Monthly Archives: January 2016

Contemporary art plates and platters

 

Anne James rectangular platter

Ceramic platter – Anne James, UK

studiopottery.co.uk

 

 

Art plates in abundance

 

One of the earliest Egyptian Gods, Khnum, was quite often depicted in their temple art as sitting at a potter’s wheel, creating objects with Nile clay. The status of clay objects were elevated by this association, along with the reverence extended to the clay figurines of the Egyptian deities and the widespread use of ceramic vessels in their rituals and food offerings to their Gods. Ancient Egyptian art contains many images of gifts of food such as grapes, wine, sheaves of wheat, cakes, bread and meats being offered as a symbol of gratitude. Most of the ancient cultures performed ritual food offerings in their temp;es and at their harvest festivals. These days, the most popular clay product that receives any semblance of reverential attention would have to be the humble plate, mainly due to its functional purpose of delivering food to the table. Also, now the ante has been upped for the artistic presentation of cuisine, the ceramic dishes can be an integral feature in this display.

 

Natural forms sculpture project platter - Alice Ballard

Natural forms sculpture project platter – Alice Ballard

There isn’t a utilitarian consumer product with a longer history then the ceramic plate. It’s a marvel of continuity, pragmatism and cultural lineage. Basically it’s still made from clay, thrown on a wheel and baked in a kiln. Maybe as a subconscious sign of respect, this ceramic vehicle of sustenance is still favored over more modern materials like metal and plastic, despite its vulnerability to breakage. The predominantly round plate stands as a symbol of abundance and also still features as a medium of art.
During the renaissance, the introduction of more colours to the decorative palette, along with the richer glossy glazes of majolica, attracted more artists to using ceramics as a vehicle of art. Plate decoration was used as a statement of prestige and was custom made to display family emblems and important historical events. Homage to the mythical gods and creatures was also well represented in the ceramic plate arts, quite often created in similar quality and style to the famous renaissance artists, encouraged by the healthy commissions being offered from the elite classes.
Elaborate plate decoration had also been adopted by the Greeks and their tradition of plate breaking was originally born out of a desire to express equality with any poorer families that were invited to their events.
All tableware has been a popular medium for reinforcing different eras of style. Maybe through being a provider of sustenance on the table, the mind is more receptive to its presence and awareness of their decoration is heightened, enhanced by the fact it is right in front of you. This regular feature in our existence is deserving of fine quality and decoration and is still represented in the modern clay narrative. Here is a collection of contemporary art studio plates and platters.

 

 

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Barry Stedman UK

 

 

Bowl,-Iran,-Nishapur,-10th-century.-Earthenware,-underglaze-slip-painted

Bowl, earthenware, underglaze slip painted

Iran, Nishapur, 10th century.

 

 

 

White Burlap-Platter---Gold-Stripe-Koromiko

Burlap platter with gold stripe – Koromiko

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Calendar-Plate-Piero-Fornasetti,-1999. in Gold, black and white

Calendar Plate by Piero Fornasetti

1999

 

 

Candone-Wharton ceramic dish

Raku and clay weave plate – Cardone Wharton

 

 

 

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Celadon platter by Imaizumi Takeshi

Keiko Gallery

 

 

Chris-Baskin---Ladder-Pattern-Bowl Soda fired stoneware serving bowl

Ladder pattern bowl – Chris Baskin

Soda fired stoneware serving bowl, 14 inches diameter

 

 

 

Clarice-Cliff-Bizarre-Ware-Charger

Bizzare ware charger – Clarice Cliff

 

 

Dan-Finnegan twin handled round platter

Twin handled platter – Dan Finnegan

 

 

 

David-Nelson---Black-and-White-Charger

‘Black and White Charger #1’  – David Nelson

1989

 

 

Delores-Fortuna-Platter

Delores Fortuna platter

www.artisangal.com

 

 

 

Ralph-Bacerra-(1938-2008,-USA)

Porcelain platter – Ralph Bacerra

16.25 inches – 1970

Bacerra derived his aesthetic mix from a diverse group of influences; Japanese Imari-style decoration is the root but so are Optical Art, Edo Period Nabeshima, as well as M.C. Escher’s interlocking imagery – liveauctioneers

 

 

 

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Set of plates and bowl – Elephant Ceramics ( Michele Michael )

 

 

 

Bella-donna-plate-with-representation-of-Mary-Magdalene,-1500-1550-Majolica-risdMuseum

Bella donna majolica plate with representation of Mary Magdalene

1500-1550

Risd Museum

 

 

Dalya-Yohai-ceramic bowl dish and spoon with wooden handle

Dalya Yohai

 

 

 

A-pair-of-Cubist-plates-by-Martine-Azuma,-Vallauris-France-c1960.-From-Travers-Antiques.-

Cubist plate by Martine Azuma

Vallauris France c1960

Sold by Travers Antiques

 

 

 

Eric-James-Mellon-is-a-potter-dedicated-to-the-ceramic-process-who-is-also-skilled-as-a-graphic-artist-.

