Category Archives: Ceramics

The ceramic recreations of Munemi Yorigami


re-creations - Munemi Yorigami symmetrical sculpture

Munemi Yorigami


Breaking from Japanese ceramic tradition – Munemi Yorigami & Chieko Yorigami


Yorigami finds inspiration in the resurrection of broken ceramic pieces which rise like a phoenix from his kiln. He immensely enjoys the unpredictable abstractions and reconstruction to the modified form. His exploration of the opposing forces of control and unpredictability along with destruction and recreation, leading to the modeling of a new ‘whole’, has been a major influence in his direction in ceramics for several decades. By breaking the form, Yorigami believes he is exposing the ‘heart and soul’ of the clay, which leads to revealing its intrinsic nature. He feels it highlights the hazards of transforming clay during its passage through fire and the risks in kiln baking and the inherent vulnerability to breakage.
The modification of the unexpected results is enhanced by the choice of different glazes and firing for the pieces before reassembly, and Yorigami describes this process of manipulating the clay elements as “transferring memory”. Yorigami rebuilds his sculptures in a vivid patchwork based on the four colours of white, black, ochre and ivory and builds his sculptural pieces from dolomite or porcelain clay with a combination of slabbing, coiling and press-moulding techniques.
Yorigami was born into a family of ceramicists in Kyoto and his father specialized in making teaware. In the late 1940‘s, Yagi Kazuo formed the Sodeisha group which represented avant-garde ideals and looking beyond Japanese ceramic traditions. Yorigami joined this group and was influenced by Kazuo, which contributed to his break from the established ceramic arts.
Yorigami claims that ‘when confronted with clay, it is our instinct to want to conquer it’. He took this to another level where his desire to conquer the baked clay with the re-arrangement of its solid form. Included in the images here is some ceramic pieces by his wife Chieko Yorigami.




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Re-constructed ceramic sculptures – ‘The Delightful Days’ – Munemi Yorigami


The pieces are baked using three methodologies. The black ceramics are fired in a kiln at a temperature which is elevated to 900℃, then naturally lowered to 500~600℃. I then take fully soaked pine tree leaves and pour them at the opening of the kiln to seal it and smoke the black ceramics. As for white ceramics, it’s burned at 900℃ either under oxidation or reduction atmosphere. Oxidation firing will give an ivory color, while reduction firing will give an even whiter color. With the ceramics kiln used for the orange colour, I take the broken pieces and add vermiculite, and start the reduction firing at 800℃, and smoke burn at 900℃. I re-attach the pieces with adhesives to regenerate its original shape, and finally add plaster to the seam to accomplish the artwork.



Outdoor Re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




Re-creation Bottle – Munemi Yorigami



5 ceramic sculptures by Munemi Yorigami

Munemi Yorigami



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Abstract ‘Arrete’ sculpture – Munemi Yorigami



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Triangular re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami



munemi-yorigami-wall-panels - three rectangular recreation sculptures

Re-creation Wall Panels – Munemi Yorigami



aya-kon-pot by Cheiko-Yorigami

‘Aya Kon Pot’ – Chieko Yorigami

Chieko Yorigami graduated in ceramics in 1968 and following an industrial ceramics course for a year, she studied for two years under Mr Junkichi Kumakura.




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Chieko Yorigami teapot




Lidded ceramic box – Chieko Yorigami





‘Silver color dispenser’ – Chieko Yorigami



clever-writing-munemi-yorigami ikebana-sculpture display with two geometric ceramic pieces

‘Clever Writing’  – Munemi Yorigami




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‘Wall of Red’ – Munemi Yorigami




‘Cone 1’ – Munemi Yorigami



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Square ceramic vase with ikebana display – Munemi Yorigami




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Ikebana vase with flower arrangement – Munemi Yorigami




form-of-old Munemi Yorigami-abstract sculpture

‘Form of old’  – Munemi Yorigami




4 lidded vessels – Chieko Yorigami




gold-and-silver-aya-angle-platter-Cheiko Yorigami

‘Gold and silver aya angle platter’ – Chieko Yorigami




Balancing Ball sculpture -Munemi Yorigami



jin-choi-dispenser - Chieko Yorigami teapot with triangle motifs

‘Jin Choi dispenser’ – Chieko Yorigami





‘Mount’ – Munemi Yorigami




munemi-yorigami ikebana cube vase

Ikebana vase – Munemi Yorigami



munemi-yorigami recreation ovoid sculpture on marble base

 Munemi Yorigami ceramic re-creation sculpture




munemi-yorigami conical sculpture

Conical recreation sculpture Munemi Yorigami



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Biomorphic re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




munemi-yorigami symmetrical V sculpture

Munemi Yorigami

“Objects That Preserve The Dignity of Space” 2013

Orie Gallery


munemi-yorigami-thick disc sculpture

Munemi Yorigami re-creation sculpture



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Munemi Yorigami




Munemi Yorigami




munemi-yorigami-recreations abtract sculptures

Munemi Yorigami




Munemi Yorigami




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Re-creation Egg Sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




Saki Vessel – Chieko Yorigami




Re-creation Wall Sculpture – Munemi Yorigami





Public Re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




Munemi Yorigami




Public Re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami





Re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




 Re-creation sculpture – Munemi Yorigami




ovale-recreation sculpture - Munemi Yorigami

‘Ovale’  – Munemi Yorigami




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Re-creations Idaku part 3 –  Munemi Yorigami




‘Oh Yeah’ –  Munemi Yorigami




‘Rings’ –  Munemi Yorigami



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‘The Shape Of The Pot’  Munemi Yorigami



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‘Torso In Hexagonal’ – Munemi- Yorigami




Chieko Yorigami

Aberystwyth University Ceramics Collection



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House 2 – Munemi Yorigami





‘Pebble Cup’ Chieko Yorigami

Porcelain 9cm high–1992




Contemporary porcelain dual crescent sculpture – Munemi Yorigami






Re-Creations ‘Idaku part 1′ –  Munemi Yorigami






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North West American Native Art

Preston Singletary art glass


 Preston Singletary


Preston Singletary’s artistic direction shifted in the early 1990’s to re-connecting with his Native American influences and his Tlingit roots. North Pacific Coast artists such as Joe Brown gave him guidance to integrate spiritual and cultural aspects into his designs and delve into his ancestral past. Southwest Native symbols, animal spirits, icons, sacred motifs, supernatural beings and transformative themes became a focal point in his art. His interest in the “primitivism” of the Modern Art Movement”, where schematic abstract forms were expressed to embody the outside and inner worlds also became a key element in his interpretation of the indigenous art.
His works abound with myths and legends shown through using sacred natural designs such as wolves, frogs, bears, ravens, eagles, orcas, and humans; legendary creatures such as thunderbirds and sisiutls. Characteristic abstract designs are depicted with patterns following the formline styles of this Northwest Coastal Art. His cultural exploration is expressed with continuous, flowing, curvilinear lines that turn, swell and diminish in a prescribed manner with characteristic shapes such as ovoids, U forms and S forms.


Bill Reid gold Dogfish Brooch, c. 1959. From ‘Bill Reid’ by Doris Shadbolt

During the early 20th century, very few First Nations artists in the Northwest Coast region were producing art. However the mid-20th century saw a revival of interest and production of Northwest Coast art, due to the influence of artists such as Bill Reid. This has continued and expanded with newer generations and Preston Singletary’s art exemplifies this. He has chosen a fresh medium of glass to represent his dynamic styles and his training included working with Venetian glass legend Lino Tagliapietra, and studying Swedish design at Kosta Boda. He has also collaborated with other glass and ceramic artists in the USA , Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia to diversify and broaden his skills and examples of this are shown below. Also two pieces of art by New Zealand Maori’s are displayed due to the similarities of the Northwest Coastal Art to the traditional styles of the Pacific Islanders.

” My work continues to evolve and connect my personal cultural perspective to current modern art movements, and I have received much attention for striving to keep the work fresh and relevant. I have been honored that my success has inspired other artists from underrepresented indigenous cultures to use glass and other non-traditional materials in their work, and hope that I can continue to encourage more innovation in this area as my career progresses. ” ~ Preston Singletary


Black and white vase - Checkered Turtles --Jody Naranjo & Preston Singletary American native art

‘Checkered Turtles’ vase — Jody Naranjo & Preston Singletary

Sculpture - Family Story Totem - Preston Singletary - American Native Art

    ‘Family Story Totem’ – Preston Singletary

            Image of Tsagiglalal, Guardian Nihhluidih

Tsagiglalal, Guardian Nihhluidih

Columbia Hills State Park, USA

        Black and white bird sculpture - Into The Woods (2013) - Preston Singletary

 ‘Into The Woods’  – Preston Singletary

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Bird motif - Carved ceramic Loon Bowl - Stewart Jacobs

‘Loon Bowl’  – Stewart Jacobs

Carved ceramic 2005

The Loon perceived by the Northwest Coast People as being carriers of power and magic,  is recognized for its spirit of peace, tranquility and generosity.

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        Jody Naranjo vase with flying birds

Jody Naranjo natural clay vase

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        Jody-Naranjo fish motif vessel - ---Blue-Rain-Gallery

“The Calm of Winter” – Jody Naranjo

Blue Rain Gallery

Red and white vase - Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary Collaboration---Blue Rain Gallery

Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary Collaboration—Blue Rain Gallery

        Jody-Naranjo---contemporary Pueblo pottery - sgraffito bird motif vessel

Jody Naranjo—contemporary Peublo pottery

Blue Rain Gallery

Red glass vessel - Peacocks on Parade -- Jody Naranjo & Preston Singletary

‘Peacocks on Parade’ — Jody Naranjo & Preston Singletary collaboration

Blue Rain Gallery

      Glass vessel - Horse Stampede by Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary

‘Horse Stampede’  – Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary

    New Zealand sculpture -  Kiwi by Kerry Kapua Thompson, Māori artist

‘Kiwi’  by, New Zealand Māori artist Kerry Kapua Thompson

        Kotuku (White Heron) by Rex Homan, Māori artist

‘Kotuku’ (White Heron) by Māori artist Rex Homan

        Glass sculpture Levitate by Preston Singletary

Glass sculpture  ‘Levitate’ by Preston Singletary

      American North West Coastal Indian Traditional Mask painted in black, white and red

American North West Coastal Indian Mask

        Indian Art -- Pattern Board for a Chilkat Tunic, paint wood, c. 1840

Pattern Board for a Chilkat Tunic, painted wood, c. 1840

        Preston Singletary & Tammy Garcia-2008-~-sandcarved glass in black and white

Preston Singletary & Tammy Garcia-2008-~-sand carved glass vase

( Blue Rain Gallery / Santa Fe New Mexico )

        Preston Singletary, Emblem of creation--2013

Preston Singletary, ‘Emblem of  Creation’ –2013

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Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni etched vessel

Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni glass vase

        Preston Singletary, - Gray Whale,- 2013

Preston Singletary,  – ‘Gray Whale’,- 2013

        Preston Singletary Great Whale glass sculpture

Preston Singletary ‘Great Whale’ sandblasted  glass sculpture


Preston Singletary – Tlingit Basket

          Glass sculpture Preston Singletary Two Wolves and the Moon 2013+D1-20.75-x-6-x-4

Preston Singletary ‘Two Wolves and the Moon’ 2013

Height 20.75 inches

            Preston Singletary --- Blue Rain Gallery totem sculpture

Preston Singletary — Blue Rain Gallery

        Preston Singletary working in his studio - Blue Rain Gallery--Santa Fe New Mexico

