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Berlin ceramic creativities by 3


Berlin has a reputation for contrasts, both culturally and politically, and the Cold War wall that divided the city exemplified this. The 1920‘s was an era in Berlin that saw a lot of writers and artists drawn to the city for its freer culture, bohemian activities and it being one of the centres of German Expressionism, which was displayed in painting, cinema, architecture, dance and sculpture.
Three contrasting ceramic artists with a background in Berlin are considered in this article; Elvira Bach and Hinrich Kroeger, who create unique, fanciful, edgy art and ceramics that encapsulates shades of Berlin’s risque past and Andreas Rauch, who has pottery of elegant design and simplicity.


Elvira Bach


Elvira Bach was a member of the 70‘s ‘Junge Wilde’ art movement, prominent for their expressive paintings in bright, intense colors with quick, broad brushstrokes and their desire to establish an innovative figurative, emotional and subjective form of art. Her postmodernist art features bold, colourful images that leans towards being a diaristic self portraiture. Bach expresses subjective themes in vigorous, even aggressive pictorial images, expressed in a sensually bright palette and clearly defined angular forms. Her self representational pieces also feature re-occurring symbolism such as serpents, strawberries and even pottery. She interweaves a melange of her everyday persona from the artist to the domestic and the erotic into her imagery, blurring art, subject and object. Her confrontational works hark back to the era of Berlin’s provocative cabaret scene where freedom of expression was prolific.



Elvira-Bach-glass-figurative sculpture

Elvira Bach glass sculpture





Elvira Bach in studio



Reclining woman sculpture - Berliner---2008 by Elvira Bach

Reclining female sculpture – ‘Berliner’ – Elvira Bach






Elvira-Bach charger with 5 female heads motif

Elvira Bach charger




Elvira-Bach-wooden female bust with a strawberry and heart headpiece

Elvira Bach wood bust sculpture



Elvira-Bach- glass head with large strawberry

Elvira Bach – glass female head




Elvira-Bach-female-figural-sculpture - dark skin woman with turquoise face holding a turquoise snake

Female and serpent sculpture from the ‘Other Eve’ series – Elvira Bach




Elvira-Bach-plate with blue flowers and crimson face motif

Elvira charger



elvira-bach-rosen-rot sculpture in gold with red roses

Elvira Bach



Elvira-Bach-teapot with nude lady and serpent motif

Elvira Bach teapot





‘Radish Red’ – Elvira Bach

‘The Other Eve’ series





‘Floral Dreams’ – Elvira Bach

Giclee on heavy, handmade cotton paper




Berlin artist Elvira Bach_die-andere-eva_2001 Large female figure sculptures

Elvira Bach and her sculptures




Elvira-Bach-face-self portrait vase

Elvira Bach



Green glass bust -Elvira-Bach

Elvira Bach




Keramik skulptur-Elvira Bach female sculpture bust

Elvira Bach




‘China Girl’ – Elvira Bach



kuechen diva_de_luxe---Elvira-Bach

‘Kitchen Diva DeLuxe’ – Elvira Bach




Yellow vase with standing female motif by Elvira Bach

Elvira Bach vase




Teapot-2002 Crawling female with a teapot on her back - Elvira Bach

‘Teapot’ – Elvira Bach



THREE-VASES---2001 - painting by Elvira Bach

‘Three Vases’ – Elvira Bach



Black and white horizontally striped vase with yellow face portrait motifs by Elvira Bach

Striped baluster vase – Elvira Bach





Andreas Rauch


The potters wheel for Andeas is continually a source of stimulus that demands and provides both mental and physical balance. He believes the creative process of clay is a challenge of earthly gravity and the consideration of abstract and linear constructs in space, on both the outside and the inside of a vessel. He began his occupational training to become a ceramist in Berlin in 1985, which was followed by freelance work in artisanal pottery factories and artistic workshops for ceramics and sculpture. In 1991 he commenced working as an art teacher in a youth school project in Berlin which wa followed by a study tour in the USA in 1992.  He opened his own workshop in Berlin in 1993, which included regular artistic collaborations with painters, sculptors and artist projects. From 1997 he became the artistic and technical director of the ceramics workshop of the Professional Association of Visual Artists, Berlin. Since 2007 he has resided in Munich where he continues to produce ceramic art.



Andreas-Rauch - carved and incised vase with glazed top and terracotta base

Andreas Rauch




andreas-rauch-baluster vessel with abstract strokes decor

Andreas Rauch




andreas-rauch-large jar with horizontally incised stripes

Andreas Rauch striped pottery vessel



andreas-rauch-orange and dark grey vessel with holes

Andreas Rauch contemporary vessel



andreas-rauch-contemporary floor bottle vessel

Large ceramic floor vessel – Andreas Rauch




andreas-rauch-textured ceramic planter

Large ceramic planter – Andreas Rauch




andreas-rauch-Large outdoor planter with textured surface

Andreas Rauch planter




Andreas Rauch



andreas-rauch-large ceramic shpere sculpture

Ceramic sphere sculpture – Andreas Rauch



andreas-rauch-rectangle panel sculpture

Andrea Rauch outdoor sculpture



andreas-rauch-white slip sculpture

Andreas Rauch ceramic sculpture




andreas-rauch_small bowl

Andreas Rauch bowl




andreas-rauch-36_small bowl with glazed inerior and matt exterior

Blue bowl — Andreas Rauch




andreas-rauch-two black bottles with matt finishes

Two black vases by Andreas Rauch



andreas-rauch-with his pottery

Andreas Rauch




Hinrich Kroeger

Berlin and  NY

Hinrich Kroeger skillfully combines decorative themes of beauty with the eccentric, erotic and enigmatic along with folk art in his ceramic narratives, including playful images of pugs, greyhounds and poodles. His work as a ceramist is a synthesis of visual art and form, where he skillfully and whimsically combines elements of painting with the shapes of pottery.  Hinrich Kröger has been producing and exhibiting his art since 1995, paintings on ceramics, sculptures made from clay, drawings and more, all expressing his vivid imagination infused with originality. Hinrich Kröger opened his showroom on Gipsstrasse, Berlin, back in 1996, long before the area became known as the city’s gallery district


