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Association of Clay and Glass Artists



4th Clay & Glass Biennial – California, 2017


The Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California is dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards of craftsmanship and design in clay and glass. A primary goal of the ACGA is to provide opportunities for their members to exhibit and sell their work. The Association regularly presents museum and gallery exhibitions of clay and glass, and presents the Biennial Clay and Glass exhibition in July. This national juried competition and exhibition is being held at the Brea Art Gallery, Orange County, California, opening July 22, and running through September 15, 2017. Eighty artworks will be on display, 45 of which were selected by the juror. The invited artists include:  Susan Bloch, Maria DeCastro, Julia Feld, Bob Pool, Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend.


Location –  Brea Art Gallery 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821




The following clay and glass artists are exhibiting at the Biennial –




Nathalie_Houghton-glass-sculpture - Preserved Sample: Layers of the Anthropocene

‘Preserved Sample: Layers of the Anthropocene’ –  Nathalie Houghton




A-Lack-Thereof-laminated-and-carved-glass sculpture Nathalie-Houghton

‘A Lack Thereof ‘  – laminated and carved glass sculpture  — Nathalie Houghton



Yumi Kiyose


Yumi Kiyose art incorporates, and often combines, clay, glass, and steel. Her art is an expression of energy, and utilizes form and movement derived from nature. She uses a combination of mixed colors, which emphasizes flow and produces harmony and rhythm, drawing the eye in, creating visual enchantment.



‘Summer Wave’ — ceramic plate – Yumi Kiyose




Koi-in-a-pond-2016---Yumi Kiyose ceramic plate - pinks with rust red

‘Koi in a pond ‘–Yumi Kiyose



Water - ceramic sculpture plate--Yumi Kiyose

‘Water’ – ceramic sculpture plate –Yumi Kiyose




Yumi-Kiyose-ceramic-plate in blue and turquoise

Yumi Kiyose ceramic plate


\ Dancing-with-life-2016---Yumi-Kiyose sculpture

‘Dancing with life’ -2016—Yumi Kiyose




2016---Yumi-Kiyose-abstract ceramic-sculpture

 Yumi Kiyose abstract ceramic sculpture


Malcolm Nicoll 


“George Bernard Shaw famously said, “without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” There’s more to life than what we can sense on the physical plane. It’s my sincere wish to help you and I fulfill the need to reach other horizons; to experience and to feel that other realm of the spiritual via the creative process.Just like there is ultimately one God, I believe that there is ultimately one Art. My inspiration in creating art is not only to document my evolution as an artist but more importantly to attempt to make all aspects of life a work of art; to feel and activate our divine gift for creating and expanding beauty in an often times harsh and crude world. Not strictly in the virtual arts, but in all concepts and ideas.”



45 RPM DARK Handmade Glass Bowl Bullseye, Uroborus and Dichroic Glass

’45 RPM DARK ‘ Handmade Glass Bowl – Malcolm Nicoll

Bullseye, Uroborus and Dichroic Glass




’45 RPM’ Handmade Glass Bowl – Malcolm Nicoll

Uroborus, Bullseye & Dichroic Glass 20inches – fused glass



lorren ashley lowrey.

Lorren Ashley Lowrey – ‘Wistar Rat’


Djinnaya Stroud


“As an artist, I am driven by the visual expression of non-verbal truth. I am fascinated with the magic-makers of our world, underground performers and creators of the spaces that give people a place to dream. I am inspired by all of those people who chase their improbable and wondrous dreams.”


My-life-is-an-embaressment-of-riches---Djinnaya-Stroud turqouise giraffe sculplture

‘My life is an embaressment of riches’ — Djinnaya Stroud



Djinnaya Stroud




Barbara Vanderbeck


Beliz Iristay


Born in Izmir,Turkey, Beliz graduated from Dokuz Eylul Fine Art University with a focus on Turkish Ceramics Arts. She moved to both USA and Mexico in 2005. In her work, Beliz often uses the venerable traditions of her home country(s) and combines them with contemporary techniques.


Beliz Iristay in her ceramic studio

Beliz Iristay



Beliz Iristay ceramic sculptures

Beliz Iristay ceramic garden sculptures

San Diego Botanical Gardens


Jar flat lid banded blue_ Christopher Unger

Jar with flat lid — Christopher Unger




Bowl_set of 3_scratchy green_Christopher Unger

Set of 3 bowls – Inner green and sgraffito outer – Christopher Unger




Bowl tri banded blue Christopher Unger

Bowl tri banded, inner  blue  — Christopher Unger



Clay-Basket-«-Kathy Pallie

Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie




Orange brown Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie

Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie



Susan Bloch 

“The sparkle and radiance of life inspires me. Glass became my choice to express this when it introduced me to its magic long ago.”



Each and Every Person Matters---Susan Bloch

‘Each and Every Person Matters’ —Susan Bloch



Walll relief sculpture Susan Bloch

‘Perception’ – Susan Bloch



Four Faces---Susan Bloch - carved glass sculpture

‘Four Faces’ — Susan Bloch



Susan Bloch




Carol Zee



Earth-Vessel-1---Pit-Fired-Clay---Tundra-of-Chugiak-Vicki Gunter

”Tundra of Chugiak’Vicki Gunter

Pit fired clay



Plate Tectonics 1 –  Vicki Gunter



Fay Miller


“Everyday I see things I want to recreate – leaves blowing in the wind, animal horns at the zoo, buildings rising in the city, political debates on television, seasons changing the landscape and people gathered in joyous celebration. I incorporate elements of whimsy wildness and intense color. The beauty, geometry and harshness of the natural world drive my creative process.”



