Monthly Archives: November 2016

Diversity of clay designs – South Africa



Yellow ceramic vase – Xhosa artists project


Traditional craft arts continues to thrive in South Africa in the fields of beadwork, pottery, basketry, jewelry and wood carving. There has been a gradual shift in the ‘folk arts’ for several decades where the status of the artists no longer remain anonymous and many have established a name for themselves through gallery promotions and the internet. However there are still a lot of unsigned products turning up in the market place with the importance of building a name going unappreciated.
Black and white artists in South Africa alike have always interacted with the rich visual stimuli of their environment, resulting in a plethora of different interpretations combining traditional patterns and geometries with expressionist, abstract, surreal and conceptual arts into a unique tapestry of styles. Apartheid provoked artistic movements such as “resistance” art and other protest statements that filtered through to the street and poster arts and paintings. The influence of their religious and spiritual worlds also maintained a presence in ceramics, sculpture and paintings and other folk arts. Increasingly, and inevitably, black artists began to give voice to a political sensibility that led to realist depictions of township life and their struggle along with the exploration of other issues like identity and marginality. Artists like Gerard Sekoto reacted to the harsh surroundings with forceful expressionist paintings. Other arts like video, music, performance and installations also became an important means of expression that were used effectively to spread their message globally.


black-and-white-head-bride by Cecil Skotnes woodcut art

‘Bride’ – Cecil Skotnes

The Drakensberg range of mountains, being home to a large collection of ancient cave art, has also has been a source of influence with the local artists, appearing in ceramics, sculpture, painting and textile designs. The channeling of African art by Picasso, Karl Hagenauer and other European artists along with the Africanism movement raised awareness of the African arts and has stimulated demand and activity to this day. South African artists like Cecil Skotnes delivered a cubist influence in his woodcut and panel art and other contemporary artists like Charmaine Haines and Andile Dyalvane also created Picasso inspired ceramics.

Traditional non glazed pottery, with a highly burnished finish is still popular with the ceramic artists in South Africa and exquisite shape and rhythm is a striking feature in the forms of their work. Amazing contemporary designs have also been added to the already rich heritage of art expression in South Africa, to further expand its evolution and reputation of diversity.



Christine Gittins, ZA, Wales



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Narrow neck pot –  Christine Gittins, Wales

Saggar fired in a kiln using a combination of smoke, salt, copper and sawdust to achieve a contemporary looking finish. After the firing she also uses a layer of wax which is burnished to achieve a soft shine finish. In an interview with Cymru Culture she states that the rock art of the San people in Sth Africa, where she was born and raised had an influence on her pottery.





Tall saggar fired vessels by Christine Gittins


Catherine Brennon



Dream Box ‘spring celebration’ by Catherine Brennon

Permanent collection at the Pretoria Art Museum.




‘Dream Box for Serahani’ by Catherine Brennon





‘Heaven & Earth’ Dream Box by Catherine Brennon








Zebra handled coffee cup – Ardmore




 Ardmore Ceramic Art – Feathered Armour SOLD  – Sculptor  Somandla Aaron Ntshalintshali and painter Jabu Nene

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series



ardmore-ceramic leopard tureen

 Ceramic leopard tureen – Ardmore





Carmine Bee-Eater Teapot made by Ardmore bird-lady, Betty Ntshingila, and painted by Wiseman Ndlovu





   Ardmore Ceramic Art  Zambezi Crocodile Queen Vessel – Sculptor Sondelani Ntshalintshali & Painter Zinhle Nene

Great Zambezi Masterpieces series



south-of-the-sahara-ardmore-ceramic dish with pink flower motif and zabra, tiger and leopard relief figures

Ardmore ceramic dish with pink flower motifs and winged zebra, tiger and leopard relief figures





Ceramic box with zebra lid – Ardmore



 Catherina Pagani


Resident in Cape Town since 1981, Catherina Pagani is a practicing ceramist and sculptor who creates stoneware works of a distinct nature.


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South African contemporary sculpture – Catherina Pagani



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Three piece sculpture set – Catherina Pagani




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Wood fired stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani, Cape Town




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Ceramic sculpture – Catherina Pagani



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Three piece stoneware sculpture – Catherina Pagani



Cecilia Robinson


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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson





Two porcelain vessels – Cecelia Robinson



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Black ceramic vase – Cecilia Robinson




Cecil Skotnes



 ‘Puppeteer’ panel – Cecil Skotnes, ZA

Cecil’s early use of the medium of woodcutting soon translated into a focus on the block itself. Instead of cutting the block and then using it as a means to an end – the print – he began to colour and shape the blocks, using them as a surface for paint and dry pigment. He also began to work in mural, using a technique of coloured cement laid into lime plaster which he would then engrave away exposing layers of colour and incised lines.

For Cecil, his lifelong mission has been to nurture talent and encourage creativity, particularly in places where the apartheid government had deliberately excluded this possibility. The effect of this has been a major contribution to the diversity of South African art. He set up the first art school for black African artists in South Africa.