Preston Singletary  – Blue Rain Gallery–Santa Fe, New Mexico

      Sndblaste sculpture by Preston Singletary Journey to the Land of the Dead - 2014

Preston Singletary –  ‘Journey to the Land of the Dead’ – sandblasted glass


Preston-Singletary-Frog-tongue-2013 - glass sculpture

 Preston Singletary – ‘Frog tongue’ 2013

            Preston Singletary--- Whale and Eagle --- bronze sculpture ---height-18 inches

‘Whale and Eagle’  — bronze sculpture – Preston Singletary


          Raven's Eye-(2) sculpture---Preston Singletary & Ross Richmond

‘Raven’s Eye’ — Preston Singletary & Ross Richmond

        Return from the Other World (2013 - Preston Singletary

‘Return from the Other World’  – Preston Singletary


  The Boy with the Light --- Preston Singletary

 ‘The Boy with the Light’  — Preston Singletary  – 0v0id glass sculpture

    Glass sculpture -Spirit of a goose-2012---Preston Singletary North West Native Art

‘Spirit of a goose’ -2012—Preston Singletary

        Tammy Garcia---Thunderbird Pop---natural clay with turquoise inlay

Tammy Garcia — ‘Thunderbird Pop’ — natural clay with turquoise inlay

( Blue Rain Gallery / Santa Fe New Mexico )

      Tlingit Crest Hat by Preston Singletary,2007

‘Tlingit Crest Hat’ by Preston Singletary,2007

            North West Indian Totem pole sculpture - Skinner

North West Indian Totem pole sculpture

( Skinner )

          Blown and sand carved glass, in collaboration with Tammy Garcia and Preston Singletary - Anasazi Dragonfly

‘Anasazi Dragonfly’

 by Preston Singletary and Tammy Garcia ,2007

Blown and sandcarved glass, in collaboration with Preston Singletary

          Green glass and copper - Translucent Copper (2013)---Preston Singletary

Translucent Copper (2013)—Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni


Vancouver Island Tribe, circa 1900, potlatch dance mask, at the National Museum of the American Indian exhibition “An Infiinity of Nations”

           Preston Singletary blown glass sculpture abstract bird motif

 Preston Singletary blown glass sculpture

Robert Davidson


Barbara Brotherton from the Seattle Art Museum claims that Canadian Robert Davidson is at the foundation level of reconstructing culture through visual art. “ For a long time what was called a ‘renaissance’ is really a reformulation and a rebirth of visual traditions that had been lost. It wasn’t until the 1970’s, after he’d studied the deeper meanings and age-old principles behind Haida art and design, that “abstract impulses” started flowing through his own paintings and carvings “, Brotherton says.
One of the interesting things about Davidson’s work is that while it obviously pays homage to the techniques, motifs and narratives that came before, it is distinctly of his own time. ( via )
Davidson states that “ each one of us is connected to the ancient ways by a thin thread. And when we come together, we form a thick rope “  The same can be said for the collective contribution of the North West native artists in rediscovering  their ancient art.

          Robert Davidson modern sculpture - Salmon Trout Head_15x11x6

Robert Davidson ‘Salmon Trout Head’

15 x 11 x 6

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            Wooden wall sculpture, Killer Whale Transforming into a Thunderbird, by Robert Davidson

Wooden sculpture, ‘Killer Whale Transforming into a Thunderbird ‘, by Robert Davidson

Supernatural Eye sculpture by Robert Davidson

‘Supernatural Eye’ ( sliver ) sculpture by Robert Davidson

( Spirit Wrestler Gallery)

          'Canoe Breaker' (Southeast Wind’s Brother), 2010, acrylic on canvas

‘Canoe Breaker’ (Southeast Wind’s Brother), 2010, acrylic on canvas

Robert Davidson

Woman with Labret- Robert Davidson mask

‘Woman With Labret’  – Robert Davidson mask

"Meeting at the Center" by Robert Davidson Vancouver sculpture

“Meeting at the Center”  by Robert Davidson

Vancouver, Canada

Don Yeomans Butterfly panel

Don Yeomans – ‘Butterfly’ panel

( Douglas Reynolds Gallery )

William Nahanee wood carved sculpture

‘Snake and Raven Burl Carving’ – William Nahanee

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Jim Charlie Sea Bear wall panel

Jim Charlie ‘Sea Bear’ panel

( Douglas Reynolds Gallery )

'Wasco & Killer Whales' by Haida artist Marcel Russ.

‘ Wasco & Killer Whales ‘  by Haida artist Marcel Russ.

Table with glass top insert over carving.

( Douglas Reynolds Gallery )



Contemporary ceramiques of France


The French have always been intrinsic style innovators in fashion and the arts and have readily adapted to new trends. In the ceramic arts, there has been a consistent tradition of invention, research, and the adoption of new techniques through the ages.  Bernard Palissy, Theodore Deck, Edmond Lachenal, Roger Capron, Clement Massier, Jean Mayodon and Andre Metthey are just a few of the French ceramicists that contributed to the development of contemporary French pottery with their exploration of different clays and glazing techniques.
The local markets have eagerly embraced and supported the contemporary ceramic purveyors and some of the current crop of contemporary ceramicists are featured in this post. Also being displayed  is a tasteful video by Luke Riolon on the Ceramique Cafe at the  les journees de la ceramique  ( ‘Days of the ceramic ‘) in Paris. This is an annual ceramics street market held in Paris over 4 days. At the Ceramique Cafe, visitors have the opportunity to choose from a diverse array of cups, provided by the many exhibitors, to use and admire while they drink their coffee.



Pascale Proffit

Love Nest  – Pascale Proffit




Nicolas Rousseau

Nicolas Rousseau

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Mireille Mallet

Mireille Mallet

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Michel Tequi

Michel Tequi

Theres Lebrun contemporary cups

Therese Lebrun

Raphaelle LAMBERT

Raphaelle Lambert

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Isabelle Leclercq

Isabelle Leclercq




Karima Duchamp

Karima Duchamp

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Sabine Stenert

Frida – Sabine Stenert

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Séverine Lefranc

Séverine Lefranc



Valérie Guidat contemporary French ceramic art

Valérie Guidat




Jean Girel---Seaux paysages

Jean Girel—Seaux paysages




French Ceramic Bench by Christine Ladevèze

 Christine Ladevèze

A ceramic seat at les journees de la ceramique.

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Gutter AIRE Allikmets

Gutter AIRE Allikmets











Gabrielle Baecile

Gabrielle Baecile





Gabrielle Baëcile

Gabrielle Baëcile






 French Patisserie chef




Florence Pauliac

Florence Pauliac

From the series “Mineral Veils”, which combines the flexibility of the earth and folding “Origami”. It is a balance between research and tension.





Florence Pauliac

Florence Pauliac

From Florence’s series of sculptures “Armor Poetic” which were inspired by the traditional Japanese costumes of the kimono and yukata.

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Gentle Rain  – Pascale Proffit


Christina Guwan urchin white cup French ceramic

Christina Guwang – Urchin White cup



Christina Guwan - zebre couleur

 Christina Guwang  – zebre couleur




Dominique Dalloun

Dominique Dalloun

‘ My work has focused in recent years on an old and almost forgotten technique which goes back (2500 years): the terra sigillata. The manufacture of a slip, with the finest particles of clay, provides satin surfaces that are shiny, soft and waterproof. The many possibilities of firing, and the infinite variety clays, gives a rich colour and tone, thanks to the presence of iron oxide in the clay used. ‘



Dominique Dalloun

Dominique Dalloun





 Robert Deblander – ( 1924 – 2010 )




Clémentine Dupré

Clémentine Dupré




Claudia Napoleone

Claudia Napoleone



Claudia Napoleone

 Volcanic rock texture in white from porcelain enamel – Claudia Napoleone





Claire Bogino

Claire Bogino




Christine Ladeveze--

Christine Ladeveze

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Christine Ladeveze French contemporary ceramic

Christine Ladeveze





Christine Fabre Bol

Christine Fabre



Christina Guwang zebra stiped bowl

Christina Guwang – zebra bowl




Christian Ghion

 Le Vase by Christian Ghion; “Fanatic of microcellular worlds, this design refers to my passion for the organic universe, where empty spaces have the same importance as full spaces, where beauty is singular, and where the invisible is familiar to visible”




Chantal Cesure

Chantal Cesure

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Chantal Cesure

Chantal Cesure




Maria Bosch

Maria Bosch – Spain




Maria Bosch

Maria Bosch, Spain




Ceramicsy Anne Longchamp

 Anne Longchamp

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Camille Rollier

Camille Rollier





Caroline Barbet

Caroline Barbet




Francoise Dufayard Landscape

Francoise Dufayard – Landscape dish




Anne Marie Bauer

Anne Marie Bauer

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Anne Laure Charlier

Anne Laure Charlier

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Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus

Ananda Aragundi Hanus began her career as an agricultural engineer in Ecuador. On visiting France she decided to devote her time to ceramics and in 2003 she graduated at the French Institute of Ceramics in Sevres. The shape of Ananda’s ceramic sculptures are the result of a subtle marriage between asymmetry and imbalance and their appearance resembles  textures of the natural world as if the wind had blown them or they had been shaped by water, snow or volcanoes.




Alexandra Tollet

Alexandra Tollet

Alexandra Tollet

Alexandra Tollet

Céline Huteau

Céline Huteau




Alain Fichot--

Two handled vase, enamel crystalline glaze. – Alain Fichot

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Vincent Potier--

Vincent Potier

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Gutter Aire Allikmets Paris

Gutter Aire Allikmets, Paris


Les journees de la ceramique :

Dates: Thursday 3 Friday 4 Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Place Saint Sulpice, 75006 Paris


café céramique from Luc Riolon on Vimeo.


9 th Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic

Pont L’Arche (27), from October 2 to 5, 11 am-19 pm

information: Association Le Pont des Arts – 06 18 25 57 83



flyer-pont-de-l-arche 9th Contemporary ceramique exhibition exposants-pont-de-l-arche 7th Contemporary ceramique exhibition



7 th in celebration, Esplanade des Invalides, Paris

Contemporary Art & Ceramics from 16 to 19 October

information: Association Le Pont des Arts – 06 18 25 57 83



7th contemporary art fete


Métro: Invalides, lines 8 and 13
RER : Invalides, Line C
Bus : lines 28, 63, 69, 83, 93



arbres-pt Christina.Guwang French ceramics

Contemporarie cup – Christina Guwang

Christina Guwang will be located in stand 6 at the exhibition.