Fay-Miller-glass-sculpture combined glass circles

Fay Miller glass sculpture



Hand Blown Glass Menorah by Fay Miller --- glass sculpture

Hand Blown Glass Menorah by Fay Miller



Fountain_tabletop Gerald-Arrington stone sculpture fountain

Fountain tabletop –  Gerald Arrington



Gerald Arrington-organic vase

Vase – Gerald Arrington


Gerald-Arrington-outdoor totem garden-fountain

Gerald Arrington




Globe vase, temmoku with white drip glaze - Bob Pool

Globe vase, temmoku with white drip glaze – Bob Pool





Mae byong vase, red gold floral pattern – Bob Pool





‘Harbinger’ – Kimberly Cook ceramic sculpture




Ceramic sculpture growth II_iifire-Hsun-Yuan-Hsu

‘Growth II’ — Hsun Yuan Hsu – 2017

 Fire School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco



CEramic vessel Desert-Art-1-Patrick-Crabb

Raku bottle — Patrick Crabb





Patrick Crabb Shard Vase



Jo-Killen-ovoid-Raku-vessel in black and white

Jo Killen ovoid Raku vessel



Jo Killen - black, white, red ovoid Raku vessel

Jo Killen – black, white, red ovoid Raku vessel



Julia Feld


“In my work I combine an abstract curvilinear sculptural form with surreal narrative painting in order to create an illusion of dynamically changing reality. The illusion of a three-dimensional world formed by realistically rendered painting intermingles with the three-dimensionality of the object.”


as-in-a-dream-Ju;lia-Feld-ceramic storytelling

‘As in a dream’  — Julia Feld




Julia Feld-'Blooming Beauty teapot

Julia Feld  –  ‘Blooming Beauty’ teapot




Female Face motif teapot -- Julia Feld

Julia Feld sculptural ceramic teapot



The-Protector-teapot-Julia-Feld - tri legged teapot

‘The Protector’ teapot  — Julia Feld



 Julia Feld face shot

Julia Feld


Kala-Stein-two matching ceramic-mugs

Kala Stein – pair of ceramic mugs



Kazuki-Takizawa-glass artist

Kazuki Takizawa glass artist



Kazuki-Takizawa--glass-sculpture in blues and white

Kazuki Takizawa



Flames---Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend --Vetri Glass

‘Flames’ — Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend

Vetri Glass



Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend,- Common Vessels, Toilette

Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend,- Common Vessels, Toilette


Lee Middleman


“I throw classic forms and use surface textures to give them energy and vitality, resulting in art that is both pleasing and alive. I seek to create patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness as found in Nature.”



Lee-Middleman-ovoid ceramic-textured bottle

Lee Middleman ovoid ceramic bottle




Abora-Vase-Lee-Middleman olive green glaze

Abora Vase — Lee Middleman



Lee-Middleman-elegant ceramic-vase

Lee Middleman ceramic vase


Lucien Koonce


“I approach the composition of my work with spontaneity and immediacy, discovering the form during the process of making it. My alteration and manipulation of solid clay emphasizes the plasticity and gestural qualities of that material while achieving asymmetry. I seek to push the disorganization and the subsequent reorganization of the vessel from being a member of the “pot” realm to becoming an abstract object in the sculptural realm while retaining its function.”



Lucien-M.-Koonce-sushi-platter-organic textures

Lucien M. Koonce  —  sushi platter



Sake-cup_Guinomi---Lucien-M Koonce

Sake cup Guinomi — Lucien M Koonce



Lucien M Koonce



Lucien M Koonce footed ceramic tea cup

Lucien M Koonce footed tea cup



Maile-Iwanaga---Follow-the-White-Rabbit porcelain sculpture

Maile Iwanaga — ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ porcelain sculpture



Maile-Iwanaga---Ikebana-off-the-chain -- white porcelain sculpture

Maile Iwanaga — ‘Ikebana off the chain’



Mardi Wood

“Clay is my canvas”

“Although trained as a painter, I work with clay. I throw thin porcelain cups and bowls…often I draw into them… I like to work with clay slabs….I use ceramic pencil and crayon, metal oxide, engobe, my hands and wooden tools”




‘Two Bulls’ slab teapot – Mardi Wood




Arctic shadow cups – Mardi Wood




Tulip bowl, red marks – Mardi Wood



Mardi-Wood-in-studio making a teapot

Mardi Wood



Maria De Castro


“The fascination I have with the mystery of relics and ancient artifacts is inherent in many of the pieces I create”



Maria-De-Castro--Roadrunner outdoor sculpture

Maria De Castro — ‘Roadrunner’




Maria-De-Castro--gallery photo

Maria De Castro




Raven-sculpture-Maria De Castro

Raven – Maria De Castro


Mark-Hendrickson-lidded ceramic-jar

    Mark Hendrickson lidded ceramic jar



            Mark Hendrickson


Miriam-Loory-Krombach lidded carved surface jar

Miriam Loory Krombach




Natasha Dikareva


“In the realm of ceramics, anything is possible. The medium of clay allows any sort of form or figure to come to life. My work pushes the boundary between reality and imagination.”



