Monthly Archives: February 2017

Garden fountain sojourn


Street fountain in Provence

Saignon fountain in Provence, Fra

Fountains of fluid beauty   


Gravity and water are a marriage made in heaven, a source of eternal captivation in waterfalls and fountains, providing both a visual and sound ambiance of delight. The calm inducing qualities and natural serenity created by a water feature made fountains an essential decor addition at many great palaces, gardens and villas. The ancient Greeks were the first to use aqueducts and gravity-powered fountains to distribute water. Prior to this, large carved stone basins were employed to collect and act as a distribution point for their precious water along with the digging of deep wells. As the Egyptians had to draw their water up from the Nile river, they didn’t build any gravity fed fountains. Until the late 19th century when mechanical pumps were introduced, most fountains needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air.


Tritons and a dragon (emblem of Pope Gregory XIII. Boncompagni) Spruce fountain, Rome

HEN-Mainz Flickr

Pliny the Younger wrote about a banquet room in a Roman villa where a fountain began to jet water when visitors sat on a marble seat. Of course the display was more spectacular after the banquet had finished. Ancient Rome was a city of fountains and around 100 AD, it had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins. Roman engineers built aqueducts and fountains throughout the Roman Empire and there are still surviving examples of this. By the middle of the Renaissance, fountains had evolved to become a form of theater, with cascades and jets of water coming from marble statues on a grand scale. Unfortunately, after the aqueducts fell into ruin, some of the fountains ceased to function. It is always sad to see a dry fountain being a shadow of its former self. Still, many did survive by virtue of the accompanying statue decorations and the durable carved stone and marble that they were constructed from.
The graceful, shape shifting fluidity of water is wonderfully symbiotic with stone fountain statues and highlights the texture and lines of the form. It’s an added bonus that it has its own dynamic sculptural qualities. I’ve add an image below of the of the Fontaine des Innocents, the oldest fountain in Paris, created in 1547.



Fontaine-des-Mers,-Place-de-la-Concorde fountain in Paris with strong water jets

‘Fontaine des Mers’,– Place de la Concorde, Paris



Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain - water running from a classical head sculpture

Hestercombe Gardens Arch Fountain, Somerset , England; photo Doyle Herman




Fontaine-des-Innocents-Paris fountain

‘Fontaine des Innocents’ – 1547

Architect Pierre Lescot and sculptor Jean Goujon



Fountain,-Paris-France,-by-Jim-Rappaport with nude female water bearers

‘Fountain’,by Jim Rappaport

Paris France


street Fountain-of-Neptune in Italy

‘The Fountain of Neptune’ (Italian Fontana di Nettuno)

Eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna



‘Juturna, Roman Water Goddess’ of Fountains, Wells and Springs

Design Toscana



Garden Fish-fountain-at-Tybee-Island

Tybee Island fish sculpture fountain



Two Cherubs and a lion head wall fountain

Winged lion and cherubs fountain, France

Voyage Visuel


Stone carved angel fountain Sicily

Angel fountain as S. Giuseppe dei Teatini Church , Palermo, Sicily.



San Paolo street fountain

San Paolo, Roma – LZ – Italia.

Photo William McClung




Figurative sculpture fountain. Regents Park, London.



Emile Bourdelle -‘Penelope’ (left)




mexican talavera jug an bowl in iron frame fountain

Mexican talavera ceramic jug and bowl fountain



Arles-Green Fountainhead,-France

Arles turquoise green fountainhead, France



The-Tiki-Pool-sculpture head in-Duinrell

The Tiki Pool, Duinrell

Wassenaar, The Netherlands




Santa-Cruz-fountain - kneeling female figure sculpture

Kneeling female figure sculpture fountain, Santa Cruz



Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos, ca. 480 BC. From South Italy.

Polyxena at the fountain, watched out by Achilles (right). Attic white-ground lekythos,

ca. 480 BC Southern Italy

Louvre Museum




‘Fontana del Tritone’ – 17th-century fountain in Rome, by the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.



Aix-en-Provence courtyard fountain

Aix en Provence

Photo by cb de damiette, Flickr




Indoor koi pond and waterfall



"Fountain of the Four Rivers" is a fountain by BERNINI in Rome

The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi  (“Fountain of the Four Rivers”) – Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Rome, Photo Pat Kofahl, 500px



Bethesda-Fountain with an angel sculpture on its top, NY

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NY



Blue-amphoras-vase located-at-Stadtpark

Blue amphora vase – Stadtpark, Vienna



Bartholdi Park fountain Washington DC

Bartholdi Park, Washington DC




Cobalt blue glaze birdbath



Cherub sculpture courtyard fountain

Courtyard fountain with cherub sculpture, Provence



A fountain by Utah artist Gary Prince

Harrison garden, Attica, Indiana



Gold Danaida_fountain_of_Peterhof---Yair-Haklai

Gold Danaida fountain of Peterhof

Photo Yair Haklai



terracotta angel statue

Terracotta English Tudor garden angel



‘Fontana del Pantheon’ fountain in front of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Inge Johnsson / Alamy



