Monthly Archives: March 2015

Lamp Luminessence


A diverse collection of ceramic and metal lamps encompassing most styles from Art Nouveau onwards including some details for feng shui lighting.



Large silver iridescent patina ceramic lamp by Dalo, 2014

Height 21.6 inches

Daniel & Loic (Dalo) have been designing original ceramic pieces together since 2007 . Inspired by the second part of the 20th century French ceramists, they created their own style, a poetical and comic universe in which figures appears under stylized and gracious lines in a very contemporary spirit.

GALERIE Sandy Toupenet, Paris ( 1stDibs)


 Feng Shui Lighting


The ambient light in your home, both natural and artificial, has a direct influence on the circulation of chi. Poorly lit areas accumulate stagnant yin chi and become depleting, just as badly ventilated rooms do. Conversely overly bright spaces build excess yang chi and are discordant and lead to tension. The all important entrance needs to be well lit, preferably with lighter shades of colours on the walls that easily reflect light. The hallways, which function as energy conduits also need good lighting. Using just one central bright light in a room is poor fen shui. Lighting that smoothly changes in intensity throughout the room is more ideal, which can be achieved with accent lights, table lamps, down lights and floor lamps. Undulating light has a better feng shui dynamic, just as hilly landscapes do and supports the flow of chi.
Torchier floor lamps and sconces create attractive upward light gradients, that also reflect diffused light back into the room. Ideal for living rooms, dens and lounges. Also useful to soften shadows from overhead beams, which tend to concentrate chi and create stress and tension if you sit underneath them.
Soft, even light is more appropriate for the bedroom. Generally clear globes are too harsh and need to be used with a lamp shade or opaque lighting fixture, or favour diffused lighting globes. Fluorescent lights are on the harder side too and need diffusion. An exception to this would be high activity spaces like a rumpus room or a kitchen if you don’t eat meals there.
Dark corners are to be avoided, especially in low activity areas. The central area of your home responds well to good lighting. This is because light is related to the Fire element which nourishes the central Earth element. Avoid placing fountains in this location as it drains the all important Earth. They are more aptly suited to the wealth corner. Ideally ceramic lamps are an ideal choice, more so than wood or metal ones for the central home space. Stone and ceramic sculptures, jade sculptures and  ceramic pottery fit well here too. The grounding Earth element brings the most harmony and has the power to balance all the other elements * and is the easiest element to locate.

As the Earth element is a source of all the other elements, all colours are harmonious in the central space but earth tones are best. Splashes of red, orange and yellow colours are useful in this area, like a burnt orange lamp base or a red sculpture. Relaxing blues and cool pastel tones are more effective away from the homes central location, as is cool lighting. Avoid any light fixtures with sharp spikes or edges, especially if they point downwards –  these create a sha chi, the translation of this being poison arrows.
Sometimes external light entering a room can be too harsh and curtains and blinds are needed to pacify the incoming yang chi. Lighting and its manipulation is one of the simplest ways to uplift the ambience of a room and create a balanced chi.



Ceramic Black Panther table lamp with lavender shade

Black ceramic panther lamp, lavender shade – Haeger?




Standing Taoist figural lamp base

Taoist Scholar sculpture lamp base




red and white lamp-base by Waylande Gregory Phoenix Lamp Base, Renaissance Man, 1stdibs

 Phoenix Lamp Base – Waylande Gregory

Renaissance Man, 1stdibs




Mid century black and gold lamp

Mid Century atomic lamp




Alexis Bittar's Awesome Brooklyn-Paddomainehome

Blue glass and marble lamp




ANGELO-LELII-50's atomic ceiling lamp

50’s atomic ceiling light – Angelo Lelii





Italian alabaster female figures lamp




Antique French Limoges Art Deco Porcelain Figurine Night Lamp Pigeon

French Limoges Art Deco Porcelain Pigeon Figurine Night Lamp





Art Deco Pelican Lamp





Earthenware baluster handpainted lamp.

