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Yasuhisa Kohyama anagama



Yasuhisa Kohyama sculpture - William Wilkins painting

Yasuhisa Kohyama London Exhibition 2017

Yasuhisa Kohyama’s latest exhibition comprises 28 ceramics by Yasuhisa Kohyama and four paintings of Kohyama’s work by William Wilkins and is running till 30th November, 2017 at Erskine, Hall & Coe Gallery. Details here


Kohyama has played a very unique and significant role in reviving the use of the traditional Japanese ‘anagama’ wood firing kiln, as he was the first potter in Shigaraki to build such a kiln since the Middle Ages. He is also a contemporary master of the ancient practice of Sueki, a method that originated in southern China and which accounts for his unglazed yet glassy surface textures. His works are inspired by ancient Japanese Shigaraki, Jomon and Yayoi ceramics, and are collected internationally.

Yasuhisa Kohyama was born in 1936 in Shigaraki, a historically vital ceramics production centre in Japan. Kohyama was fifteen years old when he became employed by one of the largest ceramic factories in Shigaraki, Oumi Kagaku Touki. From 1958 until 1960, he took evening classes at a vocational training school, where he was taught basic techniques such as glazing and throwing on a potter’s wheel. A well-known ceramicist designer, Sakuzo Hineno, visited the factory in 1955 while he was working under a government scheme to improve the quality and originality of the ceramic arts in Japan. Following several workshops, Kohyama asked Hineno about being coached individually and was honoured by becoming an apprentice, specializing in tableware.



Yasuhisa Kohyama ceramic sculpting in studio

Yasuhisa Kohyama ceramic sculpture



Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Kaze’,(wind)

2017  Erskine, Hall & Coe



William Wilkins – ‘Still Life III, Kohyama Vessels’



Yasuhisa Kohyama with his sculpture

Yasuhisa Kohyama



Yasuhisa Kohyama -‘Danpen’ {fragment), 2017



Yasuhisa Kohyama-Anagama-fired-stoneware

Yasuhisa Kohyama – Anagama fired stoneware sculpture vessel



Yasuhisa Kohyama with flame sculpture

Yasuhisa Kohyama with ‘Homura’ flame sculpture – 2017



Yasuhisa Kohyama-Kaze,-2012

Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Kaze’ (flame)




Yasuhisa Kohyama-Danpen,-2012--

Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Danpen’




Yasuhisa Yohyama-Homura,-2012

Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Homura’



Yasuhisa Kohyama ceramic sculptures

Yasuhisa Kohyama


Yasuhisa Kohyama walking his white dog in forest

Yasuhisa Kohyama








Yasuhisa Kohyama-Kakehana,Vase with purple flower

Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Kakehana’ vase




Yasuhisa Kohyama -‘Kaze’ ceramic sculpture




yasuhisa-kohyama-Sora,-2014 vessel

Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Sora’




Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Kaze’



Yasuhisa Kohyama anagama kiln

“Every time I fire, I’ve come to recognize that I am in Nature; I am a small part of Nature. Intently I watch Nature over and over again; working with clay, inspired by Nature,
I am free to allow creation to happen, approaching the experience as the ancients did.”



Yasuhisa Kohyama – ‘Suemono’


yasuhisa-kohyama-Homura-(flame),-2016 Japan sculpture

Yasuhisa Kohyama  — ‘Homura’ (flame),



Yasuhisa Kohyama –  ‘Suemono’



Yasuhisa Kohyama-Suemono,-2017

Yasuhisa Kohyama- ‘Suemono’



A video from the autumn of 2016, filmmaker where Cristobal Zanartu spent over two weeks at Kohyama’s studio in Japan.





Symphony of dreaming visuals


Froggy Fiddler-.-Artist--Luis-Alberto-Quispe-Aparicio Green glass frog with violin

Froggy Fiddler — Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio


Dreamscapes in the arts


Every night when we sleep, we are reminded that there is more to our consciousness then what we perceive with our real time perception. During sleep a totally random menu of involuntary dreamscapes gets served up, presenting dream vistas that aren’t locked into a linear time frame and can shift rapidly. Maybe our imagination gets revitalized during sleep, being stimulated by forms and imagery not confined to the normal rules of matter and construct, and acting as a trigger to explore greater possibilities. Dreams can be vague and confusing, while at other times extremely lucid. They can be vehicles for invention and inspiration and doorways to spiritual experiences. Too much dreaming can be exhaustive, while in other instances dreams can act as a release and be healing.

Otherworldly, nebulous and the surreal are all employed to create the vague ambience of dreams and this dimension is a license to express the quirky and odd. Impressionistic paintings usually conjure a dreamlike feeling and I’ve included art from Elena Markova for her captivating ethereal vistas. The random, disjointed images of surrealist art also alludes to the world of dreams and I’ve included a few images from the photographer Jerry Uelsmann for his imaginative works. The dreamy lighting of Maxfield Parish makes him a natural inclusion. Also added are the mystical Australian indigenous paintings, channeled from the Dreamtime, and originally serving as a conduit to the subconscious. Other dream related art pieces are also in the mix.


Battle of city, cosmic and morning light-by-Neil Zeller

‘Battle of city, cosmic and morning light’ by Neil Zeller



I-Dream-of-Fish-and-Flowers-Diana Fayt turquoise plate

‘I Dream of Fish and Flowers’ – Diana Fayt




Galerie-accroTerre---Christophe-Betmalle---2014-- French sculpture bust

Christophe Betmalle

Galerie Accro Terre




Curtis Benzle Softly as in a Dream

‘Softly as in a Dream’ – Curtis Benzle



Children's-Water-Dreaming-aboriginal-art painting

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, ‘Children’s Water Dreaming’




Jerry Uelsmann-photo

Jerry Uelsmann photo




‘Dream Awakening’ — Ima Naroditskaya




Girl and sea of dreams-Keramikas-CZ

‘Girl and sea of dreams’ – Keramikas, Czech



Julia Feld-Sweaty Dreams-sculpture

Julia Feld -‘Sweaty Dreams’



 Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery by BlueFireStudio on Etsy

‘ Jaguar Dreaming the Mystery’ by BlueFireStudio on Etsy



Labradorite-Antsohamay-Quarry,-Tulear-Prov.,-Madagascar - dreamstone

Labradorite  dreamstone

Tulear Prov., Madagascar



Lela Maharobeli _ Field of Dreams painting

Lela Maharobeli  — ‘Field of Dreams’ painting




Kurt Weiser



Lisa Van Noorden-Dreaming sculpture of a girls head

Lisa Van Noorden – ‘Dreaming’




‘The Alchemist’s Dream’ mosaic panel — Irina Charny

Irina Charny Mosaics



Rachel Wolf Sgraffito Dreamscape 




‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts




'Yala Thukurrpa- - Wild Potato-Dreaming at Mikanji' Australian indigenous art

‘Yala Thukurrpa- – ‘Wild Potato Dreaming at Mikanji’ Australian indigenous art




Red Anemone Dreaming ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans

‘Red Anemone Dreaming’ ceramic Bowl by Penny Evans



‘Beyond The Dreamtime’ — Ainslie Roberts




Will Herrera Ocean Dream abstract sculpture

Will Herrera ‘Ocean Dream’ abstract sculpture





Dakini Rodeo - Robbiv Hood digital art

Odyssey Portal – ‘Dakini Rodeo’

Digital art – Robbiv Hood



Noonan-Antiques Chinese-dream-stone,-17th---18th-Century

 Chinese dreamstone,  17th—18th Century

Noonan Antiques



Xiaoping Zhou-Dream Of Land-125-x-165-cm

Xiaoping Zhou – ‘Dream Of Land’

125-x-165-cm      Hotham Street Contemporary




Arina Alincai



Bébé-Bleu--France-Fauteux suureal sculpture

‘Bébé Bleu’ — France Fauteux





Sergei-Isupov-ceramic-sculptures-clay-art Surrealist sculpture

Sergei Isupov, Russia



 Don Yeoman Ravens Dream_ 48x72

Don Yeoman ‘Raven’s Dream’

48 x 72 inches


Trees and Dream theater

Jerry Uelsmann, ‘Tree Goddess’ 1994,

Dream Theater



The sleep of sorrow and the dream of joy---Raffaelle Monti

‘The sleep of sorrow and the dream of joy’ — Raffaelle Monti



The place where dreams are born---Kasia Derwinska

‘The place where dreams are born’ — Kasia Derwinska



The Earth Died Screaming While I lay Dreaming-Laura Jean McGlauglin

‘The Earth Died Screaming While I lay Dreaming’ – Laura Jean McGlauglin




‘The Dream’—-Conversation—Melvin Sokolsky




Czech František Drtikol-photo of a dreamy female acrobat

Czech František Drtikol photo



Aboriginal-Rock-Art-dreamtime-Wandjina paintings

Dreamtime Wandjina cave paintings, Australia




‘Enchanted Prince’ by Maxfield Parrish




Ernabella Ceramics,-Rhoda Tjitayi---Anumara-Tjukurpa---Caterpillar Dreaming, 2015, stoneware,-H-31

Ernabella Ceramics, Rhoda Tjitayi—Anumara Tjukurpa—‘Caterpillar Dreaming’,

2015,  stoneware, H 31 inches



Elnaz---Shadows of my Dream

Elnaz — ‘Shadows of my Dream’



Elena-Markova-boat-flautist paainting

Elena Markova  – Boat flautist



Elena-Markova-forest-of-dreams painting

Elena Markova – Forest of dreams



Dream-Theater,-2004-Jerry Uelsmann photo

Dream Theater, Jerry Uelsmann photo




Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria.-ca.-500-B.C.E.-–-200-C.E

Katsina janus terracotta head, Nigeria. ca. 500 B.C.E.-–-200 C.E

Musee Barbier Mueller


Joey Chiarello-'Life is but a Dream'-Stoneware,

Joey Chiarello – ‘Life is but a Dream’ stoneware sculpture




Dream Plant of an Imaginary Garden,-2007-Sevres-porcelain

‘Dream Plant of an Imaginary Garden’, Sevres porcelain




‘Dream Pillow’ – Mandala Pottery


Dream On---Elizabeth Price

‘Dream On’  Elizabeth Price



Dreaming-or-October-1928-by-Maxfield-Parrish-1a girl sitting by a lake

‘Dreaming’ by Maxfield Parrish




Dream-sculpture bust Latchezar-Boyadjiev

‘Dream’ – Latchezar Boyadjiev




‘Dreamcatcher’ – Jo Felstead Hill



All-paths-lead-to-Quargla-Robbiv-Hood digital artist

‘All paths lead to Quargla’  – Robbiv Hood



Chinese Dream Stone painted with a woodland scene on a veined green stone,-12-tall-The Cobb auctioneers

Chinese Dream Stone painted with a woodland scene on a veined green stone

12 inch tall -The Cobb auctioneers



Cookie jar--'dreaming-of-coffee'- Etsy

Cookie jar–‘Dreaming of Coffee’ – Jerilynn Babroff




CHAROworks-Pavel-Charouse kLike-a-Dream---Winterstone

Pavel Charousek ‘Like a Dream’—Winterstone sculpture



Budgerigar Dreaming-1972 Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

‘Budgerigar Dreaming’  —  Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa



Antonov-Ira-female-ballerina daydreamer

Antonov Ira – Ballerina Daydreamer





Anna Lebedeva abstract painting




Ancient sacred aboriginal dreamtime rock art — Chris Rainer



Natalia-Golovkina-pot - Aussie icons


Downunder Dreaming – Natalia Golovkina

To dream of a pitcher or jug, denotes that you will be of a generous and congenial disposition. Success will attend your efforts.




Ashley Maxwell



Marc Chagall-- Clowns at night-painting

Marc Chagall — ‘Clowns at night’



Blue-Circus-by-Marc-Chagall painting of trapeze artist

‘Blue Circus’ by Marc Chagall



Alexey Illarionov-wall art panel

Alexey Illarionov wall  panel




Alexey Illarionov


Alexandros-Vasmoulakis-wall muralAlexandros-Vasmoulakis---Greece--is-known-for-enormous,-often-surreal-walls-that-seem-to-embody-a-fashionable-glamour-and-dream-like-quality

Alexandros Vasmoulakis wall mural



Liz Wolf---Artists---Manitou Galleries-Dream -in flight Moment

 ‘Dream in flight Moment’ – Liz Wolf

Manitou Galleries Santa Fe




Gentleness, obscurity--occurrence in that garden

‘Gentleness, obscurity — occurrence in that garden’ – Elena Markova



‘Dream’ – UnusualDolls – Etsy



Nonquase’s-Dream.-Height-58cm ceramic bust

‘Nonquase’s Dream’  —  Jessie Mooy




Elena-Markova-dream-art painting

Elena Markova







Alice Federico’s pottery whimsy


Alice-Federico-footed-vase wabi sabi

Twin handled footed vase – Alice Federico



Alice Federico adheres to forms that tend to abandon pure symmetry and are slightly askew, while maintaining the grandeur of  tall and stately classical shapes. Large and playful handles, extended lips, unpredictable folds and cascading ribbon handles add to the character of her pottery art. Her coarse surface textures and faded glazes manifest the allure of an artifact from antiquity weathered by time. Merging the appearance of functional and sculptural with the innate gracefulness of the traditional pottery forms elevates the charm of her pottery art. She indulges a sense of playfulness that was instilled in her by her first teacher, Rita Marlier, to create expressive, whimsical, animated pieces which are pulled, twisted and wrapped into curious shapes. Sculptural in emphasis, but still posing a relationship to the vessel, the pot form.
Historical pots have always had an influence on her work, including Chinese Sung ware, Greek vases, and Italian folk work. It comes as no surprise to learn that she trained as a historian at Hollins University (1967), before doing her MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University (1977), as well as a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (1983). Sometimes she uses anagama Japanese-style wood-fired kilns in Montana for her flamboyant pottery wares.

I’ve added some pottery from Linda Hoffhines as she also creates forms that ooze character and have spontaneous, colourful shapes and bold textures that project attitude, whimsy and humor.


Alice Federico



Alice Federico, footed planter



Ribbon handled vessels-alice-federico-work-at-george-billis-gallery

Large ribbon handled vessel – Alice Federico

George Billis Gallery



Three slender and tall ceramic vases - Alice-Federico

Three slender and tall ceramic vases – Alice Federico



Alice Federico-hand-painted-vase with flared lip

Alice Federico hand painted vase



Alice-Federico--classical-styled-vessel with crackle glaze

Alice Federico–classical styled vessel with crackle glaze and long handles

George Billis Gallery



Alice-Federico white vase with elegant handles

Alice Federico – off-white vase with elegant handles



Footed ceramic vessel with asymmetrical handles

Footed ceramic vessel with asymmetrical handles –  – Alice Federico



green vase with winged handles - Alice Federico

Alice Federico



Skewed ceramic vase with blue handles - - Alice Federico

Skewed vase –  – Alice Federico



Alice-Federico=-bulbous vase with long neck

Alice Federico – bulbous vase with long neck



Tall ceramic vase with ribbon handles – Alice Federico

Height 17.5 inches – 1st Dibs



Alice-Federico9--No-!022 turquoise green vase

Celadon green vase — Alice Federico




Alice-Federico-footed-vessel with large handles

Alice Federico footed vessel



Alice-Federico tall vase with large base---Art-Essex-Gallery

Alice Federico tall vase with large flat handles

Art Essex Gallery



Alice-Federico-clay-art-textural vase

Alice Federico  —  tall vase with abstract textural surface



Alice Federico ceramic vessel

George Billis Gallery



Lucie Rie inspired baluster vase  – Alice Federico



Alice-Federico-red-vase with coarse texture

Alice Federico red vase with coarse texture





Alice Hohenberg Federico, vase, 2010

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum




Footed bulbous vase with large handle – Alice Federico




Asymmetrical vase Alice Federico with ribbon handle

Asymmetrical vase – Alice Federico





Tall slender vase with sinuous handles – Alice Federico

2015  Work 20.5 inches



Vase with long flared base - Alice Federico

Classical form vase — Alice Federico

Art Essex Gallery



Alice-Federico-.ceramic vase

Alice Federico




Wide asymmetrical lipped vase - Alice Federico

 Asymmetrical wide lipped vase – Alice Federico



Alice-Frederico-ceramic-vase with large lip

Wide lipped baluster vase – Alice Federico



Alice Federice website



Linda Hoffhines


Linda Hoffhines, uses the vessel  “as a starting point,” she says, “but most of them end up intentionally unusable. I`ll start off with a regular pot, then I can`t resist putting a bunch of glazed shards in it.” “From Minoan to Italian pottery, through the eons, I’ve always liked the idea of making pottery and then decorating it a lot more than you have to.”* Hoffhines, obtained a master’s of fine arts in ceramics at Ohio State University


Linda-Hoffhines-lime green-ewer

Linda Hoffhines  —  tall lime green ewer


Linda-Hoffhines-flat-mosaic with vase shape

Linda Hoffhines flat mosaic with vase shape, encrusted with glazed shards



Linda-Hoffhines-blue-teapot with long spout

Linda Hoffhines blue teapot



Bright red ceramic teapot by Linda Hoffhine

Bright red ceramic teapot by Linda Hoffhine



zany ceramic vase by Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine



3 asymmetrical vases -- Linda Hoffhine

3 asymmetrical vases — Linda Hoffhine



Ceramic teapot -- Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine



Linda-Hoffhines-abstract-art painting

Linda Hoffhine painting



Linda Hoffhines-yellow-crowned teapot

Linda Hoffhines yellow crowned teapot



shockin pink teapot -- Linda Hoffhine

Linda Hoffhine pink teapot



Linda-Hoffhines-vase-and-teapot-yellow and orange

Linda Hoffhines vase and teapot



Linda Hoffhines watercolour painting



Red triangle teapot - Linda Hoffhines with black paisley

Red triangle teapot – Linda Hoffhines



Spirall vase – Linda Hoffhines



Linda Hoffhines instagram


*Chicago Tribune






Abstract motifs in ceramic design




Harris Cies handcrafted studio abstract vase

Height -11 inches


Dan mask detour


In 1907, Picasso’s fortuitous wrong turn at the Musée d’Ethnographie in Paris, led him to the sacred Dan masks of West Africa, which had a profound influence on him. He later stated that ‘Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation,’ ‘It is a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires. Men had made these masks and other objects for a sacred purpose, a magic purpose, as a kind of mediation between themselves and the unknown hostile forces, in order to overcome their fear and horror by giving it an image. When I came to that realisation, I knew I had found my way.’ This was the same year he developed the revolutionary Cubist art along with George Braques and was one of the first forms of abstract art in the West.
Preceding this was Cezanne’s abandonment of the tradition of perspective drawing and concern for the reflection of reality, which encouraged future forays into the the abstract. For the early abstractionists like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Archipenko, Juan Gris and Joan Miro, their abstract art clearly implied expression of ideas concerning the spiritual, the subconscious, and the contentious.


