Monthly Archives: April 2016

Daily Pottery Art Feed – extended




Pottery art pieces from ancient to contemporary, antiquity to futuristic, unusual to utilitarian, quirky to conservative. There’s always something to say with the 3D forms fashioned from that pliable clay. The versatile bounty of the earth keeps experiencing new ways to be interpreted and appreciated while its deep past provides fascinating revelations. The earth’s grounded passivity gets awakened and emboldened  by the kinetic application of the potter and projects a new balance through interaction with the restless fire dynamic and defined spaces.

While a daily update is aspired to, it is usually otherwise with new entries appearing weekly at the least.


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Caroline-Chevalier----ceramic jug with abstract botanical decoration

Caroline Chevalier, France



60s-Rumtopf-Keramik cat planter LisaLarsenesque

Vintage Swedish cat planter – 60’s



1100-deg,-clear-glaze vase by Christine Thacker

Christine Thacker



Twin raku pears 2009---by-Paula-Cooley---photo-by-Grant-Kernan

Twin raku pears 2009—by Paula Cooley

photo by Grant Kernan



Adero-Willard-ceramic lidded box

Adero Willard



Allamakee-Wood-Fired-Pottery conical lidded ceramic jar

Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery





Art Nouveau vase by Paul Dachsel for Ernst Wahliss



Athena-Jahantigh stylised ceramic horse

Athena Jahantigh




Speckled vase by Bob Deane



Chinese-sculpture-emperor figure---Hess-Fine-Auctions

Large Chinese emperor figure sculpture

Austin Products 1981




Chris-Barnes horizontal striped ceramic vessel

Chris Barnes



Cyndi-Casemier slab built vase with twin lugs

Slab built  vase – Cyndi Casemier



Hans Vangso_vertical ribbed essel

Hans Vangso speckled ceramic jar

Anne Linnemann Gallery




Large vintage sgraffito vase  – Armando de Mexico

Height 11 inches



Akio Nukaga, Japan



Joan_Serra-ceramics contemporary sculpture

Joan Serra


Joan-Serra ceramic sculpture

Joan Serra contemporary ceramic sculpture



Liz-Quackenbush-2012 ceramic sculpture with snake and botanical motifs

Liz Quackenbush



mia-llauder cerramic sculpture

Mia Llauder





Mexican vintage sgraffito art pottery





Abstract ‘Bursting Ripe Fruit Pod ‘sculpture – Liliya Pobornikova





‘Sculpture Triangle’ – MOHY YVES

galerie capazza




Tang-sculpture of a woman-playing-polo on a horse

Polo player on horse sculpture – Tang Dynasty




Lorna Bailey



Bennett Bean - Untitled-(Drunken-Lily-Series),-1996 Earthenware,-pit-fired,-acrylic,-gold-leaf-interior-15x9

Bennett Bean




Vi.Bi Torino (Italy) mid century modern vase




JUNTOS-Y-FELICES,-marble sculpture abstract form

‘Junto Y Felices’ – marble sculpture by Peruvian artist Iván Rojas Tovar




Patricia Griffin-Large Vase-FlowerPower-view2 Woodcut series

Patricia Griffin- ‘FlowerPower’ vase

Cambria, California



Philippe-Dubuc-- ceramic lidded vessel

Philippe Dubuc




Italian Mid Century 50’s vase




Roseville Art Deco Futura vase




Charlie-Riggs-raku-baluster vase

Charlie Riggs raku vase





Art Deco Jazz Age vase – Velsen, Nl




René-Buthaud-crackle glaze vase

René Buthaud crackle glaze vase




royal-copenhagen-ceramic seal figurine

Seal figurine – Royal Copenhagen




Beauty-of-UncertaintySmall - Tanya-Tyree-35-long-Hand-built-with-slabs,-incised-with-abstract-drawings,-brush-glazed-with-copper-and-colored-glazes

Tanya Tyree

 Hand built with slabs, incised with abstract drawings, brush glazed with copper and colored glazes – Tanya Tyree

Height 35 inches




Black-and-white-striped-raku-pots Bubani artee raku

Set of black and white raku vessels




Black line diamond shaped ceramic footed pillow box – Vaughan Nelson

Sold by Artful Home




‘Blue Sail’ – Ricky Maldonado



Christine-Fabre french ceramicist - lidded vessel

Christine Fabre, France





Japonism vase – Jarl Otto  (1856-1915)   –  Meissen, early 20th Century




Eileen-Singleton ceramic orb

Eileen Singleton




ray-silverman-ceramic cup

Ray Silverman





Stephen Hatcher woodturned jar





Suzuki Tomio

To further enhance shino’s tactile appeal, Suzuki Tomio approaches every unglazed pot as a landscape architect would an undeveloped plot of earth. It first requires slow, thoughtful sculpting before anything is lain upon it. As a result, his clay creations are renowned for their terraced surfaces, ridges, and winding vistas. This resplendent yōhen-kin (golden) vase is a proud example of Suzuki’s unique approach to shino. Deeply cut furrows and facets naturally guide the eyes across a rugged, glistening terrain swept across with crackled feldspar and flowing brushed details.





Snow Drop Vase – Bill Campbell





‘Kachina Vase’ – Contemporary KOPA Southwestern Design




Satsuma-Pottery-cylindrical Bottle-Vase

Satsuma fan motif bottle




Humler-and-Nolan-Weller-Faience-vase,-Rhead-like-trees, in orange and green

 Weller Faience vase

Humler and Nolan




Sarah-Ann-Raku Ceramics-Port-Warwick-Art-&-Sculpture-Festival

Sarah Ann raku lidded jar



5th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Sevres
 12 to 29 May 2016