Montigny sur Loing, France



A-Single-Sculptural Glass Venini designed Table Lamp-1970s-14797_19237-product

Sculptural Glass Venini designed Table Lamp-1970s





Retro atomic lamp





Australian Mid Century Barsony ‘Ponytail Girls’ lamps

Black Afro – Flickr





 Abstract ceramic Mid Century lamp  -Frank Matranga, USA





 Pair of cream cactus style lamps – John-Dickinson





 60’s lamp featuring man and horse





 Ovoid drip glaze lamp – signed Hammer





 Modernist table lamp – Elisabeth Joulia




galerie riviera Abstract face table lamp- Dalo

Ceramic modernist table lamp – Dalo

Galerie Riviera, France



Félix Optat Milet Barbotine-Majolica-table lamp orchid decoration

 Félix Optat Milet barbotine (slip) majolica table lamp

France circa 1900



Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen

 Gerd Bogelund for Royal Copenhagen




GOEBEL Art Deco flapper perfume lamp-in-porcelain

Porcelain Art Deco flapper perfume lamp – Goebel




Jean Besnard-Table-Lamp

 Jean Besnard contemporary table lamp





 Gazelle and dancing girl mosaic lamp – Jean Mayodon




Lalique Amber Venus Lamp Art glass

Rene Lalique Amber Venus Lamp Art glass

Skinner Auctions





 Art Deco Figural Lamp, Stone, glass, and metal





Large table lamp –  Les Deux Potiers




Le Vaucour Vallauris Lava glazed Lamp base

 Le Vaucour Vallauris Lava glazed Lamp base




LIANE Art-Deco glazed porcelain- perfume lamp,-1920s

Art Deco glazed porcelain perfume lamp by Liane





Lubna Chowdhary Tiled Table Lamp---Green---west-elm

 Lubna Chowdhary Tiled Table Lamp




Maison Charles Nickeled Bronze Abstract Lamp-70,s French Craig Van Den Brulle

 Maison Charles Nickeled Bronze Abstract Lamp-70’s designed by French Craig Van Den Brulle




Max Ingrand, Table Lamp for Fontana Arte,-1960

 Max Ingrand table lamp for Fontana Arte,-1960





 Atomic mid-century table lamp by Kolorize





 Matching pair of red Royal Haeger lamps





 Art Nouveau  figural lamps – Royal Dux





 Fornasetti lamp, Milan




 Andre Aleth Masson via Thomas Fritsch-–-Artrium





 Art Deco nude dancer table lamp – McKee Glass Company





Ram Head Table Lamp style44

 Ram Head Table Lamp





Royal Haeger Pottery-1950s-Yellow Parrot Macaw Bird Table Lamp

 Yellow Macaw table lamp – Royal Haeger





 ‘Bubble Lamp’ – Laurel Yourkowski Studio




Red and white mosaic lamp gingko carmel Laurel Yourkowski

 Mosaic ‘Ginko Caramel’ lamp  –   Laurel Yourkowski

24 inches tall





 Draped figure Art Nouveau lamp




Table-lamp-1958---Zezschwitz-of-Art-and-Design by Walter-Bosse

Ceramic penguin table lamp by Walter Bosse for Karlsruhe Majolika

Zezschwitz Art and Design Auctions





Contemporary Table lamp by 7Gods cream wave shape

 Self-Reflecting Surreal Table Lamp by Double Take





 Théodore Deck – turquoise blue oil lamp




Tiffany candle lamps tulip shaped

 Pair of Tiffany candle lamps




 Josef Lorenzl, Table Lamp 'Harem Dancer'1929

 Josef Lorenzl, Table Lamp ‘Harem Dancer’

Friedrich Goldscheider, Vienna. Earthenware, 1929




Art Nouveau figural table lamp bronze base with yellow glass and standing female figure

 Austrian Art Nouveau figural table lamp

circa 1900




1953 black ceramic Bird Lamp by Georges Jouve

 ‘Bird Lamp’ by Georges Jouve, France





TL-EROS-TL Art Deco figural lamp

 Art Deco moving figures lamp




La Maison Desny art deco futuristic lamp

Art Deco lamp –  manufactured by La Maison Desny, France. 1930




MId century style Gilt Decorated Peacock Table Lamps

 Gilt Decorated Peacock Table Lamps mid century style – Sascha Brastoff ?




Twin handled White Cycladic Lamp---Frances Palmer Pottery

 White Cycladic Lamp—Frances Palmer Pottery





Yunu rusty brown stone finish ceramic table lamp by Uttermost





 Mondrian Table Lamp

Select Mid Century



* The ancient Chinese 5 element theory, along with the BaQua, forms the basis for applying Feng Shui. This 5 element theory is also utilised for the application of acupuncture healing and encapsulates the most advanced understanding of how chi energy interacts within the body and in an environment. The master point for balancing the body is named Tsu San Li, which is on the leg. This happens to be the Earth point on the Earth meridian and is used to harmonise all the elements.



