Monthly Archives: April 2018

Saggar fired vessels, atmospheric surface mystique

 

 

White earthenware clay, burnished, terra sigillata - Alex Mandli lidded vessel

Alex Mandli lidded saggar fired vessel

 

Organic ethereal hues merged with pastel palettes and a matt surface characterize the appearance of saggar fired pottery. The responsiveness of natural clays to various combustion materials used in the saggar firing process is strikingly highlighted by the creative fury and fusion expressed in the random dynamic details and atmospheric surface mystique, to reflect the spontaneous beauty of nature. I see fascinating surrealist, expressionistic landscapes when I look at the enchanting, natural designs that occur on the exterior of a saggar fired piece.

 

 

Alex Mandli, Wisconsin

 

“My current work seeks to perfect the very essence of making ceramics by focusing on just clay, water, and fire. The saggar firing process relies on the skill and experience I have developed over thirty years to create an environment of combustible materials that will use the fire as a painter uses a brush.”

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White earthenware clay, burnished, terra sigillata Alex Mandli squat vessel

White earthenware clay pot, burnished, terra sigillata by Alex Mandli

 

 

Saggar Fired Pottery urn-Alex Mandli

Saggar Fired Pottery urn – Alex Mandli

 

 

Alex Mandli - Pit fired pottery (White earthenware clay, burnished, terra siggliata)

Alex Mandli – Pit fired pottery (White earthenware clay, burnished, terra siggliata)

 

 

Alex Mandli saggar fired pottery

Alex Mandli saggar fired pottery

 

 

Alex Mandli pottery demonstration-outside-the-Racine Art Museum,-Racine-Gallery-Night,

Alex Mandli street pottery throwing demo, Racine Art Museum

For Alex’s saggar pottery, each piece is thrown on the potter’s wheel from white earthenware clay that matures at (cone 04) 2,008 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

When the pots are leather hard, 3-5 coats of terra-sigillata are applied, followed by a polishing with a chamoi

 Alex Mandli applying 3-5 coats of terra-sigillata (fine clay)

After the pots are thrown on a potter’s wheel they are burnished several times while drying, to smooth the surface and bring up the finer particles of clay. When the pots are leather hard, 3-5 coats of terra-sigillata are applied, followed by  polishing with a chamois.

 

 

Alex mandliSaggar firing in a kiln with clay vessel

Alex Mandli firing in a saggar encasing

Before the Saggar firing is pereformed in the kiln, a bisque firing is done at a relatively low temperature, which allows the clay body to absorb the effects of the combustible materials. Each saggar holds an individual pot packed with sawdust, hard woods, and a variety of combustible materials such as paper, straw, dry weeds, grass, iron, and ceramic colorants.

The saggar firing begins with a soft flame for the first hour, gradually increasing the temperature to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 4-8 hours. At this point, the burners are shut off, the openings are plugged, and the kiln remains undisturbed for 18-20 hours. After the firing, the pots are washed, allowed to dry for a week, and polished. No glaze is applied to the pots.

 

 

Pots cooling after a pit firing

Pots cooling after a pit firing

 

 

Saggar-vessel-carrara--Alex-Mandli

Saggar pottery – Alex Mandli

The surface marks on this pot are made by soaking combustible materials in iron and salt water, resulting in a surprising marble-like effect.

 

 

 

Michelangelo Buonarroti views the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel - Alex Mandli sculpture

Alex Mandli sculpture — ‘Michelangelo Tries Virtual Reality’

 

 

 

Pit Fired Pottery-Alex Mandli

Pit Fired Pottery – Alex Mandli

 

 

Saggar Fired Pottery lidded vessel---Alex Mandli

Saggar Fired Pottery lidded vessel—Alex Mandli

 

 

Alex Mandli saggar fired lidded vessel White earthenware clay, burnished, terra sigillata

Alex Mandli saggar fired lidded vessel

 

 

Alex Mandli saggar fired lidded ovoid vessel White earthenware clay, burnished, terra sigillata

Alex Mandli saggar fired lidded ovoid vessel

 

 

Alex Mandli saggar fired bulbous vessel

White earthenware clay, burnished, terra sigillata

 

 

Alex Mandli saggar  vessel

 

 

Other pottery styles from Alex Mandli

 

Ginkgo Series- Terra cotta clay, black slip, terra cotta slip trailing Alex Mandli

Alex Mandli Ginkgo Series- Terracotta clay, black slip, terracotta slip trailing

 

 

Alex Mandli -- Grapevine Series Terra cotta clay, colored clay, sgraffito, slip trailing

Alex Mandli — Grapevine Series Terracotta clay, colored clay, sgraffito, slip trailing

 

 

Alex Mandli -- Grapevine Series Terra cotta clay, colored clay, sgraffito, slip trailing

Alex Mandli — Grapevine Series — Terracotta clay vessel with colored clay, sgraffito, slip trailing

 

 

Alex Mandli - Black & White Series White earthenware clay, black slip decoration, sgraffito, slip trailing, clear glaze

Alex Mandli – Black & White Series White earthenware clay, black slip decoration, sgraffito, slip trailing, clear glaze

 

 

Alex Mandli – Black & White Series White earthenware clay, black slip decoration, sgraffito, slip trailing, clear glaze

 

 

Fish & Fishhead Serie- Muskellunge, terracotta clay, colored slips, clear glaze - Alex Mandli

Fish & Fishhead Serie- Muskellunge, terracotta clay, colored slips, clear glaze – Alex Mandli

 

 

Alex Mandli -- Frederick’s of Hollywood Series- Terra cotta clay, white and black slips, clear glaze

Alex Mandli — Frederick’s of Hollywood Series- Terracotta clay, white and black slips, clear glaze

 

 

Alex Mandli – Grapevine Series– Terracotta clay, colored clay, clear glaze

 

 

Alex Mandli-Frederick’s-of-Hollywood-Series

Alex Mandli — Frederick’s of Hollywood Series

 

Allison Brannen, Toronto

 

“I use various methods – hand building, wheel throwing and slip casting to create my work. I build my own molds. The surface of the piece is as important to me as the form. I apply several coats of terra sigillata then buff and bisque fire to cone 010. I apply another coat of terra sigillata before firing to cone 05. The saggar chamber is packed with wood chips, copper oxide, iron oxide and salt. This smoky reduction atmosphere produces some interesting results. I enjoy each part of the process from the wet forming to the buffing and marks of the fire on the finished pot. Finally I coat the piece with bees wax or varnish to protect the surface.”

Alison Brannen has been making art for 30 years, working primarily in clay for the past 20.

 

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Allison Brannen saggar fired bowl

Allison Brannen saggar fired bowl

 

 

Alison Brannen sagger vase

Allison Brannen saggar fired vase

 

 

Allison Brannen saggar fired vase

Allison Brannen saggar fired vase

 

 

Allison Brannen saggar fired sculptural vessel

Allison Brannen saggar fired sculptural vessel

 

 

Allison-Brannen-raku reduction vessel

Allison Brannen raku fluted vessel

 

Allison-Brenner-saggar-vessel, Toronto pottery

Allison Brannen saggar vase, Toronto

 

 

Allison Brannen saggar pottery

Allison Brannen saggar pottery

 

 

Allison Brannen wave sculpture vase

Allison Brannen wave sculpture saggar fired vessel

 

 

Allison Brannen ceramic decanter

Allison Brannen decanter

 

 

Allison-Brannen-saggar_vessel_8x16_large

Allison Brannen large saggar vessel

8″x16″

 

Saggar fired pottery-Allison Brannen

Saggar fired pottery- Allison Brannen

 

 

Saggar vessel-8x8--Allison Brannen

Saggar vessel – Allison Brannen

8″x 8″

 

 

