – William Goebel



French Art deco Mantle clock with elephants

Mossgreen Auctions



Art Deco sculpture - Boris-Lovet-Lorski...Lithuanian who immigrated to the U.S.

Boris Lovet Lorski – Art Deco sphinx sculpture



NEXT POST  —  ‘Garden Sculptures Chatsworth’


AMOCA – 10 year anniversary


American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California


In August 2014, AMOCA had its 10th anniversary. Over this time it has grown from 3,800 square feet to 51,000 square feet and now has 7000 pieces in its permanent collection.

AMOCA preserves and collects significant ceramic achievements of the world’s cultures from ancient times to the present. Their permanent collection, is currently divided into four categories:-  American Studio Pottery, Sculpture, World Ceramics and British Ceramics. The museum has large collections of international and Native American ceramics, including Mettlach, Royal Worcester, Mata Ortiz and Acoma Pueblo. A selection of these will be featured in an upcoming 2015 Spring exhibition, along with works from many celebrated artists, such as mid-20th century California ceramists William Manker, Laura Andreson, Gertrude and Otto Natzler, and Rupert Deese. In addition a  number of sculptural works from Paul Soldner, John Mason and Jennifer McCurdy will also featured, as well as many contemporary local artists, including Glenn Grishkoff, Biliana Popova, and Ricky Maldonado. Below are some images from the AMOCA flickr photostream of their permanent collection. See here 


Current Exhibition – Chris Gustin Masterworks in Clay

November 8, 2014- February 8, 2015


Chris Gustin teapot Amoca exhibition

Chris Gustin teapot





Chris Gustin Masterworks in Clay – opening reception at Amoca



Opening Reception,-Chris Gustin -- Masterworks in Clay

 Chris Gustin – Amoca


British Ceramics



Ann James-Vase,-2003;-Collection-of-Bill-Burke-2009

Ann James Vase,


AMOCA – Collection of Bill Burke





Coil built Vase,-1982;-Gift of Jo Lauria & Michael Fargo-BettyBlandino

Betty Blandino coil built vase, 1982

AMOCA –  Gift of Jo Lauria & Michael Fargo



Duncan Ross-Vase, c. 2000; wheel-thrown, terra sigillata, slip, wax

Duncan Ross vase – terra sigillata, slip, wax

AMOCA – Collection of Bill Burke




Geoffrey Swindell Vase, c. 2000; porcelain, rust and robin's egg blue; Collection of Bill Burke 2009

Geoffrey Swindell contemporary vessel

AMOCA – Collection of Bill Burke 2009




Ann James-Vase,-2003;-Collection-of-Bill-Burke-2009

 Ann James -2003

 AMOCA – Collection of Bill Burke


 World Ceramics



earthenware pot Amando Silverio

Amando Silverio

Gift of Frieda Bradsher





Naimi constructed eating bowl -Kwam, c.1986






Japanese Edo Nabeshima Ware Platter, 1830

 AMOCA – Gift of James and Jackie Voell




Michael-Wisner Untitled, n.d. earthenware; Gift of Frieda Bradsher 2007

Michael Wisner earthenware pot

Gift of Frieda Bradsher 2007

Ming-Celadon-Vase China

 Ming Celadon Vase

 AMOCA – Gift of James and Jackie Voell




Paul Soldner ceramic sculpture AMOCA

 Paul Soldner





Rooted-Home,-2000;-made-in-Huntington,-West-Virginia-2004-Kathleen Kneafsey

Kathleen Kneafsey, Huntington,West Virginia – ‘Rooted Home’

AMOCA – American Ceramic Society Collection






Olin Russum-  High fired Sculptural Vessel – 1980

AMOCA – Gift of James and Jackie Voell






Untitled glazed ceramic figure,- c. 1970s – Joan Rappaport, California

AMOCA –  Collection of Bill Burke, 2009






Untitled stoneware sculpture, 1959 – Hal Fromhold, California


AMOCA – American Ceramic Society Collection





Blue Heron  – Betty Davenport Ford

Gift of the Artist, 2005



Sabino-Villalba Untitled effigy, n.d.; eartheware , 2007

Sabino Villalba Untitled effigy eartheware , 2007





American Studio Pottery:



AyshaPeltz-1998;-purchased-in-Shrewsbury,-Massachusetts;-porcelain,-orange-yellow vase

Aysha Peltz – Shrewsbury, Massachusetts;- porcelain orange vase





Ben Owen III vase,-1992;-Gift of Jan Korfmacher

Ben Owen III vase


AMOCA – Gift of Jan Korfmacher






Gwen Heffner porcelain bowl –  Berea, Kentucky






Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor---teapot

Bunny lid teapot – Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor




Carol Wedemeyer-teacup,-2002;-made-in-California;-earthenware-red-clay,-stain,-glaze