Hinrich-kroeger Pugs with umbrellas vase

 Pugs vessel – Hinrich Kroeger




Hinrich-Kroeger tea bowl

Hinrich Kroeger porcelain tea bowl



tugboat nautical vase - Hinrich Kroeger

Nautical vase – Hinrich Kroeger



Hinrich-Kroeger--Poodle tea set

Poodle tea set – Hinrich Kroeger



Hinrich-Kroeger-porcelain tea bowl female inner motif

Hinrich Kroeger tea bowl





Bird vase Hinrich Kroeger




kroeger-ceramic-art-bird and lace plate

Hinrich Kroeger




Hinrich-Kroeger-love vase

Baluster ‘Love’ vase Hinrich Kroeger





Hinrich Kroeger



hinrich kroeger porcelain vase with greyhounds motif

‘Sighthounds’ Fayence & Gold ,Vase – Hinrich Kroeger

height 67cm


hinrich-kroeger photo portrait

Hinrich Kroeger (left) at his Berlin atelier/shop


hinrich kroeger-hare tea cup

Hare tea bowl – Hinrich Kroeger



Hinrich Kroeger-baluster flamingo vase

Flamingo vase – Hinrich Kroeger






Hinrich Kroeger Atelier/Shop, Berlin




hinrich kroeger-moulin-rouge-tea-service

‘Moulin Rouge Tea Service’ – Hinrich Kroeger





Hinrich Kroeger – baluster vase





Pair of “Golden Pug” vases – Hinrich Kroeger





‘Teeschale’ – Hinrich Kroeger




www.hinrichkroeger vase with bird motifs and branches with leaves

Hinrich Kroeger bird vase



kroeger-ceramic-art-sculpture with gold highlights

Hinrich Kroeger ceramic sculpture


www.hinrichkroeger----the golden pug tea set

The golden pug tea service




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Golden Pug tea cup



Hinrich Kroeger-Berlin ceramics

Hinrich Kroeger

Photograph © Hinrich Kroeger




Hinrich Kroeger



Berlin Art Week 2017 extended hours





Workshop Hinrich Kröger
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday from 14 to 18.30 and Saturday from 2 to 4 pm and by appointment!
Wednesday – Friday 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, subway Weinmeisterstraße, tram M1 M2



Hinrich Kroeger studio/shop window

In his gallery studio “Atelier Hinrich Kröger” at Gipsstraße in Mitte, also known as “Volkskunst Berlin”, the artist shows detailed and imaginative faiences and statuettes by the artist.



More art from Berlin –


kuehn_keramik ceramic octopus sculpture

Large octopus – Kuehn Keramik



 German painter - Ernst-Ludwig-Kirchner--Posttdamer-Platz

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner– ‘Potsdamer Platz’




Jeanne-Mammen-Berlin painting

‘Waiting at the Bridge’ , 1931 by Albert Birkle





German Expressionist set by César Klein, for the movie ‘Genuine – A Tale of a Vampire’





Berlin street art – YAAM  (Youth African Arts Market)






NEXT POST  —  Australian clayarts – wildlife fauna, flora, landscapes


Spiritual motives with ceramic arts



‘Lakshmi open bowl’ by Susan Folwell (Santa-Clara) and Les Namingha (Hopi Tewa Zuni)


Art’s universal language of creativity and spirit.


In India, Tibet, Nepal and other Eastern countries they have rituals to enliven the spirit of a work of art after it has been created. To the Hindus this is known as Abhisheka, also called Abhishekam. This is conducted by Brahmins who pour libations on the image of the deity being worshiped, amidst the chanting of mantras. Usually, offerings such as milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sesame oil, rosewater, sandalwood paste and other perfume oils may be used, along with other offerings such as flowers, depending on the type of ceremony being performed. These rituals are routinely performed in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples. This is believed to create a purified ambience and transform the consciousness projected by the piece. Christianity also performs similar ceremonies with candles, incense and prayer to its saints and deities, to purify the atmosphere and objects of worship. Powerful religious imagery and symbols have been utilized over the ages with the intention of uplifting the atmosphere and spirit.
Artists, through their own intensity towards their objects of creation, can also project a degree of consciousness into their work, which can linger for a long time, sometimes indefinitely. This can also be influenced by the subject matter and the degree of personal emotional involvement. Long periods of concentration on a singular object are known to arouse meditative states that can lead to a blissful consciousness and even rapture. Prolonged devotion, an inspired focus on beauty and even fatigue can trigger a transcendence and elevated creativity.

The reverence of Japanese and Korean artists towards established traditions and their recognition of cosmic factors, such as the interplay between Heaven and Earth, are a factor in the spiritual resonance of their art. Awareness of the alignment between form, perspective, colour and textures to the forces of yin and yang sometimes act as a guide to their creative decisions. A meditative detachment from internal emotions can also introduce an alternate perspective where visual stimuli is interpreted differently and art created in this state tends to have a calming effect.
Some works of art can have a deeply spiritual impact on viewers even though the artist was completely oblivious to this quality during the process of creation. The merging of the metaphysical with the physical in art is unfathomable, where a single stroke or action can act as a catalyst.



‘Ariel 3’ – Ginger Gilmore


Artists draw on a myriad of influences in their creative expression. Innate inspiration can flow from endless sources :- childhood memories, nature, a random encounter with a person on the street, landscapes, spirituality, animals, music, to name a few. It is also possible to draw on an inner inspiration independent of any external stimuli. Artists, by virtue of their sensitivity and refined awareness can connect with their inner spirit and beauty and channel it into their art. Perception can be altered by awareness which can also influence the intensity of projection. The same can be said for belief and conviction.

Artistic instincts can be stifled and repressed by external factors, much to the detriment of a culture and an individual. Conversely they can be stimulated through interaction with other artists and mentors and also by powerful artistic statements from gifted artists filled with freedom of expression. Spiritual concepts and practices can also act as a stimulus towards creativity. Here, a selection of artists is considered from a spiritual perspective, including the diversity of influences that have provided the impetus to drive their creativity.



Joey Chiarello


Joey Chiarello (Mojomaker1)  – “growing up, I have always had a great appreciation of the many forms and capabilities of the entire animal kingdom. I am captivated by the stillness of the instinctual nature of each diverse creature. Through the Zen of simple being I find my answers. I can have a goal in mind however I must be open to the clay too guide me along to achieve my most accurate form of personal expression. When I give in, creatures seem to flow from my fingertips.

Currently I am working with narrative character creation and interaction. I love to see and study many old ancient designs and interpretations. The content includes a wide range of Native, Asian, folklore and spirituality as paintings drawings and tattoos. I use these age-old 2-D designs as inspiration to make 3-D interpretations.”



‘Acceptance’  – Joey Chiarello



The-Dawn-of-compassion-ceramic,-underglaze,-glazes,-boars-hair-and-steel---- Joey Chiarello

‘The Dawn of Compassion’  ceramic squirrel — Joey Chiarello



Eternal Inspiration-tortoise-figurine by Joey Chiarello

‘Eternal Inspiration’  ceramic tortoise sculpture – by Joey Chiarello




‘The Cleaner’ – Joey Chiarello



Joey-Chairello--with large spider

Joey Chiarello with his ‘Simran the Sacred Jumping Spider’ sculpture.