Alexander-Archipenko-female modernist sculpture - The Bather

Alexander Archipenko – ‘Bathing Woman’, 1915

Plaster on wire frame



Cubism originated in France but spread across Europe and integrated with the artistic consciousness of several countries. It emerged as Futurism in Italy, Vorticism in England, Suprematism and Constructivism in Russia, and Expressionism in Germany. The Cubists wanted to make pictures that reached beyond the rigid geometry of perspective, as an image drawn from a fixed position, had a frozen conclusion. The Cubists challenged conventional forms of visual representation with a more dynamic presentation of omni perspectives. Cubism was the first abstract style of modern art. The manipulation of non naturalistic colors and bold brushwork by the Fauvists and in Orphism also added to the growth of abstraction at the turn of this century.


Yoshiro-Ikeda-ceramic-sculpture with textures

Yoshiro Ikeda ceramic sculpture


Charles Catteau was integrating abstract concepts into his ceramic decorations as early as 1905 while Joan Miro was also applying hand painted abstract motifs to his ceramic pieces. In 1922 Kazimir Malevich and his followers actively spread the ideas of Suprematism at the State Porcelain Factory in Petrograd. As early as 1900, Gallelio Chini was approaching abstracted designs with the Italian ‘Liberty’ (Art Nouveau) movement. Mid century ceramicists were attracted to the freestyle groovy designs of skewed perspective and asymmetrical patterns that contributed to defining the modernist style. The abstract complexity of the 30’s and 40’s became more simplified in the 50’s and 60’s and in the process became more marketable, which fueled a huge movement of wonderfully original designs on decorative objects, many hand drawn. The aspired freedom of this era manifested in designs of spontaneity and simplified minimalist detail. A large number of artists in the Mid Century adapted to this free expression in pottery styles. Some notable proponents were Guido Gambone, Fratelli Fanciullacci, Gilbert Valentin, F. Carlton Ball, Corrado Cagli, Marcello Fantoni, Roger Capron and Nils Thorsson. Then there was Picasso’s abstract ceramic work at Madoura in the 60’s which attracted many Parisian ceramic artists to Vallauris who added to the proliferation of  modernist ceramic pieces.




Gorcisnitsa Ikchasnik Supermatist jar




Mary-Ray---Art-Cafe---2009 abstract vessel

Mary Ray—  ‘Art Cafe’




Blue-Nude-Tumbler.-Henri-Matisse-inspired - Etsy StiffWristClay

Blue Nude Tumbler. Henri Matisse inspired

Etsy StiffWristClay



Henri Matisse vase with naked female danincg

Ovoid vase – Henri Matisse – 1907

Matisse wrote, “We move towards serenity through the simplification of ideas and form…….Details lessen the purity of lines, they harm the emotional intensity, and we choose to reject them. It is a question of learning – and perhaps relearning the ‘handwriting’ of lines. The aim of painting is not to reflect history, because this can be found in books. We have a higher conception. Through it, the artist expresses his inner vision.”



Matthew Wade



Lamp policroma abstract  —  Ciavardoni

1950 Albisola, Italy




Galileo-Chini-italian vase in blue and white with fish edges

Galileo Chini, 1900




‘The Tamer’ – Corrado Cagli for Ceramiche Rometti, Umbria



Galileo-Chini-Art Nouveau vase

Galileo Chini, 1900




Ernabella-Arts-ceramics vase Vivian Thompson, Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters)

Vivian Thompson, ‘Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters)’




Lapid-Mid-Century-Pottery vessel with abstract motif

Lapid Mid Century Pottery, Tel Aviv




Marc Bellaire California Pottery Muted Corals bowl  with black Balinese dancer



Italian Mid Century abstract motif vase

Italian Mid Century abstract motif vase



Charles Catteau ceramic jazz age vase

Charles Catteau – stylized floral decorative Jazz Age vase



Modernist motif plate-Krzysztof-in-Walbrzych, Poland

Modernist motif plate — Krzysztof in Walbrzych, Poland



abstract Charels Catteau vase

Charles Catteau, Boch Freres, 1925





Abstract Jazz Age Cubist Deco vessel – Charles Catteau





Vase with stylized-floral-motifs,-jasper - Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau vase




carlton-ball sgraffito decorated vase

F.Carlton Ball


gambone-guido-1909 ceramic lamp base abstract figure

                                                                                                                                                                     Guido Gambone




Ceramic water pitcher - WEG Pottery

WEG pottery ceramic jug




black white terracotta vase - Picasso

Pablo Picasso pitcher



Marianne-Starck-for-Michael-Andersen-&-Son White dove on black ceramic jug

Marianne Starck for Michael Andersen & Son



thrown-stoneware Anne Mortier with teal green abstract motif on white

Footed vessel, thrown stoneware – Anne Mortier



White Vessel with Signs-1990- Gordon Bladwin

‘White Vessel with Signs’ – Gordon Baldwin




CEramic sculpture - Cloud-2’,-1996-Gordon-Baldwin

 ‘Cloud 2’ – Gordon Baldwin




Jojan Miro ceramic vase with abstract hand-drawn decoration

Joan Miro




Joan Miro in his Barcelona studio

Photo Mark Shaw LIFE, 1955



Mid Century 16 inch plate – Tony Morris




Donyale Luna in a linked disc abstract dress by Paco Rabanne. Photo: Guy Bourdin





Alison-Britton ceramic vessel with abstract decoration

Alison Britton




Alison-Britton-abstract ceramic vessel with asymmetrical form

Alison Britton



‘Picasso—Woman Lying on a Chaise’ — Ceramic Box by Goebel



Anelise-Bredow ceramic vessels with bullseye motifs

Anelise Bredow



Mid Century ceramic jar  – Clyde Burt




Steve-Czerniel flared vase

Steve Czerniel



beautiful-sascha-brastoff-black-&-white-dancing-nudes-ashtray vintage

Sascha Brastoff



Mid Century vase, Deruta, Italy




Art Deco modernist  vase – Charles Catteau




Boyan-Moskov twin lug vesssel with abstract motif

Boyan Moskov




Camilla-Ward slab built ceramic vessel

Camilla Ward




Carolyn-Genders ceramic abstract form and decorated vaseCarolyn Genders



Red, black, yellow and orange abstract vase - Carolyn-Genders

Carolyn Genders

Studio Pottery, UK




Large abstract vase in the garden - Carolyn-Genders

Carolyn Genders

Ceramics in the Garden – Carolyn Genders

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Carstens-Vase lava glaze Mid Century

Carstens lava glaze Vase




Daffodil Blossoms- Boyan Mosko Ceramic Vase - Artful Home red, yellow, white and cream squat vessel

‘Daffodil Blossoms’ – Boyan Mosko



Delphis-and-Poole-Studio ceramic platter

Delphis and Poole Studio

Rob’s Poole Pottery


Iincised Doodle Bottle - Red and Black Boyan Moskov-

‘Doodle Bottle – Red and Black’ –  Boyan Moskov




Ernabella-Arts-ceramics Tjimpuna Williams Ngayuku Walka stoneware with terrasigilatta

Tjimpuna Williams Ngayuku Walka stoneware with terrasigilatta




F. Carlton Ball and Aaron Bohrod Glazed Stoneware Vessel,




Gregg-Rasmusson ceramic vessel

Gregg Rasmusson



john-m-donoghue lidded jar and abstract decoration

John M Donoghue



Gustavo Perez Mexican abstract ceramics

Gustavo Perez



Mid Century Guido Gambone-italy-narrow-vase

Guido Gambone, Italy



pod vessel Gregg Rasmusson

Gregg Rasmusson, St. Louis

Greg Rasmusson Ceramics




Floris Meydam Gouda Ruimte-vase

Floris Meydam  ‘Ruimte’ vase for Gouda, Netherlands




Jaap Dommisse




Natalya-Sots-plate with an abstract cat

Abstract cat – Natalya Sots




Boyan-Moskov ceramic ovojd pod vessel

Boyan Moskov




Jim Mulfinger, 2010 - Miro inspired black slip sgrafitto over porcelain with clear glaze thrown and altered vase

Miro inspired black slip sgrafitto over porcelain with clear glaze thrown and altered vase – Jim Mulfinger




Penny Evens Australian indigenous art vessel

Penny Evans




Poole Pottery ceramic dish

Poole Pottery, 50’s

Rob’s Poole Pottery



Raine-Middleton sgraffito ceramic skyline jug

Raine Middleton

Hartzog Pottery by Raine



Abstract-Vallauris-Ceramic-Vase - turquoise

Abstract motif Vallauris Ceramic Vase by Borty



Marty-Ray---The-Neighborhood ceramic vase

Marty Ray — ‘The Neighborhood’





Abstract bullseye vessel – Ryan Peters



Turquoise vessel with white stylized-floral-motifs and black bands

Charles Catteau, 1930’s



Royal-Copenhagen ceramic vesse

Royal Copenhagen




Fnils Thorsson Mid Century vase

Fnils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen




Sam-Scott black and white abstract motif plate

Sam Scott



Seymour-Lipton-Sea-King-1955 Bronze sculpture

Seymour Lipton – ‘Sea King’





Ultra Large Gorrogarah binjdil Morning Platter—Penny Evans




Vase by Boyan Moscov

Meredith Gallery



Vivian Thompson Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) stoneware with terrasigilatta

Vivian Thompson Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) stoneware with terrasigilatta



West German incised sgraffito glaze lidded jar red and blue

West German incised sgraffito glaze lidded jar





Gouda Rumba Flora art pottery vase



moderniat vases Denise-&-Peter-Orlando

Denise & Peter Orlando

circa 1950-60



Joan-Miro vase

Joan Miro




Michael Wein – Picasso tribute porcelain platter

M.Wein Raku Pottery



Pablo Picasso Madoura vase

Picasso Madoura vase, Vallauris




Italian Mid Century Ravelli Colorite vase




Pottery La Colombe pitcher




Bay Bodo Mans 1950s huge floor vase




Ceramic perspectives of Barocco




Barocco abstract sculpture  — Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

Espace de la Calende



Spatial illusions of  Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard


Sculptural forms respond to the illusion of lines, form and colours while perception can be manipulated to shift the different aspects of visual reality. Quadratura, introduced in the seventeenth century Renassaince, became popular with Baroque and Rocooc artists, where it involved the openeing up of walls and ceilings through architectural illusion. By using Trompe l’oeil, perspective tools such as foreshortening, and spatial effects, the appearance of three-dimensional space on an otherwise two-dimensional surface was created. The artist painted a feigned architecture with an illusionist perspective on a flat surface or barrel-vaulted ceiling in such a way that it seems to continue the existing architecture or flow into an open space.
The ceramic art of Barocco pays homage to this fascintaing style, not only in name but in decorative appearance. Drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur are condensed into a singualr form combining elements of baroque, quadratura, symbolist and surrealist art in fine detail. Atelier Barocco involves the combined effort of Jacques Massard de Chateneuil and Richard Tarone in an impressive symbiosis of refinement and style.
The brilliant forms created by Tarrone are decorated with exquisite detail by Massard, who trained at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Nice. Their decor virtuosity is expressed with contemporary sculptural busts integrated with glazed panels revealing complex perspectives of vast tiled spaces, doorways stretching to infinity, solitary figure silhouettes, classical nudes, Greek gods and nymphs in heavenly spheres, filled with mystique and charming architecture. The rich visual narrative pushes the depth of field with extended focal points and has an inviting allure.



Atelier Barocco – ‘Apple’

Chris’ Broc  L’Univers de la Ceramique




Atelier Barocco  —  Ceramic Lamp

Chris’ Broc


ceramic sculpture by Barocco-Richard Tarone-and-Jacques-Massard

Ceramic sculpture by Barocco — Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard



Apple---G.-Crociani-&-Jacques Massard

‘Apple’ — G.Crociani & Jacques Massard – Barocco

Chris’ Broc



Barocco contemporary sculpture-J.-Massard-&-R-Tarone

Barocco contemporary sculpture J. Massard & R. Tarone

Chris’ Broc



Barocco contemporary vase  – J. Massard & R. Tarone



Barocco ceramic plate

Barocco abstract plate




‘Apple’ — G. Crociani & Jacques Massard



Apple sculpture --G.-CROCIANI-&-Jacques-Massard--

‘Apple’ — G. Crociani & Jacques Massard



Ceramic sculpture by Barocco -- Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard-artiste-espace-calende-exposition-art-rouen-

Ceramic globular vase by Barocco — Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

Espace de la Calende


Ocean frolic Barocco vase – Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

La Bergerie Céramiques


Black and white vase – Barocco — Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

Chris’ Broc


Barocco-Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone Sculpture

Atelier Barocco  —  Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone sculpture




Barocco vase - Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

Barocco vase – Richard Tarone and Jacques Massard

Espace de la Calende



‘Apple’ — G. Crociani & J. Massard




French ceramic vase – Barocco — Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone



Globular vessel - Barocco-(Jacques-Massard-and-Richard-Tarone)-=--(French)

Barocco — Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

La Bergerie Céramiques


Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone sculpture

Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone sculpture

Chris’ Broc



Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone ovoid vase-1995,

Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone ovoid footed vase






bacchanalia-celebration-ceramic-tray--Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Bacchanalia celebration ceramic tray – Barocca



Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone ovoid footed vase- Europa, Pan and Dionysis




Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone ceramic vase

Barocca vase – Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

La Bergerie Céramiques


Lidded ceramic jar -Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Barocca lidded jar




barocco-totem-sculpture - Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Barocco ‘Totem’ sculpture

Chris’ Broc



barocco globular-vase-Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Barocco globular vase  —  Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Le blog de ceramistes-contemporains






colpelle---Atelier Barocco Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Colpelle—Atelier Barocco  —  Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone




Colpelle—Atelier Barocco  —  Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Chris’ Broc



Red glaze sculpture Barocco-J.-Massard-&-R-Tarone

Aile sculpture – Barocco

Chris’ Broc



Barocco-J.-Massard-&-R-Tarone perspective vase

Barocco J. Massard & R Tarone




Barocco vase

Galerie Annie Chevalle




Droles-d'oiseaux-Jacques-Massard oil painting

Droles d’oiseaux (Funny birds) —  Jacques Massard oil painting



 Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone vase

Barocco globular vase



Jacques-de-Chateneuil ceramic bottle

Jacques de Chateneuil di Jacques Massard, ceramic nymphs bottle



Face---Barocco-J-Massard-&-R-Tarone abstract head sdculpture

‘Face’  —  Barocco  —  Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

Chris’ Broc




Jacques Massard de Chateneuil & Richard Tarone

ANAGAMA, Galerie d’art



Large footed lamp-Barocco with lemon decoration

Large ovoid ceramic lamp —  Barocco

Barocco (*) – Vallauris céramique ceramistes poterie

Deux céramistes exceptionnels qui travaillent en harmonie depuis des années ; l’un, Richard Tarone, tourne et façonne avec brio, l’autre, Jacques Massard (de Chateneuil), est un virtuose du décor, un extraterrestre…Aujourd’hui, ils ont abandonné la céramique culinaire ou utilitaire, et réalisent exclusivement des sculptures.