On travelling to Europe, Skotnes was inspired by the rich heritage of the Renaissance, Greek mythology and Greek and Roman architecture and art. Later in Africa he would be nourished by the space, its harshness and its sense of wild mystery.



“Whatever achievements have been registered by black artists are monuments to their natural ability and their desire to create in the face of the most astonishing difficulties.” – Cecil Skotnes

Charmaine Haines



Charmaine Haines Cubist vase

photo  Marie-claire Dubourg





Ceramic wall plaque – Charmaine Haines



charmaine-haines ceramic haed sculpture

Charmaine Haines


See another Veniceclayartists article on  Charmaine Haines here



Potterseed, Capetown




Native ZA flora bowls – Potterseed




potterseed-leaf motif cups and saucers

Leaf design cups & saucers – Potterseed




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Curvy bowl – Pottersee




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Christine Williams




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‘Blue Head’ – Gerard Sekoto





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Three vases – Clementina van der Walt, Cape Town




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 South African ceramist Gerhard van den Heever





Ceramic guinea fowl tea coffee set

Cultures International African Marketplace




South African ceramicist Helen Vaughan





Embroidered ceramic wall art – Hendrik Stroebel




Andile Dyalvane


As a well traveled designer, Andile prides himself as being South African and presents it through his work at every opportunity. Clay gives him the ability to create something beautiful, valuable, and usable with four elements of life: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. 


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Large floor vase – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso Ceramics



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Ceramic cup and plates – Andile Dyalvane, Imiso




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Imiso ceramics ‘Africasso’  coiled vase –  ‘Self Portrait’ by Andile Dyalvane





   ‘Nkwakhwa I’  –Small (Clan Totem Animal), 2016 –  Andile Dyalvane





 Imiso stoneware press moulded ‘Africasso ‘vase ‘Ubuhle bentombi’ ( beauty of a virgin)



andile-dyalvane in his Cape Town studio

Andile Dyalvane in Cape Town studio




Geometric and free form sculpture – Andile Dyalvane





Slimline Soma planters from Indigenus, ZA





Lady Godiva – Tania Babb



Louise Gelderblom


“I make large-scale one-off original sculptural vessels, which retain a strong element of traditional African craft production methods while embracing a modern global urban aesthetic. My working methods are firmly rooted in the vibrant African clay tradition.”


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Louise Gelderblom contemporary pot with classical from





Black and white striped jug – Louise Gelderblom




Abstract motif vase in black and white – Louise Gelderblom



Michelle Legg


I make one off pieces inspired by the strong forms of South African Traditional Ceramics. I am passionate about age old coiling techniques using terracotta clay. I don’t let the technique of production dictate the end result and sometimes use alternative methods of production such as throwing and casting based on the African forms.



Michelle Legg, Sth. Africa



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Michelle Legg, Sth. Africa – long neck globular base sgraffito vase




Monica van den Berg


“Central to my work is humanity, and most notably, the human head, the center of thought, reason, and creativity. My sculptures reflect an intense relationship between myself and the clay with which I am working.”



Monica van den Berg ceramic head sculptures




Monica van den Berg ceramic sculpture



South African Zulu artists:



Nic Sithole




Jabu Nala uphiso




jabu-nala Zulu pottery vessel

Jabu Nala burnished pot



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Jabu Nala




Zanele Nala




clive-sithole ceramic vase with flared rim

Clive Sithole



Cheryl Malone


“The analogies found between the coil-forming process and growth patterns of plants continue to be the most important source of inspiration, with Fibonacci rhythms, phyllotaxis and logarithmic spirals all informing the work.”



South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel





South African ceramist Cheryl Malone, Porcelain vessel




Ruan Hoffman



Ruan Hoffman – ceramic baluster vase with gold foil





Ruan Hoffman asymmetrical vase




Ruan Hoffman blue baluster vase



shelley-maisel carved ceramic cup

Shelley Maisel



South African clay pot –  Tsonga and Pedi people

height 15 inches




Magdalene Odundo, Kenya



Magdalene Odundo black asymmetrical pot




Magdalene Odundo black and tan burnished pot





Magdalene Odundo orange pot with flared rim




magdelene-odundo black and tan African pottery

Magdalene Odundo




Lidded ceramic vessel –  Muya, Ethiopia



African Allure


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Ukhamba African basket Zulu ilala palm

African Allure




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Shona carved stone sculpture hippo





African mask Ashanti

21 inches tall


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Large Tikar coin mask

Height – 11 inches




Large Zulu uphiso pot

African Allure




Carved stone Shona sculpture, Zimbabwe




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Fashion and Clay – Belgium, USA



Belgian Harvey Bouterse ceramic sculpture with internal green glaze

Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse




Multi genre ceramicists


Numerous artists have applied themselves to multi artistic genres, and most have done it successfully. Some ceramicists that pursued several creative mediums include: Gio Ponti, who also made modernist furniture and did architecture and interior design and Christopher Dresser & Russell Wright, who were both innovators in ceramics and homeware designs. Edmond Lachanel made a radical shift from ceramics to stage acting, lacquer Jean Dunand created Art Deco furniture while the painters Picasso and Paul Gauguin also created ceramic art. Isamu Nnoguchi was also a sculptor that was influential in home design and even Constantin Brancusi dabbled in fashion.
Countless fashion designers have drawn inspiration from art and this article focuses on three artists that combine the ceramic arts and fashion – Belgians Wouter Hoste and Harvey Bouterse and Native American, Virgil Ortiz.