Natasha Dikareva porcelain sculpture - Alice

‘Alice – Positive Anxiety’ — Natasha Dikareva

Escapists series 2015 – 20 17


morning_melts - Natasha-Dikareva ceramic figure in a bath

‘Morning Melts’ – Natasha Dikareva

Escapists series 2015 – 20 17


‘Sunset over Bay Bridge’  – Natasha Dikareva

Shell Dweller series 2010 -2012



Natasha Dikareva in gallery

Natasha Dikareva



‘Message from the Cloud’ – Natasha Dikareva




Nathan-Ring-ceramic-tea-cup with lobster motif

Nathan Ring ceramic tea cup



Nathan-Rrng-ceramic-bottle octopus motif

Nathan Ring ceramic bottle




White Polar-Bear,Ceramic-Koi-Joy---etsy

Polar Bear Ceramic sculpture – Magie Smith Fleisher




Seal-Sculpture,-Porcelain-Seal Magie-Smith-Fleisher

Porcelain Seal – Magie Smith Fleisher




Rowan Harrison ceramic pot



Stephen Lashinski


“I have developed a process that goes agaisnt the conventional use of ceramic materials. I arrange ceramic materials, molds, temperature and firing process to assist me in creating each piece. Heat is the catylist that initiates chemical reactions to take place between the diverse ceramic materials which eventually reveals the ultimate characteristics of the elements in the composition. The results of my practice yield artifacts of my fascination with the an alchemical approach to working with ceramic materials. This process gives me the capability to create objects that appear not to have been made by the hands of an artist.”



‘Scholar Rock 5’ —– 2015—Stephen Lashinski




Scholar-Rock-9 sculpture - Stephen Lashinski

‘Scholar Rock 9’  – Stephen Lashinski



Scott Jennings


“I choose to make pottery because of the excitement and satisfaction that I get from discovering new forms. With each new series of work my intentions become clearer and the excitement grows.”


Scott-Jennings - porcelain-footed-bowl in blue and yellow

Scott Jennings – porcelain footed bowl



Scott Jennings




Scott Jennings porcelain mug


Ceramic cat sculpture – Karen Van Galder



Seated Woman —  Karen Van Galder



Karen Van Galder man in prayer sculpture

The Wiseman – Karen Van Galder


Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin


“I am drawn to glass as a material for its properties of fragility and clarity, the way it captures and manipulates light, and its ability to metaphorically represent the line between the visible and invisible.” – Treg Silkwood


silkwood-glass-sculpture with etched pattern

 A shell sculpture combining Treg Silkwood’s glassblowing skills with Candace Martin’s muted colour palettes



Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin with glass pumpkin

Silkwood Glass



Silkwood-Treg_Driftwood-sculpture 2007

Treg Silkwood  ‘Driftwood’ glass sculpture


Siobhan Hughes

“I draw a lot of inspiration from deconstructionist traditions: Modern art movements of the first half of the 20th century. I find comfort in the clean linear applications of Calder, Stella, Mondrian, Wright. Modern, non-traditional, and classic quilting patterns. Native or “primitive” patterns in clay and tapestry. These all share a fascination with simplicity, beauty, and a deeply personal aesthetic. Like my work in glass, for each of these traditions, the media is constraining, or the artist chose strict constraints, but the goal is to piece together something genuine and engaging.”


siobhan-hughes-Springs-Song glass sculpture

Siobhan Hughes – ‘Springs Song’ glass sculpture



‘Three Sisters’ – Siobhan Hughes



Sea+Vessels-Siobhan-Hughes long necked glass sculpture vessel in turquoise and black

‘Sea Vessel’ – Siobhan Hughes




Smoky Moonlight hand painted glass panels--Paul Messink

‘Smoky Moonlight’ hand painted glass panels — Paul Messink



Trees-in-Twilight---Paul-Messink handpainted glass panel

‘Trees in Twilight’ — Paul Messink




Tali Grinshpan-Of Innocence and Experience glass sculpture

Tali Grinshpan – ‘Of Innocence and Experience’ glass sculpture



Ceramic White-Casserole-by-Jan-Schachter

White Casserole by Jan Schachter



Yumiko-Aso-ceramic-tea-set Bamboo style handles

Yumiko Aso ceramic tea set







Fortuny Palazzo Museum


Portrait of Henriette Fortuny in Pompeian costume with a Delphos dress

‘Portrait of a muse’  painting by Mariano Fortuny, 1935

Portrait of Henriette Fortuny in Pompeian costume with a Delphos dress and Knossos scarf designed by Mariano Fortuny, printed with geometric, asymmetrical patterns and motifs inspired by Cycladic art


The artistic legacy of Mariano Fortuny


The Fortuny museum in San Marco, Venice, was instigated in 1956 by Henriette Fortuny, the Parisian wife and muse of Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) . He was born in Granada, Spain where both his father and mother were known painters and collectors of ancient oriental fabrics and objects. He became to be known as one of the great creative minds of the early 20th century due to his aesthetic refinement, prolific output and versatility. He was celebrated by his contemporaries as the last Renaissance man and was a conduit to Old World craft and design finesse adapted to modern methods.. He was a legendary textile and clothing designer working in Venice and Paris where he specialized in spectacular luxury fabrics based on Byzantine, Renaissance, Arabesque and Art Nouveau styles. Venice had a centuries old connection to the ancient silk road, so it was fitting that Mariano Fortuny liked to use delicate silks in his fashion and fabric designs. Th House Of Fortuny still makes the finest printed fabrics in the world, handmade in Venice since 1907 and continues the legacy of unique innovation and timeless artistry.




Scudo Saraceno silk chandeliers and Islamic calligraphy motif doorway

Scudo Saraceno silk chandeliers and Islamic calligraphy motif doorway hanging designed by Mariano Fortuny- 1920


Mariano Fortuny possessed an artistic virtuosity that included painting, sculpture, engraving, set design, lamp designs, photography and being an Orientalist art collector. The creations of Fortuny displayed an exquisite sensitivity, modernity and originality. The Fortnuy Palazzo, being a classic example of Gothic Byzantine architecture was a very appropriate location for Fortuny to reside in and to become a museum for his art and to host other exhibitions. His fortuitous move to Venice from Paris came about due to being allergic to horses, a rare sight around the Venetian waterways.
The contemporary art featured here stands in poignant contrast to the Old World charm exuded by the lush Fortuny fabrics and decor on display at the Fortuny Museum.