‘Wings’ — BAROCCO  —  Jacques Massard & Richard Tarone

Chris’ Broc



Barocco-ceramic-plate - naked man standing on elephant

Barocco ceramic charger



Large ceramic lamp stand -- Barocco

Large ceramic lamp stand — Barocco

La Bergerie Céramiques



Atelier-BAROCCO---Plate with chef motif

Atelier Barocco — Plate with handles and chef motif



Ceramic Sculpture-- BAROCCO -Jacques Massard & Richard Tarone

Ceramic Sculpture– BAROCCO – Jacques Massard & Richard Tarone

Height 67cm  —  Chris’ Broc



‘Pomme’ — G. Crociani & J. Massard

Chris’ Broc


Totem sculpture---BAROCCO-J-Massard-and-R-Tarone

‘Totem’ sculpture — BAROCCO -J. Massard and R. Tarone

Chris’ Broc



Barocco decorative plate- Jacques-Massard-and Richard-Tarone)---(French)

Ceramic plate  — BAROCCO – Jacques Massard & Richard Tarone

La Bergerie Céramiques




BARROCO Jacques Massard and Richard Tarone

La Bergerie Céramiques



Barocco ceramic sculpture



Richard-Tarone-French ceramicist

Richard Tarone


Jacques Massard






Fundamental Feng Shui and decor features


Incised stone decoration – Dongcheng District, Beijing




Feng Shui chi flow


Traditionally, a Feng Shui master analyses a space, be it your home, office or garden, using a tool known as a Ba-qua, which is an energy map that divides your home into 8 peripheral sectors around the central sector, which is represented by the Earth element. Hence the central space of any building is ruled by the Earth element, as all other elements are created from the Earth element, hence it has the ability to balance the peripheral elements of Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. This relationship was gleaned from the 5 Element Theory, first mentioned in the Chinese Yellow Emperor’s Classic, which was written by the famous Chinese emperor, Huangdi, around 2500 BC. Usually the central courtyard was surrounded by rooms with doors that faced this middle location, so as to have an unimpeded access to the Earth element.


TRaditional Chinese courtyard, Vancouver

Moongate entrance to courtyard, Classical Garden, Vancouver

Photo–M.Cynog Evans



Traditional Chinese buildings were square and symmetrical with a large central courtyard space that was kept uncluttered and had stone features like benches and sculptures, plants and ceramic vessels, to support the central Earth Element. Animals and fruits that symbolize good fortune and prosperity, such as dragons, bats, pomegranates, peaches and the tortoise were featured in the building decoration. Quite often there was a sky well or open ceiling to encourage fresh chi flow. If it was a city dwelling, there was a greater chance of drawing fresh air and chi down the central shaft as opposed to air through windows near the street. The Chinese believed the bad Chi energy (Sha Chi) was rigid and tended to travel in straight lines so the doors were either round or curved, so as not to invite the Sha Chi inside. For this reason, curvy paths were encouraged in the garden leading up to the front door, with round doorways leading into the central courtyard. Preferably the rear of the building was on an elevated landscape, while water features were encouraged for the front. In the absence of any rear elevation, a wall of trees and landscaped rockeries were encouraged. Keeping the centre chi strong helped to nourish the weaker sectors, while having complementary elements together encouraged movement of chi.



Robj-Chinaman-bookends in red ,white and gold

Robj Chinaman bookends, produced by Villeroy and Boch.


Ideally an optimal location for enhanced Chi would be to have a river, lake or ocean at the front of your house with a mountain behind you. In the absence of a river, your street is regarded as a channel of chi flow firstly because it is an usually an unimpeded pathway, with few objects to hinder the chi movement. Secondly, traversing vehicles, activity and wind also support the chi flow. The easiest way to attract Chi into your house is having the front door facing the street and being visible, preferably connected with a winding path and having an entrance with lively, bright colours, plants and dynamic sculptures..

Water features like fountains and waterfalls, by virtue of their inherent movement help to maintain a Chi dynamic, but can over control the Earth Element by virtue of the Husband/Wife relationship (5 element theory) if they are too large. This can be especially problematic in the central Earth courtyard. A high degree of intuitive judgement is needed to ascertain the right amount of water to introduce. If it doesn’t feel grounded and calming then it’s been overdone. It is better to concentrate water in the water sector. ( see Ba Qua below for its location)


Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China.




seated Chinese priest sculpture figure in bronze with enamel

Taoist priest bronze and enamel sculpture




Red lacquer mixed with neutrals + gold and green accents

Red lacquer mixed with neutrals + gold and green accents – ideal colours for Earth centre



Japanese rock garden

Japanese courtyard rock garden with the round window encouraging chi flow.





Positive feng shui (round leaves) bonsai plant




red, amber and black terracotta vessel by Galileo Chini

Footed majolica peacock vase — Galileo Chini

Ideal for Earth sector



Pa village kiln, hand painted sitting female

Shanghai Museum




Anita-Feng-thebuddhabuilder ceramic Buddha bust

Buddha bust – Anita Feng



Wedgwood-China-Vase with fish motif

Wedgwood China Vase



Chinese Lapis-Lazuli-Sculpture of a sage with a donkey

Chinese Lapis Lazuli aesetic hermit sculpture

One of the eight Daoist Immortals Zhang Guo Lao is often depicted riding a magic donkey




Yamamoto Izuru vase

Ceramics that are fired over several days become more Yang and grounded as the Yang chi increases with extended firing time. This is why the anagama fired ceramics from Japan have a very grounded feel about them, due to being fired for a long time and the kiln quite often being built into the earth of a  mountainside. The Yang chi from a wood fired kiln has the purest quality chi as opposed to gas or electric which is why the Japanese revere their anagama kilns. For this reason the ceramics made in an Anagama have the the highest quality of Earth Chi.



Earth drawing Chinese decor

Chinese 5 Element balanced decor – Wood (green) nourishes Fire (red) nourishes Earth (brown)




Abstract bronze sculpture 'Trevalgan',-Barbara-Hepworth,-1956

Abstract bronze sculpture ‘Trevalgan’, Barbara Hepworth





Saji China tea cup and saucer with gold trim

Saji China tea cup and saucer with gold trim, Japan



Shellden Beary bronze tortoise

‘Baby Shellden’ – Heather Johnson Beary bronze tortoise


For people of the Far East, Turtle’s shell represents Heaven and it’s underside the Earth, making the turtle the keeper of the gateway between all dimensions. A reminder of constant and unnerving progress, perseverance and patience, the turtle teaches us the consistency of Nature’s rhythm and the irrelevant perception of time. Regarded as the ancient animal symbol for Mother Earth, turtles are considered healers and protectors. As a totem, turtles grant us long life, wisdom, and the good health that comes from an honest and focused mind.



spiral wooden chair

Solid wooden chair with concentric circles. Rounded corners and edges as opposed to angular features promotes chi circulation.




China, 20th C., Jun ware glazed vase, in an elongated pear form, with four character mark on base.

Jun ware crackle glazed vase, in an elongated pear form

China, 20th Century



Red and gold ceramic dragon with dynamic pose

Tarlo & Graham, Australia



carved amber vase China

Carved amber vase China and wooden base



Female musician porcelain figurine China

Female musician porcelain figurine, China. Music created chi movement.



Chinese-Yixing-Zisha-Clay-Double Happiness Teapot

Chinese Clay Double Happiness Teapot



Contemporary Chinese decor




Chinese antique vase with horse motif in blue and white

Cobalt blue on Ge glaze Chinese vase — DGVAS flickr



Chinese-Yuan-Shikai-Period-Porcelain-Vase orange glaze

Chinese Yuan Shikai Period Porcelain Vase 20th Century




 Black Emperor Gong - Large brass sculptural gong From Woodstock Chimes

 ‘Black Emperor Gong’ – Large wind chime gong from Woodstock Chimes





Porcelain Chinese brushpot



pot plant mural combined with real pot plants

Expanding the indoor garden with a pot plant mural combined with real pot plants




Enerrgy-Form,-stone-sculpture on stone base

Energy Form stone sculpture




Chinese bamboo carving-in the form of a baicai with two praying mantises in reliefon-the-underside-of-one-leaf

Chinese bamboo carving leaf sculpture



Contemporary Asian decor.



Blue and white dragon-plate-17th-century---Ken-CTHong-達觀-Flickr

Typically animated blue and white dragon plate 17th century

Ken CTHong-達觀 Flickr



Orange, green and yellow Falcon Ware Georgia Pitcher Jug

Falcon Ware Georgia Pitcher Jug

– bright colours and abstract style creating a vibrant presence, generally good for the kitchen.




Blue ceramic planter with violets.

Blue ceramic planter with violets. Blue and purple being good for the wealth corner.



Lo-Feng-Feng-Chien Melting - PointIII---Spain

‘Meeting point III’ – Feng-Feng Lo Chien

Museu de Ceràmica de l’Alcora




Sencha-ewer-or-export-teapot-in-the-form-of-bamboo with-painting-of-the-three-creeds-Fengan-with-tiger,-Confucius,-and-Laozi-19th-Century©-Los-Angeles-County-Museum-of-Art

Sencha ewer or export teapot in the form of bamboo

– with painting of the three creeds  —  Fengan with tiger, Confucius, and Laozi

19th Century © Los Angeles County Museum of Art




Gold foo dog on blue vase with cchrysanthemums

Gold foo dog on blue vase with chrysanthemums. Good in the money corner for protecting wealth.



Flora Gouda Elite vaseYin And Yang-Patternca-1955

Flora Gouda Elite vase Yin And Yang Patternca




Giuseppe-Lamers---abstract-head sculpture in he garden

Giuseppe Lamers abstract head sculpture




Harmony,-yin yang glass sculpture Di Tocker,-nz

‘Harmony’, yin yang glass sculpture by Di Tocker, NZ




16 inch tall Shishi Foo statue Kutani Temple Dog




Silk flower display on white stone table

Silk flower display. In the absence of real flowers, silk flowers are a credible feng shui substitute, provided they are kept clean.



Henri-Laurens-bronze nude female sculpture

Henri Laurens




Robert-Yellin-Yakimono-Gallery Kegon Waterfall Series-'Morning Mist' by Hayashi Kaku

 Kegon Waterfall Series – ‘Morning Mist’ by Hayashi Kaku

Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery



kohei hahn seed pot style vessel

Kokhei Hahn





Jean Arp




Joan-Carrillo stingray form vase

Joan Carrillo metallic lustre vase




Francoise Nugier--ceramic-vase

Francoise Nugier–ceramic vase



Black (water) is the the Element mother of purple (wood) so this combination is useful in the wealth corner.





Shuni mudra, the ‘seal of patience’. Quanyin seated on white elephant.

Late Qing, ca. late 19th – early 20th century




Early 20th century Qing Dynasty turquoise porcelain floor vase with dragons

height 20.5 inchess



Musée-Guimet,-France--Kangxi-vase landscape mountains

Kangxi vase

Musée Guimet, France




Ceramic vase Mihara Ken

Ceramic vase Mihara Ken



reclining-Lake-Buddha stone sculpture

Reclining garden Buddha stone sculpture



Peter Cockram footed porcelain cup



Jingdezhen porcelain bottle


Yuan-Dynasty-blue-and-white-underglaze-red-phoenix flat bottle

Yuan Dynasty blue and white underglaze red phoenix flat bottle



Using the Pa Qua


The 8 sided Pa Qua configuration is superimposed over the floor plan of the residence in consideration. The side defined by the numbers 294 (see below) is aligned up with the wall containing the front door or the main entrance. In some instances, if this entrance is too concealed and lacks a clear path to the door with obstacles to the street, then the chi will enter through a window, especially a large one if it faces the front street. Metal screen security doors will inhibit the flow of wood chi (desirable for creativity and wealth ) through the front door but plants at the entrance can support its movement. Avoid metal sculptures at the entrance.

The Chi movement is anti clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere while the direction is opposite (clockwise) in the Southern Hemisphere. From either of the polar tips (North or South Pole) the chi flows towards the equator as it  expands from a contracted point at the pole, outwards to the expanded equator. The Earth is always rotating towards the East manifesting a Chi Flow in that direction. In the Southern Hemisphere, when it meets the currents of Chi flowing from the South Pole towards the Equator. it veers upwards and into a clockwise motion. Conversely the Northern Hemisphere Chi goes Anti Clockwise. Cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere tend to follow an anti clockwise direction while are opposite in the South.



Northern Hemisphere Ba Kwa (Ba Qua)




Southern Hemisphere Ba Kwa



Cruising thru the clayniverse





VeniceClayArtists 10th anniversary


“There is nothing abnormal about a chess player being abnormal. This is normal.” – Vladimir Nabokov


“The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough. This is the essential element that cannot be measured by any analysis or device, and I believe it’s at the heart of success in all things: the power of intuition and the ability to harness and use it like a master.”  Garry Kasparov


ceramic chess-piece-white-queen

Ceramic chess piece white queen


The genesis for the collective of the VeniceClayArtists came about in 2007 during a summer session of a Venice Adult Ceramic Class in California. As Venice artist Joyce Lieberman relates — “Elaine Roarke, the class teacher, proposed we do 10 minute modelling sessions to create figurative works. Dana Eli presented me with a quick sketch in clay from my pose, which I refined and glazed in two shades of black glaze. She became known as the dark queen and when someone mentioned that Raku Bob was at a chess night, the inspiration came to create an oversize chess set. Different clay artists that were present signed up to create individual pieces and it eventually came into fruition and was used for public chess demonstrations.” One of the original objectives of the website VeniceClayArtists was to monitor the progress of the chess set.
In 2010 I took on the mantle of resurrecting the expired website, acquiring it online purely for the name, thinking it was connected to Venice in Italy. Having lived in Santa Monica within walking distance of Venice Beach, I was equally pleased to discover the connection. So this is my 7th anniversary and nearly 1 billion hits later I am still entranced by the breadth and depth of the vast realm of art that is now accessible online and love the challenge of discovery, research and presentation.

Here is a random collection of eclectic images related to previous posts with links to them. This will be done over three installments.


Her dream by Victoria Ivanova. chess themed art. Female-shadow,-chess-piece

‘Her Dream’ – Victoria Ivanova



Bali-Jon-Anderson-polymer clay impressed on a copper bowl

Jon Anderson – polymer clay on the surface of a copper bowl

‘Geometric pottery styles’


Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron public sculpture – Vallauris

‘Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics’



Daniel Johnston-Pots On The Lawn - a single row of pottery

Daniel Johnston – Pots On The Lawn

‘Pottery whimsical – take the plunge’





Flask with a Lid, Italy – Workshop of Guido Durantino

1540’s Urbino majolica



Raku Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at

Raku portal vase – Ceramics-by Helen Rondell at

Pottery Raku Rapture’



Roger Capron public sculpture - Vallauris

Roger Capron castle courtyard sculpture – Vallauris




Aqua by Serax ceramic sets

‘Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black’



Shinobu-Hashimoto-chopstick-ceramic rests

Shinobu Hashimoto chopstick ceramic rests with speckled iron



Belgian pottery Charles-Catteau,-Art-Deco-Vase---1928---Design-by-Leon-Lambillotte

Charles Catteau, Art Deco Vase – Design by Leon Lambillotte —1928—

‘Charles Catteau – Art Deco ceramics master’



deap-teal,-by-elephant-ceramics bowl set

‘Deap Teal’, by elephant ceramics



ScottJacobsonGallery_Yves_Boucard ceramic winged bench

Yves Boucard ceramic winged bench

Scott Jacobson Gallery

‘The Ceramic Furniture of Hun-Chung Lee’



Shinobu-Hashimoto---iron-black-slender-rectangle dish

Shinobu Hashimoto—iron black slender rectangle dish

‘Functional pottery – flora and cuisine’


Shinobu-Hashimoto-rice-bowl with umeboshi plum side dish

Shinobu Hashimoto-rice bowl with umeboshi plum side dish

Functional pottery – flora and cuisine



constructivist black and white teapot

Constructivist black and white teapot



3-tears-for-kerin-ceramic vase - Jenny-Orchard

‘3 Tears for Kerin’ vase – Jenny Orchard

‘Adorable clay mutations – Jenny Orchard’



Ernst Wahliss Art Nouveau female figure relief Vase-(1836-1900)

Ernst Wahliss Art Nouveau female figure relief vase-(1836-1900)




Annie Peaker with her Hare and Tortoise sculpture


‘Bunnies of fortune’



4,200 yr old Silver cup with linear Elamite lady

Marvdasht, Pars Province

‘Intriguing artifacts of the ancients’



Muscle Beach, Venice,  California acrobatis

Muscle Beach, Venice,  California, 1950’s

‘Venice Art Edge, USA’




Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain vase, Mei Ping form

‘Emperor Qianlong’s hidden Palace’


Joan-Miro-Personnage-More abstract ceramic bust

‘Personnage More’ – Joan Miro




Italian pottery hand painted vintage Desimone Vase/Decanter




Russell Akerman photo – Morecambe summer sunset, Lancashire

‘Russell Ackerman – Lancaster potter’



Josephine-Baker-Paris-1931 signed postcard

Josephine Baker postcard – Paris, 1931

‘Josephine Baker captivates the Jazz Age’