Ceramic plate with two nude female figures – Eric James Mellon

 

 

 

 

Vintage-Royal-Doulton-House-of-Erte-Fireflies-collectible-plate,-French-fashion-art-plate,-Franklin-Mint-ShoponSherman-etsy

Vintage Royal Doulton House of Erte Fireflies plate

ShoponSherman-etsy

 

 

 

Fire Art Pottery-patchwork-raku plate

Patchwork raku plate  – Fire Art Pottery

 

 

Plate-Peter-Voulkos-May-17-2015-Auction-Los-Angeles-Modern-Auctions-LAMA-2-Peter-Voulkos,-Plate

Peter Voulkos plate

1956

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

 

 

 

Peter-Voulkos---Glazed-stoneware-charger

Peter Voulkos stoneware charger

 

 

 

Guillermo-Cuellar-dinner plate - Schaller Gallery

Guillermo Cuellar dinner plate, USA

Schaller Gallery

 

 

 

Handmade-Pottery-Tray---Burlap-Brown---Ceramic-Appetizer-Plate---Serving-Tray by Fringeand Fettle

Handmade Ceramic Appetizer Plate with pressed burlap texture by Fringeand Fettle, Etsy

 

 

 

Handbuilt-earthenware-large-indigo-wash-plate-by-YunikoStudio-

Large handbuilt earthenware indigo wash plate – Yuniko Studio

 

 

Heidi-loewen1smoked-&-waxed-porcelain-platter-16-inches-diameter

 Smoked & waxed porcelain platter – Heidi Loewen, Santa Fe

16 inches diameter

 

 

 

Joan-Miró inspired-abstract ceramic plate

Joan Miro inspired hand painted ceramic trivet by Ceremar, made in Spain.

templeofvintage – etsy

 

John-Glick medium platter 13 inches diameter Schaller Gallery

Medium platter – John Glick

13 inches diameter

Sold by Schaller Gallery

 

 

 

John-Jelfs-Large-Stoneware-Dish

Large stoneware dish – John Jelfs

 

 

 

Kato-Kogei-for-Fujimori-Deco-Yellow-Black-Dinner-plate

Art Deco Yellow Black Dinner plate – Kato Kogei for Fujimori

 

 

kenyon-hansen contemporary ceramic plate

Kenyon Hansen

 

 

 

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‘Kohiki 11’ ( platter-) by Akira Satake

15 x 11 x 4 inches

 

 

Kyle-Carpenter lattice texture dish

Kyle Carpenter

 

 

 

Lisa-Gluckin---ncclayclub.blogspot ceramic plate

Lisa Gluckin

ncclayclub.blogspot

 

 

 

Bernard Hesling Enamelled Platter---Tarlo and Graham, Melbourne

Bernard Hesling Enamelled Platter

Tarlo and Graham, Melbourne

 

 

 

Large-Platter---Warren-MacKenzie

Large Platter — Warren MacKenzie

 

 

 

Makoto Kagoshima botanical decorated platter

Makoto Kagoshima

 

 

 

Marcy-Neiditz contemporary plate

Marcy Neiditz

 

 

 

Matthew-Patton square stoneware tray

Abstract square stoneware tray – Matthew Patton, Seattle

strictlyfunctionalpottery.net

 

 

Medium-Flared-Bowl--Clementina van der Walt

Medium flared dish – Clementina van der Walt

 

 

 

Nancy Wickham-Studio-Plate-1947

Nancy Wickham Studio Plate

1947

 

 

 

Nevica_PrivateCollection_Untitled,-XL-Plate,-1986-Richard-Sperry

Untitled, XL Plate – Richard Sperry

1986

Nevica Private Collection

 

 

 

 

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Nick Joerling

mudfire.com

 

 

 

Oval-platters-by-Japanese-ceramic-artist-Yasushi-Kuno.-via-ameblo

Oval platters by Japanese ceramic artist Yasushi Kuno.-via-ameblo

 

 

 