Contemporary sculptures from Greece


The contemporary art of three Greek  sculptors – Theodore Papayannis, Yiannis Nanouris and Yannis Koutsouradis.




Musician sculpture in traditional costume created by Greek sculptor Theodoros Papagiannis

Bronze sculpture, Musician with Lyra – Theodoros Papagiannis


Theodoros Papagiannis


Theodore Papayannis was born in the Greek region of Ioannina and from 1961 to 1966 he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts with the sculpture teacher Yannis Pappas. Then for two years he studied ancient Greek art and the art of the wider Mediterranean region with a series of informative trips observing the cradle of culture. This included travels to Crete, Egypt, Cyprus, South Italy and Sicily and along the coast of Asia Minor. He also pursued postgraduate studies in Paris exploring the newest sculpture materials in the laboratories of S. Mouille, G. Vineent and M. Rafestin at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Art Appliques et des Metiers d ‘Art.
He claims his sculpture designs have been influenced by the plants, animals, columns, statues, mountains and specific landscapes. ” I see the female body being transformed into an adventurous set of hills and valleys and the garment appears like a wave that makes the sand on the seabed. The woman takes shape as a variety of expressions in my work, representing something magical, from the feminine form, the fruit, the birth of life. The human form is predominant theme in my work, the meaning of love, of struggle have taken a great importance”
Theodore Papayannis concentrates on monumental sculptures and large installations and has produced numerous works globally for public art. The format of his work owes much to the ancient Greek art. His fusion of classical themes with contemporary lines includes a focus on traditional costumes and musical instruments. His unique interpretation of Greek sculpture sometimes includes installations using a backdrop of sweeping Mediterranean landscapes. Theodore is currently Professor of Sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts and during the last 20 years has initiated the organization of Sculpture Symposiums in many Greek towns and in Cyprus, creating large scale sculptures for public spaces, the sculptures being created on-site.


monumental totem figure sculptures in traditional Greek atire by Theodoros Papagiannis

‘Exodus of Messolongi’ – Theodoros Papagiannis  figurative sculptures




Abstract sculpture with view of Tzoumerka mountains by Theodoros Papagiannis

Theodoros Papagiannis sculpture with view of Tzoumerka mountains, Epirus, Greece

( Eye of Horus style )



birds sculpture by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Metal ‘Bird’ sculpture – Theodoros Papagiannis




Ceramic Birds figurine by Theodoros Papagiannis

Ceramic ‘Bird ‘ figurine Theodoros Papagiannis




Seated cuddling couple outdoors by Theodoros Papagiannis

 ‘Couple’ – Theodoros Papagiannis





Terracotta sculpture of a musician playing the flute by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Musician playing wind instrument -Theodoros Papagiannis





Abstract metal-sculpture of a dancing woman - Theodoros Papagiannis

 Metal dancing figure – Theodoros Papagiannis





Traditional sculpture of a Greek musician playing a Lyra by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Musician playing Lyra – Theodoros Papagiannis






 ‘Marble Couple by the Lake’  – Theodoros Papagiannis

Marble from Penteli

Sculpture Symposium at Paralimnios, Ioannina 1996



Greek artist Theodoros Papagiannis-Ioannina-public-Art

 Ioannina public sculpture  – Theodoros Papagiannis




Theodoros-Papagiannis-totem sculptures in the mountains

 Wood Metal Totems – Theodoros Papagiannis




Sculpture-Symposium-in-Amaliada,-2006 Stainless Steel Flock of abstract birds

 Stainless Steel Flock – Theodoros Papagiannis

Sculpture Symposium in Amaliada, 2006



Sculpture-Symposium-in-Eressos,-2006 Theodoros Papagiannis

Stainless steel worship figure sculpture – Theodoros Papagiannis

 Sculpture Symposium in Eressos, Greece




Sculpture Symposium in Lemessos, Cyprus-1999 Outdoor public sculpture modernist

Sculptured Pair –  Theodoros Papagiannis

Sculpture Symposium in Lemessos, Cyprus -1999




Monumental sculptures - Theodoros Papagiannis

Theodoros Papagiannis with his monumental totems




Woman-from-Epirus Theodoros Papagiannis ceramic sculpture

‘Woman from Epirus’ –  Theodoros Papagiannis



Sculpture at Symposium-in-Kalamata,-2000 by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Conjoined Pair sculpture – Theodoros Papagiannis