Peter-Hermansson-glass art modernist vessels

Peter Hermansson modernist glass art

‘Modernist glass arts – Sweden’




Dolorosa Sinaga – ‘Sufi Dancer’ foil sculpture

‘Figurative Dance sculptures and art’


Ricky-Maldonado-pottery vase

Ricky Maldonado pottery
‘Hearts of clay’


1997-Carlos-Luna-Irregular-Plate in blue and white

Carlos Luna – ‘Irregular Plate’  1997

‘Dish, Charger, Plate’



Buthaud-René-craquelure-vase with nude female motif

René Buthaud craquelure vase

‘French ceramic excellence – Rene Buthaud, Jean Mayodon’




Mid Century porcelain horse with rider – Alvino Bagni

‘Modernist marvels from the Mid-Century’




Amphora Art Nouveau Ewer with gilt dragon handle

Czechoslovakia, early 20th century,

‘Bohemian Amphora splendour’



Agget-by-egon-moller-nielsen children play sculpture

‘Agget’ by Egon Moller Nielsen

‘Fun sculptures of the playground’



Pottery Village B&B on Yeongheung Island,-South Korea

Housing Crisis? What Housing Crisis! – Pottery Village B&B on Yeongheung Island, South Korea



American-Museum-of-Ceramic-Art-terracotta bull

American Museum of Ceramic Art – terracotta bull

‘AMOCA – 10 year anniversary’


Art-Deco-'Afternoon-Tea seated lady -Clarice-Cliff-Colourway

Art Deco – ‘Afternoon Tea’ —  Clarice Cliff Colourway

‘Clarice Cliff Art Deco: The André Aerne Collection’



Andy Nasisse — Pink Cookie Jar

Sherrie Gallery

‘Collecting Cookie and Biscuit Jars’


Aboriginal artist Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

Penny Evans #383 Estaurine Ceramic Bowl

‘Indigenous Australian arts compilation’

Curvy Capital-Gate-Building-Abu-Dhabi

Capital Gate Building, Abu Dhabi

‘Seeing Red’



Carlos-Luna,-War-Giro-(back),-2005 outdoor male figure sculpture

Carlos Luna – ‘War Giro’





Luigi Garoli for Ceramica Arcore, Italy

‘Contemporary art plates and platters’




Chinesisches Haus – Sanssouci Drottningholm, Sweden




Creekside Pottery

‘Ceramic vessels and lids



Claudette-Colbert-as-Cleopatra-1934 with egyptian revival vase

Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra, 1934

‘Art Deco in the movies’




Ela Cindor brooch — Pearls,-gold, newspaper

‘Beguiling ornamental brooches’





‘Enlightened One’ – Dhokra sculpture – Vichar Vichar

‘Dhokra tribal art’



Vogue Brazil – Julia Frauche – photographed by Zee Nunes

‘Street Cred visuals’





French Art Nouveau iridescent arabesque vase




Frida Kahlo, Mexico, 1944




Gabriel Argy Rousseau-Patê-de-verre-Vase-with-Dancer

Gabriel Argy Rousseau Egyptian Revival vase

‘Egyptian Revival Art’



Gotham in Olive,-Motawi Tileworks ceramic wall tile

‘Gotham in Olive’, Motawi Tileworks

‘Creative Ceramic Tile’



Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum

Giuseppe Maria Matricardi plate

Ascoli Piceno State Archaeological Museum





Repro Greek Minoan aquatic theme hand painted double spout pot

‘Minoan Pottery’



Helmut-Schmidt-II-by-Rainer-Fetting-on-artnet sculpture bust

‘Helmut Schmidt II’ by Rainer Fetting


‘Contemporary sculptural busts’


Henry-van-de-Velde.-Vase.-1903 pre Art Deco

Belgian Henry van de Velde Vase. 1903




Art Deco Illustration by Armand Vallee for La Vie Parisienne-1920's Flapper on back of motobike

Art Deco Illustration by Armand Vallee for La Vie Parisienne-1920’s

‘Perusing the poster arts’




‘Gradual Civilization’ Chia Heng Hsieh,- ceramic lusterware lidded vessel



Rajasthan-Indian-Female Dancing

Rajasthan Indian Female Dancing

‘Figurative dance sculptures and art’



Picasso-Madoura-large handled vase with bullfight motif

Picasso Madoura large handled vase

‘Pablo Picasso Ceramics: The Madoura Collection’



Selma Burke (1900-1995), Harlem Renaissance sculptor at work in her studio




Lenci’s Ceramics — Carnival Venizi harlequin figurines




Jeanne Mammen at work in her studio. her painting in the background, Man With Beret





Leonardi Rovereto---Rovereto-Flared-conical-vase

Leonardi Rovereto — Flared conical vase




Les céramiques fauves---Maurice de Vlaminck

‘Les céramiques fauves’ — Maurice de Vlaminck

The Art of ‘ism’s




Lina Vikto

‘Gilded cosmic gyrations of Lina Viktor’





Liza Riddle

‘The Soluble Salt Ceramics of Mark Goudy and Liza Riddle’




Lorna Bailey-Beatles-legend-of-20th-century-John Lennon-charger

Lorna Bailey – Beatles legend of 20th Century John Lennon charger

‘Sixties quest for the elusive Eden’




Mari Simmulson, designer for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden

‘It’s a potters world.’




Photo Vadim Stein

‘Sculptural Dance Figures’




Mayan skull hacha, or axe, carved from basalt stone. Mexico, circa 600—900 CE




Michael Thacker – ‘Inclusion’




Jin-Kim Myung, ‘Cloud Jar’



Rahel Ungwanaka 'Ankarta' 2005-Queensland-Art-Gallery

Rahel Ungwanaka ‘Ankarta’ 2005

Queensland Art Gallery

‘Australian clayarts – wildlife fauna, flora, landscapes’




Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

Royal Dux Art-deco ceramic figurine

‘Czech, Bohemia Clayarts’


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Inverloch mermaid


Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion. Photo by seekingmuse

Winged mermaid at the stern of the stone barge at Vizcaya Mansion.

Photo by seekingmuseI



Nouveau siren of Inverloch


I was randomly exploring the southern Victorian coastline with Google Earth and admiring the ariel sculptural patterns, which were displaying a tremendous array of textures and colours. Near Inverloch, which is a coastal town on the edge of Bass Strait facing Tasmania, I noticed what alluded to be a large figurative form of a mermaid near the shoreline, albeit with a Brancusi like reductionist form and cubist face, gracefully swimming out to sea from the channel of an inlet. It didn’t require much of a stretch of the imagination to see the impressionistic feminine siren and with some light and contrast enhancement and further editing she looked alive (see below).
Around fourteen months later, I was intrigued to see that a cruise liner called ‘Norwegian Star’ had mysteriously became stranded at Inverloch while on a cruise to New Zealand. After a few days trying to get cruising again, and to the distress of its 7000 passengers, it had to be towed over 150 kms back to Melbourne for maintenance, before resuming its trip.
At least the Norwegian Star fared better than the fate of the Amazon, which in 1863, on its way to Mauritius, lost its sails in a wild gale and ended up shipwrecked on the beach at Inverloch near the now aptly named Wreck Creek. At low tides it can still be seen, embedded about 3 meters in the sand. Maybe that’s why the Inverloch siren has an Art Nouveau era coiffure, as that style was emerging around the latter half of the 19th century. Som local sailors avoid navigating this inlet as quite a few smaller boats have sunk there.


Inverloch-mermaid-capture from Google Earth @Veniceclayartists

Inverloch Mermaid (bottom right) from Google Earth

Bass Strait, Inverloch, Victoria

The white specks on the left are dwellings on the coastal fringe.



Inverloch-Mermaid-swimming in jade waters

Inverloch Sirene – see original at end of post



Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded in Inverloch

Norwegian Star cruise ship stranded at Inverloch in Feburary, 2017, currently sailing around the Mediterranean from Venice.




Mermaid sculpture on pier --Mermaid Harbor Norfolk VA

Mermaid sculpture — Mermaid Harbor. Norfolk VA




Mermaids and tales from the ages


Seafarers of old feared mermaids because of their reputation for being able to enchant sailors and lure them into the water. The allure of a sirens voice made sailors steer off course.

In the book Physiologus, written in the Fifth Century AD in Greek by an unknown author, there is a portion dedicated to “The Nature of the Mermaid” which states:

This marvel dwells in an unstable place where the water subsides.
She sinks ships and causes suffering,
She sings sweetly —this siren—and has many voices,
Many and resonant, but they are very dangerous.
Sailors forget their steering because of her singing;
They slumber and sleep and wake too late,
And the ships sink in a whirlpool and cannot surface anymore.


Midsummer Night’s Mermaid Dream

William Shakespeare wrote Midsummer Night’s Dream between 1590 and 1594. In it, he writes:

“I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid’s music.”



White mermaid sculpture with mosaic background adorning the bar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel

Las Vegas


Coastal Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain's Galicia region

Mermaid sculpture near the promenade of the town of La Coruña in Spain’s Galicia region

Photo – Eric Nathan –  Alamy

In 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote in the ships journal that he spotted three mermaids rising high from the sea. The infamous English pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) reported seeing mermaids while sailing. Bartholomew Angelicus, in De Propietatibus Rerum, written in the 13th Century described a mermaid, and told of her stealing sailors from their ships.



Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Ceramic Vase

Waylande Gregory Large Art Deco-Phoenician Style Melusine Vase




'Atargatis'-by-Virginia-Lee mermaid blue aura

‘Atargatis’ by Virginia Lee.


Atargatis was a Syrian Goddess of fertility, love, motherhood, and the sea and sky. She was sometimes depicted as a mermaid. The first appearance of mermaids in human culture seems to have occurred about 1000 BC in Assyria (roughly equivalent to present-day Syria plus the northern area of Iraq). In the mythology of Assyria, the beautiful fertility goddess Atargatis, became a mermaid after casting herself into a lake.

Atargatis eventually became known to the Greeks as Aphrodite Derceto and incorporated into Greek mythology. Greek mythology then expanded on the concept of mermaids, including in part the Nereids, the Tritons, the Sirens and Thessalonike (sister of Alexander the Great)




Mermaid-Sculpture-Klaipeda, Lithuania on Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea mermaid sculpture – Klaipeda, Lithuania



Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport England

Ian Thomas antique mermaid statue on Lord Street in Southport, England



Lusignan_Relief of The Château de Lusignan

Melusine relief – The Château de Lusignan



Figural Zinc mermaid holding child Fountain

Figural Zinc mermaid fountain – the water spouts from the merboy holding a conch shell




Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher with floral decoration

Art Nouveau Porcelain and bronze mermaid pitcher



Maui-Mermaid wood carved sculpture with baby turtles

Maui Mermaid wood carved sculpture




Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Jean Mayodon ceramic mermaid and merman sculpture

Lebreton Gallery San Francisco



Mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

Forlorn looking mermaid sculpture at the Blue Mermaid

San Francisco


Tri footed mermaid cup_---Irina Zaytceva

Mermaid cup — Irina Zaytceva



Rene Lalique statuette in 1920 Naïade (Large-Mermaid)

Rene Lalique frosted glass Naïade (Large-Mermaid) statuette, 1920

This was used for a car mascot in 1925



Jean-Pierre-Augier mermaid sculpture

Jean Pierre Augier



Leopold Park bathing Mermaid Statue.Photo © by Jan Poppe

Leopold Park Mermaid Statue.

Photo © by Jan Poppe



Seated mermaid-statue next to a lake - sculpture Madrid, Spain

Seated mermaid statue next to a lake

Madrid, Spain


'Guanabara Mitológica'-sculpture by Remo Bernucci with elevated ocean views

Mermaid ‘Guanabara Mitológica’  – sculpted by Remo Bernucci



The Littlest Mermaid Nina Winters-Sculptures

‘The Littlest Mermaid’  –  Nina Winters




Trafalgar Square mermaid statue

Created by William McMillan and Sir Charles Wheeler for the fountains designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens



Annabelle---Nathalie-Seguin-ceramic sculpture bronze colour naked female figure

‘Annabelle’ by Nathalie Seguin



High-Tide---John-Morris-Sculptures - chic mermaid

‘High Tide’ – John Morris Sculptures




Decorative Mermaid Sculpture Figurine by HS white with flesh tone and gold highlights

 Decorative Mermaid Sculpture  Figurine by HS



Art Nouveau Porcelain Mermaid and Dolphin Vase




Lifesize Blue Mermaid Figurehead sculpture on bow of ship

Lifesize Mermaid Figurehead sculpture on bow of ship



lasirene_Marie Madeleine Gautier sculpture

‘La sirene’ – Marie Madeleine Gautier



French Mid-Century Modern black Ceramic 'Sirene' Lampbase Black Glaze, Blin Style

French Mid-Century Modern black Ceramic ‘Sirene’ Lampbase Black Glaze, Blin Style



Erte-twin-mermaids-sculpture with gold fins

Erte twin mermaids sculpture


Driftwood-female river Sculpture by Debra Bernier

Driftwood Sirene Sculpture by Debra Bernier



Water Woman-2017-Wangechi Mutu

‘Water Woman ‘ —  Wangechi Mutu

Gladstone Gallery NY -2017

Photo David Regen



Delphin-Massier-successfully-united-Art Nouveau forms-with-an-Islamic-influenced-glaze,

Delphin Massier Art Nouveau female figure vase with Islamic lustre glaze



Three Daydream-Island-mermaid-sculptures on the waters edge by David Joffe

Daydream Island mermaid sculptures by David Joffe



Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids and green glass lamp shade, c1900

Art Nouveau figural table lamp with two mermaids,




Belle Epoque Carved Agate Pearl Gold 'Naiad and Sturgeons' Jewelled brooch

Belle Epoque brooch – Carved Agate, Pearl, Gold ‘Naiad and Sturgeons’




Light green coloured Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England

 Bronze mermaid fountain, University of Birmingham, England




Bronze seated mermaid-fountain in a garden pond

Bronze seated mermaid fountain in garden pool




Cast Bronze Mermaid Door Pull by Vadim Androusov 40’s




Ocean Breakers (The Sound) – Swiss symbolist painter Arnold-Bocklin.




Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante

Mermaid Riding Seahorse Sculpture by Sergio Bustamante



Mermaid sculptural Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950s

Mermaid Shaped Solid Patinated Bronze Sconce, France, 1950’s

Ist dibs



Jean-Mayodon-jade green ceramic Mermaid sculpture

Jean Mayodon



Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar 1944

Mermaid with Trident Dish Nyland Gunnar



Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena by Teyacapan,-via Flickr

Terracotta Mexican Mermaid Sirena

photo by Teyacapan, via Flickr




Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase - BERTIL BERNHARDT-Miami

Mid-Century Modern Rene Buthaud French Ceramic Glazed Vase




Minton-Majolica-putti-&-mermaid-merman-figural pitcher

Minton Majolica putti & mermaid-merman pitcher



Porcelain Mermaid Vase

White porcelain Mermaid Vase




Oblong dish made of earthenware, decorated with a siren in gray-turquoise  – Edouard Cazaux

Circa 1950-1955





Alkisti Nicolaou Hadjiyianni — Mermaid of Porto Bello, Limassol



Thailand outdoor-mermaid-sculpture, Chang-Mai

Thailand outdoor mermaid sculpture with creepers, Chang Mai




Turquoise Royal-Dalton-Hand-Painted-Mermaid-Vase with gold twin handles

Royal Dalton Hand painted mermaid vase



white mermaid on rock sculpture

Large white mermaid statue

Philosophy Antiques and Design, Laguna Beach




Christian Schloe mermaid oil painting



Sergio Bustamante mermaid sculpture

Sergio Bustamante siren sculpture





Mermaid Vase Modern Pottery — Jonathan Adler




Vintage Royal Haeger Mermaid Planter

14 inches tall



Warszawska-Syrenka-sculpture - siren with a shield and sword

Warszawska Syrenka sculpture, Poland




Bronze mermaid statue sculpture at seaside

Hebei, China D&Z Sculpture



medieval,-Mermaid,ceramic plate -1475-1500,-The-Victoria-and-Albert-Museum

Medieval Mermaid plate,  1475 –  1500,

The Victoria and Albert Museum


Inverloch swimming mermaid - Veniceclayartists

Original Google Earth image – click to expand






SOFA – Sculptural Objects, Functional Art and design



Chicago art fair SOFA


Founded in 1994, SOFA CHICAGO (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) is Chicago’s longest continuously running art fair and the world’s foremost fair displaying masterworks of contemporary art and design in all media. It is dedicated to bringing together the spheres of design, decorative arts, and fine arts. Artists, collectors and designer workshops, demonstrations and lectures are also featured.

The SOFA Chicago art fair attracts collectors, art patrons, curatorial staff and art historians who attend to admire the unique works of art and mingle with galleries and artists. In all, around 37,000 people attended the Fair in 2016, presented by more than 70 established and emerging galleries from across the globe. On display were the very best in ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, studio jewelry, metal, painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper.

The premier showcase event has its 23rd exhibition of decorative and functional artistic pieces coming up on NOV 2-5, 2017 at Navy Pier.