Urn 1-Allison Brannen saggar fired baluster vase

Urn 1- Allison Brannen saggar fired baluster vase with horsehair highlights

 

 

 

Raku-vessel-Allison Brannen

Allison Brannen raku

 

 

More saggar fired vessels

 

Alistair-Danhieux,-France - saggar fired vessel

Alistairb Danhieux saggar fired vessel

France

 

 

Lauren Bellero saggar fired lidded vessel

Lauren Bellero saggar fired lidded vessel

 

 

M-.Wein Sager fired-in seaweed and copper carb. sprayed with cobalt chloride

M.Wein Sager vessel fired-in seaweed and copper carb. sprayed with cobalt chloride

Nelson Bay, Australia

 

 

Martin O'Neill--saggar ovoid vessel

Martin O’Neill — saggar ovoid vessel

UK

 

 

Pit fired spherical pot --Martin O'neill

Pit fired spherical pot –Martin O’neill

 

 

Martin-ONeill-saggar ceramics-on-Etsy

Martin O’Neill -saggar pottery

 

 

Martin O'Neill. Saggar Fired vessel

Martin O’Neill. Saggar Fired vessel

 

 

Philippe Buraud & Jacqueline Hoerter

Philippe Buraud & Jacqueline Hoerter

 

 

Judy Motzkin Urn

Judy Motzkin ‘Spirit Keeper Urn’  (opening at base)

 

 

 

pit fired pottery by Judy Motzkin

Pit fired pottery by Judy Motzkin

 

Colleen O'Sullivan, Pit Fired Urn,

Colleen O’Sullivan urn, NY

 

 

Judy Blake---Saggar fired pottery

Judy Blake—Saggar fired pottery

 

 

Roque Martínez Pit fired saggar vessel

 

Roque Martínez ovoid pit fired saggar vessel

 

 

M.Wein Sager fire with crackle glazed top

M.Wein Sagger fired with crackle glazed top

 

 

Maya semi reduction SMOKE resist, negative decoration vessel

Semi reduction SMOKE resist, negative decoration vessel by Gerasimo Sosa Alache of
Chulucanas Peru. 1978

See comment below from Gloria C Joyce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome ceramic art feed

 

Contemporary, ancient, classic, vintage, inspiring, original, outstanding ceramic art 

 

 

Jacques Kaufmann

 

28 November – 21 December 2018

Erskine, Hall & Coe are featuring Jacques Kaufmann’s first exhibition in London, comprising over seventy works in stoneware, porcelain, slate and mixed clays, made between 1990 and 2018.

 

Jacques-Kaufmann----ceramics--Erskine-Hall and Coe

Jacques Kaufmann

 

 

Jacques Kaufmann

 

 

Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SP

+44 (0) 20 7491 1706
[email protected]
www.erskinehallcoe.com

 

Taxile Doat, Sevres   1920’s

 

Glass, Textiles, Lacquer & Ceramic’

Current exhibition at London’s Erskine, Hall & Coe until 21 November 2018

Featuring glass sculptures by Ritsue Mishima, indigo dyed textiles by Shihoko Fukumoto, and a beautiful lacquer sculpture by Toshimasa Kikuchi. accompanied with a selection of tea bowls by Hiro Ajiki, Ryoji Koie, Shozo Michikawa, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Shiro Tsujimura.

Opening Hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

 

Indigo dyed textiles by Shihoko Fukumoto

Indigo dyed wall hanging textile by Shihoko Fukumoto

 

 

 

Glass sculptures by Ritsue Mishima

Glass sculpture by Ritsue Mishima

 

 

Beautiful-lacquer-sculpture-by-Toshimasa-Kikuchi.

Lacquered wood sculpture by Toshimasa Kikuchi.

 

 

selection of tea bowls by Hiro Ajiki, Ryoji Koie, Shozo Michikawa, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Shiro Tsujimura.

Selection of tea bowls by Hiro Ajiki, Ryoji Koie, Shozo Michikawa, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Tatsuzo Shimaoka and Shiro Tsujimura.

 

International Ceramic Art Exposition

Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to be participating in the International Ceramic Art Exposition at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada. This inaugural event is part of the museum’s annual fundraiser, New + Now and celebrates emerging artists as well as Canadian and international ceramics. The works we are contributing to this display include an early tea set and porcelain and manganese vase by Lucie Rie, a dark earthenware sculpture by Gordon Baldwin and some porcelain vessels by Sara Flynn.

The exposition will be held at the Gardiner Museum at 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, M5S 2C7 Canada, and will be open on Friday, the 16th of November from 10am – 6pm, and Saturday, the 17th from 10am – 3pm.

 

Gordon Baldwin ceramic sculpture

Gordon Baldwin ceramic sculpture

 

 

 

Lucie Rie-vintage tea-set

Lucie Rie teapot, pourer with cup and saucer

 

 

Lucy Rie-manganese trumpet vase

Lucy Rie flared vase

 

 

Sara Flynn Irish ceramics

Sara Flynn

 

 

Celebration of Seagrove Potters Gala 2018

 

Friday Nov 16th, 2018 Gala 6-9 PM – Catered Reception, Live Music, Collaborative Auction

The local Seagrove artists have joined together to create an evening to celebrate Seagrove Potters artistry and craftsmanship in this annual show.

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 2018  Friday Nov 18   – Sun Nov 20

Indoors at Historic Luck’s Cannery 798 NC Highway 705. Seagrove, NC 27341 (1/2 mile South of Traffic light in Seagrove, NC

 

 

Large ovoid vessel - Mark Hewitt on-tales-of-red-clay rambler interview

Large ovoid vessel – Mark Hewitt

 

 

 

Lidded-Jar-by-Samantha-Henneke--Bulldog Pottery

Lidded Jar by Samantha Henneke–Bulldog Pottery

 

 

Twin handled large drip glaze vase, Windsong Pottery

Windsong Pottery, NC

 

 

Sara Flynn exhibition

3 – 25th October, 2018

 

Erskine, Hall & Coe
Gallery Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm (during exhibitions only)

 

Irish-born sculptor and ceramicist Sara Flynn is having her exhibition of new work in porcelain and bronze at the London gallery of Erskine, Hall and Coe

 

 

Flection Vessel  —  Sara Flynn

2018

 

Irish ceramicist Sara Flynn

 

 

Sara Flynn-Flection-Vessel,-2018-porcelain contemporary

Sara Flynn sculptural ‘Flection Vessel’, 2018 porcelain contemporary

 

 

Sarah Flynn Irish ceramics

Contemporary ceramic vessels – Sara Flynn

 

Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SP

+44 (0) 20 7491 1706
[email protected]
www.erskinehallcoe.com

 

 

Marinbunga Thunderstorm,-Tanami Mapping III---Pippin Drysdale---Sabbia Gallery

‘Marinbunga Thunderstorm’, Tanami Mapping III—Pippin Drysdale

Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

 

 

Denise and Peter Orlando,- arge Decorative Vase, Cream White vase

Denise and Peter Orlando large Decorative Cream White vase, 60’s

1st Dibs

 

 

Caved stone dice for ancient game called Bo

Caved bone 14 sided dice for ancient game called Bo, 2300 BC

Egyptian astrology had 14 planets, 7 for the day and 7 for the night. Maybe its related

 

 

Jim Robidson with his slab built landscap vase 2015

Jim Robison with his slab built landscape vase

2015

 

 

Hinrich Kroger is having a new Exhibition  — S.I.C.K. —  during the Berlin Art Week
Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm
Atelier Hinrich Kröger
10119 Berlin, Gipsstrasse 13

 

 

 

 

Chinese-Antique-Blue Lacquer Snuff-Bottle carved ceramic

Turquoises blue lacquer carved ceramic Snuff Bottle

 

 