Sculpture Symposium in Kalamata, 2000



Ιστοσελίδα-του-Γλύπτη-Θεόδωρου-Παπαγιάννη---Theodoros Papagiannis couple sculpture

‘Couple’ – Theodoros Papagiannis – metal sculpture





Greek musician in orange traditional costume sculpture created by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Terracotta sculpture – Greek musician in traditional costume

Theodoros Papagiannis




 Wood_Metal-Totems-by Theodoros Papagiannis

‘Wood,metal totem 5’ – Theodoros Papagiannis




Bronze Musician celebration sculpture by Theodoros Papagiannis

 ‘Musician’ – Theodoros Papagiannis



Ceramic modernist birds sculpture by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Raku ‘Birds’ – Theodoros Papagiannis




Couple sculpture by Theodoros Papagiannis

 Theodoros Papagiannis – ‘Couple’


Yiannis Nanouris


Yiannis Nanouris  was born in the village of Apeiranthos on the Cycladic island of Naxos in the heart of the Aegean Sea. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts and since then has been working exclusively with sculptures and painting. “The bright light and clear white of the island architecture are the basic elements that nurtured my love for art, especially sculpture.  As I would gaze at the salt-covered rock formations by the seaside, the strong sunlight would cast shadows making my vivid imagination run wild.  I could distinguish various forms and faces trapped there which naturally made me want to set them free, leading to my inspiration for most of my art themes.”





abstract bronze sculpture - dancing figure by Yiannis Nanouris

 Modern bronze sculpture – dancing figure –  Yiannis Nanouris




Sculpture of two abstract heads - Yiannis Nanouris

 Two raku masks on a marble base – Yiannis Nanouris





abstract bronze sculpture of a couple by Yiannis Nanouris

 Bronze sculpture on stone base – Yiannis Nanouris





Yiannis-Nanouris-raku-mask double head sculpture

   Raku mask on marble base – Yiannis Nanouris



Three head abstract sculpture by Yiannis Nanouris

 Bronze three head sculpture – Yiannis Nanouris

Pandora Gallery




female-nude raku sculpture made by Yiannis Nanouris

 ‘Female Nude’ Raku sculpture – Yiannis Nanouris




Hand painted byzantine icons on wood created by Yiannis Nanouris

 Hand painted byzantine icon on wood  – Yiannis Nanouris




terracotta raku mask on blue marble base by Yiannis Nanouris

 Terracotta raku mask, blue marble base – Yiannis Nanouris




Greek Phillipos-raku-ceramic-sculpturePhillipos-(Greek-King-of-Macedonia) sculpted by Yiannis Nanouris

‘Phillipos’ raku ceramic sculpture – (Greek King of Macedonia)

Yiannis Nanouris




Modern GReek sculpture of a horse head on a marble base byYiannis Nanouris

“Voukefalas” Raku Ceramic Horse on Marble Base

 Yiannis Nanouris




Face Raku sculpture on Naxian emery rock formations

 Terracotta on Wood Sculpture – Yiannis Nanouris




sculpture head raku mask

 Raku mask on base – Yiannis Nanouris




Abstract bronze sculpture figure in motion by Yiannis Nanouris

Bronze figure in motion – Yiannis Nanouris




Yiannis-Nanouris framed terracotta sculpture

 Framed terracotta sculpture – Yiannis Nanouris




Yiannis-Nanouris-terracotta sculpture on wood

 Yiannis Nanouris – terracotta sculpture on wood




bronze figure seated on marble base Yiannis Nanouris

 Seated bronze figure on marble – Yiannis Nanouris


 Apollo-(Apollonas-the-greek-god-of-music) raku mask by Yiannis Nanouris

Apollo-(Apollonas the Greek god of music) raku mask  – Yiannis Nanouris

 Epsilon Series


Yannis Koutsouradis


Yannis Koutsouradis introduced a new perspective for the colour of metal open-air sculptures by developing materials of porcelain-enamel on stainless steel, which has enriched the possibilities for this medium. He began his sculpture studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Yannis Pappas for 1969 to 1975. This was followed by studies at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London ( 1987-1988 ) doing research on enameled steel sculpture, under Alan Gauk. Further research was conducted at the Rietveld Academie / Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam,   with René van der Land (1989 – 1992) His sculptures express a vivid array of intense colours.