 Red clay earthenware, stain, glaze teacup – Carol Wedemeyer, California


 AMOCA – Gift of Bill Burke





Crispin Gonzalez1985;-stoneware,-airbrushing,-colorants,-cone-3,-reduction

Crispin Gonzalez, stoneware vase with airbrushing, colorants, cone 3 reduction

AMOCA – Gift of MAW




Susan-Peterson Untitled bottle, c. 1979; Gift of John Collins

Susan Peterson 1979

AMOCA – Gift of John Collins



Dorothy Hafner platter,-1980;-purchased-in-New-York-porcelain

Dorothy Hafner platter, New-York


AMOCA – Gift of American Ceramic Society Collection





Doug Blechner-jar AMOCA

 Lidded Jar – Doug Blechner







Untitled stoneware bottle, Frank Colson, Florida


AMOCA – Gift of American Ceramic Society Collection




1989; purchased in Yellow Springs, Ohio; porcelain; 2004EveFleck

Porcelain folded vase -Eve Fleck, Yellow Springs, Ohio


AMOCA –  Gift of American Ceramic Society Collection



Frieda-Bradsher 2007 AMOCA

Frieda Bradsher – 2007






Gina Lawson Egan-Blue-and-Purple-Dog-Teapot

Gina Lawson Egan – Blue and Purple Dog Teapot





Harrison McIntosh display ---Flickr--AMOCA

Harrison McIntosh ceramic display at Common Ground, ACOMA

HM100: A Century through the Life of Harrison McIntosh is currently running from 13th September to October 26 2014 . ACOMA celebrated the 100th birthday of Hamish Mcintosh on the 13th September 2014.

The mural in the background along one wall of the main gallery is by famous Southern Californian artist Millard Sheets titled “Panorama of Pomona Valley” (1956)





Harvey Sadow Raku-Vessel,-1980

Raku Vessel – Harvey Sadow


AMOCA – Gift of Karen and Philip Selwyn





Helen Watson mid-century sculpture 1959

Helen Watson mid-century sculpture 1959






Jane-Peiser ceramic vessel 1978

Jane Peiser – 1978






Jeff-Whyman vase 2000

 Jeff Whyman – 2000






Joy DeMarcocup, –  porcelain, sgraffito markings, black slip, semi matt clear glaze vessel

c. 2000

AMOCA – Gift of Frieda Bradshe





Karen-Massaro1980-90 yellow bowl AMOCA

 Karen Massaro bowl –  1980-90





Gift-of-Frieda-Bradsher-Taylor-Buxton AMOCA

Vase by Taylor Buxton

AMOCA – Gift of Frieda Bradsher





Larry White Untitled-figurative-vessel,-1979;-made-in-California;-stoneware-raku

 Stoneware raku figurative vessel, Larry White, California






Michael-Coffey jar AMOCA

 Micheal Coffey





AMOCA, Gertrude and Otto Natzler ceramics

Gertrude and Otto Natzler – Common Ground exhibition





Otto Heino---Flickr--AMOCA

Otto Heino display at AMOCA Common Ground

lien – flickr





Patrick Crabb AMOCA California--2008

Patrick Crabb Bottle, California – 2008





People-Pot,-1993 Jude Odell

People Pot, – Jude Odell







Ricky Maldonado platter-Gift Of Artist

 Ricky Maldonado platter

AMOCA Gift Of Artist





Rose Cabat-Feelie --1979

‘Feelie’ by Rose Cabat  – 1979

“A vase can hold flowers, but can’t it just be a spot of beauty?” – Rose Cabat







Scott Parady – Untitled woodfired stoneware vessel, California


AMOCA – Gift of Bill Burke





Sunflower---Desert-Series,-2009 Lee-Middleman AMOCA

Sunflower -Desert Series, Lee Middleman

AMOCA 2009




Tom Coleman stoneware,-carbon-trap-shino,-orange-crackle,-red-dot,-carbon-trap,-reduction

Shino stoneware cup, carbon trap, orange crackle, red dot – Tom Coleman

AMOCA – Gift of Frieda Bradsher






Eric-Kao-bottle AMOCA flickr

 Eric Kao

AMOCA – flickr





Olin Russum Distorted Bowl, 1980; stoneware

Olin Russum – Distorted Stoneware Bowl, 1980

Gift of James W. and Jackie Voell




Large-Curly-Vessel,-2007-Nicholas Bernard

 Large Curly Vessel, Nicholas Bernard – 2007





Ken&Pat Larson,-1988;-purchased-in-Sturgeon-Lake,-Minnesota;-stoneware

 Stoneware sculpture by Ken & Pat Larson, 1988

  Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota

AMOCA – Gift of American Ceramic Society Collection



Mettlach Collection

This vast collection was made possible by Robert D. and Colette D. Wilson, who accumulated a huge number of Mettlach pieces over a 30-year period. AMOCA now houses their entire 3,000 piece Mettlach Collection, the largest collection of German Mettlach wares (dating from c. 1840-1915) in the world.



