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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





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





Modernist glass arts – Sweden



‘The Figure’  —  Edvin Öhrström (1906-1994), Orrefors, ‘Ariel’ Glass Vase


Scandinavia became a hub for glass production in the early 20th century, with Sweden at the epicenter. The traditional craft industries of glass, textiles, ceramics and furniture all experienced a modern design upheaval especially between the two world wars. Modernist artists were encouraged to become involved in the design and aesthetic modernization taking place and Sweden went on to be recognized internationally for its innovative direction. The manifestation of a design imperative that embraced the rubric of functionalism supporting improved housing decor and well constructed mass produced products became evident. The emergence of this design initiative was encouraged by a social climate that desired progress in the arts and the movement of ‘Swedish Modern’ became influential in defining this new trend.


Scarce-trees-in-winter-glass vase,-1951-Vicke Lindstrand

‘Scarce trees in winter’ glass vase – Vicke Lindstrand



The clean, streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design was a natural fit for the modern glass arts, particularly the smooth rounded surfaces and  bold colours. The glass company Orrefors was founded in 1898 but made its mark on the glass industry in 1916 when Knut Bergqvist invented the “Graal” technique, in which clear glass was used to encase an acid-etched design to create what appear to be decorations inside the piece. Orrefors made a successful impression on the European market after an exhibition at the 1925 Paris Exposition. They had employed new art designers especially for this exhibition including Vicke Lindstrand, who also introduced more modernist styles to their design lexicon. The fascinating Lindstrand designs from his stint at Orrefors, and later when he joined Kosta, are some of the most popular Scandinavian art-glass items. The Swedish art glass company Koksta Boda had been creating Art Nouveau pieces including etched cameo glass and Art Deco style glass since the turn of the Twentieth Century and went on to produce a swathe of modernist designed pieces in the postwar era.
Even though the Swedish Pre WW2 glass designs exuded innovative boldness and a sophisticated grace, the vintage post war glass was produced in greater quantities and became more accessible and popular with collectors, due to its market penetration, volume and affordability.


Edvin Öhrström-(1906-1994), Orrefors,- blue 'Ariel' Glass Vase

Edvin Öhrström design for Orrefors,- blue ‘Ariel’ Glass Vase with female motif




Large-etched vase-'-Fishing-net Vase-Vicke-Lindstrand

Large etched vase – ‘Fishing Net’ -Vicke Lindstrand



'Ariel'-glass-vase,'-Adam-and-Eve'-,-1939-Vicke Lindstrand

‘Ariel’ glass vase, ‘Adam and Eve’ – Vicke Lindstrand



Kosta-modernist vase-by-Vicke-Lindstrand--

Kosta vase by Vicke Lindstrand



Vicke Lindstrand Vase-with-Harfespieler Naked man playing a harp

Vicke Lindstrand  — Vase with Harfespieler – Harp player



Eva-Englund-(Swedish,-1937-1998),-Orrefors,-Graal-Glass-polychrome Vase

Eva Englund (Swedish, 1937-1998), Orrefors, ‘Graal’ Glass Vase

The Graal technique uses a multiple layered cameo glass with a casing of clear crystal.



Art Deco glass vase with etched female water skier and wrythen glass to emulate waves designed by Vicke LINDSTRAND for ORREFORS, Sweden 1938. H.- 8.75

Art Deco glass vase with etched female water skier and wrythen glass to emulate waves designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors,

Sweden 1938. Height- 8.75 inches




Vicke-Lindstrand-green Vase-cylindrical shape and abstract figure motifs

Green cylindrical abstract bird motif glass vase – Vicke Lindstrand





Art Deco vase with etched nude female by Simon Gate, Orrefors, Sweden, around 1932.

Art Deco vase by Simon Gate with etched female nude figure, Orrefors, Sweden, around 1932.



Maciej-Dyszkiewicz-abstract-carved glass glass sculpture

Polish Maciej Dyszkiewicz abstract glass sculpture




Mats Jonasson Swedish art glass sculpture - mascot Morganna

Mats Jonasson Swedish art glass sculpture – Mascot Morganna




glass vase Egyptian Goddess sculpture

Glass etching Egyptian goddess vase – Vicke Lindstrand



Edvin Öhrström (1906-1994), Orrefors, 'Ariel' Glass Vase modernist Green female motif

Edvin Öhrström (1906-1994), Orrefors, ‘Ariel’ Glass Vase




Vas-Autumn-city-Vicke-Lindstrand-Swedish glass art

‘Autumn City’  Designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Boda, Sweden





Art-Glass-by-Tittot - Glass hand holding a bowl

Glass hand holding a bowl – Tittot



Ariel Glass Vase with man in gondola playing guitar motif –Edvin Öhrström (1906-1994), Orrefors



Bacchus Vase-Tanz-by-Jaroslav-Horejc,-circa-1925

Czech Bacchus Vase -Tanz by Jaroslav Horejc circa-1925





Edvin Öhrström, Sweden Orrefors, ‘Ariel’ Glass Vase



Edvin Öhrström-(1906-1994),Orrefors, 'Ariel' Glass-Vase in blue

Edvin Öhrström  —  Orrefors, ‘Ariel’ Glass Vase



Edvin-Öhrström-(1906-1994),-Orrefors-abstract motif

Edvin Öhrström, Orrefors



Monkey decoration vase by Vicke Lindstrand  — Produced by Uppsala Ekeby



Ceramic nude females vase created by Vicke Linstrand – Produced by Uppsala Ekeby





Vicke-Lindstrand designed ceramic vase Produced by Uppsala Ekeby




White-slip-glazed-ceramic.-.-Produced-by-Uppsala-Ekeby - Vicke Lindstrand design

White slip glazed ceramic vase — Produced by Uppsala Ekeby – Vicke Lindstrand design




Glass vase with two faces Eva-Englund

Eva Englund Swedish,(1937-1998), Orrefors, Graal Glass Vase




Edvin Öhrström-(1906-1994), Orrefors -- matador and bull

Edvin Öhrström, Orrefors — abstract matador and bull



Edvin Öhrström; Glass 'Water Play' Vase for Orrefors, 1956.

Edvin Öhrström; Glass ‘Water Play’ Vase for Orrefors




Edvin-Ohrstrom-for-Orrefors-Ariel-blue art-glass-vase

Edvin Ohrstrom for Orrefors Ariel art glass vase




Europa and Bull - Vicke Lindstrand -- 1937 Orrefors

‘Europa and Bull ‘ – Vicke Lindstrand

1937 Orrefors




Eva Englund (Swedish, 1937-1998), Orrefors, Graal Glass Vase

Eva Englund  —   Orrefors, Graal Glass Vase


Turquoise sea horse engraved glass vase -Guild-of-Glass-Engravers.

Turquoise sea horse engraved glass vase

Guild of Glass Engravers exhibition 2012




Swedish-crystal-vase-amazing-red1950's -controlled-bubble-vase--

Swedish crystal vase red controlled bubble – Vicke Lindstrand




Girls Playing Ball, Vase with Tray - Edward Vald for Orrefors Glasbruk - 1920

‘Girls Playing Ball’, Vase with Tray – Edward Vald for Orrefors Glasbruk




Peter Hermansson-(Swedish),-'Woman with Knives' Graal Glass

Peter Hermansson (Swedish), – ‘Woman with Knives’ Graal Glass




Heavy clear glass vase Vanity with engraved decoration of sitting woman before mirror design Vicke Lindstrand 1959 executed by Kosta

Heavy clear glass vase Vanity with engraved decoration of sitting woman before mirror design Vicke Lindstrand

1959 executed by Kosta



Holmegaard 'Aristocrat' glass decanter by Per Lutken by art-of-glass, via Flickr

Holmegaard ‘Aristocrat’ glass decanter by Per Lutken by art of glass, via Flickr



Mats Jonason glass modernist vase

Mats Jonason glass modernist vase



Peter-Hermansson-(Swedish),-Graal-Glass-Vase -- turquoise with abstract figures

Peter Hermansson, Cubist Graal Glass Vase




Kosta Boda Adam Eve & Serpent Glass Vase Sweden 1980's black head outline on white

Kosta Boda  ‘Adam Eve & Serpent’  Glass Vase

Sweden 1980’s



Edvin Öhrström,-ariel vase,-Orrefors-1938

Edvin Öhrström, ariel vase, Orrefors




, Vicke Lindstrand -- Kosta Year '50s Size h.9inches Carved and polished sculpture of an African head.