Garden of St. Eloi island whale sculpture

Fountain Blue Whale , 1982

Garden of St. Eloi island, Paris 12th district



Fontaine léanaise

Photo by Zagreusfm on Flickr



Fontaine Saint Michele Photo by Michele Campus

Fontaine Saint Michele

Photo by Michele Campus




Fountain Saint Michel

Tamar Marie on Flickr



Fountain.-Newport-RI---David Fuller Photo

Fountain Rhode Island—David Fuller



Art Deco fountain - Francois Sicard - 1932

Art Deco fountain – Francois Sicard – 1932

photo Jamie Williams

The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park North, Sydney




Friendship-of-Nations-fountain - Moscow

Friendship of Nations fountain, Moscow



Galatea-Fountain-(gilded-bronze) Goddess statue with flowing wavy hair

Galatea Fountain (gilded-bronze), Audrey Flack

South Pasadena, Florida




Ganesha statue fountain – Bali



Art Nouveau fountain

Art Nouveau maiden fountain




Havlystparken-Hvitsten,-Norway garden lake fountain

Havlystparken Hvitsten, Norway-©-Kari Meijers




green dragon fountain, Japan

Dragon fountain, Japan



Large elephant fountain sculpture

Elephant fountain sculpture (waiting for some water)

Home Magazine by STUDIO Gannett – – Issu



A female rufous hummingbird hovers above water droplets from a backyard fountain.

Photo by Alandra Palisser



Japanese garden with waterfall and pagoda

Tranquil Japanese garden, Portland, Oregon



Moroccan tiled geometric pool fountain

Moroccan geometric tiled pool



National-Orchid-Garden fountain

National Orchid Garden fountain, Singapore



Naum Gabo fountain London

Revolving Torsion’  by constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo, London

Photo by Pemberley Oak



turquoise fountain with cascading discs

Contemporary water fountain



” Moses”  by Michelangelo, 1515

church of San Pedro in Víncoli, in Rome



Concorde-Square-Fountain-Paris-merman holding a fish

Concorde Square Fountain, Paris




garden fountain by Kari-Meijers

Garden fountain

Photo by Kari Meijers



La Fontaine Bartholdi ~ sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi in 1889 and erected in the Place des Terreaux in Lyon centre square in 1892.




Jade green heron fountain sculpture

Jade green heron fountain sculpture




Neptune fountain-Congress-Library-Washington

Neptune sculpture fountain – Library of Congress, USA



Stacy-Bass-photo of evening light in a garden

In The Garden – Stacy Bass



McNay-Art-Museum statue

McNay Art Museum




Water Goddess Victoria_Square_-_Birmingham

Floozie in the Jacuzzi – Dhruva Mistry

Victoria Square, Birmingham



Fontaine de Medicis by Auguste Ottin

The Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.



Todji Kurtzman




 ‘Moon Garden’  – Tom Stuart Smith

London’s Connaught hotel — Image MMGI Marianne Majerus



Lotus lily pond




Red rock Uluru-Waterfalls,

Uluru Waterfalls, Central Australia



Versailles fountain statue

Versailles fountain



Versailles gold fountain

Versailles — Bosquet de l’Arc de Triomphe




Atlas fountain Villa-Aldobrandini-

The Atlas Fountain, Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy

“Villas and Gardens” Flickr




Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s Moroccan oasis garden



Fish wall sculpture Lucy Smith

Bronze fish sculpture wall fountain by Lucy Smith







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African tribal pottery styles



Selection of African tribal pottery from differnet tribes, Burkina Faso




Pottery diversity of Africa


The vast African continent contains an extreme diversity of cultures, countries and terrains. This has had a critical influence on the styles and techniques that are employed to create their pottery wares. One of the constants in their traditional pottery production is that they are usually hand crafted without the use of a wheel, utilizing coiling and molding techniques and their methods have been passed down through generations. Terracotta clay is most commonly used, fired in the open, to produce pots of remarkable durability. Their pottery wares embody a refined understanding of material, process, and embellishment that conjures a deceptive simplicity.
Many superstitions and rituals are present in their pottery exploits, where in some tribes, only the woman are allowed to make the pottery, while in others it is only the men. In some cultures there had to be a cleansing ritual before any work on pottery can begin, and in others, a man wasn’t allowed to be with a woman the night before he intended to create pottery, or a menstruating woman wasn’t allowed near the pits.( this is due to it being detrimental to their health at this time). The Bamana perform an initiation for learning pottery skills that only accepts girls that are virgins and also they have to come from a pottery making lineage.