Mettlach knight plate ACOMA

 Mettlach plate, Germany



Mettlach-Beer-Stein Acoma

 Mettlach Beer Stein





Mettlach, Art Nouveau Vases,-1911

Long neck Art Nouveau vases – Mettlach




Mettlach-plate - kinght riding horse

Handpainted Metttlach plate





Mettlach vase ACOMA

 Mettlach Art Nouveau floral vase



 Mettlach twin handled vase



Mettlach butterfly woman vase

 Mettlach vase, Germany





 Twin handled jardiniere – Mettlach




 German Mettlach beer steins

AMOCA website HERE



NEXT POST — ‘Animals of Art Deco’


Fausto, Fabbricatore and Fausto


The  Italian ceramic arts of Fausto Melotti, Michele Fabbricatore and Fausto Salvi :


Several generations of ceramicists who encapsulate the freedom, spontaneity and flair of the Italian aesthetic.

La Pittura, 1939 - 1940-Fausto Melotti

‘La Pittura ‘ – Fausto Melotti


Fausto Melotti


Fausto Melotti was born into a musical family and he initially studied physics, mathematics and electrical engineering. In 1928, at the age of 27, he enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where he trained alongside Fontana with the sculptor Adolfo Wildt. Melotti’s first experiences as a ceramist occurred in 1929 after meeting the renowned architect, designer, writer, and ceramics enthusiast, Gio Ponti, who at that time was the artistic director for the Ricardo Ginori ceramic and porcelain manufactory. Melotti assisted Ponti with the execution of several of his designs, and the collaboration marked the beginning of his twenty-year relationship with the firm. While he would continue to work with ceramics for his entire career, his most concentrated involvement with the medium came in the aftermath of World War II. After discovering that his studio had been destroyed in the bombardment of Milan, he renewed his practice by renting out a kiln, thus initiating a fifteen-year period in which he only produced ceramics and terracotta sculptures.

Melotti was recognized, both nationally and internationally, as his contemporaries Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois and Lucio Fontana, as a key figure in the field of modern and contemporary sculpture, being distinguished for having been, from the beginning of the 30’s, a significant contributor in the renewal and development of the plastic language and its materials. Using terracotta, faience and plaster sculptures in mixed media including iron, ceramic and stainless steel works, drawings and sketches, the sculptural path 0f Fausto Melotti was closely linked to the world of visual arts. He merged the classical traditions with the trends of the European avant-garde, mixing disparate strains of 20th-century Italian art from Futurist modernity to the metaphysical elements of the Surrealists.


Fausto Mellotti with a groupp of his white biomorphic sculptures

 Fausto Melotti in his studio in Milan, 70’s

Photo Ugo Mulas




Contrapunto VIII--1971-Fausto Melotti

Contrapunto VIII – Fausto Melotti




Fausto Melotti-Copetta-1950 ceramic bowl

Fausto Melotti – Copetta




fausto-melotti sculpture

Female sculpture – Fausto Melotti



'Peacock'-vase,-Fausto Melotti

 Fausto Melotti – ‘Peacock Vase’




Coppa-con-orlo-mosso-1955 - Fausto Melotti

‘Coppa con orlo mosso’ – Fausto Melotti




El almacen de ideas-1980 Fausto Melotti

El almacen de ideas – Fausto Melotti





Fausto Melotti – ‘Cavaliere’

c 1945




Fausto Melotti photo by Ugo Mulas



Fausto Melotti Vaso Ceramica

  Vaso Ceramica Fausto Melotti





Heretics and-Saints and Bishops--1952 by Fausto melotti

‘Heretics and Saints and Bishops’ — 1952 by Fausto Melotti

A Teatrini representing a  miniature “theater” –  small and condensed worlds that use abstract and figurative elements to convey narratives. Melotti’s miniature theatres tended to retain a sense of ambiguity and  challenge the viewer to construct the drama.



Fausto-Melotti,-Vaso-Civetta-circa 1935

Fausto Melotti,- Vaso Civetta

28 inches height

circa 1965



Leone-circa-1975 Fausto Melotti

‘Leone’ — Fausto Melotti

circa 1975




Fausto Melotti vase




Kore-1954 by Fausto Melotti

Kore by Fausto Melotti


CONSADORI Fausto-Melotti modernist vase

Fausto Melotti modernist vase

Ceramic cup-Fausto-Melotti

Sculptured goblet – Fausto Melotti




Sculpture-Noche-africana---1973 Fausto Melotti

 ‘Noche Africana’ – Fausto Melotti

Melotti’s free standing metal sculptures favoured minimal lines sparsely interspersed with various motifs.






