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Transcendent Sacred Ground


The Breadknife, Warrumbungle National Park-----Alan Wigginton

‘The Breadknife’, Warrumbungle National Park, Australia



Our extraordinary planet is truly blessed with many fascinating locations of natural power and visual intrigue filled with earthly empowerment and uplifting terrains.

Sacred sites are typically parts of the natural landscape such as rocky outcrops, hills, springs, caves, trees, ridges, gorges and mountains. They are frequently in remote and secluded locations with distinctive features and appearance, sometimes highlighted by monoliths, pinnacles, geometry, light, water and other unique aspects. They serve as a focal point for ceremonies, celebration, worship, pilgrimage, contemplation and seeking blessings. Sacred landscapes tend to have an otherworldly visage and create a sense of timelessness and detachment which can assist in raising a visitors consciousness.


Granite monolith at Mt Kinabalu

Ecstatic granite monolith at Mt Kinabalu, Borneo



‘Antara’(Infinity) – a pair of prominent rock holes aligned in parallel that mark the passage of creator beings.  With a  rock formation that depicts outstretched fingers on the edge.

APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Ranges

South Australia



Blue Canyon---Arizona

Blue Canyon—Arizona



Granite Dome

 Granite Dome – Erika Sharpe

Girraween National Park, Queensland


Natural rock formation at Hanging Rock

Natural rock formation at Hanging Rock, Victoria

Mildly Extreme



Rock pool Karijini-National-Park,

Rock pool,  Karijini National Park




Mt. Alkhanai, a sacred mountain to the Buryats people, Siberia

Natural stone archway on Mt. Alkhanai, a sacred mountain to the Buryats people



Cinque Torri — Luca Campigotto

These inspiring modernist peaks are what I would expect to be towering over the north of Italy in the Dolomites





Lodge Rifugio (bottom left)

Tofane Mountains  2137-metres



Sleeping Lady, Mount Sustina, Anchorage



Geometric Rock Art, Atlas Mountains



The ‘Mushroom’ rock in Wadi Rum desert, Jordan




Dalwallinu–Buntine Rocks. Profile of a woman with cascading hair.




 Atlas Mountains Petroglyph – Eliptical spirals carved into the rock face.




Caesarea Pilgrimage stone arches

Caesarea Pilgrimage stone arches



Pulka Karrinya Sacred shard, Mount Wedge, Australia

Site where the Tjapaltjarri and Napaltjarri Rainbow Serpent spirits dwell.


Red fox in front of the Vilyuchik Volcano,

Resting red fox in front of the Vilyuchik Volcano, Russia



NASA's-Curiosity rover on the summit-of Mount Sharp

NASA’s Curiosity rover on the summit of Mount Sharp, Mars



Pilbara Petroglyph -- Photo by Doug Fost

Pilbara Petroglyph — Photo by Doug Fost



Nyungar Owl Stone at Red Hill

Photo Ken Macintyre


pointed desert dock

Howling wolf pointed desert dock

New Mexico




Prehistoric Temple site

Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland



Sacred Mount Alkhanai,, Siberia

Sacred Mount Alkhanai, Siberia

The Mongols, Shamans, Buddhists and indiginous Buryats circumambulate this mountain



Cape LeGrande-National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park




Large carved stone, nestling on the slopes of Wangsan, 0n one of the peaks in the Jirisan region (Korea)

 A giant turtle-shaped rock weighing 127 tonnes and is carved with ornate designs. It rests flat against the mountainside, and is said to be a strong Chi source.



Pilliga Forest sculpture




Carved Magdala stone

Sea of Galilee, Israel, 70AD



De Na Zin-Wilderness Area

De Na Zin Wilderness Area

New Mexico


Natural Moai profile

Hanging Rock, Victoria


Dragon Rock, Lake Baikal



Hiro Nishikawa–Weirs Creek

The Crag



Group of carved mantra stones and objects left by pilgrims.

The custom of placing a pilgrim stone or memorial at a holy place or along its  path is an ancient practice in both the East and West.



stone monument Japan

Ancient stone monument, Japan



submerged Kadadora Viharaya lies under the waters of the Kotmale reservoir

Kadadora Viharaya lies under the waters of the Kotmale reservoir

Sri Lanka



Kangaroo Island ancient rock

Black mica, bluish quartz, and pinkish feldspar comprise most of the granite of the ‘Remarkable Rocks’

Kangaroo Island



Kelly Thorpe climbing K9 Stroll-Cambuslang

Kelly Thorpe climbing K9 Stroll, Cambuslang



King Neptune, Pinnacles Desert



Landscapes Electric by Joshua Cripps (US) Stirling Falls, New Zealand

‘Landscapes Electric’ by Joshua Cripps (US)

Stirling Falls, New Zealand



large hoodoo at Little Egypt

Large hoodoo (used to refer to an eroded pinnacle of rock) at Little Egypt




ceramic books Lotte Glob

Ceramic books created by artist Lotte Glob


Markawasi (Marcahuasi) Plateau is located high in the Andes Mountains

Markawasi Stone Forest Plateau is located high in the Andes Mountains



‘Fist Of God’ – Mark Goff

Paria Rimrocks – Utah



Three Goanna’s Pool





Zen And The Art Of Climbing



‘Garden Of The Gods’

Colorado Springs. USA



Uluru, Australia


Rock puppy at pool

Desert Queen Baths Gorge


rock face wadjina cave at the Grampians

Wadjina cave at The Grampians




Ochre Pits in the West MacDonnell Ranges

Ochre Pits at the Inarlanga Pass

West MacDonnell Ranges, South Australia



Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall

Oxaca, Mexico



Wilsons Promontory skull rock

‘Skull Rock’

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria



Christian Fletcher Gallery - The Remarkables--Kangaroo Island

‘The Remarkables’ –Kangaroo Island, SA

Christian Fletcher Gallery



The Sarma Gorge Buryatia-Lake Baikal Olkhon Island

Lake Baikal Olkhon Island

The Sarma Gorge, Buryatia, Siberia



Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park




Sacred Anvil – Uran Dushe Mountain



Visiting the highest caves at Chimphu---said to bestow blessings

Padmasambhava Samye Chinpu caves



Warrumbungle National Park---Grand High Tops

Warrumbungle National Park—Grand High Tops



Ricketts Sanctuary

Dandenong Ranges



Yakushima Japan-view-from-mountain

Yakushina Megalith at summit





Portal Doorway Stargate-of Daramu Muru

The spiritual doorway of the Incas on Lake Titicaca




Stefani Peak on Mount Olympus by Dretakis Manolis

Stefani Peak on Mount Olympus

Photo by Dretakis Manolis



The ancient city of Hattusha



Turret arch-in-Arches National Park-in-spring-with-snow,-Moab, Utah,-USA

Arches National Park

Moab, Utah,



Mt Barney National Park

‘Secrets of the Scenic Rim’ – Robert Rankin

S.E Queensland, AUS



Dragon stones near the monastery lake (in the Geghama mountains, Armenia), the largest of which is about 3.5 m. They are placed near the sources of natural-artificial pools and springs, symbolizing the unbridled power of the element, the awakening of nature, fertility, abundance.



Murphy's Haystacks - Megaliths on Eyre Peninsula South Australia

Murphy’s Haystacks – Windswept megaliths on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia



Giant rock boulder at Daga Kataba Ethiopia

Giant rock boulder at Daga Kataba



Tutu Fela, Ethiopia

TARA Trust



The Summit of Precipitous Bluff,-Tasmania

The summit vayu mudra at Precipitous Bluff, Tasmania

I Am Footloose And Free


Rocky Precipitous Bluff,Tasmania

Precipitous Bluff,Tasmania



Brahmagiri-Village children

Brahmagiri village children

I did this capture with an Olympus Om1


While on a month long Yatra (pilgrimage) through Maharashtra, we decided to visit the Trimbakeshwar temple, which was in proximity to the Lord Rama caves of Nashik. As we drew closer to our destination, the terrain began to reveal a more distinctive and unusual appearance and I was feeling a growing feeling of anticipation. Upon arrival it was immediately obvious when I saw the commanding crescent ridge of Brahmagiri Mountain which was a spectacular backdrop to the temple.

My travelling companion and myself were instantly transfixed by its vibrational power and beauty and we were instantly drawn towards it and immediately embarked on our unplanned journey to its summit.


Cascading water down the Brahmagiri steps in the rain

For the remainder of the day we climbed the 750 steps carved into the stone ridge that ascended to the peak without any feeling of fatigue while imbibing the enlivened spirit of the mountain. The chance discovery of the meditation cave of Saint Gahaninath and seeing the source of the Holy Godavari River was the highlight. The most rewarding discoveries are usually the unexpected ones.




A natural trident aligned with the meditation cave of Gahaninath at Brahmagiri, India



Stone carved path at Brahmagiri



Waiting for a train in Maharashtra. Urmila, my Yatra companion, on the far left.




Balancing rock in Chillagoe

Balancing rock in Chillagoe



mushroom-rock at Ennendi Plateau Chad aeolian

Aeolian geomorphology on the Ennendi Plateau, Chad


Ennedi-Desert-in-Chad -- Laurent Lepecheur

Chad Jumbo – photo by Laurent Lepecheur

Ennedi Desert in Chad


Coral gilia---Lower Mule Mountain Utah

Coral gilia—Lower Mule Mountain,




burrunju sacred location

Newly opened site, photo Antony Lynch

Burrunju, south east Arnhem Land




Art quotes, quirks and conquering clay


Milan Villa

Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta – Renassaince Lombardy palace filled with classical statues and lavish embellishments




Art quotes interspersed with the diversity of ways that nature and humans conquer clay.