Harvey Bouterse and Wouter Hoste


The 23 yo Harvey Bouterse was born in Rotterdam and has South American roots and a partly German mother. He began working as a cutter with the pattern-company Troi Quarts and then branched out to working with fashion designers such as Wim Neels and Veronique Branquinho. He established his first womens collection HrVi in 2005 then added a menswear collection. His background as a dancer and his keen interest in Flemish Mid century ceramics, sculpture and interior design acted as a source of inspiration with his fashion designs. He has also done seasonal collections for Vlisco and womens wear pre-collections for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris. Bouterse now creates his own ceramic sculptures and jewellry to compliment his fashion collections and also collaborates with Wouter Hoste, who is also an avid collecter of Flemsih potteries and a designer for menswear, along with being an innovative ceramicist and graphic print designer.



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Vlisco Hero – designed by Harvey Bouterse



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Jade glaze footed bowl – Harvey Bouterse



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Achiel Pauwels, Belgium, 50’s

Wouter Harvey





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Harvey Bouterse for Vlisco men



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Harvey Bouterse – Vlisco, HrVi





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HrVi Ceramic pendant ‘ Venus ‘ With Silk dress & trench coat.




Ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse


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HrVi Red Winter –  Harvey Bouterse




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Harvey Bouterse ceramic mask pendant





Black Winter 2012 – Harvey Bouterse



‘HrVi’ Winter Collection 2012  – Harvey Bouterse




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Large ceramic bird pendant – Harvey Bouterse




Harvey Bouterse ss13, Prints by Wouter Hoste

Model Delfine Bafort, Photo Zeb Daemen




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HrVi silver ceramic pendant





Eastpak Inspired by the World of Vlisco. Green African print backpack designed by Harvey Bouterse




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 Tri legged black ceramic sculpture – Harvey Bouterse







Ceramic accessories –  Harvey Bouterse





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Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic accessory – Harvey Bouterse





Harvey Bouterse





Pin strip jacket, ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse




Large ceramic pendant – Harvey Bouterse

HrVi for Vlisco , Summer 2014





Spring/ Summer 2014 – Harvey Bouterse



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HrVi for Vilsco – Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic sculpture ”Les Fleurs’ – Harvey Bouterse





‘Les Fleurs’ series – Harvey Bouterse



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Harvey Bouterse – Spring/Summer 2014





Ceramic lamp base surface reflet metallique – Wouter Hoste





Trilobite series vases Black dore glaze – Wouter Hoste




3 ceramic heads – Wouter Hoste

Produced at Perignaem Studios


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Wouter Hoste – Nostromo series





Silver lunar lamp  – Wouter Hoste




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Ceramic pendant with platina lustre finish – Wouter Hoste



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Tall ceramic light – Wouter Hoste






Ceramic head – Wouter Hoste,  Spears sculpture – Harvey Bouterse




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Ceramic vessels  ‘Snowfluff ‘ series – Wouter Hoste





Perignem sculptuur vogel Created by Elisabeth Vandeweghe ca 1970-75




2 green vase by Amphora




A section of a ceramic wall mural by Paul Vermeire





Giant red ceramic drop vase by Amphora




Wouter-Hoste Belgium ceramic artist and collector

Wouter Hoste




Incised vase Mid Century by Amphora




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Mid Century black glaze vases with white interiors – Amphora




Red glaze Amphora vase by Rogier Vandeweghe. Sculpture by Elie van Damme




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Large bottle by Vandeweghe  for Amphora

Mid Century era



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Large Mid Century floor vase – Perignem




Lidded vessel by Rogier Vandeweghe





Perignem vase, Belgium




Perignem striped luster glaze vase decorated by Johan Nyssen around 1965.





Decorative Ceramic Flower Wall Sculpture by Perignem and Paul Vermeire

circa 1965

Vintage Design Point, 1stDibs




Perignem black white vase set designed by Vandeweghe





Perignem cone vase with sgraffito technique on chrome red glaze

Height 73cm



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Tall pastel coloured ovoid floor vessels – Perignem





Chrome red vases – Perignem




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Giant textured black Perignem floor vase designed by Elisabeth Vandeweghe.