Pebble-Plate-Aqua-by-Kim-Wallace

Set of aqua pebble plates – Kim Wallace

 

 

 

Pine Mills Pottery--Platter by Daphne Hatcher

Contemporary platter by Daphne Hatcher – Pine Mills Pottery

 

 

 

Plate-by-Roger-Capron with horse motif

Roger Capron,  France

 

 

 

Marcy-Neiditz abstract trees motif plate

Marcy Neiditz

 

 

 

 

Red-Lodge-Clay-Center--Andrew-Gilliatt

Andrew Gilliatt

Red Lodge Clay Center

 

 

 

Robert-Sperry crackle glaze plate

Robert Sperry

American Museum of Ceramic Art Pomona, California

www.ceramicmuseum.org

 

 

 

Jacques--Innocenti-Vallauris-Hand-Painted-Modernist - Dish

Handpainted Mid Century plate – Jacques Innocenti

Vallauris, 14inches diameter

Candau, 1stDibs

 

 

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Charger at Shoji Hamada’s house

Kirsty Komuso flickr

 

 

 

Simon-van-der-contemporary plate Ven-vandervenstudios-com

Simon van der Ven

vandervenstudios-com

 

 

 

Rustic-hand-built-ceramic-bowl-in-grey-and-black FullCircleInventions

Handbuilt ceramic bowl via Naboo The shamen, pinterest

FullCircleInventions etsy

 

 

 

SAKUMA-TOTARO-(1900---1976)

Sakuma Tataro

 

 

San-Ildefonso-Pueblo-plate-by-Tony-Da,-$29,280,-top-lot-of-Hindman’s-Denver-auction-premiere.-Image-courtesy-of-Leslie-Hindman-Auctioneers.

San Ildefonso Pueblo plate by Tony Da

Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

 

 

 

Shallow-Dish-by-Duncan-Ross

Shallow plate – Duncan Ross

 

 

 

SHIBATA,-Masamitsu contemporary footed dish

Shibata Masamitsu

 

Chris-Baskin abstract plate, swirl pattern

Chris Baskin

 

 

Signed-Marc-Bellaire-Plate-'Native-Family'-California-1950's

‘Native Family’  – Marc Bellaire

California, 1950’s

 

 

 

Guillermo-Cuellar---contemporary ceramic plate

Guillermo Cuellar – In 1981 he worked as an assistant to Warren MacKenzie, who was teaching in Caracas

 

 

 

 

Gambone-Guido-1909-1969-italy-plate-ca1970

Abstract dog motif plate – Guido Gambone, Italy

ca 1970

 

 

 

Studio-Pottery-in-York-Art-Gallery---James-Tower-Owl-Dish

James Tower Owl Dish UK

York Art Gallery

 

 

Stunning-glazes.schaller-gallery Randy Johnson dinner plate

Dinner plate by Randy Johnston

Schaller Gallery

 

 

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Ceramic platter by Kato Kogei for Fujimori, Japan

 

 

Tácito-Fernandes amorphic shape platter with incised geometrical pattern

Tácito Fernandes modernist platter with incised geometrical pattern

 

 

 

田村耕一 Tamura-Kouichi plate

Tamura Kouichi

 

 

 

 

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Fun sculptures of the playground

 

Dinosaur-park Half Moon Bay, Spanish Town, CA

Dinosaur Park

 

Ideal interactive playscapes arouse a sense of intrigue and encourage participants into the pursuit of climbing, exploring, touching of textures and are stimulative to a child’s imagination. Sculptures of amorphic shape are a natural fit for childrens play structures due to their typical abundance of rounded shapes and edges. The use of glittering mosaic tiles help to create a visage of fantasy and are pragmatic due to their durability, flexibility and adaptability to large monumental projects.

The first three artists in this article, Alexandra Koláčkovás, Niki Saint Phalle and Ruslan Sergeev have all dedicated much time and energy to creating large scale playground sculptures that favor amorphic structures with a profusion of sparkling colours and the integration of unusual shapes that can be interpreted in a multitude of ways to inspire wonder, awe and a desire for discovery.

 

Alexandra Kolackovas

www.kolackova.cz

Alexandra Koláčkovás has an atelier in Janov nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia and has been producing large scale ceramic and concrete sculptures for installation in public locations for over two decades. Alexandra combines simple rounded morphology with expressive colour palettes while highlighting playful elements that are inviting to the eye and attractive to children for encouraging interaction.