Contemporary sculpture – Christine Ladevèze




Nancy Selvin exhibition at Spun Smoke Gallery

May 5 to June 26, 2016



Green-back_29-x-23-x-23-inches-Nancy-Selvin pottery jug

Nancy Selvin




pink-back_Nancy-Selvin-32-x-22-x-22-inches Large pottery vase

Nancy Selvin







Bukran-bowl-Hungry with wavy edge

Bowl by Bukran, Hungry





Large iron yellow glazed porcelain vase – Brother Thomas





polymer-clay-ovoid vase--by-beefball-papa

Polymer clay vase – Beefball Papa




Adelle-Nampeyo Hopi-pottery seed pot

Adelle Nampeyo Hopi pottery





Handpainted wall plate – A. Oviedo



Marcello-Fantoni- Italian artist - Ceramic bottle with four facted sides

Marcello Fantoni contemporary Mid Century bottle/vase





Moorcroft – Orchid vase



-Ben-Barker ceramic box Toovey Auctions

Ceramic box – Ben Barker




Ajiki-Hiro abstract ceramic box with lid

Ajiki Hiro lidded vessel




Dameon-Lynn contemporary ceramic vessel

Dameon Lynn



E.C.T lidded ceramic vessel with engobes Buenos Aires, Argentina

E’T’C – Buenos Aires, Argentina




Duo Toshiko-Takaezu double spout vase

‘Duo’  – Toshiko Takaezu





Damasco vase designed by Albino Celato for De Castelli




Jennifer-Brazelton-abstract ceramic-sculpture in red and white

Raised relief abstract sculpture – Jennifer Brazelton

Bay Area, California




Jarras---Aleluia-pitcher mid century made in Portugal

Jarras—Aleluia pitcher

Mid Century, Portugal



Georges Pelletier ceramic lamp sculpture

Sold on Artocarpus – Galerie Riviera



Jack Doherty soda fired porcelain bowl in turquoise and brown

Jack Doherty – soda fired porcelain bowl





Wilhelm Kage, Gustavsberg, Sweden





Incised porcelain ovoid vessel – Elaine Coleman




Matthew-Metz--Pitcher.-Brown striped Porcelain with a white tree and bird motif with a gold handle

Striped Porcelain Pitcher with bird and tree motifs – Matthew Metz




Rare-Turquoise Van-Briggle-Figural-Vase art nouveau woman

  Figural Vase Van Briggle




David-Hay-'Passage-of-time' elegant glass vase

Glass vase ‘Passage of time’ – David Hay, AUS





Uwharrie Crystalline Pottery vase





Tea jar fired in the wood and waste oil kiln at the Pleasant Hill Pottery in 2016. – Hank Murrow




Mougin-Brothers-vase - French art deco with pidgeon relief

Art Deco pidgeon vase – Mougin Brothers




About-Addition Michael Cleff ceramic sculpture

Michael Cleff




Bowl - Bone-china-soluble-salts2-John Shirley

Bowl with bone china & soluble salt surface treatment  – John Shirley, South Africa





Michael-LaLone 'Little Fatty' crawl glaze pot 2008

Michael LaLone ‘Little Fatty’ crawl glaze pot




Matthew-Hylek lidded footed ceramic vessel

Matthew Hyleck




Bol-de-Tony-Laverick large ceramic bowl

Tony Laverick




Alfred-Roullet-Renoleau pink, gold and black jazz age vase

French Art Deco Jazz Age ovoid vase – Alfred Roullet Renoleau





 Italian Art Pottery Jug by Otello Rosa for San Polo

Otello Rosa was a  sculptor & painter, who from 1951-1959  took over as artistic director of the Venetian ceramic workshop of San Polo (who were making tourist pieces at the time) and re-directed it to his vision- many pieces being unique, and all hand-painted in tin-glazed earthenware with bright glazes with Italian imagery & characters.

See more Venetian pottery here  




YOICHI-OHIRA ceramic gourd vessel

Yoichi Ohira ceramic gourd




Anne Darr, Florida




Akiyama-Yo huge ceramic sculpture

Akiyama Yo – ceramic sculpture



Terrain-Vallonne French ceramic Mid Century style vase

Terrain Vallonne, France




‘Pleated Bells’  – Helen Fuller, 2013

Hand built terracotta coil pots, oxides, white slip



Hans Vangso_ceramic vessel

Hans Vangso





Chinese Fahua Porcelain Figure



Emmanuel-Manu-Peccatte lidded ovoid vessel

Incised ovoid vessel with lid – Emmanuel Manu Peccatte





Swirling Ceramic Art by Fenella Elms


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Amazing octopus art



Large Ceramic Twin Octopus Vase by Shayne Greco, NC, USA



Artifacts from the ancient cities of the Grecian Archipelago and Asia Minor have depicted numerous examples of decorative motifs representing the octopus. They were a very popular artistic theme with the pottery of Crete, Cyprus, Mycenae and Troy and they were generally regarded as a sacred symbol. Octopus art also appeared in Peru and Brazil and was believed to have originated from the ancient Pacific ocean continent of Mu. Having eight legs coming from a central hub, the octopus was aligned to the mystical eight sided ‘Pa Qua’ configuration. This was also known as the Magic Square to the Egyptians or the Lo Shu square  by the Chinese, as it was first observed in China carved on the shell of an elderly tortoise which came from the Lo Shu river. The spider was also given a sacred status due to also having eight legs radiating from a central point.



Moss green octopus – Wax & Bing Studio

Having exceptional polymorphic powers of camouflage due to being boneless and possessing a remarkable skin able to change colour, texture and patterns in a split second, the octopus can shape shift and adapt its appearance to practically anything it wants in the ocean (see video below) They were admired because this reflected the ancient esoteric belief in the metamorphic potential of human beings. Also being colour blind, they must have possessed psychic abilities to be able to interpret their surroundings so accurately. The most rigid part of their body is the eye and they can fit through anything if their eye does. They are blessed with three hearts and like to collect shiny objects off the ocean floor to make ‘octopus gardens’ around their lairs. They are considered the most intelligent of all the invertebrates.
Erik Pontoppidan, the Norwegian historian claimed that the giant kraken (octopus) posed a real danger to sailors due the whirlpool left in their wake and if the creature’s arms were to lay hold of a ship, they had the abiltiy to pull it down to the bottom of the sea. In his ‘The Natural History of Norway’ he described the kraken as “incontestably the largest Sea monster in the world” who had the ability to wrestle with a whale.
The sinuous, malleable and diverse forms of the octopus make its easily adaptable to numerous shapes, hence its popularity with artists and creators.


Octopus, cephalopods, kraken and tentacle spectacles



Giant pacific octopus – arm span up to 6 metres





Kraken attacking a sailing ship





‘Skin Changers Closet: octopus’  wall art – Kate MacDowell 2015

Sold @Mindy Solomon Gallery




Red ceramic octopus Beth-Allison

Red ceramic octopus – Beth Allison



Ellen-Jewett-green and blue octopus sculpture

Ellen Jewett



Ceramic mudka pt with blue octopus by Sue-Anderson

Octo mudka pot – Sue Anderson



Amphora-rare-octopus-vase in Art Nouveau styling

Art Nouveau octopus vase by Amphora




A mural by Belgian artist ROA is part of the street art project ‘Djerbahood’

Photograph- Mohamed Messara-EPA




It’s hard to keep a good octopus down !