Ana-Soto ceramic art

Ana Soto

French atelier

Large French atelier


 Anne-Verdier abstract ceramic

Anne Verdier contemporary sculpture

eric-astoul French ceramic bottle

Eric Astoul – La Borne, France


French teapot – La Galerie Céramique- CERADEL Les Artistes


Renata Francescon-»-Galerie NeC nilsson

Alain-Kurylo Baillet Earth Arts - Ceramics (hardware) located on Mehun Yèvre

Grand Raku – Alain Kurlylo

Sabine-Stenert ceramic cup

Sabine Stenert

Street market Saint-Sulpice-2011

Saint Sulpice, Paris

Nani-Champy-Schott contemporary bowls

Nani Champy Schott, France





Home Decor ceramics


A presentation of ceramics in a decorative living space context. The innate curvy lines of a wheel thrown pottery piece always has a classical feel about it and becomes nicely juxtaposed against the numerous straight lines that appear in most furniture and architecture, adding to the dynamic with the polarity. Classical ceramic pieces also blend nicely into a contemporary interior; their relatively compact size generally doesn’t detract from the theme and enhances the dynamic. The earth element in pottery is harmonious with the wood element and makes a room more grounded where there is a lot of wood in the structure and the furniture. Pottery with colourful glazes also are an easy way to add a splash of colour to a room featuring more muted tones.




modern decor

Nettleton 199 by Saota and Okha interiors




Vase with blue hydrangea

Classical vase with indigo blue Hydragea




Mas Amadeo – Interior Designer Gerard Faivre




Stylist Deb McLean

Stylist Deb McLean





18th Century Italian Torcheres

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Mid-century-Yuling Qiu

Mid-century style vase  -Yuling Qiu


 Houses of Veranda – Photo:  Francis Amiand

( belgianpearls.blogspot )




 Modern Atomic Retro Lamp

Mid Century Modern Atomic Retro Lamp




Thibaut design

 Thibaut design




Aleksandra Miecznicka

 Seated Buddah statue




Garcia Ochoa Family

Mexican vase – Garcia Ochoa Family





Long-necked jar with stamped floral and geometric decoration. Korea, Silla kingdom, 7th–8th century. Stoneware.

National Museum of Korea. Image via The Met.


Glenn Gissler Design

Glenn Gissler Design



Apartments of the Duchesse d’Elampes, Fontainebleau, Franc

 Los Penascales in Spain

 Los Penascales in Spain



 Linda Holt Interiors




Crosby Street Hotel,- NY

Crosby Street Hotel,- NY




mf architect

M22 house – mfarchitect





Designer Bronnie Masefau.

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Designer Bronnie Masefau.

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Southern Acadian House

( cotedetexas.blogspot )




Interior designer Amy Lau

 Mid-century styled apartment – interior designer Amy Lau.




Ikebana by Mario Hirama

Ikebana by Mario Hirama



Isabellastyle on Flickr

Isabellastyle on Flickr




Ishi Doro Lantern

Ishi Doro Lantern




Favrile Glass Vase — Tiffany Studios New York

7 inches height – Macklowe


June Schwarcz’s enamel vessels displayed in her home.

( thesparemedium.tumblr )




Le Mas des Isords - Gérard-Fai

Le Mas des Isords  – Gérard Faivre




Le Moulin De Manville

Le Moulin De Manville – Gérard Faivre

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Mark D. Sikes

Plaster bust from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris

( elle decor )




Matt Wedel - Flower Tree 2010

Matt Wedel – Flower Tree 2010




Nordic inspired beach retreat

Christopher Elliott design


 Ontario Based Interior Designer Jewel Weeks




Ralph Lauren

Rosecliff Collection  –  Ralph Lauren Home



Tiffany Eastman interiors

Tiffany Eastman interiors




Tiki Tiger on Etsy - Atomic lamp

Mid-century Atomic lamp – Tiki Tiger on Etsy




Edith Tergau

Edith Tergau




vision design group

Vision Design Group




via Belgian Pearls

 {via Belgian Pearls}




via adorablelife.tumblr

via adorablelife.tumblr














Interior designer Michael S Smith

Interior designer Michael S Smith




Flow Fitzgerald Oraganic 6

Flow Fitzgerald – Oraganic 6




Fantoni Pair of Lamps

Pair of Lamps – Fantoni


Japanese bedroom decor

Matilda Elizabeth Amissah

Beehive – Matilda Elizabeth Amissah


Modern Jakarta residence – TWS & Partners

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Shell design home, Kitasaku, Japan

( ARTechnic architects )


Turquoise long neck vase – Sjostrom antiques


Ceramics by Antoinette Faragallah.

Photo by David John

Fired Earth

Fired Earth interior design

Jaffa House by Pitso Kedem

Jaffa house by Pitso Kedem, Israel

Modern Interior Design

Interior Designers –  Delhi NCR



Photo Claude Smekens

Ceramics Peter Lane

Ceramics by Peter Lane

Photo by David John

Josh Herman San Diego

Josh Herman – San Diego

Stone bath tub by Errikos Artdesign

Stone bath tub by Errikos Artdesign

Colonial Revival home

Colonial Revival home in San Diego

Brooklyn Home Company

Brooklyn Home Company

Lime Green themed decor - Apartment Therapy

Lime green themed retro decor – Apartment Therapy




Ceramics Moderno – Marcello Fantoni


Italian ceramics Maestro Fantoni


Raymor was a US import/distribution company of  home decor, based in NY and founded by Richard Irving. They built a special relationship with many European designers and this included Marcello Fantoni, for the emerging markets in the USA. In the early 50‘s,  postwar Italy was in recovery and needed exports while postwar America was booming and had a hunger for modern decor. The pottery styles of the talented Macrello Fantoni with his cutting edge designs were a perfect fit and his business flourished. This afforded him the freedom to experiment and be innovative and develop a unique range of stylish Mid-Century ceramic products.
Relative to the more classical trends at the time, Fantoni pushed the boundaries, with his bold 3D ceramic interpretations of the cubist art of  Picasso and Braque. These innovations were accepted and encouraged by importers and fortunately the market responded favourably.

Marcello Fantoni - abstract figure

Marcello Fantoni – abstract figure

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Marcello Fantoni’s fascination with ceramic art stretches back to 1927, where he studied at the Institute of Art at Porta Romana. Here his formative years were influenced by ceramicist Carlo Guerrini, (artistic director of the Cantagalli factory) and other teachers including Libero Andreotti and Bruno Innocenti in sculpture and Gianni Vagnetti in figure art. He established the Fantoni Ceramic Studio in Florence in 1936 and featured  some of his pieces at  Florentine Arts and Crafts Exhibit in 1937 where it was widely embraced. In the later decades, especially from the 50’s to the 70’s, the success of Fantoni’s work continued to rise, his unique pieces of sculpture and ceramic formations being characterized by  designs in step with the contemporary artistic styles.

Most Mid-Century collectors covet a Marcello Fantoni piece for their flair and originality. Fantoni’s ceramic designs came to embody the timeless appeal of classic and traditional Italian pottery merged with challenging modernist and progressive movements. His  original spirit of modernity featuring  stylization inspired by Etruscan models were rendered modern because of the innovative adaptation of materials, glazes and colors and also his application of cubist abstractions. Fantoni represents a fascinating chapter in the evolution of Mid-Century modern ceramics.


Fantoni Pitcher

Fantoni modernist, monumental bottleneck vase, 1955





Fantoni ceramic sculpture

Fantoni ceramic sculpture

( sold by Craig Van Den Brulle, NY )

 Fantoni Figural statue-457x771

 Fantoni figural sculpture




Marcello Fantoni sculptural vessel

Marcello Fantoni sculptural vessel featuring a warrior with a shield and spear.

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Fantoni Italian Vase

Fantoni Italian Vase

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Fantoni modernist bottle

Fantoni modernist bottle





Fantoni Glazed Creamic Three bottles

Fantoni  – Three Element Glazed Ceramic Vase – 1956





20th century large Fantoni vase

20th century large Fantoni vase – 1959




Fantoni Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp

Fantoni Hand Painted Ceramic Lamp

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3 Fantoni vases

3 Fantoni vases{

( Maurice Beane Art & Design )



Las Vegas Antiques Roadshow appraisal of a Marcello Fantoni cubist Satyr figure

Appraised  by Stuart Slavid (Skinner, Boston)
August 2007




Fantoni Jug

Marcello Fantoni Jug





Fantoni Cylindrical vase

Fantoni Cylindrical vase





Fantoni modernist vase

Fantoni modernist vase

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Italian Fantoni tri bottle sculpture

Italian Fantoni tri bottle sculpture

( Treadway Toomey Galleries )




Fantoni abstract sculpture

Fantoni abstract sculpture

( uncanny Australia shape )




Fantoni Handpainted Lamp

Fantoni Hand painted lamp





Fantoni Italian Vase

Fantoni Italian Vase with a warrior figure on a horse.




Fantoni Figural Vase

Marcello Fantoni Figural Vase




Fantoni Mid Century Vase

Fantoni Mid Century Vase



Fantoni Vase designed for Raymor

Fantoni Vase designed for Raymor



Fantoni bottiglia

Fantoni bottiglia, Italy




Fantoni ceramic sculpture

Fantoni ceramic sculpture

( 1stDibs )




Marcello Fantoni-B&W

Marcello Fantoni  1915 – 2011




Fantoni wall plaque

Fantoni  Mid-Century wall plaque

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Fantoni Italian pottery vase

Fantoni Italian pottery vase





Gossiping Ladies by Fantoni

‘ Gossiping Ladies ‘ cubist  ‘Satiro Innamorato’ sculptural lamp by Fantoni – mid 50’s )




Fantoni drip glaze vases

Fantoni drip glaze vases





High cylindrical vase Fantoni

Tall cylindrical bottle vase  – Fantoni





Large sculpture abstract Fantoni

Large sculpture abstract Fantoni






 Fantoni bottle




Marcello Fantoni Vase (1915)

Marcello Fantoni ovoid vase (1915)






Fantoni tall modernist ptichers






Marcello Fantoni vase

Marcello Fantoni vase





Marcello Fantoni Figural Sculpture

Marcello Fantoni Figural Sculpture




 Fantoni flower vase

Modernist Berlin etsy




Vase Fantoni

Italian Vase Fantoni






Fantoni abstract mid century cow sculpture




Huge-Fantoni-Table-Lamp-sputnlk-modern-41inches with harelquin warrior figure

Mid Century Harlequin warrior figure cylindrical lamp – Marcello Fantoni

Large 41 inches

Sputnik Modern, Dallas TX




Fantoni Slab Vase – 1960

height 33cm




Fantoni square bottle 50's

Fantoni 50’s bottle vase

Fantoni rectangular vase

Italian Fantoni rectangular  vase



MARCELLO-FANTONI-Etruscan-ceramic-vase-with-sgraffito-decoration--the-interior-covered-in-blue-glaze red on white exterior

 Etruscan sgraffito ceramic vase – Marcello Fantoni

Sold Rago Arts, NJ




Pair-of-Fantoni-Ceramic-Lamps 60's 32inches in height

 Pair of Fantoni 60’s lamps




Gallery Cruising – Ceramic Art





 Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” sculpture, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1939


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Looking at ceramic art online is sometimes deceptive because the pieces are generally photographed on a plain background and the dimensionality can’t easily be ascertained  to get an idea of the  the actual size. Even when you know the dimensions it’s still a challenge to conceptualize. Depending on the image editing, the texture can also be difficult to judge. Visiting a gallery has a distinct advantage in this regard. The upside with galleries online is you get to scope places that you might never get to see.

Pottery and ceramics are a good fit with galleries because they are generally compact and are usually not dependant on walls for display and can be featured in narrow spaces. The pottery shapes respond favourably to good lighting , and can be highlighted to enhance their styles and colours. I’ve assembled some  images from various galleries.