Fausto Salvi


Fausto discovered ceramics in the late 80’s, attending courses at the State Institute of Art of Ceramics in Faenza. ” When I began to work in ceramics, drawing was all-important for me. I enjoyed drawing on the white surface of majolica, being smooth and absorbent. I used to inscribe any surface it offered, plates, cylinders, jugs, vases. Any shape responded to my need to express myself through my drawings. Only later did I learn to communicate through shape and volume, I began to study the expressive possibilities of clay and modeling, more carefully. At the same time I began to think about the surfaces of my pieces as abstract textures and I started to use pure pigment. As I have worked in different series; I have never wanted to concentrate on only one of the elements I was exploring. The presence or absence of drawing has enabled me to communicate very different feelings and messages.”

During an exhibition of Australian contemporary ceramics at the Faenza Museum in the 90’s, Fausto was struck by how the absence of cumbersome traditions was really an advantage in terms of lightness and spontaneity. Some of his pieces, like Melotti, show hints of classical influence, but most are refreshingly original and visually engaging.




Fausto Salvi majolica sculpture

‘Down’  – Fausto Salvi




03-Coppia Fausto Salvi

Fausto Salvi – Coppia




Grottesco-Fausto Salvi

‘Grottesco’ – Fausto Salvi




Fausto Salvi aluminium foli on ceramic sculpture 'A Big Surprise' -

‘A Big Surprise’ – Fausto Salvi

– painted ceramic covered by aluminium foils




Fausto Salvi contemporary vase

 Contemporary vase – Fausto Salvi




contemporary sculpture Fausto Salvi


Fausto Salvi  sculpture from the Ten Year’s After exhibition in Milan, 2013




Magic Wood - Fausto Salvi

Fausto Salvi with Magic Wood ceramic sculpture





‘Magic Wood’ (Bosco Magico) –  painted ceramic covered with aluminium foils – Fausto Salvi

max height : 370 cm – max diameter : 45 cm




Fausto Salvi Italian sculpture yellow figure

Contemporary sculpture “Greenhouse” – referring to a green house in Milan where Fausto lived that was swallowed up by urban development.





‘Bella ‘ – Fausto Salvi




2012. Korea Fausto Salvi abstract puzzle sculpture

 ‘Korea’ –  Fausto Salvi





'All I Have To Say' - Fausto Salvi - ceramic thought bubble

‘All I Have To Say’ – Fausto Salvi

– glazed ceramic with gold, NY 2006



Lanscape Korea 2012 Fausto Salvi - urban density sculpture

Fausto Salvi – ceramic bas relief

Greenhouse exhibition



le Belle - Fausto Salvi

‘le Belle’ – Fausto Salvi




Fausto-Salvi all sculpture two men in a heated discussion

Fausto Salvi puzzle bas relief



Italian sculpture One Way Fausto Salvi red and yellow wall art

‘One Way’ –  Fausto Salvi


Fausto-Salvi sculpture exhibition - red and white abstract sculpture

 Fausto Salvi exhibition




Michele Fabbricatore :


In 1992 at age of 20 MicheleI won a scholarship to do a pottery internship for three months in Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 1993 he began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

” My work is a large cauldron of everything that I like and I’m passionate about: Calvin Orlando Furioso, from fairy tales to mythology, all revisited and reinterpreted with an eye for the ironic and surreal.  My mission is to retrieve the most authentic part of me and see with a child’s unconditioned perception, which looks at the world with awe and wonder. And to relive the gift of enchantment that governs all beauty. Feeding this treasure that we all have within, with a desire and a commitment in my life where I hope these values become conveyed through my work.”