‘Inky’ looks content in this photo because he knew he would soon be back in the sea again at Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.

The morning staff at the National Aquarium of New Zealand arrived recently to see that ‘Inky’ had done a runner in the night. The telltale tentacle tracks were on the floor, he had ‘got kraken’ through the 50 metre drain pipe which led to the sea and his freedom.





Ancient Pompeii-Herculaneum octopus mosaic

Neil Weightman flickr




Austrian Art Nouveau Octopus Vase by Stellmacher for Amphora




llustration for Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea – Alphonse de Neuville & Edouard Riou




Giant Kraken illustration from the original 1870 edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by author Jules Verne




Octopus mosaic by Carrie Wilson





Octopus wash basin by Shayne Greco





Chilling out cephalopod




Diana Fayt Scrimshaw platter



415x315 - Bronze-Octopus-Sculpture by Paul-Harder-is-a-west-coast-bronze-sculptor

Bronze Octopus Sculpture by Paul Harder, California, USA




Ancent Greek-coin-with-octopus-from-Eretria,-c

Ancient Greek coin with octopus

Eretria, c. 500-465 BC



Moss Green-octopus-vase with gold highlights by Tracy Porter

Tracey Porter




Harliequinnxlk octopus chest tattoo

Octopus chest tattoo





Large glass mosaic octopus by LucyDesignsonline




Black Octopus vase ,-Tammy-Garcia

Black vase with surface relief octopus – Tammy Garcia



Jellyfish-&-Octopus plate---Ruchika-Madan

Octopus plate – – Ruchika Madan





‘Octochair’ – Maximo Riera new edition of animal chair collection




Monica-Pharr octopus round plate

Orange octopus plate – Monica Pharr




Moorcroft-Pottery-red Octopus baluster vase

Red Octopus vase  – Moorcroft Pottery




Large octopus floor mosaic at Gumalimba Park, Roatan, Honduras

Susan Ward—flickr




Glazed ceramic octopus pen toothbrush holder by Miss Mog Devian Art





Octopus on Face vessel by Mitchell Grafton





Red mosaic octopus at the museum entrance

Musée océanographique Monaco





Glass Octopus Sculpture

Glassnfire — etsy




Octopus vase -Suzuki Miyagi

Suzuki Miyagi vase




Roman mosaic in  villa in Pompeii

2nd century BC


Charles Catteau octopus homage to Minoan artists




Sandra-Bryant-blue octopus mosaic art panel

Sandra Bryant octopus mosaic




Sarah-Farrelly geometric decorative pattern octpus

Sarah Farrelly




Seafoam--and red Octopus-sculpture-P-Y-Simpson

Octopus sculpture in seafoam and red by P.Y Simpson





Tentacled server cake stand – BHLDN






Minoan clay flask showing an Octopus, Palaikastro,

( 1500 B.C.E.) Archaeological Museum in Herakleion.





Octopus art by Alexis Diaz




Artist-Scott-Musgrove-has-clay-sculpted-Walktopus,---candle lamp

Octopus tea candle lamp sculpture –  Scott Musgrove , Seattle




Jennifer-McCurdy---Octopus-Jar black vessel

‘Octopus Jar’  – Jennifer McCurdy




Zoey-Friends ceramic octopus art

Zoe Friend, Boston




Cast octopus desk ornament – Wangstone





Seattle Country Day School mosaic mural octopus




wall octopus-key-hooks

Wall bronze octopus key holder




Oliver-the-Octopus---Kyle-Guymon-sager firing ovoid vase

‘Oliver the Octopus’ — Kyle Guymon  – sager fired ovoid vase




Ephraim-Faience-Pottery Wisconsin USA - ceramic octopus sculpture

Ephraim Faience Pottery, Wisconsin USA




Lady Gaga adorned in an octopus outfit

Artpop Tour Madison Garden



Colossal octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort---19th-Century-drawing-depicting-a-ship-reportedly-attacked-by-a-kraken-off-the-coast-of-Angola--

 19th Century drawing of a colossal octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort

This depicted a French ship reportedly attacked by a kraken off the coast of Angola.



Vinne- pink ocotpus-street-art

Bright pink octopus Paris street art by Vinnie




Red octopus yes_mural_Brooklyn_full by Yuko-Shimizu

Octopus yes mural – Yuko Shimizu

80 ft long – Dumbo, Brooklyn





Octopus salad bowl – Cornwall




Octopui polymorphism






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The Art Explorer





Passionate art lovers will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to see or acquire a piece of art. Franck Goddio spent 13 years uncovering the sunken ancient Egyptian city of Thonis in the Mediterranean Sea (see below) to reveal exquisite treasures such as a grand temple of the god Amun. Whether it’s finding sunken artifacts or the chance discovery of a rare antique object at a bric-a-bac stall, there is a definite allure to searching for art and being rewarded with a find. The dedication of collectors who harbor a desire to to own a piece of art is also noteworthy. They can spend decades patiently waiting for a piece to become available and with luck manage to be triumphant at an auction. Enduring day long journeys in heat and dust to see rare statues or visit a temple is also where the dedication of the art aficionados is on display. Rising before sunrise on the weekend to get to an antique market to snare a bargain is also the modus operandi for some. Even a visit to the Paris Louvre requires a certain dedication with the long queues. Fortunately they are handsomely rewarded for their efforts. The painstaking work of archaeologists to discover and unearth mysteries from the past is admirable for their commitment.
This post presents a collection of links ranging from travel destinations for art, museums, art and antique exhibitions, pottery fairs and other guides for finding and exploring art.


Art exploration –  ancient and contemporary:


Venice Biennial 2017    13May – 26 November 2017


Biennale Arte 2017

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, opened to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th, at the Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice. The show featured 120 invited artists, of which 103 were participating for the first time, 86 National Participations, a Special Project, and 23 Collateral Events.


Berlin Art Week    13 – 17 September 2017


Berlin Art Week is a highlight on the contemporary art calendar in the German capital. For the sixth time, the Berlin art world will be hosting exhibition openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events during the week. The rich variety of this fall program is made possible by the joint collaboration of institutions, galleries, artist, collectors, and project spaces and draws international attention.


Berlin Art Week | Berlin Art Week

For the seventh time, from 26-30 September 2018, the Berlin art scene is hosting art fairs, exhibition openings, award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events. Visitors can expect large-scale exhibitions on established artists as well as countless presentations in a wide range of genres by artists yet to be discovered.




Salad Days 2017 

Saturday, July 8 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm!