Emile Gallé glass vases, Musée de l’Ecole de Nancy




Urs Fischer - MoCA USA

Urs Fischer – MoCA



Urchin Bonnechance Basket

Urchin Bonnechance Basket – Laura Donefer

2009 –  Duane Reed Gallery




475px-315px-Sasha Wardell ceramic vessels

Sasha Wardell ceramic vessels

Ceramic Art London fair,  presented by the Craft Potters Association (CPA),

photo: Mark Lawrence






British Museum Great Court





Susan Hails – Ceramic Gallery V & A

( Pinchpots )




Gillian Lowndes V&A-Ceramic Gallery

Gillian Lowndes V&A-Ceramic Gallery

( Pinchpots )





Stoneware Jar inlaid celadon

Stoneware Jar inlaid celadon

National Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute





Standing Figure of an Ibis

Standing Figure of an Ibis

Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry

Brooklyn Museum




'Sleepy-Head' sculpture

‘Sleepy-Head’ sculpture – Peter Fitzgerald

Sculpt Gallery




Michael LuceroTeapot

Michael Lucero Teapot

Represented by Donna Schneier Fine Arts,  SOFA expo




Mycenaean-Pottery ClairH Flickr

Mycenaean pottery

( ClairH Flickr )




The Existential Void – Grayson Perry

Victoria Miro Gallery

via Pinchpots




pASHion - Adil Writer

pASHion -ash-glazed ceramics from the anagama of Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry, India

Adil Writer





Purdue University Galleries

Performative Objects – Christyl Boger and Anne Drew Potter

Purdue University Galleries





Richard Notkin Teapots from the 1980s, and behind it, Philip Cornelius

Richard Notkin teapot from the 1980’s, and behind it, a Philip Cornelius teapot.

V&A-Ceramic Gallery

( Pinchpots )




Open Arms Jane Burton

Open Arms – Jane Burton

CFA Gallery

Gunhild Aaberg Contemporary Ceramics

Gunhild Aaberg Contemporary Ceramic

Ann Linnemann Studio Gallery, Denmark




Ceramic wall sculpture – Steve Allen

SFMOMA Artists Gallery – Wondrous Strange – A Twenty-first Century Cabinet of Curiosities.

San Fransisco via





Michael Dennis States of Being

Michael Dennis – States of Being

Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver,





Matt Wedel

LA Louver Gallery- USA





M. Pineteaux Limoges enamelled vase.

Height 12″ ( Antique Place )




Louvre – salle des caryatides





Artemis: Virgin Goddess of the Hunt. Goddess of the Untamed  Wilderness &  Beasts





Kang Hyo Lee - Mindy Solomon gallery

Korean Kang Hyo Lee – Mindy Solomon gallery


Jane Sauer Gallery

“TEXTILE 07 #10”  – Giles Bettison

Jane Sauer Gallery




‘Diva’ – Jane Burton

CFA Gallery

Contemporary Fine Arts  – California




Israel petals Susannah Israel

Israel petals – Susannah Israel

Pence Gallery



Jude Jelfs- Odalisque

Jude Jelfs – ‘Odalisque’

Sculpt Gallery




Figures Walking Artery Gallery

‘Figures Walking’ – Artery Gallery




Garden Sculpture ''Big-Yawn'

Garden Sculpture ‘Big-Yawn’ – Peter Fitzgerald

Unique stoneware suitable for outdoor sitting  – Sculpt Gallery





Happenings at Vineyard art

Happenings at Vineyard art galleries



Heather Whiteside Urban Art

Heather Whiteside Urban Art – Knoxville



Henrique Oliveira 2011

Henrique Oliveira 2011

Bololo, 2011, Smithsonian Museum of African Art.

Henrique Oliveira uses old plywood, fencing and PVC as his medium. Recycled from dumpsters and landfills from his home city, São Paulo, Oliveira shapes plywood around PVC forms.




Morikami Jin, Kenichi Nagakura exhibited by the TAI Gallery of Santa Fe

SOFA New York –  2012





Egyptian Hippo- Brooklyn Museum


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Ceramic wall art, panels and plaques

Vintage 60’s Italian modernist wall plaque


Ceramic panels and plaques adorned the walls of many homes in the 50’s and 60’s and were a regular feature in decorating. During this era, contemporary design was strongly influenced by Italy, France, Scandinavia and the United States. The Italian input into home furnishings appeared early in the postwar period and their adoption of modernist/abstract styles helped define the ” contemporary look ” of this time. They added more flair to the modernist features which were already prevalent in Scandinavian design. Unconventional shapes and forms were combined with bold, striking colours so as to compliment the radical, innovative architecture that was also popular then. The ceramic panels and plaques were an ideal vehicle for expressing the characteristic geometric, modernist designs and shapes. Their generally larger size was needed to accommodate the flourishing creativity of this progressive era.

Carla-Daalderop-bruggeman-473x481 Dutch sculptress Carla Daalderop-Bruggeman

 I Am the True Vine, 1959, Prince Willem Alexander School, Tiel.

Woman bird hat ceramic plaque – Stig Lindberg

Gustavberg – Sweden

Mid Century gypsy dancer with tambourine wall panel

Mid-century gypsy with accordion wall panel

Mid Century Modern Italian Ceramic Wall Plaque

Stig Lindberg – Gustavberg


( retrorocketgirl )

Cubist still life ceramic bowl plaque

( end of history store )

Mid-century wall art clock

Hornsea Pottery Peace dove wall plaque



Lars Bergsten Mid Century ceramic plaque

Eleanor Smurova

Eleanor Smurova

Hugo Brouwer potter relief   – 1965

1960’s Italian Glazed Ceramic Wall Plaque with Lava Glaze surround and stylized girl with coloured enamel decoration.

( AnSeTa )

Large flat Africanist ceramic plate/plaque VALLAURIS 1950

signed Gabriel Fourmaintraux

Stig Lindberg


Italian vintage modernist ceramic wall plate – Ruffinelli Assisi

Spanish dancer wall plaque

This wall mural was created by Dutch artist Cor Dam for the Anne Frank School in Gouda, Netherlands.

Art Nouveau  wall plaque pair – Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Ceramic relief sculpture – Stan Bitters

Duncan Ceramic Products – Fresno,California

More recent examples of ceramic wall art :

African wall plaque -Chief and Queen

Girl in a Blue Headwrap

Ceramic Mosaic – -Ilona Brustad

Sleeping Woman with Bird Screen – Stephen Gardiner

Fig 3A

Stephen Gardiner

“Framed Landscape/Face Wall Tile” – David Stalbey

Low relief carved earthenware, decorated with a wax based patina.

Two Lovers Wall Tile

Ceramic artist David Stabley has been working with clay for over 30 years. His current work is inspired by dream imagery and his desire to create fantasy situations. He is fascinated by the mysteries of the universe and inspired by works of Marc Chagall, Grant Wood, and Pablo Picasso.

I am interested in telling stories about dreams and fantasy, and inviting the viewer to participate in my work.

Janine-Sopp-wall-panels-475x394“Abstract Space 4-Tile Wall Piece”  Janine Sopp wall artA7418-002l

” Propelling Forward ” – Janine Sopp

Ceramic artist Janine Sopp creates one-of-a-kind pieces and collections in her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She spent the first seven years of her career designing clothing and textiles. With this rich and varied experience, she traveled across Europe and Morocco, where she uncovered her deeper artistic desire of molding clay. The artist favors clay because it is a responsive medium that indulges her passion for texture and color.

Richard Bent, artist blacksmith, and Jan O’Highway, mosaic and ceramic artist.

” Nine Tiles “  – Liza Halvorsen

Lori Katz

Thai restaurant wall plaque depicting traditional Thai village lifestyle

Photo – Ray Evans

 Winged Horse Plaque – Pegasus -Anne Shulenberger

” Here’s my winged horse plaque after its second raku firing. It was quite drab after the first firing so I painted it some more with various underglazes and glazes before putting it back into the kiln.  As you can see, unfortunately it broke in two during the process – but otherwise it turned out much better this time. “

This stylized Art Deco tile plaque features a horse and foal. Executed in the Egyptian Revival style by Walter Bosse  – Worked at the Karlsruhe pottery and produced fanciful animal forms. 1930’s

Wall tile – Kate Reynolds

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Pottery Art Of The Day continued



All new images from the top : 


Eatting, Breathing and Dreaming of Clay ( Tumblr )

Amphora Art-Nouveau Vase.

Amphora Art Nouveau Vase.

Akira Satake ceramics

Akira Satake woodfired ceramic



Hungarian Zsolnay mermaid vase with  iridescent glaze – 1900

( Titus Omega )

Izumita Aurora Show 2012

Yukiya Izumita – Aurora 6

Aurora, the mythical Goddess of Dawn,

 appears every morning and flies across the sky,

 bringing hope and renewal to a new day.

( Touching Stone Gallery  )

Patricia Shone raku

Patricia Shone raku, Scotland


Steve Irvine

Tanja Borushko - So What 1

Tanja Borushko  vase – ” So What 1 “


Namingha pot

Namingha pot

Renato Bassoli

Renato Bassoli  – Italy

( 20th Century Collections )

Beate Andersen

Beate Andersen


Shu Mochizuki

Shu Mochizuki

Mark Pharis

Mark Pharis

Guadalupe Robinson

Mexican ceramicist Guadalupe Lanning Robinson

See more pieces by Guadalupe here 

Greg Daly

Greg Daly

Jennifer Lee

Ceramic vessel – Jennifer Lee

Bennett Bean - Dancing Lily

Bennett Bean – Dancing Lily

Melanie Ferguson

Melanie Ferguson vase – Three Sides Of Light

Brian Beam ceramic bottle

Brian Beam

Roseville Pottery - Pine Cone Vase

Roseville Pottery  – Pine Cone Vase

Jim Craft

Jim Craft – Basket Form

 ( Ceramics Now )

Laura Wilensky teapot

Laura Wilensky teapot

Japanese Edo Dish

Dish with tropical decoration.  Japanese, Edo period, 1650–1660.

Navajo Polychrome Sgraffito

Navajo Polychrome Sgraffito Jar by Vera Thompson

Bela Kotai ceramic

Bela Kotai

Pitchervase with primitive cave-drawings Andre Quiron

Pitcher/vase with primitive cave-drawings by renowned French artist Andre Quiron.

Raku Plate DavisVachon

Raku Plate with spiral motif – Davis Vachon ( Etsy )

Angela Vinson

Angela Vinson –Earthly Vase

Lala Studio

Caroline Genders vase

Caroline Genders vase



Brenda Dean organic-inspired vase

Brenda Dean   – organic inspired wrapped slab built in white earthstone.

Alan FoxleyAlan Foxley

Arakawa Toyozo teabowl

Tea Bowl  ( Rising Sun 1969) by Arakawa Toyozo

Cheryl Malone Ceramics

Cheryl  Malone

Flambe Glazed Zun Vase China

Flambe Glazed Zun Vase –  China, Qing Dynasty


Alain Fichot Purple Crystalline vase

Alain Fichot – Purple Crystalline vase

Aldo Londi,- Italy

Aldo Londi,- Italy

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figurative clayart sculptures


From the first time Neanderthal man held aloft a lump of clay contemplating what he could use it for, he more then likely posed the question …  functional or decorative?  ” Will I make a bowl for eating my nuts and berries or should I indulge my creativity and make a clay statue of my beautiful wife. How about a sun-dial so I don’t sleep in.  Maybe I could do some raku, but first I have to figure out how to make fire….”
On a more serious note, clay figures have been around for a very long time and I speculate that their earliest use would have been for some kind of idolatry.

The figure sculptures of  Greek Antiquity were not naturalistic, for their forms were idealized and geometric. Figurative art is itself  based upon a tacit understanding of abstracted shapes.This has been referred to as the ” Egyptian method ” where there was an  adherence to that which was already known, rather then what was being witnessed. This  idealization eventually gave way to observation, and a figurative art which balanced idealized geometry with greater realism was seen in Classical  sculpture by 480 B.C. This reliance on visual observation was known by the Greeks as ” mimesis “. This style of figurative art , characterised by attempts to reconcile these opposing principles, remained until the time of the Impressionists.