The-sound-of-compassion-Credit-Joey-Chiarello ceramic dragon

‘The sound of compassion’  ceramic dragon – Joey Chiarello



Joey Chiarello ceramic sculpture of a female figure

Raku Geisha sculpture  – Joey Chiarello





‘Live in the Now’  lucky cat sculpture figurine – Joey Chiarello



Good-fortune-Koi 2011 Joey Chiarello

‘Good fortune Koi’ – Joey Chiarello



Anita Feng


Poet, potter and a 30 year practitioner of Zen in the Korean tradition.

‘Creativity is, yes, the person, but as he/she intersects with all the other variables of present moment experience. Meeting at the cross-hairs of lived experience, the voice that emerges from the individual is the potential for creative force. In both of my mediums I rarely start with a topic or idea. I start with music — in poetry this would be the particular music of a word or phrase as it appears in my mind. In clay, it would be the physical music of clay’.

“I am interested in showing the flow of engagement, which may reflect vulnerability and fear, yet finds stillness within that. The only way the absolute can come through is through the subjective.” –Anita Feng


Compassion-in-the-Clouds- Anita Feng

Raku Quan Yin sculpture – ‘Compassion in the Clouds’ – Anita Feng





‘Buddha Seated in Meditation’ —  Anita Feng





‘Buddha Kwan Yin Goddess Statue With Chains’ – Anita Feng





Anita Feng – ‘Standing Buddha Statue in Turquoise Red Copper Raku’





‘Black Woman Buddha’ — Anita Feng

Also see the other veniceclayartists post on Anita Feng here


Anita’s poetry books are: Internal Strategies and Sadie and Mendel


William Morris


Morris gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures from around the world – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has become something all its own: culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world. “Art broadly speaking is that which invites us into contemplation.  Art arrests attention, it is an important service to the soul.”



‘Suspended Artifact’ – William Morris, USA





Morris-William-green rhyton-bull-sculpture

‘Rhyton Bull’ – William Morris



Alex Bernstein



window-15 Alex-Bernstein Glass ovoid blue sculpture

‘Window 15’ – Alex Bernstein

Artist Alex Bernstein presents a refreshing exploration of visual form and storytelling by combining metaphor with the power and sensuality of sculpted glass. His glass sculptures provide the viewer with intimate narrative landscapes, drawn from light, form and color. Alex explores ideas about the passage of time and the processes of creation and transformation.




‘Copper Window’, Cast & cut glass, fused steel – Alex Bernstein

2015, Habitat Galleries



Steel-26 Alex-Bernstein glass sculptural art

Alex Bernstein


Ancient-Consecration-Kat-McIver seated mystic sculpture - white raku clay

‘Ancient Consecration’ Kat McIver

“I experience my art as a radical response and prayer to life. Each piece develops as a deep, evolutionary process, expressing my personal spiritual journey and the emotional vicissitudes of beingness.”




Seed jar with four polished birds and geometric designs against a buff black ground by Andrew Octavio




Jonathan Middlemiss



Beech-path,-dancing-light painting by Jon Middlemiss

‘Beech path, dancing light’  –  Jonathan Middlemiss, UK


“Meditation on the ‘Tree of Life’ of the Western Mystery tradition underpinned my ceramics for most of my career. I spent several years absorbing the influences of other spiritual traditions, particularly Vajrayana Buddhism and shamanism. Painting and drawings in mixed media are a contemplation on these influences ” Jonathan Middlemiss

“I am inspired by experiences of immersion in landscape and the opportunity to go to places where the wild lands speak in a way I understood as a child in the Yorkshire Dales and later on the North Yorkshire Moors. The experience of re-tracing my father’s droving routes to market, listening to the sounds of the wooded ghylls and waterfalls or walking the upland peat bogs and watching the wildlife of these now precious habitats… all become starting points for new paintings. Here I sense the portals to a greater spiritual reality that we have become culturally alienated from and dismiss as irrational, and here are opportunities to remember to appreciate our experience of the world as magical.”



painting titled Pools-of-light by Jon Middlemiss

‘Pools of light’ – Jon Middlemiss



ceramic cup - Rippled-form-blue-and-gold-Jon Middlemiss

 ‘Rippled form blue and gold’ –    Jon Middlemiss



Anne Shulenberger


“Being creative has always been very important to me. I believe that being creative is what connects each of us with the highest power in the universe (God/Goddess/All That Is). When immersed in creating artwork I often feel a deep connection with all sentient beings and a strong conviction that what I am making is of utmost importance to the world. This feeling of being part of something much bigger than my own individual self is what I am always striving for. It gives my creative struggle and my work meaning and makes my life worth living. I hope to communicate this powerful feeling of connection to all who come into contact with what I have created.”


wood-fired-Kwan-Yin-sculptures---Anne-Shulenberger wall panel of Kwan Yin riding a dragon

Kwan Yin riding a dragon wall panel – Anne Shulenberger




Anne-Shulenberger slab built snake goddess vase

Snake Goddess raku vase- Anne Shulenberger





‘Venus’ raku ceramic panel – Anne Shulenberger



Indian deity riding a moose - Durga-In-Montana-Tricia-Cline ceramic sculpture

‘Durga In Montana’ – Tricia Cline




Paige Bradley 



Emerging- Sculpture of the cobra pose - Paige Bradley

Metamorphosis series – ‘Emerging’ – Paige Bradley

‘I want to advocate healing and empowerment for people around the world. I want my art to be a forceful voice to help those who suffer from illness, repression, or exploitation. My sculptures express a depth and variety of the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual that we search for as a human race. Simultaneously, I want to provoke us to feel painful truths we keep bottled up inside. I want us to remember we are all the same. And, it is this understanding that can heal us all.’



Expansion - seated female in full lotus with hand mudras sculpture by Paige Bradley

‘Expansion’ – Paige Bradley

‘From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically ‘un-contained’?




‘Breath’ – Paige Bradley



release-Paige Bradley female sculpture in bronze

‘Release’ – Paige Bradley



Illumination-Paige Bradley sculpture of a kneeling man with his arms outstretched

‘Illumination’ – Paige Bradley


Ilona Jo 



Ceramic-raku-horse by Ilona Jo

Raku Horse – Ilona Jo, Bordeaux




Zen, Dew, Earth – Ilona Jo




‘Happy Easter’ – Ilona Jo



Trio Meditation-monks Ilona-Jo

‘Meditation Trio’ – Ilona Jo

“All are naked raku. I took a lot of pleasure to shape…. they are serene, gentle, cheerful … except the last which resists a bit”




George Lafayette


“I spent a few years in animation and maquette-making, and then became a real estate agent. After further exploration of my artistic desires, I realized that my passion was sculpture.