Carved and polished African head sculpture — Vicke Lindstrand

Kosta  ’50s  – Height 9 inches




Mats Jonasson Art Glass Sculpture Masquerade in Blue,

‘Masquerade in Blue‘ — Mats Jonasson Frosted Art Glass Sculpture




Mats Jonasson Glass Owl Vase




Vicke Lindstrand (Swedish, 1904-1983), Kosta, Engraved Glass Sculpture

Vicke Lindstrand – Kosta, Engraved Glass — ‘Sculpture – Decoration of portrait women’s figure’





1950’s  Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden



Mats Jonasson minature kiwok red glass face sculpture

Mats Jonasson minature kiwok glass sculpture



Turquoise Vase,-Colora.-Designed-by-Vicke-Lindstrand-for-Kosta,-Sweden.-1950's


Colora Vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta

Sweden. 1950’s




Orrefors, Engraved Crystal Glass Vase




‘The Cog Doc­tor’  —  Peter Hermansson abstract Graal Glass Vase – 2013

Foto: Mat­tias Johansson


orrefors-vicke-lindstrand-peasrl diver engraved vase

Orrefors  —  Vicke Lindstrand “Nude Diver” engraved vase

circa 1930-39




‘The Last Modernist’  Graal glass vase – Peter-Hermansson



Simon Gate (Swedish, 1883-1945), Orrefors, 'Java Dancers' Engraved Glass Vase

 ‘Java Dancers’  —  Simon Gate –  Orrefors, Engraved Glass Vase




Orrefors-(Sweden)-Ariel-purple glass-vase with female bust motif

Orrefors Ariel purple glass vase with female bust motif



The-Pearlfisher glass lidded vessel1931

‘The Pearlfisher’ octopus lidded glass vessel – Orrefors


via The Brilliance of Swedish Glass, 1918-1939- An Alliance of Art and Industry – Anne Marie Ericsson





Glass vase ‘Omfamningen Embrace’ — Orrefors




Mid Century Vase designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden. 1950's

Vase designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden






Vicke Lindstrand vase



 Vicke Lindstrand headshot

Vicke Lindstrand



Vicke-Lindstrand,-Somerso-matching vases - Kosta-,-Sweden

Vicke Lindstrand, ‘Somerso’ vases – Kosta,Sweden



Mat Jonasson Masquerade Red glass sculpture

Mat Jonasson ‘Masquerade Red’ glass sculpture




Vicke Lindstrand (airlines, 1904-1983), Orrefors, Enameled Glass Vase.

‘Proverb Vase’ — Vicke Lindstrand frosted Orrefors, Enameled Glass




Vicke Lindstrand Kosta, modernist Engraved-Glass-Sculpture

Vicke Lindstrand modernist engraved glass sculpture – Kosta



Peter-Hermansson-(Swedish),-'Under-The-Surface'-Graal-Glass cubist vase

‘Under The Surface’  – Graal Glass cubist vase — Peter Hermansson



Vicke Lindstrand (Swedish, 1904-1983), Kosta, 'Mid Summer Nights Dream' engraved glass vase.

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, ‘Mid Summer Nights Dream’ engraved glass vase





‘African Dancers’  —  Vicke Lindstrand–Orrefors, – Graal Glass Vase




Vicke Lindstrand – Orrefors,- Engraved Glass Vase – dancing Josephine Baker



Vicke-Lindstrand - -Orrefors,-Graal-Glass-Vase Tribal Dancers

Vicke Lindstrand – – Orrefors, Graal Glass Vase Tribal Dancers



Vicke-Lindstrand Orrefors,-'Mermaids'-Engraved-Glass-Vase

Vicke Lindstrand for  Orrefors,  ‘Mermaids’ engraved glass vase




Vicke Lindstrand;-Etched Glass Family Vase for Orrefors,-c1937

Vicke Lindstrand; Etched Glass ‘Family’ Vase for Orrefors

c 1937



Eva-Englund---Graal-faces vase

Eva Englund—Graal vase



Vicke-Lindstrand-for-Kosta-1958-Twilight Blue vases

Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta ‘Twilight Blue’ vases





Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta –  ‘Rodeo Cowboy’  Cut Glass Vase

circa 1950’s



Peter-Hermansson-graal-glass vase

Peter Hermansson graal glass vase

Height 17.3 inches




Vicke-Lindstrand-glass -for-Kosta--Aquarium vase

Vicke Lindstrand glass for Kosta — Aquarium vase



Papyrus-and-Cellulosa-Vase-1942-Vicke-Lindstrand glass vase

‘Papyrus and Cellulosa Vase’  —  Vicke Lindstrand





Koksta modernist vase – Vicke Lindstrand







Association of Clay and Glass Artists



4th Clay & Glass Biennial – California, 2017


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


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




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




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

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




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

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



Yumi Kiyose


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



‘Summer Wave’ — ceramic plate – Yumi Kiyose




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

‘Koi in a pond ‘–Yumi Kiyose



Water - ceramic sculpture plate--Yumi Kiyose

‘Water’ – ceramic sculpture plate –Yumi Kiyose




Yumi-Kiyose-ceramic-plate in blue and turquoise

Yumi Kiyose ceramic plate


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

‘Dancing with life’ -2016—Yumi Kiyose




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

 Yumi Kiyose abstract ceramic sculpture


Malcolm Nicoll 


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



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

’45 RPM DARK ‘ Handmade Glass Bowl – Malcolm Nicoll

Bullseye, Uroborus and Dichroic Glass




’45 RPM’ Handmade Glass Bowl – Malcolm Nicoll

Uroborus, Bullseye & Dichroic Glass 20inches – fused glass



lorren ashley lowrey.

Lorren Ashley Lowrey – ‘Wistar Rat’


Djinnaya Stroud


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


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

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



Djinnaya Stroud




Barbara Vanderbeck


Beliz Iristay


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


Beliz Iristay in her ceramic studio

Beliz Iristay



Beliz Iristay ceramic sculptures

Beliz Iristay ceramic garden sculptures

San Diego Botanical Gardens


Jar flat lid banded blue_ Christopher Unger

Jar with flat lid — Christopher Unger




Bowl_set of 3_scratchy green_Christopher Unger

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




Bowl tri banded blue Christopher Unger

Bowl tri banded, inner  blue  — Christopher Unger



Clay-Basket-«-Kathy Pallie

Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie




Orange brown Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie

Clay Basket -«- Kathy Pallie



Susan Bloch 

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



Each and Every Person Matters---Susan Bloch

‘Each and Every Person Matters’ —Susan Bloch



Walll relief sculpture Susan Bloch

‘Perception’ – Susan Bloch



Four Faces---Susan Bloch - carved glass sculpture

‘Four Faces’ — Susan Bloch



Susan Bloch




Carol Zee



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

”Tundra of Chugiak’Vicki Gunter

Pit fired clay



Plate Tectonics 1 –  Vicki Gunter



Fay Miller


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



Fay-Miller-glass-sculpture combined glass circles

Fay Miller glass sculpture



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

Hand Blown Glass Menorah by Fay Miller



Fountain_tabletop Gerald-Arrington stone sculpture fountain

Fountain tabletop –  Gerald Arrington



Gerald Arrington-organic vase

Vase – Gerald Arrington


Gerald-Arrington-outdoor totem garden-fountain

Gerald Arrington




Globe vase, temmoku with white drip glaze - Bob Pool

Globe vase, temmoku with white drip glaze – Bob Pool





Mae byong vase, red gold floral pattern – Bob Pool





‘Harbinger’ – Kimberly Cook ceramic sculpture




Ceramic sculpture growth II_iifire-Hsun-Yuan-Hsu

‘Growth II’ — Hsun Yuan Hsu – 2017

 Fire School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco



CEramic vessel Desert-Art-1-Patrick-Crabb

Raku bottle — Patrick Crabb





Patrick Crabb Shard Vase



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

Jo Killen ovoid Raku vessel



Jo Killen - black, white, red ovoid Raku vessel

Jo Killen – black, white, red ovoid Raku vessel



Julia Feld


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


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

‘As in a dream’  — Julia Feld




Julia Feld-'Blooming Beauty teapot

Julia Feld  –  ‘Blooming Beauty’ teapot




Female Face motif teapot -- Julia Feld

Julia Feld sculptural ceramic teapot



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

‘The Protector’ teapot  — Julia Feld



 Julia Feld face shot

Julia Feld


Kala-Stein-two matching ceramic-mugs

Kala Stein – pair of ceramic mugs



Kazuki-Takizawa-glass artist

Kazuki Takizawa glass artist



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

Kazuki Takizawa



Flames---Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend --Vetri Glass

‘Flames’ — Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend

Vetri Glass



Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend,- Common Vessels, Toilette