Salad Days

On the second Saturday of July each year, hundreds of visitors come to the Watershed campus for a memorable picnic-and carry home handcrafted ceramic plates as souvenirs of this special day. The plates are created by a dedicated artist-in-residence who spends the summer at Watershed making more than 500 plates for the Salad Days festival.



ICFF — May 21-24, 2017 Javits Center, NYC

ICFF | High End Luxury Furniture Fair | NYC

The North American platform for International design, ICFF comes to NYC May 20-23, 2018 with exclusive custom furnishings for your next design challenge.




NGV –  Van Gogh and the Seasons

28 APR 17 – 9 JUL 17


‘The parsonage garden in the snow’ – Van Gogh

January 1885 Nuenen



‘Wheatfield’ June 1888 Arles – Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the Seasons

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne and presents the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia.



Small Great Italian Museums

papale-papale: Piccoli Grandi Musei Italiani

Articoli della rubrica Piccoli Grandi Musei Italiani.

Art in Clay Hatfield 

18th 19th 20th August 2017 
Pottery & Ceramics Festival
Hatfield House



ceramic vessel by Daniel Boyle


Art in Clay Hatfield

Art in Clay Hatfield is an outdoor summer event held in marquees in the beautiful parklands of Hatfield House. A large event of over 200 exhibitors, including a full programme of talks & demonstrations and a Clay Creation Zone to fire your imagination.




 November 18, 19, 20  2016

Palais des congrès de Montréal.





Terry lazaroff



Salon de la sculpture, Scvlptvre IV, exposition de sculptures : 5,6,7 octobre, centre des congrès de Saint-Hyacinthe.


Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Sydney, Australia
20th October – 6th November, 2016




See more sculptures here – Sculpture by the Sea – 20th Anniversary

Home: – Sculpture by the Sea

Cottesloe, 14th annual exhibition | 2 – 19 March 2018 Bondi, 22nd annual exhibition | 18 October – 4 November 2018 Join us for the largest free to the public sculpture exhibitions in the world! Home page image credits


Biennale Interieur 2016

25th Silver Edition
14-23 October   Kortrijk, Belgium





Participants | Biennale Interieur

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Belgian classic Durlet has infused their collection with new additions. Durlet – who haven’t missed a single edition of Biennale Interieur – and young designer Sylvain Willenz join forces on this new, airy sofa. Yale is a comfortable, cosy seating unit that will make you feel as if you’re floating on air.

Berlin Art Week

13 – 18 September, 2016


amin-akhtar photo

Berlin Art Week

photo Amin Akhtar



Berlin Art Week | Berlin Art Week

For the seventh time, from 26-30 September 2018, the Berlin art scene is hosting art fairs, exhibition openings, award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events. Visitors can expect large-scale exhibitions on established artists as well as countless presentations in a wide range of genres by artists yet to be discovered.


Plaza Art Fair

Friday, September 23, 2016 – Sunday, September 25, 2016

Plaza Art Fair | Country Club Plaza

Country Club Plaza: An exceptional blend of major fashion houses and local favorites, along with dozens of fine restaurants.

Degas – A New Vision – NGV – (National Gallery Victoria)

Currently running till 18th September 2016


edgar-degas the woman in movement

‘The Woman In Movement’ – Edgar Degas


Edgar Degas is one of the most celebrated artists associated with French Impressionism. The art he made over more than fifty years of constant creativity and renewal embraces painting, drawing, printmaking, monotypes, sculpture and photography, and has had an immense impact on modern and contemporary art. Modern life as he experienced it in nineteenth-century Paris provided Degas with a repertoire of motifs he explored with endless variation and innovation; from scenes of work and industry to ballet and the theatre, racecourses and boudoirs. This sweeping exhibition brings together more than 200 works by Degas from dozens of collections worldwide, offering a fresh and dynamic reappraisal of this legendary artist’s genius.

Degas | NGV

Marriage of Degas’s parents, Laurent-Pierre-Augustin-Hyacinthe (Auguste) De Gas, banker, aged twenty-four, of Paris, formerly of Naples, and Marie Célestine Musson, of Paris. The artist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas is born at 8 rue Saint-Georges, Paris. The artist’s brother Achille De Gas is born at 21 rue de la Victoire, Paris.


Le Don du Fel – 9th European Ceramic Sculpture Festival, 2016


Mo Jupp, Jean-Marie Borgeaud, Emma Rodgers, Michael Flynn, Michel Wohlfahrt
from the 26th of June to the 11th of August, 2016



Jean-Marie-Borgeaud sculpture head

Jean Marie Borgeaud


Now Showing

du 1er avril au 7 mai Avec cette première exposition personnelle, Michel Wohlfahrt nous embarque vers son archipel imaginaire où son art transforme tout le poids du présent en une poésie pointue et joyeusement déjantée. Théâtrale aussi !



September 2- 6, 2016

September 3-10, 2016 – Paris Design Week

The multi-multicultural crossroads of contemporary living.

MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show brings together a 360°product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware.





PARIS DESIGN WEEK is an itinerary uniting 300 participants that all proudly promote first-rate design in Paris, sprinkled with exhibits and festive parties organized each night of the week, aimed at design lovers and the French and international trade who will be in Paris for the MAISON&OBJET show.

Futura festival, 2016

25 to 27 August

20 concerts, 1 Nuit Blanche (from midnight to 8 am),
100 speakers, for concerts in total sound immersion
1 large screen for video projections
6 performers on acousmonium: Eric Broitmann , Guillaume Contré ,Tomonari Higaki , Olivier Lamarche , Jonathan Prager and Nathanaëlle Raboisson




musique acousmatique, art radiophonique, installation, vidéo




Sublime Symmetry,  2016


A touring exhibition showcasing the work of celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer, William De Morgan.


William De Morgan plate


1st june to 4th September 2016  –  free entry

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley South Yorkshire S75 4AT

Set in 70 acres of parkland, this country house museum is home to an impressive collection including ceramics, glass, furniture and Old Master paintings.  


De-Morgan_Sublime_symmetry-William De Morgan, Two Handled Vase with Persian Floral Decoration, 1882-1888

William De Morgan, Two Handled Vase with Persian Floral Decoration, 1882-1888



Yorkshire Sculpture Park

21 May 2016 to 21 Jan 2017 – Free Entry


Non Vital –

The artist’s first major retrospective in the UK brings together the work he has created in locales across the world.



‘Heads’ – Non Vital – 2014

Photo Eric Gregory Powell

The historically designed landscape of YSP remains home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures by KAWS



Monumental Kaws sculpture

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading open-air gallery.