Inspirations for my sculptures come from my inner feelings about life, rebirth, and spiritual mysticism. They are the reflections and interpretation of my life experiences.”


George-Lafayette-Dream-time female bust

George Lafayette – ‘Dream time’




George-Lafayette-sculpture of mytsical female

George Lafayette sculpture





‘Dream Catcher on a boat’ – George Lafayette


Hanoi-Fine-Arts-Museum Room-for-Meditation reief art

‘Room for Meditation’ – wall art – artist?

Hanoi Fine Arts Museum


Hoshino-Tomoyuki ceramic vessel

Hoshino Tomoyuki

When I work on the wheel I find myself harmonizing with the clay, and it’s then I can feel a sense as if my own genes somehow become synchronized with the clay drawing itself out in spirals; I find it a fascinating process.



Kaku Hayashi




‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi




Kaku-Hayashi Eastern-themes-–-ZERO-and-a-Sacred-waterfall - ceramic sculpture

‘Zero Trajectory’ – Kaku Hayashi


Hayashi’s Zero Trajectory series was inspired by an  encounter with a calligraphy artist. Her creations begin with the idea of ZERO or ‘nothingness’ found in ZEN Buddhism. This Eastern philosophical concept has provided wide-ranging inspiration for Hayashi’s ceramic work. She exploits the malleability of clay to express her ideas through a dynamic series of folds, combined with undulations derived from calligraphy brushwork.




Kaku Hayashi – Kegon


The exhibit, ‘Kegon’, is inspired by the beautiful sacred waterfall in Tochigi prefecture, Kegon no Taki. This masterful work brilliantly evokes in pottery the dramatic cascade of water and its substance as droplets.The Kegon Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in all of Japan and Hayashi lives close to this location. She draws upon the majestic beauty and power of the falls and incorporates those elements-emotions into her works.( see below)




Kegon Falls, Japan



Fujino Sachiko


“I create my pieces through a dialogue with the soft clay . Clay is a moist, flexible medium, whose plasticity suggests new ceramic forms. Conscious of  both the suppleness and the fragility of the clay, I attempt to create forms which possess an inner power of conviction. I would like to approach the clay in such a way that my pieces are expressions of profound thoughts and feelings”.  She enhances the depth of her surfaces by using an airbrush device that sprays slip and occasionally colored glazes.




Collapse/Rebirth – Fujino Sachiko

Interconnection ’15-3

Joan B Mirviss


Interconnection-’15-3;-standing-geometric-connected-sculpture-and-spray-glazed-in-matte-blackish-brown by Fujino Sachiko

‘Rensetsu’ – Fujino Sachiko

Stoneware with matte glaze




Stoneware ‘Bud Casing II’
Fujino Sachiko 2011

 Mary Ann and Stanley Snider Collection
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Jinnai Sakata


Hajomon or the Wave Motif itself expresses the five elements of the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang-wood, fire, earth, metal and water-of which all things, living and nonliving, in heaven and on earth are composed. Since ancient times the Chinese have viewed the world through the prism of the “yin and yang five elements”.




Jinnai Sakata




‘Jormon memory’ – Jinnai Sakata

Vessel of Black exterior with gilt pressed inside (Daihachi)

“What I am attempting is not to imitate the warmth and forcefulness found in Jomon vessels, nor to merely reproduce their shapes. But rather I wish to reconstruct in the present, through the means of my awareness, the spirituality imbued in Jomon pieces – each one a prayer of divine awe and reverence.”





‘Zanskar of Convergence’ – Jinnai Sakata




Sakata-Jinnai.--triangular dish with incised wavy patterns

‘Dish with incised waves’ – Jinnai Sakata





‘Bunhentsubo’ – Jinnai Sakata ikebana




Sakata-Jinnai.----- two double gourd shaped dishes in brown and gold

Jinnai Sakata



Jinnai Sakata - Very-large-deep-glass-dish-foil-paper-'Man-open-Sakurai'-----95cm diameter

Jinnai Sakata – Very large deep glass dish foil paper-‘Man open Sakurai’ series

‘Inhaling deeply, I feel myself become like a cherry tree drawing deep energy from the Earth. When I exhale, I expand ever outward, radiating from the top of my head, or crown chakra, all the way to the Polaris or Pole Star. If we say that each individual is a micro cosmos then isn’t the top of his head his own Pole Star. Thus the Earth is connected to the Pole Star by the vertical flow of energy, which simultaneously flows downward, piercing the Earth’s mantle to its very core. Heaven, Earth and Man all connected. This connecting energy is what I mean by the Eye of Polaris.’  – Jinnai Sakata (this is Iron Shirt Kung Fu philosophy)



Sakata-Jinnai.-Chain-Of-Life bonsai sculpture

‘Chain Of Life’ bonsai sculpture – Sakata Jinnai




Sakata-Jinnai for blue wavy ceramic bowls

Blue dishes – Jinnai Sakata




Jinnai Sakata

Large bowl with a rough textured facade that contrasts with the glittering gold kinpaku (gold foil) inside. width 45cm

Inscribed on the bottom is the statement – “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Ellen Kong


Madames+Day+Off-Ellen-Kong-ceramic art

‘Madams Day Off ‘ – Ellen Kong


Sweet-Fragrance-Of-Summer-Eve-by-Ellen-Kong--Raku-fired ceramic sculpture

‘Sweet Fragrance Of Summer Eve’ by Ellen Kong


“Like the horticulturist, I must devote time to nurture each individual work. Creating with clay is forever new to me. It is challenging, and intriguing. I like to construct cascading ceramic series, in which one work flows into the next. This sculptural stream of consciousness intrigues me as a vehicle to capture ideas and forms. The incessant pursuit of the ever-expanding boundaries of technique and images nourishes me. In my work, wind-borne seeds sown long ago germinate and bloom unexpectedly, defying time and space. In a unique fashion, they emerge and transform into design elements that reflect my own passage”. Ellen Kong




‘Pattern from Inner Image’ – Morihiro Wada




Mid Century Farsta Vase – Wilhelm Cage



Paul Katrich


‘The Sphinx is a symbol shrouded in myth and antiquity; revered in many cultures.’

“I adopted this symbol as a signature to demonstrate respect for the artists of the ancient East, whose pottery is a constant source of wonder. For me, the Sphinx is a guardian of arcane knowledge and many mysteries. By tradition, the vessel held in her paws denotes life and special insight. She has faithfully served Katrich Studios, as a companion and good-luck token.”