Susan Stinsmuehlen Amend,- Common Vessels, Toilette


Lee Middleman


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



Lee-Middleman-ovoid ceramic-textured bottle

Lee Middleman ovoid ceramic bottle




Abora-Vase-Lee-Middleman olive green glaze

Abora Vase — Lee Middleman



Lee-Middleman-elegant ceramic-vase

Lee Middleman ceramic vase


Lucien Koonce


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



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

Lucien M. Koonce  —  sushi platter



Sake-cup_Guinomi---Lucien-M Koonce

Sake cup Guinomi — Lucien M Koonce



Lucien M Koonce



Lucien M Koonce footed ceramic tea cup

Lucien M Koonce footed tea cup



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

Maile Iwanaga — ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ porcelain sculpture



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

Maile Iwanaga — ‘Ikebana off the chain’



Mardi Wood

“Clay is my canvas”

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




‘Two Bulls’ slab teapot – Mardi Wood




Arctic shadow cups – Mardi Wood




Tulip bowl, red marks – Mardi Wood



Mardi-Wood-in-studio making a teapot

Mardi Wood



Maria De Castro


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



Maria-De-Castro--Roadrunner outdoor sculpture

Maria De Castro — ‘Roadrunner’




Maria-De-Castro--gallery photo

Maria De Castro




Raven-sculpture-Maria De Castro

Raven – Maria De Castro


Mark-Hendrickson-lidded ceramic-jar

    Mark Hendrickson lidded ceramic jar



            Mark Hendrickson


Miriam-Loory-Krombach lidded carved surface jar

Miriam Loory Krombach




Natasha Dikareva


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



Natasha Dikareva porcelain sculpture - Alice

‘Alice – Positive Anxiety’ — Natasha Dikareva

Escapists series 2015 – 20 17


morning_melts - Natasha-Dikareva ceramic figure in a bath

‘Morning Melts’ – Natasha Dikareva

Escapists series 2015 – 20 17


‘Sunset over Bay Bridge’  – Natasha Dikareva

Shell Dweller series 2010 -2012



Natasha Dikareva in gallery

Natasha Dikareva



‘Message from the Cloud’ – Natasha Dikareva




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

Nathan Ring ceramic tea cup



Nathan-Rrng-ceramic-bottle octopus motif

Nathan Ring ceramic bottle




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

Polar Bear Ceramic sculpture – Magie Smith Fleisher




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

Porcelain Seal – Magie Smith Fleisher




Rowan Harrison ceramic pot



Stephen Lashinski


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



‘Scholar Rock 5’ —– 2015—Stephen Lashinski




Scholar-Rock-9 sculpture - Stephen Lashinski

‘Scholar Rock 9’  – Stephen Lashinski



Scott Jennings


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


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

Scott Jennings – porcelain footed bowl



Scott Jennings




Scott Jennings porcelain mug


Ceramic cat sculpture – Karen Van Galder



Seated Woman —  Karen Van Galder



Karen Van Galder man in prayer sculpture

The Wiseman – Karen Van Galder


Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin


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


silkwood-glass-sculpture with etched pattern

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



Treg Silkwood and Candace Martin with glass pumpkin

Silkwood Glass



Silkwood-Treg_Driftwood-sculpture 2007

Treg Silkwood  ‘Driftwood’ glass sculpture


Siobhan Hughes

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


siobhan-hughes-Springs-Song glass sculpture

Siobhan Hughes – ‘Springs Song’ glass sculpture



‘Three Sisters’ – Siobhan Hughes



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

‘Sea Vessel’ – Siobhan Hughes




Smoky Moonlight hand painted glass panels--Paul Messink

‘Smoky Moonlight’ hand painted glass panels — Paul Messink



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

‘Trees in Twilight’ — Paul Messink




Tali Grinshpan-Of Innocence and Experience glass sculpture

Tali Grinshpan – ‘Of Innocence and Experience’ glass sculpture



Ceramic White-Casserole-by-Jan-Schachter

White Casserole by Jan Schachter



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

Yumiko Aso ceramic tea set







Fortuny Palazzo Museum


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

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


The artistic legacy of Mariano Fortuny


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




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


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


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

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

Backstage of La Scala Theater 1934

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


Mariano Fortuny oil on canvas

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

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



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

Bronze sculpture bust of Mariano Fortuny by Vincenzo Gemito – 1874




2015 Proportio exhibibition at Palazzo Fortuny

2015 Proportio exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice



mariano-fortuny-madrazo-The Merchants of Venice

‘Il mercante di Venezia’ – Mariano Fortuny Madrazo



Mariano-Fortuny,-red silk Dressing-Gown,

Red silk dressing gown, Delphos pleated dress – Mariano Fortuny




Anish Kapoor White Dark VIII,2000 ©JPGabriel

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

To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale till November 26





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

Current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


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

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

Palazzo Fortuny 2007



‘Artempo – where time becomes art’

Palazzo Fortuny 2007




La marchesa Luisa Casati  – Giovanni Boldini, 1908

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


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

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

Oil on canvas



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

Bakongo Fetish wood sculpture – Tullio Dainese flickr

Fortuny Palazzo



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



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

Fortuny Palazzo current 2017 exhibition ‘Intuition’


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

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



Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo

Wood carved sculpture bust Fortuny Palazzo



Classical Stone carved sculpture head

Stone carved sculpture head – Fortuny Palazzo


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

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

Photo – Jean-Pierre Gabriel – 2015

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


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

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




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

Fiona Kearney ‘Quivering, timeless beauty’ @PalazzoFortuny

Intuition exhibition 2017



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

‘Fortuny Bowl’ — June Schwarcz

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




Fortuny-ceramic Carafe-L'object

Fortuny ceramic Carafe-  L’objet




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



White and gold FORTUNY-Lamp-silk-Shade

Fortuny Lamp Shade



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

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

Venetia Studium


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

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice




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

John Galliano for Christian Dior – Tribute to Marchesa Luisa Casati


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

‘Artempo – where time becomes art’ 2007


Guido-Cadorin -nude-female-sculpture relief

Guido Cadorin – nude female sculpture relief

Palazzo Fortuny



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

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

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



Face relief sculpture

La Divina Marchesa exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny



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

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

4th—3th millennium

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017


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

Proportio Exhibition 2015



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


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

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



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



Mariano Fortuny


Fortuny designed theatre costume

Mariano Fortuny designed theatre costume




Maurizio Donzelli proportio mirror

Proportio Exhibition 2015



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



Pierre Alichinsky, ‘Cobra vivant’ 1975

photo ©JPGabriel

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017


Delicate printed silk velvet stage cortume 1920 Mariano Fortuny - Contessanally

Delicate printed silk velvet stage cortume 1920 – Mariano Fortuny




Three fortuny-bowls-L'objet

Fortuny bowls L’objet



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




Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Fortuny

Proportio Exhibition 2015




Hare Apparent’ installation of Izhkar Patkin

Photo Jean Pierre Gabriel

Proportio Exhibition 2015



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

Proportio Exhibition 2015



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

Renato Bertelli, Marchesa Casati sculpture bust, 1920.

Collezione Sgarbi Cavallini.


Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary-Intuition

Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary – Fortuny palazzo Intuition exhibition





 Luisa Casati portrait by John Augustus 

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition




 Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini 1914

Marchesa Casati with peacock pens Giovanni Boldini




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

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

The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition, Palazzo Fortuny



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

‘The Rare Vase’  —  Mariano-Fortuny




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

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



Alhembra Vaso_Fortuny3_Hermitage Museum

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



Veiled-Lady-sculpture bust--Antonio-Corradini

‘Veiled Lady’ sculpture bust– Antonio Corradini




The-Mendicant-Mariano-Fortuny pAINTING

‘The Mendicant’ — Mariano Fortuny



L'OBJET-Fortuny-4 CERAMIC Cereal-Bowls

L’Obbjet – Fortuny bowls



Encantador_de_serps ‘Hindu Snake Charmers’ – Mariano Fortuny

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




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

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




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

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




Hispano-Moresque-ceramic lustre ware----

Hispano Moresque ceramic lustre ware plate


Artempo where time-becomes-art Buddah statue

Buddha statue – Artempo where time becomes art exhibition





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

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

Fortuny palazzo ‘Intuition’ exhibition 2017



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

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

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





Calming ceramic vessels – greens, white, black


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Ceramic landscape recreation


Recently I’ve been using the above English countryside image as a wallpaper on my computer. The charcoal grey road winding down into a light infused valley flooded with tonal contrasts, towards distant dark mountains, projects a visceral calm. An alluring dichotomy exists between the optimism of the white flowering trees and innocence of the grazing sheep against the foreboding dark mountains in the background. Overall the impression is of the sublime and I decided to recreate this mood in a post with ceramic pieces of black and white and an assortment of greens. I favored a faded pallete and unglazed porcelains with matt surfaces and gentle textures to capture a relaxed feeling. Uncomplicated pieces, predominantly handmade, were also featured to enhance an organic appearance with an air of simplicity. I mainly favored porcelains for their durability and  being symbiotic with the endurance of the natural world. Images edited with ethereal misty contrasts that imitate the light diffusion that saturate landscapes were also used.