Height 77 cm – ca 1969-70





Tiled wall panel – Oswald Tieberghien



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Large Perignem modernist Mid Century vase





Giant Perignem pot by Rhaye Vandeweghe early 60’s

The raw incised decor with use of different ‘doré black glazes





 Orange Perignem Vase 1960-70’s, Belgium



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Red footed drop vase by Amphora, Belgium





Maiyet Pre-Fall ’13 – Inspired by the rich culture of Mongolia and bold work of Constantin Brancusi


Virgil Ortiz


A native artisan from the New Mexico Cochiti pueblo, Virgil Ortiz ceramics art is a bold fusion of traditional designs and black on white decorations merged with contemporary graphics, culminating into an edgy, provocative statement.
Ortiz delves deep into his ancestral roots and New Mexico’s pueblo culture, presenting it with a new modern context covering historical storytelling and esoteric elements. He has been making pottery since 1975, and the sinuous and geometric motifs of the tradtitional pueblo pottery is a recurring feature in his pottery and figurative sculptures.
He has done designs for Donna Karan and expanded his art empire to include home decor, high indigenous fashion, visual imagery and apparel accessories. His designer fashion pieces cover everything from leather wares and jewellry to female gowns and casual wear. His desire to ignite contemporary interest in the background of his Pueblo culture is poignantly expressed.



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Pottery 6  – Virgil Ortiz




‘Blind Archers’ by Virgil Ortiz




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Model Leslie Elkins Marquez for Virgil Ortiz designer wear






Character Jar – Virgil Ortiz





Round ceramic canteen vessel – Virgil Ortiz





‘Contortionista II ‘Series – Virgil Ortiz



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Black leather ‘Crowbag’ – Virgil Ortiz




Ceramic canteen – Virgil Ortiz




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Native American body paint – Michael Spears

Virgil Ortiz , Fall Winter 2013 , Contemporary Native




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Virgil Ortiz Native American ceramics




‘Luminous’ ceramic bust – Virgil Ortiz





Virgil Ortiz in his studio




Virgil Ortiz designer wear and accessories




‘Claywork Revolt’ series – Virgil Ortiz




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Lizica Codreano models a Constanin Brancusi design







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Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics


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‘Hopping’ – Roger Capron




Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron


Capron:  exemplary Mid-Century modernist designer


The Mid Century ceramic art of Roger Capron embodied the vibrant spirit and verve of Vallauris and the Cote d’ Azur. He took over an abandoned pottery studio at the age of 24 in Vallauris, France, where he worked with Robert Picault and then Jean Derval. Capron’s ceramic workshop, known as ‘l`Atelier Callis’, contributed to the renaissance of ceramics in Vallauris and at its peak employed over 120 ceramicists. He eventually expanded his production of vases, pitchers and other functional wares to include coffee tables with hand glazed tiles , lamp bases, wall plaques and other interior decor objects along with sculptural statues for public installations. Roger Capron’s pottery venture thrived and experienced considerable benefit from the post war reconstruction period and the explosion of consumerism that followed.



Athena statue – Roger Capron, Vallauris


In 1948, two years after Capron had arrived, Picasso at the age of 65, turned his prodigious creative talents towards making pottery at the Madoura ceramic atelier with Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris. His reputation and poster designs in the early fifties for the annual exhibitions of the Association des Potiers de Vallauris, helped bring attention to the emerging pottery mecca of Vallauris and drew more visitors and artists to the region while also lifting the profile of the modernist ceramic arts.

Capron’s colourful, vivid and spontanoeus ceramic art clearly displayed a Picasso influence, while maintaining a distinctive Capron visage. He was dedicated to the ethos of the ceramic master René Gabriel, which was to “make beauty accessible to everyone.” Capron was one of the first to apply his knowledge of ceramics in the context of semi-industrial production and his ceramic oeuvre included much artistic research and innovation.
Before moving to Vallauris in 1946, he had studied Applied Arts in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and worked as an art teacher in 1945.
His contribution to the promotion of the appeal and beauty of abstract forms and illustration, expressed through the ceramic medium, is undeniable and it’s extremely pleasing to see his ceramic works getting wide recognition now and becoming eminently collectible.





Whisky decanter – Roger Capron





 Tiled dance floor mural at Byblos in Saint Tropez, 1968 by Roger Capron and Jean Derval.