Qing Dynasty,-18th Century Ivory Snuff with botanical motif

Qing Dynasty, 18th Century Ivory crackle glaze Snuff Bottle

 

see more atExquisite snuff bottle art’ (veniceclayartists)

 

 

1001 Pots

Val-David, Québec, Canada

Running till 12th August, 2018

 

1001-pots exhibition, Quebec

1001 Pots

 

1001-pots exhibition, Quebec

 

 

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh

‘Shadow and Smoke’ exhibition — 3rd August to 29th September —

Plinth Gallery, Colorado

See works from exhibition here

 

Shamai Sam Gibsh ceramic bowl

Shamai Sam Gibsh landscape bowl

 

 

 

Historic Spring - James Day -- -June,-2011-Clay relief carving

‘Historic Spring’ – James Day, June, 2011

 Clay relief carving

 

 

 

Louise Madzia face mug with thick handle

Louise Madzia face mug

See more here

 

 

Exhibition — 21st June 2017 — 15th July

Ulundi House, Portswood Square, Portswood Ridge, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

 

Lucinda Mudge-Pikachu Pixel Vase-2017

Lucinda Mudge- ‘Pikachu’ Pixel Vase – 2017

 

 

Lucie Rie Exhibition  —  27 June – 20 July 2018

 

Erskine, Hall & Coe — Ceramics + Modern Art

The show will consist of works that span over six decades, from rare pieces made in Vienna in the early 1930’s to beautiful bowls made in Rie’s Albion Mews studio in London in the late 1980’s.

 

Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SP

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[email protected]kinehallcoe.com
www.erskinehallcoe.com

 

Flared lip vase – Lucie Rie

 circa 1980s – Photographer Jane Bown.

 

 

Lucie Rie----Earthenware vessel

Lucie Rie

 

 

 

Lucie Rie-Carved Vase,-1960s

Lucie Rie – Carved Vase

1960’s

 

 

21st Les Journées de la Céramique 

 

110 ceramic artists from France and internationally at the Parisian ceramic festival

Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July, 2018

 

 

Les-journees-de-la-Ceramique poster

 

 

Manon Clouzeau--ceramic bowl and lid

Manon Clouzeau–ceramic bowl and lid

 

 

Raphaël Meyer Ceramic anagama fired sculpture

Raphaël Meyer —  ceramic anagama fired sculpture

 

 

 

Gwenaël Hémery--footed ceramic sculpture

Gwenaël Hémery — footed ceramic sculpture

 

 

Monika_Debus-Form, 2015 ceramic sculpture

Monika Debus  – ‘Form’  2015

 

See more here – Les Journées de la Céramique 

 

Weekend ceramic exhibition – June 23 – 24

 

Catherine-White--Warren-Frederick exhibition

 

 

summer-2018-Catherine-White footed vessel with hydrangia

Catherine White footed vessel with hydrangea

Summer 2018

 

 

Catherine-White--Warren-Frederick--- ceramic vessels

Catherine White & Warren Frederick

 

 

 

 

As part of the FOREST 2018 Artists’ Course,

the Galerie de LÔ presents a sober, colorful, surprising, poignant, amusing ceramic expose … Two weekends of discoveries, small and big pleasures assured with 12 ceramists and 1 cabinetmaker exposed!

JUNE 15TH> 9PM
JUNE 16/17 & 23/24 from 14H> 18H

The Gallery At Workshops
1190 Forest, Belgium
www.galeriedelo.be
0495.28.71.74

 

 

Qihui Huang ceramic sculpture

Qihui Huang ceramic sculpture – Galerie de L’O

 

 

Fabienne Withofs--Galerie de L'O

Fabienne Withofs — Galerie de L’O

 

 

Nathalie-Doyen--Galerie de L'O

Nathalie Doyen — Galerie de L’O

 

Eliane-Monin-ceramique-Galerie de L'O

Eliane-Monin — Galerie de L’O

 

 

AK Art Gallery-Eleni Kolaitou-large deep clay with crystal-bowl

Eleni Kolaitou- large deep clay with crystal bowl

AK Art Gallery

 

 

Toshiko Takaezu, ceramic double spout Vase

Toshiko Takaezu, ceramic double spout Vase

 

 

French Accolay duel vase - vintage

Vintage French Accolay duel vase

 

 

 

Celebration of Clay 2018
‘Contemporary Ceramics – Informed by Tradition’

 

This exhibit is coordinated with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. “Spring Arts” in Taos and is a celebration that showcases visual, performing, and literary arts of the community. Four galleries on Kit Carson Rd will be co-hosting this years’ show.

Copper Moon Gallery, Diana Miller
DAFA (David Anthony Fine Art), David Mapes
Total Arts Gallery Inc., Emily Wilde
Wilder/Nightingale Fine Art, Rob Wilder

 

Taos, NM Celebration of Clay 2018

 

 

Sheryl Zecharia contemporary Blue Pot

Sheryl Zecharia — ‘Blue Pot’

Celebration of Clay 2018 

 

 

Three raku cones - Baikal ceramics - Elena and Igor Tavolzhanskiy

3 raku cone vessels  —  Elena and Igor Tavolzhanskiy – Baikal ceramics.

Irkutsk, Russia

 

 

Traditional Russian figurine - Elena and Igor Tavolzhanskiy - Baikal ceramics.

Elena and Igor Tavolzhanskiy – Baikal ceramics.

 

 

Jean Cocteau---Orphée à la lyre-16in--diameter

Jean Cocteau— ‘Orphée à la lyre’ charger

16in–diameter

 

Kirchner, Léger, Scully & more – Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

 

Extended until 7 October 2018

Hilti Art Foundation is showing thirty-six selected paintings and sculptures from its internationally renowned private collection.The exhibition starts on the lower ground level with a section devoted to an exploration of the human form, and more specifically the female form. The depictions of women by Lehmbruck, Hodler, Picasso, Léger and Laurens show life in full bloom and at its most beautiful. Also a sculpture in contrast by Alberto Giacometti. The other floors include  paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, works by Kandinsky, Klee, Dubuffet, Imi Knoebel, Gotthard Graubner and Sean Scully.

 

Alberto Giacometti's sculpture Quatre femmes sur socle (1950), Eddy Risch © Hilti Art FoundationKunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture ‘Quatre femmes sur socle’ (1950),

Photo Eddy Risch © Hilti Art Foundation

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

 

Henri Laurens’ Flora -- Photo Eddy Risch © Hilti Art Foundation 

Henri Laurens’ ‘Flora’

Photo Eddy Risch © Hilti Art Foundation

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

 

 

Loewe Craft Prize 2018

 

at the Design Museum, London

 UNTIL 17 JUNE 2018

 

 

 

 

Shelf -- Jennifer Lee ceramic vessel

‘Shelf’ — Jennifer Lee — winner Loewe Craft Prize 2018

 Pale, Shadowed Speckled Traces, Fading Ellipse, Bronze Specks

2017

 

Takuro Kuwata – Tea Bowl 2017 — Special mention

 

 

 

‘Barkskin’  —   Irinia Razumovskaya, Russia

Stoneware, porcelain, glazes

 

 

The-Earthenware-Ferrari-Series-Ann-Van-Hoey

Ceramic and Ferrari red car paint – Ann Van Hoey

Belgium

 

 

 

Vivid Sydney —  Light, Music & Ideas Festival

Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018

 

 

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, Vivid, Sydney

 

Vivid Sydney--Friday 25 May 2018 to Saturday 16 June 2018 , Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbor – Vivid

 

 

 

African Uphiso by Jabu Nala burnished vessel

African Uphiso by Jabu Nala  – burnished vessel

 

 

 

Rosemary McClain--Paprys Motif Flower-Vase

Paprys Motif Flower Vase – Rosemary McClain

 

 

Gabrielle Richardson- large sgraffito vessel

Gabrielle Richardson- large sgraffito vessel

 

 

Sunday 13th May Ceramics in Charnwood’,
Loughborough Market Place. LE11 2TN

A dedicated ceramics market with over sixty potters and ceramic artists selling their work, exciting demonstrations and potters supply stand in the lovely market town of Loughborough, UK. 10am – 4.30pm

 

 

Ceramic sculptrre - Tawny Owl by Lynn Hazel

 ‘Tawny Owl’ by Lynn Hazel

 

 

Dish and vase -- Dragonfly pottery by Gill McMillan

Dish and vase — Dragonfly pottery by Gill McMillan – exhibitor at ‘Ceramics in Charnwood’, 2018

Gill throws and turns on a potter’s wheel. While the clay is half dry she draws and cuts out the design. After bisque firing, wax is applied to resist the glaze, copper carbonate is painted where desired, and the glaze is applied. The pieces are fired to 1260°C.  Liquid metallic lustres are painted on, and then fired again to 700°C.