‘Seaforms’ – 2013 – Michael Behrens

Habatat Galleries




‘Pasha’ – Jan Huling  —  Duane Reed Gallery

SOFA 2013




Vivian Beer – Bridge Bench steel, patina and ferrocement (concrete)

Wexler Gallery


Peaceful-Morning-stoneware Miyashita-Zenji,-2009

‘Peaceful Morning’ by Miyashita Zenji

Stoneware and applied layers of colored clay..

Joan B Mirviss




Erskine Hall Coe-Shozo_Michikawa-Natural-Ash-twisted-vase

Shozo Michikawa – Natural ash twisted vase

Erskine Hall Coe, London



Sally-Rogers-Cradle---Represented-by-Thomas-R-Riley Galleries

Sally Rogers – ‘Cradle’

Thomas R Riley Galleries




Daedalus----steel and marble - Sally-Rogers---Riley-Galleries

‘Daedalus’—-steel and marble – Sally Rogers

Riley Galleries




SOFA-Chicago--Jan-Huling beaded head sculpture

Jan Huling beaded head

SOFA Chicago



‘Architectural Volume (Blue) 1’, 2011 -Bodil Manz





SOFA Chicago, 2010




SOFA Chicago glass vessels



Allison Mercer--sculpture-Maria Elena Kravetz Galeria

Allison Mercer sculpture

SOFA – Maria Elena Kravetz Galeria



Katherine Glenday_Vessel-243

Katherine Glenday – Vessel 243

SOFA – Amaridian Gallery, NY


Andy-Nasisse-TeaBowl koala bear inspired

Andy Nasisse ceramic ‘Tea Bowl’ ( koala bear inspired?)

Sherrie Gallerie



Ani-Kasten ceramic vessel with horizontal ribbing

Ani Kasten



Bart-Johnson-ceramic-vessel--Eight-Modern Hand drawn face motifs

Bart Johnson ceramic vessel

Eight Modern



Benjamin-Sewell,-black and white striped vessel-David-Richard-Contemporary

Benjamin Sewell – ovoid striped glass vessel

David Richard Contemporary





Black and red urn pair – Peter Pincus

Wexler Gallery, SOFA 2016



Les-Namingha ceramic pots

Les Namingha – SOFA, Chicago

  Blue Rain Gallery / Santa Fe New Mexico




Bruce-R.-Macdonald wall art panel

Bruce R. Macdonald wall art panel




Calvin Ma – ‘Let It Go’

Abmeyer-+-Wood Fine Art—2014



Chris-Antemann-porcelain-sculpture naked couple having tea

Chris Antemann porcelain sculpture



Chris-Gustin ceramic-vase - wavy form

Chris Gustin ceramic vase, SOFA Chicago



Clare-Beck-ceramic vessels at-Adrian-Sassoon

Clare Beck curation for Adrian Sassoon




Lino Tagliapietr — ‘Strombol’

sofaexpo 2009



Colin Schleeh wood sculpture vessel_WilliamZimmerGallery

Colin Schleeh wood sculpture vessel

William Zimmer Gallery




Mikyoung-Jung-blue sculpture-vessel

Mikyoung Jung sculpture vessel



Cristina-Cordova-La-Conquista'-wall sculpture Ann-Nathan-Gallery

Cristina Cordova – ‘La Conquista’ wall sculpture

Ann Nathan Gallery



David-Regan-ceramic-sculpture 3 bicycle riders

David Regan

SOFA Chicago 2010, Barry Friedman



Devyn-Baron-ceramic-sculpture heads

Devyn Baron-Griley

Morgan Glass Gallery



Diego-Romero-ceramic-head sculpture in black-white and gold

Diego Romero ceramic sculpture, SOFA



Donna-Schneier-Fine-Art---Lino-Tagliapietra galss sculpture

Lino Tagliapietra

SOFA Chicago – Donna Schneier Fine Art




Don Reitz ceramic sculpture bowl

SOFA NY 2009, Lacoste Gallery



SOFA Chicago figure-sculpture




Sofa-Chicago-red glass-vessel

SOFA Chicago



Emil-Kazaz-sculpture female warrior

‘Judith’ – Emil Kazaz female warrior sculpture




George Rodriguez_Red Lion sculpture

George Rodriguez – ‘Lion’

Foster White Gallery – SOFA-Chicago 2015



Frank-Boyden-and-Tom-Coleman, ceramic jar

Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman vessel

Sherrie Gallery



Gareth-Mason-ceramic pot-Mindy-Solomon-gallery

Gareth Mason ceramic vase

SOFA – Mindy Solomon gallery



Henk Wolvers ceramic bowl -- Flow Gallery

Henk Wolvers ceramic bowl

SOFA Flow Gallery




Irina Zaytceva porcelain



Jason-Walker-'-Expecting'-ceramic penguin sculpture--Ferrin-Gallery

Jason Walker- ‘Expecting’ -ceramic penguin sculpture

Ferrin Gallery

Sofaexpo – Flickr



Maurine-Littleton-Gallery---Allegra-Marquart---Beaver-and-Turtle glass panel


Allegra Marquart — ‘Beaver and Turtle’ glass panel

Maurine Littleton Gallery




Jean-Nicolas-Gérard-ceramic-vase in mustard and brown

Jean Nicolas Gérard ceramic vase




Joey Watson zany ceramic sculpture

Joey Watson — 2016 SOFA Chicago



Kang Hyo Lee-ceramic vase Mindy Solomon Gallery

Kang Hyo Lee, South Korea

SOFA, Mindy Solomon Gallery




Keith Schneider, SOFA Chicago



Kirra-Galleries---Crystal-Stubbs-glass sculpture

Crystal Stubbs glass sculpture

SOFA, Kirra Galleries

Sofaexpo – Flickr




Kurt Weiser— ‘Princess’ ceramic bottle

SOFA, Ferrin Gallery




Kyohei Fujita Kazaribako Hand Blown Glass Box Casket




Lacoste-Gallery---Don-Reitz-wall panels

Ceramic wall panels – Don Reitz – 2011

Lacoste Gallery

Sofaexpo – Flickr




Lacoste Gallery—Ronnie Gould



Lindsay-Pichasek long horned animal sculpture

Lindsay Pichasek



Maria-Elena-Kravetz---Bob-Clyatt-three male sculpture figures

Bob Clyatt — “Three Standing Men”, 2012

Noborimia-fired porcelain on ceramic

Maria Elena Kravetz Gallerie




Michael Eden’s “Grey Bloom” recalls the forms of antique ceramics, but is made with 21st-century materials and processes.

SOFA – Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon Gallery


Michael-Lucero-octo teapot

Michael Lucero

Donna Schneier Fin Art



Mindy Solomon Gallery-Ree_Soo_Jong ceramic vase

Ree Soo Jong ceramic calligraphy vase

Mindy Solomon Gallery -SOFA



 Jin_Morigami sculpture

 Jin Morigami –

TAI Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2012




Kim Myungjin



Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles — ‘The Linguist’ (Man as a Series), 2009

Duane Reed Gallery




Onishi Gallery_Tamagawa_Norio Flower Vase_No-425-2015-SOFA-Chicago

Norio Tamagawa Flower Vase No 425

2015 Onishi Gallery_SOFA Chicago




Donna Schneier Fine Arts---Viola Frey

Female figure sculpture — Viola Frey

Donna Schneier Fine Arts



Les-Namingha-ceramic pot--Blue-Rain-Gallery

Les Namingha ceramic seed pot

Blue Rain Gallery




Philip Moulthrop ceramic vessel - _Sarah Myerscough Fine Art-sofa-2012

Philip Moulthrop ceramic vessel

Sarah Myerscough Fine Art – SOFA 2012



Hand carved Queen Mothers Pipe,Bamun-Cameroon Douglas Dawso -Gallery,-Chicago-IL

Hand carved Queen Mothers Pipe, Bamun Cameroon

Douglas Dawson Gallery, SOFA Chicago



Irina-Zaytceva Red Admiral Butterfly Cup Jane Sauer Gallery

Irina Zaytceva ‘Red Admiral Butterfly Cup’

Jane Sauer Gallery, SOFA



Robert-Lugo-lidded ceramic jar-Wexler-Gallery

Robert Lugo lidded ceramic jar

Wexler Gallery




Sergei Isupov





Seth Rainville ceramic chair

Ferrin Gallery, SOFA


Intuit Show Opening Night---Tiffany Massey

SOFA Chicago Intuit Show Opening Night—Tiffany Massey



Seth Rainville ceramic teapot with face motifs

Seth Rainville ceramic teapot

Ferrin Gallery


KéKé-Cribbs---Scott-Jacobson-Gallery---Catalina -- glass sculpture boat

KéKé Cribbs — ‘Catalina’ glass sculpture -Scott Jacobson Gallery



Kirra-Galleries---Crystal-Stubbs turqupise and blue glas sculpture

Kirra Galleries — Crystal Stubbs





Sheryl Zacharia-abstract ceramic vessel

‘Rapture’—Sheryl Zacharia—Jane Sauer Gallery





Sheryl-Zacharia-Pinstriped ceramic sculpture vessel

Sheryl Zacharia ‘Pinstriped’



Shozo Michikawa---Koniki-Pot-2009---Gallerie Besson

Shozo Michikawa — Koniki Pot 2009

Gallerie Besson, SOFA



SOFA-Chicago ceramic-vessels

SOFA Chicago





SOFA Chicago



Ypichi Ohira---Notturno con due Montagne Vase,

Ypichi Ohira—Notturno con due Montagne Vase

SOFA, Barry Friedman



SOFA Chicago



SOFA-Chicago Sculptural objects, functional art and design

SOFA Chicago


Dorte Visby raku vase

SOFA Chicago




Sculptural objects, functional art and design SOFA NY

SOFA, New York



Sue-Averell-and-Joseph-Woodford lidded ceramic vessel with blue face motif

Sue Averell and Joseph Woodford



Sunkoo-Yuh-ceramic-artist SOFA

Sunkoo Yuh ceramic sculpture



TammyGarcia-BlueRainGallery-salmon ceramic tile

Terry Garcia Wall panel

Blue Rain Gallery




Wayne Higby ‘Stone Gate’ 2007

SOFA Chicago  Photo Brian Oglesbee




Yamamura-Shinya-box Ippodo-Gallery

Yamamura Shinya

Ippodo Gallery, SOFA



Koji-Hatakeyama---Ippodo-Gallery-Eight-Faces - hexagonal vessel

Koji Hatakeyama  — ‘ Eight Faces’

Ippodo Gallery



Blue-Rain-Gallery---Tammy-Garcia-bronze-panel of a bear

Tammy Garcia  — bronze bear panel

Blue Rain Galler




Jan Hopkins -- Forbidden---Jane-Sauer-Gallery

Jan Hopkins — ‘Forbidden’

Jane Sauer Gallery




See more SOFA photos on Flickr






The Kangaroo Valley sculpture and arts biennial





‘Orb’ by David Ball

Photo – J Griffiths

Kangaroo Valley art festival May 2017


Since 2007, Arts in the Valley has attracted some of the finest musicians, artists and sculptors in Australia to Kangaroo Valley for concerts and festivals. Surrounded by sweeping views of the rugged escarpments, the location provides an impressive backdrop for the outdoor art works on display and is presented in a biennial format.
Kangaroo Valley is nestled between the neighboring regions of Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands in New South Wales and is an idyllic and picturesque location, approximately 2 hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra. Here is a collection of sculptures featured at the Kangaroo Valley Arts Biennial.


Arts in the valley website



Illusion-by-Vikki-Holik-Blazley-2017 kangaroo Valley -photo by Sue-Agar

‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley

Kangaroo Valley art festival 2017

Photo by Sue Agar



Michael-Purdy----Weave sculpture Kangaroo Valley

Michael Purdy — ‘Weave’ sandstone sculpture Kangaroo Valley




‘The-Hard-Yards’ by Michael Purdy -- Hardwood-timber-and-mild-steel sculpture

‘The Hard Yards’ by Michael Purdy

Hardwood timber and mild steel sculpture




2015_-Elle-Szpindler-wire-sculpture Awakening

‘Awakening’ – Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

Kangaroo Valley, 2015



Al-Phemister’s-Dandelion-series-2015 - Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Al Phemister’s ‘Dandelion’ series

2015 – Kangaroo Valley sculpture



2015 - Elle-Szpindler-wire-figure sculpture

Elle Szpindler? wire sculpture



Antonio Francisci bronze life size Girl with Golden Hair outdoor sculpture

Antonio Francisci bronze life size ‘Girl with Golden Hair’

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



2015-The-Hillarys--Dora-Rognvaldsdottir chicken sculpture

‘The Hillarys’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir




Lizard outdoor sculpture by Areneria

‘Lizard’ outdoor sculpture  –  Areneria




‘The Red Ball’ by Paul Dimmer

2007 – photo Gary Steer



Banksia-Women-by-Bronwyn-Berman-2013 outdoor hung sculpture

‘Banksia Women’ by Bronwyn Berman




Meditation figure sculpture by Ole Nielson

Ole Nielsen is an Australian sculptor, born in Denmark, who resides in the Kangaroo Valley



John-Rafter----automobile sculpture The-Volvo---2015

John Rafter—-automobile sculpture ‘The Volvo’




‘Crosswind’ – Greer Taylor



Arts-in-the-Valley-David-Hudson didgeridoo player

David Hudson didgeridoo



Sea creature sculpture

Arts In The Valley



Grand-Piano-by--Derek-Watt sculpture, Kangaroo Valley arts

‘Grand Piano’ by Derek Watt



Bronwyn-Berman--The-hive outdoor sculpture

Bronwyn Berman — ‘The Hive’

Dossier 48


Bronwyn-Bermann---Waterfall indoor sculpture

Bronwyn Bermann— ‘Waterfall’




Christopher-Hodges The Maid -- Kangaroo Valley sculpture

Christopher Hodges   ‘The Maid’

Dossier 48


Duet------Dora Rognvaldsdottir monumental steel sculpture

‘Duet’ — Dora Rognvaldsdottir



Metal elephant sculpture – Kangaroo Valley



Contemporary guitar player sculpture -- Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park-NSW-Australia

Contemporary metal sculpture

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Feeding Kangaroo - photo by Adam Foster

Feeding Kangaroo – photo by Adam Foster


The kangaroo only moves forward, never backwards. The herbivorous Kangaroo was originally named the Kanguru by Captain Cook. They can move at speeds of 60km/hour and clear 25 feet in a leap up to heights of 10 feet. It moves instinctively and appears to be sure footed at high speeds and its totem symbolizes leaping into the unknown fearlessly. As a totem, the kangaroo teaches you how to balance the creative energies necessary to complete tasks, trust your instincts and gives you the strength, stamina and power needed.