March-Sunrise-lustra glaze vessel by Paul Katrich

‘Autumn Sunrise’Paul Katrich



Paul Katrich - Scarlet,-violet,-and-magenta-peer-through-a---combustive-atmosphere-of-eternal-iridescent-night-Dying-Sun

‘Dying Sun’  – Paul Katrich

Scarlet, violet, and magenta peer through a – combustive atmosphere of eternal iridescent night





‘Stars and Clouds’

Lustre glaze vessel – Paul Katrich



Virgil Ortiz


His clay figures and vessels tell a dramatic story that flows seamlessly from past to future.  Resilience, perseverance, honor and history are the themes which he continues to explore.  Ortiz has expanded from simply traditional clay, materials and firing to contemporary clay to tell his story on a larger and more complex scale than ever before. – King Gallery, Scottsdale




‘Translator Time Shift’ Virgil Ortiz

Modernly Ancestral Series

‘The masks and vessels.  The clay. The past. The future.  All are portents to the destruction and victories to come…’



‘Helix’ – Virgil Ortiz


Josh Herman


‘My ceramics studies in the U.S. led me to Midcentury Modernism, while my studies in Japan influenced my affinity for Eastern principles that shows up in my work today. I am deeply guided by Hakomi, which is an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy rooted in Taoism. Hakomi is a discipline of paying attention to what you’re experiencing in any given moment, and this allows me to stay focused on the clay as the form reveals itself.

I am fascinated by the inner and outer landscapes of the creative process. When I start a piece I don’t know where it’s going, I don’t have a preconceived shape or idea in mind. I just allow my senses to engage and feel my way to the final result. The clay has a language, a way of communicating its limitations and strengths, and I tap into that dialectic to bring the form to life.’


Pod---Turquoise-Volcanic-Glaze ceramic vessel by Josh Herman

‘Pod’ – turquoise volcanic glaze




‘Blue Lichen’ Tall Bottle- Josh Herman




‘Round Chalice—Chartreuse’ by Josh Herman




Avital Sheffer 


“I search for clues in the personal and intimate relics that history left behind, in marks of individuality within the collective, in the tension they hold: quintessential and idiosyncratic forms, manuscripts and letters, the Divine that can be hand held.  Working in clay, with its primacy, transformations and its place as a provider of human needs from food receptacles to effigies and Gods, keeps one in a close embrace with this kind of spirituality.”

“I perceive material and spirit as inseparable. Humanity of all persuasions, even the most agnostic, harbours a deep need for ritual and custom, for the embodiment of the spiritual… in objects of meaning and beauty; I am interested in the manifestations of that need and in the conflicts it engenders…my inquiry naturally takes me on the path of the language I love and the stories of my ancestry, yet I am acutely aware of it being the story of humanity. I am inspired by the artisan who sits on the shoulders of humble teachers; who draws on ancient knowledge and traditions; who finds fulfilment in acquiring and refining skills; who takes part in creating complex systems of beauty that resonate with the depth of the human spirit; who touches a place that is beyond time.”




‘Lekitos V’ — Avital Sheffer




Kesher-VI---2015-Avital-Sheffer ceramic vessel

‘Kesher VI’  by Avital Sheffer





‘Chalcos VI’  by Avital Sheffer

photo – David Young



Catherine White

Because pottery itself abstractly expresses—through clay, glaze and shape—nature’s landscape, it can be as spirited as a spring day or as barren as a raw and sullen winter afternoon, barely touched with color. I am aiming for distillations from nature, historically alive and poetically inspired.




Catherine White – Winter 2015



To the attentive eye,

each moment of the year

has its own beauty,

and in the same field,

it beholds,

every hour,

a picture which was never seen before,

and which shall never be seen again.

— Ralph Waldon Emerson ( via




Catherine White ikebana


“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
–Joan Miro



winter-2015-Catherine-White-ceramic dish with mandarine

Catherine White ceramics


Nothing is more abstract than reality. – Giorgio Morandi




Thijs Nel



Thijs Nel, South Africa


Thijs-Nel-folded ceramic-vessel

Folded ceramic sculpture vessel  —  Thijs Nel




Thijs Nel  garden sculpture




‘Mystical Spiral’  —  Thijs Nel

“The circles, squares and spirals always find their way into my work as symbols that suggest wholeness, movement and change. The spiral often becomes a tree of life… a metaphor for the Omnipresence of creation in action.
I have been fascinated by the relationship between the physical material and the metaphysical spiritual conditions of our existence and it became a lifelong quest to find a balance for myself between these phenomena, the Omnipresence of spirit of place… the x- quality that moves us in wonderment about life and the core of our existence.
For as long as I can remember, all forms of creativity and especially painting, sculpting, ceramics and writing… have been for me a means of coming to terms with my immediate environment. I have to find a balance between nature and that which is manmade, including the work of art itself. Something universal and satisfying — something beautiful, should enter into this balance and I dare say that all of these qualities create a dynamic process which should hopefully keep me occupied for the rest of my life.”


see more Thijs Nel here



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Sevres 5th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics


Since its conception, Sevres has supported and encouraged the pursuit of innovation and creativity in the ceramic arts. From the 13th to 29th of May in 2016  the 5th Biennial for Contemporary Ceramics is featuring over 37 artists..