 

 

Three elegant vases Gill McMillan

Gill McMillan

 

 

Steve-Smith-Knights -- two knights in full armour

Steve Smith- ‘Knights’

– exhibitor at ‘Ceramics in Charnwood’, 2018

 

 

‘Birds’ by Debbie Barber

– exhibitor at ‘Ceramics in Charnwood’, 2018

 

 

 

Red-figure squat lekythos with molded clay reliefs of Triptolemos, Demeter and Persephone, ca. 375–350 B.C.GreekAttic

Red-figure squat lekythos with molded clay reliefs of Triptolemos, Demeter and Persephone

ca. 375–350 B.C.GreekAttic

 

Surfer Vase by Australian artist Gerry Wedd

‘Surfer Vase’  —  Gerry Wedd

 

 

Faux wood vase  --  Granjeanx Jourdan

  Faux wood vase  —  Granjeanx Jourdan , Vallauris

Cérart Monaco

 

 

studio pottery plate by Clyde Burt , three skeletal figures on a speckled glaze

60’s plate by Clyde Burt , three skeletal figures on a speckled glaze

 

 

2018 European Stone Stacking Championship in Dunbar, Scotland

2018 European Stone Stacking Championship in Dunbar, Scotland

 

 

Carole-Young-Bold-Vase--Spectrum-Gallery with hand painted flower decoration

Carole Young —  ‘Bold Vase’

Spectrum Gallery, Essex, CT

 

 

Claudine Burns Smith - Spectrum Gallery - -Vase-With-Handles-Brown

‘Vase With Handles Brown’  —  Claudine Burns Smith

Spectrum Gallery

 

 

Kaye Poulton_Showcase 17 photo by Sarah Werkmeister

Kaye Poulton — ‘Showcase 17′ –  Shepparton Art Museum

Running till May 2nd 2018  —  photo by Sarah Werkmeister

 

Spinach and russet jade mountain-group,-19th century--carved-in relief with scholar painting

Spinach and russet jade mountain group, carved in relief with scholar painting

China 19th century

 

 

Oregon Potters Association 36th Annual Show & Sale

 

April 27-29, 2018
Showcase Directory

Oregon Potter Association Ceramic Showcaase

Click to EXPAND

 

Brenda Scott teapot and cups

Booth 32 – Ceramic Showcase 2018

 

 

Princess+Yaegaki--Jan-Rentenaar ceramic figurine

‘Princess Yaegaki’ — Jan Rentenaar ceramic figurine

Booth 86 – Ceramic Showcase 2018

 

 

Eric-Astoul Fremch ceramicist

Eric Astoul

 

Red jug/vase Theodor Bogler design for Staatliche Majolika Manufaktur 1954

Theodor Bogler red vase/jug design for Staatliche Majolika Manufaktur, 1954

Blue vase  Anne Feuchter for Schawelka, Weimar , 1950

 

 

 

Vases, 1956. Germany. Anne Feuchter-Schawelka.

Anne Feuchter for Schawelka, Weimar

 

 

Replica  of  Venus of Willendorf  – Werkstätten, Germany

 Venus of Willendorf is one of the most famous archaeological finds in Austria and was built around 25,000 BC

MuseumGoods

 

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2018

from 27 to 29 April shows — Atelier Hinrich Kröger / Volkskunst Berlin

 

Atelier Hinrich Kröger
Tel: +49 (0) 1621038018
S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, subway Weinmeisterstraße, tram M1 M2

Atelier Hinrich Kroeger, Berlin

 

 

Poodle ‘Jean Paul Ecstacy’  — Atelier Hinrich Kroeger

 

 

 

Open Studio – Aimee Brewer/James Diem/Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield/Melanie Thompson – 20-21-22 April 2018

Gorge Artists

 

Aimée_ Brewer ovoid vase

Aimee Brewer

Gorge Artists

 

Pitcher-Aimee-Brewer

Pitcher – Aimee Brewer

Gorge Artists

 

James Diem ceramics

James Diem

Gorge Artists

 

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield_Angels-figurine

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

Gorge Artists

 

Melanie Thompson

Gorge Artists

 

Seagrove, NC Spring Pottery Tour April 21-22, 2018

 

Visit over 55 participating shops and galleries located within a 20 mile radius of the town’s center. Throughout this historic pottery community you can meet the artist, see demonstrations, tour workshops, kiln sheds, listen to music and purchase freshly made pieces of Seagrove pottery!

 

 

Benjamin Burns ceramic platter NC

Benjamin Burns ceramic platter NC, USA

 

 

Takuro-Shibata North Carolina pottery

Takuro Shibata, Studio Touya

North Carolina

 

Seagrove, NC

 

 

Levi decorating, Michael Mahan Pottery

From The Ground Up

 

 

Daniel Johnston Pottery NC three lidded ceramic vessels

Daniel Johnston Pottery, NC

 

Emily Gardiner contemporary black and white sculpture

Emily Gardiner contemporary black and white sculpture

Nature Lab

 

 

Alain Ficho--Flat Crystalline Vase with curved base

Alain Ficho–Flat Crystalline Vase, France

 

 

Yui Tsujimura - globular bottle vase on wood base

Yui Tsujimura – globular bottle vase

 

 

Ceramic art of the Earth — Taoist perspective

 

Pottery is basically born of the earth and its essential production reinforces its inherent Earth element due to the firing process. Fire enhances earth according to the ancient Taoist five element theory and Earth balances all the other elements. The Earth season arrives four times a year at every season change in an attempt to re-balance and maintain order and has a duration of  one month each time. Our solar system was created from a massive centrifugal thrust and the Earth is still in motion from this beginning. The potters wheel replicates the same centrifugal force to push the clay into form making the humble pot stand as a statement of the balance in our primal creative power and elements

.

 

 

Genuine Iga flower vase, Momoyama Period (1573-1615) Collection of Tokyo National Museum

 Iga flower vase, Momoyama Period (1573-1615)

Collection of Tokyo National Museum

 

 

Angus His, France

 

 

 

IMAX Benigna Large Vase

Imax Benigna wide floor vase

 

 

 

Teplitz Amphora - handled vessel, bulbous form with a blue and white forest scene,

Teplitz Amphora – gold handled vessel, bulbous form with a blue and white forest scene

 

 

British Ceramics exhibition —

 

Featuring 20th century and contemporary British studio pottery by Gordon Baldwin, Joanna Constantinidis, Hans Coper, Ruth Duckworth, Ian Godfrey, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Ewen Henderson, Jennifer Lee, Lucie Rie, James Tower and John Ward.