Mariano Fortuny -oil painting Les coulisses de la Scala de Milan--Backstage of La Scala Theater 1934 ·

Mariano Fortuny – ‘Les coulisses de la Scala de Milan’

Backstage of La Scala Theater 1934

Since 1891 Mariano Fortuny was completely captivated by the allure of the staging of Wagner’s theatre, however many years passed before he concretely measured himself against the theatre, experimenting at length with both lighting and technology and the preparation of scenographic sketches.


Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas of angel figure

Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas

After a trip to Bayreuth, to see a Wagner production, he expanded  his interests to include set design and stage lighting techniques

Mariano Fortuny exhibition “Fortuny and Wagner. The Wagnerism in the visual arts in Italy”



Bronze sculpture bust--Vincenzo-Gemito-Ritratto-del-pittore-Mariano-Fortuny

Bronze sculpture bust of Mariano Fortuny by Vincenzo Gemito – 1874




2015 Proportio exhibibition at Palazzo Fortuny

2015 Proportio exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice



mariano-fortuny-madrazo-The Merchants of Venice

‘Il mercante di Venezia’ – Mariano Fortuny Madrazo



Mariano-Fortuny,-red silk Dressing-Gown,

Red silk dressing gown, Delphos pleated dress – Mariano Fortuny




Anish Kapoor White Dark VIII, 2000 ©JPGabriel

Current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’ – aims at investigating the mysteries of intuition and the forms of knowledge that cannot be explained in words.

To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale till November 26





Antony Gormley, ‘GUT X’, 2013, © JPGabriel, Palazzo Fortuny

Current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


Artempo - where-time-becomes-art - inverted black head sculpture

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’ exhibition curated by Axel Vervoordt

Palazzo Fortuny 2007



four sculptural stones

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’

Palazzo Fortuny 2007




The Divine Marchesa in Venice - giovanni boldini

La marchesa Luisa Casati  – Giovanni Boldini, 1908

The Divine Marchesa Art and life of Luisa Casati – Palazzo Fortuny 2014-15


Oil on Canvas of Mariano Fortuny, Parsifal, the ascent to the Grail

Mariano Fortuny, ‘Parsifal, the ascent to the Grail’

Oil on canvas



Tullio-Dainese-flickr--Bakongo-Fetish-wood-sculpture Fotruny Palazzo

Bakongo Fetish wood sculpture – Tullio Dainese flickr

Fortuny Palazzo



Model of Villa Pisani in Stra

Model of Villa Pisani in Stra, Sante Benato and Giovanni Gloria from a drawing by Gerolamo Frigimelica, carved and painted wood, c. 1720.



De Kooning, Roberto Matta, Mark Tobey, Julien Beck ©JPGabriel

De Kooning, Roberto Matta, Mark Tobey, Julien Beck ©JPGabriel

Fortuny Palazzo current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


Photo de Mariano Fortuny, les Maîtres Chanteurs de Wagner, Rome 1931

 Les Maîtres Chanteurs de Wagner, Rome 1931 – Photo de Mariano Fortuny



Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo

Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo



Classical Stone carved sculpture head

Stone carved sculpture head – Fortuny Palazzo


Contemporary sculpture Elogio-de-la-luz-XX,-1990.-Eduardo-CHILLIDA- Photo - Jean-Pierre Gabriel

‘Elogio de la luz XX’, 1990. Eduardo CHILLIDA

Photo – Jean-Pierre Gabriel – 2015

Proportio Exhibition – the exhibition explored the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture.


Femme-en-buste-aux-liserons Italian Liberation white marble female bust by Fortuny

‘Femme en buste aux liserons’ Italian Liberaty Style white marble female bust by Mariano Fortuny




Fiona-Kearney Quivering,-timeless-beauty-@PalazzoFortuny-Intuition-exhibition

Fiona Kearney ‘Quivering, timeless beauty’ @PalazzoFortuny

Intuition exhibition 2017



Fortuny-Bowl-(spun and hammered copper with electroformed design, light purple enamel interior, red and orange enamel exterior1981-June-Schwarcz

‘Fortuny Bowl’ — June Schwarcz

Spun and hammered copper with electroformed design, light purple enamel interior, red and orange enamel exterior




Fortuny-ceramic Carafe-L'object

Fortuny ceramic Carafe-  L’objet




Fortuny e Caramba – Medieval motif silk applique caftan dress – Mariano Fortuny



White and gold FORTUNY-Lamp-silk-Shade

Fortuny Lamp Shade



Fortuny--Scheherazade-Fortuny®---Seta silk lamp

Fortuny–Scheherazade–Seta – Persian pattern silk on metal frame

Venetia Studium


La-Divina-Marchesa-exhibition-at-Palazzo-Fortuny,-Venice---ceramic leopard and dressed mannequins

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice




John-Galliano-for-Christian-Dior-Tribute-to-Marchesa-Luisa-Casati - model in Dior outifit

John Galliano for Christian Dior – Tribute to Marchesa Luisa Casati


'Gathering Clouds' by Anish Kapoor (2014) and 'The Cube' by Alberto Giacometti

‘Gathering Clouds’ by Anish Kapoor (2014) and ‘The Cube’ by Alberto Giacometti (1934-1935)

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’ 2007


Guido-Cadorin -nude-female-sculpture relief

Guido Cadorin – nude female sculpture relief

Palazzo Fortuny



Isadora Duncan's daughters wearing Fortuny's Delphos dress.