47 Grand Rue, Sevres, France






Thierry-Perraud Sevres 5th Biennial Contemporary ceramics

Thierry Perraud




porcelaines-valerie-hermans Sevres 5th Biennial Contemporary ceramics

Valerie Hermans




Philippe-Buraud---Terres-sigillées---Sevres 5th Biennial Contemporary ceramics

Philippe Buraud—Terres sigillées




Michèle-Levy-Letessier ceramique vase

Michèle Levy Letessie




José-Mariscal crystalline glaze globular vessel

José Mariscal




La-porte-du-soleil_Philippe Buraud

Philippe Buraud




Marie-Mora abstract footed ceramic vessel

Marie Mora



Patrick-Buté crystalline glaze ovoid vase

Patrick Buté



Jean-Paul-Azaïs ceramic vessel

Jean Paul Azaïs




Maria-Koortenar slab built cylinder shaped vessel

Maria Koortenar




Bizen tokkuri bottle-Shibuta Toshi



Galerie-Animaux-Lise-Zambelli a line of pemguins

Penguin conga  – Lise Zambelli



Gaëlle-Jamet - abstract ceramic rectangular sculpture

Gaëlle Jamet



Marie Laure Griffe - dossier_de_presse_art-ceram 2016

Marie Laure Griffe





Delphine Dardare




Delphine Dardare




Corinne-Joachim abstract contemporary sculpture

Corinne Joachim



Bizen-Kaki - contemporary ribbed vessel - Shibuta Toshiaki

Shibuta Toshiaki



Andoche-Praudel abstract porcelain sculpture

Andoche Praudel




Christine-Ladeveze--french ceramique sculpture

Christine Ladeveze



Sevres – City of Ceramics 


In 1738, the Manufacture de Vincennes was founded with the support of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour, to offer competition with the manufactories at Chantilly and Meissen. In 1756, through the influence and patronage of Madame de Pompadour, it moved to Serves where it became the “Royal Porcelain Manufactory.” The factory was under the control of the royal administration and focused on manufacturing luxury porcelain mainly for the royal family, the court, and the aristocracy. Madame de Pompadour encouraged artists of the time, including Francois Boucher and the French Neoclassical sculptor Augustin Pajou to become involved with the artistic direction of the business. In 1755 she commissioned the sculptor Maurice Falconet to do a portrait of her. (see below)



Madame de Pompadour – Etienne Maurice Falconet – 1755


Due to the upheavals of the French Revolution, its financial situation at the beginning of the nineteenth century was dire. As it had lost its status as a royal enterprise, it had also lost most of its clientele, and its funding reflected the perilous state of the French economy. Fortunately it gradually recovered ubder the guidance of Alexandre Brogniart and went on to become a National venture. Towards the end of the nineteenth century historicism lost its grip at Sèvres, and forms inspired by nature and often characterized by asymmetrical styles entered the creative narrative through the upheavals of Art Nouveau.
The Serves Manufactroy produced some of the most exquisitely designed and decorated porcelain ever made including dinner services, ornamental figurines and extravagantly decorated vases embellished with ornate relief designs. A long list of influential ceramicists worked with Serves over the decades to continue its reputation for excellence and ensure its longevity. Louis-Simon Boizot was director between 1774 and 1800; Alexandre Brogniart director between 1800 to 1847; Henri Victor Regnault director beginning in 1854 and Théodore Deck was the director of the manufactory from 1887. Jean Mayodon, Ettore Sottsass, Ernest Chaplet, Clement Massier, Viola Frey, Émile Decoeur and Henri Rapin are also some of the reputable ceramics that have been involved with Serves.
In 2012 it shifted from being a National enterprise to becoming a public organisation, its mission remaining in accordance with its origins of 1740, to produce ceramic works of art using artisanal techniques, including both reproductions of old models and contemporary creations. In addition it produces goods for state needs and commercial sale and being charged with promoting technological and artistic research in ceramics incorporating a wide embrace of diverse decorative styles. Below is a collection exemplifying the breadth and depth of Sevres innovation over many decades.


19th-C-Sevres-candle-holders in turquoise blue with twin figures

Sevres candle holders





Comedia dell’Arte – Jean Debarre




Danseuse à l’écharpe – Agathon Leonard, Sevres

(V&A Museum) 1898




Jordi Guardiola




Manufacture-nationale-de-Sèvres,-R. Sivault et René Crevel

R.Sivault and René Crevel

Height  50cm – 1934




Andre-Plantard-for-Sevres Earthenware-faience-vase-with-glossy-glaze-in-shades-of-blue-and-white,-1931

Geometric decorated earthenware vase  —  Andre Plantard for Sevres





Snake and Egg teapot – Sevres





Jean-Mayodon-charger with man wrestling a python

Jean Mayodon





Sevres-Art-Deco-baluster vase with white nude women on a blue and gold background

Art Deco vase – Sevres





Jean Mayodon





Marcel Prunier figurine for Sevres





Pierre Lardin for Manufacture Nationale de Sevres





Andre Plantard vase for Sevres



cylindrical-vase-with-high-collar-mounted-glazed-porcelain-lamp-depicting-a-boat-scene-in-full-color by Cheriane

Cylindrical vase island scene – Cheriane





Paul Charmagne Jazz Age? porcelain vase – Sevres

Height 43 cm



19th-century-art-nouveau-vase by Sevres

Ornate covered Art Nouveau urn – Sevres

19th Century





Joseph Jordi Guardiola vase – Sevres




Aquatic theme vase – Marcel Prunier for Sevres




Orlandi vase – Sevres




Mintons-'sevres'-lidded vases - turquoise with golden handles

Pair of Minton ‘Sevres’ vases




MP Sevres Bisque Ware and Porcelain Figural Comport Stands

19th Century





Satyr and Pan vase – Paul Charmagne





`Vases Medici’ – pair of gilt bronze mounted Sèvres soft paste porcelain vases




Pinon Heuze design Art Deco gold leaf lidded vase




Andre Marcel and Genevieve Kiefer laces vase



Sevres-and-Ruhlmann-Rare-Bronze-and-Porcelain-Vase,-circa-1931 GALERIE-PLAISANCE

Jacques Émile Ruhlmann designed porcelain Art Deco vase, Sevres

circa 1931

Galerie Plaisance




Andre Plantard porcelain vase





Mid Century Pierre Auguste Gaucher/Sevres vase

Height 37cm – 1966





‘Mayodon 31’ – by Pierre Auguste Gaucher




Sèvres-Faience-Bud Vase

Sèvres-Faience-Bud Vase




Stylized garden motif vase – Adrien Leduc

Height 50cm




Sèvres porcelain, Art Deco figural night light woman wearing an ermine trimmed coat

H -10 2.3 inches – circa 1930




Sevres-Porcelain-Art-Deco-Vase globular vessel

Globular Art Deco vase – Sevres




Peacock-motif-vase-with elephant-handles - Sevres-museum

Baluster vase with peacock motif – Sevres Museum





Elegant pitcher -Sevres





Green Aubert vase with sailing ship motifs







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Japanese Geisha’s tradition in art



         ‘Night Rain’ by Kitagawa Utamaro



(Sarusawa-Pond-in-Nara),-by-Koitsu,-Tsuchiya,-1930's geisha at the link in the snow

‘Sarusawa Pond in Nara’ by Koitsu Tsuchiya



The distinctive facial decoration and hairstyles, refined kimonos made of silks with exquisite colorful designs and the graceful demeanor of the Geisha have presented an entrancing subject for Japanese artists over the centuries.
The tradition of the geisha is still deeply entrenched in Japanese culture. The selection process starts at a young age of around 15 and training is fairly rigorous over several years. Known as a Maiko in the beginning, the young women observe and train after being accepted into an Okiya ( Geisha house) – where they live and are taught the art of Geisha by an Okasan (Japanese for mother).
They are taught the subtleties of Japanese culture including tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, poetry and performing Japanese traditional music and dance. When they turn 20 and are acknowledged to be skillful in art and service, they become Geiko, a full-fledged Geisha. As a hostess they are expected to carry themselves with grace and poise and they only appear in public wearing their traditional make up and elaborate kiminos. During their service as a geisha they have to renounce most modern trappings, live together with other Geishas and mentor a Maiko.
The are also trained in the art of conversation and service for the entertainment of their male customers. The most literal translation of geisha into English would be “performing artist” or “artisan.” The elegant, high-culture world that geisha are a part of is called karyūkai – “the flower and willow world” which is a metaphor for “beauty and strength” Gentle movement, avoiding direct eye contact by looking downwards and walking slowly, were encouraged to support yin/feminine traits. Their adherence to subservience and mystery was regarded by the geisha to be a statement of passive yin femininity, which to them was a display of empowerment, as their centuries old tradition believed that their well being, strength and balance depended on it.