Rimma-Tchilingarian-two white-porcelain-vessels

Rimmam Tchilingarian white porcelain vessels




Steve-Leaning-ceramic-jug for Newton Pottery

Steve Leaning ceramic jug for Newton Pottery



Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel Puls Ceramics

Erna Aaltonen white ceramic ovoid vessel

Puls Ceramics



Monika Debus; Glazed Ceramic Vessel, 2013.

Monika Debus; matt glaze ceramic sculpture, 2013.




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

Rina Menardi’s collection of hand-made stoneware pieces


Ryota-Aoki - three white pitchers

Ryota Aoki – Three white porcelain pitchers




Ryota Aoki hexagonal cups


handmade bone-china-by-Caroline Swift

Handmade bone china home wares by Caroline Swift


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

Aqua series by Serax



Alied-Holman--Ah-Soulmates garden sculplture

Alied Holman — ‘Ah Soulmates’




Light Green Ceramic Creamer

via PotteryBySaleek on Etsy

Kahler-Mano- matt green ceramic Storage-Jar

Kahler Mano- matt pastel green ceramic Storage Jar




Ryota Aoki Pottery porcelain vessel

Ryota Aoki Porcelain vessel



Worn ceramic wares in a rustic setting

Rustic Ikebana – Beauty of Artifacts  — Author—Han



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

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



Ceramic pourers – Yoko Terai




Black and white Chawan by Wakako Senda




Ceramic bottle-by-Taizo-Kuroda

Whhite ceramic bottle – Taizo Kuroda



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

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



Elongated ovoid ceramic vessel-by-Taizo-Kuroda

White ceramic vessel by Taizo Kuroda



Daniel-Smith-green-ceramic canisters

Daniel Smith green ceramic canisters



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

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



Doodoriumi sky black Yukitsubo Ryota Aoki



White Dress-up-vases-by-Nendo

Dress up vases by Nendo



Elephant-Ceramics-white-ovoid plate

Elephant Ceramics white ovoid plate




Black and white ceramic cup – John Ward, UK



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

‘Emptiness Plate’ – Paola Navone for Merci, Milan


Three Eric-Bonnin-plates

Eric Bonnin plates




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

 Mint green lidded canisters

Etsy Shop Back Bay Pottery





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

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



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

Handmade Clay Casserole by JohnMcCoyPottery on Etsy




Jeff Mincham – Tea bowl on beach mangrove base



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

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




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

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

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




Ineke-van-Poppel ceramic bowl

Ineke van Poppel



Ingrid-Bathe-white ceramic-cup

Ingrid Bathe ceramic cup and saucer


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

Janaki Larsen, a female potter from Vancouver

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




Janaki Larsen – white ceramic ribbed vase




Jan-Lewin-Cadogan-elegant green-bowl

Jan Lewin Cadogan elegant green bowl

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




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


Jarjour-Pottery-sgraffito-black and white planter

Jarjour Pottery sgraffito black and white planter and dish, Australia



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

Thrown and Altered jar in green by Se Kim


John-Ward-green and brown ceramic-vase

John Ward




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

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



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

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



Kayoko-Hoshino-black ceramic sculptural-bowl

Kayoko Hoshino – black ceramic sculptural bowl



Kose Ceramics - Designer Rosaria RattinRattin

Kose Ceramics – Designer Rosaria Rattin, Milan

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


Laura-Strasser-fabric texture ceramic-dish

Laura Strasser fabric texture ceramic dish





Lenneke Wispelwey design —  teal  green and white ceramic vessels



Lindsay Rogers Ceramics black and white Zen plate

Lindsay Rogers Ceramics



Lucie Rie ceramic bowl

Lucie Rie




Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set

Maia Ming Designs Eva tea set ( Eva Ziesel inspired)




Angela-Mellor-bone-china translucent vessel

Bone china bowl by Angela Mellor—2013




Mike Jabbur Mug

MudFire Gallery



Noriko Ushio- ceramic pitcher



Oomori-Kenji wavt y surface vase

Oomori Kenji




Lidded-ceramic-bowls and green chilis

Lidded ceramic bowls and green chillies



Beauty of Artifacts  — Author—Han


black ceramic globular vessel on white stool

Black ceramic globular vessel ikebana


Shio-Kusaka-white-ceramic-porcelain vessel

Shio Kusaka porcelain vessel





Clémentine Dupré ceramic vessels




 green milk pitcher - studio pottery danish handmade by northvintage

Danish green milk pitcher




Rimma-Tchilingarian-design-studio ceramic vessel

Rimma Tchilingarian design studio vase



puls-ceramics-Erna-Aaltonen-ceramic vessel

Erna Aaltonen ceramic ovoid vessel



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

Romy Northover ceramic white bowl – ‘Moon Tide’

photography by FINRAZ



Ryota-Aoki-white porcelain-vases

Ryota Aoki white porcelain vases



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

Ryota Aoki Katakuchi porcelain bowls




Sara-Flynn-porcelain vessel

Sara Flynn



sarah-klassen-white porcelain-homewares

Sarah Klassen white porcelain homewares




White-Serax-stacked bowls

White-Serax bowls




Serax-green-ceramic homewares

Serax avocado green homewares



Big Sur Bowl #9 from Esther Studios



Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel

Sara Flynn Ceramics biomorphic ceramic vessel



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

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



Shiga-Shigeo-lidded-green-ceramic vessel

Shiga Shigeo




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

Kose Stem vase — Designer Rosaria Rattin



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

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




Tina-Vlassopulos-contemporary-ceramic vessel

Tina Vlassopulos contemporary ceramics



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

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





Tania Rolland



Yasha-Butler-ceramic bowl

Yasha Butler ceramics



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

Three porcelain mint green jugs — Emily Myers




Yasha Butler bowl set





Yasha Butler—Off Circle Vessels





Yasha Butler—Plateau and Spoon





White ceramic jug – Dove Street Pottery




YuliaTsukerman-Vanitas-Collection - white ceramic vessel set

Yulia Tsukerman ‘Vanitas’ Collection






Los Angeles ceramic sculptor – Beverly Morrison


Beverly-Morrison ceramic -sculptures- California

Beverly Morrison ceramic sculptures

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


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




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

‘Celestial Chaos’ by Beverly Morrison



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

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

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



‘Earth Mother’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



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

The ‘Gemini Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison portrait photo

Beverly Morrison



Beverly-Morrison Morphic series abstract ceramic sculpture

‘Morphic Series Shape C’ – Beverly Morrison

Height 12 inches



Female bust sculpture by Beverly Morrison

‘Asana’ – Beverly Morrison


‘Amused’ – Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



Meridian-Series-abstract sculpture -- Beverly-Morrison

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison




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

‘Meridian Series’ – Beverly Morrison


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



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

‘Lost in Translation’ — Beverly Morrison




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

‘The Seed ‘—Black Clay — Beverly Morrison

height 14.25 inches




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

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



Ceramic Leaf-Sculpture-by-Beverly-Morrison

‘Leaf Sculpture’ by Beverly Morrison



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

‘Growth’  — Beverly Morrison

height 16.5 inches

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

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




Growing Pains By Beverly Morrison naked emental figure sculpture

‘Growing Pains’ By Beverly Morrison




‘Sway’ — Wall Sculpture — Beverly Morrison



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

‘Waizu’ — In Cream–  Beverly Morrison



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

‘Yume’ In Silver – Beverly Morrison

9.5 inches



‘The Seed’  — Mixed Clay — Beverly Morrison




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

‘Yellow Woman’ — Beverly Morrison




‘Morphic Series Pair – In Black’ – Beverley Morrison

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



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

Beverly Morrison—Ceramic female nude sculpture




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

‘The Dyad –Twin Souls’ – Beverly Morrison




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



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

Morphic Series ‘The gathering’ by Beverly Morrison



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

‘Moon’ small wall sculpture  — Beverley Morrison



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

‘Release’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison

Height 32 inches

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





‘Otōto’ ceramic sculpture bottle with Brushwork – Beverly Morrison

height 7 3/8 inches



‘Saisho – In Deconstruction’ – Beverly Morrison




‘Sadness’ Sculpture by Beverly Morrison



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

‘Saisho’ —Mixed Clay Sculpture vessel – Beverly Morrison




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



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

‘The Bernini Sisters’  — Beverly Morrison



‘Mini Muses’ Series — Wall Sculpture – Beverly Morrison





PREVIOUS POST – Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris


Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris


Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris ceramic exhibition

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Les Journées de la Céramique  – ‘the ceramics days’ – 20th anniversary