Natural Elephant-Rock-Iceland

Elephant Rock, a natural lava formation created in 1973 after the sudden eruption of Mount Eldfell, Iceland



Minoan wall art

Shakespeare quote with Minoan wall art procession



Huge natural Balancing Rock Albany, Australia

Huge natural ‘Balancing Rock’ Albany, Australia



Shozo Michikawa ceramic sculpture

Shozo Michikawa ceramic sculpture


Modigliani quote



Benalla garden mural

Benalla Botanical Gardens mural –

Created by skilled and unskilled artists alike with recognised input from aboriginal groups, the curvaceous terracotta clay Ceramic Mural, with its collanades, cave seats, “thongaphones” and amphitheatre invites the curious to explore its many features. Much of the ceramic work was completed by local artist Judy Lorraine and David W Moore



 Ceramic mural in Victorian town of Benalla



benalla gardens ceramic-mural

Benalla ceramic mural



Ceramic mural relaxing throne



Rock climbing at Big Chief, Lake Tahoe

Rock climbing at Big Chief, Lake Tahoe





Lion statues - Bradley and Robin Teets

Lion statues

photo – Bradley and Robin Teets




Ceramic vase Decembrance 2020-Catherine White

Decembrance 2020 – Catherine White



Mukta Top-India hikes-Leo Saldanha

Mukta Top – India hikes –

Photo Leo Saldanha


Grython meets storm


Camouflage by Elnaz Nourizadeh

‘Camouflage’ ceramic bust by Elnaz Nourizadeh



Megalithic culture on Nias Island in Indonesia




David G Wright wavy incised teapot

David G Wright wavy incised teapot


Joan Miro Disque1956

Joan MiroDisque’



Frozen Angel


Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park



Roger Capron pitcher mid century

Roger Capron pitcher






'End Of The Trail'-Clarence Addison Shaler

‘End Of The Trail’ – Clarence Addison Shaler



Guardia statue on mountain side

Guardian statue overlooking harbour



late 17th century Japanese Imari lacquered vase

Japanese Imari lacquered vase

late 17th century



Picasso vase--Le Musee Magnelli Musee

Picasso vase–Le Musee Magnelli



Arucas statue,  Canary Islands



Eric-Roinestad ceramic art

Eric Roinestad


Buddha statue

Buddha holding a lotus bowl



Hyper Fast-Cedric Ragot ceramic vessel

‘Hyper Fast’ – Cedric Ragot



Herman Kahler in his workshop by-Laurits Ring-1890

Herman Kahler in his workshop by Laurits Ring



Herman A Kahler art pottery vase, Denmark




Ideal Palace-France

Ideal Palace – France



Postman Ferdinand Cheval created the Ideal Palace

Postman Ferdinand Cheval created the Ideal Palace, working 10 hours a day after doing his post deliveries for 10 hours, over a span of 33 years.


Bronze Bowl with Lace--Ursula von Rydingsvard

‘Bronze Bowl with Lace’ — Ursula von Rydingsvard







“I’d rather risk an ugly surprise then rely on things I know I can do.”



Rodin’s ‘Monument to Balzac’ was originally rejected by the critics in Paris. This overly innovative monument caused such an outrage when it was unveiled in 1898 that the commission was cancelled. Rodin never saw his monument cast in bronze. Balzac is depicted in a monks habit, which he liked to wear as a dressing gown when he was writing. The contours were diffused to create a blurred figure alluding to an impressionist style and a dishevelled appearance was favoured but the unmistakable depth of spirit was overlooked by the superficial critiques.



Statue of Saint Peter




Jean-Michel Voge photo

Jean-Michel Voge photo



‘Circle’ – Jackson Pollock



Juan Bordes ceramic bust

Juan Bordes ceramic bust



Limestone rock formations. The Stone Forest, Shilin Yi, Yunnan

Limestone rock formations. The Stone Forest, Shilin Yi, Yunnan

photo – Juan Carlos Munoz


Roger-Herman abstracted ceramic from

Roger Herman



‘Woman and Bird’ statue





Joan Miro sculpture

Joan Miro ceramic totem sculpture



ceramic Buddha figure

Large Hand Painted Clay Buddha Figure



Slipping Stone Series, 2005----Robyn Horne

Slipping Stone Series—-Robyn Horne




Balancing act at Step, Istanbul

Ceramic sculpture balancing act at Step, Istanbul



Nathalie Cuvelier-Ya Teak-Pyan-cave-hpa-an-kayin-state-karen-state-Myanmar-burma-asia_u-l-q12s9zz0

Ya Teak Pyan Cave, Myanmar

photo – Nathalie Cuvelier




Valencia porta Almoina o dels Repobladors — The last Cathars



Mount Wudjub Guyun (Hollow Mountain)-–-Gariwerd

My son climbed this mountain recently and noticed the Wandjina (cloud spirit) face in the cave

Mount Wudjub Guyun (Hollow Mountain)-–-Gariwerd

The Grampians, Australia


Dragon profile

Mount Wudjub Guyun (Hollow Mountain)-–-Gariwerd



Pair of porelain Dragon vases



Batei ishi-–-Dragon Gate

Batei ishi-–-Dragon Gate — Suiseki stone



Hollow Mountain dragon

Hollow Mountain accent




Outdoor sculpture RHS-garden-Rosemoor

Outdoor sculpture at RHS garden, Rosemoor




Villa Monastero Neptune – Photograph by Judy Wolinsky



Visconti classical statues

Villa  Visconti Litta – Milan Province



Villa  Visconti Litta Venus


Villa  Visconti Litta palace


Villa  Visconti Litta


Villa Visconti Litta Venus water feature




Porcelain Venus by Jeff Koons

Porcelain ‘Venus’ by Jeff Koons

NGV Triennial 2020 till April 2021


Dionysus statue adoration



Golden Bodhisattva-Malaysia Ipoh Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple-Gold-Statue

Golden Bodhisattva – Malaysia Ipoh Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple



Bruce Lee quote




Demeter Goddess of Abundance

Boboli Gardens, Florenc



Spike Milligan qoute on VeniceClayArtists



Making a Monumental-clay-pot demonstration

Monumental clay pot demonstration




Peter Voulkos – ‘Black Bulerias’



Scheier-Pottery relief cup

Scheier Pottery



French ceramicist Georges Jouve---Sculpture--1951---37ins

French ceramicist Georges Jouve—abstract figure sculpture

1951 — 37ins height



Steven Forbes De soule-ceramic art

Steven Forbes De Soule — Earth and Sky raku vessel



Art Deco Rene Lalique-Archers Vase

Rene Lalique – ‘Archers Vase’



dragon abode-Calderona

Dragon abode – Sierra Calderona




Michael Lucero - North American Dreamer

Michael Lucero – ‘North American Dreamer’



Milan--VI-Art-Triennial.-Painted Pottery Jar made by the House of Art-Albissola-Head design by De Salvo

Painted Pottery Jar made by the House of Art, Albissola-Head design by De Salvo

Milan VI Art Triennial 1936



'The Lovers' - Raymong Duchanp Villon sculpture relief

‘The Lovers’ – Raymong Duchanp Villon



Mosaic statue

Mosaic statue at Tarot Gardens – Nikki Saint Phalle



Mosaic Water Bearer  – Nikki Saint Phalle


Red and silver rocket – Nikki Saint Phalle



The fountain at Wittenberg Platz in Berlin--el_vogel

The fountain mermaid at Wittenberg Platz, Berlin





One of the largest equestrian monuments in the world weighing 28 tons

Alagir gorge on the Transcaucasian highway





Ceramic bust ‘n’ heads


The original sculptural heads and busts were produced from clay for religious icons in the form of various Gods, Goddesses and Deities.  Carved busts in stone were also widespread, and reached an advanced level of artistic expression in the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations.The word bust is derived from the Italian word busto, and more then likely from the latin word bustum, both meaning sepulchral monument. This indicates they were created for a burial vault or a receptacle for sacred relics. They were used on tombs to remember the departed in the form of a ceramic portrait in the form of a bust. Through the ages historical figures were well represented with ceramic portrait busts and also utilised by the ruling class and nobility as a symbol of status. Tomb monuments of prosperous middle-class Romans, very often featured portrait busts and the entrance hall (atrium) of a Roman elite house displayed ancestral portrait busts.

Bronze, marble, and terra-cotta were popular mediums for busts and the importation of Chinese porcelain figurines into Europe stimulated local production of decorative porcelain busts in the 17th century.

A sculpture bust or head was more compact and  more practical for display then a full size statue and obviously more economical. Hence it was adopted more as homes got smaller. It remained a popular item of status and decoration up to the Twentieth Century. After the 30’s it  drifted more into obscurity, but still maintains its place as a decorative item.


Jardin des Tuileries

Paris 2004

( Photo by Bailey Zimmermen )

Barrias Louis Ernest sculpture bust

Barrias Louis Ernest sculpture bust


Garden Buddha bust

Garden Buddha bust

Black bust of Mercury

Black bust of Mercury

( Huntley & Co)





Oscar Niemeyer – Casa das Canoas – Rio de Janeiro – 1952




large ceramic bust ShinYeon Jeo

Large ceramic bust – ShinYeon Jeo

Charles Gounod by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Charles Gounod by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – 1873




Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley

Janice James :

Janice James’s ceramic ‘tribal heads’ sculptures are a culmination of work combining form and surface pattern, exploring the art of body decoration still practised by global cultures.  Each piece is hand built from Scarva Earthstone clay, biscuit fired to 1000°C and raku fired.


Bume -Janice James head sculpture

Bume – Janice James, Wales

John Noott Gallerie



Aerona- Janice James Wales

Aerona– Janice James





Amahle -Janice James female head

Amahle -Janice James female head

John Noott Gallerie



Surma -Janice James --John Noott Gallerie

Surma -Janice James

John Noott Gallerie





Ayira Janice James -female-Head-469x623

Ayira  – ceramic head by Janice James

John Noott Gallerie


Kikuyu-I--Janice James

Kikuyu I -Raku head – Janice James

John Noott Gallerie

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Majolica Ceramic Heads, Taormina. Sicily, Italy

( Getty images )




Painted Wooden Buddah

Painted Wooden Buddah with turquoise inlays.





Ayelet Lalor - Chryseus garden sculpture

Ayelet Lalor – Chryseus  garden sculpture





Ayelet Lalor - serenity

Ayelet Lalor – Serenity






2 Heads by Gudrun Baudisch

Ceramic heads by Gudrun Baudisch (1907-1982), 1920s, at the Wiener Werkstätte

( )





Frederick Goldscheider


Ciseau -Frederick  Goldscheider – Young Lady With Headscarf and Fur Collar, Vienna 1903





Contemporary Sculpture

  Noi Volkov





Small bronze statuette on a yellow Siena marble bust representing Diana Huntress, by Alexandre Falguire, Thiebaut Frères Paris.

( Marc Menzoyan )





Dual Faces Sculpture

Dual Faces Sculpture





Elisabeth Dupin - Sjöstedt

Elisabeth Dupin – Sjöstedt



 Gene Pearson :


gene pearson sculptural head

Gene Pearson sculptural head

Natty Dread Thelma Harris Art Gallery



Gene Pearson

Gene Pearson




Gene Pearson - Sculpture

Gene Pearson – Raku crackle glaze Sculpture




Buddha - Gene Pearson

Buddha – Gene Pearson


Gene Pearson

Gene Pearson

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Gene Pearson, Terra Firma Gallery


Greek, Attic, red figure terracotta


Greek, Attic, red-figure terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high handles )

ca. 490-480 B.C.