Art Deco Japonaise Veilleuse Brule perfume incense burner by Robj, Paris


Historically, Japanese feminists have seen geisha as exploited women but some modern geisha see themselves as liberated feminists.” We find our own way, without doing family responsibilities. Isn’t that what feminists are?” It is known for geisha girls to sometimes marry their clients but their marriage necessitates retirement, as there are never married geisha.
The submissive appearance of the geisha doesn’t betray the full picture as some of the strongest and most financially successful women in Japan have come from a geisha background, and traditionally this has also been so. Mineko Iwasaki, in a Boston Phoenix interview, claimed “The geisha system was founded, actually, to promote the independence and economic self-sufficiency of women. And that was its stated purpose, and it actually accomplished this quite admirably, in Japanese society where there were very few routes for women to achieve that sort of independence.”
The elevated status, mystique and refinement of the Japanese geisha all served to reinforce her unique yin/feminine qualities and contribute to the preservation of the traditional Japanese aesthetic. The are rightly taught to believe they are a living work of art and an affirmation of Japanese ‘iki’ (artistic chic)




‘Woman playing with a Cat’ – Antique Japanese woodblock print by Utamaro Bijinga.

Circa 1890



Geisha girls performing music

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco





A Geisha with tea ceremony implements




‘Hanaogi of the Ogiya’  – Ukiyo e woodblock print by Keisai Eisen

about 1830’s, Japan




'Fan-Dancer'-designed-by-Alexander-A-Danel for Austin Sculptures

Geisha ‘Fan Dancer’ – Alexander A. Danel design for Austin Sculptures




Geisha-Craig-Schaffer abstract cubist sculpture

‘Geisha’ –  Craig Schaffer, USA




SATSUMA-MINI-GEISHA-VASE with twin handles

Small Satsuma Geisha and Maiko vase




geisha-tokyo photo Robbie Hood

Spirit of Geisha – 1995

I took this photo with a Canon F1 film camera. The Japanese girl was an amatuer model, but a very instinctive and natural muse.





Geisha playing the Koto by Agence Mondial





Hand-painted Satsuma vase, Kyoto ware

Meiji 1900




‘Woman with Umbrella in Snow’ – Attributed to Kitagawa Utamaro I

Japan, 1806




Fin DAC street art on a wall in London

Geisha street art in London by Fin DAC



Vintage photo of a Geisha preparing hair

Vintage image of Geisha in preparation



A-Beauty-in-Snow---by-Koryusai---1770's japanese painting

‘A Beauty in Snow’ — by Koryusai






‘Rōka no geigi (Entertainer standing on a veranda) ‘- Eizan Kikukawa (1787-1867)





One-of-a-Pair-of-Sliding-Doors with geisha dancing painting

Dancing geisha decoration on door






‘Flowers of Edo’ – Young Woman’s Narrative Chanting to the Shamisen by Kitagawa Utamaro

c. 1800




Antique Japanese Satsuma vase



snowy-day-by-Eizan - Japanese painting

‘Snowy day’ by Eizan





Japanese Satsuma female figurine




Over a century old hand coloured geisha photo




 Japanese  Satsuma porcelain decorated pitcher with scroll handle and scenes of 2 women and floral design

19th century


Nakai-Omiya-Hanshiro-Iwai - Utagawa Toyokuni I Japanese art

‘Nakai Omiya Hanshiro Iwai’ – Utagawa Toyokuni I


Waseda University Theatre Museum





 Hand tinted half-stereoview image of Geisha’s by T. Enami of Yokohama.






Geisha-girl-in-red ku-ma-Iwai-half-Shiro---Utagawa-Toyokuni-I

 Ku ma Iwai half Shiro – Utagawa Toyokuni I







‘Yearning at dawn in Yoshiwara’ – Toyohara Kunichika

Edo 1867





‘Evening Snow at Edo River’  woodblock print by Hasui Kawase


Plum leaves on Flickr





Geisha Girl Panel Handpainted Vintage Chocolate or Coffee Pot

bellefleurantiques on Etsy





‘Geisha Memories’ – Mariko






‘Geisha on a morning walk by a river’ – vintage photo

Okinawa Soba – Flickr



Group of Geishas - Satsuma-vase

Japanese porcelain Satsuma vase



 ‘The Pine Tree of Success on the Sumida River’  – Hiroaki Takahashi





‘Snow at Nezu Shrine’ – Koitsu





Japanese-print - 1920-25 'Heron Maiden' - Nakamura Daizaburo

‘Heron Maiden‘ – Nakamura Daizaburo






Mid-Century Geisha girl with iridescent glaze by Hedi Schoop






The spirit of the heron maiden woodblock print by Taniguchi Kokyo (1864-1915), dated 1925

From a Japanese folktale





Japanese porcelain figurine Japanese Geisha Girl Kutani Musician





Japanese Satsuma Vase





Japanese Sumida Gawa earthenware teapot. The finial depicts a seated male figure. Raised crab and sea motif.