A figurine is a statuette that can represent a human form, a deity or an animal, and can be either  realistic or iconic.  The earliest were made of stone or clay, and later versions were made with ceramics, metal , glass and wood.

Terracotta Isis

This terra-cotta figure is in honor of the goddesses Isis and Aphrodite.

(  Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. )

The most common materials for figurines were porcelain and various ceramics.. There are many early examples from China where it originated, which drove  experimentation in Europe to replicate the process. The first European porcelain figurines were produced in a process mastered in Germany were known as Meissen ware,  after the city where it began.

The ushabti was a funerary figurine used in Ancient Egypt. Ushabtis were placed in tombs among the grave goods and were intended to act as substitutes for the deceased, should he/she be called upon to do manual labor in the afterlife. They were used from the Middle Kingdom (around 1900 BC) until the end of the Ptolemaic Period nearly 2000 years later.
Most ushabtis were of minor size, and many produced in multiples – they sometimes covered the floor around a sarcophagus. Exceptional ushabtis are of larger size, or produced as a one of-a-kind master work.
The ushabtis were servant figures that carried out the tasks required of the deceased in the underworld.

Here is a collection of figurines ranging from ancient to modern :

Kate Gardiner – odyssey-center

Isis and Horus Statue

Isis and Horus

Lidija Tkalcevic – ACGA  ↓

Lidija Tkalcevic figurine

Cheryl Tall Osirus Clay Statue

Osirus  2010 – Cheryl Tall

Eel Walker – Mark Newman

This sculpture was eventually cast in bronze.

Artful Ceramics

)Charlene Doiron Reinhart

Charlene Doiron Reinhart

liz bryant ceramic figurative sculpture

Liz Bryant

the buddhabuilder

the buddhabuilder

figurative sculpture

Windy by Piotr Konsk

NEW YEARS DIVA 2 by Nicole West

NEW YEARS DIVA 2 by Nicole West


Patricia Boyd  ↓

Tribal Stand

boyd kindred spirits sculpture

Kindred Spirits 11

Blessed Harvest – Patricia Boyd

Contemporary Sculpture

” Can you see me ”  Adele Macy

Virginia Rigney

Marina Bauguil  

ceramic figure HeartBird

Heart Bird – Marina Bauguil

marina bauguil ceramic figure


Tree Spirit

Obsedian ceramic-figure

Obsedian ceramic-figure

Fred Yokel

Female Effigy Vessel

Democratic Republic of Congo. Mangbetu. Early 20th century

At the time, elongated foreheads were considered highly attractive. To achieve this look, royal women wrapped their heads with rope and wove their hair into a conical basket structure.

Sherri_K_McEuen ceramic figure

“Dynasty Ceramic Sculpture”

Sherri K McEuen

Engel Raku Keramik figure

Ceramic Angel Raku Keramik figure

Margit Hohenberger

Mouseweb – Michelle Hall

Art Deco Figurine

Art Deco Figurine

Whisper – Marina Bauguil

Sally Hook figurative sculpture

Sally Hook –  Jongleur noir et blanc

Artist  Sally Hook –   Jongleur  Jeune et Rouge



Michael Sherrill, NC ceramicist


Micheal-Sherrill ceramic flower art

Dream of Wildflower – Michael Sherrill


” My desire is to create something that might bring the observer to this same place of wonder. For me to respond to a stimulant and then to make it work is one thing, but its another for that work to make the next step and draw a likewise response from the viewer. “an extract from Michaels artistic statement.

Gifted ceramicist Michael Sherrill draws inspiration from his rural environment in the mountains of North Carolina where he work and lives. This is elucidated by his observation : ” I am compelled by the sensation of seeing things fresh, as if for the first time: like waking from sleep and being surprised by all that surrounds me. In my case, I see the flora and fauna outside my studio, and among them are discoveries and epiphanies.”

His life-like plant sculptures depict a natural fluidity, texture and detail that breathes subtlety and realism into his flora creations. He achieves this by combining porcelain,moretti glass and bronze in his nature sculptures. Their organically patterned, multicolored surfaces involve a painstaking process of layering and abrading and require four kiln firings. In the interest of “expanding what clay can do” Sherrill has introduced metal into his sculptures: “ “How do I draw with small pieces of porcelain? Metal becomes the backbone for a line or an idea that I want to express.” He has also introduced glass for its color and its heightened translucency

In the example below the leaves are from moretti glass  ( a specific type of colored glass rod that is melted to create patterns in glass ), the central stamen is porcelain and the branches are bronze.



Michael Sherrill - Night Moderne ceramic floral sculpture

‘Night Moderne’ 


Essentially  a self taught artist, Michael Sherrill moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to the Western North Carolina mountains in 1974. His primary influences came from being in the proximity of the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community surrounding Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. Specific individuals who have influenced significantly his development include Cynthia Bringle, Don Reitz and Sid Oakley.


Michael Sherrill in studio

Michael Sherrill



Michael Sherrill working in the studio

Along with being  an artist, Michael also lectures and  is the creator of Mudtools, which was born out of a need to develop a line of innovative clay tools for himself,  which he has also made available to other ceramic artists. Maybe this influence came from his father who was a self-taught inventor who patented industrial processes and created machines.





A collection of  ceramic works from Michael Sherrill :

Michael Sherrill bottles

Michael Sherrill bottles

Michael Sherrill ceramic vessel

Michael Sherrill ceramic lidded vessel

Michael Sherrill ceramics

Michael Sherrill ceramic lidded vessel

Michael Sherrill ceramic floral arts - Descending Rhododendron

Descending Rhododendron – Micheal Sherrill



Michael Sherrill teapot

Michael Sherrill black/white teapot

MIchael Sherrill abstract sculpture

Michael Sherrill abstract sculpture



Michael Sherrill floral sculpture

Michael Sherrill floral sculpture

Fire Within, 2008, Night Flowers series, silica bronze Moretti glass, mokume porcelain.

Michael Sherrill teabowl

Michael Sherrill teabowl

Michael Sherrill lidded vessel

Michael Sherrill lidded vessel

Michael Sherrill-vase

Michael Sherrill-vase

Michael Sherrill curvy neck bottle

Michael Sherrill curvy neck bottle

Michael Sherrill pottery vessel

Three legged vessel – Michael Sherrill

NC Michael Sherrill ceramic floral arts

Michael Sherrill – Alma’s Weed, 2003

silica bronze, Moretti glass, porcelain with abraded glaze.

Michael Sherrill ceramic floral art

Temple of the Cool Beauty – Michael Sherrill

Yucca, detail, 2006, silica bronze, Moretti glass, porcelain with abraded glaze

Michael Sherril ceramic art

Sea Flower, Julesvernium

Michael Sherrill ceramic pottery

Michael Sherrill ceramic pottery

Michael Sherrill ceramic pottery flower art

Flourish Rhododendron by Michael Sherrill


Extruded, Temperature : Cone6, Glazing/Surface finish : Electric Oxidation


Ceramic Magnolia - Michael Sherrill

Undressed Magnolia  – Michael Sherrill


Michael Sherrill floral arrangement

Mouths to Feed, 2009, silica bronze, Moretti glass, mokume porcelain,

Michael Sherrill abstract bottles

Michael Sherrill abstract bottles

MIcheal-Sherrill barn studio at North Carolina

Michaels 5,000-square-foot barn studio – NC, USA

Micheal Sherrill Japanese style vessel

Micheal Sherrill Japanese style vessel

ceramic-cacti-sculptures Micheal Sherrill

Michael Sherrill ceramic cactus sculptures

Ceramic rhododendron growing from a rock sculpture

 ” Beauty in a Hard Place “  by Michael Sherrill

( rhododendron growing from a rock sculpture )

The Ramble, Asheville, NC

White House Collection

White House Collection of American Crafts

Michael Sherril Modern Sculpture

Michael Sherrill Modern Abstract Sculpture

Michael Sherrill Honey Locust

Michael Sherrill Honey Locust 

Michael Sherrill ceramic Vessels

Michael Sherrill ceramic Vessels

Michael Sherrill Teapot

Michael Sherrill Tall Teapot

3 ceramic vessels MichaelSherrill

3 ceramic vessels MichaelSherrill

MIchael Sherrill

MIchael Sherrill – Kohler residency

Michael Sherrill Gold Glaze teapot

Gold glaze tower teapot – Michael Sherrill

Michael Sherrill teapot

Michael Sherrill teapot

Website Michael Sherrill link here



The Ceramic Furniture of Hun-Chung Lee

Sth. Korean Designer Hun-Chung Lee :


After receiving his BFA and MFA in ceramic sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, Lee came to the United States to obtain a second MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, staying on as a teaching assistant for a year after graduation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture in Korea. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Korea and in the United States.

In his magnificent, unique ceramic stools and objects, the seemingly chaotic pattern of glaze belies Lee’s careful, painterly control of palette that emerges upon closer observation. In Lee’s hands, the solid ceramics — as with other materials — take on a soft, almost cloud-like character.

Through exceptionally skilled handwork and applied layers of patina, Hun-Chung Lee transforms materials often considered cold — such as concrete and steel — into architecturally graceful, soft-edged sculptural furniture.

Bench by Hun-Chung Lee

CEramic Chairs Hun-Chung Lee

Chairs by Hun-Chung Lee

About the artist:

Lee’s interests in the historic precedents of Korean decorative arts and cultural heritage encourage him to celebrate the natural poetry of his materials in a way rarely seen in Western design. Many of the high-fired ceramics in the exhibition feature a celadon glaze originally developed during the 15th century. Lee also uses a traditional, hand-built kiln and relishes the unpredictable nature of the glazes over the course of the several days of immersing, pouring and firing that it takes to produce each piece. He presents the collection of works as a collaboration with and homage to nature. His delicate colors and simple forms are intended to suggest the natural beauty of the Korean landscape throughout the changing seasons. A recurring theme in this new collection is harmony — the harmony of colors and the harmony of seemingly disparate materials in his benches and storage units. In these pieces Lee coaxes concrete and steel into shapes that are softer than seems possible from such traditionally hard materials. His stools, chairs, and tables are hand-sculpted from ceramic and concrete then painted with layers of glaze to create a multihued surface embellishment, giving the heavy material an ethereal luster.

Ceramic,concrete,steel desk Hun-Chung Lee

“Organic Lined Concrete Desk,” concrete, glazed ceramic and natural rusted steel.

Low table in concrete and ceramic.Hun-Chung Lee

Low table in concrete and ceramic.

ceramic glazed stool

Ceramic stool in a pale colored glaze with a red band

Foot Stool ceramic

“Silver Brushed Ceramic Stool in Sky Blue,” glazed ceramic.

"Skyblue Garden" vessel in glazed ceramic.

“Skyblue Garden” vessel in glazed ceramic.

An extract from an essay by Yun-chung Lee :

” Whenever I saw a sculptor’s work resembling a lump of clay or a bowl, I used to try to find out the artist’s intention. In the past when I created a piece I used to try to convey the meaning and the function of the project to spectators. However, there came a point in time, I don’t remember exactly, when I began to see a sculptor’s work without the need to understand the artist’s intention. Presently, I try to escape from the pattern of  [planning and following the plan], in my work because I have come to realize that forcing spectators to understand the artist’s intention and forcing artists to explain the work is a sort of intellectual violence, which blocks the flow of emotion in my heart. When I am freed from the obsession of the result of my creation, my freedom can give light to the memories in my heart so that I can re-live a spiritual journey.”