Isadora Duncan’s daughters wearing Fortuny’s Delphos pleated silk dresses

 ‘Delphos’ gowns were dyed individually in a wide range of unusual colours. Delicate silk was processed on porcelain rollers to create fine, uneven pleats, one of Fortuny’s innovations.The technique used to process the silk is still shrouded in mystery. Designed in 1907, the loose flowing gown freed women from the constraints of the corset. Fortuny merged his love for medieval history and classical Greece with a fascination for technology and the skills of the craftsman.



Face relief sculpture

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny



Ancient artifact Lady-of-Saint-Sernin-–-Anthropomorphic-Figure-‘Statue-Menhir’-–-Sandstone-–-4th—3th-millennium

‘Lady of Saint Sernin’ –- Anthropomorphic Figure ‘Statue Menhir’-–-Sandstone

4th—3th millennium

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017


 Model of modernist building, Le Corbusier’s, ‘Poissy'

 Model of modernist building, Le Corbusier’s, ‘Poissy’

Proportio Exhibition 2015



handbag-cut-and-hand-crafted-from-exclusive-archival-Fortuny-velvet-brocades---Marin-HopperLimited-edition handbag cut and hand-crafted from exclusive archival Fortuny velvet brocades – Marin Hopper


Paul-Cèsar Helleu, Giovanni Boldini and Luisa Casati wearing an Indo-Persian costume

Paul-Cèsar Helleu, Giovanni Boldini and Luisa Casati wearing an Indo-Persian costume in the garden of Palazzo de’ Leoni, house of Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. Photograph by Mariano Fortuny, 1913

Marchesa Luisa Casati was renowned for her unique and haunting image, one that she carefully cultivated in order to become a “living work of art.”



Mariano Fortuny painting, 'Gypsy Dancing in the Garden of Granada'

Mariano Fortuny, ‘Gypsy Dancing in the Garden of Granada’, 1872



Mariano-Fortuny-Wagner oil painting

Mariano Fortuny


Fortuny designed theatre costume

Mariano Fortuny designed theatre costume



Mariano Fortuny Stage scenery-Fortuny Museum Venice

Mariano Fortuny Stage scenery

Fortuny Museum Venice




Maurizio Donzelli proportio mirror

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Palazzo Fortuny -–- The Bottega Cadorin—A Dynasty of Venetian Artists exhibition



Pierre Alichinsky, ‘Cobra vivant’ 1975

photo ©JPGabriel

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017



Bronze Ballerina sculpture

Ballerina sculpture  Fortuny Museum



Long velvet coat by Fortuny


Black stenciled long  velvet stage cortume 1920 – Mariano Fortuny



Three fortuny-bowls-L'objet

Fortuny bowls L’objet



Fortuny collaborated with L’Objet to produce these ceramic canape plates with old world Venetian textile patterns




Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Fortuny

Proportio Exhibition 2015




Hare Apparent’ installation of Izhkar Patkin

Photo Jean Pierre Gabriel

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Works by Victor Vasarelly and Tomas Saraceno-Photo Jean Pierre Gabriel

Proportio Exhibition 2015



Renato Bertelli, Marchesa Casati sculptur busst, 1920. Collezione Sgarbi Cavallini.

Renato Bertelli, Marchesa Casati sculpture bust, 1920.

Collezione Sgarbi Cavallini.


Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary-Intuition

Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary – Fortuny palazzo Intuition exhibition





 Luisa Casati portrait by John Augustus 

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition




 Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini 1914

Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini




The Divine Marchesa – sculpture by Paolo Troubetzkoy – Portrait of the Marchesa Casati with Greyhound – bronze – 1914

 Bronze sculpture by Paolo Troubetzkoy – Portrait of the Marchesa Casati with Greyhound, 1914

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition, Palazzo Fortuny



The-Rare-Vase-1870-Mariano-Fortuny A man admiring a vase on a pedestal

‘The Rare Vase’  —  Mariano-Fortuny




The Valkyrie- the embrace of Siegmund and Sieglinde, canvas Mariano Fortuny

The Valkyrie-  ‘The embrace of Siegmund and Sieglinde’, canvas – Mariano Fortuny



Alhembra Vaso_Fortuny3_Hermitage Museum

Vaso de Fortuny,  –  Hispano moresque ceramic Alhambra with metallic reflections from Málaga (Spain) dating from the fourteenth century preserved in the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)



Veiled-Lady-sculpture bust--Antonio-Corradini

‘Veiled Lady’ sculpture bust– Antonio Corradini




The-Mendicant-Mariano-Fortuny pAINTING

‘The Mendicant’ — Mariano Fortuny



L'OBJET-Fortuny-4 CERAMIC Cereal-Bowls

L’Obbjet – Fortuny bowls



'Hindu Snake Charmers' - Mariano Fortuny

Encantador_de_serps ‘Hindu Snake Charmers’ – Mariano Fortuny

On a number of occasions, Fortuny returned to North Africa, where the clarity of the atmosphere and the intensity of the sunlight profoundly influenced him. In this scene, set outdoors at twilight, a turbaned Indian mesmerizes a cobra with a reed. The artist, a collector of Islamic decorative arts, includes such accessories as a copper bowl, luster plate, and saddle.