Gudrun Baudisch heads

Gudrun Baudisch ceramic heads






Harlequin head – Tod Donobedian Antiques – 1stdibs





Hemba Head - Congo

Hemba Head –  Congo, Africa





Carved wooden Akshobhya head.



Isabelle Dubost - Dessertine

Isabelle Dubost-Dessertine





Kathy Waggoner

Kathy Waggoner




Liz Ciesluk Paverpol

Liz Ciesluk Paverpol




Malvina Hoffman

Malvina Hoffman




Nanouris Art Gallery

 Phillipos (Greek King of Macedonia) – Yiannis Nanouris

Nanouris Art Gallery

See more on the veniceclayartists post Contemporary sculptures from Greece





Oscar Jespers

Oscar Jespers – cubist head sculpture




Sarah Saunders

Sarah Saunders



Suzie Zamit

Suzie Zamit




Syrian Artist - Assem Al Bacha

Syrian Artist – Assem Al Bacha


Porcelain Bust of Victorian lady by Cordey

( Galerie Sommerlath, CA, USA )



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Modern Ceramic Planters



Atelier Vierkant Belgium

Atelier Vierkant planters – Belgium


Indoor planters are a pragmatic and creative vehicle for infusing a space with a new spirit and reviving the existing context. A convenient means to clear stagnant Chi and uplift the dynamic and import freshness into static areas.. They also introduce a semblance of permanence to the transient lifestyles many of us pursue and have a grounding influence, especially for those living in high rise dwellings. For work environments filled with lots of electronic equipment they are also excellent for  balancing the extra concentration of positive ions. Introducing a natural, breathing landscape into spaces of modern architecture create an excellent polarity. They also have countless applications for patios, balconies and in the garden.


 Atelier Vierkant modern planters :


Atelier Vierkant is a versatile producer of handmade clay planters and pots, based in Bruge in Belgium. Liaising worldwide with architects and designers on numerous custom projects, they have developed a very innovative collection of  planters. The family company is currently run by the two brothers , Dries and Ward Janssen. They encourage an adherence to original, contemporary, organic and minimalistic designs.

 website link


zermatt-switzerland-hot-tub outdoors

Ceramic hot tub at Zermatt, Switzerland

Atelier Vierkant RR Pot – Hydroplant

( Photo – Claudia Luperto )



Atelier Vierkant - three planters on pedestals

Atelier Vierkant planters




Atelier Vierkant - tall garden planters

AHE garden planters – Atelier Vierkant

Archie Expo booth



Atelier Vierkant indoor planters with horizontal bands

Atelier Vierkant indoor MF planters




Atelier Vierkant showroom with huge planters

AHS Planters – Atelier Vierkan

Up to 86 inches in height and weighing 661 lbs




Eco Friendly and Unique planters by Atelier Vierkant

Eco Friendly and Unique planters by Atelier Vierkant




Gold Medal winning Chelsea display Atelier Vierkant planters

Gold Medal winning and Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, Atelier Vierkant planters.





Atelier Vierkant K Series clay pebble seating modules

Lux Restaurant,  Antwerp, Belgium




Gruppo Unipol - Bologna tall slender square garden planters by Atelier Vierkant

Four tall planters – Atelier Vierkant

Gruppo Unipol – Bologna





Ceramic sitting stones – Atelier Vierkant

KMPG Budapest



Loft design in the Parioli, Rome with Atelier Vierkant tall planters

Large AHP Pots –  Atelier Vierkant

Loft design in the Parioli, Rome




MUA-I-MHA-by-Atelier-Vierkant large tapered square planters

MUA I MHA planters by Atelier Vierkant




New Zebra Housing Project.with Atelier-Vierkant monumental planters

New Zebra Housing Project.

( Photo – Bart  Van Leuven )



Atelier-Vierkant - folded ceramic pots

Folded Pots – Atelier Vierkant





Large Atelier Vierkant planters – Kings Cross, London

Townshend Landscape



atelier vierkant ceramic pots

Atelier Vierkant textured LP planters – 65cm and 80 cm diameter




Atelier Vierkant large pot

AUB180 Planter – Height 70.8 inches




Atelier Vierkant ceramic columns  — V Palm Springs Hotel

Surface Design inc. landscaping

photo-Undine Dahl




Modern planter ‘AUS’  with anthracite and grey tones – Atelier Vierkant

Erste Group Bank




Atelier Vierkant ‘mf series’ planters

private residence NZ



indoor planters by Atelier-Vierkant

Indoor planters – Atelier Vierkant




garden-pots--atelier vierkant ribbed planters

Ribbed Pots – Atelier Vierkant

contemporary ceramic pot plant by Atelier-Vierkant

Contemporary ceramic pot – Atelier Vierkant

AHS planters

Atelier Vierkant planters



Balcony planter garden with Atelier-Vierkant pots

Balcony garden with Atelier Vierkant planters




Atelier Vierkant workshop

Removing moulds and finishing at the Atelier Vierkant workshop



Hotel-Marignan Atelier Vierkant large planters at the street entrance

Hotel Marignan, Paris – Monumental  Atelier Vierkant planters



Kings-Plaza---Brooklyn with pots by Atelier-Vierkant

Aus planters –  King Plaza




UF-Series-Decorate-the-Heydar-Aliyev-Center-in-Baku-designed-by-Zaha-Hadid for Atelier Vierkant

Atelier Vierkant UF Series planters

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku designed by Zaha Hadid




Atelier Vierkant showroom, San Francisco, USA




atelier-vierkant pot-sfera-building-japan

Large indoor plant in Atelier Vierkant ceramic pot

Sfera building, Japan




Contemporary palm-springs-residence-design-wiseman-group

 Contemporary Palm Springs residence – garden design by Wiseman Group

Biennale-Interieur-October-2014 Atelier Vierkant

 Atelier Vierkant seating modules

Atelier Vierkant website




 A collection of other planter creators.



Urban Nature planters USA

Urban Nature planters – Los Angeles




Urban nature planters for the outdoor gardens

Urban Nature planters





Domani woodstock planters

Vanhie Domani  ” Woodstock “ planters




Vanhie Domani planter in blue

Vanhie Domani planter




bkbceramics large modern planter

bkbceramics large modern planter





Modern planter by bkbceramics

 Modern planter- large footed bowl with vertical stripes.





Agave-Groove-Pots white ribbed planters with cacti

‘Groove Pots’ – Agave




Tall rustic modern planter with zig zag design on buff clay body- bkbceramics

Tall rustic modern planter with zig zag design on buff clay body- bkbceramics



Antique French urn in garden

Antique French urn decorated with scenes from classical mythology in an Atlanta terrace.



modern planter with horizontal ribbing by bkbceramics

Rustic modern medium planter- horizontal white glazed striped over dark clay body.





Eliot by De Castelli bottle shape floor vase

Eliot by De Castelli




Exeter-concrete outdoor Planter

Exeter concrete moulded Planter





Hand thrown stoneware planter in sky blue modernist design

  Blue Okura Planter by Jonathan Adler

A hand thrown stoneware planter in Mid – Century retro style.




Koloman Moser planter with art nouveau mosaic decoration

Koloman Moser large Art Nouveau planter

Secession Building in Vienna.

( thebluelantern.blogspot )




Kornegay Design planters nutshell style

‘Nutshell’ Planter- Kornegay Design




Ming Tree Planter

Ming Tree Planter




modern bedroom with plant

Modern bedroom with planter

( I-Paradox – deviantart )




Rex Goode Pig Planter

Rex Goode designed Pig Planter – 1949

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Rock Textured Planter by Atelier-Vierkant

Rock Textured Planter – West Elm

( muse-decor )




Red glaze Rosenthal Netter planter

Rosenthal Netter planter




Horizontally ribbed Terracotta pots - Francesco Del Re

Ribbed Terracotta Planters – Francesco Del Re




Balcony planters - Lushome

Module balcony planters – Lushome





Mineo Mizuno - Japan Water-drop-pebble like large ceramic form

 Water-drop-pebble like large ceramic form, covered in small holes in which mosses are planted.

Mineo Mizuno,  Los angeles, CA.


Red Garden Planter UE--Atelier-Verkant

Garden Planter UE – Atelier Verkant

Obbligato Mosaic planters in blue, turquoise and white

Obbligato Mosaic planters

Garden Planter UF - Atelier Verkant

Outdoor Garden Planter UF – Atelier Vierkant

Obbligato Red Heart vases and planters

Obbligato Heart vases and planters, ZA

Yacht mosaic garden planter

Yacht motif mosaic planter

Pair of Mid Century Black Brutalist Bullet Planters

Pair of Brutalist Bullet Planters

Planter OV - Atelier Verkant

Planter OV – Atelier Verkant

Modern pottery planter

Modern stoneware planter

( Letsgetmuddy Etsy )

Vintage Mid Century McCoy Planter

Vintage Mid Century Burnt Orange McCoy Planter

Castro design studio outdoor planter

Large outdoor planter

( Castro design studio )garden planter in pastel blues

Garden Planter – Letsgetmuddy, California

( Letsgetmuddy Etsy



Update- – 29/6/2015


Botanica-Planter-S-3-Campania - light blue planter with raised flower motifs

Botanica Planter – Campania



Rustic Cadiz-Jar Campania

Cadiz Jar – Campania




Letsgetmuddy--rich tan glaze planter

Tan glaze planter – Letsgetmuddy, Etsy





‘Sisal Weave’ planter – Campania




Catinat-Jar-Fountain Campania

Catinat Jar Fountain – Birdsall & Co





Haeger orange glaze ribbed planter





Rustic Gulf Planter – Campania




HalfLightHoneyStudio Etsy - sgraffito-planter with succulants

 Sgraffito planter with succulents

HalfLightHoneyStudio Etsy



LandMstudio etsy modern sculptural planter

Ceramic sculptural planter – LandMstudio, etsy





Mid-Century-Danish Modern planter




Chantal-Planter Campania - ceramic red glaze with gold stripes

‘Chantal Planter’ – Campania




Mid-Century-Modern-PlanterTripod with ribbed surface wand olive on white drip glaze

Mid Century tripod planter




Montes-Planter Campania


‘Montes Planter’ – Campania




Minoan Art Pottery

Minoan maiden with prayer beads Fresco

Minoan maiden with prayer beads Fresco



Pottery and wall art from the ancient Minoans:


From around 2700 to 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization flourished as a seafaring and mercantile culture. The vibrant Minos culture was centred around the island of Crete and eventually dominated the Agean region. Along with its exceptionally advantageous position at the intersection of sea routes leading to the countries of the Middle East, its trading contributed to the high flowering of the culture and art of Crete. The Egyptians called the Minoans “the Sea Peoples” and had a fond appreciation for Minoan pottery and ceramics, prized for their innovative shapes and sea-inspired designs. Their vases and jugs were made in fine clay with thin walls and was an outstanding achievement at this time. Historians have learned everything there is to know about the Minoan people through their artwork. Artwork such as paintings, potttery, sculptures, and architectural designs were important to the people of the Minoan civilization in Crete.