” For me, the world is like a swift current, while the inside of my body is a calm pond. “

Ceramic Bench Hun Chung Lee

“Concrete Day Bed with ceramic Pillow and Jar,” concrete and glazed .

Ceramic Box

“Small Beige Square Ceramic Box with a Lid in Plum Flower Motif,” glazed ceramic.

Ceramic Stools

Ceramic Stools

Ceramic and concrete Bench

Low ceramic stool with pale blue glaze.

Ceramic Bench Hun -Chung Lee

Yun-Chung Lee



Pueblo Indian Pottery

native American Indian girl carrying a pot on her head

San Ildefonso Girl with Jar

 Photo by Edward S. Curtis



Karen Cordova –

Karen Cordova Traditional Peublo Pottery

Karen Cordova, Myrtle Cata of San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos. Micaceous Clay Pottery

Karen’s pots are hand coiled, traditionally pit fired, and built from clay gathered from historic clay pits where native peoples have gathered clays for hundreds of years. This style of pottery is indigenous to Taos and Picuris Pueblos. The clay is gathered in the summertime and the naturally present mica in the clay gives the pottery its beautiful glimmer.The

 It can take two weeks to three months for each piece to be completed. The clay, in its natural environment, is dry like and dirt, but the experienced clay gatherer knows it on sight. The clay is soaked and strained before it can be worked. It is then coiled into shape. While it is drying designs may be etched into the clay. The pottery is then left in a dark room to slowly dry before firing.

Pots are fired in an open pit where they are placed on a grate. Then dry bark is built into a teepee formation around the pots and it is ignited from beneath. After two hours of being in the fire the pots are left to sit for another hour before the process is completed and the pottery is finished. ( )

Background to Pueblo Pottery :

Zuni Pueblo Pot with turquoise and orange circle motifs   Hispanic, Native and Anglo Americans in New Mexico have made use of the market for ethnic art to express their artistic, religious and economic values. Spaniards arrived in the region by 1540 and encountered both hostile and helpful Pueblo Indians. One remarkable thing about the interactions between these cultures is that each has been able to preserve much of its unique character. After 1800, Anglo American culture added a third element to daily life in New Mexico. Hispanics and American Indians living along New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley between Santa Fe and Taos have retained much of their culture, as reflected in such crafts as pottery, weaving, jewelry, and images.

The Hispanics who settled in the mountainside village of Chimayó displaced the Indians after 1700, and are famous for their zig-zag and diamond woven designs.

After 1848, when much of Mexico became American territory, Anglo investors and promoters discovered and exploited the cultural practices and products of New Mexico’s Hispanics and Pueblo Indians. In turn, both groups sought ways to convert the tourism trade to their own benefits. While relying on the tourism market for income, many contemporary New Mexican artists use their work as a way of reaffirming old cultural values. Black, polished and carved pottery by Indians at Santa Clara Pueblo is still done by families, but also as individuals as a means of individual self expression.

By the 1920s, Pueblo potters experimented with forms and glazes, including the famous black-on-black finish developed by Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo, who became the best known of all Indian potters among collectors.

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza

Blue Corn (Crucita Gonzales Calabaza) burnished Black on black pottery

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza – ‘Blue Corn’

 (1921-1999) – San Ildefonso Black on Black  Geometric Bowl. Medicine Man Gallery.

Santo Domingo Pueblo :

Mark Wayne Garcia

Mark Garcia

Mark Wayne Garcia

Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

Mark Garcia Pueblo pot with black decorative motifs

Mark Wayne Garcia

      Mark has been an active Santo Domingo Pueblo potter since the 1990s working with black-on-red jars, dough bowls and canteens and most recently in micaceous pottery with black.

Robert Tenorio

Robert Tenorio ceramic canteen with bird motif an black and red on white

Robert Tenorio

Canteen with stylized bird and corn design ( Medicine Man Gallery )

Santa Clara Peublo:

 Santanita Suazo

Santanita Suazo black on black ceramic jarBlack on Black Jar by Santanita Suazo

Susan Folwell

  Her innovative work was initially inspired by her mother, Jody Folwell, who broke many of the traditional conventions in the 1970’s. The jar below  is slipped with a blue underglaze and then painted with birds and branches.  The classic shape speaks well with the use of the birds and tree branches as they encircle the jar.  The birds here are honeyguides or “honey birds which eat both the wax around the honey and the bee larvae. ( King Galleries )

Susan Folwell Jar hand painted and decorated with birds on branches

Susan Folwell

Acoma Pueblo

Sandra  M Victorino :

Sandra  is one of today’s most highly collected potters along with her aunt and teacher, the famous Dorothy Torivio. She has won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market.


Sandra Victorino Acoma Peublo pottery

Sandra  M Victorino

Sandra Victorino

Sandra  M Victorino


Monroe Victorino :

Monroe  has been an active potter since 1976 working with fineline polychrome bowls and jars. Monroe is well-known for his superb fineline work, wonderful star bursts a exemplified in the wedding vase below.

Monroe Victorino traditional wedding vase

Monroe Victorino


Josephine Foard, an arts and crafts do-gooder at the beginning of the twentieth century, thought that a larger market would develop for Pueblo pottery if the objects were glazed to be water tight.
She bought fine works like this Acoma jar by Queaustea, glazed it and sold it.  However, the idea was never an economic success, and Pueblo pottery remains unglazed today.

Queaustea Waterproof Jar


Acoma Jar, 1900-1905 ( New Mexico Museum of Art )

Zuni Peublo :

Priscilla Peynesta

Priscilla Peynesta Bowl

Priscilla Peynesta

A lizard rises over a repeating deer design. ( )

Carlos Latte

Carlos learned pottery making from his step-grandmother, Daisy Hooee, by observing and listening to his grandmother and what she had to say about pottery making. It was the same way with his aunt Jennie Laate. Carlos has been making pottery since 1989, and his technique continues to improve. His design elements cover all the traditional motifs: deer house, rosettes, rain birds, lines, curves, and geometrics.

Carlos Latte Zuni Peublo Pot

Carlos Latte, Zuni Pueblo

Santa Clara Peublo :

Tina Garcia  ( 1957-2005 )

red ware fluted pot by Tina Garcia

Tine Garcia

  The color of this traditional redware fluted pot is difficult to elaborate.  It is not so much the pigment as the color saturation and the pristine gloss . Vessels like this classic shape with uninterrupted surfaces are harder to polish.  Etched, carved, and shaped design elements provide natural break in finish—unadorned surfaces require uniform finish.

Marta Oritz Peublo :

Juan Quezada

Mata Ortiz pottery is also known as Casa Grandes pottery as the pueblo is located along a tributary of the Rio Casas Grandes, a fertile valley which has long been inhabited by indigenous people. Pottery from this pueblo has seen a revival lead by the effort of Juan Quezada, a self taught potter of the modern Mata Ortiz style whose skills have attracted clay workers from the region, extended family and neighbors to create the distinctive pottery shapes and designs which define the pottery from this region. Many of the designs incorporate mimbres symbolism from Native American culture. Mata Ortiz pottery has become highly collectible .

Marta Oritz Pueblo pot by Juan Quezada hand painted in red and black on a white background

Juan Quezada, Mata Ortiz

Medicine Man gallery

Jemez Peublo :

Dominique Toya 

A fourth-generation, award -winning potter who has emerged as a major talent. Great-grandmother Persingula Gachupin, grandmother Marie G. Romero, mother Maxine Toya and aunt Laura Gachupin all paved the way for the artist’s very contemporary sensibility, based on age-old tradition.

Dominique Toya Swirled Melon Pot from jemez pueblo

Dominique Toya

Wright’s Indian Art



 Verda Toledo

Verda Toledo Bowl with bold black and white internal geometric decoration

Verda Toledo


Hopi Peublo : 

Nathan Begaye  ( 1958 – 2010 )

 Nathan Begaye was an unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters. His work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his work flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space.  Here are two classic pieces of his pottery. ( )

Nathan Begaye Melon Bowls

Nathan Begaye ‘Melon Bowls’

Rainy Naha-Hopi Tewa – Rainy Naha creates beautifully coiled pottery which is thin walled and traditionally fired. The white color is a white clay slip which is polished onto the surface of the clay.  Her designs are all painted using natural clay slips for the various colors, or bee-weed (a plant) for the black.  On the seedpot below is  her classic solstice pattern.  In the sections near the opening are the various phases of the moon.  In the smaller panels below the moons are cloud, rain and traditional Hopi designs from both pottery and katsinas.



Rainy-Naha-Solstice-Bowl with sun and moon motifs nd geometric hand painted decoration

Rainy Naha ‘Solstice Bowl’



Rainy Naha Solstice Seedpot

Rainy-Naha Solstice Bowl

The jar below has her “tumbling parrot” design.  There are five parrots, which are interconnected and “tumbling” around the jar.  Why parrots?  They are one of the clans at Hopi and are typically seen in katsina form and their feathers are often used in the ceremonies.    Rainy learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen (Featherwoman) Naha.  Rainy continues to innovate and also create her own voice among Hopi-Tewa potters. ( King Galleries )



Rainy Naha Tumbling Parrots Jar.jpg

Rainy Naha ‘Tumbling Parrots’ Jar.



Kaia Thomas pot hand painted i ancient Pueblo pottery style

‘Earth Song’ is a carved and painted gourd done in the style of ancient Pueblo pottery.

Kaia Thomas



Jody Folwell spherical bowl with bird motif

Bowl with Birds – Jody Folwell



Shauna Rustin ceramic vessel with fine decorative detail in black and white

Shauna Rustin  Acoma via Andrea Fisher Pottery




Shauna Rustin seed pot with spiral motif and intricate geometric detail

Shauna Rustin  Acoma, New Mexico



Mark Sublette - bowl with geometric lines in black and white

Geometric motif bowl

Mark Sublette – Medicine Man Gallery

Sharon-Lewis-Swirling-Squares in a repetitive geometric pattern

Sharon Lewis – Swirling Squares Jar

Virgil Ortiz Velocity Jar

Virgil Ortiz –  ‘Velocity Jar’

Sandra Victorino - Tall Butte with swirling geometric patterns

Sandra Victorino – Tall Butte

Pottery by Tammy Garcia

Pottery by Tammy Garcia

Pottery by Tammy Garcia abstract ceramic carved bottle

Carved pottery bottle by Tammy Garcia

JENNIFER-MOQUINO black ceramic lidded box with sgraffito decorations of turtles

Jennifer Moquino, Santa Clara

Alan Lasiloo abstract shaped vase

Alan Lasiloo

Alan Lasiloo excavates the white clay of the Zuni Pueblo from the same location his grandmother collected clay for her pottery. In 1999, upon returning to the Pueblo after studying fashion design at the American College for the Applied Arts in Los Angeles, Lasiloo began altering traditional pottery forms. “I realized clay could be used like fabric. I used what I learned from fashion design about lines, curves, and pleats. It brought life to my pieces “

Dorothy Torivio eye dazzler black and white geometric patterned see jar

 Dorothy Torivio “eye dazzler” seed jar.