While Alexandra’s input is concerned with the artistic conceptualization and execution, her husband George Koláčková, handles the technological demands of different projects and has been instrumental in merging traditional sculpting techniques with the use of modern technologies and materials. Her sculptures have been designed to endure the temperature fluctuations of the cold winter months with longevity in mind.

 

Abstract yellow dog sculpture by Alexandra-Koláčková, Prague

Yellow dog sculpture by Alexandra Koláčková – Letna Park, Prague (CZ)

 

 

 

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Mosaic playground monster – Alexandra Koláčková

This was constructed in the studio and transported by crane to the park.

 

 

 

Alexandra-Koláčková playground sculpture, Letna Park, Prague

Playground sculpture in Stromovka Park, Prague (CZ) –  Alexandra Koláčková

 

 

Alexandra-Koláčková ceramic monster play sculpture

Alexandra Koláčková abstract dog sculpture

 

 

Ceramic-sculpture-'The-Cat'-in-the-park-Petrovice---by-Alexandra-Koláčková

 ‘The Cat’ in Zamecek Petrovice park  – Alexandra Koláčková

 

 

 

Dancers-in-Hradec-Kralove Czech Republic by Alexandra Koláčková

Dancer sculptures at Hradec Kralove – Alexandra Koláčková

 

 

 

big-toy-fish--Alexandra-Koláčková large ceramic fish sculpture on wheels

Large mosaic fish sculpture on wheels – Alexandra Koláčková

Streets of the Czech Budejovice and Hluboká, 2014

 

 

 

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‘Dad and Mom’ –  Alexandra Koláčková playground sculptures

Prague housing estate

 

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Monumental fish sculpture

 

 

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Alexandra Koláčková with her Easter toy sculpture

 

 

 

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Zoomorphic sculpture –  Alexandra Koláčková

 

Niki de Saint Phalle

(1930 – 2002)

http://nikidesaintphalle.org

The artistically gifted Niki de Saint Phalle had no formal training in her field, and her vivid, exuberant sculptures are compelling examples of an artist being driven through emotional release and  intuitive instincts. In her teens she entered the world of fashion modelling, appearing in Vogue, Life and Harpers Bazaar. It wasn’t long before she gravitated towards the art world. “ I embraced art as a salvation and necessity ” During the fifties she worked as a performance artist, bombarding plaster reliefs with paint bombs that were exploded with a shotgun and this was the beginning of her developing a reputation as an artist provocateur.

On a trip to Spain in the late fifties Saint Phalle was touched by the work of Antoni Gaudi, and his use of natural materials. His integration of shapes from the natural world in his ‘Park Guëll’ public park and buildings became a pivotal influence on her future public sculptures. In 1964 she moved into her ‘Nanas’ phase where her artwork was influenced by archetypal female figures. This became a central figure in her art along with a childlike narrative of animals, castles, monsters, goddesses, small girls and the sun and moon. Her bulbous, voluptuous Nana sculptures reflected ancient depictions of the Earth Goddess and she claimed she felt she was entering the sacred land of myth with these creations.
In 1979 she undertook the biggest artistic endeavor of her career when she began the ‘Tarot Garden” in Capalbio, Italy – a monumental fantasy garden that expressed a dialogue between sculpture and nature with vibrant mosaics and colossal sculptures that took 15 years to complete.
After moving to California, she went on to produce more vivid, bold sculptures that were appealing to children and even captivating to adults for rediscovering their carefree past. Some were installed at the Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden in Escondido, California along with others in Europe and Israel.

 

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Queen Califia’s magical circle mosaic sculptures – Niki de Saint Phalle

 

 

 

La-Cabeza-de-Niki-de-Saint-Phalle

‘La Cabeza’ (skull) –  Niki de Saint Phalle

 

 

 

Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-is-wearing-a-coat-by-Maggy-Rouff,-photo-Robert-Doisneau

Niki de Saint Phalle in a Vogue fashion shoot in Paris with Robert-Doisneau

1952

 

 

Lion-Mosaic-Sculpture---Niki-de-Sainte-Phalle-auroraglow-flickr

Lion sculpture –  Niki de Saint Phalle

auroraglow – Flickr

 

 

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‘The Golem’,- Niki de Saint Phalle

Kiryat Hayovel, Israel

 

 

Most-beautiful-woman-to-ever-make-art-with-a-shotgun--Niki-de-Saint-Phalle,-fashion-model,-painter,-sculptor,-wife-of-meta-matic-sculptor-Jean-Tinguely

Niki de Saint Phalle

Most beautiful woman to ever make art with a shotgun- fashion model, painter, sculptor, wife of meta-matic sculptor Jean Tinguely

Photo – Rogge

 

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The L’arbre-serpents, a fountain sculpture of resin and polyurethane paint, 1992

Terrace of the Museum Fine Arts, Angers.