hand crafting a large clay pot - Mali

Mali female potter

Somer tribes divide their pots into masculine and feminine shapes. For example the taller, long necked Bamana pots are classified as masculine while the shorter, fuller pots are feminine. The ritual, ceremonial spirit pots usually feature magical, talismanic symbols and/or attached figures. Clay carving, incision and impression are popular decorative techniques and scarification may also be added to a pot, quite often similar to the markings that identify a particular tribe.


pottery market in Mali

Mali street pottery market


Clay selection


The Ovambo, Kavango and Caprivi tribes in Namibia, use the hardened clay from termite hills, as it contains a glue saliva from the termites. This termite clay makes pots quite strong and helps with the binding of the clay in the formation of the pot. In the rain forest areas of West Africa, where streams and rivers are abundant, clay is usually mined close to existing watercourses and is dug from the banks of streams when the water is low. Enough clay is dug while the pits are accessible to keep the potters supplied throughout the rainy season, when the pits are full of water. In the more arid regions, the best time to dig is after the fall harvest and before the beginning of the dry season. The men and women can recognize where the best quality clay is found by the telltale cracks. The men use axes and hoes to dig, up to two meters down, for the purest deposits of clay. They then fill huge basins with clay which is passed to the women at the surface, who distribute the clay equally among themselves. The clay is spread in the sun to dry and stored in large ceramic vessels until the day before the potter intends to use the clay and it is then soaked overnight.



Ceramonial pot in NIgeria

Baatonu shrine pot, Nigeria

Image from the youtube video African Pottery Forming and Firing




Bamana fabric textured pot - Mali

Bamana fabric textural decorated pot, Segou, Mali



Pottery firing


To avoid the pottery cracking, tempers are used consisting of finely chopped straw, dried animal dung pounded into a powder, or the chaff left when rice or millet is winnowed. Also ground-up dried river mud or, most commonly, shards of old pottery are used, after being reduced to a fine powder by pounding in a wooden mortar. The fine grain grog is then added to the clay mixture to prevent excessive shrinkage during firing
After applying decorations, the pots are left in the sun to dry, or if in a place where it rains often, they are placed in a dry hut or room or near a fire to dry. If it is very wet, they are pre-fired, where individual pots are held for a short time over a fire to remove the moisture. Women of the same household often fire together with twenty-five to thirty-five pieces as average per firing. Bamana potters place their large pots upright on a bed of wood during firing and encircle the smaller pots around the larger. Branches are positioned on top of the pile to separate and secure the vessels. Within about an hour of lighting the fire, the women use long wooden poles fitted with iron hooks called wolosow to hook or maneuver the pots from the fire. The women begin with removing the smaller pots and immediately plunge the pots into a special bath that blackens the surface. The process of pulling the pots from the fire takes around one to two hours of intense activity.


Arranging large Bamana pots for firing - Mali

Mali women arranging large pots for firing


preparing a stack of pottery for firing in Mali

Mali pottery firing



Zande carved earthenware pot from DR Congo Northeast

Zande carved earthenware pot from DR Congo Northeast



Stylized figure decoration - Bamileke, Cameroon

Stylized repetitive figure decoration, Bamileke, Cameroon



Left to right – Jidaga (water jar). Sheminfaga (chicken watering pot). Bamadaga (“crocodile”/medicine pot; raised nodules warn people not to touch it). Nadaga (small sauce pot) – – Jula potter Awa Kouyatè


African potters create their pots differently depending on the origins of their respective traditions and associated dietary and religious customs and while aesthetically pleasing, they serve primarily as utilitarian.

The Somono Potters make the largest and most diverse selection of pottery consisting of common cooking, serving, and storage pots. They also have a large variety of architectural ceramics – rainspouts, window grills, roof vents and toilet shafts. The Soninke, Bamana and Manika Potters make water jars and pitchers, braziers, couscous steamers, and cooking pots and build large, unfired clay granaries (bono). The Jula have more in common with the Senufo when regarding styles and types. They create dolodagaba vessels, which are 4-5 feet tall and used to brew/store millet beer but are used more now for water and grain storage. They have a bowl Bamadaga “crocodile” pot for storing sacred medicines and a Biyèlè sauce bowl along with a Ngomifaga pancake griddle. The Dogon have a limited range of simple pottery.

Some pottery styles are unique to certain regions, for example the singon is found in Soninke, Bamana, Maninka, Somono, and Fula cultures across the north but it is raely seen in Jula and not at all in Senufo or other potteries to the south or east. Another example, would be the bamadaga, which is found in pottery all across the south from Guinea to Benin, but not seen in the pottery from the north.