Their decorative wares were covered in bold, flowing, rhythmic movements with patterns using linked curvilinear and undulating lines. Minoans painted their pottery decorations on wet plaster, which allowed the pigments of metal to bind to the plaster. However, this required the painter to exercise specific skills that allowed him or her to work within the time constraints imposed by the color on the plaster drying. This type of art encouraged improvisation and personal expression because there was very little time for the painter to create highly detailed art pieces. Flowing broad strokes were favored, which covered the surface more rapidly and gave their art a stylized, abstract appearance.

Minoan pottery was initially decorated with designs in dark, often shiny paint (vitreous slip), in shades of red, brown, and black, on a light surface. Between 1900-1700BC the Kamáres style developed into the most colourful and vibrant style of pottery form and decoration yet seen anywhere. Images were painted on a black-brown background in reds, whites and blues. Sea and shore fauna and flora were the most important source of design. The animals displayed a playful nature and emphasised a flambuoyant liveliness characteristic of Cretean Art. Nowhere else in the art of the ancient world was such a lightness of spirit displayed, compared to the creativity of the Minoans at the height of their power in the early 15th century BC.

From 1700BC their technique of making and handling quartz frit paste had reached a higher standard than any other culture. Many small colourful plaques, figurines and jewelry in blue and polychome were made and exported, along with their pottery, to Egypt and the Levant islands of the Aegean Sea, and also in Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt and even further into the depths of Africa.




Kamares crater vessel with decorative lillies

Kamares crater banquet vessel with decorative lillies

Old-Palace period (1800-1700 BC)



Tray with handles and whirling motifs from Phaistos

Tray with handles and whirling motifs from Phaistos




Minoan pottery -- frying pan with characteristic decorative spirals.

Minoan pottery — frying pan with characteristic decorative spirals.

Iraklio museum -Minoan pottery

Iraklio Museum – Minoan pottery




Bronzen female figure Late Minoan

Bronze female figure Late Minoan.



Mycenean octopus pottery

The Minoans were conquered by the Mycenaeans and this Mycenean octopus pottery from Thissus reflects the influence of the Minoans.




Minoa, Kamaras libation vessel

Kamaras libation vessel




Elegant ewer with reed type decoration

Elegant ewer with reed type decoration that creates a pattern of dark and light colours on the surface of the pot.
Example of the decorative mannerism of the Late Neopalatial period, a work by the artist conventionally referred to, as ‘Reed – Painter’ (1450 BC).
Heraklion Museum




Large lidded pot from Mochlos

Lidded pot from Mochlos




Minoan dolphin pot

Reproduction of a Minoan dolphin pot




Minoan jar with spiral motif

Late Minoan Jar with Three Handles



Minoan pitcher Templar1307-flickr

Minoan Marine Style Pitcher

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete

( Templar 1307 – flickr )



Handpainted Mycenaean Krater

Mycenaean Krater ca.1400-1300 B.C.


Minoan Snake Goddess figure holding snakes


Minoan Snake Goddess



Minoan wall art

 Minoan wall art

Circumstantial evidence indicates that women played a dominant role in Minoan religion and perhaps also in Minoan society. Some believe that the Minoans lived in a matrilineal, or even a matriarchal, society.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete





Minoan eight handled amphora



Pottery Jar with Octopus Design from Knossos

 Pottery Jar with Octopus Design  from Knossos,  Crete.  Late Minoan period II  c.1450 1400 BC   Fine Arts Reproduction




Wendy Shirran with a three handled Amphora

Wendy Shirran with  a three handled Amphora she made – Palace style, white earthenware with stained slips and terra sigelata, Late Minoan II, 1450-1400 BCE





Libation vase (rhyton) of serpentine, in the shape of a bull's head

Libation vase (rhyton) of serpentine, in the shape of a bull’s head with inlays of shell, rock crystal and jasper in the muzzle and eyes. Knossos. New-Palace period (1600-1500 BC)



Minoan drinking vessel

Minoan drinking vessel

Minoan Terracotta Pitcher

 Minoan Pitcher

Archeological Museum in Heraklion.





Minoan wall painting, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete473px-385px

The priestess at the altar. Detail of the painting of the sarcophagus from Agia Triada

Minoan wall painting, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete

Minoan Pottery - Iraklio museum

1. The Boxer Rhyton. Steatite libation vase with relief scenes of boxing, wrestling and bull-leaping. Ayia Triada. New-Palace period (1500-1450 BC)

3.  Steatite libation vase (rhyton), originally covered with gold leaf, with a relief representation of a shrine in a mountain landscape. Zakros. New-Palace period (1500-1450 BC)

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Carved amphora vessel

 Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete





Frieze of dolphins in the Cretan palace of Knossos

Frieze of dolphins in the Cretan palace of Knossos



Spouted jar, Kamares Ware, Middle Minoan period

Spouted jar, Kamares Ware, Middle Minoan, 2000-1700 BC



Marine Style Ceramics of the Cretan-Minoan Neopalatial Period

Marine Style Ceramics of the Cretan-Minoan Neopalatial Period (c. 1650 BC to 1450 BC).




Iraklio-museum - Minoan libation vase

The Harvester Vase. Steatite ( soapstone ) libation vase (rhyton) with a relief scene of a procession of men led by a man holding a staff – an official or priest. They hold harvesting tools and sing to the accompaniment of the sistrum. New-Palace period (1500-1450 BC)




Minoan Kamares style vase

 Kamares style vases with complex polychrome decoration, from Phaistos and Knossos.

Old-Palace Period (1800-1700 BC)

Amethyst Minoan Seal Ashmolean Museum OXford

 Minoan Amethyst Seal

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University



Kamares style bridge-spouted Jug

Kamares style bridge-spouted Jug-1800-1700 BC

( Nicholas Kaye – Flickr )




Minoan pottery

Minoan vessel. Marine Style decoration. 1500 BC.





Cretan terracotta tripod from the Minoan Palace of Malia



Collector of saffron. Fresco from the palace in Knossos. XVII century. BC.

Collector of saffron. Fresco from the palace in Knossos. XVII century. BC.


Heraklion Knossos ceramic jug

Tonkrug Katsambas




Minoa phaistos Small Kamares ware jar

Small Kamares ware jar, with bands and interconnected spirals,
Palaeopalatial Period (1900 – 1700 BC)
Heraklion Museum



Minoan Marble Bowl

Minoan Marble Bowl




Minoan Snake Goddess

 Mycenaean fish and octopus pitcher

 Mycenaean  fish and octopus pitcher






Minoan Gold Ring




Minoan Phaistos ewer

Painted Kamares ware ewer or pitcher with three handles and relief spiky decoration,
Palaeopalatial Period (1900 – 1700 BC)
Heraklion Museum



Minoan-acrobats - Ashmolean-Museum

Acrobats – Minoan Chalcedony carving

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Uni




Minoan Jug from Mochios

Minoan Jug from Mochios

Labrys pithos

Labrys pithos – 1500BC

Knossos Palace





Saffron gatherer in fresco from Akrotiri, Thera

Fresco of saffron gathering –  Akrotiri, Thera



minoan-gold-ring-Ring of Isopata


Ring of Isopata

1400–1500 BC

This famous Minoan gold ring from the Isopata tomb, near Knossos,  depicts four dancing female figures, richly clad in characteristic Minoan attire, moving through a landscape of lilies. Three of them raise their arms in ecstasy,  while the fourth one, placed in the centre of the scene and slightly higher than the others, makes a gesture – possibly of benediction. A fifth figure, much smaller than the others, appears to be descending from the sky  ( top left ) and completes the composition together with other religious symbols frequently encountered on similar representations, such as the sacred eye, the snake and the chrysalis.




Minoan bronze stand

Minoan bronze stand, c.1400BC  Cyprus, exhibited at The British Museum





Amphora vessel






Minoan Potnia – Goddess Of Animals – Theron, Minoa





Minoan large pot with palms,-Konossos

Pot with palms – Konossos




Solid gold pendant from the Minoan civilization depicting a deity holding two birds1700BC

Minoan solid gold pendant – Deity holding two birds





Minoan Kamares teapot

Minoan teapot – Kamares



 Minoan relief art Gold Cup of Tolosa in Vafio with the image of taming wild bulls


 Gold Cup of Tolosa in Vafio with the image of taming wild bulls





Small twin handled  ‘Kamares’  bowl with labrys motif





Minoan, Gold Ornament in the form of a Bee

 1700-1600 BCE

The British Museum



Minoan-priestess terracotta laque

Minoan Priestess plaque


Minoan-Ritual dancing - gold signet ring

Gold Minoan ring with females dancing



worship-ring - a cntral goddes figure with her wworshipers

Minoan gold ring



Templar-1307-flickr Heraklion-Archaeological-Museum,-Crete - gold goddess sculpture

 Gold goddess pendant

Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete





Minoan pottery pitchers

Andree Stephan




Minoan vase,

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University




Pylos temple fresco – Minoan singer with lyre ( Orpheus)

XIII century. BC




Minoan-ceramic-vessel with fleur di lis motifs and small handles

Minoan ceramic vessel with fleur de lis motifs




French Art Pottery


Delphin Massier Art Nouveau

Faïence   – Delphin Massier  1908


Rambervillers :  In 1903 Alphonse Cytere set up an art studio in Rambervillers which produced ceramics often designed by prestigious artists of the Ecole de Nancy such as Bussiere, Gruber, Jeandelle, Majorelle. Rambervillers specialized in unusual and iridescent glazes on organic forms.

 Rambervillers Art Nouveau vase

Rene Jeandelle for Rambervillers Art Nouveau iridescent ceramic vase with a relief nude under full blown poppies.