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Tall white pitcher – Roger Capron




Roger Capron pitcher




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Red baluster vase – Roger Capron





Free form bowl – Roger Capron

Gallerie Riviera, Paris



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Baroness’ – Roger Capron




White quad footed ceramic ovoid dish – Roger Capron



‘Vase Fleur Bleue’ – Roger Capron





Ceramic lamp shade – Roger Capron

Sam Kaufman




Folded rim ceramic pot – Roger Capron



claudia abstract bust by Roer Capron

‘Claudia’  ceramic bust – Roger Capron




‘Rouge Bottle Set’ – Roger Capron





White ceramic jug with orange interior glaze – Roger Capron



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‘Female bird totem’ – Roger Capron





Personnage animal fantastique – Roger Capron



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Large cornet vase – Roger Capron





 ‘Femme au Fauteuil’  folding screen – Roger Capron





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‘Grand Profil Raye’ – Roger Capron



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‘Harlequin’ – Roger Capron



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‘Flat Warriors’ plate – Roger Capron




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‘Horned Wildlife’ – Roger Capron



Coffee table ‘Navette’  – Roger Capron




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Bottle vase – Roger Capron





Large ceramic bird plate – Roger Capron





‘Loiseau in his nest’ – Roger Capron



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Roger Capron sculptures, Biot, France




Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron





Roger Capron plate




zoomorphic seated figure sculpture

Female zoomorphic raku sculpture Roger Capron





Roger Capron






Ceramic horse sculpture – Roger Capron




recling female sculpture by Roger Capron

Roger Capron – reclining female sculpture




Roger Capron ceramic panel




Bowl and vase – Roger Capron





Zoomorphic Rooster – Roger Capron





Mosaic mural – Roger Capron



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Raku female sculpture – Roger Capron





Femme Gravee Philippe – Roger Capron





Kneeling juggler sculpture by Roger Capron





Abstract ceramic bust Roger Capron





Vallauris studio – Roger Capron





Roger Capron





‘Femme au lit’ – Roger Capron





Women wearing gown – Roger Capron





‘Yellow Bird Vase’ – Roger Capron


Galerie Sandy- Toupenet, Paris




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Zoomorphic fish sculpture – Roger Capron





Tripod red vase – Roger Capron



woman-recto-collombe sculpture by Roger Capron

‘Double Dove’ sculpture bust – Roger Capron


Other Vallauris ceramic masters


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Ceramic sculpture – Pablo Picasso





Painted wood ‘Centaur’ sculpture – Picasso




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Ceramic pitcher – Pablo Picasso

Hermatige, Saint Petersburg



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Pol Chombost figural vase



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‘Sylvette’ sculpture bust – Picasso





Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1956




Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1957




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Ceramic mask – Pablo Picasso





Ceramic bottle with square modernist panel – Jean Derval




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‘God of Ceramics’ – Francois Raty

( I always wondered what he looked like)





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Abstract sculptural ceramic bottle – Jean Derval





‘Les Femmes d’Alger’  – Picasso





Picasso’s War & Peace mural in the chapel at Vallauris





‘Pintade’  coupe – Jean Derval

Vallauris, 1961





Gilbert Portanier




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Gilbert Valentin pitcher



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Pitcher – Picasso





Vallauris fish jug

Carvajal Auctions




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Jean River





Twin figure modernist sculptural lamp base by Gilbert Valentin, France






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Contemporary sculptural busts


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René Michel Slodtz (Michel-Ange Slodtz) – Chrysès  – Manufacture de Sèvres

Chryses praying to Apollo

Musée du Louvre


Bustie or Bust 


Greek sculpture reached its peak for quality and quantity around the mid 5th century BC. This was the era when the Athenians were completing the Parthenon, which featured a lot of elaborately carved sculptures as temple decorations and Myron was also completing his famous sculpture, ‘The Discus Thrower’. The essential characteristic of classical Greek art and its sculptures were mostly of a heroic realism. They always attempted to reveal the human body, in movement or repose, exactly as it appeared to the eye. From this time on there were many experienced sculptors available for public and private works. The use of sculpture to adorn a community’s central building went on to become a powerful European tradition – seen particularly in the church sculpture of the Middle Ages.

The classical Greek sculpture had a strong influence on the Roman empire. From the first century AD, the Romans created more stylized busts and depicted their emperors with an emphasis on certain aspects to legitimize their authority or align themselves with revered predecessors. Mythology, military prowess, youth and beauty were still common themes and public officials also began to commission portrait busts of themselves. They went on to become popular with the wealthy classes as a decorative option and for the smaller villas they were a more pragmatic choice due to their compact size.



Terracotta Head, ancient Ife, Nigeria

Photo © Herbert List – Magnum Photos


Up to around one hundred years ago, portrait busts were not at all uncommon. Although sculptors were not represented among artists by anywhere near the same ratio as today, portrait busts were, in fact, the most common stock in trade of any working sculptor. There was less demand for carved marble or cast bronze statues compared to head and shoulder busts and the style was predominantly realist.
During the first half of the twentieth century, realist portrait busts began to decline in popularity as their style was aligned with the classical busts, which had fallen out of favor during the emergence of Art Deco, Futurism and other modernist trends. Also some of the sculptors themselves chose to abandon its demanding exactitude in favour of simpler, much more expressive forms of three-dimensional work in line with what their counterparts were doing in painting and other areas of art.
The most recent developments has seen an interface connected to a 3d printer for creating 3d busts from selfies, which I think  should be called ‘Busties’. A logical development for the Age of Vanity. Most of the contemporary busts presented here are non realist, non portrait creations.