In 1995, a group of ceramists and experts founded the Paris-Potier Association with the intention of creating an important ceramic event in Paris in an easily accessible place, to become a showcase for ceramics. The aim was to manifest a friendly outdoor program to present ceramic sculpture in the same light as day-to-day utility objects. The Paris-Potier team has continued as an association consisting of a dozen professional ceramists, who every year invite ceramic exhibitors to present a coherent, lively and renewed pottery gathering for the Parisian public.


100 ceramists : French and foreign
Shaded restaurant and Café Céramique (see video below)
Childrens’ workshop : Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Entrance Free

Dates 2017
Thursday 29th June, 1pm – 10pm
Friday 30th June, 11am – 8pm
Saturday 1st July, 11am – 8pm
Sunday 2nd July, 11am – 8pm

Place St-Sulpice, Paris 6eM 4 : St-Sulpice / Bus 63, 96 : St-Sulpice




Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - A girl holding a ceramic sculpture

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Annual ceramique market in Paris





Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris 2016

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Some of the ceramic artists participating in the show.



Ceramic sculpture – Brigitte Long

‘I like to give substance to matter-earth; It is my favorite support. I lead her, she carries me away; It is a game or a melee with matter, with fire. Model, transform, assemble, deform, paint, engrave, inhabit a space, open it and make it vibrate. Inspired by nature, the mineral and conscious of this reality so fragile and complex, I seek simplicity and the essential in the forms and the materials.’



Agnès-Coupey-glazed ceramic-table

Agnès Coupey – glazed ceramic table with steel legs




Ainsley Muraour




Alain Gaudebert French ceramicist



Anne Krog functional pottery



Rachel-Wood pottery bowl

Rachel Wood footed bowl

‘ I am inspired by the world around me…the colours, shapes and the textures of the landscape.’
‘ I want each pot to convey its own spirit and character…to have a pulse and a heartbeat. I want the marks to reflect the journey of exploration and learning in each pot, just as a wrinkle or dimple depicts expression and character in a human face.’



Armel-Hédé-contemporary-ceramics - pastel glaze vessel

Armel Hédé jar with incised surface




Armel Hédé — raku ovoid vessel



Armel Hédé at his studio

Armel Hédé



Armel-Hédé-lidded-jar earth tones

Armel Hédé lidded jar





Fabienne Auzolle – ceramic figure sculptures




Beatriz-Trepat-ceramic-bottles orange and brown

Beatriz Trepat ceramic bottles



Belhaj-Myriam-potière-platter with fish motif

Belhaj Myriam potière platter



Belhaj-Myriam-potière plate

Belhaj Myriam ceramic decor plate



Benedicte-Vallet-cream color ceramic-sculpture

Benedicte Vallet



bertholon-stephanie-light blue-vases reptile patterns

 Stephanie Bertholon – light blue porcelain vases, reptile skin patterns




Corinne Betton--ceramic-bowls

Corinne Betton–ceramic-bowls




Betton-Corinne-French ceramicist

Corinne Betton



'Big-Tree-Cloud' ceramic sculpture -Marianne Abergel

‘Big Tree Cloud’ ceramic sculpture – Marianne Abergel



bleue-carte-vessel-Philippe Buraud

Philippe Buraud  —  Terra sigillata bleue carte


Terra sigillata: the technique
Clays found in the nature are thoroughly mixed in a large quantity of rain water. Addition of sodium silicate favors the dispersion and decantation of heavy clay particles. After a long time of decantation (up to a month), only the upper very liquid part, which contains the finest clay particles, is kept. This liquid is used in successive thin layers to cover the dry raw clay body and polished in between each layer:  a technique very similar to Japanese lacquer. The remarkable shine of the finished piece is due to the alignment of the fine clay particles which reflect the light. The piece is then bisqued and smoked fired with wood. Depending on the nature of both the clay body and the terra sigillata, tensions may appear and will be revealed by the smoke firing process. Warm and transparent colors range from white to black through all the color palette of natural ochre.


Françoise-Nugier ceramic lidded jar

Françoise Nugier ceramic lidded jar




Jean François Bourlard



Jean-François-Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel

Jean François Bourlard ceramic sculpture vessel



Bouteilles-et-bol-Stéphanie Gamby

Bouteilles et bol – Stéphanie Gamby



Brigitte-Labb,-ceramic poly-chrome sculpture

Brigitte Labb, sculpture




Brigitte Penicaud



Britta-Mikasch-ceramic-jugs in black and white

Britta Mikasch ceramic jugs




Britta Mikasch-ceramic vase and bottles



bustier-pascal-jaouenPascal Jaouen, an embroiderer, for whom the earthenware company created in 2008 a faience bustier for his 2008 collection presented at the Festival de Cornouaille

Faience bustier by Pascal Jaouen, made by  the earthenware company Henriot, created in 2008 for the Festival de Cornouaille