 26 April – 26 May 2018
 Erskine, Hall & Coe
15 Royal Arcade 
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm (during exhibitions)
 tel +44 (0)20 7491 1706 –  [email protected]

 

Gordon Baldwin (b. 1932) Massive blue bowl, 1991earthenware, painted coloured slips and glazes, 53.5 cm diameter

Gordon Baldwin – Massive blue bowl – earthenware, painted colored slips and glazes

1991 –  53.5 cm dia

 British Ceramics exhibition

 

 

Ian Godfrey (1942­1992)Flask with Beast, 1970s stoneware, 14 x 17.5 cm

Ian Godfrey – ‘Flask with Beast’, 1970’s stoneware

14 x 17.5 cm

 British Ceramics exhibition

 

 

John Ward------Bowl and vase-stoneware,-36.5-x-25cm

John Ward—— Bowl and vase – stoneware

36.5-x-25cm

 British Ceramics exhibition

 

 

Jennifer Lee Pale shale, bronze specks, haloed granite bands, rust flashing, tilted shelf, 2017 handbuilt coloured stoneware, 27.4 x 15.7 x 14.5 cm

Jennifer Lee  – Pale shale, bronze specks, haloed granite bands, rust flashing, tilted shelf

2017 –  handbuilt colored stoneware, 27.4 x 15.7 x 14.5 cm

 

Lucie Rie (1902­1995)Cupporcelain & white glaze with manganese rim, 8.3 x 6.4 cm

Lucie Rie footed cup – porcelain & white glaze with manganese rim

1902­-1995  — 8.3 x 6.4 cm

 

Lucie-Rie (1902­1995) Early Tea Set,

Lucie Rie Early Tea Set

“If one should ask me whether I believe to be a modern potter or a potter of tradition I would answer,. I don’t know and I don’t care. Art alive is always modernno matter how old or youngArt theories have no meaning for mebeauty has. This is all my philosophy. I do not attempt to be original or different”. – Lucie Rie

 

 

Ruth Duckworth ceramic sculpture

Ruth Duckworth ceramic sculpture

 

 

 

Harpocrates, the young Horus, son of Horus the Elder and Isis,-sitting on a lotus

Egiptian statue – Harpocrates, the young Horus, son of Horus the Elder and Isis, sitting on a lotus

 

 

Jane Murray Smith -- Dragonfly Pottery

Jane Murray Smith — horsehair ceramic bottle vessel

Dragonfly Pottery

 

Japanese-cloisonne-plate with phoenix motif

Japanese cloisonne plate with phoenix motif

 

 

Makoto Yabe Havard Arts---40th-Anniversary-Invitational

Makoto Yabe Havard Arts

 

 

Dragon-stone-China

Dragon stone China

 

Lorna Bailey contemporary Neo Deco

 

Lorna Bailey Puffin bird

 

 

Mata Ortiz & Casas Grandes Pottery

Ola – Mata Ortiz & Casas Grandes Pottery

 

 

Raku, cerámica, escultura, Juan Canfield,-escultor-Cuernavaca-México-2014,-RAKU-www-casacanfield-com

Raku, cerámica, escultura, Juan Canfield

Mexico, 2014

 

 

Scheurich 'Sailboats' 248-50 Fat Lava Floor Vase on custom built stand

Scheurich ‘Sailboats’ 248-50 Fat Lava Floor Vase on custom built stand

Germany

 

 

Tania Rollond-vit17 abstract ceramic sculpture

Tania Rollond cubist perspective ceramic sculpture

 

 

Cobalt-blue-snail art of Ukraine (Anya Stasenko, Slava Leontiev)

Purple and gold hand painted snail  – Anya Stasenko, Slava Leontiev

Ukraine

 

 

Mid Cenrtury Scheurich---vase-brutalist

Scheurich — brutalist vase

 

 

Adam Posnak--square bowl in red, black and white

Adam Posnak–square bowl

 

 

 

Akira Satake ceramic vase Ikebana

Akira Satake small ceramic vase Ikebana

 

 

Antique German Character Beer Stein portly Monk

Antique German Character Beer Stein portly Monk

 

 

Bede Clarke---Small Yunomi cup

Bede Clarke—Small Yunomi footed cup

 

 

Darien Pullen -- bull standing on globe sculpture

Darien Pullen — bull standing on globe sculpture

Australia

 

 

Diane Berner - Raku duck sculpture

Diane Berner – Raku duck

 

Eclpise basket-Dragonfly Pottery

‘Eclpise basket’ – Jane Murray-Smith

Dragonfly Pottery

 

 

Mino ware Oribe style serving dish early 17th century Momoyama or Edo period Stoneware with Oribe glaze and iron decoration

Mino ware Oribe style serving dish early 17th century Momoyama or Edo period

Stoneware with Oribe glaze and iron decoration

 

 

Three Giants: Kamoda Shoji, Matsui Kosei, Wada Morihiro

 

Joan B Mirviss Gallery, NY is presenting an exhibition of the contemporary Japanese ceramic works of well known artists Matsui Kosei (1927-2003), Kamoda Shoji (1933-1983) and Wada Morihiro (1944-2008), all major innovators in the scheme of 20th-century Japanese ceramics. This is the first exhibition outside Japan for all three of the clay artists on view, and is running till the 20th April, 2018.

39 East 78th Street
Suite 401, New York, NY 10075

Telephone (212) 799-4021

Kamoda Shoji was pivotal in transforming the aesthetic appreciation of modern ceramics in Japan, awakening the entire conservative traditional ceramic world to a new vision of the concept of ‘function’. Matsui was involved in developing the technique of neriage (an intricate combination of colouring clay) and Kamoda and Morihiro were the early pioneers of moving away from traditions such as the use of classical motifs.

 

Three Giants exhibition- Kamoda Shoji, Matsui Kosei, Wada Morihiro

‘Three Giants’ exhibition- Kamoda Shoji, Matsui Kosei, Wada Morihiro

 

 

Matsui Kosei - Neriage brush rubbed large vessel 12 by 17 inches

Matsui Kosei – Neriage brush rubbed large vessel

12 by 17 inches  Japan

 

 

Samarkand ovoid neriage vase-Matsui Kosai

Samarkand ovoid neriage vase – Matsui Kosai

 

 

Three-Giants-of-The-North Kamoda Shoji ceramic vase

Kamoda Shoji, Japan

 

 

Turbulent Ocean globular neriage vessel - Matsui Kosei

‘Turbulent Ocean’ globular neriage vessel – Matsui Kosei

 

 

Wada Morihiro -Fluttering banners patterned waterjar Japan ceramics

Wada Morihiro – ‘Fluttering banners patterned waterjar’

 

 

Wada Morihiro - Sanmonki cedar patterned pyramidial vessel

Wada Morihiro –  Incised ‘Sanmonki cedar patterned pyramidal vessel’

 

 

Wada Morihiro Saido-sanmonki-'Colored-slip-Cedar-patterned'-vessel---14-inches

Wada Morihiro Saido-sanmonki – ‘Colored slip Cedar patterned’ vessel

Height 14-inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie animal sculpture abstractions – Peter Cooley

 

 

Two Corella cups, creamer and a sugar bowl – Peter Cooley

 

 

Black Cockatoo & Chinese Clouds - 2010 by Peter Cooley

‘Black Cockatoo & Chinese Clouds’ vessel by Peter Cooley

2010

 

 

What a Flamin’ Galah!

 

The innate Australian laid back “she’ll be right” attitude, infused with their easy going approach and original humor, is also reflected in some of the characteristics of the Aussie animals. The Koala Bear, renown for their economy of movement, has a tendency to drop out of trees from being too relaxed, aided by the consumption of the intoxicating eucalyptus leaves (their main staple) The kangaroo bounces around because this is also more efficient for energy conservation, especially in the summer heat (why bother with 50 steps when you can cover it in three leaps?) The Goanna and Thorny Devil lizard also like to take their time with their languid gaits. The Cockatoo and the Kookaburra have loads of character in their distinctive Australian bird calls and are a vivid reminder of the diversity of the Australian humor.