The Alhambra Vase Early century Nasrid period Earthenware painted over glaze Spain Mariano Fortuny, the framed

The Alhambra Vase Early century Nasrid period Earthenware painted over glaze Spain. Mariano Fortuny designed frame




Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas painting - The-Stamp-Collector

Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas painting – ‘The Stamp Collector’

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Hispano-Moresque-ceramic lustre ware----

Hispano Moresque ceramic lustre ware plate


Artempo where time-becomes-art Buddah statue

Buddha statue – Artempo where time becomes art exhibition





La-Vague-–-Gustave-Courbet-(France) oil painting of the ocean waves

‘La Vague’ -–- Gustave Courbet (France)

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017



– designed to provoke the elusive intuitive faculties. Curated by Axel Vervoordt with the exhibition skills of Daniela Ferretti – running to Nov. 26 2017

Intuition’ starts with totems, shamanism and iconography from the early history, when men tried to understand the link between the sky and the earth. There will be modern works by Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hilma af Klint, Kazuo Shiraga, Pierre Alechinsky, Günther Uecker, Lucio Fontana, Mario Deluigi and Joseph Beuys. Surrealist works include André Breton, André Masson, Paul Eluard, Remedios Varo and Victor Brauner, but also Raoul Ubac, Man Ray, Henry Michaux, Oscar Dominguez or Joan Miró. Finally, contemporary artists are also featured, such as Robert Morris, William Anastasi, Isa Genzken, Renato Leotta, Susan Morris, Marina Abramovic, Chung Chang-Sup, Ann Veronica Janssens and Anish Kapoor.

The team has asked Kimsooja, Alberto Garutti, Kurt Ralske, Bruna Esposito and Nicola Martini to create site-specific installations. All art works will be spread over the beautiful rooms on the different floors of the Palazzo Fortuny.





Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black

Lake Constance


Ceramic landscape recreation


The mood of the above relaxed landscape prompted me to seek out ceramic pieces that projected a similar calm. Grazing sheep on a gentle slope leading down to a light infused valley, flooded with tonal contrasts, towards distant dark mountains projected a visceral calm. An alluring dichotomy exists between the innocence of the grazing sheep and the white lake against the foreboding dark mountains in the background. Overall the prevailing impression is of the sublime so I decided to recreate this mood in a post with ceramic pieces of black, white and an assortment of greens. I favored a faded pallete and unglazed porcelains with matt surfaces and gentle textures to capture a relaxed feeling. Uncomplicated pieces, predominantly handmade, were also featured to enhance an organic appearance with an air of simplicity. I mainly favored porcelains for their durability and  being symbiotic with the endurance of the natural world. Images edited with ethereal misty contrasts that imitate the light diffusion that saturates landscapes were also used.


Rimma-Tchilingarian-two white-porcelain-vessels

Rimmam Tchilingarian white porcelain vessels




Steve-Leaning-ceramic-jug for Newton Pottery

Steve Leaning ceramic jug for Newton Pottery



Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel Puls Ceramics

Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel

Puls Ceramics



Monika Debus; Glazed Ceramic Vessel, 2013.

Monika Debus; matt glaze ceramic sculpture, 2013.




Rina Menardi’s collection of hand-made stoneware pieces in black and white

Rina Menardi’s collection of hand-made stoneware pieces


Ryota-Aoki - three white pitchers

Ryota Aoki – Three white porcelain pitchers




Ryota Aoki hexagonal cups


handmade bone-china-by-Caroline Swift

Handmade bone china home wares by Caroline Swift


Aqua-by-serax- ceramic plates and bowls in green tones

Aqua series by Serax



Alied-Holman--Ah-Soulmates garden sculplture

Alied Holman — ‘Ah Soulmates’




Light Green Ceramic Creamer

via PotteryBySaleek on Etsy

Kahler-Mano- matt green ceramic Storage-Jar

Kahler Mano- matt pastel green ceramic Storage Jar




Ryota Aoki Pottery porcelain vessel

Ryota Aoki Porcelain vessel



Worn ceramic wares in a rustic setting

Rustic Ikebana – Beauty of Artifacts  — Author-Han



Belgian-designer-Quentin-de-Coster-porcelain sculptures-called-Indiscipline

Belgian designer Quentin de Coster porcelain vessels series called ‘Indiscipline’



Ceramic pourers – Yoko Terai




Black and white Chawan by Wakako Senda




Ceramic bottle-by-Taizo-Kuroda

Whhite ceramic bottle – Taizo Kuroda



Green carafe by Derek Wilson, Cafe Ceramics by Jack Doherty, photo by Peter Rowen

Carafe by Derek Wilson, Cafe Ceramics by Jack Doherty, photo by Peter Rowen



Elongated ovoid ceramic vessel-by-Taizo-Kuroda

White ceramic vessel by Taizo Kuroda



Daniel-Smith-green-ceramic canisters

Daniel Smith green ceramic canisters



Designer Martín Azúa has collaborated with Marc Vidal for the project “Vase With Stone inserts

Designer Martín Azúa has collaborated with Marc Vidal for the project “Vase With Stone”



Doodoriumi sky black Yukitsubo Ryota Aoki



White Dress-up-vases-by-Nendo

Dress up vases by Nendo



Elephant-Ceramics-white-ovoid plate

Elephant Ceramics white ovoid plate




Black and white ceramic cup – John Ward, UK



Emptiness-Plate in black and white-x-Paola-Navone-for-Merci

‘Emptiness Plate’ – Paola Navone for Merci, Milan


Three Eric-Bonnin-plates

Eric Bonnin plates




Etsy-Shop-Back-Bay-Pottery nimt green lidded canisters

 Mint green lidded canisters

Etsy Shop Back Bay Pottery





Fukami Sueharu--Seascape Porcelain with celadon glaze,-2004

Fukami Sueharu — ‘Seascape’ Porcelain with celadon glaze,-2004



Handmade-Clay-lidded Casserole-by-JohnMcCoyPottery-on-Etsy,

Handmade Clay Casserole by JohnMcCoyPottery on Etsy




Jeff Mincham – Tea bowl on beach mangrove base



hand-made tiny planters with succulents from the talented creative London based Stella Bagott

Hand-made tiny planters with succulents from London based Stella Bagott




hand-thrown porcelain vessel accented with a pebble inspired surface design in whiteSweet Pea in Bright Green Large by kimwestad on Etsy

 ‘Sweet Pea’ with Bright green interior by kimwestad on Etsy

Hand-thrown porcelain vessel accented with a pebble inspired surface design in white




Ineke-van-Poppel ceramic bowl

Ineke van Poppel



Ingrid-Bathe-white ceramic-cup

Ingrid Bathe ceramic cup and saucer


Janaki Larsen, a female potter from Vancouver I love the soil, everything about it, color, smell, feel, I just want to use the soil to create

Janaki Larsen, a female potter from Vancouver

‘I love the soil, everything about it, color, smell, feel, I just want to use the soil to create’.