Daga: generic term for all pottery, cooking pot
Nadaga: sauce pot
Tobidaga: larger than Nadaga, cooking pot
Nègèdaga: iron pot, metal cooking pot
Nyintin (Basidaga): steaming couscous, smoking pungent locust bean paste (sumbala)
Faga: low, wide, footed bowl, unrestricted rim. washbasin
Sèlidaga: prayer pot
Singon: brazier with 3 prongs extending from the inside of the bowl; it supports a cooking pot
Furuno (Furunè): copy of a metal brazier
Jifinye (Finye): largest vessel currently produced, storage container for water
Jidaga: water jars
Dunden: small, restricted water pot with a short flared neck
Garigulèti: rare, complex and unusual, enclosed water pitcher
Wusulanbèlè: used for incense burning



Female Bamana potter in Mali

Female Bamana potter



Baule pot with reptile motifs

Reptile motif pot from Baule, Ivory Coast



African-braided fibre decoration

Creating texture with braided fibre, Africa



Carved gourd water vessel, Kenya



Carved Dogon ceremonial vessel

Ceremonial vessel used by the Dogon people to serve food to a Hogon (priest)




Mother and child sculpture - Yombe peoples, Congo

Yombe peoples mother with child sculpture, Republic of Congo




Ritual pot with symbols from Ewe tribe in Togo

Ritual vessel, Ewe tribe, Togo




Felix-Idubor relief sculpture, Nigeria

Nigerian sculpture relief, Felix Idubor




Terracotta Figural Bottle possibly Zela

 Republic of Congo



Bana people spirit vessel

Ceremonial spirit vessel – Bana People




Anthropomorphic globular vessel – Zande Congo





Gurunsi pottery, Burkina Faso



Mali woman forming a pot




Donkey carrying huge load of pots, Africa

A donkey carrying pottery – Batagarwa, Katsina, Nigeria




Nuna pottery vessel with twin handles

Nuna Peoples pottery vessel, Burkina Faso



Incised decoration pot by Igbo, Nigeria

Igbo pot, Nigeria




Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso

Lobi terracotta storage vessel, Burkina Faso

The rough texture is used to deter children from touching it. Possibly used to store wine or alcoholic beverage.



Makonde pot with geometric decoration, Tanzania

Makonde pot, Tanzania



South African zulu clay pot

Zulu pot



terracotta Djenne style sculpture figure

 Djenne style sculpture figure, Mali



Mali-Segou pottery market

Mali Segou pottery market,

Vicente Méndez, Flickr


Terracotta-and-pigment--20th-century Mambila bottle


Figure bottle, Mambila, Cameroon



Africa Gourd (calabash) container from the Ronga people of Mozambique

First half of the 20th century Gourd, pigment and white glass beads.




‘The innocent anthropologist’ Notes from a Mud Hut – Nigel Barley



Nigerian pottery

Collection of Nigerian pottery



Katiola potters at work outside in their village

Katiola female potters, Ivory Coast



Cameroon storage pots terracotta

Large terracotta storage pots at the street market, Cameroon




Carved clay Storage-Vessel.-Kurumba-people

Legged storage Vessel.- Kurumba people, Africa



República-Democrática-del-Congo wood carving

Wood carving – Woman holding a child with a pot form – Republic of Congo



African lady forming a large pot

Somono potter Niamoye Nientao finishing a Jidaga (water jar)

Photo Adria Laviolette 1983



Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration

Songye Pot with incised geometric decoration



Large water jar – Lady Kwali, Nigeria





Charming elegant pottery by Tutsi

Elegant Tutsi pot with flared neck, Rwanda




Shabby chic terracotta pottery – Okavango Delta



Large pottery firing pit in Mali

Kalabougou firing pit in Mali



Selection of Yoruba pottery

Yoruba pottery selection, Nigeria



Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Conga

Ceremonial pottery bottle, Zande,Congo



Zulu beer pot with wart decoration

Zulu beer pot



A group of granaries-georges courreges, flickr

A group of granaries – georges courreges, flickr




single handle Berber water pot

Berber water jar




African water vessel - The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections

African water jug

The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections




African terracotta pot with incised decoration

Terracotta pot with incised decorations – Igala Peoples, Nigeria



Sources quoted –

Making clay pots – bushcraft Africa

Bamana Pottery






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Danielle Adjoubel lustreware revival




Danielle Adjoubel



six-tulips hand painted plate by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Six Tulips’ – Danielle Adjoubel




persian-paradise-garden-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile wall art