Palawa kangaroo lore

One of the terms Tasmanian Aboriginal people used when referring to themselves was ‘Palawa’. This was the name of the ‘first man’, who was created from the kangaroo by a creation spirit. Palawa identity also has a supernatural origin, related to the powers of animals, plants, rivers, mountains, spirits and ancestors, which often merge into one another. Through kinship obligations, the kangaroo bound Aboriginal people to the land and gave them a mythical identity as descendants of a creation spirit. . Its ecological requirements motivated traditional fire-based land management practices, whereby Aborigines maintained the country so it was favourable to the kangaroo. The kangaroo featured in  tribal songs and dances and as the totems of individuals.*



Contemporary sculpture musicians Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-Park

Contemporary sculpture musicians

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Growth-by-Thomas-Westre - Kangaroo Valley sculpture festival

‘Growth’ by Thomas Westre



Harp-quintet orchestra-Kangaroo-Valley

Harp quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley Art Festival




High-Flyer-by-Amanda-Harrison mother holding child sculpture

‘High Flyer’ by Amanda Harrison




Ulan Murray tree sculpture –  ‘Ultima stans’



‘Illusion’ by Vikki Holik Blazley



Bird sculpture - photo J Griffiths

White bird sculpture – photo J Griffiths




Contemporary sculpture – David Bell

Photo – Sue Williamson


Three white birds sculpture Meeting-by-Yamuna-Bruce---2015

‘Meeting’ by Yamuna Bruce





Metalicus-floribunda-Jen-Mallison black metal abstract sculpture

‘Metalicus floribunda’ – Jen Mallison



Miranda-Lean------La-Printemps-2015 nude female sculpture

Miranda Lean — La Printemps




 Elle-Szpindler wire sculpture

Elle Szpindler wire sculpture

photo Julijana Griffiths



Naked-Neptune copper sculpture-by-Andrew-Saunders

‘Naked Neptune’ by Andrew Saunders

Dossier 48



Nero-on-Edge-by-Malcolm-Utley black abstract sculpture

‘Nero on Edge’ by Malcolm Utley



Ole-Nielsen-meditation figure

Ole Nielsen meditation figure sculpture

Photo Sue Williamson



‘Paia’ – Senden Blackwood

 Kangaroo Valley


Torso-2-sculpture by-Paul-Dimmer at Kangaroo Valley

‘Torso 2’  by Paul Dimmer



Patricia-Lawrence’s-Conversation-2015 contemporary sculpture

Patricia Lawrence’s – ‘Conversation’





Paul Dimmer’s- ‘Dreamcatcher’



Phlyssa-Koshland--Skipping-Girl contemporary outdoor sculpture

Phlyssa Koshland — ‘Skipping Girl’



Sandstone Possum-sculpture - Arenaria

Possum sculpture – Arenaria




Adam-Foster - Brush-Tailed-Possum - A possum carrying her young in a tree

Brush Tailed Possum – Adam Foster

Kangaroo Valley



Rabbit-catcher-sculpture by Randall-Sinnamon

‘Rabbitcatcher’ – Randall Sinnamon

Kangaroo Valley


Response in Movement wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith

‘Response in Movement’ wire sculpture by Elissa Sykes Smith




‘A-Shared-Weight’,-Elyssa Sykes-Smith-recycled-timber,-Sculpture-by-the-Sea,-Bondi,-2013

‘A Shared Weight’, Elyssa Sykes Smith recycled timber

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2013



Sea Spiral by Ross Cameron---2015

‘Sea Spiral’ by Ross Cameron—2015

Kangaroo Valley


Sea-the-light-by-Paul-Glendenning metal fish sculpture

‘Sea the light’ by Paul Glendenning



Shrouded Gods Mountain,-The Budawangs, south coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia

‘Shrouded Gods Mountain’, The Budawangs

South Coast hinterlands of NSW, Australia



Summoning-the-storm sculpture -Kangaroo-Valley

Summoning the storm sculpture -Kangaroo Valley


The Gods Had No Mouths by Myangah Pirate

‘The Gods Had No Mouths’ by Myangah Pirate

Kangaroo Valley




Rosie the orphaned Joey and Elliot the 1yo Bearded Dragon lizard

Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park in Australia


‘I’ve got your back’  Aussie mateship

These two apparently like hanging out together




Sydney Koto Quintet concert – Kangaroo Valley



Boat-People sculpture -by-Julie-Love

‘Boat People’ by Julie Love


Helmut Newton – Vogue Australia, May 1964

(originally shot at the beach, this one is with a backdrop of the Cambewarra range, NSW)



Trio-by-Dora-Rognvaldsdottir-2009 outdoor sculpture

‘Trio’ sculpture by Dora Rognvaldsdottir

 Kangaroo Valley. 2009



Penny Lovelock-kangaroo playing banjo

Penny Lovelock




'The Kongouro from New Holland'  - oil painting by George Stubbs 1772 - National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

‘The Kongouro from New Holland’  – oil painting by George Stubbs

1772 – National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London

This painting was the first depiction of an Australian animal in Western Art and was originally exhibited by the Society of Artists in London in 1773.  Stubbs had never seen a living kangaroo, but created ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ based on verbal accounts and a viewing of a preserved skin from a Captain Cook voyage.


Galeria-Aniela-Sculpture-on-the-Roof,Eco-House-Kangaroo Valley

Naked female sculpture on the roof,Eco House

Galeria Aniela, Kangaroo Valley



Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia-david-smith

Fitzroy Falls at Kangaroo Valley Australia

Photo – David Smith



Reflecting on end of day-Cybernetic Kangaroos---Shane Gehlert

‘Reflecting on end of day’ – Cybernetic Kangaroos—Shane Gehlert





* Copyright 2006, Greg Lehman, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies






Modern ceramic relics – Nicolette Johnson




black volcanic-rock inspired vases

Black volcanic-rock inspired vases – Nicolette Johnson



Etruscan relic renaissance


Nicolette channels ancient classical pottery forms, mainly form the Etruscan epoch and combines them with contemporary geometries, to arrive at a distinctive style that she presents with superb imagery. She majored in photojournalism at Art School, which she believes influenced her perception of communication with visual language. A casual interest in collecting vintage pottery led her to a pottery course in 2015 where she discovered the tactile, physical nature of pottery throwing to be a useful counterbalance to the computer bound nature of image editing.
After spending her early years in London followed by a few years in the American South West, where she claims she was inspired by Mid Century modernism and Native American pottery, particularly for their simplicity and streamlined forms, she presently has a home studio in Queensland, Australia. Here she creates her elegant ancient forms that merge bulbous bases with elongated necks and serpentine handles, capturing an artefact spirit in a refreshing context. Her pieces exude a refinement and balance that only need further embellishment with elaborate handles and simple decorative additions, typical of Etruscan pottery.
She is also currently exploring the subtleties of wood fired ceramics as opposed to using electric fired kilns. The multitude of shapes that emerged from classical pottery has been an endless source of intrigue for me and Nicolette’s contribution is a welcome addition to this timeless genre.





blue-Abyssal-vase-Nicolette-Johnson on white mantle

Blue abyssal vase – Nicolette Johnson



Ceramic-Beer-Stern-Nicolette-Johnson rust and white glaze

Ceramic Beer Stern – Nicolette Johnson



Black-trumpet-vase-with orchids -- Nicolette-Johnson

Black trumpet vase – Nicolette Johnson  (@swsco)-•-Instagram)



Two Sulphur-crested-cockatoos-Nicolette-Johnson

Sulphur crested cockatoos – Nicolette Johnson photo




Ceramic Chain Vase--Nicolette-Johnson

Ceramic Chain Vase — Nicolette Johnson



Pedestal vase with tulips – Nicolette Johnson



cojoined-vases with knotted handles-Nicolette-Johnson

Cojoined vases with knotted handles-Nicolette-Johnson



Three blue ceramic pots -- Nicolette johnson

Blue pottery – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson olive green-ceramic-vase

Nicolette Johnson



White-slip-ceramic-cup-Nicolette Johnson

White slip ceramic cup – Nicolette Johnson


black-glaze-long handle jug-Nicolette-Johnson

Black glaze long handle jug – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette Johnson-vases-on-table indoor decor

Nicolette Johnson vases



Inseparable-vessels-joined by a chain Nicolette-Johnson

‘Inseparable Vessels’ – Nicolette Johnson




Kaneko and Stepwell vases- – Nicolette Johnson



Large-coil-built-urn-Nicolette-Johnson chocolate brown colour

Large coil built urn – Nicolette Johnson



Lucidity-vessel-Nicolette-johnson blue glaze vase and flowers

‘Lucidity vessel’ — Nicolette Johnson


Nicolette Johnson pottery wheel throwing

Nicolette Johnson


Memphis-Milano-stepwell-inspired-vase by Nicolette Johnson

Memphis Milano stepwell inspired-vase by Nicolette Johnson






Nicolette-Johnson_ceramic Females-vases

Naked female torso vases – Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-white vase-and-bowl

Nicolette Johnson white vase and bowl


Nicolette-Johnson raised neck ovoid vessel

Nicolette Johnson



pastel blue large handled vases Nicolette Johnson

Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-coiled-vase with flowers

Nicolette Johnson coiled vase with flowers



Nicolette-Johnson-blue twin handled-vase

Nicolette Johnson-blue vase



Nicolette-Johnson-long handle ceramic-jug

Long handle ceramic jug – Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson




Audrey-the-wood-fire-kiln in the shed with a black chook

Audrey the wood fire kiln – photo by Nicolette Johnson



Black pedestal vase with dry flowers -- Nicolette Johnson

Pedestal vase – Nicolette Johnson




Black-vase-and--bowl -Nicolette-Johnson

Black-vase — Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-white ceramic jug-and-cup

Nicolette Johnson  ceramic jug and cup



Nicolette-Johnson--twin handled pottery-vase

Nicolette Johnson–twin handled pottery vase




Nicolette-Johnson vase

Nicolette Johnson



Classical pottery-Obelisk-Pedestal-vase---Nicolette-Johnson

‘Obelisk Pedestal vase’ — Nicolette Johnson




Nicolette Johnson vase with sprouting handles



Nicolette-Johnson-pottery twin handles

Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson-classical style vases

Nicolette Johnson



Nicolette-Johnson--vases-and-wattle multi handles

Multi handled vase with yellow wattle – Nicolette Johnson



Black, blue and white vase - Nicolette Johnson

Three Nicolette Johnson vases- Lapis blue raincloud vase (middle)



Nicolette-Jophnson-ceramic-vase with floral display

Nicolette Johnson vase



Nicolette-Johnson-white-contemporary vase

Nicolette Johnson white footed vase with spherical handles




Nicolette-Johnson-symbol-pots in black

Symbol pots – Nicolette Johnson



Small White sprouting vase --Nicolette-Johnson

Small white sprouting vase –Nicolette Johnson




Thick stoneware bangle—Nicolette Johnson



stoneware-tea-cup-with-a-shino-glaze -- Nicolette-Johnson

Stoneware tea cup with shino glaze — Nicolette Johnson





‘Study in blue and black and silver’ — Nicolette Johnson




Horizontal ribbed white vase, dried flowers and cup — Nicolette Johnson



White-Sands-Nicolette-Johnson -- photo of solitary person on beach

White Sands – Nicolette Johnson photo




Nicolette Johnson




South Africa creative pottery


A selection of South African ceramic artists, highlighting the rich diversity of their contemporary clayarts.



Donve Branch


Donvé currently works with kaolin and bastitle clay and uses primitive firing methods to explore the dynamic interplay of fire and earth that defines traditional African pots. She has been a South African Eastern Cape potter for over 45 years and has always loved the rhythm and focus that comes from throwing clay on the wheel. Her organic looking pottery features large burnished surfaces that allow her to explore primitive firing methods for her functional reduction wares. Donve likes to experiment with the many different forms of pit-firing and loves to test and  manipulate the vagaries of the delicate hues and serendipitous highlights that adorn pit-fired pots.
She has ran pottery workshops from her Port Elizabeth studio and was involved with Vlok Potteries but now concentrates soley on studio ceramics. She gravitates towards closed globular forms that are influenced by the functionality and strength of the wares of the rural potter. Donve is drawn to experimention with various combustibles, surface covers and chemicals combined with bisque fired vessels in open pits or saggers, subjecting the pots to single or multiple firings; driven by the desire to push the boundaries of her knowledge
Throwing pots of white earthenware that retain their European form, while pursuing the exploration of the relationship between clay and fire, that characterizes traditional African unglazed pots, defines her attractive pottery.




Agapanthus-Donve-Branch-South African pottery

Globular pots – Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-pottery vessel with abstract motif

Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-pit-fired-baluster vessel

Donve Branch pit fired baluster vessel




Donve_Branch=african-potter in studio


Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-globular-pot pit fired raku finish

Donve Branch



Donve-Branch--terracotta-planter with succulent

Handbuilt  planter – Donve Branch



Nguni-Jar-Donve-Branch lidded vessel

‘Nguni Jar’ – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery



Donve Branch – ovoid pit fired vessel




Tall ceramic bottles – Donve Branch

Afrikana Gallery




Donve Branch



Pit-Smoked-Bottle--Donve-Branch ovoid shape

Pit Smoked Bottle — Donve Branch



Donve-Branch-squat-bottle-vessel with twin lugs

Donve Branch – squat bottle vessel with twin lugs



Donve-Branch-black-burnished ceramic bottle

Donve Branch  — black burnished bottle



Squat ceramic bottle pit fired - Donve Branch

Squat ceramic pit fired bottle – Donve Branch



Three tall slender ceramic bottles -- Donve BRanch

Three tall slender ceramic bottles — Donve BRanch




Two orange and black globular vessels - Donve BRanch

Two footed globular vessels  —  Donve Branch



ceramic plate and jar -- Donve Branch

Ginger Jar and Pit Smoked Plate – Donve Branch




two-figure-plate Donve Branch

Two figure plate – Donve Branch



Burnished globular bottle - Donve Branch

Burnished globular bottle – Donve Branch




Donve Branch ceramic bowl




Charmaine Haines



Charmaine Haines ceramic wall figure fountain




Charmaine-Haines female face and bird motif vase-South-Africa

Charmaine Haines  —  female face and bird motif footed vase


Charmaine Haines ceramic plate

Charmaine Haines



Standing female figure vase - Charmaine Haines

Standing female figure vase – Charmaine Haines


Charmaine-Haines ceramic abstract figure sculpture

Charmaine-Haines ceramic abstract figure sculpture



See more Charmaine Haines here


Lisa Liebermann


I have been playing with clay for as long as I remember. My journey has taken me from JHB to Cape Town and then to Plettenberg bay where I lived and worked for 15 years. Lisa, a third generation ceramic artist now lives in the vibrant Johannesburg again, creating bespoke commissions, offering regular art classes at a new pottery school in Raedene along with workshops and team building events.



Agapanthus-Lisa-Liebermann round flat faced bottle

Lisa Liebermann  —  round flat faced bottle, tribal figure motif



Agapanthus-Lisa-Liebermann - ceramic vase

Lisa Liebermann – hand painted ceramic vase



Ceramic panel - Lisa Liebermann

Ceramic panel – Lisa Liebermann



Ceramic vase with tall female tribal figure -- Lisa Liebermann

Ceramic bottle vase with tall female tribal figure — Lisa Liebermann




Michael Cardew – ceramic chalice




ceramic headrest Imiso ceramics

Ceramic headrest – Imiso Ceramics




Imiso Ceramics—Hand Pinched walford1 white clay hand pinched bowl




John-Shirley-african-ceramic vase

John Shirley



John-Shirley----African ceramic-vessel

John Shirley







Ardmore Buck teapot




Ardmore floral motif dish




Ardmore-Ceramics-Leopard-relief Planter-

Ardmore Ceramics – Leopard relief planter


See more Ardmore here



Lucinda Mudge


Lucinda Mudge’s vivid vases captivate the eye with their rich colours and intricate detail, quite often expressing a range of contemporary and historical sources that convey a complex narrative.  Utilising hand-mixed glazes and stains, each piece is as unique as the narrative it tells using a broad range of themes, images and text. She also likes to pay homage to other famous ceramicists.


Striped vase by Lucinda Mudge

Striped vase by Lucinda Mudge – height 44cm

Agapanthus, Capetown



You-Are-Here-vase --Lucinda-Mudge vase with world map

‘You Are Here’  — Lucinda Mudge vase with world map



Lucinda-Mudge-Be-Not-Afraid-ceramic-h-48-cm red vase green panel motif

Lucinda Mudge ‘Be Not Afraid’ ceramic vessel

height  48 cm



Lucinda Mudge-after-Matteo-Nigetti-ceramic-h-43-cm

Lucinda Mudge  —  ceramic vase after Matteo Nigetti

height -43-cm



the-beat-of-my-heart_yellow vase -Lucinda-Mudge

‘The beat of my heart’_yellow vase  – Lucinda Mudge



Lucinda Mudge -Thank-You-You-re-Welcome-ceramic vase-h-52-cm

‘Thank You You’re Welcome’ ceramic vase — Lucinda Mudge

height -52 cm




Lucinda Mudge Mami Wata vase




Lucinda-Mudge---Bigger-Better-Faster-Cooler, vase

Lucinda Mudge — ‘Bigger Better Faster Cooler’, vase





Honey bees vase – Lucinda Mudge



Lucinda-Mudge-You-Had-It-Coming-tiger vase

Lucinda Mudge – You Had It Coming You Know





‘After Cazeaux I’ ceramic vase -Lucinda Mudge

height 54 cm



After-Catteaux-II-ceramic vase -Lucinda-Mudge height-49-cm-

‘After Catteaux II’ ceramic vase – Lucinda Mudge

height-49 cm



Take-What-You-Want-ceramic vase - Lucinda-Mudge

‘Take What You Want’ ceramic vase – Lucinda Mudge




Thijs Nel


karoo landscape pottery Thijs Nel

Karoo landscape pottery  —  Thijs Nel



Meulsteen-Altar-Thijs-Nel-Stoneware Sculpture

‘Meulsteen Altar’ – Thijs Nel Stoneware Sculpture

Gallery 88



Still-Life-on-Sotho-Blanket-oil on cnavas Thijs-Nel

‘Still Life on Sotho Blanket’ – oil on canvas by Thijs Nel




Thijs-Nel-sculptural-ceramic vase

Thijs Ne sculptural ceramic vase

Gallery 88



Sculpture,– Koning en Koningin (King and Queen)  —  Thijs Nel



Thijs Nel, ZA



Larger-Sculptures-masl-2016-Thijs-Nel jade green abstract male face

Large ceramic sculpture mask  – Thijs Nel



'Pomegranate Joy' - Thijs Nel 760mm-x-600mm-Acrylic-on-Canva abstract painting

‘Pomegranate Joy’ – Thijs Nel

760mm x 600mm – Acrylic on Canvas



Folded ceramic-vessel -- Thijs Nel

Thijs Nel folded sculpture vessel




lucky-madlo-sibiya-calabash ceramic sgraffito vessel

Lucky Madlo Sibiya calabash sgraffito vessel




Lucky Madlo Sibiya incised ceramic vessel, ZA



Ruan-Hoffman-ceramic-vase black and white abstract

Ruan Hoffman-ceramic vase black and white abstract



water lily plate - Ruan Hoffman

Ruan Hoffman




Agapanthus-Tim-Morris-ceramic platter

Tim Morris ceramic rectangular dish





Agapanthus-Johannes-Scott red bowl

Johannes Scott bowl




Martin Haines  —  ‘Willow Tree Cat’



Agapanthus-Martin-Haines hare figurine-(1)A-studio-potter-living-in-Nieu-Bethesda

Martin Haines ceramic hare figurine





Ralph Johnson stoneware bowl



Red Porcelain-bowl-Ralph-Johnson

Porcelain bowl Ralph Johnson



Lee-Hensberg hand paintd vase--freakalee-ceramics

Lee Hensberg – Freakalee Ceramics




Lee Hensberg butter dish

Freakalee Ceramics


Ikebana – vision of transcendence


The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog - Birch branches and Cymbidium

Birch branches and Cymbidium

The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog





Fruiting branch with NZ flax  —  Pat’s Ikebana

Qld, 2016

The traditional practice of the art of Ikebana was always approached with a mindfulness of the inner sublimity and is also known by the name ‘ofkado’ (way of flowers). Being originally developed by practicing temple monks, the spirit of ikebana has survived the centuries since its beginning and is embedded in Japanese culture. I have included a collection of ikebana arrangements from the Queensland Sogetsu ikebanist Pat Mackie, some examples from the Japanese artist Kawase Toshiro and ikebana created with ceramic vessels from the German ceramicist Jochen Ruth. Additional ceramic vessels that can be used for ikebana arrangements are also featured as well as some Indonesian ikebana form Lusy Wahyudi and friends.