Janaki Larsen – white ceramic ribbed vase




Jan-Lewin-Cadogan-elegant green-bowl

Jan Lewin Cadogan elegant green bowl

 Technical: white stoneware clay. Various barium glazes. Various lava/crater glazes. Glossy deep blue or turquoise stone ware glazes. Fired to 1260 Celsius.




Japanese Stoneware Cup and Saucer – Turquoise and Natural Specks by Mayumi Yamashita


Jarjour-Pottery-sgraffito-black and white planter

Jarjour Pottery sgraffito black and white planter and dish, Australia



-Thrown-and-Altered-jar in -Green by Se Kim

Thrown and Altered jar in green by Se Kim


John-Ward-green and brown ceramic-vase

John Ward




Jomon by Cook Play designed by the Frenchman Philippe Starck set of bowls and trays in porcelain

Jomon by Cook Play designed by the Frenchman Philippe Starck – set of bowls and trays in porcelain



Junyao deep bowl with blue glaze, 12th century, Song Dynasty (AD 960 – 1279)

Junyao deep bowl with aqua blue glaze, 12th century, Song Dynasty (AD 960 – 1279)



Kayoko-Hoshino-black ceramic sculptural-bowl

Kayoko Hoshino – black ceramic sculptural bowl



Kose Ceramics - Designer Rosaria RattinRattin

Kose Ceramics – Designer Rosaria Rattin, Milan

 The “KOSE” collection was created to rediscover ancient artisanal handcrafting in this new technological age that we live in.


Laura-Strasser-fabric texture ceramic-dish

Laura Strasser fabric texture ceramic dish





Lenneke Wispelwey design —  teal  green and white ceramic vessels



Lindsay Rogers Ceramics black and white Zen plate

Lindsay Rogers Ceramics



Lucie Rie ceramic bowl

Lucie Rie




Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set

Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set ( Eva Ziesel inspired)




Angela-Mellor-bone-china translucent vessel

Bone china bowl by Angela Mellor—2013




Mike Jabbur Mug

MudFire Gallery



Noriko Ushio- ceramic pitcher



Oomori-Kenji wavt y surface vase

Oomori Kenji




Lidded-ceramic-bowls and green chilis

Lidded ceramic bowls and green chillies



Beauty of Artifacts  — Author—Han


black ceramic globular vessel on white stool

Black ceramic globular vessel ikebana


Shio-Kusaka-white-ceramic-porcelain vessel

Shio Kusaka porcelain vessel





Clémentine Dupré ceramic vessels




 green milk pitcher - studio pottery danish handmade by northvintage

Danish green milk pitcher




Rimma-Tchilingarian-design-studio ceramic vessel

Rimma Tchilingarian design studio vase



puls-ceramics-Erna-Aaltonen-ceramic vessel

Erna Aaltonen ceramic ovoid vessel



Romy-Northover-ceramics white bowl-Moon-Tide-photographs-by-FINRAZ

Romy Northover ceramic white bowl – ‘Moon Tide’

photography by FINRAZ



Ryota-Aoki-white porcelain-vases

Ryota Aoki white porcelain vases



Ryota Aoki-Katakuchi-S,M,L-porcelain

Ryota Aoki Katakuchi porcelain bowls




Sara-Flynn-porcelain vessel

Sara Flynn



sarah-klassen-white porcelain-homewares

Sarah Klassen white porcelain homewares




White-Serax-stacked bowls

White-Serax bowls




Serax-green-ceramic homewares

Serax avocado green homewares



Big Sur Bowl #9 from Esther Studios



Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel

Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel



Angela Mellor, Spray Bowl,-Bone China, Green and Gold

Angela Mellor, Spray Bowl, Bone China, Green and Gold



Shiga-Shigeo-lidded-green-ceramic vessel

Shiga Shigeo




Stem-vase-Kose-Soffio-&-Goccia---Designer Rosaria Rattin

Kose Stem vase — Designer Rosaria Rattin



Thrown and altered porcelain bowl by Jack Doherty that he has soda fired in a gas kiln.

Thrown and altered porcelain bowl by Jack Doherty, soda fired in a gas kiln.




Tina-Vlassopulos-contemporary-ceramic vessel

Tina Vlassopulos contemporary ceramics



Toronto-based JessiMarie Lertvilai’s Love is Blind Vase is adorned with the braille-translated love letters of friends, family, and strangers

Toronto based JessiMarie Lertvilai’s Love is Blind Vase –  adorned with the braille-translated love letters of friends, family, and strangers





Tania Rolland



Yasha-Butler-ceramic bowl

Yasha Butler ceramics



Three-porcelain mint green -jugs--Emily-Myers

Three porcelain mint green jugs — Emily Myers




Yasha Butler bowl set





Yasha Butler—Off Circle Vessels





Yasha Butler—Plateau and Spoon





White ceramic jug – Dove Street Pottery




YuliaTsukerman-Vanitas-Collection - white ceramic vessel set

Yulia Tsukerman ‘Vanitas’ Collection






Los Angeles ceramic sculptor – Beverly Morrison


Beverly-Morrison ceramic -sculptures- California

Beverly Morrison ceramic sculptures

“Intentions are very important to me and I begin every sculpture with a very a concrete motive. I empty myself, infusing my ‘will’ upon each piece and the clay absorbs it. Working with the female form has proven to be a natural vehicle for expressing and displaying this type of ‘saturation’. I never grow tired of the unending possibilities it presents.”