The wry, laconic Aussie communication also favors an economy of words, down to stripping the syllables to the bare essentials, by reducing them down to one or two, so the vocabulary features words like Uni (university), tute (tutorial), arvo (afternoon), sunnies (sunglasses), brekkie (breakfast), sanga (sandwich), avo (avocado) and selfies (OZ origin)
Peter Coolies animal sculptures remind me of this cultural ethos with forms that are simplified with a casual blend combining abstraction and figuration and a playful mix of the tactile and ethereal. And like the Aussie language, they have been Brancusied to direct more focus on the spirit of the subject at the expense of detail. He claims that ceramics are metaphysical objects and his animal sculptures emulate the uniqueness and warmth of the Australian animals in a manner that elevates their charm and spirit.

 

A pair of Red Kangaroos Peter Cooley--2015

‘A pair of Red Kangaroos’     Peter Cooley

2015

 

Peter Cooley’s general preference for rich majolica colours reflect his childhood fascination spent in tropical Queensland exposed to exotic Australian birds and their vivid plumes and his years in the Blue Mountains closely observing the local animals in their natural habitat. Cockatoos, cassowaries, koalas, wallabys, gang gangs, sugar gliders and echindas are some of the many animals he has sculpted with an intimate insight that evokes their wildlife vibrancy.
Originally beginning his formal foray into art as a painter, Peter has relished the shift he made to the ceramic arts, claiming that painting on dirt has an essence about it that is grounded yet capable of revealing vivid, lustrous palettes. He cites the Mid Century Italian contemporary avant-garde ceramics of Fausto Melotti and Leoncillo Leonardi as an influence and this is apparent with his simplified forms of rich texture and colour and the strong emphasis on the sculptural and abstract. You can also include the native art from the PNG Highlands and Sepik River which he cited as an early influence along with the German Die Brucke expressionism.
I am also showing some other unique Aussie animal sculptures from Diane Berner, Anita Reay and Stephen Bernwell.

 

Painting - Galah's-Peter Cooley

Galah’s – Peter Cooley

 

 

Cassowary-Peter-Cooley-2013 Photography by Tony Lopesmartinbrownecontemporary

‘Cassowary’ – Peter Cooley – 2013

Photography by Tony Lopes

Martin Browne Contemporary

 

 

Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 2, 2014, Earthenware, 69 x 44 x 46cm

‘Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 2’, Peter Cooley 2014

Earthenware, 69 x 44 x 46cm

 

Echidna & Glenbrook Gorge 2016 scottliveseygalleries

‘Echidna & Glenbrook Gorge’ – Peter Cooley

2016 –  Scott Livesey Galleries

 

 

GangGangs-2012-Photography-by-Tony-Lopes

Peter Cooley – ‘Gang Gangs’ – 2012

Photo by Tony Lopes

 

Red Gang-Gangs-Teacups,-2012 Peter Cooley

‘Gang Gang Teacups’  —  Peter Cooley

2012

 

‘Pair of Regent Parrots’  – Peter Cooley

2017

 

 

A pair of black tailed swamp wallabies - 2015 by Peter Cooley

‘Pair of black tailed swamp wallabies’ by Peter Cooley

2015

 

Striped ceramic goblets - Peter Cooley

Striped ceramic goblets – Peter Cooley

 

 

Glider and Landscape 2018 - Peter Cooley

‘Glider and Landscape’ 2018 – Peter Cooley

Martin Browne Contemporary

 

Lyrebird 4 majolica-sculpture-Peter-Cooley earthenware

‘Lyrebird 4’ majolica sculpture  —  Peter Cooley

2018

 


Peter Cooley  —  Enviroment, Colour, Tone exhibition — 2018 @ Martin Browne Contemporary

 5 April –29 April 2018

15 Hampden Street Paddington NSW 2021 


 

 

 

Green rosella and eucalyptus ceramic sculpture- Peter Cooley

Green Rosella and eucalyptus ceramic sculpture – Peter Cooley

 

 

 

Major Mitchel cockatoo-Peter Cooley - 53cm height

‘Major Mitchel Cockatoo’ -Peter Cooley

53cm height

 

Pair of cockatiels-Earthenware--Peter Cooley ceramic bird sculptures

‘Pair of cockatiels’ – Earthenware — Peter Cooley

 

 

Palm Cockatoo-1--2011-Peter Cooley 60cm

Palm Cockatoo 1    Peter Cooley

2011- 60cm height

 

Parrots & Landscape-Urn 2 -- Peter Cooley

‘Parrots & Landscape Urn 2’  — Peter Cooley

Martin Browne Contemporary

 

 

Peter Cooley, Kites 1, 2012, earthenware, 44 x 28 x 28 cm

Peter Cooley, ‘Kites 1′

2012, earthenware, 44 x 28 x 28 cm

 

Peter Cooley with kangaroo sculpture

Peter Cooley with kangaroo sculpture

 

 

Peter Cooley--abstract Koala

Peter Cooley

 

Red & Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo's and Landscape Urn 3

Red & Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo’s and Landscape Urn 3 – Peter Cooley

 

 

Peter Cooley Glider and Landscape-2017-53cm

Peter Cooley Glider and Landscape 1

Martin Browne Contemporary

 2017  – 53cm height

 

Peter Cooley Australian ceramic sculpture Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby

Peter Cooley ‘Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby’

 

 

Peter Cooley tea bowl with landscape decoration

Peter Cooley tea bowl

 

 

Wentworth-falls-sculpture-Peter-Cooley

Peter Cooley ‘Wentworth Falls, a pair’
2017
Earthenware 70 x 26 x 25 cm 

 

Red Kangaroo 1, Earthenware, 69 x 32 x 32cm

‘Red Kangaroo 1’, Earthenware

69 x 32 x 32cm

 

Red Kangaroo 10 by Peter Cooley ceramic sculpture Australian

‘Red Kangaroo 10’ by Peter Cooley

 

 

Sugar Glider Earthenware,Peter Cooley

‘Sugar Glider’ earthenware, Peter Cooley

 

 

Swans 1,2012-13,-Earthenware,Photography by Tony Lopes

‘Swans 1’, Peter Cooley

Photography by Tony Lopes

 

 

Tree Kangaroo---2012--Peter Cooley

‘Tree Kangaroo’  —  Peter Cooley

–2012–

 

 

Echidna & Copeland's Lookout--2016 Scott Livesey Galleries

‘Echidna & Copeland’s Lookout’ –2016 – Peter Cooley

Scott Livesey Galleries

 

 

Wentworth Falls 3--Peter Cooley ceramic sculpture

‘Wentworth Falls 3’ — Peter Cooley ceramic sculpture

 

 

White tailed black cockatoo - Peter Cooley

‘White tailed black cockatoo’ – Peter Cooley

 

 

Palm Valley painting---Peter Cooley

‘Palm Valley’ painting—Peter Cooley

2002

 Peter Cooley Instagram

 

 

 

More Aussie animals – 

 

Pair of Pink Galahs  --  Valerie Willy ceramic art

Pair of Pink Galahs  —  Valerie Willy

 

 

Diane Berner Kookaburra ceramic figurine

Diane Berner  – Kookaburra

 

 

Diane-Berner-owl sculpture

Diane Berner – Owl

 

 

Diane Berner-tall bird sculpture

Diane Berner – tall bird sculpture

 

 

Diane Berner raku duck sculpture

Diane Berner raku duck

 

 

Diane Berner in studio

Diane Berner

 

 

Owl Form, lidded container,-1982,-stoneware---Stephen Benweill

Owl Form, lidded container — Stephen Benwell

 

 

Stephen Benwell ceramic sculpture, modeled, as a fantastic animal with candleholders on its back 22cm long