‘Persian Paradise Garden’ – Danielle Adjoubel


Danielle Adjoubel has mastered the intricate skills required for the decoration of stoneware, earthenware and lava in figurative, modern and traditional styles (such as Delft, Moustiers and Vieux Rouen) and more particularly in the oriental style (Ottoman, Iznik and Persian) From her French workshop, full of ceramic samples, Danielle designs and creates a wide range of pieces, including mural tile panels for houses and swimming pools, custom ceramic tiles, large plates, bowls, vases and original tableware. She decorates each ceramic base personally using porcelain painting, under-glazed earthenware, cloisonné, glazing and majolica work.
She integrates contemporary design into the traditional decorations that demands both exquisite skills and dexterity, together with artistic flair, to produce new interpretations of the exotic orientalist arts. She also likes to produce accurate reproductions of famous Iznik pieces. The Iznik ceramic techniques and style evolved over several centuries where the glazing, colours, choice of clays and intricate firing processes underwent refinement and re-creating these achievements can be a challenge.


danielle-adjoubel-twin peacock tile

Doves and Peacocks’ ceramic tile – Danielle Adjoubel



Danielle produces most of her colours individually in her workshop using specific combinations of pigments, which have to be tested to the correct temperature before final application. Pieces are typically fired at 980° and at least three to four times, depending on the final finish required (gold or lustre). Each piece of clay reacts in its own way so the results are unpredictable.
Danielle Adjoubel studied at the acclaimed Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres workshop and The Greta School of Art in Paris, where she mastered the skills required to create stylish ceramic and porcelain pieces. Serves has a deep tradition in Middle Eastern lusters dating back to the research Theodore Deck undertook in the mid 1800‘s when he was a director there. Deck discovered that the brilliant color in Islamic ceramics was due to a base coating of white alkaline slip containing tin oxide. The decoration, done in enamel colors, is covered with a transparent glaze, and produces glowing, translucent effects. Other French ceramicist’s like Eugène-Victor Collinot and his collaborator Adalbert de Beaumont were also fascinated and inspired at this time by the depth, brilliance and luminosity of the Iznik glazes and colors. The arabesque patterns mixed with flattened leaves and floral motifs, combined with romantic gardens and lustrous surfaces were deeply admired.
Danielle’s mixed French and Turkish cultural heritage has stimulated her empathy and interest for the orientalist pottery arts and her ceramic outcomes in this genre are impressive. She believes ceramics is all about humility and patience; humility in the face of the great masters that have preceded you and the patience involved in mastering their techniques.


Danielle Adjoubel Website


porcelain-plaque-with-birds in blue and gold - Danielle Adjoubel

Porcelain plaque with birds – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Fantasy Of Flowers’ – Danielle Adjoubel, traditional iznik floral design with contemporary rim pattern.




‘The Bohemian’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Ceramic ashtray, floral motifs – Danielle Adjoubel




flowers-bottle-danielle-adjoubel - long neck globular bottle

‘Flowers Bottle’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Bathroom traditional Iznik floral wall tile mural   – Danielle Adjoubel




limoges-porcelain-20x25cm-an-indian-view-decorated-with-gold-and-lustres - Ceramic tile by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Indian Ladies’ – limoges porcelain tile, decorated with gold and lustres,  hand painted by Danielle Adjoubel





‘Tulipmania’ Art Deco style bowl by Danielle Adjoubel





‘Heron in Branches’ – Danielle Adjoubel





Rubis Collection Pomegranates – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Hunting In The Fields’ – Danielle Adjoubel





persian-minuture-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile panel

Persian Miniature tile panel – Danielle Adjoubel





little-imari-danielle-adjoubel ceramic square plate

‘Little Amari’ – Danielle Adjoubel




couple-damoureux_lovers by Danielle Adjoubel - ceramic tile wall panel

‘Couple damoureux’ (lovers) by Danielle Adjoubel



peacock-in-duo-danielle-adjoubel ceramic art

Ceramic lustre glaze tile ‘Peacock in Duo’ – Danielle Adjoubel





‘Peacock in Feathers’ – Danielle Adjoubel




peacock-in-foilage-danielle-adjoubel ceramic tile panel

‘Peacock in Foilage’ by Danielle Adjoubel




danielle-adjoubel in her studio

 Danielle Adjoubel painting a tile





 Iznik Plate reproduction covered with rosettes;, saz leaves and a peacock – Danielle Adjoubel




ceramic plate with don-quichotte-chagall-interpretation by Danielle Adjoubel

Ceramic plate with Don Quichotte Chagall interpretation by Danielle Adjoubel



faenza-plate-danielle-adjoubel with byzantine arabesque geometric design

‘Faenza’ plate –  Danielle Adjoubel

Diameter 32 cm





Iznik style tile with naturalistic patterns ‘2 Doves’ – Danielle Adjoubel



aquarium-danielle-adjoubel ceramic plate with red and pink fishes

‘Aquarium’ – Danielle Adjoubel



arabesques-danielle-adjoubel ceramic plate

‘Arabesque’ – Danielle Adjoubel




blue-horseman-danielle-adjoubel - iznik style ceramic tile with man riding a white horse and a phoenix