Monumental sculpture -Yannis-Koutsouradis

‘Venus of Trancsendence’ –  Yannis Koutsouradis  – Monumental outdoor sculpture




Pebble Heart sculpture - Yannis Koutsouradis


‘Pebble Heart’ sculpture –  Yannis Koutsouradis



Nude Reflect-Yannis Koutsouradis

 ‘Nude Reflect’ -Yannis Koutsouradis





Bronze Shell – Sea Sculpture series – [email protected]




The Flower of Holland-Yannis Koutsouradis

 ‘The Flower of Holland’ – Yannis Koutsouradis




Yannis-Koutsouradis-abstract Angel sculpture

‘Angel’ –  Yannis Koutsouradis





 ‘The Wave’ –  Yannis Koutsouradis




The River-Yannis Koutsouradis

‘The River’ – Yannis Koutsouradis




From the Youtube video  Yannis KoutsouradisA sculpture Journey




 'The Resistance War Memorial' by Yannis Koutsouradis

‘The Resistance War Memorial’  – Yannis Koutsouradis

Harbour of Aegean Chios, Greece





 Yannis Koutsouradis sculpture – Paris



‘ Celestial’ — Yannis Koutsouradis

Century Cruise Liner Project




Yannis Koutsouradis sculpture in the Netherlands

 Netherlands sculpture – Yannis Koutsouradis



Yannis-Koutsouradis with large outdoor sculpture

 Greek sculptor – Yannis Koutsouradis





NEXT POST  —  ‘Lamp Luminessence’


Pottery and Clay Sculpture video

A diverse collection of pottery and sculpture videos featuring traditional and contemporary styles.


Toni Medella

Barcelona ceramicist Toni Medella performing his intricate pottery carving, using techniques employed since ancient times and  used as part of his work for over 37 years.

3.51 minutes



Carved ceramic pot with lid -toni-medalla

 Lidded ceramic vessel with intricate carving – Toni Medella




 Toni Medella , Barcelona



Martin Eichinger

Romantic, mythical, narrative sculptor Martin Eichinger shares his philosophies and techniques on sculpting award-winning figurative art.

7.53 minutes

website –





Dancing by Heart by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art The Finest in Romantic Realism

 ‘Dancing by Heart’ by Martin Eichinger

Quent Cordair Fine Art





Large figure sculpture  ‘Rapture’ – Martin Eichinger





‘Gaia’s Breath’ – Martin Eichinger





 Martin Eichinger sculpting in studio



One With the Universe by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art Standing female figure sculpture

 ‘One With the Universe’  by Martin Eichinger

Quent Cordair Fine Art




Through the Eyes of a Turtle by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art Boy diving with a turtle

 ‘Through the Eyes of a Turtle’ by Martin Eichinger

Quent Cordair Fine Art



Fine sculpture Security Blanket by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art

 ‘Security Blanket’ by Martin Eichinger

Quent Cordair Fine Art




Sky Lark by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art The Finest in Romantic Realism

 ‘Sky Lark’  by Martin Eichinger at Quent Cordair Fine Art




Symphony-in-S-minor sculpture fountain

 ‘Symphony in S minor’ sculpture fountain – Martin Eichinger




Jacqueline Hoerter & Patrick Houdebine

A week spent witnessing the village pottery making at Kalabougou, Mali

Music – “Saramaya” by Habib Koité (Google Play •  eMusic)

39.37 minutes

website –



preparing pots for firing - Kalabougou, Mali

 Preparation for pottery firing – Kalabougou, Mali

Photo Hoerter &  Houdebine




Outdoor pottery firing – Kalabougou, Mali

 Photo Hoerter &  Houdebine





Pot removal after baking – Mali, Africa

Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine



Kalabougou village pot, Mali

 Kalabougou village fired pot, Mali

 Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine




Lady stacking Kalabougou pots

 Kalabougou pots

Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine




african blackware-pottery

  Kalabougou black ware pots

 Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine



Kalabougou pottery market

  Kalabougou pottery market

 Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine



Handmade african pottery - Mali

Handmade pottery  Kalabougou village

 Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine



 Kalabougou-villager throwing pottery

 Wheel thrown pottery,  Kalabougou

 Photo – Hoerter &  Houdebine



Jean-Nicolas Gérard

This documentary follows French slipware potter Jean-Nicolas Gérard as he prepares for his 2013 exhibition at the Goldmark Gallery