Storage jar (olla), ca. 1890–1910 with goemetric patterns

Storage jar (olla), ca. 1890–1910

Jacob-Koopee,-Native American Indian ceramic seed jar

Jacob Koopee, American Hopi   ( 1970 – 2011 )

TTenorio ceramic ot with black fish motif on hite background

T. Tenorio



Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Helena, Montana, on the grounds of what was once Western Clay Manufacturing Co. brick manufacturing company. Bray, an avid patron of the arts, envisioned an art center and built the Pottery centre  in the spring of 1951, the first step in his dream to ” make available for all who are seriously interested in the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.”

The foundation is a  nonprofit, educational institution founded  by brickmaker Archie Bray. ” Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.”

Probably the most important reason for coming to the Bray is the opportunity to work within a community of artists actively creating art. At the Bray, artists from around the world with a vast range of experiences and diverse aesthetic approaches, cultures and perspectives come together. Sharing discoveries, frustrations and triumphs, and working together over an extended period of time establishes friendships and connections that open new paths, develop careers, and change lives.

Since its inception, the Bray has drawn more than 200 ceramic artists from around the world to work, including such well-known ceramists as Tre Arenz, Val Cushing, John and Andrea Gill, Wayne Higby, Clary Illian, Jun Kaneko, Eva Kwong, Jim and Nan McKinnell, Ron Meyers, Robert Sperry, Chris Staley, Akio Takamori, and Arnie Zimmerman.

Some current artists at Archie Bray :

Andrew Martin-

Andrew Martin currently lives in the Netherlands and earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Alfred University in New York. He has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation and the Arts-Industry Program at the Kohler Company, and was awarded two Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His book, “The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip Casting” has become the standard text on the subject.


Andrew Martin tumbler
 Marbled tumbler


Andrew Martin tumbler


Lorne Meaden –

Lorna grew up in the western suburb of Chicago, La Grange. After receiving a B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1994, she established a studio in Durango, Colorado. She worked as a studio potter for the next eight years. She received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University 2005. She has recently been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Lorna Meaden Teapot

Lorna meaden



Jeff Campana –

I draw lines by dissecting and immediately reassembling each pot. The result is a surface decoration with structural implications. The fault lines that decorate the surface threaten to, but do not actually undermine the vessel’s ability to contain, display or deliver.

Jeff Campana Vase

Jeff Campana JarJeff Campana Jar

Mel Griffin- 

     “I believe that the capacity to empathize can be developed through attentive engagement with daily landscape, and that the health of that landscape affects the health of our minds. In my work, animals serve as both playful and solemn metaphors for my own interactions with the environment, as well as those of society as a whole. Through imagery and metaphor, line and clay, my work seeks to capture the viewer’s emotional interest and to rekindle her sense of wonder and discovery.”

Mel Griffin Salad PlateMel Griffin Salad Plate

Sean O’Connell – 

Sean O’Connell is a functional potter living and working in Helena, MT and currently the 2011- 2012 Matsutani Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation.

“I make functional pottery based on the idea that beauty and purpose should be a part of everyday use. It is my pleasure to make these objects and my desire to see them in the hands and on the tables of people, who like me, have a passion for that which is tended and thoughtful.”

Sean O'connell 

Melissa Mencini –

Melissa Mencini received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2003. She teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Melissa has also taught at Eastern Washington University and at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was the recipient of the Lincoln Fellowship during her residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. Mencini became interested in art at an early age and enrolled in classes at a local art center in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

She makes pottery embellished with bright designs and decals and also maintains a body of sculptural work.

Melissa Mencini mug

Kenyon Hansen –

“I believe that finely crafted, thoughtfully made pottery can contribute to a renaissance of tradition and habit. My hope is that the pots I make can play a role and be a factor in a renewal of ritual. Clay allows me to play with a physical language. When I throw or hand build, I’m engaged in the conversation, curiosity often pushes the dialog, while the desire to find something new guides me forward. I strive to create pottery that is both considered and balanced containing a healthy dose of spirit and care. “

Kenyon Hansen Jar

Jennifer Allen –

 Jennifer received her BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002. In addition to a formal education, she worked full time as a studio assistant for Bliss Pottery from 1998 to 2002. For post baccalaureate study, Jennifer attended Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts from August 2002 until June 2003. In the summer of 2003, she was awarded the Eric Myhre Scholarship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2006, Jennifer received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University. Jennifer was awarded the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2006-7.

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen Vase

Andrew Gilliat –

” I am fascinated how, culturally, we define ourselves and personalize ourselves through the objects we use and accumulate. The clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the shoes we buy- all of these objects reflect our personality and aesthetic proclivity both publicly and privately. Within this body of work I want to provide a framework that allows for the user to search out a bowl or cup that suits their need for function and their desire for aesthetic. With my functional pottery I am designing and fabricating objects in the want of creating visibly dynamic forms that, with the use of color and imagery, are expressive, visually inviting, and easily accessible as objects for domestic use. ”

Andrew Gilliat Bowl

Tom Jaszczak –

Tom received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University. After graduating, Tom apprenticed for Simon Levin at Mill Creek Pottery for a year and learned the process of wood firing and developed his work further. Following Tom he was an artist in Resident at the Cub Creek Foundation.

Tom Jaszczak

Martha Grover –

I seek to enhance the experience of interacting with functional objects. Creating a sense of elegance for the user while in contact with each porcelain piece. Reminiscent of orchids, flowing dresses, and the body, the work has a sense of familiarity and preciousness. Direct curves are taken from the female figure, as well as the fluidity of a dancer moving weightlessly across the floor. The space between elements is electrified with anticipation and tension. I think of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. Transmitting desire- there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately and then the details draw us in, to make a closer inspection.

Martha Grover Pitcher


Larry Clark –

Chilly Aroma - Stoneware Lowfire glaze

Jordan Wood ” Chilly Aroma ” 2009

Stoneware Lowfire glaze

Katherine Taylor LandBody2,

2008 Porcelain Glaze

Patricia Sannit Amphora 2007


Jim Connell Green carved vase

Jim Connell Green carved vase

Vince Palacios Alchemy Series

Jose Sierra – El Nudo  2009

For more Archie Bray Foundation information on their artists and programs click here.



Design Innovator – Christopher Dresser


Cristopher Dresser Metal KettleC.Dresser designed metal kettle



Without a doubt, Christopher Dresser ( 1834 – 1904 ) can be regarded as one of the great pioneers of  modern design. He was among the first independent industrial designers, and he  championed design reform in 19th century Britain while embracing modern manufacturing in the development of wallpaper, textiles, ceramics, glass, furniture and metalware.

During his time,  Dresser was a household name, who was  famed for his innovation in industrial design. He became a force for furnishing ordinary people with well-made, efficient and engaging goods, along with the hundreds of objects he  designed in textiles, wall coverings, ceramics, glassware and metalware. His commercial success is all the more remarkable as Dresser also pioneered what we now recognise as the spruce, simple modern aesthetic. Radical for the time, some of Dresser’s products, notably his 1880s metal toast racks, are still in production today.

Dresser was born in Glasgow in 1834, and from 1847 to 1854 he studied at the Government School of design, Somerset House. Having specialised in botanical studies, Dresser became a lecturer in botany when he left the College in 1854. This study of plants had a profound effect on his approach to design. Seeing nothing superfluous in nature, where every beautiful thing had simplicity of form and a clear function, Dresser applied the same principle to design.

Christopher dresser, porcelain pilgrim flask.Minton & Co, Christopher Dresser, porcelain pilgrim flask. Dragons, masks and geometric decoration.




Christopher Dresser  Old Hall Japanese aesthetic style elephant heads pottery vase

In 1876, he became the first European designer to be commissioned to visit Japan, which had reopened its borders in 1854, in order to view craft and manufacturing techniques for the UK government.  As well as lecturing about Japan and Japanese craft techniques on his return to the UK, he published his acclaimed book ‘Japan, Its Architecture, Art and Art-Manufactures’ in 1882.

Dresser’s trip to Japan had a profound effect on his approach to design as well as his understanding of manufacturing processes. Prior to his trip, his output shows a great amount of attention to surface ornamentation. Upon his return, however, Dresser began to take a holistic approach to design. Form and decoration became inseparable.

At a time when the fast-expanding Victorian middle classes were enthusiastically furnishing their homes, Dresser designed all the effects necessary for the family table: claret jugs, tea services, serving dishes, toast racks, candlesticks and cruet sets. Much of Dresser’s most influential work was produced from the late 1870s when he worked increasingly as an adviser and designer to smaller firms which allowed him greater control over a range of products. While he still provided designs anonymously, his stature was so great that many manufacturers now used Dresser’s name as a marketing ploy. He supplied designs to at least fifty companies, both in Britain and overseas.


 Pots made by Linthorpe were potted by hand and then finished in a wood mold. Hand painting and glazing were done after the first biscuit firing. Innovative methods, such as spray color and gas ovens, were used. The glaze, possibly made with ground flint or granite added to Cornish clay and oxide tints, created a random yet richly mottled effect that emulates Japanese Raku teawares.



Wedgwood & Sons Aquarian flower potWedgwood & Sons
Aquarian flower pot, 1873, design –  Christopher Dresser

( The Minneapolis Institute of Arts )



Dresser’s designs were radical in the context of a period when many designs combined a heady mix of cultures and periods with the highly decorative Rococo revival style dominating silverware. His reduced, geometric forms revealed the influence of Japanese and Islamic silverware and a desire to be economic with the use of costly materials. Maintaining an acute awareness of function, Dresser also became adept at utilising standardised components for handles and lids to reduce costs for manufacturers.

The contrasts in his designs for different materials showed how his approach to design was also shaped by the properties and nature of a material. In 1879 Dresser was appointed art director at the newly established Linthorpe pottery, near Middlesbrough. Founded by John Harrison, the pottery’s aim was to use local clay to provide jobs for local men. Dresser’s design for the moulds for the pottery were inspired by a wide range of cultures from Japan, Peru, Mexico, Morocco and Ancient British forms. These pieces were very striking at the time, with the metal oxides in the complex and innovative glazes providing the only decoration.

Six-handled bowl of lead-glazed earthenwareLinthorpe Pottery Six-handled bowl of lead-glazed earthenware, design C.Dresser

( The Victoria and Albert Museum )

Watcombe Pottery Co. Glazed earthenware, moulded and gilded vase. Design-C.Dresser ( V & A Museum )

 Lead-glazed earthenware dish . Design - C.DresserLinthorpe Pottery – Lead-glazed earthenware dish . Design – C.Dresser

( The Victoria and Albert Museum )

He also promoted design through his writing and lectures. Speaking to the Royal Society of Arts in 1871 he argued: “True ornamentation is of purely mental origin, and consists of symbolised imagination only… Ornamentation is even a higher art than that practised by the pictorial artist, as it is of wholly mental origin.”

Towards the end of Christopher Dresser’s life, a tribute appeared in an 1899 issue of Studio magazine describing him as “perhaps the greatest of commercial designers, imposing his fantasy and invention upon the ordinary output of British industry.”