1905-1906 ( Terra Mare Antiques )


Montieres : Jean Barol :  (1873-1966) formerly a glaze artist in Clement Massier’s Golf Juan workshop founded the company B.A.C.S. in Vallauris in 1912. In 1917 Barol left B.A.C.S. and with Francois Sicard founded Montieres in the city of Montieres-les-Amiens, in the north of France. Montieres produced iridescent and enameled ceramics similar to Massier and B.A.C.S. Barol was artistic director of Montieres  until 1920.

Montieres French Pottery

Montieres small metallic glazed match holder with etched flower and leaf designs.

1917 – 1920


Theodore Deck :  (1823–1891) was a 19th century French ceramist. Deck moved to Paris and in 1856 he established his own faience workshop and began to experiment with the Islamic and Oriental styles that mirrored his interest in historicism and exotic influences that were popular at the time.

Theodore Deck flambé glazed vase

French Art Nouveau Theodore Deck brilliant flambé glazed vase. Signed on base.

Circa 1890



French Montieres Pottery

French Montieres Pottery Vase



French art deco vase Serves

 This French art deco vase of remarkable presence is by Sevres and dates from the mid 1920’s.



" Dancers " Vase - Mougin

” Dancers “

Mougin– Nancy, France



French Art Nouveau Vase

  Art Nouveau Vase – Zsolnay



Clement Massier Ceramic Cup

Clement Massier



Clement Massier Cup and Saucer

Clement Massier  Cup  and Saucer



Alphonse Cytere French Glazed Pottery

Alphonse Cytere

French metallic glazed pottery with pewter chestnut leaf overlay.

 Pierrefonds pottery

Alphonse Cytere – 1936



Pierrefonds  :

 The Societe Faienciere Heraldique de Pierrefonds pottery studio was founded in the village of Pierrefonds in 1903 by Count Hallez d’Arros and is renowned for it’s crystalline and flambe glazes

Pierrefonds red flambé glazed pitcher

French art pottery Pierrefonds red flambé glazed pitcher with exaggerated spout.

1920’s – 1930’s

Pierrefonds French Double Handled Vase

Pierrefonds French Art Pottery Double Handled Vase, beautiful blue and green crystalline glaze



Pierrefonds 3-Handled Crystalline Vase

Pierrefonds  Three Handled Crystalline Vase


Denbac : 

Denbac Pottery Vierzon, France was started by Rene Denert, an artist and ceramist who started making pottery in 1908. In 1921 he partnered with R.L. Balichon under the name Denbac. Denbac used the local grey clay and a flame pattern of glazes known as “gres flamme” and distinctive crystalline glazes. The company closed in 1952.

Denbac French vase

 Small Denbac handled vase with scarab beetles circling the rim.

Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat FRENCH VASE

Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat – 1896

V & A Museum



French art pottery vase by Jacques Blin

French art pottery vase by Jacques Blin (1920-1995); c. 1950.

Tall earthenware vessel decorated with birds in sgraffito.




A French Art Nouveau ceramic bowl by Clement Massier, featuring an abstract foliate decoration with a brown glaze.

( Macklowe Gallery )



French Pottery Vase

Menelika  Suisse



Belgian Art Deco VaseBelgian Art Deco Vase ” Biches Bleues “

by Catteau for Boch Feres – 1925



Adrienne Picard:

She left the school of Fine Arts in Lyon in 1913 to enter the workshop of the glass master NICOD. In 1920, she settled in Paris where she drew sketches for stained glass windows in the workshop of Maurice DENIS, then in 1921 she completed her training as a ceramist at the National Manufacture in Sèvres. In 1922 she went back to Lyon to take over the management of her father’s ceramics workshop, Henri PICARD. Until 1951 she made big stoneware vases mainly meant for  urbanism, large fountains, medallions, decorative plates and panels, and pieces intended for garden art.

French Faience - Adrienne Picard

Adrienne Picard



French Pottery Vase -Léon Pointu

Léon Pointu



Gilbert Portanier  :

Between 1945 and 1948 Gilbert PORTANIER studies architecture and painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1948, he settles down in Vallauris and immediately followed the way initiated by Picasso by founding Le Triptyque with Albert DIATO and Francine DELPIERRE. A year and a half later, he went from one workshop to the other, multiplying his baking experiments, favouring  unique pieces, before moving into an old traditional workshop in 1954 where he still is to-day

French Art Pottery - Gilbert Portanier

Gilbert Portanier

Gustave Reynaud Vase

Gustave Reynaud



Georges Serre French Ceramique

Georges Serre



Boch Freres Belgian art deco vase

This  French art deco vase in the form of a pilgrim flask was created in 1925 at the Belgian firm Boch Freres under the artistic direction of Charles Catteau (1880-1966).

The ceramic, which is glazed in an Egyptian Faience blue with a craqueleure finish is mounted with a silver metal rim .



Longwy vase France

Longwy vase with floral motif




Sevres French Pottery vase

Sevres Vase



Paul Jean Milet vase

Paul Jean Milet

Images courtesy of Jason Jacques Inc.

french potter Emile Decoeur

Emile Decoeur (French, 1876-1953)

Images courtesy of Jason Jacques Inc.



Auguste Delaherche

Volute Vase by Auguste Delaherche

Images courtesy of Jason Jacques Inc.



Hans Stoltenberg-tall vase

Hans Stoltenberg
Decapod, circa 1899

Images courtesy of Jason Jacques Inc.



Edmond Lachenal



Friedrich Goldscheider

In 1885, Friedrich Goldscheider came from the small Bohemian city of Pilsen to Vienna and founded the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory. It became one of the most influential ceramic manufactories of terracotta, faience and bronze objects in Austria with subsidiaries in Paris,Leipzig and Florence.


Friedrich Goldscheider Art Nouveau vase

Friedrich Goldscheider

Art Nouveau Vase

Friedrich Goldscheider – Sculptor, Pecheur

( ceramique1900 )


Lucien Brisdoux (1878-1963) :

He succeeded his father Achille in 1905, then in 1927  created his own studio his production was then exclusively dedicated to decorative cast stoneware. He particularly liked metal glazing (gold or platinum) with special casting effects through creosote-blasting, after applying ceramic gold.

Lucian Brisdoux ceramique vessel

Lucian Brisdoux

Lucian Brisdoux



Rare Art Nouveau Jug  – Pierre Adrian Dalpayrat

( the )


 (Faience) flattened Ovoid Vase On Heel

French ceramicist Methey André-(1871---1921)

André  Methey – (1871-1921)

( )

Mougin Bros Art Deco

Mougin Bros Art Deco

Red vase-with-paunchy-body by Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat-

Tall vase  red ox blood colour – Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat  (1844-1910)

(  )

Armin Cichos Clement Massier / L. Levy

Art Nouveau Vase –  Clement Massier / L. Levy

 ( )


Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat

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Mid-Century bottle by Jean Derval – (1925-2010)

Jacques & Dani RUELLAND

Jacques & Dani Ruelland

Emile Decoeur

Iridescent drip glaze vase – Émile decoeur  (1876-1953)


Alexandre Bigot

Fernand Lacaf & Françoise Delacourt Lacaf

Fernand Lacaf & Françoise Delacourt Lacaf – Large bowl

EUGENE LION-(1867-1945)

Eugene Lion -(1867-1945)

Fernand lacaf - (1920-1991)

Unique vivid orange pitcher – Fernand Lacaf – (1920-1991)

Gensoli Maurice

 The Jungle – Maurice Gensoli   (1892-1972)

Henri Vallombrosa

Henri Vallombreuse

French Potter Léon-Pointu.-Vase

 Slipcast stoneware vase, decorated with glossy and matt patches of rust, cream, brown, purple and black glazes by Léon Pointu, France





Susan Musi Claywork

Spirited Vessels Susan Musi

Susan Musi’s most recent work is “Spirited Vessals” (see above).      

” Vessals/boats represent a journey in life. In some cultures the vessal/boat is to travel between the earthly and the spiritual world, between life and death. This image may also represent exploration, of the self, of the natural world…. physical, spiritual…  I am also exploring the shape itself.”

Susan Musialowski is both a ceramic artist and a painter, and works from the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC and from a   summer studio in Big Bay, MI, located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The impressionistic,textural quality of her ceramics are clearly influenced by her observations of the natural world.

Her statement : All of my claywork is handbuilt and one of a kind, using a variety of surface finishes, including ceramic stains and washes/glazes, smoke fired,  or painted, or a combination.  The clay at times includes paper, or other texturing material. Paintings are acrylic on cradled hardboard or birch wood panels.

The following piece is from Susan’s  ” Totem and Landscapes ” series

Sanding Still Susan Musi

Standing Still

A soul of their own “….. series

Pure of Heart Susuan Musi

Pure Of Heart

A Song To Sing Susan Musi

A Song To Sing

Seeking Peace Susan Musi

Seeking Peace

Earth Forms :

Fire and Ice Susuan Musi

Fire and Ice


Awanata Suan Musi


Figures :

Three Nudes Susan Musi

Three Nudes


Golden "girl"

Golden “Girl”

Les Fleurs ( to Georgia )

Fluer ( pink )

Fluer ( pink )

Fluer ( rosy Pink )

fluer (Rosy Pink )

Other Works :

Mountain Spring Mountain Spring series

Circle of Life series

Circle of Life series

Circle of Life ( wall piece )

Circle of Life ( wall piece )

Wisteria ( mountain spring ) Susan Musi

Wisteria ( mountain spring )

Susam Musi

Susan Musi

Rhythym of Life

…..It was a cloudy day

Rhythm of Life paintings series


CLAY ART Susan Musi

Totem No.4

Low fire white clay, painted surface, stacked “stones”.

CLAY ART   Susan Musi   Totems and Landscapes

The Sun Sweeps Across The Earth

CLAY ART Susan Musi

In Time

( ” In and out of time ” series )

Spring Thaw

 More on Susan Musi here





Women with pots.

Zulu Women Carrying Pots Zulu woman in traditional outfits.

There is something eternally graceful about seeing a women carrying a pot on her head. A vision of feminity, balance and sustanence with their gait being slow and gentle and their posture, dictated by maintanence of their load, remaining perfect. The daily pilgrimage to the village well was essential for suppl;y of water for drinking, cooking and washing.
I have spent time in rural India villages and it was a regular occurance to witness the village women carrying their pots.They never seemed to struggle with this task, even when transporting large vessels and strolled along with ease. I have always been transfixed by the timelessnes of this imagery whenever I have seen this in my travels , so I want to do a feature of visuals along this theme.