Italy Michele-Fabbricatore mermaidsculpture

Michele Fabbricatore reclining Mermaid



Michele-Fabbricatore Knight on horse fighting dragon

‘San Giorgio e il Drago’ – Michele-Fabbricatore




Adamo_ed_Eva Michele Fabbricatore

 ‘Adamo ed Eva’ – Michele Fabbricatore



Michele Fabbricatore ceramic panel

Michele Fabbricatore




Michael-Fabbritore Arca ceramic sculpture

 Arca  – Michele Fabbricatore



In Studio Michael-Fabbricatore

Michele Fabbricatore



Angelica_inseguita Michele Fabbricatore

Angelica inseguita – Michele Fabbricatore 




Michele Fabbricatore sculpture Marco Polo

Marco Polo  – Michele Fabbricatore




Michele-Fabbricatore contemporary sculpture Europa_e_Zeus

  Europa e Zeus    – Michele Fabbricatore




Michele_fabbricatore terracotta sculpture king and queen riding a horse

Michele Fabbricatore




Alice by Michele-Fabbricatore

Alice   – Michele Fabbricatore



Michele Fabbricatore Italian figurine Angelo

Angelo   – Michele Fabbricatore




Michele-Fabbricatore Cavallo di Troia

Cavallo di Troia – Michele Fabbricatore





Michele-Fabbricatore Italian figurine sculpture

 Michele Fabbricatore abstract figurative sculpture




Re_e_Regina Michele Fabbricatore

‘Re e Regina’ – Michele Fabbricatore

Dedalo_e_Icaro Michele Fabbricatore

Dedalo e Icaro  by Michele Fabbricatore


Michele Fabbricatore website here







Functional pottery – flora and cuisine



Flower sushi rolls---Flickr- bananagranola--Miki Nagata

 Flower sushi rolls – Miki Nagata

For a master class in colour diversity, depth, shape and textures, its hard to go past plants and flowers. The colour richness is unsurpassed and countless design trends have been directly influenced by the features of theses natural wonders. From the symmetrical to the abstract, from random to mystically sequenced dimensions, all are innately structured in a sublime state of balance.
I regard the presentation of Japanese foods to sit at the pinnacle in the art of food display, so it was a logical choice for showing ceramics in a functional context. Miki Nagata’s work in the field of photographing Japanese food is as sumptuous as the subject. For the flowers I mainly chose the excellent displays used by Frances Palmer to promote her wares.








Fig slice Craftai

Fig Slice




ginger cubes in a bowl - craftai

Sweet ginger candy



Cabbage rolls with hijik i- Miki Nagata

 Japanese cabbage rolls with hijiki – Miki Nagata

Flickr – bananagranola




Avocado shashimi




Japanese cuisine Cold shabu shabu---Miki Nagata

 Cold shabu shabu – Miki Nagata

Flickr – bananagranola




Fujitsuka Mitsuo porcelain dish with Fuji apples




pouring Japanese green tea

Green Tea




Flowers of Kumquat---Flickr---Miki Nagata

 Three flowers of Kumquat -Miki Nagata




Ganmodoki---Miki Nagata

Ganmadoki  –  fried tofu fritter made with vegetables, egg white and sesame seeds

Miki Nagata




fresh garlic on platter

Garlic on ceramic platter – Catherine White





Grilled Manganji--Miki Nagata

 Japanese grilled Manganji–Miki Nagata

Manganji pepper is the one of the traditional vegetables of Kyoto.





Fresh bream fish on a platter Miki Nagata

Bream on a platter – Miki Nagata





Simmered down pork spare rib with orange marmalade and soy sauce---Flickr--NikiMagata

 Pork spare rib simmered down  with orange marmalade and soy sauce—Flickr–NikiMagata





Japanese banquet--Flickr--Miki Nagata

Healthy banquet – Miki Nagata




kyoto-food-Nakahigashi---Flickr---Miki Nagata-

 Kyoto strawberry desert -Nakahigashi eatery

photo Miki Nagata



frances Palmer black/white vase and compote

Black and white striped ceramic vase and compote. Frances Palmer Pottery





Pressed Salad with Seasonal Vegetables---Flickr-Miki Nagata

Pressed Salad with Seasonal Vegetables- miki Nagata





japa sweet Sakura Manju--Sakura-flavored-bean-jam-buns----Flickr--MikiNagata

Sakura Manju--Sakura flavored bean jam bun





Salted savory cakes---Flickr---Miki Nagata

Salted savory cakes – Flickr—Miki Nagata





Simmered kumquats in syrup---Flickr - Miki Nagata

Simmered kumquats in syrup

Flickr – Miki Nagata – bananagranola




Akiyoshi's-Room---wagashi sweets

 Wagashi sweets – Akiyoshi’s-Room

 Wagashi  is a traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea, especially the types made of mochianko (azuki bean paste), and fruits





White porcelain fruit bowl with oranges Frances Palmer

Deep Footed Bowl full of oranges – Frances Palmer Pottery






Okra and natto ( miso ) salad


昨年は一株づつ植えたのだけれど見事に茎が太くなり、花も大きな花が咲き、当然のようにオクラも巨大なものが採れた。採りそびれるとすぐに大きくかたくなった。オクラを栽培している親戚の菜園を覗くとどれも2本立てで植えていた。1本だと栄養が良すぎたわけだ。 …