Stephen Benwell twin candleholder ceramic sculpture croc

Length 22 inches

 

Stephen Benwell-Bowl with handle-1987,-stoneware

Stephen Benwell – Croc bowl with handle

 

 

arid_recovery_bilby burrows into the red earth-at-Roxby Downs

Burrowing Bilby, South Australia

 

 

Tasmanian-Pademelon-(film-shoot-We-walked-on-a-carpet-of-stars---photo-Jean Pierre Chabrol

Tasmanian Pademelon short tailed wallaby – photo Jean Pierre Chabrol

 

 

Anita Reay - spotted quoll ceramic animal

Anita Reay  ‘Spotted quoll’

 

 

tassie-devil-Anita-Reay sculpture

‘Tasmanian Devil’ – Anita Reay

 

 

wide eyed Possum-Anita-Reay

‘Possum’ – Anita Reay

 

Gavino Tilocca-wild boar ceramic sculpture

Gavino Tilocca wild boar

 

 

Gavino Tilocca warrior on horse

Gavino Tilocca warrior on horse

 

Sunbaking Goanna

 

 

Lumholtzs Tree kangaroo © MattSummerville

‘Lumholtzs Tree Kangaroo’ © MattSummerville

 

 

Senia-Kazar-ceramics-stall-58-possum -St Kilda Esplanade Market

Senia Kazar ceramic possum

St Kilda Esplanade Market

 

 

Senia Kazar ceramic koalas

Senia Kazar koala bears

St Kilda Esplanade Market

 

 

Possum-platypus and wombat by Senia Kazar

Possum, platypus and wombat by Senia Kazar

 

 

Fighting Roos wire sculpture by Jo Caminiti

‘Fighting Roos’ wire sculpture by Jo Caminiti

2018   height 7ft 2 inches

 

Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo peering out from his tree

Mabi the Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo

 

 

Serene serpents with bite

 

Jameson’s mamba snake by Mattias Klum , Cameroon

National Geographic

 

 

Ancient clay beaker with snake motif ca. 4000 BCE; excavated at Susa, Mesopotamia.

Louvre

 

 

Snakebite in the garden

 

Like many people, I have found the snake to be a mysterious, exotic and unnerving creature to witness. My first serpent encounter was at the age of 7 when I leapt into a sandy pit, only to leap straight out again as a snake was using it for sun baking. A few years later at a mountain retreat I jumped off a stone embankment landing next to what I thought was a car tyre, which then suddenly slithered off into the long grass displaying its large girth, black snake skin and length of around 20 feet. My third close encounter happened in India when a snake appeared from a rice field and slid past, brushing the feet of my outstretched legs as I was coming out of a meditation on the veranda. After three fortunately benign snake episodes the next one was different. After emptying the grass catcher while mowing the lawn 7 months ago, I was surprised to see my finger was bleeding. Upon inspection I noticed the twin prong marks about 3/4 inch apart. I knew immediately it was a snake bite and came inside to have a cup of tea and think about my plan of action.

 

 

“A lifetime is like a flash of lighting in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.” ~ Gautama Buddha. Contemplation of the transience of lifetimes aside, I was already feeling a trippy light headedness and was in some sort of transcendent zone, maybe provoked by the adrenaline. After washing the wound, I discovered this should be avoided as it makes it harder to identify the venom. Also apparently, it’s not a good idea to ingest anything as this can draw the venom to the stomach. Part of a snakes stealth weaponry is you don’t really feel the bite as it happens, which was my experience. I also didn’t identify the snake and I chose to relax rather then exert energy looking for it as minimizing blood circulation is also beneficial. I got a Japanese salted umeboshi plum and put it on the bite. This works similar to a charcoal and clay poultice in the the yang of the plum draws out the yin venom. The venom incidentally had a odor like nothing else I had encountered.

My intuitive instinct was to relax rather then rush off to the hospital, so I just chilled on the sofa without dozing off. Calmness is imperative for a body trying to deal with a venom hit. The onset of a headache is a bad sign, as it indicates that the liver is struggling with the detox, but thankfully this didn’t happen. The only negative that came from this experience was I felt like I had concussion the next day and had been subjected to some sort of brain format, where I struggled to recall passwords and other details. I think the venom was of the neurotoxic type as my nerves became hypersensitive for months but I now feel fully recovered. Unless you live close to a medical facility, I don’t recommend this course of action because basically, I took a huge risk.

Snakes are a symbol of healing and primal energy. In art, the Naginis (female serpent spirits) are regarded as figures of beauty. In many Hindu societies, snakes are worshiped as guardians of the home; and it is said that when a snake enters your life, there will be a new birth of creativity and wisdom. I can’t claim I feel wiser or more creative, but I never believe things just happen for no particular reason.

 

Art of serpents and other reptiles

 

Bas Relief Mowgli Le Livre De Le Jungle-1927-Raymond Delamarre

Bas Relief  ‘Mowgli Le Livre De Le Jungle’  —  Raymond Delamarre

-1927-

 

 

Astrid Tshidibu - Photographer Meiji Nguyen Snake Handler Jessica Wulandari Suarsa

Astrid Tshidibu – Photographer Meiji Nguyen

 

 

Aboriginal Snake by thatmusic on deviantART

Aboriginal Snake — thatmusic

deviantART

 

 

Veruschka with snake photo by Michel Comte

Veruschka —  photo by Michel Comte

 

 

Cretan helmet with the image of Hermes holding snakes. 7th century BCE.

Cretan helmet with the image of Hermes and Caducea coiled snakes

7th century BCE.

 

 

Lord Krishna Dancing on Serpent Kaliya - Bronze Statue from Swamimalai, India

‘Lord Krishna Dancing on Serpent Kaliya’ – Bronze Statue from Swamimalai, India

 

 

 

Tree Serpent Flame Fairyland Vase by Wedgwood

‘Tree Serpent Flame Fairyland’ Vase by Wedgwood

1stDibs

 

 

Eight sided Chinese porcelain box with snake lid handle

Eight sided Chinese porcelain box with snake lid handle

 

 

German Art Deco snake charmer, porcelain figurine

German Art Deco snake charmer, porcelain figurine

 

 

Moche stirrup-spout bottle with snake, Peru, 2nd–3rd C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Moche stirrup-spout bottle with snake, Peru, 2nd–3rd C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

 

 

 

Dramatic Mario Boschi Gold Medusa Diamond Enamel Snake Pin

Dramatic Mario Boschi Gold ‘Medusa’ Diamond Enamel Snake Pin

 

 

Olivia Dominguez Snake ceramic Olla---with-fluid-lines

Olivia Dominguez Snake ceramic Olla

 

 

 

Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri - Snake Dreaming-1992

Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri painting – ‘Snake Dreaming’

1992

 

 

James-muir-kundalini-statue

Sedona bronze sculpture ‘Caduceus’ kundalini  – James Muir, USA

 

 

entwined serpents_Black Marble Sculpture from Mahabalipuram

Black marble  ‘Entwined Serpent’ sculpture from Mahabalipuram, India

 

 

Rare vintage Hertwig Katzhutte art deco porcelain lady figurine, snake dancer

Hertwig Katzhutte art deco porcelain lady figurine, ecstatic snake dancer

 

 

Thancoupie, Gloria Fletcher, Thomon (The Water Snake) and Guiree (The Flying Fox) -Joel Fine Art

Thancoupie, Gloria Fletcher, ‘Thomon (The Water Snake) and Guiree (The Flying Fox)’ 

Joel Fine Art

 

 

 

Anang artist, Mami Wata figure with snake sculpture

Anang artist, Mami Wata water deity figure

Africa

 

 

Cobra recliner Art deco

Art Deco cobra recliner

1930’s

 

 

astor Mack WolfordFull Gospel Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus, one of the few remaining small Appalachian Pentecostal sect one of the few remaining small Appalachian Pentecostal sect

Pastor Mack Wolford – Full Gospel Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus, one of the few remaining small Appalachian Pentecostal sects. He died at a later date from a snake bite.