 

 

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‘Tarot Garden’ (Giardino dei Tarocchi) – Niki de Saint Phalle

Tuscany, Italy

 

 

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Niki de Saint Phalle  – Dog and wolf howling at the moon with a red lobster (Tarot card 18)

Tarot Garden (Capalbio, Italy)

 

 

 

Totems at Queen Califia's magical circle mosaic sculptures - Niki de Saint Phalle

Queen Califia’s magical circle mosaic sculptures – Niki de Saint Phalle

 

 

Sculptures-by-Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-at-the-entrance-to-the-Guggenheim,-Bilbao

Nana sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle at the entrance to the Guggenheim, Bilbao.

Photograph: Miguel Tona/EPA

 

 

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – Niki de Saint Phalle

 

 

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Niki de Saint Phalle in her studio at Soisy, surrounded by Le Mangeur  d’Enfants, La Mariée sous l’Arbre, and Le Cheval et la Mariée.

Photo: © Monique Jacot

In the 60‘s, Niki de Saint Phalle was involved with the Nouveau Realisme contemporary art movement, founded in 1960 by the painter Yves Klein and art critic Pierre Restany. Members of this movement believed in taking elements from real life and incorporating them into their art.

 

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‘Two dancing figures’ – Niki de Saint Phalle

1978-79

Gallery Delaive

 

 

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Tarot Garden – Niki de Saint Phalle, Italy

 

 

 

Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-sculpture

‘Dragon’ – 1975

Niki de Saint Phalle – In the garden of the imagination – Essl Museum

2010

 

Ruslan Sergeev

www.ruslansergeev.com

Mosaic sculptor Ruslan Sergeev studied at the Academy of Art & Design in Minsk, Belarus. He creates monumental, zoomorphic outdoor sculptures representing an array of creatures and phantasmagoria monsters that immediately arouse enthusiastic wonder and intrigue in an adventurous child. His use of glittering jewel-like mosaic tiles add to the sense of fantasy along with the ambitious dimensions of the sculptures. Filled with unpredictable winding passages, stairs, elevation, mystique and whimsy, all combining to create a children’s wonderland.

Ruslan has created over 100 large-scale landscape mosaic sculptures and built several unique sculpture parks: Sensory Park, Science Park, the Sound Park and Nature Park.

 

Bio-9---Ashdod,-Israel-Ruslan-Sergeev mosaic public sculpture

‘Bio 9’  – Ruslan Sergee

Ashdod, Israel

 

 

 

Jerusulum mosaic Lion---Ruslan-Sergeev

‘Jerusalem Lion’ – Ruslan Sergeev

Israel

 

 

Magic-Flower--Ruslan-Sergeev-Eruham-Israel

‘Magic Flower’  – Ruslan Sergeev

 

 

 

Mosaic sculpture with sound playground by Ruslan-Sergeev

Sound playground – Ruslan Sergeev, Coral Beach

 An environmental sensory sculpture park with 4 mosaic playground sculptures with sensory playground elements

 

 

 

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Ruslan Sergeev

 

 

 

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‘Jellyfish’ — Ruslan Sergeev

Sensory Park, Coral Beach, Israel

 

 

Ruslan-Sergeev---Magic Hat monumental mosaic sculpture

‘Magic Hat’  –  Ruslan Sergeev

 

 

 

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‘Grasshopper’ – Ruslan Sergeev

 

 

 

Starfish with bench seating Ruslan Sergeev

‘Starfish’ – Ruslan Sergeev

 

More playground sculptures

 

Airstream-Spaceship-in-Southside-Park-San-Francisco-by-Artist-Joe-Scarpa

Airstream Spaceship in Southside Park San Francisco by artist Joe Scarpa

 

 

 

The Blue Whale in Plikta park, Gothenburg, Sweden. Designed by Monstrum

 ‘Blue Whale’   Designed by Monstrum

Plikta park, Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

 

Laura-Jean-McLaughlin-and-Bob-Ziller-created--the-Fabulousa-Lochnessa-Kaleidoscopa-Mosaica-

 Laura Jean McLaughlin and Bob Ziller created this sculpture in Pittsburg  – ‘Fabulousa Lochnessa Kaleidoscopa Mosaica’. It features a birdhouse on the creature’s tail and functional kaleidoscopes throughout the sculpture.