Sydney Vivid 2016 – Light, Music, Ideas

27 May to 18 June



Vivid Sydney

The official Vivid Sydney website. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from 26th May – 17th Jun 2017.


Spectacular-highlights-from-Vivid-Sydney-2016-- illuminated crocodile light sculpture



Heiva, Tahiti

Thursday 02 to Saturday, June 4 at Place To’ata.

The annual Heiva, started in 1881, is an iconic event for Polynesian culture. Dance competitions, which are some of the most important events in Heiva, are prepared for months in advance by dancers.


mark-sissons-heivai-tahiti--'The Hand-dance of Aparima' - Heiva, Tahiti

‘The Hand-dance of Aparima’ – Heiva, Tahiti

photo -Mark Sisson


Tahiti Tourisme | Visit Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea & More | Official Tahiti Site

Official Tahiti Tourism site – Information on visiting Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea & other islands in this South Pacific Paradise. Cruises, Vacations & more.




Mount Hagen Cultural Show 2016 – New Guinea

20th – 21st August

Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and other neighbouring tribes from the Highlands region will gather in the township of Mt. Hagen to put on exciting cultural performances.




Events | Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority | Hagen Show

The 2018 Hagen Show is set for August 17th to 19th and returns to the old Kagamuga show grounds in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province.



Venice Art Crawl – July 21, 2016



The Venice Art Crawl’s mission is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically and currently makes Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.


VAC-light sculpture-Shana-Koenig

VAC light sculpture – Shana Koenig


Ecole Claire Fontaine Features Kids Booth during Venice Art Crawl

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm Volunteers needed! Contact Laura Alice at (310) 482-0422 or [email protected]


5th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Sevres

from 12 to 29 May 2016 – 47 Grande Rue, Sevres, France




Ceramic Biennale (5th edition )

Now unavoidable, this international biennial welcomes the guests of honor Valérie Hermans and Jean-Paul Azaïs along with 42 other ceramic artists.
They share a love of nature and the earth. On clean shapes, box, nest, they drove passionate research. John Paul reveals the poetry of clay with natural glazes. Valerie works with high temperature glazes and especially celadon. Both, alchemists, playing with fire.

See more here



10 London highlights



A visitor walks through an exhibition room at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, UK. Photo: Bloomberg



The 10 London highlights most visitors miss

Ticked off the Tower of London? Ridden the Millennium Eye? Perused the Palace? Well, there’s plenty more to see in London, much of which is cruelly ignored by all but the most intrepid visitor – such as… Ridiculously and unashamedly grisly, the Old Operating Theatre delves into the world of 18th and 19th century surgery.



Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso

February 13, 2016 – June 26, 2016




Picasso cubist sculpture


Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso

This dossier exhibition centers on pairing and juxtaposing works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). A loan of four major works from the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, and loans from private collections will complement the MFA’s holdings of painting and sculpture by the artist, looking at different stages of his career and his exploration of form.



London Gallery – Erskine, Hall and Coe

Nine Potters Anniversary Edition

30th March – 23 April, 2016

An exhibition featuring the works of Michael Cardew, Claudi Casanovas, Hans Coper, Elizabeth Fritsch, Ewen Henderson, Bernard Leach, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Elizabeth Raeburn and Lucie Rie.



Erskine,-Hall-and-Coe exhibition


Erskine Hall & Coe – Ceramics & Modern Art Gallery, London

Mayfair gallery specialising in ceramics & modern art. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows by Genta Ishizuka, Zung-Lung Tsai, Sara Flynn & Jacques Kaufmann


Annual Michigan Regional Exhibition

May 12 – August 3



Exhibitions – Muskegon Art Museum


Long Beach Antique Market, USA

Long Beach Veterans Stadium – Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage items

Third Sunday of every month, next event on Sunday July 17




Home – Long Beach Antique Market

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Art Nouveau and architecture


The World’s Best Cities for Viewing Art Nouveau Art and Architecture

Art Nouveau, or “the new art,” hit its peak at the turn of the 20th Century and today looks more vintage than modern. Also known as Jugendstil and Stile Liberty, and a close kin to Arts and Crafts and Modernism, the movement was filled with fluidity and the organic, natural form and stretched across the European continent, Britain, North America, and beyond.




Discovery of sunken Egyptian city


Known as Thonis to the ancient Egyptians and Heracleion to the ancient Greeks the city was rediscovered in 2000 by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a team from the European Institute for Underwater Archeology (IEASM) after a four-year geophysical survey. On the sunken Island of Antirhodos, the ruins of the lost city the size of Paris was found 30 feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria. This city, shrouded in myth, was swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years.  Archeologists are now unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, and uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts telling the story of a vibrant classical-era port.




Egyptian statue buried underwater




Portrait of a pharaoh, Quartzite, 25th dynasty (712-661 BC) with characteristic traits of the statuary of the 25th so-called Ethiopian Dynasty (8th century BC).

Portrait of a pharaoh, Quartzite, 25th dynasty (712-661 BC) with characteristic traits of the statuary of the 25th so-called Ethiopian Dynasty (8th century BC).




Lifting an Egyptian statue from the submerged city – Monumental statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing Hapy, god of the Nile flood and symbol of abundance and fertility.



 Raising the colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh from the sea

Head of a colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh is raised to the surface.



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Discovery of an ancient inscribed Egyptian tablet- The stele of Thonis-Heracleion (1.90 m), ordered by Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC), is almost identical to the stele of Naukratis in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo.



Onlookers watch Franck Goddio and his team watch the raising of a colossal Egyptian statue of red granite from the Mediterranean Sea

Franck Goddio and his team watch the rise to the surface of a colossal statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing the god Hapy, symbol of abundance and fertility and god of the Nile flood which stood in front of the temple of Heracleion. Never before has the statue of a god of this size been discovered in Egypt, which indicates Hapy’s importance for the Canopic branch, the largest and most important of the Nile branches at that time. Hapy looks happy to be rediscovered.


Underwater-statue off the coast of Alexandria

 One of the finest finds in Abukir Bay is the remarkable dark stone statue of a 3rd century Ptolemaic queen, very probably Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III



lost egypt excavation by divers of monumental Egyptian statue

Recovery of monumental Egyptian sculpture – archaeologists Franck Goddio and his team inspect the colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh of over 5 metres height, weighing 5.5 tons




The statue of an Isis priest holding an Osiris-jar found on the sunken Island of Antirhodos in the great harbour of Alexandria




Above view of the colossal triad of 5-metre high red granite statues of a pharaoh, his queen and the god Hapy, dating from the 4th century BC, which stood in front of the great temple of Heracleion. They are lying on a pontoon barge together with the 17 fragments of an over 5-metre high 2nd century BC red granite stele in reassembly.