Kawase-Toshiro Ikebana flowers

Kawase Toshiro ikebana, Japan

Spatial awareness is altered by our higher consciousness, which has a distinct and tangible perspective, and this zone is infused into the aesthetic composition of ikebana. The inner calm of meditation flows from a deconstruction of the habitual clutter of the mind and ikebana became a visual metaphor for this refined state of consciousness. Observation of the innate beauty of the natural world from a heightened perspective was also a key influence and encapsulating this into a simple artistic statement was an integral component of ikebana flower arrangement.


Ikebana - Dick-Lehman-pottery

Dick Lehman pottery


The Japanese arts in general have been derived from similar influences to the approach with the ikebama arts and the subtle appreciation of balance and space is ever present. In Zen philosophy there are seven aesthetic principles for achieving Wabi-Sabi.
Yugen: subtly profound grace, not obvious, Seijaku: tranquility. Datsuzoku: unbounded by convention, free, Fukinsei: asymmetry, irregularity. Kanso: simplicity. Koko: basic,.weathered, Shizen: without pretense, natural.
It’s easy to see these qualities also evoked in the ikebana arts.The beauty of ikebana exists as a subtle reminder of the depth of aesthetics and balance in nature and is a fine vehicle for reflecting this with indoor decoration.



Toyohara-Chikanobu-(Japanese-1838-1912)---Flower-Arranging-and-Tea-Ceremony-(1895) Japanese lady creating ikebana

‘Flower Arranging and Tea Ceremony’ – Toyohara Chikanobu (Japanese 1838-1912)


During the Kamakura period (1192 ~ 1333) Ikebana became a form of meditation for Zen Buddhist priests. Floral offerings were placed in front of altars to honor the Buddha and the souls of the dead. These offerings evolved into floral arrangements designed to express the subtle harmony between spirit and matter. Arrangements were originally composed of three main lines of differing height together creating a three dimensional form – the balance between the lines symbolizing the unity between spirit, man and earth.



Japanese Samurai warrior in fighting pose painting

Japanese Samurai warrior painting

The warrior class or ‘Samurai’ brought great lifestyle changes to Japanese society during the Kamakura period, making it fashionable to display Ikebana arrangements in the homes of wealthy townsmen. Samurai would create Ikebana not merely as a flower arrangement but a short-lived structure reflecting man’s own mortality.

“Ikebana is a form of sculpture that exists only within a limited time span, transforms from moment to moment, then perishes.” — Akane Teshigahara

Samurai would live and die like an Ikebana form but their spirit was believed to be eternal. To reach a state of concentration and become centred, Ikebana was consistently performed by Samurai prior to going into battle. Through this connection with nature, the heart and mind were believed to be purified. Ikebana went on to gain substantial respect and appreciation by the imperial and military leaders of Japan in the Momoyama period (1573~1603), celebrated amongst the Samurai.


ikebana-Gunter-Black,-Australia-vessel by Jochen-Ruth

Ikebana arrangement by Gunter Black, Australia, ceramic vessel by Jochen Ruth



Ikebana-Ikenebo-Rikka-Shimputa i- - Lusy Wahyudi

Ikebana Ikenobo Rikka Shimputai by Lusy Wahyudi, Indonesia




Japanese Suzeki Stone




Ikebana Ikenebo Rikka Shimputai---Linda Prasasto

Ikebana Ikenebo Rikka Shimputai—Linda Prasasto



Akira-Satake-ikebana-vase in orange brown finish

Akira Satake ikebana vase


Aya-Sogetsu-school-of-ikebana - yellow flower

Aya Sogetsu school of ikebana





Bauhiinia tree ikebana — One Kind of Branch—2013




Bitter melon and Chilli   — Pat’s Ikebana


Ikebana-Ikenebo-Rikka-Shimputai-----Lusy-Wahyudi - angular vase

Ikebana Ikenobo Rikka Shimputai by Lusy Wahyudi, Indonesia

Lusy Wahyudi – Flickr



Ikebana-Ikenebo-Rikka-Shimputai-------Lusy-Wahyudi Indonesia

Ikebana Ikenobo Rikka Shimputai by Lusy Wahyudi, Indonesia




Goro Suzuki ikebana vessel



Ikebana-Ikenobo-Jhiyuka---Yohanus-Wemphy geometric floral display

Ikebana Ikenob Jhiyuka — Yohanus Wemphy


Ikebana-Ikenobo-Rikka-Shimputai-by-Lusy-Wahyudi-slender red vase

Ikebana Ikenobo Rikka Shimputai by Lusy Wahyudi, Indonesia



Bromeliad flowers-and-leaves-ikebana---2016

Bromeliad and leaves ikebana — Pat Mackie

Pat’s Ikebana, 2016



Pat's Ikebana - Bromeliad-leaves-and-blossom----2016

‘Bromeliad leaves and blossom’ — Pat’s Ikebana




Bunjin-arrangement-Pats-Ikebana yellow flower and driftwood

Bunjin arrangement – Pat’s Ikebana

The Bunjin Arrangement is not bound by floral styles, and materials may be freely arranged to express one’s subjective view of plants.  Emphasis is placed on the elegance and poetic nature of rare blooms, shrubs and plants.



Pine bonsai tree

Pine bonsai



dark-silence-in-suburbia-Yo-Akiyama ceramic sculpture

‘Dark silence in suburbia’ – Yo Akiyama



Dineke-Beereboom-Db---Two-Of-A-Kind metal sculpture

Dineke Beereboom — ‘Two Of A Kind’



Emily-Katz ikebana

Emily Katz ikebana

Pura Vida Peartree workshop




‘Eucalyptus branches and Bougainvillea’ – Pat’s Ikebana





Small vintage celadon vase




Gold-Bullion-Tokkuri vessel-Ryota-Aoki

‘Gold Bullion Tokkuri’ vessel – Ryota Aoki



Green Arrangement – Pat’s Ikebana



Bizen stoneware, with the characteristic reddish hidasuki or "fire-marked" pattern,

Bizen stoneware vase, with the characteristic reddish hidasuki or “fire-marked” pattern,



Fukinaga-('From-the-Wind'~ Bonsai ) on wooden base by Vaclav Novak

‘From the Wind’~ Bonsai (盆栽) by Vaclav Novak – Fukinagashi Pinus uncinata



Ovoid Honda aluminium die cast vessel adapted to Ikebana---Utsuwanote

Ovoid Honda aluminium die cast vessel adapted to an  Ikebana display




ikebana display by Anita Haase Schönbeck,-Berlin ceramic vessel by Jochen Ruth

Ikebana display by Anita Haase Schönbeck, Berlin with ceramic vessel by Jochen Ruth

Jochen Ruth Ceramics



Ikebana by Mario Hirama, Japan




Calla lily, pine and bamboo stick

 The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog



white flower ikebana by Gunter Black,-Jochen-Ruth vase

Ikebana arrangement by Gunter Black, Jochen Ruth vase



Spring bloom ikebana

Spring blooms ikebana  – Magnolia, snapdragon and succulents



ikebana-Gunter-Black,-Australia-Jochen-Ruth - pink flower

Ikebana by Gunter Black, Jochen Ruth vessel



ikebana by Hans Riester, Berlin ceramic vessel by Jochen Ruth

Ikebana by Hans Riester, Berlin & ceramic vessel by Jochen Ruth



Ikebana-Hans-Riester,Berlin --ceramic pot byJochen Ruth

Ikebana floral arrangement by Hans Riester,Berlin — ceramic vase by Jochen Ruth



Ikebana by Karin Kopp,-Ritterhude Jochen Ruth ceramic vessel

Ikebana by Karin Kopp, Ritterhude & Jochen Ruth ceramic vessel




Ikebana by Karin Kopp & Jochen Ruth ceramic vessel



Burnt orange ikebana-vase-red-zen-georgetown-pottery-

Red Zen  ikebana vase –  Georgetown Pottery




Ikebana by Truus Esther-(Otomodachi)



Ikebana-Ikenebo-Rikka-Shimputai---Lusy-Wahyudi pink and yellow flowers

Ikebana Ikenebo Rikka Shimputai—Lusy Wahyudi



Ikebana-'On-the-way-to-the-top'-(Otomodachi) climbing pink flowers

Ikebana  ‘On the way to the top’ (Otomodachi)



Ikenobo arrangement with wonderful pink blossoming flowers-(Otomodachi)

Ikenobo arrangement with pink blossoming flowers – Otomodachi




Starry Night  ikebana vase –  Georgetown Pottery




James-Oughtibridge-Chocolate-Brown-creased Vase

James Oughtibridge sculptural vase



Japanese-Red Maple bonsai_moss and stone gardens

Japanese Red Maple bonsai

Moss and Stone Gardens



Jochen-Ruth-black glaze vase

Jochen Ruth




Katsunori Sawa



Kurokawa-Tōru---Ceramic sculpture vessel---Mirviss

Kurokawa Tōru — Ceramic sculpture vessel

Mirviss Gallery




Flat round incised vessels – Lamella



Amaryllis, Aspedistra, Sibirian Dogwood.

Hanamai Ikebana – Amaryllis, Aspedistra, Sibirian Dogwood

The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog




Leaves only in horizontal arrangement — Pat’s Ikebana





Mihara Ken




Pats-Ikebana--2013 red flowers and large green leaves

Pat’s Ikebana




Pats Ikebana-2016---Vine and giant Allium

‘Vine and giant Allium’ – Pat’s Ikebana



Pats-Ikebana-Bromeliad-and-leaves red vase---2016

‘Bromeliad and leaves’ – Pat’s Ikebana



Peter-Voulkos-ceramic ovoid vessel

Peter Voulkos ceramic ovoid vessel



‘Poinchiana Podas and Ixora’ — Pats Ikebana





Raku Vase Mountain carved — Blue Spruce Pottery



Kawase Toshiro Red Blossom ikebana, Japan



Shino-Suzuku vase

Shino Suzuku vase —Goro Suzuki




White Square-vase,-kohiki-Shozo Michikawa

Square vase, kohiki – Shozo Michikawa



red vase Straight-Lines---2016-Pats-ikebana

‘Straight Lines’ – Pat’s Ikebana




Corylus-avelana-contorta, the twisted hazelnut-ikebana

Corylus avelana contorta, the twisted hazelnut ikebana




Shoka shimputai ikebana – Lusy Wahyudi


Zen garden – Tokyotimes




Kawase Toshiro ikebana, Japan



Gohua stone moon-Bonsai-Suseki-gold-forest-in-high-mountain on wooden base

‘Gold forest in high mountain’ – Suseki Gohua stone



ikebana-arrangement botanical

Ikebana arrangement



Wood fired Vase-by-Shiho-Kanzaki,-Japan

Wood fired Vase by Shiho Kanzaki, Japan




Ikebana display – The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog




Poinchiana-Pods-construction- Pats Ikebana--2015

Poinchiana Pods construction- Pat’s Ikebana



Ikebana-'Leaping-salmon'-by Otomodachi

Ikebana ‘Leaping salmon’ by Otomodachi

 Otomodachi (flickr)



Pats ikebana-Walking Iris and lilly-2016

‘Walking Iris and lilly’ – Pat’s ikebana





Wattle and Anthurium  – Pat’s Ikebana



Woody-Pear-and-Ixora-Pats-Ikebana-2016 Pat Mackie ikebana

‘Woody Pear and Ixora’ –  Pat’s Ikebana





Yakuza-tattoo figure

Japanese Yakuza tattoo figure


Yasuhisa-Kohyama ceramic ikebana vessel

Yasuhisa Kohyama ceramic ikebana vessel




‘Black Pottery–Moon Trip’  — Yoshihiro Kunikata




Pavel Zamikhovsky 2011


Art-Floral-Ikebana-Mai-Van-Thai-Thomas--red flowers and branches ikebana

Floral Ikebana – Mai Van Thai Thomas



Ikebana--centerpiece-inspiration-flower-vases-flower-plants-Ikebana 'Red and pink fireworks' (Otomodachi)

Ikebana ‘Red and pink fireworks’  cascading Ohara style by Otomodachi




Ikebana Rikka-Shimputai-by-Lusy-Wahyudi

Ikebana Rikka-Shimputai by Lusy Wahyudi



The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog

The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog



Zen-Still-Life---Flickr---Elena-Ray ikebana display

‘Zen Still Life’ –Flickr–Elena Ray









Clarice Cliff Art Deco: The André Aerne Collection


Here are some Clarice Cliff ceramic pieces featured in a Christie’s online-only sale of over 100 lots timed to coincide with the Living with Art live sale. Carefully selected by Mr. André Aerne of Charlevoix, Michigan, this collection of ceramics is being sold to benefit the Muskegon Museum of Art and includes a diverse array of the shapes, colors and patterns for which Cliff was famed.

Auction Catalogue   – concludes Aug 25


Clarice-Cliff-Art-Deco Various-patterns-and-shapes

Clarice Cliff Art Deco ceramics



Clarice Cliff was a prolific artist and produced many hundreds of designs during the inter-war period, but her style remains immediately recognisable. It’s not just the bright colors that makes Clarice Cliff’s ceramics look vivacious. There is a consistent spirit of joy that permeates her designs which express fascinating originality. She was one of the first females in the ceramic arts to launch a line under her own name. When Cliff first achieved her success in the 1920’s, there was little precedent for a young woman from a working-class family becoming a designer, and branding her work with her own name.



Clarice Cliff set in ‘Bizarre’ ‘Crocus’ pattern, comprising a vase, sifter, two jam pot and covers, platter, salt and pepper shakers, a mustard pot and cover and a napkin ring


While Cliff was undoubtedly inspired by the Art Deco designs of the 1920s, she also looked farther afield for ideas — namely, the avant-garde movements of Cubism and De Stijl. Many of her wares have distinctly modernist shapes and visible brushstrokes, something that was discouraged from the usual lines of production and which demonstrates her pioneering vision. She made things that were designed to be used in the home — tea and coffee sets, candlesticks, vases, plates — but she also wanted women to have access to interesting and colourful things,’ according to Natalie Voorheis, ‘Not everyone would have known what the Cubists were doing but she was heavily influenced by them, and so it made its way into the homes of ordinary people.’