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Christophe Charbonnel




Christophe Betmalle from his Multiples series

Galerie accroTerre


Everything in his work revolves around the larger question: who am I? Who is the other? And it raises the question, endlessly, thus achieving a kind of diary reflecting his various emotions, questions, doubts, evoking love, abandonment, chills, memories. With maturity and experience, the faces are multiplying and widening the surface of paper, revealing the richness of his personality.


monica-van-den-berg photographer-lisa-hnatowicz --- abstract ceramic head bust

Monica van den Berg, ZA

Photographer  Lisa Hnatowicz




Medusa bust by Javier Marin, Mexico




South African Anton Smit sculpture ‘Head With Triangles’




Ceramic Rebirth Sculpture by jonislittledolls on Etsy



ceramic-rob-van-bergen female ceramic bust

Rob Van Bergen



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Dominique Allain Raku sculpture bust





Philippe-Faraut sculpture bust of a girl

Philippe Faraut sculpture bust




ceramic bust of a lady holding a cat by Teresa-Girones

Ceramic bust of a lady holding a cat by Teresa Girones



Gerald-Lilliard bust of a girl in contemplation

Gerald Lilliard




‘Inner Voice’ – Mary Ann prack





‘Moon Figure Door’  –  Kenneth Armitage, 1948





‘Buste de jeune fille’ – Ossip Zadkine

– 1914 –

Zadkine Research Center




Pair of American Hollywood Regency Metallic Finished Plaster Male & Female Busts





Rogier Ruys – ‘Prima Donna’





Youthful figure of Lady Precious Green, Chalchihuitlicue, who was a fertility goddess and consort to Tlaloc, the rain god.Mexico

Werner Foreman Archive



anna-plonka two ceramic female busts

Anna Plonka



amanda-shelsher-bloom-2009 Quirky bust of a female

Amanda Shelsher – ‘Bloom’




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Art Nouveau mantle clock  by Arthur Waagen




art-of-irina-zaytceva face motif vase

Irina Zaytceva face motif vase





Tribal African Female Sculpture by Artist Fred Press

Kent Home Decorative Objects – Chappaqua, NY 10514 – 1stdibs




Melanie Bourget, via Flickr






Bust in brown patina bronze, représenting a queen ‘ Renaissance ‘ by Vincent Désiré Fauré de Broussé

Leda Decors




Marni Gable




charlene-doiron-reinhart ceramic bust

Charlene Doiron Reinhart





China China Bust #81 – Ah Xian





 ‘Queen Califia’ by Susan Shelton

The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia.




Chris Riccardo – ‘b & e’


JF GALLERY, West Palm Beach Fl




debra-fritts ceramic surreal bust

Debra Fritts



E.V. Female bust 1 by Mark Newman female African bust

‘E.V. Female bust 1’ by Mark Newman




Austin Productions-black-pottery-torso

Austin Productions black ceramic torso, NY




Chana-orlova art deco sculpture bust

Art Deco sculpture bust – Chana Orloff

She was born in Russia and lived in Israel




‘Mela’ by Melanie Bourget





Ife Terracotta Head, Nigeria, 12th–15th century

Minneapolis Institute of Arts




‘Mujer Feliz’, 2013 Willy Ramos

Odon Wagner Gallery



elizabeth-ostrander sculpture bust

Elizabeth Ostrander






Mami Gable





Dutch sculptor Fons Bemelman





African Woman – Franz Hagenauer, Vienna

1930s, Patinated Bronze

Fuchs Interiors Berlin





Gene Pearson. Jamaica





Gil Bruvel – ‘Flowing, Unknown’





Grey raku bust – Marika Baumler





Harris Diamant – Head 07

2014 – Slete Gallery




i-become-what-i-love Dreama Kattenbraker sculpture bust mixed media

‘I become what I love’ – Dreama Kattenbraker




igor_mitoraj_ street sculpture of a large head

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj




igor_mitoraj_ street sculpture of a large face

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj




igor_mitoraj_21 twin sculpture busts

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj






Lady with an Ermine by Altaluna




King louis xiv-Bernini sculpture bust

Bust of Louis XIV is a marble portrait by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini




veronique-didier-laurenta raku bust of a woman

Veronique Didier Laurenta





Terracotta memorial head from the Akan people of Ghana

17th – 19th century



mourning-dove-by-peter-harskamp - green bird sitting on a mans head

‘Mourning Dove’ by Peter Harskamp





‘Pronte Tsarina Xaviera’, Museum Geelvinck Amsterdam (photo Roland Bacon)





Gretel Boose



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‘White Soul ‘- Livio Scarpella, Italy