Françoise Nugier cache pots




Cardona-Jacqueline-André rooster platter

Cardona Jacqueline André – three roosters motif platter




Christian-Bourceau tea bowl

Christian Bourceau tea bowl



ceramicist-Alex-Standen three cups

Alex Standen three cups




Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp

Ceramic vase by Job Heykamp



Dutch ceramicist Job Heykamp




Ceramist-Jane-Reumert sculpture vessel

Danish ceramist Jane Reumert



Christine-Fabre-crimson ceramic-sculpture

Christine Fabre




Christina Guwang ceramic cup




Christine Fabre



cirque-5---Marianne Abergel ceramique

‘Cirque 5’  — Marianne Abergel



coupe-bleue-2-Marianne Abergel French ceramics

Coupe Bleue 2 – Marianne Abergel



cruche_2-Beatriz-Trepat cerazmic jug

Beatriz Trepat ceramic jug



Delphine Dardare-ceramic-vessels

Delphine Dardare



Richard Dewar--ceramic-sculptures

Richard Dewar — ceramic sculptures



Dominique-Bajard-ceramic sculpture France

Dominique Bajard sculpture



Dupuy-Thierry pottery vase

Thierry Dupuy



Elvira-Keller-Altri-Mondi ceramic sculpture

Elvira Keller — Altri Mondi




Fanny Acquart Gensollen ceramic jewelry



Françoise-Chaussy-ceramic art vases

Françoise Chaussy ceramic art vases




Francoise Dufayard



Françoise-Nugier-ceramic-vase abstract glaze decoration

Françoise Nugier ceramic vase



Les Journées de la Céramique - Paris - head sculptures

Les Journées de la Céramique – Paris



Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert ceramique sculptures




Gaudebert-Alain--ceramic polychrome vase

Alain Gaudebert — ceramic sculpture vase



Guy-Honoré--contemporary sculpture

Guy Honoré — contemporary sculpture



Gaëlle-Guingant-Convert ceramic -ribbed-sculpture

Gaëlle Guingant-Convert



Héloïse-Bariol-ceramic art -plate

Bariol Héloïse




Hélène Loussier porcelain figurine





Hemery Gwenael – abstract ceramic vase



Heloise-Bariol-ceramic dish greens and peach colors

Heloise Bariol ceramic dish



ceramics on display-Myriam-Belhaj

Myriam Belhaj




Jean Francois Thierion




Jean Francois Thierion with paint gun



Jérôme-Galvin-ceramic-vase with fixes and birds

Jérôme Galvin – ceramic vase



Jérôme Galvin



Joly-Didier-pottery-free form vase

Didier Joly – free form ceramic vase




Kaori Kurihara ceramic sculpture



Michel Lanos abstract-ceramics

Michel Lanos ceramic abstractions



Large conical bowl---Rachel-Wood-Gallery

Large conical bowl — Rachel Wood




Pierre Dutertre and Stephanie Gamby



lLaure Giraudaud-biomorphic-sculptures

Laure Giraudaud biomorphic sculptures




Laurent Dufour




Les Journées de la Céramique workshop



Louise Gardelle-pottery-jug naked lady motif

Louise Gardelle ceramic jug with naked lady motif




Marc Michel Gabali---ceramic contemporary vase

Marc Michel Gabali



Marie Pierre Meheust_boat-sculpture

Marie Pierre Meheust



Marie Sophie André-ceramic-figure-sculpture


Marie Sophie André ceramic figure sculpture



Martine Le Fur-céramiste--ceramic-sculpture

Martine Le Fur



Maya Micenmacher-ceramic-plates

Maya Micenmacher



Marie-Sophie-André ceramic abstract sculpture

Marie Sophie André



Michel Le Gentil_ceramic sculpture vase

Michel Le Gentil




Michel Gardelle



Mireille Moser-pottery-vase

Mireille Moser



Mireille Moser green vase

Mireille Moser




Monika Debus céramique sculpture



Monika Debus céramique sculpture green and black

Monika Debus céramique sculpture



Myriam Chemla hand painted porcelain



Nani Champy Schott--cup

Nani Champy Schott




Nani Champy Schott





Francoise Nugier pottery vase



Marianne-Abergel ceramic sculpture

Marianne Abergel




Rozenn Bigot




Sarah Clotuche



Stéphanie Raymond-mother child -plate

Stéphanie Raymond – mother child ceramic plate




Ule Ewelt




Vase bleu – Aline Lafollie ceramique



café céramique from Luc Riolon on Vimeo.



NEXT POST  —  Los Angeles ceramic sculptor – Beverley Morrison


Venice contemporary and modern art



Giancarlo-Franco-Tramontin,-white marble contemporary sculpture

Giancarlo Franco Tramontin

Venice Biennial 2013


The Venice Biennial beginning


In 1895, Riccardo Selvatico, the mayor of Venice conceived the ambitious idea to have a permanent international contemporary art exhibition, where artists from primarily Europe, were invited to participate. As it gradually evolved in the early 20th century and was held on a biennial basis, influential countries at this time desired their own art pavilions, which was granted, and they flourished in the Giardini, the public gardens of Venice initiated by Napoleon.
The contemporary and visionary direction of the Biennial was reinforced in 1948, after a 6 year hiatus due to WW2. It restarted with an exhibition of Cubist and Surrealist trends including a retrospective of Picasso (his first appearance at the Biennale at age 67) and works by artists Ernst, Dali, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Giacometti and Mondrian.  The Biennale has continued to exhibit avant-garde art, including the introduction of abstract expressionism in the 1950’s and recognizing PopArt in the 60‘s. In 1956 there was a significant Impressionist Exhibition which presented works by Monet, Sisley, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. The French Pavilion lined up personal collections of Maillol, Braque, and Chagall while the British Pavilion brought Turner and Henry Moore to Venice.



Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, 'Folly,' in the British Pavilion.Credit Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, ‘Folly,’ in the British Pavilion.

Photo – Gianni Cipriano, Venice Biennale 2017


There are now over 90 international pavilions that feature contemporary art during the Venice Biennial art show along with numerous other gallery spaces that populate the labyrinth of Venice.The Biennale is open from May to November and is the oldest and largest biennale, making it one of the most prestigious international events in the contemporary art world today.
The main exhibit of the Biennale is located in the Giardini, a sprawling park that features a large Central Pavilion housing the works curated by the festival’s director. Every Biennale is curated by a different director, who chooses the theme along with the exhibits for the Central Pavilion (the original site of the Biennale) and in the Arsenale, the historic fortress-like shipyard and armory from the era when Venice was a major world power.

The grandeur of the centuries old architecture of Venice, featuring enchanting Gothic, Byzantine, and Moorish influenced palaces and mixed with buildings of charm and huge warehouse galleries, densely planted on its winding canals, provides an intriguing and striking contrariety for showcasing contemporary, cutting edge art and installations. The  Biennale remains a premier destination for art enthusiasts.

The 57th International Art Exhibition – Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be open until Sunday 26 November 2017.



Palazzo delle Esposizioni Giardini, Venezia, 2009

Photo: Giorgio Zucchiatti




Nigeria-Peju-Alatise-Flying-Girls-2017 -- Photo-Courtesy-Peju-Alatise-noresize Nigerian-Pavilion-installation

Nigeria artist Peju Alatise – ‘Flying Girls’ at the Nigerian Pavilion

Venice Biennial 2017 — Photo Peju Alatise



Maiastra-bronze sculpture--Constantin-Brancusi

‘Maiastra’ — Constantin Brancusi

Peggy Guggenheim Collection



55th-venice-biennale-2013-Marc-Quinn sculptural head

Marc Quinn sculptural head

55th Venice Biennale. 2013



Shoja Azarii – Frame from video narrative ‘Banquette of Houries (King Of Black)’ retelling Iranian Nizami Ganjavi’s epic poem, Haft Pyykar (Seven Beauties)



Roberto Cuoghi - 'Il Palazzo Enciclopedico'

Roberto Cuoghi – ‘Belinda’

‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ 55th Venice biennale 2013




Benedictine Monks Contemplate Perspective—John Pawson




Tony Cragg – ‘Secretions’ 

Ca’ Pesaro – Gallery of Modern Art – 2005



Subodh Gupta,-'Hungry Gods' Palazzo Grassi

Subodh Gupta,-‘Hungry Gods’

Palazzo Grassi


Art Biennale exhibition, Venice 1964. Sculpture – Standing, Vertical, Voluptuous

Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche-Getty Images



A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finnish Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978Photo by Adriano AlecchiMondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

A boat with two oars made of tree roots and soil by Finn, Olavi Lanoo,Venice 1978

Photo by Adriano Alecchi Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)



Cindy-Sherman sculpture doll

Cindy Sherman



Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture Venice Biennial

Sarah Lucas bronze sculpture

Venice Biennial 2015





3d printed sculpture – Zaha Hadid



‘Guardians of Time’ – Manfred Kili Kielnhofer




At the Correr Museum in Venice, 'Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno'. This is a Roman replica from Hadrian's era of a 1st century Greek original.

 ‘Gruppo di Leda e il Cigno’  – Roman replica 0f 1st Century Greek original

At the Correr Museum in Venice,



Bill-Viola-Emergence -- Renaissance--Carpaccio

Bill Viola ‘Emergence’  — Renaissance–Carpaccio



Blue-Star-Linz---Otto-Piene monumental abstract sculpture

‘Blue Star Linz’ — Otto Piene


Tree sculpture - Celeste Boursier Mougenot--French-pavilion

Celeste Boursier Mougenot — French pavilion



Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang Iron Wolves. At the center of the copy of Michelangelo's Pietà. They symbolize the art and religious persecution insecurity.

Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang ‘Iron Wolves’ at the center of the copy of Michelangelo’s Pietà




Chris-Ofili-paintings Biennale-di-Venezia

Chris Ofili paintings

Biennale di Venezia



‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ — Damien Hirst – 2017 Venice Biennial – ‘Vive Arte Viva’

189 treasures retrieved from the ocean floor —  ‘Treasures tap into a desire for belief, for a connection with the past’,  – Damien Hirst

‘Somewhere between lies and truth lies the truth’



Damien-Hirst-The-warrior-and-the-Bear scuylpture

The warrior and the Bear’ – Damien Hirst



damien-Damien Hirst’s ‘Demon with Bowl’hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable-venice-art-biennale_Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana Photo Prudence Cuming

Damien Hirst’s ‘Diablo with Bowl’ — Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

Photo Prudence Cuming




Damien Hirst-Treasures-from-the-wreck-Unbelievable-venice-art-biennal-Headless Diablo with bowl

Headless Diablo with bowl – Damien Hirst




‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar ¥o-landi’ Mauro Eugenio Atzei - flickr

‘Aspect of Katie Ishtar Yo-landi’ – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr




‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



Damien Hirst-in Venice Save fantasy--Aten, Punta-della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save Fantasy 2017 — ‘Aten’

Punta-della Dogana



Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy Lion Women of Mayor Asit, Punta della Dogana

Damien Hirst in Venice Save fantasy ‘Lion Women of Asit Mayor ‘

Punta della Dogana



Damien-Hirst--'Sphinx'-white sculpture

Damien Hirst–‘Sphinx’