A Mali woman carryng pots in the village of Songha hjfklein - flickr   Woman carrying pot, village of Songha, Mali

hjfklein – flickr

Bali Batikof woman with pottery

Bail Batik


Dancing with pots on head

Dancing performance in India (


Goddess Savatri blessing for married women

Celebration of  Vat  Savatri. On this day a married women invokes the blessing of Devi (Goddess) Savatri for the general well being of her husband and for the prolonging of her marital life. ( Photo by Rajen Nair



Batwa women with pots  Batwa women with traditional pots. Taken in Burundi, in the village of Kiganda in the province of Muramvya.



African girl carrying a pot

African woman with a large pot

Photo by echwaluphotography





Making pots in Malawi Village



African Cocoa Farming lady

An old water  pot.



Rajastani women with pots

Women from a nomadic community from Rajasthan state carry drinking water.



African fulani woman with large pot

Fulani woman



Egyptian traditional bread baking

Egyptian traditional bread baking



African pottery making

African pottery making. Photo by Mjengwa



Pot cleaning



Balinese pot transport

Balinese pot transport



African Swazi women holding pots

Young Swazi Woman



Woman carrying traditional water pots for sale in Niger

Woman carrying traditional water pots for sale in Niger



Indian seed festival parade

Seeds Festival

Indian woman with hand painted pots

Indian women with decorated pots

women carrying a pot, bottle and a barrel Eastern Cape

Xhosa women off to paarty ?

Photo by Lister Hunter

A women holding a pot in India decorated with neem leaves

Bonalu means Bojanaalu (meal) in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess of power. Women prepare Bonam with cooked rice, milk, sugar, onions in a pot, decorated  with small neem breanches and turmeric, kunkum and a lamp on the top it. Women put the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men. ( Tellanga region, Andhra  Pradash India

Women transporting pots in Togo , Africa

Togo, West Africa



Bangladeshi-women-protesting water shortages

Two hundred women from indigenous (or adivashi) communities in Rajshahi, north-western Bangladesh, carried empty clay water pots to symbolically highlight the problem of water shortages.

( caroschoice blogspot )



Rajasthani women with her pot

Rajastani villager carrying a pot

Sulu girl with a beer pot

Zulu woman carrying beer pot

Photo – Ariadne van Zandbergen

Pottery selling in Argentina

Pottery selling at an Argentina train station.


Vintage postcard of a Mexican girl carrying a pot

Mexican girl carrying  pot

( Mexican Postcard )



Cooking in clay pot

This woman stirs traditional atole (a thick, usually sweetened corn drink), prepared in an olla de barro (clay pot) over a wood fire.

Morelia, Mexico



market in Gorom Gorom

Songhay pottery market,  Gorom Gorom



Balinese women making an offering

Girl with offering in Bali

Zulu woman with beer pot

Zulu beer pot



Indian woman carrying several pots in black and white vintage photo by Paul Joyce

An Indian woman carrying grain pots

photo – Margaret Bourke White

1946, Life magazine



Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali-Indonesia

Taking offerings to the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Bali Indonesia



African Zulu girl with large basket

Zulu girl with large basket



Native American girl with Zuni jar

Zuni girl carrying jar ,New Mexico




 Making pottery in Segou village, Mali


Women with pots at sunset in Sri lanka Sri Lanka Sunset

Woman of Niger carrying pots

Parade of Fulani women with pots





Portuguese Azulejos





Female African figurine




vanessa-by-james-denmark painting

‘Vanessa’ by James Denmark




Girls Pounding corn outside their homes

 Monkey Bay, South End of Lake Malawi

Photo by Nigel Pavitt

Also see the Veniceclayartists post – Women Using Traditional Pots



Pueblo Indian Pottery

native American Indian girl carrying a pot on her head

San Ildefonso Girl with Jar

 Photo by Edward S. Curtis



Karen Cordova –

Karen Cordova Traditional Peublo Pottery

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

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

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

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

Background to Pueblo Pottery :

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

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

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

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

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza

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

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza – ‘Blue Corn’

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

Santo Domingo Pueblo :

Mark Wayne Garcia

Mark Garcia

Mark Wayne Garcia

Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

Mark Garcia Pueblo pot with black decorative motifs

Mark Wayne Garcia

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

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Robert Tenorio

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

Robert Tenorio

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

Santa Clara Peublo:

 Santanita Suazo

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

Susan Folwell

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

Susan Folwell Jar hand painted and decorated with birds on branches

Susan Folwell

Acoma Pueblo

Sandra  M Victorino :

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


Sandra Victorino Acoma Peublo pottery

Sandra  M Victorino

Sandra Victorino

Sandra  M Victorino


Monroe Victorino :

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

Monroe Victorino traditional wedding vase

Monroe Victorino


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

Queaustea Waterproof Jar


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

Zuni Peublo :

Priscilla Peynesta

Priscilla Peynesta Bowl

Priscilla Peynesta

A lizard rises over a repeating deer design. ( )

Carlos Latte

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

Carlos Latte Zuni Peublo Pot

Carlos Latte, Zuni Pueblo

Santa Clara Peublo :

Tina Garcia  ( 1957-2005 )

red ware fluted pot by Tina Garcia

Tine Garcia

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

Marta Oritz Peublo :

Juan Quezada

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

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

Juan Quezada, Mata Ortiz

Medicine Man gallery

Jemez Peublo :

Dominique Toya 

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

Dominique Toya Swirled Melon Pot from jemez pueblo

Dominique Toya

Wright’s Indian Art



 Verda Toledo

Verda Toledo Bowl with bold black and white internal geometric decoration

Verda Toledo


Hopi Peublo : 

Nathan Begaye  ( 1958 – 2010 )

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

Nathan Begaye Melon Bowls

Nathan Begaye ‘Melon Bowls’

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



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

Rainy Naha ‘Solstice Bowl’



Rainy Naha Solstice Seedpot

Rainy-Naha Solstice Bowl

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



Rainy Naha Tumbling Parrots Jar.jpg

Rainy Naha ‘Tumbling Parrots’ Jar.



Kaia Thomas pot hand painted i ancient Pueblo pottery style

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

Kaia Thomas



Jody Folwell spherical bowl with bird motif

Bowl with Birds – Jody Folwell



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

Shauna Rustin  Acoma via Andrea Fisher Pottery




Shauna Rustin seed pot with spiral motif and intricate geometric detail

Shauna Rustin  Acoma, New Mexico



Mark Sublette - bowl with geometric lines in black and white

Geometric motif bowl

Mark Sublette – Medicine Man Gallery

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

Sharon Lewis – Swirling Squares Jar

Virgil Ortiz Velocity Jar

Virgil Ortiz –  ‘Velocity Jar’

Sandra Victorino - Tall Butte with swirling geometric patterns

Sandra Victorino – Tall Butte

Pottery by Tammy Garcia

Pottery by Tammy Garcia

Pottery by Tammy Garcia abstract ceramic carved bottle

Carved pottery bottle by Tammy Garcia

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

Jennifer Moquino, Santa Clara

Alan Lasiloo abstract shaped vase

Alan Lasiloo

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

Dorothy Torivio eye dazzler black and white geometric patterned see jar

 Dorothy Torivio “eye dazzler” seed jar.

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

Storage jar (olla), ca. 1890–1910

Jacob-Koopee,-Native American Indian ceramic seed jar

Jacob Koopee, American Hopi   ( 1970 – 2011 )

TTenorio ceramic ot with black fish motif on hite background

T. Tenorio



Pottery markets

 Local women selling pottery in a  a colorful rural, open pottery market in Lalibela area, Northern Ethiopia. ( Tam’s Blog )

Despite the proliferation of many options for potters to market their wares online such as etsy,ebay,blogs and affiliate sites, a  lot of potters still choose to use street markets and the like for selling their products.I would venture to say that one of the original domestic products that was ever sold at markets would be pottery due to their necessity for the transport of water. Throughout the ages potters have served their communities by transforming clay into beautiful and functional wares. Potters, working in their home studios, would bring their pots to town on market day. These days the green movement has also encouraged some people to seek out homewares of a more durable, organic quality.From the travelling kitchen wallas of India, the Baazzars of Morrocco, the weekend farmers markets and antique street stalls the world over, you will still find pottery being well represented. Below is a collection of some of those markets.

Water Buffalo Pottery CartMobile pottery market, Cambodia-Phnom Penh-Battambang

Leanne Pizio PotteryLeanne Blake Pizio is a local potter who sells her wares at the  Pottery Festival at the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market at 501 Yanceyville Street.

From -Greensboro Daily Photo

Freewheeling! Studio Potters’ Market ( Studio Karva )
 Man selling pottery at  Niamey on the Niger river

Bill Lee PotteryKnoxville artist Bill Lee and some of his pottery. At the Market Square Farm Market ( Image-the Blue Streak )

Raja Ampat PapuaThat’s what you call a pottery sales pitch !

Raja Ampat Papua Indonesia ( Image AFP )

 1908: pottery for sale at Chamberlain Bridge, Bridgetown, barbados. 1908: pottery for sale at Chamberlain Bridge, Bridgetown, Barbados

Manolo Rodriguez CeraimcsPotter Manolo Rodriguez is famous for his effigies and Escher-like painting style.  He says “I never have an idea when I start painting a piece.  It just comes as I paint or may have come to me in a dream.”

( Ron’s Log )

Indian Art festival

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai India . Image from ceramic(some)times 

Bob and Nancy Bumgardner selling pottery on the roadside.

McCoy Pottery Collectors Society

Annual Fall Pottery Show, London

 Panjshir Valley Afghanistan

 Buddha Statue Market ( Cepolina Photo )

Ceramic stall, Texcoco Mexico

Djerba Pottery

Pottery vendors at the limani of Chania, Crete ( Karahaz Flikr )

Cario pottery market

Cario Pottery market

Dongtai Lu Antique Market Shanghai

Dongtai Lu Antique Market, Shanghai ( with lifesize Mao porcelain statue )

Image-The Macomb Daily. Teapots destined for the Annual Potters Market , Madison Heights

Charlie Teffts Pottery

Charlie Tefft,Yanceyville Farmers’ Market

Greensboro Daily Photo

Algerian Pottery Market

Shrosha Georgia

Nizwa Artisanat, Oman



Peter Karner Pottery

Peter Karner works full time from his home/studio at Hesperus in  the La Plata Mountains in Southwest Colorado.  Peter aspires to create pottery that is both timeless and modern through the evolution of his intrigue with  form and decoration.