‘Pronte Tsarina Anahita’  bust – Nadjezjda van Ittersum

Open Garden, Estate Castle Heemstede ceramic





‘Twin Spirits’ – Nagomi Mashaya




patti-warashina-9 ceramic bust

‘Slice of Life’ vase head – Patti Warashina

25 inches height





‘Savannah’ – Wayne Salge, Colorado

 29 inches height

Denver Galleries



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‘Influence’ -Sergei Isupov





Philippe Faraut



christy-keeney ceramic bust of a girl with golden hair

Christy Keeney, Ireland





Teotihuacan, Mexico – Mask from an Incense Burner Portraying the Old Deity of Fire




woodrow-nash-tribal African sculpture bust

Woodrow Nash





‘Yemanya, Star of the Sea’. Ceramic figure sculpture. M.A.Bach Art





‘Yrneh’ –  sculpture by Chukes



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Futuristic Utopian fashion innovations



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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward



Imaginable futures for the adorned body


Forward utopian projections usually lean towards the futuristic, combining surreal and adventurous design elements, sometimes outlandish and impractical, other times visionary and prophetic. The recent Stockholm utopian fashion exhibition was no exception, with many aspects of modern design integrated into the couture that were inventive and served to elevate it into the future.

Liljevalchs´Museum exhibition “Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward” focused on imaginable futures for the adorned body and useful developments in fashion in a challenging world. Harnessing a combination of high tech innovation and sensitivity to environmental issues, creativity in fashion was taken beyond a purely aesthetic appeal. Curated by Sofia Hedman, Serge Martynov and Mårten Castenfors, vivid, abstract set designs were used to compliment the boldness and originality of the styles.
Utopian ideals were explored with a merging of creativity and technology over eleven themed galleries including Technology, Sustainability, Craft & form, Change, Craft & colour, Resistance & society, Resistance & beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender identity and Love.
For example Smart Textiles created the first completely recyclable cotton fabric, which can minimize the environmental impact on cotton growing. The BBsuit 0.2 created by ByBorre and Eva de Laat, cleans polluted air through a portable filtering system, while Pauline Van Dongen’s solar panel shirt stores natural energy. Valerie Lamontagnes’ clothes change their properties according to the weather, pointing towards a future with less over specified garments, which would consume fewer natural resources.
The technology section featured garments, made with laser cutting, that had sensors embedded into the fabric, to convert pressure, temperature, speed and movement into signals that mimicked some of the performances of the wearer’s skin.


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Elena Slivnyak for Iimuahii


Other inventive designs were Billie Whitehouse’s and Ben Moir’s Navigate Jacket that come with vibrating mechanisms embedded in the shoulders, allowing wearer’s to find their way without looking at a map. Cutecircuit’s shirts allowed you to send hugs to other wearers of their garments and Ying Gao made clothes that interact with an onlookers gaze or voice. From a recycling perspective, Miguel Mesa Posadas’s clothes were made from recycled car tires, while Qmilks created clothes out of biologically degradable milk fibres.
Recent fashion contributions from Viktor & Rolf’s, Issy Miyake , Dior, and Mcqueen were highlighted. Also on display were Hussein Chalayan’s ground-breaking table skirt and moulded plastic dress and Walter Van Beirendonck’s Stop Racism headdress from Crossed Crocodiles.
While functionality wasn’t exactly the primary focus, this avant garde fashion, like any art or design form, faithfully reproduced and reflected the needs and obsessions of a society, during the times in which they appear.



utopian-fashion Mini Miki' (centre red outfit) by Bea Szenfeld, Resistance and Beauty gallery

‘Mini Miki’ (centre red outfit) by Bea Szenfeld, Resistance and Beauty gallery





Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward




Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm

2015 – Feb 2016




Charlie le Mindu headpiece ‘Kiss Me’

 2011  photo by Vernie Yeung




Utopian Bodies, installation view of Sustainability gallery, with dresses by Issey Miyake, Dai Fujiwara, H&M, Hussein Chalaya and Miguel Mesa Posada

Liljevalchs, Stockholm




H&M "Love" dress, in the exhibition gallery of the same name. Photo by Mattias Lindbäck. Red gown with flashing heart and red lights

H&M “Love” dress, in the exhibition gallery of the same name.

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck



manish-arora designed costumeManish Arora – Utopian Bodies costume





Utopian Bodies, Viktor & Rolf “Hana Bedtime Story”

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck





Viktor & Rolf – ‘Hana Bedtime Stories’

foto -Peter Stigter





Utopian Bodies – Craft Colour Gallery

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck


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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm




The BBsuit 0.2 created by ByBorre and Eva de Laat, cleans polluted air through a portable filtering system




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Utopian Bodies, Resistance & Society gallery




Utopian Bodies, installation shot of Resistance & Beauty gallery

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck.




utopian-fashion looks forward

Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm





Walter Van Beirendonck, Headwear, “Weird” Collection (Autumn/Winter 2005)
Courtesy of Mode Museum Antwerp
Foto: Roland Stoops




Utopian Bodies, installation view of Solidarity gallery. A room entirely in white, with custom-made wigs by Perry Patrasczewski, clothes by Minna Palmqvist, Gudrun Sjoden, Ida Sajasedt and Sandra Backlund.