pennavenueeyewear.com/blog/art

 

 

Artista-Julie-Vernon-Mosaicos Golden Gromit mosaic sculpture

‘Golden Gromit’ – Julie Vernon, UK

 

 

 

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Bilarong playground dragon 3  – Narrabeen Lake, NSW

 

 

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‘Playground’ by artist Tom Otterness

Aspinwall Riverfront Park, USA

 

 

 

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Blue cats wall relief, children’s landscape park

Kiev, Ukraine

 

 

 

Designed-by-Edgar-Miller-and-erected-in-the-1930s-as-part-of-a-Works-Progress-Administration

1930’s Art Deco park sculpture by Edgar Miller

 

 

 

Egon-Moeller-Nielsen abstract play scukpture

‘Agget’ – Egon Moeller Nielsen

Tessin park in Stockholm, 1951

 

 

Forward-Surge-by-Inge-King, NGV

‘Forward Surge’  by Inge King, NGV

 

 

 

Giant-Octopus-Sculpture-in-Spain---The-Walk

Mosaic octopus

The Walk, Spain

 

 

 

Guangzhou-Children's-marine-life-park-sculpture

Children’s marine life park sculpture

Guangzhou. China

 

 

Highway-92-in-Half-Moon-Bay-CA,-Spanish-Town

Dinosaur sculptures

Half Moon Bay, Spanish Town, CA

 

 

Kim-Emerson sculpture at Cerritos-park, LA

‘Water Henge H20 = Life’, – Kim Emerson

Cerritos Park, CA

 

 

 

laumeier-sculpture-park_Sunset Hills, Missouri, near St. Louis

Alexander Liberman’s “The Way”

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Sunset Hills, Missouri, near St. Louis

 

 

 

mosaic-bananalamb-by-Celine-Latrine-on-Flickr

Mosaic Bananalamb

Celine Latrine, Flickr

 

 

 

Playground-in-Sofia,-Bulgaria.-Source--Snezhka-Karatoteva

Elephant slide, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

 

 

Pod-Playground-by-T.C.L.-(Taylor-Cullity-Lethlean)

Pod Playground by T.C.L. (Taylor, Cullity, Lethlean), Melbourne

 

 

Suzy-Birstein---VanDusen-Botanical-Garden

Totem sculptures by Suzy Birstein— Van Dusen Botanical Garden

 

 

 

Olympic-Roller-Coaster - with the-ArcelorMittal-sculpture-in-London

Arcelor Mittal sculpture at the Olympic Roller Coaster in London

 

 

 

WORM-sculpture by forestcrafts.UK

Worm Play sculpture – Forestcrafts, UK

 

 

 

The-Game-bear-and-children-sculpture-West-Hollywood-Park

‘The Game’  bear and children sculpture – Wang DeLong

West Hollywood Park

 

 

Xu-Hongfei’---Chubby-Woman---Berlin - Girl riding a skateboard

‘Chubby Woman’ – Xu Hongfei’

Berlin

 

 

 

 

Next Post – Contemporary art plates and platters

 

Inspired Decor Dynamics

 

 

Abigail Ahern designer East London townhouse

Designer Abigail Ahern East London townhouse

 

Interior design dynamics :

 

I never envy the challenge that an interior decorator faces when weighing up the myriad of choices they are presented with when designing or renovating a new space, to produce a timeless outcome of aesthetic appeal. Flair, spontaneity, knowledge, intuition and attention to detail all come into play with the creation of an engaging decor. Maintaining optimum functionality and keeping the client satisfied adds to the task. I think a design that transforms a space into a captivating, relaxed dimension using a minimum of objects, that combine to maximize the impact, is ideal.
More is better still seems to be a prevailing issue of contention for me. Too many objects and details competing for attention tend to nullify their visual presence. If a room has a busy decor, this can be tempered by the use of a symmetrical feature of simplicity, that presents a core of calmness as a counterbalance. Maxfield Parrish’s ‘Daybreak’ was the 20th century’s single most popular print in America and it had a distinctive aspect of symmetry to it, defined by two pillars. He observed that his most successful posters and prints all featured a defining symmetry, so people must subconsciously seek out this quality.
There are some images below that highlight the effective dynamic of having diametrically opposed elements. I especially like the use of classical objects in a contemporary environment and the use of textural contrasts. Curvilinear contrasts against rectilinear lines always makes a room interesting. The arrangement of empty space is also important, rooms need clear spaces where the Chi can circulate and refresh. Curved lines and simplicity also support this.
Using a collection of objects of mild visual impact can be polarized against a single object with a stronger presence to push the dynamic. Sometimes a single decorative piece can emanate a calm and grandeur that influences the ambience of the whole room. Naturally lighting can be incorporated to highlight this.
Rooms of successful design and decor feel nurturing and uplifting. Enthralling interior decors have an essence that is transcendental, just like good art. I’m always in awe of designers that can produce a sanctuary of comfort and visual appeal that you know will inspire and bring respite from life’s pressures and complexities. Most of the images shown in this post emphasize these aspects along with the effective use of sculpture and pottery in an interior home decor context.