His work :

“I work with stoneware.  My pots are thrown, thrown and altered, or hand-built.  To achieve visual depth in my patterns, I employ five elements.  Four of these–wax resist, latex, dipping, and brushwork–are applied to bisqued pots.  The pots are then high-fired in a heavy reduction atmosphere with the intent of trapping carbon in the base glaze.  It is trapped carbon that is the fifth and random element.  Each pot is designed to serve a functional purpose and is compatible with modern appliance. I produce six bodies of work a year.  Each body of work offers me the opportunity to explore new ideas and refine existing ones. ”  

The landscape around his home, calligraphy, textiles and the pottery of the past have influenced his glaze decorations. 

Peter Karner Pottery Vessels lidded jars

Peter Karner



 Ceramic tagine - -Peter Karner pottery Ceramic tagine – -Peter Karner pottery



 Peter Karner pottery  Tall vase


His artistic statement :

As a studio potter, I am concerned with form, its ability to function, decoration,and firing. In order for a piece to be truly successful, all of these components must come together. High fire reduction pottery has a great number of variables not fully under the control of the artist. Over the last several years, I have been working with the same five glazes and firing style. During that time, I have opened the kiln to find both treasures and trash. While this has been frustrating at times, the challenge to execute strong functional forms with distinctive, sophisticated glazes drives me to learn from my successes and failures. The size of a foot, whether a form works best squat or tall, how the glaze and decoration best suit various forms—I feel these qualities can only be resolved through repetition. Ironically, through repetition, pieces are more apt to embody a certain unstudied organic essence. I love this process in spite of the myriad of unsuccessful pots that result. By working in series over an extended period of time, I have grown immeasurably—both as an individual and an artist.

I take my inspiration from several places. First and foremost are the many pots, both contemporary and historical, that have caught my attention. In particular, while apprenticing for Solveig Cox in 1989, I had the opportunity to have a tour of the ceramic collection at the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC. I left the museum that day having held pots from many different centuries and styles with the clear notion that regardless of the type of clay or the era of a pot’s creation, there is a certain essence that is present in each successful piece—a sense of the maker’s hand and the sprite that he or she instilled. To me, this essence is paralleled in the natural world. Flowers, mountain peaks, ridge-lines, trees, and cloud formations around my southwest Colorado home embody these qualities to the fullest. In addition to the great tradition of functional pottery and my environs, I am greatly influenced by the designs found in textiles, wall paper, rugs, and the fluid movement of Islamic, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Contemporary architecture and Islamic iron work also have a noticeable impact on my designs.Ultimately, I hope to instill in every piece a fluidity and grace found in the many things I draw inspiration from.


Lidded ceramic box — Peter Karner


 Tall pitcher — Peter Karner


  Lidded vesselLidded arabesque vessel--Peter Karner



Peter Karner Stoneware PlatterPeter Karner ceramic charger  Stoneware Vase Peter Karner



Tall vase — Peter Karner

Peter Karner Teapot  Ceramic teapot – Peter KarnerPeter Karner Vase 

Teapot – Peter Karner

Stoneware plate Peter KarnerLarge charger – Peter Karner


Above  Photos:  George Post & Adam Field.

Link to Peter Karner’s website: 


Vase Arts

Sperical vase with small flared neck in lavender and purple Lavender and purple vase with small flared neck




Royal-Doulton-porcelain-vase,-circa-1886---1902 Gold flower and leaf decoration

Royal Doulton porcelain vase

circa  1886—1902





Vintage Tonala Mexican Pottery Burnished Green Feathered Vase with Handle



Newcomb College Bulbous vase with four small handles

Newcomb College Bulbous Vase




Moorcroft vase - Eventide Collection


Moorcroft Even Tide Collection “The Secret”



Roger Guerin vase, Belgian, gourd shape with indented sides.

   Roger Guerin vase, Belgian, gourd shape with indented sides.



A vase is a home away from home for flowers and has the unenviable task of hosting  objects that are very consistent and diverse in  their beauty. Despite the level of  competition they have faced for splendor, I think vases have managed to hold there own in this battle. Ceramic artisans throughout the ages have given them a dignity with their original designs.. For vases,  a single colour will suffice for most of the time. It’s all too easy for them to clash with the rich array of colour that flowers tend to project. But for the more monochrome flower displays,  the vase gets the chance to strut its stuff.  Of all the ceramic ware, vases carry the most decorative responsibilities and have always been a favorite with collectors. They also have the most scope for displaying more shape then the other ceramic forms.They have been style beacons for many different era’s such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, but unfortunately of late they have been a little deprived of a definitive style. As long as there is  flowers, there will be a place for vases and they will always be welcome on my mantlepiece.


 Bernard Bloch vase, Art Nouveau design with naked nympth figure and long neckBernard Bloch vase, elaborate Art Nouveau design.




Amphora Vase Ivory Porcelain with twin handles and botanical themeAmphora Vase Ivory Porcelain.


  Art Deco Pierrefonds vase, covered in a green and blue crystalline glaze Pierrefonds vase, double handled shape, covered in a green and blue crystalline glaze.



Art Deco Vase, Limoges in red,pink and white geometric patternsArt Deco Vase made with coloured enamels on silver-plated copper, designed and made by Camille Fauré for Limoges. Image : Marie -Flickr



Weller Sicard cylindrical vaseWeller Sicard vase, cylindrical shape, covered in a colorful metallic glaze with etched organic designs.




Royal Bonn Vase in lavender and grey tones with gold trim

Art Nouveau  Royal Bonn vase, double gourd shape under a matte glaze in multiple shades of gray and lavender.

( treadway toomey gallery )




Amphora vase, monumental shape with, boldly painted stylized leaves and berries, overall iridescence.  Amphora vase, monumental shape with a bulbous bottom, spiraling neck and four openings at waist, boldly painted stylized leaves and berries, overall iridescence.

Picture from House of Amphora, by Richard Scott.




Gouda vase, unusual form with carved serpent in black against a green and ivory backgroundGouda vase, unusual form with carved serpent in black against a green and ivory background.


 Amphora vase, unusual design probably by Paul Dachsel. Amphora vase, unusual design probably by Paul Dachsel, black and white landscape with gold trees.



Mettlach Vase with bamboo and birds surface decoration

 Mettlach vase, monumental shape with detailed raised and painted scene with birds and bamboo.




Paul Dachsel Art Nouveau Vase in grey and black glaze and stylish twin handlesAmphora vase, designed by Paul Dachsel.

Picture in House of Amphora, by Richard Scott.




Amphora vase, designed by Eduard Stellmacher, large form with a sculpted dragon .Amphora vase, designed by Eduard Stellmacher, large form with a sculpted dragon surrounding the entire body.



Moorcroft Vase " Hidden Dreams " Drakesbrook AntiqueMoorcroft Vase ” Hidden Dreams ”
Drakesbrook Antique



Art Nouveau Amphora vase, Gres- Bijou series, "Lightening Bolt" decor,Amphora vase, Gres Bijou series, “Lightening Bolt” decor, large form with cut-out designs and applied colored stones.



Van Briggle VaseVan Briggle vase, c. post 1920, large tapered shape with stylized floral designs, covered in a blue and green matte.

Amphora vase, designed by Nikolaus Kannh with art nouveau female motif

Amphora vase, designed by Nikolaus Kannh,

Amphora vase, designed by Nikolaus Kannh user, titled Allegory of Germany Amphora vase, designed by Nikolaus Kannh, titled ‘Allegory of Germany’

Fulper vase, large double handled form, cucumber crystalline glaze.Fulper vase, large double handled form, cucumber crystalline glaze.


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Raku Zebra Vase - Marc Hacker Pottery

Raku Zebra Vase – Marc Hacker Pottery



Incised baluster raku vase by Christopher Mathie

Christopher Mathie incised leaf pattern vase



Zsolnay Art Nouveau serpent vase

Zsolnay Antique Serpent Vase ..  see  more here




Twin lug flambe-glazed vase, fanghu.

A flambe-glazed vase, fanghu. ( Photo Sotheby’s )

 Est. 8,000—10,000 GBP. Lot Sold 25,000 GBP 




Avocado green cylindrical vase with sculptured horses along the bottom edge

A carved lime-green-glazed brush pot. Daoguang Period

 ( Photo Sotheby’s )



George Ohr folded ceramic Ssculptural vessel

George Ohr Sculptural Vessel ( marbelised clay )



Sarreguemines Art Nouveau vase with tree in white and gold on lavender backgroind

A superb example  of an art nouveau vase by the French pottery, Sarreguemines.




Art Nouveau vase with flower decoration

Art Nouveau vase with incised surface decoration in floral style




Poole Pottery Art Deco Egyptian revival pot designed by Truda Carter

Magnificent art deco Poole Pottery vase, 14” high with a pattern designed by Truda Carter.

( Flickr – Psychoceramicus )




Blue Newcomb College vase with incised geometric pattern

Newcomb College Vase



Black gloss glaze Amphora Art Nouveau vase

Unusual art Nouveau Amphora vase, designed by Eduard Stellmacher, c. 1900




Pewabic bulbous vase

Pewabic vase



Rockwood Vase 1900 in a black and olive green glaze

Rockwood Art Nouveau vase – 1900





Roseville 8 color Della Robbia vase designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead

Height 20 inches

Morphy Auctions




1900-1905-Edmond-Lachenal French ceramics

Art Nouveau vase – Edmond Lachenal





Jean Gerbino Mosaic Vase – Vallauris




Michael_ Andersen_vase_brown_relief_Marriane-Starke

Michael  Andersen vase with brown relief Probably by artist Marriane Starke



Zsolnay Pottery


The iconic Hungarian art pottery of Zsolnay :

Zsolnay Vase and EwerFor 158 years, the iconic Hungarian company of Zsolnay has been producing innovative  and high quality ceramic wares. What started as a small family ceramics workshop in Pécs in 1853  had grown into a modern factory by the 1880’s, thanks to Vilmos Zsolnay’s long decades of painstaking and dedicated experimentation. Founding father  Miklós Zsolnay originally established the first manufacturing shop of ceramics for his son Ignác. In 1863 the younger son Vilmos took control and expanded into a factory production.


The Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory


The factory’s first major success was reached at the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna. On the basis of its product displays, the factory received a great number of orders from England, France, Russia, and even from America. By the 1870’s the  the Zsolnay family rapidly became well-known and highly appreciated in Europe, and the business employed 20 workers.