 

 

Bernard Palissy--.photo by Paul Starosta - ceramic plate with snake and boar motif

Bernard Palissy — photo by Paul Starosta

 

 

Beth Ozarow---Snake Man-Artful Home ceramic figure sculpture

Beth Ozarow— ‘Snake Man’ clay figure

Artful Home

 

 

Boiga drapiezii, by Quentin Martinez

Moving snake in the jungle – photo by Quentin Martinez, Borneo

 

 

Bronze Statue Hindu God Vishnu standing on a Naga snake

The Hindu God Vishnu standing on a Naga – Bronze Statue

 

 

 ‘The Chameleon’  Photo: Christian Ziegler, World Press Photo.

 

 

Chinese Baluster Vase with Celadon crackle Glaze Finish High Relief Dragons

Chinese Baluster Vase with celadon crackle Glaze Finish High Relief Dragons

 

 

Édouard Marcel SANDOZ - rare directly carved sculpture on a block of Préhite representing iguanas.

Directly carved sculpture on a block of Préhite representing iguanas – Édouard Marcel Sandoz

 

 

Washington Ledesma's ceramic vase

Washington Ledesma’s ceramic vase

 

 

'Femme au Serpent' by Lithuanian-born French artist Jacques Lipchitz Bronze, dark brown patina, 24 in.

‘Femme au Serpent’ by Lithuanian born French artist Jacques Lipchitz

Bronze, dark brown patina, 24 in.

 

large Goanna on outside wall

5 foot wild Goanna paying a visit

 

 

 

Gundestrup-Cauldron-wall-relief art

TheGundestrup cauldron’ is a richly decorated silver vessel, thought to date from between 200 BC and 300 AD

 

 

Head of Manasa, the serpent goddess, Eastern India, Gupta period, early 6th century, Terracotta.

‘Head of Manasa’, the serpent goddess, Eastern India, Gupta period, early 6th century, Terracotta.

 

 

herend-siang-noir-black-dynasty-water-pitcher-with-lizard-handle---herend-porcelain-manufactory-(hungary)

Herend water pitcher with lizard handle, Hungry

 

 

Iguana stone carving-on-wall

Iguana sculpture

 

 

Important Robert Wogensky Aubusson Tapestry Serpent d'Etoile, France, 1965

 Robert Wogensky Aubusson Mid Century Atomic Tapestry –  ‘Serpent d’Etoile’

France, 1965

 

 Jean Dunand serpent panel

France

 

 

Jessica Wulandari Suarsa- photo-John Marshall

Jessica Wulandari Suarsa- photo-John Marshall

Australia

 

 

Leighton Athlete Wrestling with a Python--Tate Britain

Frederic Leighton ‘Athlete Wrestling with a Python’ 

Tate Britain

 

 

Mata Ortiz Pottery-Carlos Loya Lizard Bowl Cazuela

Carlos Loya  – Lizard Bowl Cazuela

Mata Ortiz Pottery

 

 

Matthew Patton Shino Wiggle plate

Matthew Patton  – Shino Wiggle plate

 

 

Migrating Aussie snake

 

 

Mitchell Grafton---vase with Snake and Frog relief Ceramic Sculpture

Vase with snake and frog relief – Mitchell Grafton

 

 

Figure of Nagini,, Ramappa Temple,, Palampet, Andhra Pradesh, India

Figure of Nagini, Ramappa Temple, Palampet,

Andhra Pradesh, India

 

 

Pale blue dragon-handled vase with fish design (one of pair) 1897;-C-H-Brannam-Ltd;-1903;-1991

Pale blue dragon handled vase  C H Brannam Ltd

1897

 

Rudolph Tegner Hercules and the Hydra, Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle, Denmark

Rudolph Tegner  – ‘Hercules and the Hydra’

Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle, Denmark

 

 

Satsuma Plate, Japan, 20th century, round, with three dragons in low relief surrounding arhat

Satsuma Plate, round, with three dragons in low relief surrounding

Japan, 20th century,

 

 

Female holding-serpent sculpture - )Signed Isdrebrad

Art Deco female holding serpent sculpture – Signed Isdrebrad

 

 

‘Celestial Serpent’ —  South Australian aerial landscape digital  art by post author

 

 

Snake Charmer Bronze by Bourgeois org l Butchoff Antiques - London

‘Snake Charmer’ bronze statue by Charles Arthur Bourgeois

Butchoff Antiques – London

 

 

 

Herend,- Lying Lizard porcelain figurine

 ‘Lying Lizard ‘porcelain figurine – Herend,

 

 

Two lizard vase by Nancy Yturriaga Adams

Two lizard vase by Nancy Yturriaga Adams

 

 

The Croc Hunter – Steve and Bindi Irwin

 

 

Minoan Snake Goddess  —  painting by John Duncan

 

 

The temple of Vitthala-(Hampi,-India - Jean Pierre Dalbéra

The temple of Vitthala carved wall relief art, Hampi,- Jean Pierre Dalbéra

India

 

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum, Goanna Dreaming

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum, ‘Goanna Dreaming’ painting

 

 

Outdoor sculpture 'Three-mothers'-Bathstone

Three Mothers bathstone sculpture

 

 

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum,-Snake Dreaming

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum,- ‘Snake Dreaming’

 

 

Yaritji Jack- serpent vase

Yaritji Jack- serpent vase

 

 

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum,-Two Snakes at Alinittiti-1972 Australian aboriginal art

Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum – ‘Two Snakes at Alinittiti’

Australia,  1972

 

 

Zuni Pueblo Hand Made Lizard Bowl

Zuni Pueblo Hand Made Lizard Bowl

 

 

Gabriele Pfister collection -relief snake on pot

Gabriele Pfister collection – French ceramic relief snake on pot

 

 

 

Emily-Ulrich-2017 ceramic snake sculpture

Emily Ulrich – 2017 ceramic snake sculpture

 

 

Snake-Vase-Masterpiece-by-Julia Zsolnay

Snake Vase Masterpiece by Julia Zsolnay

 

 

Naga serpent multi-head

Naga serpent multi-head sculpture

 

 

Live snake in wild - Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

Live snake in wild – Field Naturalists Club of Victoria photo

 

 

 

Elegia del Barro

 

Feathered Serpent exhibition by Alessandra Foletti – 10th  to 24th April , 2018

Cultural  center and Art Gallery of Banco Atlantida, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

 

The Plumed (or Feathered) Serpent is a Mesoamerican god and myth. Among the Aztecs and Toltecs this divinity went by the name of Quetzalcoatl and to the Maya he was known as Kukulcan.

The Feathered serpent is regarded as the god of winds and rain and is associated with thunder, storms and waterways. The zigzag and meandering lines of the serpent or snake are symbolic of water and the feathers represent the ability of the feathered serpent to fly. The Feathered serpent symbol represents life and the renewal of life, just like water. He was also considered the patron god of priests and merchants and considered the god of learning, science, agriculture, crafts and the arts.

 

Quetzalcoatl clay relief plaque

Quetzalcoatl wears around his neck the wind breastplate (ehecailacocozcatl), with the spirally voluted wind jewel made of a conch shell.

 

Serpienteem-Plumada---Allesandra-Foletti-Honduras

Serpienteem Plumada — Allesandra Foletti

Honduras

 

Male feathered snake Alessandra Foletti

Male feathered snake — Alessandra Foletti

 

 

Cosmic feathered snake - Alessandra Foletti

‘Cosmic feathered snake’ – Alessandra Foletti