Goldfish jelly---Flickr---MikiNagata

 Goldfish Jelly

flickr – Miki Nagata


Wavy-statement-white-porcelain-Aya-Kon - by JInnai-Sakata

Wavy white porcelain Aya Kon –  Jinnai Sakata




Wen-Jin-Caiyun-shaped-magnetic-wavy-white-dish by Jinnai Sakata`

Wen Jin Caiyun shaped magnetic wavy dish and tea set –  Jinnai Sakata




Jinnai Sakata - wavy white platter with black border with seafood

 Wavy white platter – Jinnai Sakata




JInnai-Sakata----Japanese platters table decoration

Jinnai Sakata




jinnai-sakata-Shinanomachi food platter

Jinnai Sakata- Shinanomachi food platter



Apple-Jam-Jelly---Flickr---Photo-Sharing-Miki Nagata

Apple Jam jelly flower

Flickr—Miki Nagata





Mid-Century planter brushed gold and green




 Frances Palmer porcelain fruit bowls

Frances Palmer




Twin handled Greek vase  with roses – Frances Palmer




summer-solstice-2014 Catherine White

Vases by Catherine White

Summer Solstice 2014



Scallop bud vase with roses and peonies

 Roses and peonies,  in a scallop bud vase.




White ribbed vase - Frances Palmer

 Bulbous white ribbed vase – Frances Palmer





Ceramic Bird Planter Orange White Folk Art Vase-Home-by-sewZinski

Folk Art Ceramic Bird Planter Orange and White by sewZinski





Diego Urn - Frances Palmer Pottery

White Diego Urn  – Frances Palmer Pottery

 mosaic vase

Mosaic vase

 Takeda leg planter without drainage holes - blue

Shino Takeda leg planter




Pottery Francis Palmer Bam pot

Bam Pot – Francis Palmer






Japanese Ikebana by Sennin






 Succulent Paddle Plant

Country Living




Little white ceramic vase LUKKILI-etsy by Margriet-Kramer

Little white ceramic vases by Margriet Kramer





muddy fingers etsy Ceramic wall pocket

Ceramic wall pocket – Muddy Fingers etsy





August vase with flowers Frances Palmer

Frances Palmer August Vase




River stone pottery vase and flowers

Hope Fregerio – River Stone Pottery





Oblong Vase---Frances Palmer Pottery

Oblong Triangle Vase – Frances Palmer




rothko_grandeRothko Inspired Flower Arrangement

Rothko Grande – Rothko Inspired Flower Arrangement

Frances Palmer




Rustic Funky Ceramic Cone Wall Pocket-8-by DirtWares-on-Etsy,

Turquoise Ceramic Cone Wall Pocket by DirtWares on Etsy





The Circle Pot by Potted---hanging-planter

Hanging planter, The Circle Pot by Potted




Squash Vase---FrancesPalmer Pottery

Footed Squash Vase—Frances Palmer Pottery






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Three Contemporary Ceramicists


Zoe Hillyard, Bennett Bean, Mette Maya Gregersen


Zoe’s patchwork ceramics, draw on the Japanese yobitsugi/wabi-sabi concept of the chi inherent in the imperfect moving towards perfection. She also integrates storytelling into her wares by using fabrics that have particular historical narratives. Bennett Bean’s ceramic sculptures use interlocking glazed panels that highlight the depth of field and expand the already charged dialogue between the contrasting shapes and patterns. The landscape of his larger then life compositions with competing elements of complexity, merge together in a harmonious conclusion. Mette Gregerson creates her ceramic forms like she is embalming an Egyptian mummy, while also infusing her ocean wave fascination into her sculptures.

I chose the following three contemporary artists because they all create highly dynamic ceramic art, using innovative and unique approaches to express a striking vibrancy.


Zoe Hillyard, UK

” My work and research activities are inspired by cultural exchange and strongly influenced by ethical concerns.  Travel, teaching and volunteering all influence the nature of my creative practice. I am particularly drawn to remote communities where lives are fundamentally shaped by landscape and climate, and am interested in how fibre and textile skills often play an important part in livelihood activities. The design process, for me, begins with materials – both raw and recycled and Ceramic Patchwork reflects this approach.  It builds on my interest in hand craft processes, construction and form, and in my belief that items should be treasured for the long-term.”



 Zoe Hillyard - fabric patchwork ceramic bottle

 A broken ceramic vase, the fragments covered with textiles and rebuilt by Zoe Hillyard



Abstract patchwork ceramic vase - Zoe Hillyard

Ceramic Patchwork abstract  vase – Zoe Hillyard



Ceramic-Patchwork---digital-print fabric Zoe Hillyard

Zoe Hillyard  digital print fabric vase



Ceramic-Patchwork---digital print- Zoe Hillyard

Vase with patchwork in digital print fabric – Zoe Hillyard




Ceramic-Patchwork---digital-print fabric Zoe Hillyard

Digital print fabric patchwork ceramic vessel – Zoe Hillyard. The missing fragment has been deliberately left out from the piece.