Christopher Dresser Earthenware-with-transfer-printed-enamel-1881risdmuseum


Earthenware pitcher with transfer-printed enamel – Christopher Dresser



Linthorpe Art Pottery vase. Design - Christopher DresserLinthorpe Art Pottery vase. Design – C.Dresser

 Wave Bowl – C. Dresser design, Linthorpe Art Pottery, Middlesbrough

glazed earthenware  jug-C.Dresser 1880 glazed earthenware  jug

'Cloisonne' tea caddy-C.DresserA ‘ Cloisonne’ tea caddy’, the design attributed to Christopher Dresser, manufactured by Minton & Co. circa 1870

( Walpoles Antiques )

 Vase. Design C.Dresser William Ault Pottery earthenware, moulded and glazed ( V & A Museum )  William Ault Pottery earthenware, moulded and glazed vase. Design C.Dresser ( V & A Museum )

Linthorpe Pottery earthenware vase with streaked, lustrous glaze. Designed by Christopher Dresser

Linthorpe Pottery earthenware vase with streaked, lustrous glaze. Designed by Christopher Dresser

C Dresser for Watcombe Pottery Co - Earthenware Jug and CupsWatcombe Pottery Co – Earthenware Jug and Cups –  C. Dresser design
William Ault Pottery Vase C.Dresser design William Ault Pottery-  glazed earthenware vase  ( V & A Museum )

This vase form, based on the sphere and right angle, does indeed appear to preclude 20th-century Modernism. But, as is well established,  Dresser’s appreciation of spare, clean shapes, derives from his interest in Japanese forms and his profound understanding of manufacturing processes.

Linthorpe plate C.Dresser V & A museumLinthorpe  Plate – C.Dresser design

Gifted to V & A Museum by Miss Amy Harrison

Asian style Vase with four figural handles, covered in oxblood majolica glaze.C.Dresser

C.Dresser Vase in  Asian style  with four figural handles, covered in oxblood majolica glaze.




Christopher Dresser vase  Minton-Pottery-Factory,1875

Vase – Christopher Dresser

3 pitchers by Christopher Dresser

Three pitchers – Christopher Dresser

( The Met )

Ceramic Grotesque Vase, c. 1893 by Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser Grotesque Vase, c. 1893

Teacup-and-Saucer,- Christopher Dresser

Cup and saucer – Christopher Dresser

Pitcher by Christopher-Dresser for Linthorpe

C. Dresser for Linthorpe

Assymetrical pitcher etched in a floral and geometric pattern and covered in amber, brown, and green flambe glaze.

( V & A Museum )

Bone china overglaze enamel vase by Christopher Dresser Christopher Dresser bone china overglaze enamel vase

LINTHORPE-BRITISH-art-pottery with Christopher Dresser design

Linthorpe pottery vessel design by Christopher Dresser

Christopher-Dresser Three glass bottles

Christopher Dresser glass bottles


Glass bottle – Clutha – Christopher-Dresser-1900

C Dresser Minton Baluster Vase

Minton baluster vase by Christopher Dresser


Bone China bowl Christopher Dresser

C Dresser tongues vase for Ault-1885

C hristopher Dresser  ‘tongues’ vase for Ault


Christopher-Dresser-design pitcher

Pitcher. Designed by Christopher Dresser, c. 1880. Manufactured by Linthorpe Art Pottery, Yorkshire, England

C Dresser Linthorpe 1890 vase

Christopher  Dresser Linthorpe 1890 vase

'Moon-Flask'-Vase, designed by Christopher Dresser,-Minton, c.-1880

Christopher Dresser, ‘Moon-Flask’-Vase, designed for Minton



 Aesthetic movement Watcombe redware vase by Christopher Dresser


Christopher Dresser Earthenware Vase-by-Old-Hallron-red-ground-with-gold-and-silver-foliate-scrolls,-figural-handles-of-jesters,-height-14-14-in

Earthenware Vase gold and silver foliate scrolls, figural handles of jesters

Christopher Dresser

Christopher Dresser Christopher Dresser





Ardmore African Ceramic Artists

Turquoise, blue and white Ardmore Platter with four zebras on the edge

Ardmore platter with four zebras



Twin handles sugar bowl with zebra lid by Ardmore

Ardmore twin handled jar with lid



  Ceramic Ardmore Tea Pot decorated with cheetahs

A beautifully  intrinsic  balance of rich colours characterize the ceramic pottery of Ardmore.


The vibrant ceramics of Ardmore, ranging from functional domestic ware to sculptural art in the highly decorative African tradition, offer a fine insight into the subtle influences of rural potters at work in the Champagne Valley of KwaZulu Natal. These artists combine the elements of their tribal tradition with the unique  perspective of a new world. Although the nerve centre of Ardmore has moved to Lavendula in the Natal Midlands, the majority of the artists continue to work on the Ardmore farm near their family homes in the Champagne Valley.

The History Of Ardmore  :    The story of Ardmore began in 1985 when Fèe Halsted lived on the farm Ardmore, in the Champagne Valley under the shadow of the Drakensberg Mountains. Her passions for ceramic art had been honed during her five years at the University of Natal when she had studied fine art and then completed a two year advanced diploma in ceramics.

It was on the Ardmore farm – by ingenuity, by thrift and by chance – that Fèe developed the style that has made Ardmore ceramics famous. “I used to make tiles,” she remembers, “when one cracked, I’d stick a rabbit or bird on the top to hide it.” Then Fèe decided she needed an assistant. This was when luck played it’s part. Janet Ntshalintshali who worked in the house brought her 18 year old daughter, Bonnie, to meet Fèe.

Bonnie who had polio as a child could hardly walk, but showed a natural aptitude for ceramic art. Her ability with colour, design and texture and Ardmore Ceramic Artistsher diligence was everything Fèe could have desired in a student. Within five years, in 1990 Fèe and Bonnie had jointly won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award and their work was being shown in galleries internationally.

When Ardmore first opened the doors of its ceramic studio, the ceramics were produced mainly by women. Gradually, however, their male partners realized that they, too, could work with clay under the scenic backdrop of the Champagne and Cathkin mountain peaks of the Drakensberg range located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. These men have transformed Ardmore’s conservative functional earthenware into a more sculptural and courageous art form.

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Their patience and extraordinary ability to pay attention to detail gives rise to artwork of tremendous charm and beauty. The creative talent of the artists, their learned skills and their desire to succeed, have resulted in their earning a special status amongst their friends and families and becoming known as the `Isigiwili’, which describes their abundant good fortune.

The women, in turn, have responded to the new creative energy that has flowed into Ardmore and, of their own accord, have modified their style of painting. Their fine feathering, scaling and bead- and basket-like patterns now enhance the form. Ardmore has evolved into a true unique sculptural art.


All the rhythm, colour, humor and spontaneity of the Zulu artists are on display here for their imaginative ceramic artwork.


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Hoopoe Tureen vividly coloured with bird figures by Ardmore

Hoopoe Tureen –  Sculptor; Somandla Ntshalintshali, Painter; Goodness Mpinga



Chamelion Tea Pot by Ardmore in lime green and orange with a bird figure lidChamelion Tea pot –  Ceramic sculptor; Somandla Ntshalintshali Painter; Winnie Nene



Bird Vase Ardmore with raised blue flowers and a black-yellow and red bird

Bird Vase – Sculptor; Lovemore/ Sondelani Ntshalintshali.  Painter; Winnie Nene



Monkey Jug by ardmore featuring a monkey encasing sculptureMonkey Jug – Sculptor- Sabelo/ Sfiso Mvelase  Painter; Goodness Mpinga




Zebra Rhino Platter - central flower motif with red flower and green leaf handles and rhino and zebra figures on the edge Zebra Rhino Platter – Sculptor; Alex Sibanda. Painter; Octavia Buthelezi



Goat Basketing Vessel made by Ardmore - goat figurine lid in black, red anmd whiteGoat basketing ceramic vessel  – Sculptor; Octavia Mazibuko Painter; Goodness Mpinga




Leopard Bird Bowl by Ardmore - central pink flower motif, large flower handles with leopard and bird figures on the rimLeopard Bird Bowl – Sculptor; Somandla Ntshalintshali Painter; Rosemary Mazibuko




Hippo Vase Ardmore Pottery african-figures-riding-hippos on the top rim, with hippo handles and smaller hippo figures on the footed baseHippo Vase Sculptor; Lovemore/ Alex Sibanda Painter; Jabu Nene


In the beginning  at Ardmore no traditional techniques were used. Their work broke from the ceramic conventions of the time, fired terracotta clay was painted with plaka paints, boot polish and oven blackeners. Glues and putty were also used. Later American Amaco paints and transparent glazes brought an exuberant use of colour and the intricacy of painting style to the ceramics they were making.


Leopard Jug - black and white chequered base and band around the top rim, leopard handle and figures on the side Leopard Jug – Sculptor; Lovemore/ Sondelani Ntshalintshali Painter; Milo Dlamini




Ardmore Elephant Tea Pot with a large red flower motif and elephant handle with an elephant figure on the lidElephant Tea Pot – Sculptor; Lovemore/ Sondelani Ntshalintshali Painter; Nondumiso Mfuphi



Blue Guinea Fowl Salt and Pepper Shakers red crests and beaked birds Guineafowl Salt & Pepper Shakers -Sculptor; Betty Ndaba Painter; Zinhle Nene




Ardmore Elephant Jug African Pottery with large white flower motif and elephant handleElephant Jug – Sculptor; Sabelo/ Sondy Ntshalintshali Painter; Senzo Duma





Ardmore Cheetah Platter - large flower motif with four cheetah figures on the rim

Cheetah Platter  – Sculptor; Thabo Mbhele Painter; Senzo Duma




Hoopoe Tureen Ardmore Ceramic black-white and red hoopoe birds on the lid and handlesHoopoe Tureen – Sculptor; Octavia Mazibuko Painter; Rosemary Mzibuko




Ceramic Lidded Giraffe Tureen by Ardmore with 4 giraffe handles and 2 giraffes on the lid in black, red and yellowGiraffe Tureen – Sculptor; Sabelo Khoza Painter; Sharon Tlou



Ardmore Ceramic Hoopoe bird figurine

Hoopoe bird on logs



Ardmore-monkey tureen decorated with green leaves on cream, twin monkey lid and handles

Monkey tureen – Ardmore, South Africa



Ardmore egg cups combined with central yellow-bird in a tree

Bird Egg Cup Sculptor; Lebohang Molefe Painter; Winnie Nene



Ardmore Porcupine Sweet dish with four legged base

Porcupine Sweet dish –  Sculptor: Victor Shabalala Painter: Zinhle Nene



Some of the Ardmore artists:

Ardmore Artists with their ceramic creations




Ardmore ceramic artists

Ardmore artists


Updated –

Ardmore baluster vase with giraffe handles in black, red, green

 Ardmore Giraffe Vase

Painter – Sharon Tlou & Sculptors -Sondelani Ntshalintshali, Sabelo Khoza




African butterfly vase by Ardmore - large butterfly on each side of vase

Butterfly vase – Ardmore, ZA

Sculptor – Somandla Aaron Ntshalintshali & Painter-Sthabiso Hadebe




Ardmore-traditional style ceramic basket with figure lid

Traditional basket shape ceramic vessel with lid – Ardmore




Ardmore giraffe platter with a central white slower motif and bananas on the edge

Ardmore giraffe platter



Large raised Ardmore zebra handled jug

 Ardmore jug


Some ceramic pieces currently available :

Vases---Jugs----Ardmore-Ceramic-Art--Buck-Jug Jug with huge red flower and buck handle

 Ardmore Buck Jug




Ardmore ceramic figurine Hippo-Riders 2 native africans riding a white hippo

Hippo Riders – Ardmore



Red Rhino-Rider-London----Ardmore-Ceramic-Art- African boy with umbrella riding a red rhinocerous

 Red rhino rider – Ardmore, London




Gift-Collection----Ardmore-Ceramic-Art-Zebra butter dish

Zebra butter dish – Ardmore




Vases---Jugs----Ardmore-Ceramic-Art---Sable-Jug large flower motif jug with sable habdle

Ardmore Sable Jug


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