‘Blue Horseman’ – Danielle Adjoubel




Pair of iznik lamp bases in blue cobalt pattern – Underglazed earthenware biscuit by Danielle Adjoubel



bowl-with-solomon-seal motif by Danielle Adjoubel

‘Bowl with Solomon Seal’ geometric motif – Danielle Adjoubel



Antique majolica and lustreware



Iznik mosque lamp signed by Musli




Persian Qajar ceramic peacock vessel

19th Century




Italian Majolica Plate depicting a woman in profile identified by the inscribed scroll simply as Giustina

Workshop of Giorgio Andreoli, 1529

Photo by Graham S. Haber, The Morgan





Tin enameled earthenware 16th century plate

Aragon, Spain




turquoise Alhambra vase barakat-gallery-store

Turquoise Alhambra vase

Barakat gallery store




‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ – Boris Zworykin




ceramic-tiles-persian-azulejos horseman on white horse

Persian tile – horseman riding white horse




Dish with gryphon Coat of Arms of Bishop Baglioni, Deruta, Italy, ca. 1500




Double shelled ewer, Persian ceramics of the Saljuq period




Fatimid bowl with female scarf dancer —  earthenware painted over glaze with luster

Egypt, 12th century


italian-urbino-style-tin-glazed-majolica-plate rubylane

Italian majolica plate

Ruby Lane



giorgio-andreoli-tondino-plate-met central female profile motif

Giorgio Andreoli tondino (plate)





Moorish ceramic dish of lady shooting an arrow into the neck of a young man. Provenance-Dominican convent of Villareal (near Valencia).





‘Maiolica Istoriato Dish’ by Urbino

After building the Minotaur’s labyrinth for King Minos of Crete, Daedalus and Icarus were locked in a tower so as to ensure its secret was kept. Daedalus joined feathers together with wax for him and his son to escape. On their escape Icarus is famously warned not to fly too close to the sun, but of course the father’s warning was ignored. This dish shows Icarus falling into the sea.

1stDibs Errol & Henriette Manners





Hispano-Moresque lustre pottery dish featuring a spread eagle, Valencia, probably Manises, circa 1435-60






Plato de Talavera de la Reina,siglo XVIII,España





Mettlach Villeroy & Boch German porcelain Russian fairy tales plate.





Qajar polychrome tile with figures, Persia,

19th century, Sotheby’s




Tin-glazed earthenware charger, 18″ dia.

late 15th–early 16th century, Manises, Valencia, Spain




piatto-da-pompa Italy with gold lustre

Italian majolica plate





Persian Qajar pottery vase, probably 19th Century, the high shouldered blue ground body moulded in low relief and decorated with five figures





Majolica Plate with Putto, Mask, and Trophies, c. 1440-1460 Italy, Castel-Durante





‘Venus and Cupid on dolphins’ – Urbino , Italy



vintage-romeo-juliet-portrait-plates-handpainted-italian-majolica-orvieto-deruta vintage-romeo-juliet-portrait-plates-handpainted-italian-majolica-orvieto-deruta

Vintage Romeo-Juliet Portrait Plates Hand painted Italian Majolica






Musical instrument plate by Giorgio Andreoli







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Pottery destination Southern France – Le Don du Fel


Le-Don-Du-Fel-Gallery in France

Le Don Du Fel gallery/studio



Le-Don-Du-Fel-Gallery with pottery on display

Le Don du Fel Gallery



Le Don du Fel – French contemporary ceramics


The pottery centre Le Don du Fel is perched on a crest overlooking the Lot valley and commands sweeping views of the picturesque countryside of Aveyron. Architecturally, it’s an abstract array of five ochre coloured curvilinear cylinders that are juxtaposed against the gentle rolling green hills. Inside the complex, there is a contemporary ceramics gallery, facilities for lectures and workshops and a retail store for a diverse selection of quality ceramic arts. Located in close proximity to the village of Le Fel and about 11km from Entraygues Sur Truyere, the region features lush vineyards and scenery.
Up to 7 exhibitions are displayed each year featuring renown ceramicists such ae Claire Curneen, Emmanuel Peccatte, Peter Beard, Christiane Wilhelm and currently Cormac Boydell. Other high caliber artists like Spanish potter Teresa Girona, French potter Geoffroy Pascal, Geoff Shapiro and founder Suzy Atkins also have their designer ranges on display.
The Le Don du Fel centre has been evolving since the 70’s when Nigel and Suzy Atkin (UK & USA) put the project in motion, resurrecting the building from ruins.  The utilitarian salt glaze wares of ‘Poterie du Don’ kitchenware products are also produced and sold from the site. “The whole mission here is not just to sell our own work, although that’s very important; it’s part of our identity, but really to show the best of European ceramics in a French context, which means people are constantly discovering things when they come here,” says Nigel. “We have a selection of artists. We work a lot with English-speaking artists, and we work a lot with Spanish artists. We are very proud to be recognized because we work for every taste and every budget, combining art and utility. We work for open-mindedness

