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-

‘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)

1912

 

 

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

 

 

Rome_Fountain_del_Tritone

‘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-birdbath

Cobalt blue glaze birdbath

Molotilo

 

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

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,-sculpture-fountain

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

 

 

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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-at-London’s-Connaught-hotel

 ‘Moon Garden’  – Tom Stuart Smith

London’s Connaught hotel — Image MMGI Marianne Majerus

 

 

Lotus lily pond

Indulgy

 

 

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-garden

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

 

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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

 

 

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 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

 

 

Figural-Bottle-possibly-Zela-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo

Terracotta Figural Bottle possibly Zela

 Republic of Congo

 

 

Bana people spirit vessel

Ceremonial spirit vessel – Bana People

 

 

 

Anthropomorphic globular vessel – Zande Congo

 

 

 

Burkina-Faso-pottery

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

 

 

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

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, Cameroon

 

 

 

Carved clay Storage-Vessel.-Kurumba-people

Legged storage Vessel.- Kurumba people

 

 

República-Democrática-del-Congo 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

1960

 

 

 

Charming elegant pottery by Tutsi

Elegant Tutsi pot with flared neck, Rwanda

 

 

Vessel-with-stopper-from-the-Runtu-Camp,-Okavango-Delta

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

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

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

 

 

theodore-deck-bohemian-danielle-adjoubel

‘The Bohemian’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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Ceramic ashtray, floral motifs – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

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

‘Flowers Bottle’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

danielle-adjoubel-bathroom-wall-tile-panel

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

 

 

 

art-deco-style-tulipmania-bowl-danielle-adjoubel-with-lustre-glaze

‘Tulipmania’ Art Deco style bowl by Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

heron-in-branches-danielle-adjoubel-lustreware-revival

‘Heron in Branches’ – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

rubis-collection-pomegranates-danielle-adjoubel

Rubis Collection Pomegranates – Danielle Adjoubel

 

 

 

hunting-in-the-fields-by-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-plate-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

 

 

 

danielle-adjoubel-iznik-plate-reproduction-dish-covered-with-rosettes-saz-leaves-and-a-peacock

 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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

blue-lamp-base-pair-of-iznik-lamp-bases-in-blue-cobalt-pattern-underglazed-earthenware-biscuit

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

 

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Iznik mosque lamp signed by Musli

 

 

19c-persian-qajar-art-pottery-vase-with-peacock-round-form-blue-glaze

Persian Qajar ceramic peacock vessel

19th Century

 

 

1529-workshop-of-giorgio-andreoli-plate-with-a-woman-in-profile-1529-photo-by-graham-s

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

 

 

 

aragon-spain-tin-enameled-earthenware-16th-century-plate

Tin enameled earthenware 16th century plate

Aragon, Spain

 

 

 

turquoise Alhambra vase barakat-gallery-store

Turquoise Alhambra vase

Barakat gallery store

 

 

boris-zworykin-vasilisa-the-beautiful-collectible-decorative-plate

‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ – Boris Zworykin

 

 

 

ceramic-tiles-persian-azulejos horseman on white horse

Persian tile – horseman riding white horse

 

 

dish-with-coat-of-arms-of-bishop-baglioni-deruta-italy-ca

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

 

 

double-shelled-ewer-persian-ceramics-of-the-saljuq-period

Double shelled ewer, Persian ceramics of the Saljuq period

 

 

fatimid-bowl-with-female-scarf-dancer-12th-century-fatimid-period-earthenware-painted-over-glaze-with-luster-egypt-figural-representations

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)

 MET, NY

 

 

food-lady-pulling-arc-about-a-young-man-whose-neck-is-crossed-by-an-arrow-around-1540-provenance-dominican-convent-of-villareal-near-valencia-moorish-ceramics

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

1540

 

 

maiolica-istoriato-dish-1570

‘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

 

 

 

magnificent-hispano-moresque-lustre-pottery-dish-featuring-a-spread-eagle-valencia-probably-manises-circa-1435-60-southbys

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

Southby’s

 

 

 

plato-de-talavera-de-la-reinasiglo-xviiiespana

Plato de Talavera de la Reina,siglo XVIII,España

 

 

 

mettlach-villeroy-boch-german-porcelain-russian-fairy-tales-plate

Mettlach Villeroy & Boch German porcelain Russian fairy tales plate.

 

 

 

Qajar-polychrome-tile-with-figures-persia-19th-century-sotheby's

Qajar polychrome tile with figures, Persia,

19th century, Sotheby’s

 

 

persian-plate

Tin-glazed earthenware charger, 18″ dia.

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

 

 

 

piatto-da-pompa Italy with gold lustre

Italian majolica plate

 

 

 

qajar-pottery-vase-probably-19th-century-the-high-shouldered-blue-ground-body-moulded-in-low-relief-and-decorated-with-five-figure

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

urbino-venus-and-cupid-on-dolphins

‘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

Orvieto/Deruta

 

 

 

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Musical instrument plate by Giorgio Andreoli

1519

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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

 

 

 

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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-art

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

 

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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 

 

Pascal-Geoffroy-

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

-ceramic-art

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

 

 

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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

 

 

-ceramic-art

Steen Kepp

 

 

-ceramic-art

Steen Kepp

 

Susan Obyrne

 

 

Susan-Obyrne-ceramic-bird figurine

Susan Obyrne

 

 

-ceramic-art

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

 

 

Wendy Lawrence

 

Wouter Dam

 

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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