‘Taking the Mickey’ – Damien Hirst



'Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable' Barnacle Goofy sculpture

‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ Barnacle Goofy sculpture – Damien Hirst



'Hydra and Kali' - Damien Hirst - sculpture of Kali in battle with Hydra

‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable Blue male sculpture

Blue sculpture bust – Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi at entrance to the Grand Canal


Dea-Alata with jade insert wings - Damien Hirst -- Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei--f;ickr

‘Dea Alati’ gold bust – Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr



Mayan aztec time disc - Damien Hirst

Mayan disk – Damien Hirst



Underwater ‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



‘Hydra and Kali’ Damien Hirst



Medusa-Verde--Damien Hirst-Mauro-Eugenio-Atzei-f;ickr

‘Medusa Verde’ –Damien Hirst

Mauro Eugenio Atzei – flickr




damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable - bronze head

Bronze head – Damien Hirst



Divers discover ancient solar art head

Solar head sculpture  ‘Sun Disc’  – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable



Damien-Hirst-gold-sun disc

Solar head sculpture ‘Sun Disc’ – ‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’ – Damien Hirst





damien-hirst-underwater treasures-from-the-wreck-unbelievable

Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’



Damien Hirst -‘Treasures from the wreck Unbelievable’



Elisabetta-di-Maggio-Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth MayVenezia Contemporanea

Elisabetta di Maggio – Lotus leaf stabilized and hand-cut with a scalpel.Elizabeth

Venezia Contemporanea



Diego Perrone, ‘Vittoria (Adolfo Wildt)’

Venice Biennale—2013



Henry Moore bronze sculptures at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice

Henry Moore bronze sculptures

Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice



Hirst's 'Five Grecian Nudes', 'Five Antique Torsos', and 'Grecian Nude (three versions)'. (Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst’s ‘Five Grecian Nudes’, ‘Five Antique Torsos’, and ‘Grecian Nude (three versions)’

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates



Roberto Cuoghi Imitation-Of-Christ--57th-Venice-Biennial

 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017


 ‘Imitation Of Christ’ — Roberto Cuoghi

57th Venice Biennial, 2017


Marc Quinn´s sculpture The Overwhelming World of Desire was part of the Statements 7 exhibition

Marc Quinn’s sculpture ‘The Overwhelming World of Desire’ was part of the Statements 7 exhibition




Max Klinger and Gustav Klimt

Max Klinger life size bronze sculpture of ‘Badende’  (Bather) Black and Gustav Klimt- ‘Juddith II’ –Salome



Mist, 2014 jaume-plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography by jonty wilde the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

‘Mist’  – Jaume Plensa – Venice Biennale

Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

photography by Jonty Wilde



Alberto Giacometti,-Place-(détail),-1947-1948

Alberto Giacometti, ‘Place’ – 1947-1948

Peggy Guggenheim Museum




Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo – ‘The Flower Maidens’

Palazzo Fortuny art museum, Venice




All the World’ Futures Occupations Discoveries,installation by Brazilian artist Antonio Manu

Gabriel Bouys – AFP Getty-Images

Venice Biennial 2015



Urs Fischer's facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s 'The rape of the sabine women', executed in candle wax with wicks, at Venice art Biennale, 2011.

Urs Fischer’s facsimile of Giovanni Giambologna’s ‘The rape of the sabine women’, executed as a self destructing wax candle sculpture

Venice art Biennale, 2011.




Mirko (bronze) ‘Leone urlante II’ 1956. Peggy Guggenheim Museum garden Venice

Venice Peggy Guggenheim Museum





Chariot’ — Fritz Koenig


Peggy Guggenheim Museum



Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection-Mimmo-Paladino-(b.-1948),-The Cloven Viscount, Bronze

Mimmo Paladino– ‘The Cloven Viscount’, Bronze

Peggy Guggenheim Collection




Alexander Calder

Peggy Guggenheim Collection


Photo-richard-ivey-courtesy michael-werner-new-york-london--venice-art-biennale_The Golden Tower by James Lee Byars

Venice art biennale — ‘The Golden Tower’ by James Lee Byars

Photo – Richard Ivey courtesy Michael Werner-NY, London




Female head painting Mountain Angel Sergey_Smirnov_Venice_2002

‘Mountain Angel’  – Sergey Smirnov

Venice 2002



Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Italian Albanian artist Helidon Xhixha’s iceberg installation for the Serbian Arab Republic pavilion.

Venice Biennial 2015



the-dancing-satyrs---Lucio-Bubacco glass sculpture

Lucio Bubacco glass sculpture – ‘The Dancing Satyrs’



The End of Carrying All' by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu--Pavilion of the Nations venice-biennale-arte-2015 Andrea MerolaEPA)

‘The End of Carrying All’ by Kenyan artist Wangeti Mutu

Pavilion of the Nations Venice Biennale 2015

Photo Andrea Merola EPA



The inflatable sculpture 'Breath' (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn,

The inflatable sculpture ‘Breath’ (2012), by the artist Marc Quinn



The-multi-material-sculpture-The-Cave-Painter-by-Toronto-artist Shary-Boyle

 Multi material sculpture ‘The Cave Painter’ by Toronto artist Shary Boyle



The-Robing-of-the-Bride-Maz-Ernst-1940 Peggy-Guggenheim-Collection,-Venice

‘The Robing of the Bride’ -Max Ernst, 1940

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice




‘The Weatherman’— Max Ernst


Immagine di Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venezia



Together-Jaume Plensa-venice-art-biennale-photography-by-jonty-wilde

‘Together’ – Jaume Plensa- Venice biennale

photography by Jonty Wilde



Urs Fischer-at-the-Palazzo-Grassi-Spinoza Rhapsody

Urs Fischer  – ‘Spinoza Rhapsody’

Palazzo Grassi




 Chiharu Shiota’s ‘The Key in the Hand’ the feature installation of the Japanese Pavillion. Thousands of donated keys are suspended over an interwoven length of string.

Venice Biennale 2015



Vetro-d’artista glass sculpture-Lucio-Bubacco

Vetro d’artista glass sculpture – Lucio Bubacco, Murano

Photo – Norbert Heyl




William Barton and Djakapurra Munyarryun at the Australian pavilion with art by Fiona Hall in the background.

Venice Biennale 2015




Zaha Hadid suspended sculptures




Zaha Hadid sculpture – Venice architecture biennale 2012 “Common ground”



'Tempera' - Francesco Hayez 1817 - Museo Correr, Venice

‘Tempera’ – Francesco Hayez

1817 – Museo Correr, Venice







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Indigenous ethnic potteries – Maghreb and Central America


A diverse collection of tribal ethnic pottery art from Central America (Costa Rica, Panamá, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) and the North African Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia).


Central America


Costa Rica

The remnant indigenous Chorotega potters of the Guanacaste/Nicoya region of northwest Costa Rica, since the pre-European contact era until present, continue creating their distinctive oven baked and painted (with natural slips) art pottery. Some of these Indian pottery pieces are re-creations of their ancestors’ archeological objects, while other objects are more contemporary, but always informed by their pre-Columbian aesthetic.


ceramic tripod 'chocolatera''pot Costa Rica

Ceramic tripod ‘chocolatera’ pot, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu


Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica

Vintage Chorotega Indians pottery handmade vase Costa Rica




chorotega-handmade-pottery-vessel with bird relief figure

Chorotega Indian pottery vessel, Costa Rica

Galeria Namu



Mnkey motif ceramic pot PEFi ceramic

Monkey motif ceramic vase – PEFI Ceramics

Costa Rica



Carved mask with painting by two great artists of the Brunka Tribe don Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Carved mask with painting by two  artists of the Brunka Tribe-  Ismael Gonzalez and his son Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu


Hand decorated, quality eco-tile. Made in Santa Barbara de Heredia,Costa Rica by Patricia Bedoya.

Galeria Namu


Beautiful-figurine-of-Ocelote-carved-in-Tagua nutOcelote figurine carved from Tagua nut



Brunka tribe-This spectacular Coatimundi figure made from balsa wood and the 'jícara' fruit shell. Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Brunka tribe-Carved wood Coatimundi figure with the ‘jícara’ fruit shell.

Painting by Paco Lazaro Fernandez and carved by his mother Loli Lazaro Fernandez

Galeria Namu



Boruca-pottery kiln,-indigenous-tribe of-Costa-Rica

Boruca tribe pottery kiln, Costa Rica




PEFI-Ceramics water jug with fruit decoration

PEFI Ceramics water jug, Costa Rica




Forest Cat mask- Brunka tribe - carved and painted by the artist Melvin Gonzalez.