Situated in the central south of France, the nearest French city is Toulouse, approx a 2 hours drive. Below are some of the potters contributing to the extensive collection :-


Agnes His


Agnes-His-ceramic sculpture trees

Agnes His



Andreas Steinemann


andreas-steinemann-ceramic-conical bowl - black and white

Andreas Steinemann



andreas-steinemann-ceramic-conical bowl polychrome stripes

Andreas Steinemann



Ann Goodfellow



Ann Goodfellow ceramic female figure sculpture

Ann Goodfellow



ann-goodfellow posing with her sculptures

Ann Goodfellow



Ann Van Hoey


Ann Van Hoey burnt orange contemporary folded vessel



Arshaf Hannah


The vessels of Hannah are an intensely poetic fusion of sensual curves and delicately defined edges that confer on each piece a statuesque majesty that is particularly convincing.


Arshaf Hannah contemporary ceramic sculpture

Arshaf Hannah


Two Arshaf Hannah sculptural ceramic vessels

Arshaf Hannah



Athena Jahantigh


Athena-Jahantigh-ceramic-anamorphic horse

Athena Jahantigh



Athena Jahantigh-ceramic-ram

Athena Jahantigh



Bodil Manz


Bodil Manz-ceramic-cylindrical vessel with geometrical pattern decoration

Bodil Manz




Zablocki Lopes



Zablocki Lopes



Brigitte Iemfre


Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-lion figurine in red

Brigitte Iemfre


Brigitte-Iemfre-ceramic-red bull figurine

Brigitte Iemfre


Cormac Boydell


Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Stags and Cattle – Cormac Boydell



Cormac Boydell-ceramic-wall plaque

Leaving the Island – Cormac Boydell




Christian Pradier


-ceramic-bear figurine by christian-pradierChristian Pradier



Christian Pradier



Claude Champy


Claude-Champy--ceramic-abstract sculpture

Claude Champy



Claude Champy black glazed ceramic sculpture abstract form

Claude Champy




Claudi Casanovas


Claudi-Casanovas-ceramic-art biomorphic sculptur

Claudi Casanovas





Claudi Casanovas



Suzy Atkins


Suzy-Atkins ceramic soup tureen

Suzy Atkins



Double gourd vase with flared top - Suzy Atkins

Suzy Atkins



Suzy Atkins French pottery

Suzy Atkins

Le Don du Fel tablerware



Florence Pauliac



Florence-Pauliac-symmetrical ceramic sculpture

Florence Pauliac



raku sculpture by Florence-Pauliac

Florence Pauliac



Florence-Pauliac portrait photo

Florence Pauliac


Duncan Ayscough




Duncan Ayscough ceramic vessel





Duncan Ayscough long neck vessel with flared mouth

Duncan Ayscough



Duncan Ayscough



Teresa Girones


Depth of expression characterizes Teresa Girone’s figural sculptures and these two examples are no exception.


Teresa-Girones ceramic bust of an african boy

Teresa Girones



Teresa-Girones ceramic tile with female face

Teresa Girones




Elaine Peto


elaine-Peto ceramic horse sculpture

Elaine Peto


Michel Blanc


Michel Blanc



Johanna Hair


Johanna Hair


Johanna-Hair raku penguins

Johanna Hair



Johanna Hair



Jin Eui Kim,  Sth, Korea

Jin Eui Kim plays with illusion and space, through the arrangements at varying intervals of bands of contrasting color.



Jin-Eui-Kim horizontal striped ceramic sculpture

Jin Eui Kim



Jin Eui Kim




Jeff Shapiro


Jeff Shapiro sculptural ceramic vase


Jeff Shapiro


Jeff Shapiro



Jeanne Opgenhaffen


Jeanne-Opgenhaffen-textures ceramic wall sculpture

Jeanne Opgenhaffen



Jeanne-Opgenhaffen white ceramic art panel

Jeanne Opgenhaffen


Jean Francois Fouilhoux


Jean François Fouilhoux



Jean Francois Fouilhoux



Joan Carrillo, Spain



Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic vessel

Joan Carrillo




Joan-Carrillo contemporary ceramic bottle

Joan Carrillo lustre ceramic bottle



Isabelle Leclerc


Isabelle-Leclerc brown swirl layered sculpture


Isabelle Leclerc



Isabelle Leclerc



Henk Wolvers


By concentrating on the physical qualities of his chosen material and by using only the simplest techniques of fabrication, often pushed to their limits, he has composed, always with an immutable elegance, a highly personal hymn to lightness and translucency. Dutch artists Henk Wolvers elaborates a refreshing narrative for contemporary porcelain.