Graceful and sensual figurative sculptures with a theme of elemental like forms merging with flowing abstract shapes and natural textures. Beverly Morrison sums up her sculptural journey when she says, ” along with the female form, I am constantly in awe of the natural world. I use different techniques of texturing and coloring, inspired by nature, to assist with my exploration of certain ‘conflicted states’ in my work. Figures may exude a sense of balance and harmony or a sort of sensual tranquility; while, superficially, textural surfaces influence them with a type of emotional conflict. ”
“The figure is a subject matter that embodies so many enticing and seductive qualities and being able to combine such differing characteristics is intoxicating: supple in body, graceful in line, elegant in form; and yet exuding a presence of strength and emotional intensity all at once. It’s this fusion of characteristics that radiates an unending supply of motivation for me as an artist.”




Celestial-Chaos-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison ceramic bust

‘Celestial Chaos’ by Beverly Morrison



Ceramic bottle sculptures - "Saisho" - With Inlay (left) & The "Seed" (right)  - Beverly Morrison

“Saisho” – With Inlay (left) & The “Seed” (right)  – Beverly Morrison

Meaning ‘The First’, the Saisho has been cast in glacier white porcelain, and enhanced with a colored slip inlay. The surface has been sealed and buffed to a slight sheen.The Brushwork Series makes a statement on mindfully living in the moment and capturing that instant through a ‘playful gesture’ of a brushstroke.



‘Earth Mother’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



The Gemini Sculpture by Beverly Morrison -- two females back to back

The ‘Gemini Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison portrait photo

Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison Morphic series abstract ceramic sculpture

‘Morphic Series Shape C’ – Beverly Morrison

Height 12 inches



Female bust sculpture by Beverly Morrison

‘Asana’ – Beverly Morrison


‘Amused’ – Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



Meridian-Series-abstract sculpture -- Beverly-Morrison

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison




Meridian-Series-Beverly-Morrison--abstract ceramic sculpture

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison


‘The Meridian Series is about the beautiful illusionary restraints we place on our natural selves throughout a lifetime.’



Lost-in-Translation-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison sculpture of a naked woman

‘Lost in Translation’ — Beverly Morrison




The-Seed---Black-Clay-vessel - Beverly-Morrison

‘The Seed ‘—Black Clay — Beverly Morrison

height 14.25 inches




Limbo Stoneware, reclining nude female sculpture - Cone 6, Slips and Acrylic Stains By Beverly Morrison

‘Limbo’ Stoneware, Cone 6, Slips and Acrylic Stains By Beverly Morrison



Ceramic Leaf-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Leaf Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



Growth'-female head bust ceramic Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Growth’  — Beverly Morrison

height 16.5 inches

This is one of my favorite pieces to date. I keep her in my home as a sort of spiritual guardian. She reminds me of where I was, what I have accomplished and where I am going.

“From beneath the darkened murky waters the Lotus grows.
Navigating her way towards the warmth of the sun.
The filth of circumstance falling away as she awakens to the new possibilities of life.”




Growing Pains By Beverly Morrison naked emental figure sculpture

‘Growing Pains’ By Beverly Morrison




‘Sway’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



Waizu'---In Cream Beverly Morrison - ceramic sculptural bottle

‘Waizu’ — In Cream–  Beverly Morrison



Yume'--In-Silver-Beverly Morrison Two female busts

‘Yume’ In Silver – Beverly Morrison

9.5 inches



‘The Seed’  — Mixed Clay — Beverly Morrison




Yellow Woman---Beverly Morrison---Ceramic-Sculptor

‘Yellow Woman’ — Beverly Morrison




‘Morphic Series Pair – In Black’ – Beverley Morrison

“The Morphic Series” is a Limited Edition Collection that explores movement and interaction.



Beverly-Morrison---Ceramic nude standing female with wild hair

Beverly Morrison—Ceramic female nude sculpture




The Dyad---Twin Souls-Beverly-Morrison cojoined female sculpture-

‘The Dyad –Twin Souls’ – Beverly Morrison




‘The Dream’ Stoneware sculpture, Cone 6, Slips and Patinas By Beverly Morrison



Morphic-Series the gathering---Shape-B-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

Morphic Series ‘The gathering’ by Beverly Morrison



'Moon'-small-wall-sculpture-Beverly-Morrison- naked female bust

‘Moon’ small wall sculpture  — Beverley Morrison



Release-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison Height 32"

‘Release’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison

Height 32 inches

‘It’s only until you fully Accept the circumstances that life has presented to you, can you then fully Surrender to it… By surrendering you can then finally release it and move on…’ – BM





‘Otōto’ ceramic sculpture bottle with Brushwork – Beverly Morrison

height 7 3/8 inches



‘Saisho – In Deconstruction’ – Beverly Morrison




‘Sadness’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



Saisho'---Mixed-Clay-Sculpture vessel-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Saisho’ —Mixed Clay Sculpture vessel – Beverly Morrison




‘The Bernini Sisters’ — Two figurative ceramic sculptures — Beverly Morrison



The-Bernini-Sisters---Ceramic---Sculpture by Beverly Norrison

‘The Bernini Sisters’  — Beverly Morrison



‘Mini Muses’ Series — Wall Sculpture – Beverly Morrison





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