Jean-Nicolas Gérard was born in Brazzaville (Congo) in 1954 and returned to France in 1961. Jean-Nicolas describes himself as an artisan craftsman who, above all, wants his pottery to be used and enjoyed. His work ranges from small mugs, bowls, plates and dishes to large jars and press moulded platters. All are decorated with slip and many with sgraffito and finger marks. He takes the tradition of European slipware and infuses it with elements from modern painting, medieval earthenware and Japanese pottery. In the film we watch him throwing, glazing and decorating and explore the influences that nature and his surrounding landscape have on his pottery.

View Gérard’s work for sale at the Goldmark Gallery here:…

20.7 minutes



Jean-Nicolas-Gérard ceramic ovoid platter

Ovoid platter –  Jean Nicolas Gérard




 Slipware dish with sgraffito – Jean Nicolas Gérard





Asymmetrical beaker – Jean Nicolas Gérard





 Small bowl — Jean Nicolas Gérard





 Small slab dish – Jean Nicolas Gérard




Jean Nicolas Gérard at his French studio

 Jean Nicolas Gérard




TALL-BEAKER-2015-14cm jean-nicolas-gérard-pottery

 Tall Beaker – Jean Nicolas Gérard

14cm height



Matsui Kosei

Matsui making his “marbled ware” pottery, created by the technique of combining and molding different colored clays to create a pattern.

Music – Asian Wind-1 (Piano Version)” by Missa Johnouchi, the Li-Hua Ensemble

The end song’s title  is “Ollin Arageed” by musician Hamza Eldin.

15.49 minutes




Matsui Kosei marbled pot

 Matsui Kosei marbled pot




 Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei A Retrospective –  ‘Intense Sunlight’

1995, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

The Japan Times



Matsui Kosei blue marbled pottery vessel

 Blue marbled pot – Matsui Kosei



Matsui Kosei,-Large-Jar,-Saiyuki-,-1981

Large marbled pottery jar – Matsui Kosei



Masakazu Kusakabe

Firing pots with Masakazu Kusakabe in his Super Smokeless Kiln – Fukushima, Japan.

Kusakabe likes to imbue his ceramic vessels and tea ceremonial wares with his love of nature and the cosmos.

“For me, the kiln is the universe in miniature. Inside is the big bang where bright firelight, galaxies, and stars (my pieces) are born. On a wood-fired teabowl, the drips of the glaze resemble a nebula in the dark sky or shooting stars across the dark void of space while spots of glaze create the stars of a far away constellation that sparkle with the energy and spirituality of the maker”

Filmed and Edited by Michael McAteer

8.47 minutes

website –




Masakazu_Kusakabe woodfired ceramic bowl

  Woodfired ceramic bowl by Masakazu Kusakabe



Masakazu-Kusakabe woodfired yunomi cup

 Masakazu Kusakabe woodfired cup



Masakazu-Kusakabe-five wood fired yunomi cups

Five wood fired yunomi cups –  Masakazu Kusakabe



Masakazu-Kusakabe on a pottery wheel

 Masakazu Kusakabe


oribe tea bowl Masakazu Kusakabe

Oribe tea bowl –  Masakazu Kusakabe

Oribe is a visual style named after the late 16th century tea master Furuta Oribe (1544-1615), protégée and successor of Sen no Rikyu. It was the first use of the colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. Green copper glazes and geometric patterns were quite often featured. For creating the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may become brown or red.






NEXT POST  —  ‘Contemporary sculptures from Greece’


Hideaki Miyamura



Hideaki Miyamura bell-shaped-green-bottle

 Hideaki Miyamura –  Bell shaped green crystalline glaze bottle



The eternal quest for the perfect glaze


Creating a new glaze has been a lifelong passion for Hideaki Miyamura, his newest glaze being a ‘crystalescent’ yohen.


Described by Miyamura ..

‘During my 5 year apprenticeship in Japan, my assignment was to develop new glazes, mainly Tenmoku glazes, in a brown-black color with an iridescent quality. At that time, I completed over 10,000 test pieces. The fifth year of my apprenticeship, I discovered the iridescent glaze on a black background which was my original contribution to the art of Yohen Tenmoku.”