 

 

 

ALEXIS-BITTAR-PHOTOGRAPHY-BY-KELLY-STUART

Alexis Bittar apartment

photo  Kelly Stuart

 

 

Art-Nouveau-Style-House-Villa-Liberty-near-Moscow

Villa Liberty Art Nouveau home, Moscow

 

 

 

Bjorn-Wiinblad-Lady-Vase ceramic abstract

Lady Vase – Bjorn Wiinblad

 

 


Botanical-Mural...---Designed-by-Daun-Curry-of-Modern-Declaration-and-photographed-by-Emily-Gilbert

Tree and cranes wall mural by Daun Curry of Modern Declaration

Photographed by Emily Gilbert

 

 

 

Buddha-statue-mudra-pose and large ceramic lamp base

Buddha statue with mudra pose, ceramic lamp base with deep carving.

 

 

Decorator-Amy-Lau-used-oversize,-theatrical-pieces-by-Vladimir-Kagan-and-Lindsey-Adelman-to-complement-the-19-foot-ceilinged-and-glass-walled-living-room--Manhattan-triplex

Decorator Amy Lau using the curvaceous sofas and rugs to balance the rectilinear window frames 0f this downtown Manhattan apartment

 

 

 

Carved-Abstract Sandstone-Sculpture-by-Josette-Barbier,-1990

Carved Sandstone Sculpture by Josette Barbier

1990

 

 

 

Catalonian-country-home-of-designer-Serge-Castella,-a-custom-made-table-is-framed-by-iron-chairs-from-the-estate-of-Roger-Vivier

The Catalonian country home of designer Serge Castella

 

 

 

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Cuarto de banyo ( bathroom) designed by Anouska Hempel with a blue and white azulejo ceramic tiled wall panel and matching pots

 

 

 

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Fortuna dining table – Boca Do Lobo

 

 

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Monet coffee table & Newton suspended lamp by Boca Do Lobo

Maree sofa by Brabbu

 

 

 

Swedish home decor

Swedish decor

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

 

decor8-gr mid century lounge chair and vases in orange

Mid century vases and lounge chair

decor8.gr

 

 

 

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NY apartment design by Deborah French

 

 

 

vinyl stucco mural DESUS by Wall and Deco

 Stucco mural DESUS by Wall and Deco

behangfabriek

 

 

 

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Eclectic Country House in Connecticut – Interior Design Files

 

 

 

Edouard-Cazaux---Rare-Earthenware-Vase-Circa-1930

Edouard Cazaux baluster vase

 

 

 

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Cleve Gray painting and Primavera Art Deco vase – interior design by Caleb Anderson

Photo by Lauren Silberman

1stDibs Introspective Magazine

 

 

 

Designer Herve Van Der Straeten Paris apartment

Parisian apartment of  designer Herve Van Der Straeten

Photo –  Ricardo Labougle

 

 

Vaso-smalto-rosso-di-Bertoncello

Bertoncello red glazed pitcher/vase

Vicenza,Italy –  60’s

Antiquariato Ceramiche

 

 

Important-Stoneware-Vase-by-Rene-Ben-Lisa-1984 GALERIE-SILBEREIS

Globular stoneware vase-by Rene Ben Lisa

Galerie Silbereis

 

 

 

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Contemporary coffee table with fire pit – an electric water-based fireplace that creates a realistic smoke and fire effect by Rigoletto

 

 

 

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Interior Design by Julie Hillman—photography Manolo Yllera for Architectural Digest España

 

 

 

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Chateau de Buno, France

 

 

Original-design-vase---ceramic---FACETURE-by-Phil-Cuttance---MoaRoom

Moulded ‘Faceture’ vase – Phil Cuttance, UK

 

 

Simone-Krug-- lidded ceramic vessel

Simon Krug

www.rauchblau.com/

 

John-Jacob-Interiors---green-velvet-sofa-with-tall-green-ceramic-bottle-and-dancing-figurine-sculpture