Forest Cat mask- Brunka tribe – carved and painted by the artist Melvin Gonzalez.

Galeria Namu



Squat Ceramic-pot-with ancient motifs with contemporary design

Amerindian Pot with ancient motifs and contemporary design

Galeria Namu


Goblet Pair From the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres

Colourful Goblet Pair from the PEFI collection by Cecilia Facio de Figueres



model-of-a-ceremonial-grinding-stone - Chorotega-indigenous-art

Chorotega indigenous art collection –  A model of a jaguar ceremonial grinding stone

Galeria Namu




Costa Rica Pottery Vase w Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro

Costa Rica Pottery Vase with Etched Turtle Design Signed Mauro



indigenous-Chorotega-pottery using-only-natural-mineral-slips

Indigenous Chorotega pottery figure using only natural mineral slips

Galeria Namu



Cherries cookie-jar-A-splash-of-tropical-colour-for-your-kitchen

Cherries cookie jar – PEFI ceramics




Female ceramic figure sculpture – Noble woman of Nicoya–Guanacaste




Colorful Sushi Plate from PEFI Ceramic collection. By Cecilia Facio





Costa Rican Cultural Mask–Hummingbird on flower




Chorotega indigenous art Jaguar Pot. Hand-made by talented artisans of this native group of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Galeria Namu


Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe - Costa Rica

Traditional decorative plate by Chorotega Tribe






carved-ivory-nut-hermit-crab hand painted

Wounaan carved ivory nut hermit crab, Panama

Galeria Namu



Hand carved owl sculpture

Hand carved owl



Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid

Wounaan handwoven basket features a carved tagua nut hummingbird hovering and feeding on its lid



French-Angelfish-Figurine-tagua-sculpture Wounaan-tribe-of-Panama

French Angelfish Figurine tagua sculpture Wounaan tribe of Panama



Woven lidded pot with frog handle - Costa Rican Wounaan tribe

Handwoven lidded pot – Panama Wounaan tribe







Chimenea de barro - photo Rudy Giron

Chimenea de barro – Guatemalan Ceramic Garden/Patio Heater

Rudy Giron Photography



Flower motif coffee cup--Guatemala

Flower motif coffee cup–Guatemala



Carved jade sculptural head – Museos de Casa Santo Domingo



Mayan-ceramic-pot replicas-guatemala

Mayan ceramic replica -Guatemala



Pottery,-following-old-Mayan-traditions - in Guatemala

Mayan pottery traditions in Guatemala




Guatemalan basket weaver


Guatemalan ceramic platter

Guatemalan ceramic platter





Historically, the country’s most important handicrafts have been in the production of pottery and objects made of twisted, knotted, spun and woven plant fibers, especially ropes, baskets, textiles, and mats. The Mesoamerican peoples that lived in the Honduran territory at the time of the Spanish conquest, the Chortis, Chorotegas and Lencas, developed a highly sophisticated level of pottery, ranging from the simplest products for daily use to the most intricate ceremonial objects. The Lenca pottery arts is a testimony to the pottery tradition of Honduras and its activity is reserved for women in the community, popularly called loceras. The process of creation and painting is done by hand using old techniques where no artificial ingredients are used, the colors used favor organic pigments which are obtained through natural procedures. After a piece is molded, it is left for a few days in the sun and once dry, it is placed in an outdoor adobe oven.




Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras

Acta De Honduras



black and white Lenca pottery

Indigenous Lenca tribe pottery, Honduras

Galeria Namu



Lenca contemporary pottery Honduras



Lenca plate Honduras



Black and white lenca-woman-flower-vase_

Lenca woman flower vase





lenca black and white vase

Lenca black and white vase



Lenca contemporary plate – Alessandra Foletti




Lenca-ceramic-bottle in black and white

Lenca ceramic abstract striped bottle

Galeria Namu



Honduros Lenca pottery adobe kiln

Lenca adobe kiln



lenca-vase black and white

Honduran Lenca lizard motif vase



Orange and black Lenca pottery vessel

Lenca pottery vessel




Honduras-Lenca-Pottery vase

Honduras Lenca Pottery vase




Indigenous Lenca pottery artist Maria Amgadalena

La Arada, Valle in Honduras.





Handmade-Nicaragua Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Sgraffito fish motif pot Artisan San Juan de Oriente

Handmade in Nicaragua



Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero Nicaragua

Pottery Vase by Miguel Angel Calero




Sgraffito turtle  motif pot by San Juan de Oriente





Costa Rican ceramic plate







In North Africa, wheel-thrown pottery made by men dates from the 7th century B.C. when the Phoenicians introduced the potter’s wheel to the Algerian coast. Handbuilt pottery made by women, including those from the Kabyle, an older, probably indigenous tradition, dates back 2000 years before the birth of Christ. Pottery and ceramics are handmade in simple kilns, and then painted using natural-made paints and dyes, applied manually by the fingers of the women who make them. This advanced and meticulous way of “finger-painting” pottery is a prized example of Algerian art made by indigenous artisans and fine craftsmen.


Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria19th_century

Kabyle (Berber) pottery double vessel from northeastern Algeria

19th century

By cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons.



gargoulette poterie kabyle berbère ideqqi algérie kabylie algerian pottery

Kabylie Algerian pottery jug



Berber water vessel, with geometric motif - Kabylie, Algeria

Berber water vessel, Kabylie, Algeria



Kabyle peoples jar – Ceramic and pigment vessel with the head of an animal from Algeria

!9th Century

National Museum of African Art, Washington DC




Algerian Kabylia pottery vessel




Algerian Kabyle oil lamp




Handpainted Kabyle pot



Kabyle-(Berber)-Pottery-North eastern-Algeria

Kabyle (Berber) Pottery, Algeria



Algerian pottery - The-National-Excellence-Centre-for-Ceramics-in-Tipaza,-Algeria


The National Excellence Centre for Ceramics in Tipaza, Algeria





Women’s pottery from the Rif, a mountainous area of Morocco,  whose roots go back to the Neolithic, is considered part of the World Cultural Heritage, due to its great anthropological artistic value. In the Taounate province, due to the risk of this tradition disappearing, the organisation Innovarte initiated a project aimed at preserving the trading and revival of all the repertoires of their crafts. It also included improving the women’s working conditions and enhancement of production techniques. Also the design of new collections are encouraged along with support for commercialization.




pottery from the Rif, Taounate

Pottery from the Rif, Taounate





Terracotta pottery vessel from the Rif mountains, Al Hoceima




Women’s-pottery-from-the-Rif,-Taounate Morocco

Women’s pottery from the Rif, Taounate, Morocco




Rif pottery vessel

Rif pottery at Chefchaouen

Photo – David K. Edwards




Women’s pottery vessel  – Rif, Taounate



Women’s-pottery tea pot - Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan hand painted pottery vessels – Rif, Taounate



Female potter-from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Moroccan female potter from the Rif, Taounate




Chefchaouen,-Morocco's-Blue-Pearl - pottery vessel

Chefchaouen blue pottery vessel, Morocco




Lidded pottery jar from-the-Rif,-Taounate

Lidded pottery jar – Rif, Taounate



Rif,-Taounate female potters

Moroccan Rif  Taounate female potters



Moroccan Ceramics-of-the-Rif

Moroccan Ceramics of the Rif



Hand painted Pottery from the Rif in Morocco

Hand painted Moroccan Rif pottery



jade green Moroccan storage jars

Large jade green Moroccan storage jars



rif-alhoceima tea set

Moroccan Rif Al Hoceima tea set





The coastal town of Nabeul is an ancient pottery center in Tunisia.



Large baluster ceramic pots in Nabeul, Tunisia

Large baluster pottery in Nabeul




Dennis-Jarvis-flickr--Tunisian-pot with twin fishes motif

Tunisian pot with twin fishes and calligraphy motif

Dennis Jarvis – flickr



Vintage Jug-Vase-Nabeul-Tunisia

Vintage Jug-Vase from Nabeul, Tunisia



South-of-Tunisia-Village of Tataouine,-Tunisia

Village of Tataouine, Southern Tunisia



Duel fish motif platter Tunisia

Square twin fish motif platter, Tunisia



Amphora island of Djerba in TunisiaAmphora ovoid vessel, mosaic style twin fish motif

Island of Djerba in Tunisia




Vase-céramique.-Nabeul 1930's

Tunisian geometric design ceramic vase

Nabeul, Tunisia – 1930’s







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