More utopianesque designs



Model – Edie Campbell, Photographer  – Tim Walker





Israeli fashion designer Noa Raviv has integrated 3D-printed elements into ruffled garments influenced by distorted digital drawings. Grid-like patterns are warped and stretched across parts of the garments to create optical illusions across the body. “I’ve translated those lines into textiles that creates this sort of optical illusion.”




Fabio-Bartelt photo of Luana Teifke

Luana Teifke, photo Fabio Bartelt

Vogue Brazil




‘Eos’ is a creation of stitched and plaited sterling silver wire, copper wire, beads and silk by Claire Prebble





‘Amor’– Molly Bair in Alexander Mcqueen – Fashion Week 2015 by Nick Knight for V Magazine

Inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s blackened sunflower heads, the project explores the parallels between creativity and love.




china-fashion-week-2012 MGPIN Make-up Styling spring / summer 2012 Photo Lintao Zhang Getty image

MGPIN Make-up Styling spring / summer 2012 Photo Lintao Zhang Getty image





Nick Knight photography for Vogue




Dutch designer Iris van Herpen merges 3-D printer technology with high-end fashion skeletal form





Brutalist cage couture –  Gareth Pugh Black Leather Cage Jacket

Photo by Hyuna Shin





Kitty Kouture by Ophelia-Overdose





Korean designer Lie Sang Bong



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‘Medusa’ – photo by Wilfred Dy





Hauteur Space –  Nick Knight

Nick Knight looked to the timeless language of elegance expounded in the works of Erté, Aubrey Beardsley, Lillian Bassman and Irina Ionesco, amongst others, to explore the future-fantastic visions of Spring/Summer 2012 for W magazine.




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‘Into Bloom’ by Hyuna Shin



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Nicolas Jebran couture 2012-2013




Pierre Cardin black and white spiral couture

Triple vortex  – Pierre Cardin





Art Deco geometric design by shotopop  (created in photoshop)





Polish designer Bea Szenfeld  ‘Haute Papier’ collection of handmade organic and futuristic paper garments.

photographer Joel Rhodin




Kate Forbes Warrior collection

photographer – Troyt Coburn



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‘Rain’ costume – Alexandra Kokinova





Manual Diaz futuristic Egyptian Art Deco clear plastic design




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Pagoda samauri inspired costume – Rinaldy A. Yunardi

Jakarta Fashion Week 2016




Shao Yen Chen designed sculptural fluffy white dress with dramatic silhouette




Alla Nazimova in Salomé 1923 directed by Charles Bryant

Alla Nazimova in Salomé 1923 directed by Charles Bryant



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Inspired by naked burlap cockatoo knights – Rinaldy A. Yunardi




Christine Kreiselmaier photography for SteinRohner

Christine Kreiselmaier photography for Steinrohner design




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‘Suprematism II’ by Olga Zavershinskaya





University of Westminster graduate Valeska Jasso Collado was inspired by the color, finish and form of Memphis furniture to create this avant-garde collection of wearable structure





‘The missing moon of Sedna’  photo by Pinch Martin Tremblay

via Behance


skin-marjolein-dallinga-canada red spikey fabric outfit

Designer Marjolein Dallinga

WOW – world of wearable art. NZ





‘The Nativity of Pearl’ – photography Wilfred Dy




valentin-yudashkin - black and white geometric gown

Russian fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin





Venetian crow costume




costumes-carnaval-venise-2016 turquoise ocean theme

Venetian turquoise ocean theme kitsch, 2016




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Venice illuminated light costume, Venice 2016





Gondola inspired masquerade costume, Venice




venice-world-of-costumes - merry-go-round-gown

“The Zoo Of Venice” by Tanja Schulz-Hess, Venice carnival 2012

World Of Costumes





Viktor & Rolf red cube gown inspired by Noguchi





Splash Calendar 2011 by Tejal Patni




Water splash crystallization dress – Iris Van Herpen





Tejal Patni and Kirstan Hermans photography and digital art




xinyuan-xu cactus inspired fashion

Cactus inspired dress – Designer Xinyuan Xu




Givenchy green dress



david-ferreira-2015 twin cocoon ensemble

Designer David Ferreira – 2015




Pine‘Tree Girl’ by Toon Van Stralen (design by Pim van den Akker)




Gareth Pugh, Paris





Christian Dior Haute Couture

photo Patrick Demarchelier



Hussein Chalayan avant garde fashion

Hussein Chalayan avant garde fashion



Lai Kit Ling, Hong Kong Design Institute.




Line & form – Korean Seoul’s Christian Dior Couture Store




central-saint-martins-vingi-wong designer

 Designer Vingi Wong  –  Central Saint Martins





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Katerina – Intro magazine

photo by Sofia Zasheva





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