 Egyptian potter ?





A diver eye-to-eye with a sphinx made out of black granite. The face of the sphinx is believed to represent Ptolemy XII, father of the famous Cleopatra VII.





Majestic lion statue





Ceramic bowl that dates from the 1st century BC – 1st century AD. Its shape suggests that it may have been used for divination rituals.





Sunken Cities – Egypt’s lost worlds

19 May – 27 November 2016, British Museum



More Franck Goddio finds


Porcelain dishes in blue and white appear after the sediment has been removed from the wreck of the Lena Shoal junk.

Porcelain dishes in blue and white appear after the sediment has been removed from the wreck of the Lena Shoal junk.





Rediscovering Shi Cheng, a Chinese Lion City which was flooded half a century ago

All photos ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, photo: Christoph Gerigk




Easter Island Moai have bodies too


                                Revealing the whole size of an Easter-Island-stone-statue

Excavated Easter Island Moai reveals the hidden body, which got buried through mud slides.


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Art of  Santa Fe


List of Sante Fe galleries – follow link

Shop for world-class art in a laid-back setting in Santa Fe, N.M.

Although it’s considered one of the top art centers of the Western world, Santa Fe has its drawbacks. Like the lack of sidewalks on much of well-known Canyon Road, home to more than 100 galleries. I thought about this when a Pepsi truck driver honked and sternly yelled “Watch out, lady” as I sidestepped a muddy puddle on the cobblestone street.

Bijou - Lucio Lopez-Rey

Lucio Lopez-Rey



JCompton Gallery



LAPADA Art & Antiques Association

Click the link below for the 2016 calendar of 20 Art and Antique events


Events Archive – LAPADA

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Olympia art and antique fair, UK



Potfest in the Park 2016 – July 29th – 31st

Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm daily

Over 100 exhibitors from all over Europe and beyond. All with very distinctive individual styles, all passionate about working with clay.


Potfest Pottery Markets & Ceramic Festivals UK

Potfest Pottery Events & Ceramic Shows UK. Come Along & Meet Potters in Penrith, Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria & Scone Palace Scotland

  Monks Cave by Daniel Boyle - photo Christine Cox

 ”Monks Cave’ by Daniel Boyle


Potfest - English pottery fair

Potfest in the Park



‘They came from the East, bearing gifts’  by Ralph Jandrell

Photos Christine Cox



Rodin Museum


The musée Rodin | Rodin Museum

A monographic museum, the Musée Rodin contains the largest collection of the sculptor’s works at two sites, in Paris, at the Hôtel Biron, and in Meudon, site of his former home, atelier, and reserve collection. Created in 1916, thanks to Auguste Rodin’s donation of his works and his collections to the French State, it opened in 1919.


Camille Claudel



Burghers of Calais – Auguste Rodin

 Musée Rodin

Potters Market Seillans, France

August 15, 2016



Marché Potier de Seillans

Marché Potier de Seillans, Var – 40 potiers céramistes vous proposent leurs créations lors du marché potier du 15 août


Potters Market Seillans - Outdoor French pottery market

Seillans pottery market



The Madrid Art and Ceramics Fair

From 19/11/2016 to 27/11/2016. From 12:00 to 21:00.


Feriarte, Feria de Arte y Antiguedades – Feriarte Colecciona

Arte y restauracion, feria de antigüedades y coleccionismo Feriarte. Este evento supone el centro del mercado de las artes antiguas, decorativas y la pintura – Feriarte Colecciona


Madrid Art and Ceramics Fair


African-masks at Madrid art and antiques fair



Art Deco cities


10 Great Art Deco Cities You Might Not Know About

The coastal town of Napier, New Zealand, is in the throes of its annual Tremains Art Deco Weekend, “celebrating the hope and optimism of the ’20s and ’30s.” The Art Deco design style ushered in a modern era of experimentation-all sharp angles and geometric precision, ornate embellishments and golden accents-that left many beautiful landmarks around the world, most notably in cities like New York, Chicago, and Miami.


Napier Art Deco




Keramisto 2016!  Netherlands

17 and 18 September


Internationale keramiekmanifestatie Keramisto 2016!

Keramisto biedt al meer dan 25 jaar een schitterend aanbod aan keramiek in al zijn verschijningsvormen. Kortom, een manifestatie met internationale allure!




London free art


Free art in London

Looking at great art needn’t cost the same as buying great art. With a shed-load of free art exhibitions in London, wandering through sculptures, being blinded by neon or admiring some of the best photography in London needn’t cost a penny. Here’s our pick of the best free art exhibitions this week and beyond.


Photograph by Richard Avedon



European Art Nouveau

10 of the best European cities for art nouveau

Art nouveau was the curvilinear, nature-inspired style that dominated everything from jewellery to architecture at the start of the 20th century. As it spread throughout Europe and across the Atlantic it followed two main strands: the curvy, whiplash decoration that flowed out of Paris-Brussels and the more linear, geometric style seen in Vienna and Glasgow.

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Art Nouveau Museum, Riga







Art Basel Modern and contemporary art, Miami

December 1 – 4, 2016

Art Basel in America at Miami Beach | Miami Beach | Art Basel

Art Basel in America at Miami Beach ranks as the premier art show of the Americas offering a premier platform for renowned artists and galleries.

Art-Basel-in-Miami-Beach_-2015_-Survey_-Bergamin-_-Gomide - Abstract painting by Roberto-Burle-Marx

Guaratiba – Roberto Burle Marx, 1989



Paris by the beach


10 of the best ways to enjoy Paris … on a budget

Every summer the city creates “fake” beaches with huge plots of sand around the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. Dubbed “Paris Plages”, this year it begins on 20 July and is open every day, free of charge, from 9am to midnight.

Musée-Carnavalet Musée Carnavalet. Photograph- R Ian Lloyd-Masterfile-Corbis

Musée Carnavalet. Photograph- R Ian Lloyd





Museums and galleries of Paris


Paris’s best museums and art galleries

Centre Georges Pompidou The Pompidou was groundbreaking when it opened in 1977, both for Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’s colourful, hi-tech architecture and its multidisciplinary approach and I still find it one of the city’s most exciting buildings.


Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris



Budget Venice


Venice on a budget: the best cheap hotels and restaurants

is expensive, there’s no getting away from that. However, there are ways to avoid becoming the latest victim of some of its dearest establishments – like the poor British family that this week felt compelled to write to the mayor after being charged €526 (£463) for lunch near St Mark’s Square.


Gothic relief in Venice, sculpted around 1430, showing Madonna and Child sided by Mark the Evangelist and John the Baptist,  Campo San Zaccaria

Photo by Giovanni Dall’Orto – Wikimedia Commons


Paris Louvre


The Louvre’s collection covers Western art from the medieval period to 1848, formative works from the civilisations of the ancient world, and works of Islamic art. See the collections with the link.

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Nymph and Triton surrounded by two geniuses – Jean Goujon

Curatorial Departments | Louvre Museum | Paris

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If you want to avoid the queues then try using the entrance at the Porte des Lions just east of the Pont Royal; at number 99 the Rue du Rivoli; at the Arc du Carousel or directly from the Metro station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (platform on line 1).

You can escape the queues completely by purchasing your ticket in advance at FNAC or other department stores



The world’s coolest museums

It doesn’t look that flash: if anything, it resembles a large black crayon. Not what you would imagine a magic wand to look like. Nonetheless, that is precisely what visitors to Manhattan’s Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are getting when they are issued with a Pen. The Pen is a go-anywhere, do-anything tool for visitors.


Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Lansing, USA


13 art trips

13 Art Trips You Need To Take

One of our favorite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum, whether we see a blockbuster exhibit by an internationally known artist or we stumble upon a little-known institution with an exciting collection.

Forbes-ArtTripsYouNeedToTake-Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Aerial View

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art



10 of the best museums in Europe… that you’ve probably never heard of

A line of yellow penguins and a group of giant, faceless crawling babies marks the site of Museum Kampa, a modern art gallery on Prague’s leafy Kampa Island. The giant babies – by Czech sculptor David Černý – and the surreal penguins,which glow brightly at night, are a popular photo opportunity.


Centrale Montemartini, Rome

Photograph–Massimo Listri, Corbis



25 Top Tourist Attractions in Paris

1571 reviews The Place des Vosges, formerly called Place Royale, was the prototype for all residential squares in Europe. All houses were built using the same design: red brick with steep pitched blue slate roofs. Not only is it shaped like a true square, it is the first city square that was planned by a monarch (Henry IV in the early 17th century).


Argilla Argentona. International Ceramics Fair

1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2016


Ambient_fira_Argentona ceramic fair, Spain




Argentona street market


Free Paris


Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.



Italian cultural holidays


The 10 best Italian art and culture holidays for 2018

These are two of the most under-appreciated art cities in Italy and Martin Randall combines them into a fascinating tour. Down on the coast, Ravenna is home to some of the greatest buildings of late antiquity with among the finest surviving Byzantine mosaics.


San Vitale mosaic, Ravenna



Leaning tower, Pisa


Paris off the beaten track


10 of the best spots for culture in Paris

There are good reasons why the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are respectively the most visited museum and monument in the world. However, we thought we’d go slightly off the beaten tracks and reveal some of Parisians’ favourite cultural hotspots.

Venice highlights


The 20 must-do highlights of Venice

1 SEE THE GRAND CANAL It’s likely the almost four-kilometre Grand Canal, Venice’s monumental palazzo-lined watery main street, will be a prominent feature of your visit. Even when viewed from a crowded vaporetto, or waterbus (see below), the Grand Canal is magnificent, but it’s best experienced by boat late at night when it’s at its most serene and blissfully free of the water traffic that dominates it by day.


Mid Century ceramic vessel – San Polo, Venice




San Giorgio Maggiore Church, Venice

The Baroque church rises on homonymous island; visible from San Marco Square



The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Melbourne

The home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.
General entry is free
Open 10am–5pm




Enfilade and Intrafilament, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square

In August 1968 when the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road was opened, reviews were mixed. From the public perspective, the building, designed by the Melbourne architect Roy Grounds, was an overwhelmingly popular success. From the art and architectural professions, there was hot debate, largely over the way the building looked, and how the art inside it was displayed.


The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

October 27-30


San Francisco Antiques fair-Patrick Mestdagh_TOADS

Patrick Mestdagh



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Yoruba Olumeye (Kneeling Female Offering Bowl)




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 Earthenware pot with four handles,with applied sculptural elements, possibly Igbo people

Nigeria  ca. 1900-24


African art motives


In many parts of Africa there is still a vital interaction that occurs between the people, their pottery and arts, and the spirit world. Originally, all across Africa, their ceremonial art had a purpose – attracting blessings for good harvests, bringing fertility, warding off disease along with natural calamities and evil spirits and lso helping make social decisions and reaching judgments. The finished products were usually subjected to a ritualistic process to raise its presence and power. Their creative instincts are still a force in producing works that reinforce spiritual concepts ranging from the liturgical art of Ethiopia to representations of the Dogon creation myths and countless other deities of worship like goddess icons of Mama Wati. Some of the most spectacular pieces are produced specifically to be presented on their shrines. While changes in religious beliefs and practices has led to the abandonment of some art and pottery forms and traditions, in other places the ritual significance of pots and art objects still endures. These pieces were formerly placed on altars with each vessel having a very specific symbolic meaning and upholding a cohesive framework for their social and spiritual beliefs. With the unveiling of more ancient pots and artifacts through archaeology and deeper interaction in Africa, the social and mystical meanings of individual pieces are being discovered. This has been aided by gleaning knowledge about the women and men who created them and the social, economic, and spiritual contexts from which they were conceived, created, and used.




African Ligbi culture mask



The African sculptural human forms aren’t always proportional and can exaggerate specific bodily characteristics to emphasize or draw attention to a particular aspect. The heads are quite often larger than the body with wide lips and geometrically simplified shapes and abstract figural forms being common. The 15th century Benin statues were graceful with tall and slender proportions and they liked to make bronze figures of their kings ( Onis) which were much more naturalistic in style.

Silvia Forni’s work with potters in several communities in Cameroon led her to the conclusion that from birth to death and beyond, pots are important agents in their social life. Lisa Aronson’s research into Vodun arts in Ghana revealed that the methods employed for building their everyday and ritual (Vodun) pots, can be understood as a visualization of the spiritual world, especially when seen in concert with the iconographic embellishment of the vessels. The Shona artists of Zimbabwe believe their art comes from deep within and that they are connected to a Pan African cosmology. Other African artists usually share a similar trait, their works reflecting a freedom and spontaneity typical of artistry rich in spirit.
Increased access to modern conveniences and utilitarian products have changed the demand for pottery in some African locations while other places are still thriving. Nigeria and west-central Cameroon are still pottery-rich areas while the modern Yoruba are prolific potters with origins that reach back to exquisite vessels and sculptures from their ancient past. They are still producing a diverse array of vessels that includes water containers, storage pots, ritual vessels and decorative arts. It is not uncommon to witness pottery and art objects being created with the exact techniques that have been employed for centuries. ( see here ).