John Jacob interior design

 

 

 

Large-Ceramic-Vase-by-Robert-Caldart

Robert Caldart large ceramic vase

Sold by Revival on 1stDibs

 

 

 

lion-statuary - crowned guardian lion statues

Crowned guardian lion statues

 

 

 

Lógi-Cult-Michael-James-Talbot

Ceramic bust by Michael James Talbot, UK

 

 

 

Makassar-Gallery--Art Deco lamp and green figurine

Art Deco geometric table lamp, parakeet green glass female figurine

1930’s

Makassar Gallery

 

 

Vetro-Mosaico-by-Scott-Benefield patterned vessel

‘Vetro Mosaico’ by Scott Benefield

 

 

 

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Marc D’Haenens aluminium female sculpture

Belgium, 1975

 

Michael-Smith-decor-Manhattan ornate table with modernist sculpture

Manhattan apartment interior design by Michael Smith. Bold contrasts between the Henry Moore sculpture, the ornate 18th century gilt wood console and the rectilinear obelisk.

 

 

 

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Porcelain bust – May Hamilton

 

 

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Mediterranean villa of Richard Shapiro

Malibu, California

 

 

 

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Malibu mediterranean villa of Richard Shapiro

 

 

 

Very-Large-Bottle-Form-Vase-by-Stig-Lindberg

Swedish ceramic bottle – Stig Lindberg

 

 

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Mid Century style – Shirley Meisels design

 

 

 

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Colourful Mid-Century pieces in the studio of photographer Manolo Yllera

Architectural Digest, Spain

 

 

New-York-architect-Lee-Mindel-gave-this-duplex-in-Manhattan’s-Flatiron-neighborhood-a-distinctly-clean-lined,-less-is-more,-mid-century-loo

Mid Century decor – architect Lee Mindel, Manhattan, NY

 

 

 

Original-design-ceramic-vase---SMALL-CONVERSATION-by-Jaime-Hayon---Lladró-Comercial

‘Small Conversation’ – Jaime Hayon, Lladro

 

 

 

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Belgium Antwerp medieval castle – Interior design – Axel Vervoordt

 

 

 

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Swedish windows, garden statues and lumina pumpkins

toneontoneantiques.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

 

Pier1 giraffe and elephant sculptures - Eastern Afrocentric theme decor

Eastern and afrocentric decor – Pier 1

 

 

 

Solid-stone-coffee-table-by-Joris-Laarman

Solid stone coffee table and seat – Joris Laarman

 

 

 

Casa-de-Cocinas-in-San-Miguel-de-Allende,-Mexico-by-House-+-House-Architects-

Casa de Cocinas in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico by House + House Architects

 

 

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Mid-Century style wall panel – Van de Akkers studio, NY

 

 

 

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Country House Of Fashion Designer Tracy Reese

 

 

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Interior design by Gio Ponti (1953-57) – abstract ceramic cladding on the wall, statues by Fausto Melotti

Villa Planchart, Caracas 

 

 

 

palomba-living-room - rattan-style-chaise with pottery clusters - Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba

Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento

 

 

 

Roger-Capron-lamp-on a brutalist-table

Mid Century Roger Capron ceramic lamp on a brutalist table

 

 

 

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Apartment in Kiev – Dzhemesyuk & Yurov Design

 

 

 

SICIS-Milan-showroom with ceramic mosaic

Ceramic mosaic mural – Sicis showroom

Milan

 

 

Sofa,-Gervasoni-Ghost - white sofa

Sofa from the Gervasoni Ghost Collection

 

 

Kelly-Wearstler-Residential abstract white busts

Textural interplay – Kelly Wearstler design

 

 

 

balinese-modern-rattan-furniture and decor

Balinese rattan furniture and decor

 

 

 

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Large black glaze Greek pot – San Giorgio hotel, Mykonos

 

 

 

Art-Deco-RoomRed-Coral-Design

Interior by Red Coral Design, Melbourne

 

 

Burnham-Design--

Elegant dining room

Burnham Design

 

 

Oblong-Cabinet-Exclusive-Furniture-Boca-De-Lobo

Juxtaposed classical and contemporary

Boca Do Lobo

 

 

 

Burnham-Design-Lavender-sofa, Chinese ancestor figurine lamps.

Lavender sofa and Chinese ancestor figurine lamps.

Burnham Design

 

 

 

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Russian eclectic country home – impressive ceramic tiled fireplace and chimney

 

 

 

 

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