Ceramic-Patchwork-Zoe Hillyard --made-in-the-middle-2012

 Ceramic Patchwork display – Zoe Hillyard

Made in the middle


 Made in the Middle is Craftspace’s tri annual open exhibition that has charted over two decades of professional contemporary craft practice in the Midlands, UK



Ceramic-Patchwork---made-in-the-middle-2012 zoe hillyard

Zoe Hillyard Ceramic Patchwork bottles

Made in the middle 2012




Lace fabric Zoe Hillyard Ceramic Patchwork---new-brewery-arts-2013--

Ceramic patchwork with lace inspired fabric – Zoe Hillyard

New Brewery Arts -2013

The body of work produced for the exhibition at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester was created in response to yobitsugi, the Japanese approach to mending broken ceremonial ceramics using completely different fragments to patch missing parts




Bottle created with Ceramic Patchwork-Zoe Hillyard --New-Brewery-arts-2013

Ceramic Patchwork Bottle -Zoe Hillyard

 Lizzie Mary Collection

New Brewery Arts -2013

 For the Lizzie Mary Collection,  Zoe created a blue and white digitally printed textile design using scanned imagery of lace. The fragments spanned four generations of her family. Some she made herself using her bobbin lace making skills she learnt as a teenager, the rest are pieces that her great-grandmother wore as detachable details on her Victorian dresses.

 Ceramic-Patchwork---british-museum---core - Zoe Hillyard- UK

The textiles design used for this patchwork vase were  interpreted from Imari  plates.

  The Imari-ware colour stories make striking colour statements.(see plate below)

Commission British Museum – core




Zoe Hillyard

This piece reworks imagery from three stunning Chinese plates which date from the Xangxi reign within the Qiang dynasty (1622-1722).



Japanese Oriental-plate Imari-ware

Imari plate



Zoe Hillyard---Vintage Fabric, round green retro bowl

Zoe Hillyard—Olive and pink vintage fabric retro bowl




Zoe Hillyard, In the Red Drawing Room,-Unravelling-Uppark,-Photography by Jim Stephenson

Vase display ‘In the Red Drawing Room’ –  Zoe Hillyard

Unravelling Uppark

Photo by Jim Stephenson



Unravelling Uppark- Zoe Hillyard vase Photo by Jim Stephenson

Zoe Hillyard vase

Photo by Jim Stephenson




Zoe Hillyard vases Broken ceramic vases covered with textiles and-stitched-together

Patchwork ceramic bottle and vase using vintage fabrics  – Zoe Hillyard





Queen-Elizabeth-1st-tall-vase_19cmhigh_ovoid shape-Zoe-Hillyard

 This  vase is based on a beautifully detailed 1592 etching of Queen Elizabeth 1st which is featured in the exhibition.  Graphic elements of landscape, fashion, ceremony and symbolism combine within these gentle tonal ceramic patchwork pieces – Zoe Hillyard

Shakespeare: Staging the World at the British Museum  2012




Zoe Hillyard New Brewery Arts--patchwork-ceramics---Cirencester

Fabric patchwork ceramics vessels – Zoe Hillyard

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK

Zoe Hillyard Website here



 Bennet Bean, USA


” I don’t make any distinctions between making things, cooking, gardening, and building houses.  Elements from the garden appear in paintings and the surface obsession of the pots appears in the house as consciousness of each decision about material and finish.  Each cross-pollinates.  Curiosity about how to express identity results in having my DNA done.  That image then surfaces in collages and then again in the rugs I create.  The paintings and the pots have both contributed their imagery to the rugs.  It’s a dance where ideas are applied in different ways depending on the medium.  “

An extract from a Bennett Bean essay on “Finding a place in the 21st Century”

“From the variety of choices available, I found the idea of the vessel the most personally interesting. It is the paradigm of historical ceramics and not appropriated from the art world. My exploration followed the same path as the painters. In keeping with the analytical approach of the modernist painters, the two characteristics of the vessel that I have chosen as my subject are decorative surface outside and space inside, with the concomitant unfolding of the relationship between these two elements. It is by mining these essential concepts that my work finds consistency and coherence. Each of us chooses and builds upon the objects of our historical antecedents. The majority of the clay work in the past fifty years has been driven by obsession with technique – moving from Raku to salt to wood fire in a slow evolution of identity through methods. It was my goal to avoid a ceramic identity defined by technique. Technique is of course there because we are object makers but, in my work, technique is always in the service of the idea.”