“Over the last few years, I have experimented to discover new glazes which combine crystallization with iridescence. I have researched crystal glaze techniques in the United States, Europe, Japan and China. In the long history of crystal glazes, I could find no iridescent crystal glaze. This fueled my ten-year long passion and intent to create an iridescent crystal glaze which has never been made anywhere, at anytime in history. Last year, the newest glaze came out of my kiln. It was the most complicated glaze formula and firing process that I have ever done. I call that newest glaze Yohen Crystal Glaze. Yohen means ‘stars glistening in a night sky’ ” ( see below )

Japanese-born American Hideaki Miyamura has his studio in New Hampshire, USA. Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, Miyamura went to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi for 5 years where he did some of his glaze research. He is now well known throughout Japan and the United States for his experimental and illustrious glazes, Miyamura’s surfaces possess a stunning and unique iridescent quality. Stemming from the artist’s interest in rare ancient Chinese tea bowl glazes, Miyamura seeks to create glazes that have a three-dimensional quality and convey purity and peacefulness.. He has said, “Harmony and unity are expressions of peace. I aim for my art to provide not only beauty, but also peacefulness. My quest has been not for the perfect form or perfect glaze, but for the mysterious effect that first drew me to this work: the contemplative tranquility evoked through line and light.” The sublime porcelain forms of Miyamura combine simplicity, balance and beauty juxtaposed with dynamic, detailed glazes of depth and refinement.



Hideaki-Miyamura-Teardrop shaped bottle with gold glaze

Teardrop shaped bottle with gold glaze – Hideaki Miyamura

15″ x 12″



Hideaki Miyamura Bottle with Sea Foam Purple Glaze Porcelain

Spherical  Bottle with Sea Foam Purple Glaze Porcelain – Hideaki Miyamura






Porcelain Vase, peach bloom glaze – Hideaki Miyamura





Hideaki Miyamura--Lidded jar with gold glaze

Lidded jar with gold glaze – Hideaki Miyamura



Hideaki-Miyamura---Tall teardrop shaped vase with black & gold glaze

 Teardrop shaped vase with black & gold glaze – Hideaki Miyamura

23″ x 8″



Hideaki-Miyamura----green crystalline glaze vase

Vase with green crystalline glaze – Hideaki Miyamura

14.5″ height




Hideaki-Miyamura- turquoise and yellow crystalline glazed vase

 Porcelain turquoise and yellow crystalline glazed vase  – Hideaki Miyamura





Hideaki Miyamura




Hideaki Miyamura-Pucker-Gallery covered jar

 Hideaki Miyamura-covered jar

Pucker Gallery



crystalline glaze jar Covered-jar-with-green-crystalline-glaze

 Covered jar with green crystalline glaze – Hideaki Miyamura

13.5″ x 11.5″





Two tenmoku peacock glaze vases – Hideaki Miyamura





Porcelain Lotus vase with gold glaze – Hideaki Miyamura

22 x 11.5 x 11″

Pucker Gallery



Shinogite-vase,-gold glaze, Porcelain

Porcelain Shinogite ribbed vase with golden glaze




Japanese ceramicist Hideaki Miyamura -Tear drop shaped bottle-with starry night glaze

 Starry Night glaze on a tear drop shaped bottle – Hideaki Miyamura





 Vase, gold glaze with “snow cap”, porcelain – Hideaki Miyamura




Red iron-crystalline glaze,-Porcelain-Vase,

 Red iron crystalline glaze bottle – Hideaki Miyamura





 Vase, black and gold glazes – Hideaki Miyamura



 Hideaki-Miyamura-Bottle with Sea Foam Blue Glaze

Hideaki Miyamura-Bottle with Sea Foam Blue Glaze, small neck





Porcelain vase, blue hare’s fur glaze, gold glaze, and sea foam blue glaze



Hideaki-Miyamura--Vase, iron crystalline and gold glazes

 Vase, iron crystalline and gold glazes





 Golden glaze vase





 Hideaki Miyamura  – peach bloom glaze vase






Porcelain Vase, reddish  iron crystalline glaze,







  Vase, silver eyes crystalline glaze, porcelain

13  x  7.75  x  7.75





 Vase, white crackle glaze




 Hideaki Miyamura


Miyamura studio here




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