Clarice-Cliff - Brighton-Art-Gallery - 1972

Clarice Cliff – Brighton Art Gallery – 1972




Clarice Cliff tea set in the aerographed pink color, nautilus shape, comprising: a teapot, tea cup and saucer, side plate, sugar bowl and creamer





Clarice Cliff–vase and three serving platters

The ‘Garland’ pattern vase in shape 401, the platters in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Diamonds’, ‘Fantasque’ ‘Melons’, ‘Fantasque’ ‘Sunray Leaves’ patterns



Clarice Cliff-centerpiece-bowl-and-pitcher-The-bowl-in-the-‘Bizarre’-‘Bridgewater’-pattern,-shape-475,-the-pitcher-in-the-‘Fantasque-Alton’-pattern,-Daffodil-shape-12

Clarice Cliff-centerpiece bowl and pitcher

The bowl in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Bridgewater’ pattern,the pitcher in the ‘Fantasque’ ‘Alton’ pattern

12.75 in height  Christies





Clarice Cliff art deco pottery




‘Bizarre’-‘Clouvre-Tulip’-pattern vase Height 23-15-inches

Clarice Cliff ‘Bizarre’-‘Clouvre Tulip’ pattern vase

Height 23.15-inches  Christies




Clarice Cliff centerpiece art deco bowl in the ‘Fantasque’-‘Floreat’ pattern





Clarice Cliff large jardiniere in the ‘Bizarre’ Sliced Circle’ pattern, dover shape

7.75-inch height    Christies




Clarice Cliff large jardiniere–‘Bizarre’ – ‘Marigold’ pattern





Clarice Cliff six piece tea and coffee service – ‘Latona Red Roses’ pattern

Consisting of a teapot and cover, coffee pot and cover, teacup, two coffee cups and saucers and a creamer together with a ‘Yoo Hoo’  conical sugar bowl, a ‘Fantasque Bizarre’ ‘Summerhouse’ match box and a later conical caster by Wedgwood



Clarice Cliff pair-of-clarice-cliff-bookends-In-the-'Fantasque'-'Apples'-pattern

Art Deco Clarice Cliff pair of bookends — ‘Fantasque’ ‘Apples’ pattern





Pair of Clarice Cliff large wall pockets

In the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Delecia Citrus’ pattern, the underside of each additionally painted as a citrus fruit

12 inches height  — Christies




Art-Deco Clarice Cliff centerpiece --'Bizarre'-'Tennis-Summerhouse'-pattern-Clarice-Cliff

30’s Art Deco Clarice Cliff centerpiece –‘Bizarre’-‘Tennis Summerhouse’ pattern




‘Bizarre’ ‘Rhodanthe’ pattern vases – Clarice Cliff



CEramic vase 'Bizarre'-'Rhodanthe'-pattern,---Clarice-Cliff



‘Bizarre’ ‘Rhodanthe’ pattern,—Clarice Cliff


CLARICE-CLIFF JUG'Bizarre'-jug-shape-42


Clarice Cliff jug ‘Bizarre’ pattern



Clarice-Cliff-art-deco-ceramic collection

Clarice Cliff art deco ceramics

The platter in the ‘Chloris’ pattern, biaritz shape, the jug in the ‘Nasturtium’ pattern, the conical sifters in the ‘Nasturtium’, ‘Delecia’ and ‘Canterbury Bells’ patterns





Clarice Cliff centerpiece bowl

In the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Patina Country’ pattern, 3 9 in. (23 cm.) diameter



Clarice-Cliff-art deco pottery vessels

Clarice Cliff ceramic vessels – ‘Latona Mushroom’, the second ‘Fantasque’ ‘Broth’, the third ‘Latona Thistle’



Clarice-Cliff--art deco ceramics

Clarice Cliff ceramic wares




Clarice Cliff vase ‘Nuage’ pattern, isis shape

1928-1936 —  Christies



Clarice Cliff conical sugar shifters




Clarice Cliff-Art Deco Cubist  Charger -‘Bizarre’, ‘Branches & Squares’ pattern

18-inch dia..-(45.5-cm)  — Christies



Clarice Cliff jardiniere in the 'Bizarre' 'Tartan' pattern, the 'Latona' 'Aztec' wares comprising a yo-yo vase shape

Clarice Cliff sample jardiniere, centerpiece bowl, vase and a plate

The jardiniere in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Tartan’ pattern, the ‘Latona’ ‘Aztec’ wares comprising a yo-yo vase shape




Clarice Cliff teapot and cover, two teacups and saucers, a side plate, a creamer and a sugar bowl, in the lynton shape, together with a vase, all in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Goldstone’ pattern.




Clarice Cliff wares in the ‘Fantasque’ ‘Windbells’ pattern comprising: A teapot and cover, Daffodil pattern, a jug in the Bon Jour shape, a conical sifter and a saucer



Clarice Cliff-ceramics Comprising-a-platter,-a-centerpiece-bowl-in-the-‘Bizarre’-‘Persian’-pattern,-and-a-vase,-together-with-a-caster-with-metal-cover

Clarice Cliff platter, a centerpiece bowl in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Persian’ pattern, and a vase, and a caster with metal cover





 Two Clarice Cliff vases–‘Original Bizarre’ pattern, and the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Luxor’ pattern




Clarice Cliff jug — ‘Bizarre’ ‘Caprice’ pattern, lotus shape






Five Clarice Cliff wares — ‘Original Bizarre’ pattern, comprising three vases, a footed centerpiece bowl and an octagonal jam pot and cover




Clarice Cliff tablewares Various patterns and shapes comprising: two fern pots, a jug, and a jam pot and cover



 clarice cliff centerpiece bowl -In-the-‘Fantasque’-‘Circles-&-Squares’-pattern,

Clarice Cliff centerpiece bowl  In the ‘Fantasque’ ‘Circles & Squares’ pattern




Clarice Cliff vase In-the-'Bizarre'-'Archaic'-pattern,--inscribed replica.-temple-of-luxor.-thebes.-capital-of-the-large-columns-1250-b.c

Clarice Cliff vase -In the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Archaic’ pattern

Inscribed replica. Temple of Luxor. Thebes. capital of the large columns-1250 b.c




Two-clarice-cliff-vases--In the 'Bizarre' 'Latona Flowerheads' and 'Applique Caravan' patterns

Two Clarice Cliff vases–In the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Latona Flowerheads’ and ‘Applique Caravan’ patterns




Three-english-porcelain-vasesThe first designed by John Butler in the ‘Tibetan’ pattern, the second ‘Carmelia’ ‘Tahiti’ signed S.P., the third with factory stamp for Wilkinson

Three English porcelain vases

The first designed by John Butler in the ‘Tibetan’ pattern, the second ‘Carmelia’ ‘Tahiti’ signed S.P., the third with factory stamp for Wilkinson



Three art deco clarice cliff ‘bizarre’ vases-The first in the ‘Delicia Pansies’ pattern, the second ‘Capri’ the third ‘Delecia Poppy’

Three Art Deco Clarice Cliff vases

The first in the ‘Delicia Pansies’ pattern, the second ‘Capri’ the third ‘Delecia Poppy’



Clarice CliffThe tea set comprising: a teapot, tea cup, saucer, sugar bowl and creamer, all in the Stamford shape, lacking Clarice Cliff mark, the other Clarice Cliff wares comprising a plate in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Flora’ pattern, a teapot in the Stamford shape and a vase in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Delecia’ pattern,

Clarice Cliff tea set comprising: a teapot, tea cup, saucer, sugar bowl and creamer

All in the Stamford shape, a plate in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Flora’ pattern, a teapot in the Stamford shape and a vase in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Delecia’ pattern,



Clarice-Cliff-vasesThe first ‘Bizarre’ ‘Sliced Circle’ pattern shape 205, the second ‘Bizarre’ ‘Football’ pattern shape 363, the third ‘Fantasque’ ‘Melon’ pattern shape 205

Clarice Cliff vases – ‘Bizarre’ ‘Sliced Circle’ pattern shape,  ‘Bizarre’ ‘Football’ pattern shape, ‘Fantasque’ ‘Melon’ pattern shape



Two Clarice Cliff tea sets, a jam pot and cover, and a cake stand



Three-Clarice-Cliff-vases --The first in the ‘Trumpet Flowers’ pattern, shape 353, the second ‘Scarlet Flower’, shape 187, the third ‘Latona Garden’

Three Clarice Cliff vases –The first in the ‘Trumpet Flowers’ pattern, the second ‘Scarlet Flower’, the third ‘Latona Garden’




Two Clarice Cliff pitchers and a centerpiece bowl

The pitchers in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Zap’ and ‘Berries’ patterns, Athens shape, the bowl in a ‘Kandine’ pattern, together with a Crown Devon, Clarice Cliff style jug





Three Art Deco Clarice Cliff plates

In the ‘Bizzare’ ‘Lightning’, ‘Original Bizarre’ and ‘Bizarre’ ‘Swirls’ patterns

12 inch dia.   Christies



Three-clarice-cliff-jugs in the 'Fantasque' 'Fruit', 'Fantasque' 'Lily' and a 'Bizarre' pattern, the first 1928.

Three Clarice Cliff jugs in the ‘Fantasque’ ‘Fruit’, ‘Fantasque’ ‘Lily’ and a ‘Bizarre’ pattern, the first 1928.



Clarice Cliff Art Deco vases – Comprising a ‘Fantasque Bizarre’ ‘Xanthic’ vase & ‘Bizarre’ ‘Xavier’ vase



three-clarice-cliff-pitchers-and-a-centerpiece-bowl-The pitchers in the 'Fantasque' 'Autumn' pattern, athens shape, the bowl in the 'Rudyard' pattern

Clarice Cliff pitchers in the ‘Fantasque’ ‘Autumn’ pattern, Athens shape, the bowl in the ‘Rudyard’ pattern




Two-Art Deco Clarice-Cliff tea sets

Two Art Deco Clarice Cliff tea sets

The first in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Moonflower’ pattern, stamford shape comprising: a teapot and cover, sugar bowl, creamer, cup and saucer and side plate, the second comprising a teapot, two cups and saucers, a side-plate, creamer and sugar bowl, in the ‘Bizarre’ ‘Secrets’ pattern, bonjour shape





Clarice Cliff cylinder vases — The first ‘Sunrise’, the second ‘Arabesque’

11 inch height — Christies



Two-clarice-cliff-vases The first in the ‘Love Birds’ pattern, the second ‘Stile & Trees’

Clarice Cliff vases – The first in the ‘Love Birds’ pattern, the second ‘Stile & Trees’





Two ‘Latona’ jugs in the ‘Dahlia’ and ‘Bouquet’ patterns, a ‘Bizarre’ ‘Sunburst’ pattern jug, an ‘Applique’ ‘Blossom’ pattern jug and two ‘Bizarre’ coffee pots in the ‘Lydiat’



Auction Catalogue   – concludes Aug 25


Clarice Cliff teacups






Brussels – Ceramic Event 8  


Brussels ceramic event eight




Ceramic Event 8   —  23rd September to 1st October 2017

139 Moliere Avenue, Brussels  — Midday to 6pm

An annual event dedicated to contemporary ceramic arts featuring 65 artists displaying 400 works in the heart of Brussels.

A versatile selection of ceramic artisans including
Paule Fattaccioli, Atsuhi Kitahara, Lee Bomi, Chloé Peytermann, Denis Castaing,
Eve Vaucheret, Jo Schoenmakers & Marjo de Vries, Margot Thyssens, Oana Stoica, Patrick Jadot, Simona
Janišová, Valérie Ceulemans, Mirka Janeckova, Claire Marfisi, Edwige Thiou, Rosana Guest Freixas, Vera
Stoef, Anima Roos, Marta Armada, Claudia Aravena and  Nevin Arig.

PDF  program

Composition of the selection committee –

Gallery of Ô
Private Collector
Mels Boom, ceramist and editor of the magazine Klei.
Sylvette Gaudichon, in charge of collections and exhibitions of applied arts at the Museum La Piscine, Roubaix.
Lynn Fridmann, ceramist, co-president and co-ordinator of the Swissceramics events.

An additional Ceramic Artshop boutique space will be dedicated to ceramic jewelry



Art Nonuveau building Brussels

Ceramic Event Venue  — 139 Avenue Moliere, Brussels





Chloé Peytermann ceramic bowl




Mirka Janeckova

Mirka Janeckova




Claire Marfisi



Lee Bomi ceramics





Marta Armada ceramic pendant




Paule-Fattaccioli-ceramic-bowl with tulips

Paule Fattaccioli





Patrick Jadot


Also exhibiting at this current event (asterisk) and past Ceramic Event artists


Anima-Roos-footed ceramic-red koi bowl

Anima Roos*  —  red koi bowl


Nathalie-Jover three matt porcelain cups

Nathalie Jover




Albane Trolle – elegant footed bowls




Thérèse-Lebrun-white porous ceramic-sculpture

‘Concrétion’ — Thérèse Lebrun*



Anne-Marie-Laureys-folded-ceramic-sculpture - natt peach colour

Anne Marie Laureys* ceramic sculpture




Anne Marie Laureys*




Atsuhi Kitahara – Japanese contemporary bowls




Liz-Lescault contemporary vases

Liz Lescault




Bernard-Pierre-french ceramique vessel

Bernard Pierre



Didier-Joly--glass and clay sculpture

Didier Joly* sculpture


Cecil Kemperink ceramic jewelry

Cecil Kemperink*



Bol-fleur-Christelle-Gourmet ceramics

Ceramique bol fleur  — Christelle Gourmet




'Elodie-Chenu----five ceramic cups

‘Elodie Chenu—-ceramic cups



Virginie-Besengez ceramic vase

Virginie Besengez ceramic caldron




Lucy-Morrow-geometrical ceramic-sculpture

Lucy Morrow*



Claudia+Wassiczek-ceramic-sculpture raw abstract

Claudia Wassiczek ceramic sculpture




Domingo Nathalie–ceramic sculptured bowl


Eliane-Monnin-ceramic sculpture with budding plants

Eliane Monnin ceramic sculpture




Art Deco St. Augustin Church in Altitude Cent- by architects Léon Guianotte and André Watteyne

Forest, Belgium



'Elodie-Chenu---ceramic sculptural bottles

‘Elodie Chenu




Elsa Alayse



Eve-Vaucheret Brussels ceramics

Eve Vaucheret* porcelain artist Brussels



Eve Vaucheret




Fabienne Withofs*



Fabienne-Withofs-with large ceramic plate

Fabienne Withofs


Frédérique-Fenouil-abstract-céramique sculpture

Frédérique Fenouil  abstract céramique sculpture




Nathalie-Jover ceramique tumblers and cups

Nathalie Jover



Brussels-Avenue-Molière-Bas-relief-de-Jef-Lambeaux - art nouveau

Brussels, Avenue Molière Bas relief de Jef Lambeaux



Markéta Nováková and Mira Podmanická bio vases with relief texture

Markéta Nováková and Mira Podmanická bio vases


Monika-Patuszynska ceramic vases

Monika Patuszynska


Monika Patuszynska sculptural vases





Myung Joo Kim*



Nathalie-Doyen-ceramic-art vessel

Nathalie Doyen sculptured stone art



Nathalie Doyen

Nathalie Doyen sculptured stone

 Nathalie Doyen creates intricate textures on stone by meticulously repeating the same gesture of pricking the earth with a needle and adding colour.



Nathalie-Jover-elegant-porcelain bowls

Nathalie Jover elegant bowls



Nathalie-Van-De-Wouwer-footed chawan

Nathalie Van De Wouwer chawan



Nathalie Van De Wouwer–ceramic bowl


Daniela Schlagenhauf ceramic porcelain sculpture

Daniela Schlagenhauf




Charles Buls fountain, Brussels



Dorothée Loriquet. white polymorphic sculpture

Dorothée Loriquet



Ceramic Event 2 – Forest, Belgium





La Ville de Bruxelles



White tree ceramic-plate-dufour-laurent

White tree motif ceramic-plate — Laurent Dufour*




rouge bols-Isabelle-Leclercq

Rouge bols – Isabelle Leclercq



Jane-Norbury-raku-vase with fresh flowers

Jane Norbury* raku vase




Pascale-de-Visscher ceramic sculpture

Pascale de Visscher




Marianne-Vandebussche-porcelain-dish-textured exterior, smooth interior

Marianne Vandebussche porcelain dish



monika-patuszyńska-tea-set - black, white and yellow

Monika Patuszyńska tea set



Eliane Monnin




Marianne Vandebussche



myung-joo-kim-sculpture anomorphic

Myung Joo Kim* anomorphic sculpture




Noemi Niederhauser



Olivia-Walker--ceramic-artist in studio

Olivia Walker*





Paolo Polloniato




Paolo-Polloniato---contemporary ceramic-sculpture

Paolo Polloniato — contemporary ceramic sculpture





Stéphane Guiffrey—ceramic artist



Stéphane Guiffrey handpainted ceramic ovoid vessel

Stéphane Guiffrey hand-painted ceramic ovoid vessel




Suzy-Balkert--terra-sigillata-bowl. orange and black glaze

Suzy Balkert — terra sigillata bowl





Art Nouveau sgraffiti on La Maison Cauchie, artist Paul Cauchie’





Thierry Luang Rath


Thierry Luang Rath

Thierry Luang Rath geometric pattern ceramic/glass cup




Valérie Ceulemans*



Valérie Ceulemans*



Vera-Zegerman-surrealist sculpture

Vera Zegerman-surrealist ceramic sculpture



Tjok-Dessauvage--ceramicist holding a ceramic sculpture

Tjok Dessauvage



Tjok-Dessauvage-ceramic sculpture

Tjok Dessauvage




Nicolas Raguin



Nicolas-Raguin black and white striped cup

Nicolas Raguin



Olivia-Walker-ceramic footed cup

Olivia Walker*



Omur-Tokgoz-(Turkey)---perfectly-imperfect-white paperclay vessels

Omur Tokgoz (Turkey) — paperclay vessels



Renhilde Van Grieken sculptural ceramic form

Renhilde Van Grieken*



sylvie-gorde-porcelaine sculpture bowl

Sylvie Gorde porcelaine




Sylvie Gorde

Sylvie Gorde



Caroline Andrin pottery

Caroline Andrin




Ceramic anthropomorphic sandstone pyrité sculpture — Puisaye Cloutier




Frédéric Pagace– ceramic chawan



Sarah-Clotuche--ceramicist artist creating a sculpture

Sarah Clotuche



Hasan Baskirkan

Hasan Baskirkan