Henk-Wolvers black, white and blue ceramic sculpture

Henk Wolvers



Henk-Wolvers three sculptural vessels

Henk Wolvers



Enric Mestre


Enric-Mestre geometric sculpture ceramic

Enric Mestre



Enric Mestre




Emma Rodgers


Emma Rodgers abstract bull ceramic sculpture

 Emma Rodgers


Geoffroy Pascal 






Elke Sada


Elke Sada




drip glaze footed vase in red, brown and white

Elke Sada



Jongjin Park


His sculptures surprise us by the improbable nature of their construction which clearly and radically extends the expressive potentialities of clay.


Blue-ceramic-sculpture by Jongjin-Park

Jongjin Park



Jongjin-Park-ceramic-abstract cubes

Jongjin Park



Lut Laleman



Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman



Lut-Laleman-wavy ceramic-sculptural vessels

Lut Laleman




Maria Bosch


Catalan artist Maria Bosch creates superb big stoneware pots, half-way between jars and steles, whose profoundly mineral surfaces carry large areas of muted colour circumscribed by a looping web of dark lines.





Maria Bosch




Martin McWilliam


McWilliam forges his investigations, to further push his diverted containers into a spatial ballet where the outside, the inside and the immediate environment enter into a strong and accomplished reaction.


Martin-McWilliam-ceramic-contemporary vessels with textured surface

Martin McWilliam



Martin McWilliam-curvy ceramic-sculptural vessel

Martin McWilliam




Martin McWilliam with one of his ceramic sculptures

Martin McWilliam




Merri Wells


Merri-Wells--ceramic-angel sculpture

Merri Wells


Michal Fargo


Michal-Fargo--ceramic-art Light blue rough texture vase

Michal Fargo




Michal Fargo




Michal Fargo



Nicholas Lees


British ceramicist Nicholas Lees, through his flawless technical perfection, communicates a sensation of dematerialized lightness, which calls to mind trompe l’œil effects which are both dynamic and bright. His shapes overcome the archetypal form of the vase and become motion, perception and intangible uncertainty.


Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees



Nicholas-Lees-white grouping of ceramic-sculpture vessels

Nicholas Lees




Nicholas Lees




Paul Philp


Paul-Philp--ceramic-faceted vase with speckled glaze

Paul Philp



Chantal Cesure


Chantal-Cesure ceramic bowl

Chantal Cesure




Peter Beard


Peter-Beard-ceramic-winged sculpture

Peter Beard




Peter-Beard-ceramic-vertical striped bottle light blue and lavender

Peter Beard



Peter Beard



Sangwoo Kim


Sangwoo-kim-ceramic-art sculpture - pink and red vessel

Sangwoo Kim


Polymorphic -ceramic-art sculpture by Sangwoo Kim

Sangwoo Kim




Sangwoo Kim



Sara Moorhouse


Sara Moorhouse-ceramic-striped horizontally bowl

Sara Moorhouse


Sara-Moorhouse-ceramic-striped horizontally striped bowl in orange, black and white

Sara Moorhouse


Sara Moorhouse



Simon Griffiths


“My work primarily stems from direct observation of the subject I am portraying. The stylistic and constructional considerations are secondary to portraying the subject as honestly as I can. This is not to say that I strive to make my work realistic in the literal sense, instead I seek to capture and portray that sense of awareness that is present in all living things. I like to think that every one of my sculptures has some of the soul of the animal within it.”


ceramic-art owl sculpture Simon-Griffiths

Simon Griffiths




Simon Griffiths



Simon Griffiths




Simon Zsolt Jozsef, Hungry


” I don’t want to catch the forms but the process of forming. Not the fruit or the flower, which are always changing and growing but the growth and change itself, which will form the material.” says Joszef.

Simon-Zsolt-Jozsef-ceramic sculpture bottle - light blue

Simon Zsolt Jozsef



Simon Zsolt Jozsef



Steen Kepp


Steen-Kepp--ceramic-raku vessels

Steen Kepp




Steen Kepp




Steen Kepp


Susan Obyrne



Susan-Obyrne-ceramic-bird figurine

Susan Obyrne




Susan Obyrne




Sylvian Meschia


Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia ceramic vessel – arabesque decoration



Sylvian-Meschia ceramic-vessel with arabesque design

Sylvian Meschia


Sylvian Meschia



Wendy Lawrence


Wendy Lawrence-ceramic-art sculpture

Wendy Lawrence




Wendy Lawrence



Wendy Lawrence


Wouter Dam


Wouter Dam




Wouter Dam




Yoshimi Futamura


Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura



Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture

Yoshimi Futamura



Yoshimi-Futamura ceramic sculpture with nature texture

Yoshimi Futamura




Yoshimi Futamura



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