The family were perceptive and their experimental nature in historical and Art Nouveau styles made the Zsolnay ceramics successful at many fairs and exhibitions (Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, Torino, California US). The success achieved during the 1878 World Exhibition in Paris was tremendous. The jury praised the Zsolnay collection as being unique and gave it the gold medal, the so-called Grand Prix. Numerous buildings belonging to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy were also decorated with Zsolnay tiles. Prior to the 1890s, the company produced ornate pieces inspired by Islamic pierced wares and traditional Hungarian wares. It was not until 1893, when Vilmós appointed the chemist Vincse Wartha as artistic director, that Zsolnay began to specialize in Art Nouveau-inspired ceramics with crystalline metallic glazes.

Zsolnay fountain in Pecs with sculptured heads

Zsolnay fountain in Pecs


The most famous invention of the factory was the creation of ‘eosin”, a metallic shiny glaze on ceramics. . Their technique of firing glazes at high temperatures remains unique even today.

The Zsolnay production suffered many hardships during the 2 World Wars from problems sourcing materials to having to abandon artistic production for the creation of electrical insulators and the like. Along with  being bombed in the WW2. The incoming Communist Regime , although recognizing it as a National  Treasure , were very restrictive to overseas markets.

After Vilmos Zsolnay’s death, in 1900, his son Miklós took over the management and at the end of 1991 the  factory was upgraded . In 1995 the business was privatised  and the main owner was the Hungarian Investment and Development Bank (MBFB) . The new owner  set a goal of  preserving  the historically significant, long tradition of  Zsolnay and making a profitable plant without changing the product structure.

Zsonlay pottery showroomZsolnay Showroom

The Zsolnay factory today still pursues innovative design and permits designers to conceive beautiful pieces that explore modern expression and utilize their earlier technical and stylistic achievements with organic shapes and metallic glazes. It  has also revitalized  the company’s tradition of creating  architectural ceramics with the production of vividly colored weather-resistant tiles and ornamentation, from statues to decorative clocks , examples of which can still been seen on buildings throughout Hungary.




Zsolnay vase with red tree motifZsolnay Vase



Zsolnay ceramic vase with botanical motifs and ed butterfly motif on a black background

Hand painted Zsolnay vase with botanical decoration



Rich red glaze vase by Zsolnay

Vase Zsolnay Museum



Art Nouveau Figural Compote ZsolnayClassic Zsolnay Art Nouveau Figural Compote.

( John & Rico’s Zsolnay Store )



Zsolnay Orchid Tea Set

 The Viennese Rothschilds  commissioned the company to make a tea  service and  sent an illustrated book on orchids  for the design, which featured a different orchid for every piece in the 24 set.



Zsolnay Vase with eosin metalliic glaze

Zsolnay vase with eosin iridescent glaze



Zsolnay Pottery vase and pitcherZsolnay ( Dr. Gyugyi Collection )



Zsolnay Ceramic Table with geometric botanical patternZsolnay Ceramic Round Table



Mid Century Zsolnay vase

Zsolnay 60’s inspired Vase



Red glaze vessel by Zsolnay

Red Zsolnay Planter



Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase

Art Nouveau vase with pewter



Zsolnay eosin glazed jug

Zsolnay Pitcher 1918 ( John And Rico’s )



Art Nouveau Red Ceramic FireplaceZsolnay Art Nouveau Fireplace



Zsolnay eramic Art Nouveau vase wtih gold snake handleZsolnay Eosin glazed snake vase



Zsolnay Art Nouveau ceramic vase with abstract wrap around handles

Zsolnay multiple handle vase



Zsolnay blue and green Art Nouveau vase with botanical relief decoration

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vase



Zsolnay Antique Art Nouveau ewer

Zsolnay metallic glaze ewer



Zsolnay pottery vessel with butterfly motif

Zsolnay butterfly vessel




Zsolnay tulip sculpture with red flower

Zsolnay red tulip



Art Nouveau red glaze vessel with female figure by Zsolnay

Zsolnay Art Nouveau vessel




Zsolnay cache pot with iridescent glaze

 Zsolnay Art Nouveau cachepot.

John & Rico’s Zsolnay Store



Zsolnay vase with mother and child motif

Zsolnay iridescent glaze vase


Red contemporary abstract sculpture by Zsolnay

‘Thinking’  – Zsolnay contemporary sculpture



Zsolnay red modernist pitcher

Mid Century Zsolnay Pitcher


Zsolnay ceramics vases hunting scenes

Zsolnay ceramics vase with  hunting scenes of Diana the Huntress




Zsolnay Manufactory gardens




Zsolnay Fruit Bowl



GYUGYI-ZSOLNAY- python snake ceramic Zsolnaay sculpture

Zsolnay coiled python sculpture





Zsolnay Table Lamp with Green Taurus Figurine





Zsolnay centrepiece with four female figurine supports





Zsolnay Art Nouveau iridescent glaze vase





Unusual Zsolnay eosin glaze figure sculpture




Art Nouveau mermaid and lover vase – Zsolnay





Turquoise mottled surface vase – Zsolnay





Zsolnay Esoin Three Graces figure vessel

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Martha Daniels – Ceramic Sculpture

Hand-built, fired, glazed- ceramic- sculpture.Hand-built, fired, gl;zed ceramic sculpture.

” Beautiful, courageous, boundary-breaking art” is an accolade thats been directed at Martha’s work and I think it is appropriate. The work of Martha Daniels has been included in more than 200 art exhibitions since 1967. Her work is included in private, museum and corporate collections. She has executed public art projects and private commissions. Her work is considered by critics, collectors, and others to be significant in American ceramics today. She has also worked in bronze, concrete, and painted large murals in various media.

martha-DanielsSandra Phillips observations of  ” Red Nike II” ….. Daniels has a forty-year career under her belt, and since the 1980s, she’s been almost exclusively interested in ceramic sculpture. Like her spiritual mentor, Betty Woodman, Daniels combines various aesthetic traditions, notably Mediterranean and Asian. In terms of subject matter, she has long referred to Ancient Greek mythology in her pieces. As indicated by the title, “Red Nike III” is the third version of the goddess Nike that Daniels has done.( see below ) The powerful, monumental sculpture is composed of an abstract female nude perched on one leg atop a hemispherical base. The sculpture is headless and has wings, like the famous “Winged Victory” in the Louvre, to which this piece subtly responds. Daniels has finished the figure in a deep red, on which she has placed linear abstract designs in a bright orange-y red.


“Red Nike III” is life-sized, which makes it a remarkable technical accomplishment, especially when you consider that it’s a single piece rather than an assembly of demountable components, as would be more common. This speaks to Daniels’s expert ceramic engineering, as does the fact that the complicated and precipitous piece is astoundingly well balanced.

The “Nike” sculpture ( 6  1/2 feet tall ) is flanked by a pair of Daniels’s signature towers, which resemble obelisks. The whole group evokes a contemplative, spiritual mood, like a passage in the interior of an ancient temple.

Martha describes the journey that led to her bold ceramic statements…,,,,,

” I lived in the Mediterranean area during the 1960s. There, I made large sculptures that had to be abandoned because they were too large and heavy to move. I was determined to find a way to make large-scale and portable ceramic sculpture.

After many years of experimentation, I succeeded in doing this, by developing  innovative structural techniques through hand building. An original viewpoint and aesthetic also resulted from this search.

This work is described as “unique” by critics, collectors, and gallerists. It includes large architectural constructions, figurative sculptures, and other pieces that simultaneously seem to exist in both ancient and contemporary worlds.

I use a proprietary clay formula. Hand-building techniques are based on altered, assembled, clay slabs. I seek equally innovative approaches to the surface that include using maiolica glaze, varnish, paint, gilding, luster, and even nail polish.

The purpose of this work is to advance the boundaries of ceramic sculpture. I pursue a personal vision in a universal language of symbol, metaphor, and theme, and present it through the unique material properties of clay. ”

Cloud Bowl

Martha has worked unassisted in the studio for years, creating all art work herself, including forming, firing, and surface treatments. Her studio is currently based in Southern California.  She will be featured in the Denver Art Museum show , ” Earth and Fire” which opends in May and also she will be be participating in the Ceramics Annual of America in October of 2011, at the Ft. Mason Center in San Francisco.


Martha Daniels ceramic bowl

Martha Daniels Robotic Dinnerware


Martha Daniels website:



Sebastian Moh, Malaysian inspired pottery.


yunomi porcelain

Sebastian Moh, of Malaysian background, produces pottery that reflects an Asian aesthetic and exudes a subliminity that I find really appealing. Created for everyday use, his beautiful pottery straddles the line between meditative object and  functional item.

"Sebastian Moh"

Sebastian Moh’s artistic statement:

Years ago in Malaysia I witnessed a demonstration on a pottery wheel and it planted the seed. I was drawn to the idea of indefinite variation, of tapping an eternity of creativity. From that point I paid close attention to the ceramic arts. Upon arrival in the United States, I received my degree in product design in 1993 at the  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he explored  the opportunity to take ceramic classes as an elective. After working in hospitality for a few years, I decided to pursue the vision that had formed so strongly as a youth. I set up a small studio and began exploring the possibilities.
The essence of my work is to create a visual interest that will trigger an aesthetic response. The vessels articulate a rhythm that appeals to an abstract of universal human emotion. My goal is to simply to make good work.

Sebastian is currently Vice President of the Louisville Clay Association.

His deep glazes are electric fired. ” The kiln is obviously an integral part of my process, I make the work and my kiln finishes it.  My glazes articulate the forms.  It is imperative that the kiln in which they are fired is reliable, making it an indispensable tool for me. My time is valuable and, for this reason, the kiln needs to be low maintenance and consistent.”

See Sebastian Moh :

Group Exhibition
Weber Gallery
1151 S. 4th Street,
Louisville, KY 40203
October 10 – December 31, 2012porcelain teabowl

Porcelain teabowl, electric kiln, multifired

" porcelain ewer"

vase porcelain

Porcelain Vasecup porcelain, electric firedgreen porcelain vase

 bowl porcelain

Porcelain Bowl – Sebastian Moh

Sebastian Moh Mug

Yunomi Teabowl

porcelain covered jar

porcelain, electric fired

covered jar

Nebula Tenmoku Bowl

Nebula Tenmoku
tea bowl, porcelain

yunomi chawan tea bowl

Yunomi chawan porcelain, electric fired.

Porcelain Bowl

Porcelain tumbler with slip and glaze

Tea Bowl