Japanese woodblock print postcard –  ‘Butterfly Obi’





Geisha instruction





‘Katsushino of the Aka-Tsutaya’. Ukiyo-e woodblock print,  by artist Kikugawa Eizan

early 1800’s, Japan



Lake Biwa by Koho-Shoda-(Japanese-Woodblock-Prints)

‘Lake Biwa’ – Koho Shoda





Japanese geisha figurine – Miguel Angel Santaeulalia for Lladro, Spain




Kutani--Porcelain-Figure-of-a-Woman-with-Kitten,-circa-1870 - MEMPHIS-ONE-PL

Kutani–porcelain-figure – Woman with Kitten

circa 1870  – Memphis One, 1stDibs



Greetings at the Gate —- Japanese girls in kimono at the entrance to Genkyu en Gardens in Hikone

Okinawa soba, Flickr




Golden Geisha-dancing-with-a-fan.-National-Library-of-France,-Public-Domain

Geisha dancing with a fan

National Library of France




Miss Taiko, Miss Tzumi, Miss Samisen----Three Geisha playing music in Old Meiji- Era-Japan

Miss Taiko, Miss Tzumi, Miss Samisen—-Three Geisha playing music

Meiji Era Japan





Plate, Edo period (1615–1868), 1760 Japan, Hizen Province, Arita kiln Porcelain decorated with the figure of Ononokomachi in blue and brilliant enamels – Met




okinawa-soba----three Geisha girls at the garden gate

Geisha girls at the garden

Okinawa Soba, flickr





Geisha girl reading a scroll – Mosaic Studio




Chinese Porcelain Imari  hand painted vase




Reclining-Geisha figurine by Lladro

‘Reclining Geisha’ – Lladro





Vintage-geisha-photo of an Oiran girl wearing her obi at the front

Japanese Oiran (courtesan) with her Obi tied to the front ( as opposed to the geisha who tie them to their back)





Unusual Kinkozan Satsuma vase with geisha fan motif, earthenware vessel of cylindrical form, with rounded shoulder

Tall Geisha Kinkozan Satsuma vase




Vases-japonais-porcelain satsuma

 Satsuma footed ovoid pair of vases





Jap-Birdimal-vase-by-Weller-Pottery by Frederick Hurten Rhead

 Weller Pottery –  Birdimal Orange Japanese vase with geisha girl motif by Frederick Hurten Rhead






NEXT POST  —  Sevres 5th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics


Russell Akerman – Lancaster potter


Echo-of-Deco-Art-Deco-Inspired-Hand-Thrown-&-Hand-Decorated-bulbous Trees-Vase

Art Deco inspired Tree Vase




Speckled ‘Cobalt Blue’ vase – Russell Akerman


Russell Akerman has a British studio set up in Lancaster, Lancashire, where he creates innovative gloss glazed pottery ranging from elegant contemporary pieces to recreating Art Deco ceramics. The ‘Echo Of Deco’ project commenced in 2004 when Russell combined with his father Malcolm, to design distinctive pieces that faithfully pays homage to the geometric lines, bold colours and original flair of the Deco aesthetic. They are continually expanding a range that reinforces the diversity and timeless grace of Art Deco, including pieces inspired by the vibrant Jazz Age.
He has also started a range of heritage based ceramics in the style of 18th-19th Century Traditional English Country Pottery/Slipware along with holding a special interest in studying classical styles from around the world.
His summation of his Cobalt Blue range exemplifies his considered approach to his art – ‘These vessels were made using a white earthenware clay body hand thrown on the potters wheel and finished in a Cobalt blue crackle glaze, complemented all over by rich dark speckles of Manganese. When designing this glaze I was particularly drawn to the surface movement and the distinctive natural patterns created by the intense heat of the kiln. These dynamic markings are completely unique to each piece and produce many interesting variations to the surface composition. The semi translucent ‘crackle’ nature of this finish is also much enhanced under strong lighting and reveals many more wonderful colours. As with much of my work, I have left visible a few subtle throwing lines and unique markings to show the origins of being made on the potter’s wheel. The intention here was to combine the above elements with the shape and form to create a collection with an overall sense of balance.’
I always look forward to seeing more Art Deco gems being rejuvenated with the refreshing designs of Echo Of Deco along with Russell’s other explorations into broader ceramic creations.



Telephone: 0791 4733852
email: [email protected]





‘Bell Boy’ ornament – Echo of Deco





 Art Deco Inspired ‘Clarinet Player Cotton Club Letter Rack Ornament’ – Echo of Deco





Art Deco Inspired ‘Tamara de Lempicka Ornament’ – Echo of Deco




Echo-of-Deco-Art-Deco-Inspired-Hand-Thrown-&-Hand-Painted-Abstract-Design-baluster-Vase in orange, balck and white

Jazz Age inspired vessel – Echo of Deco





Art Deco inspired tree motif vase – Echo of Deco





Elegant Art Deco twin handled vase – Echo of Deco





Art Deco Inspired ‘Lady Singer Cotton Club Ornament’ – Echo of Deco





‘Manhattan Wall Clock’ – Echo of Deco





‘Owl Wall Clock’ – Echo of Deco




Echo-of-Deco-Art-Deco-Inspired-Scottie-Dog-Ornament-----in white, red and blue

 ‘Scottie Dog Ornament’ – Echo of Deco





Echo of Deco Art Deco Inspired ‘Streamliner Set Of 6 Drinks Coasters’






 ‘Sunburst & Clouds Wall Clock’ – Echo of Deco





 ‘White Star Liner Wall Clock’ – Echo of Deco





Cat Wall Clock’  – Echo of Deco





Art Deco Inspired ‘Tamara de Lempicka Wall Mask’ – Echo of Deco



Echo-of-Deco-Art-Deco-Inspired-Trio-Cotton-Club-Jazz-Band-Set in ed, back and white

 ‘Trio Cotton Club Jazz Band Set’ – Echo of Deco




Handpainted Art Deco style vase – Echo of Deco





Final glaze in electric kiln loaded with ornaments




Russell-Akerman-black-bottles at the beach

Russell Ackerman UK ceramics




Russell-Akerman-mahogany-agate-bottle-Mahogany-Agate-Bottle baluster in red and black

‘Mahogany Agate Bottle’ – Russell Akerman



Russell Akerman plainolivebottles Plain Olive Crackle Bottles

Plain Olive Crackle Bottles – Russell Ackerman




Russell-Akerman-amber speckled bottles-Amber-Sunrise-Speckled-Bottles

‘Amber Sunrise Speckled Bottles’ – Russell-Akerman




russell akerman glazing

Russell in his studio




Russell-Akerman-bottles on wood in turquoise and amber

‘Turquoise Crackle’ and ‘Amber Sunrise’ bottles – Russell Ackerman




Russell-Akerman-many olive speckle bottles

‘Olive speckle bottles’ – Russell Akerman



Russell-Akerman-Mesopatamia 2 bottles-Mesopotamian-Earthenware-Bottles

‘Mesopotamian Earthenware Bottles’  – Russell Ackerman





Sunset silhouette – Russell Ackerman





Ash vase – Russell Ackerman



Russell Ackerman high gloss bottle in tulips

Russell Ackerman bottle


Russell-Akerman-olive speckle lidded tea jar

‘Olive speckle  tea jar’ – Russell Akerman



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