Michael Cardew gave an excellent account of an African artist at work with his impressions of Lady Kwali manipulating clay:

“To watch Ladi Kwali building her pots by hand is an enlightening experience, quite as stimulating as one’s first sight of a good thrower at work. You realize with surprise that it is not necessary to have a potter’s wheel in order to achieve pots which have the appearance of perfect symmetry. One also experiences … the exhilaration of watching a craftsman who seems to be doing the impossible and to be always on the brink of disaster, yet is entirely unafraid, and entirely confident with the confidence that comes from a lifetime of devotion to the craft. Crowning all this, her personal charm radiates all her art and everything she does and seems to be the epitome of the deep-seated culture of Africa.”



Bronze weight from Baule region for gold

A bronze figural weight used for weighing gold dust used as a currency in the Baule region





‘Dan Tribe’, Ivory Coast,  National Geographic, July 1982,  Michael and Aubine Kirtley






Baule Mblo mask from Cote D’Ivoire, Africa

Ethiopian Omo Valley face art





African Mask from the Dan people of Ivory Coast or Liberia

Wood, fiber, metal ca. prior to 1976




Water Vessel from Chad, Africa

20th century




‘Old Time Friend’ –  Simon Muriithi

Kenya Arts Diary





Carved wood ancestral sculpture

Tikar, Cameroon






Djenne equestrian figure, Mali

c. 13th-16th century (terracotta)





An African Mask from the Tikar tribe of Cameroon-17inches-high




African-mask-woman holding a child- photo by David Paul Carr

“Baba Ichanga” wearing traditional gelede mask and holding a baby Sanga village, Ketou, Benin

photo © David Paul Carr




Anthropomorphic jar Mangbetu-vessel-in-the-form-of-a-woman---Democratic-Republic-of-the-Congo-19th-20th-century - Met, NY

Mangbetu anthropomorphic jar / vessel in the form of a woman—Democratic Republic of  Congo-19th-20th century – Met, NY




Vessel-for-storing-grain-Bamileke - Cameroon

Tri legged grain storage ceramic pot – Bamileke, Cameroon






Baluba round Mask




Wooden anthropomorphic cup from the Kuba people of DR Congo, Africa





A ceramic vessel from the Mambila peoples – Nigeria, Cameroon



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African Baule Moon Mask—Ivory Coast




Ishmael-Chitiyo Reflection 39cmh

Shona abstract sculpture – ‘Reflection’ by Ishmael Chitiyo, Zinbabwe

Height – 39cm





Bottle – Ngbandi Congo

Early mid-20th-century





Tikar-mask in black wood and brass





Cavalier-Bini-Edo---Bronze-du-Bénin a man riding his horse

Cavalier Bini Edo





Chokwe Chief holding a sanza, a musical instrument of the ideophone family, with metal keys and gourd resonator.

20th century

photo: Werner Foreman





Teme Bundu coming of age ritual mask

Serre Leone





Charles Searles





Carved ebony female bust

Besmo, Kenya




Fang-Mask,-Gabon Africa - tall elegant mask

Fang mask – Gabon





African female head with crown – copper alloy





Helmet Mask (Nyachi) from the Kuba people (Kete group) from the Sankuru River region of the DR Congo Wood, pigment, copper alloy

ca. 19th – 20th century – Met, NY





John (Silver) Mbugua





Tunnel vision – Ivory Coast, Africa





Janus mask from the Markha people of Mali




African abstract painting by Kamal-Shah,-born-in-Nairobi

Kamal Shah

Nairobi, Kenya





Porcelainous stoneware vessel – Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla






Ladi Kwali – large Water Pot

circa 1960  — Height 40.6cm-16 inches




Zulu-earthenware pot with geometric motifs

Zulu earthenware pot






Malangatana Valente Ngwenya was a Mozambican painter






Mask of the ‘mblo’ group from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast





Mohammed-Ahmed-Abdalla-1935 Sudan

Sudanese potter – Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla


Smithsonian National Museum of African Art




Moses Muigai





Old Kuba mask

Artenegro Gallery



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NEJA2047 ( Paul Lewin)




Peter-Gwisa Shona sculpture

Zimbabwean sculptor – Peter Gwisa




Oshun painting

Oshun deity of Ifá and Yoruba




Double ceremonial cup – Penne, Africa





‘Lovers’ – Joe Joseph

Zimbabwe shona





Songye two headed wooden figure sculpture

Congo Republic





‘Angel Of Joy’ – Tabitha Wathuku, Kenya

Kenya Arts Diary 2011




Ethiopie Jump Vrouwen_Omo-Valley

Costume preparation – Omo Valley, Ethiopia



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 Carbonised and burnished coil built terracotta pot – Magdalena Odundo






Geometrical decorated sgraffito vessel – Nupe people, Africa





Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla

Early in his career Abdalla drew from his knowledge of ancient Sudanese practices as well as his training in England to design utilitarian pots with delicate glazes. His later forms, with which this example belongs, are the result of bold experiments with new slips and surface treatments. This porcelaneous stoneware form was coiled, smoothed and coated with a series of glazes when it was leather hard. After the glazes dried, the pot was fired in an electric kiln. To produce the reptilian surface it was then dipped in a magnesium slip and fired again.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art




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Ibis? bird sculpture – Calao Senoufo




The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collection - Birmingham Museum of Art

African ceramic pot from the Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collection

Birmingham Museum of Art





Yaure Ivory Coast mask




The End of eating Everything : animated video by Wangechi Mutu

Image from The End of eating Everything : animated video by Wangechi Mutu – 2013





Yoruba covered bowl





Anang artist, Nigeria—Mama Wati figurine

Mami Wata (Mother Water), is a water spirit recognized by peoples throughout Africa and the African diaspora, reflected in masks and figures that bear her likeness.

Photograph by Franko Khoury




Magdalene Odundo ceramic vessel, Kenya





Abstract relief facade, Zaria, Northern Nigeria.

© Bruno Barbey




Recycled eyeware sculpture by Cyrus Kabiru

Kenya Arts Diary 2014




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