Master-#1114--Teapot Bennett Bean

Bennett Bean Teapot  Master #1114 




Museum of Arts and Design Collection-Bennett Bean

Bennett Bean

Museum of Arts and Design Collection





The New Wing Series---Master-#1123--The Bay

Bennett Bean —Master-#1123 — The Bay

The New Wing Series



Vase with bulbous bottom – Bennett Bean




Master-#1657,-Pair-on-Base Bennett Bean - Pit-fired, painted and gilded earthenware


Bennett Bean – Pair on Base

Pit-fired, painted and gilded earthenware on pedestal – view 1

16.5”w x 13.5”h x 9.5”d




Bennett Bean –  Pair on Base

Pit-fired, painted and gilded earthenware on pedestal – view 2




Master-#1112--Teapot-Bennett Bean

Abstract Teapot Master-#1112— Bennett Bean


Contemporary ceramic sculpture Triple on Base - Bennett Bean

‘ Triple on Base ‘ – Bennett Bean

 Ceramic Vessel, pit-fired, gilded, painted earthenware – Bennett Bean





Bennett Bean —Master-#1125— ‘The Flower’

The New Wing Series



Bennett Bean ceramic sculpture

Bennett Bean




Paired Teapots from The Marriage Series---Marriage for Money-26x7

‘Marriage for Money’   by Bennett Bean

Paired Teapots from The Marriage Series—-26″ x 7″




Paired Teapots from-The Marriage Series---Shotgun Wedding-Bennett Bean

‘Shotgun Wedding’ -Bennett Bean

Paired Teapots from-The Marriage Series

8.5”h x 25”w x 4”d



Silo pagoda study Bennett Bean

Silo Pagoda study – Bennett Bean

Resurrected from an old silo at Bennet’s Beans studio location.



The New Wing Series---Master-#1122--What is Mondrian Bennett Bean

‘What is Mondrian’ – Bennett Bean

The New Wing Series—Master-#1122


Bennett Bean ceramic artist

  Bennett Bean

Bennett Bean’s website here



Mette Maya Gregersen, Denmark


“After a while working in fragments and burning away, I feel the need to construct pieces. This is an organic process built slowly using strips of clay that are first torn apart, then carefully wrapped around each other and put together

Every action in clay refers back to a mental state. There has to be a connection between thought, hand, and space, where each element investigates the other and creates a channel of communication. If I repeatedly fall into the same black hole then I will investigate that path, how I got there, and how I can get back up again.”

Ceramicist Mette Gregersen is  intrigued by the power of waves and their constant motion. She captures this eternal movement while enhancing the shapes of her sculptures further with the wrapping procedure that gives the impression of an Egyptian embalming , conjuring an ancient mystique.




Back-on-track-1-&-2,-stoneware-paper-clay,-2011 Mette Maya Gregersen

Back on track 2 – Mette Maya Gregersen

Stoneware paper clay, 2011




Backontrack1 Mette Maya Gregersen

Back on track 1  – Mette Maya Gregersen




Ceramicist M.M.Gregersen is clearly facinated by the power of the wave and its constant movement

Ceramicist Mette Maya Gregersen



Ceramic Wave by Mette Maya Gregersen©-Ceramic-Art-London

‘Ceramic Wave’ by Mette Maya Gregersen






Dok 1 Waves  – Mette Maya Gregersen





 Mette meeting Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe at the Art and Craft awards (Kunsthåndværkerprisen)

Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark




Dobbelt Porselan Bolge-Mette Maya Gregersen

‘Dobbelt Porselan Bolge ‘ – Mette Maya Gregersen




Double Opposites Mette Maya Gregersen

Wave sculpture – ‘Double Opposites ‘ – Mette Maya Gregersen





Ceramic art sculpture Gentle Typhoon1 Mette Maya Gregersen

Gentle Typhoon 1 – Mette Maya Gregersen





contemporary ceramic - Mette Maya Gregersen

Contemporary ceramic – Mette Maya Gregersen




grandcru Mette-Maya-Gregersen

Mette Maya Gregersen – sculptured vase




Mette Maya Gregersen wave

 Mette Maya Gregersen wave




Mette Maya Gregersen studio

Mette Maya Gregersen studio





puppe5 Mette Maya Gregersen

puppe 5  – Mette Maya Gregersen





Mette-Maya-Gregersen ceramic contemporary sculpture

Wave Sculpture – Mette Maya Gregersen




WICKED WAVE Winner of Håndfuglen 2010---Best-One-Off-Work

‘Wicked Wave’ – Mette Maya Gregersen

Winner of Håndfuglen 2010



Mette Maya Gregersen handbuilt vase

 Handbuilt vase  – Mette Maya Gregersen

Mette Maya Ceramics here




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